3 Cameras to Covet from Best Buy

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A few weeks ago, I created what I think was my best gift guide yet. I always look for cool, slightly unusual, and definitely not pie-in-the-sky items. I had four subguides broken down into kids stuff, socially good products, out of the ordinary gift ideas, and all the things a blogger like me would covet. […]

Another Year of Book Club Reading

Another 12 books for book club reading

I did it again! I read 12 books in one year! And this year, I actually read even more!   I’m a member in good standing of my local book club. Since we started in November 2012, I’ve only missed two actual book clubs AND I still made sure I read the books so that I […]

Holiday Traditions Matter because…

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Everyone has holiday traditions whether they realize it or not. We tend to be creatures of habit but more than anything, I think we tend to be creatures of nostalgia. When I was growing up, the holidays were my absolute favorite time of the year. It was one of the few times we had family […]

For all the fine, thin, straight-haired girls out there

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They say the grass is always greener on the other side. And that certainly seems to be the case with women’s hair. Those with full, curly locks wish they could tame their hair into long, sleek locks. Meanwhile, those with straight hair long for just a little bit of wave. In fact, I find it’s very rare […]

A List of My Favorite Movies Ever

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There’s one question that tells you so much about a person and yet it’s a question I find so difficult. What is your favorite movie? Because the answer really is: it depends. Are you looking for something deep and meaningful? Something that makes you laugh and feel good? Something that’s so romantic you can’t stand […]

How The Penguins of Madagascar Saved Our Sanity on Black Friday

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Did you know that movie theaters are open every singled day of the year? Every. Single. Day. So next time you’re complaining about consumerism and the sacrilege of working on Thanksgiving Day, remember the poor schmucks working at the movie theater. But I’m thankful for those poor schmucks. In fact, I’ve been going to the […]

Fadra’s 3rd Annual Highly Unusual Gift Guide

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Are you ready for some Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or whatever reason you have to rush out and buy something to show someone how much they mean to you? Then I’ve got just the right thing for you. I don’t know why but this year I’m actually ready for Christmas. I mean, I’m not physically ready […]

The Good News and Bad News about the Shark Rotator Vacuum

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There are two camps of people, I’ve learned. Those that love to vacuum and those that don’t. I happen to fall into the former category for reasons I can’t entirely explain. I have no real domestic skills or desires but I somehow find vacuuming, painting, and cleaning windows all extremely gratifying. Even though I’m well […]

Hosting A Casual Get-together in 3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Steps to hosting a casual get-together

Big holiday parties are easy to plan. In fact, planning is always the easiest part. We often host Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve dinner. And next month I’m hosting our book club/holiday party in the the neighborhood. I can plan with the best of them. Plan the food: Sometimes heavy, sometimes light. Perhaps one item in […]

I was an idiot when I started my blog

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When starting a blog, I usually meet people that fall into one of two camps: 1. Those that simply started a little blog to keep their family members updated on how their little peanut was growing and to share pictures of their BAYBAY 2. Those that read all the well known blogs before they were […]

What to Do When Your Kid Asks for a Sip

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I make a lot of parenting decisions based on instinct and not necessarily from parenting books, parenting experts, or even friends and family. Every child is unique. Every family is unique. And every family situation is unique, especially as it relates to alcohol. In my household growing up, you couldn’t find any alcohol in the house, not […]