Best Deals For Cyber Monday Shopping

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I love a good deal as much as the next guy but I refuse to buy into the madness that Black Friday has become.  I’d much rather catch the sales on Cyber Monday, as I jump at any opportunity to shop in my pajamas.  Here’s a list of some of the deals for online shopping tomorrow: Continue reading

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Eat & Tell: Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Since the recipe for my Sweet Potato Cornbread was such a big hit, I thought I’d post the recipe for my Sweet Potato Biscuits.  These sweet buttery biscuits are a great alternative to the usual dinner rolls and perfect for breakfast or brunch as well.  You can even save some time by making them in advance.

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inspIration: Cocktail Rings

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The folks over at Brilliant Earth asked me to participate in their Signature Piece Challenge.  The challenge was to create a fashion board around one of their fabulous vintage cocktail rings.  They are all so gorgeous, it was hard choosing just one.

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DIY: Create A Bento Box Of Fun

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This week I’ve been preparing for the 7 hour drive ahead of us to get home for Thanksgiving.  Each time we take this trip, I pack an arsenal of stuff to keep the kid occupied during the ride.  But no matter what she has going on in the back seat, she still manages to ask me the dreaded question, “Are we there yet?” at least once an hour.  Then she spends the next 5 minutes whining about how it is “going to take forever!” and blah, blah, blah.  By the time we get to our destination, I’m ready to barricade myself in a room with a bottle of wine! Continue reading

Eat & Tell: Cake Pop Zombie Graveyard

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This year, I decided to do skeletons for my Halloween cake pops and somehow that morphed to a zombie graveyard.  Here’s how I made it…

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Fun & Healthy Halloween Treats

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Although Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand, there are lots of fun and healthier alternatives to the sweet stuff to enjoy.  Check out a few creative ideas from my Pinterest Halloween board to share at your Halloween party, at the office or with trick-or-treaters at your door. Continue reading

3 Tips To Help You Plan Your Next Party

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It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July weekend is upon us already!  As hosting the festivities can be overwhelming, I am sharing 3 tips to help you get out of the kitchen so that you can enjoy the party.  Continue reading

Eat & Tell: My Cupcake Obsession

IMG_3311After my life changing experience at Magnolia Bakery, I fell in love with cupcakes.  Not just the taste, but the experience I have when eating one.  I love how the sweet smell of sugar wafts up my nose and my lips get lost in the icing with each bite.  I love how the moist cake melts when it meets my tongue.  I love when I put just the right amount of batter in the cupcake liner so that it bakes just right up to the edge.  Then adding the perfect amount of icing so that I get equal amounts of icing and cake with each bite.  Cupcakes have become my guilty pleasure and my latest obsession. Continue reading

Family Gift Guide: 8 Great Gifts To Bring Your Family Closer Together

As you finish up your holiday shopping, consider giving a gift that the family can enjoy.  Any gift that gives you the opportunity to connect with your loved ones in a meaningful way and create lasting memories is priceless.

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1. Kids Responsibility Board  $48

This is a great way to practice responsibility and money management.  This inventive responsibility station provides a practical way to establish positive life habits in your children.

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2. Mommy and Me Apron Set $49

If you spend a lot of time cooking with your little girl like my daughter and I do, these adorable mother and daughter apron sets are sure to inspire your next culinary creation.

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3. Headbanz Game $12.99

My daughter got this game as a birthday gift and it has become a family game night favorite.  It’s a fun, fast-paced, and simple question game that everyone aged 6 and up can enjoy.

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4. You Got Your Driver’s License Kit $25

Show support for the new driver in your family!  This kit includes a tire gauge, an emergency flashlight, a cloth cell phone pouch to prevent texting while driving, and a colorful fuzzy dice keychain.  Use the time in the car to really talk to your kid about what’s going on in their lives, their friends and their fears.

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5. Publish a Book

Put your child’s imagination on paper!  The next time your child starts to tell you an amazing story, write it down.  Have them draw pictures to illustrate the story.  Choose an online publishing site like lulu.com to print the book.  Then invite your friends and family over for a book signing party.  You could also sell the books and donate the money to a charity of your child’s choice.

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6. Start a Journal

It’s never too late or to early to start a journal for your child to capture all the priceless moments you experience as a parent.  I started journaling to my daughter when I was pregnant as a way to document the experience and never stopped.  I write about her development as a person, our ups and downs as a family and her personal milestones.  I just hope she can read my handwriting!

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7. Awkward Family Photos Game $24.99

Based on the ultra-popular website AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, this board game features hilarious photos of other families sure to bring you closer to your own.  Learn more about the people closest to you as they interpret the awkward moments of others!

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 8. Create Your Family Tree

What better way to bond as a family than by learning more about your ancestry! Involve the whole family in this project by assigning each family member a relative a to interview (give younger children questions to guide them).  Once you have gathered your family history and lots of pictures, go to familyecho.com to create a free family tree online.  Be sure to update your tree as you continue your research and discover more about your history and heritage.   This family project is sure to be both a revealing and rewarding experience.

Happy Holidays!

 

Tips on How to Blend Family Holiday Traditions

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Growing up Baptist in Newark, NJ, I didn’t know much about Judaism.  But after 16 years as a part of my husband’s family (he’s Jewish and African-American), I’ve learned that cheese kugel tastes very much like baked mac and cheese, how to sit shiva and that my mother-in-law is the queen of kvetching (love you, mean it:)).

With the number of interracial marriages at an all time high, diverse families are faced with deciding how to define family tradition, customs and holiday celebrations.  While weaving family traditions together can be challenging, it can also be enriching and rewarding.  Learning about other cultural traditions can open up a world of new experiences.

Below, I’ve listed  a few ideas on how you can blend holiday traditions:

Decide which holidays are most important to each of you

Have an open conversation about which holidays and traditions you want to embrace and plan to pass down to your children.  It will eliminate assumptions about where and how you spend your holidays.  My husband and I started dating around the holidays, so we established this early on.  Luckily, our traditions didn’t conflict.  But in the case that they do, be prepared to compromise.

Incorporate the meaning of the holiday into the celebration

It’s funny how many times we celebrate holidays without discussing their true meaning.  Take time to explain the significance of the holiday to your spouse or partner.  This will help them understand the heritage, history and why it is important to you.

Create your own traditions

One of the best things about being a couple is creating new traditions and memories together.   After a couple of years of trying to visit family in two states on Thanksgiving day, we decided to start hosting the holiday at our home.  It became the one time of year that our entire family got together.  Whatever you decide, let your relationship and things that you enjoy doing together inspire you to start your own traditions.

In the end, any holiday that brings your family and friends together is worth celebrating.

Happy Holidays!