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creating the (ch)extraordinary (a giveaway)

March 31, 2015


Chex Giveaway

There are the big moments, calendar worthy, marked with cakes and hearts, circled, assigned with reminders—anniversaries, religious holidays, graduations, TV celebrations from the Superbowl to the Academy Awards—and then there are our every days. We strive to infuse our daily lives with light-up moments, scribbling love notes into lunch bags, or creating savory routines worthy […]

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car conversations

February 24, 2015


One of the reasons I opted for a car without a DVD player or TV screens on the headrests is because I value our car conversations, the ones we wouldn’t have if my beans were being carted off to karate lessons after school, wearing headphones, engrossed in a movie on demand. Conversations like this one, […]

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pajamas & pearls oscar party

February 20, 2015


Oscartini Cocktail

Okay, so who’s having an Oscar’s viewing party at their home this year? Not me.* Want to know why? Because I’m still living in a rental house with crap carpeting throughout, and our furniture is still in storage, and the rest of this sentence and life is followed up with more excuses. I seldom entertain […]

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troop beverly hills (online)

February 6, 2015


Girl Scout Cookie Time

Have Girl Scout Cookies sent to your home, or donate cookies to our Military, so you don’t have to eat them! Please support Abigail’s Girl Scout cookie troop! Yes, I’m the troop leader and fully admit that I joined because of my obsession with the movie Troop Beverly Hills. That, and because of a fight […]

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give good gift

November 30, 2014


give good gift

For my birthday, I received a subscription to Allure Magazine’s Beauty Box: SAMPLE SOCIETY from friends who are already enjoying it. Nay, they love it. Said I had to have it. Each month a box arrives with some extra large samples of beauty editor favorites from Allure Magazine, along with a booklet explaining the products […]

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tartan thanksgiving tabletop

November 26, 2014


Tartan Thanksgiving Tabletop - hello, Dollar Tree, Target, and Michael

I have news. Phil’s pathology results have come in. Phil, typical male, got no details for me. Instead, I received his text, “Pathology back. All is fine.” That’s it. No detail about what it was, only what it wasn’t. Still, we’re very thankful for the news about his man-lump. Thank you again for your good […]

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thanksgiving planning

November 13, 2014


Stephanie Klein

This 2014 Thanksgiving season, I’ll be hosting a meal for twelve adults and six children (almost all of whom eat more than the adults)–that’s eighteen tushies in seats. Last year, we were eleven adults and four children, making 14 seats and a highchair. In 2012, we were fourteen adults and four children (18 people), and […]

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thanksgiving birth announcement

November 5, 2014


thanksgiving birth announcement

Putting aside the obvious visual imagery of trussing the legs together after removing the bloody signs of life, Thanksgiving is an awful lot like giving birth. It’s a pain you’ll always remember but also somehow forget when you consider having another one. This particular gem of an analogy came upon me last year, at the […]

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