I swear I will not let the holiday season take me down this year.  Each year, I have every intention of slowing down, planning ahead, and taking time for myself……and every year, I whiff that plan and end up having a meltdown in some inappropriate place and soothing my soul with Doritos. At this time […]

pg advent cal

This is a real last-minute answer to the advent calendar (in fact, this year we are just doing a 12-day because we are so late). My kids made and decorated a pouch out of paper that holds two treats (one for each kid).  They made two compartments by stapling down the middle and we use […]

wooden bowls

I moved across the street from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens a few years ago and I love wandering the gardens with my boys and then stopping at the gift shop. It has become my hidden spot for last minute kid and adult gifts. The toy selection is well curated and always with a nature or […]


This past summer on an ordinary Wednesday my husband declared that that, “Tomorrow will be Lolo Day.” Lolo is our son’s nickname for his much-loved nanny, Myrtle, a woman certainly deserving of a holiday. My heart melted as my husband took it upon himself to make a card of appreciation, pick up a gift certificate […]

holiday binder

Despite my chips-stealing incident (posted on Momfilter last week), I feel like I’ve gained a little more mastery of my holiday season due to one simple tool:  my Holiday Binder.  My Binder Full of Christmas, if you will. It’s a 3-ring binder full of folders and page protectors into which I stuff my son’s Christmas […]

xmas tree

Christmas makes people do some crazy sh*t. Mostly women – because, for some reason, the bulk of the gift buying, gift wrapping, gift sending, party planning, holiday card creating/sending, menu planning, calendar management, wardrobe procuring, costume sewing and relative-pleasing is done by the woman of the family. And so it’s no wonder that I walked […]


We ran into our friend Cynthia Rowley last night, and fell in love with her leggings, which she told us are pretty much like a Spanx/legging combo. They’re called bonded leggings—they’re thick enough to wear as a pant (not see-through at all) and warm enough for winter.


Visiting Santa Claus is one of those memories from childhood that never lost any of its magical glow; even as I learned the truth about that fabled man who flew with reindeers. Every year on one lucky December day, my mom would allow my two sisters and me to miss school for our trip to […]

apple tree kit

I know, it’s the time of year you’re thinking about a different kind of tree than one that bears apples, but come on, how sweet is this apple tree kit, called “An Apple Tree to Be Kit“. It includes everything you need to grow an apple tree, except for patience, which you will need to […]

xmas tree

In the December issue of Martha Stewart Living, food editor Lucinda Scala Quinn gives her lineup of favorite cookbooks from the last year. Her requirements? “Given my limited shelf space, I only keep books that answer three important questions: Did the recipes work? Is the food delicious? And did I learn something? Of the dozens of […]

santa video

A couple of years ago Santa sent my daughter a personal video message that blew her mind and erased any doubt she might have had about his existence. If you’re interested, here is the website so you can merely give him your updated email info and he can get in touch with you and your […]

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