Archive for November 2010

Clearing out the Holiday Cobwebs

It’s time to tackle the holidays.  Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can focus on Christmas.   Amid the hustle and bustle of holiday parties, shopping and snow shoveling, it is always good to take some time and have fun!  During the month of December,  everyone needs to commit to a fun activity at least once... Read more »

Chicago: A Love/Hate Relationship

At this time of year when the air turns cold and the sky turns a flat, ugly gray, I always wonder, why do I live in Chicago and not in say, Barbados? As with anything in life, there is a good and bad side to everything, including the Second City. Here are 5 reasons why... Read more »

Surviving holiday travel...with children

The holidays are upon us, bringing with them the promise of large get-togethers with friends and family.  And unless all of your friends and family live within throwing distance, chances are that gathering also means traveling. If you are the lucky one that gets to hit the highway or the skyway this season to visit... Read more »

A Quick Vent: Celebrity Marriages

It amazed me to read that Scarlett Johansson and husband of 5 minutes, Ryan Reynolds are having marital problems due to their “hectic work schedules”.  Whether this is true or not, celebs need to nut up and realize that real life and marriage is hard. What married couple doesn’t have “conflicting work schedules”??? Add a... Read more »

Hello, baby!

It’s no secret that I am thinking about having another baby.  And, if you are like me, a planner and semi-control freak, I prefer to be in the best possible position for any challenge.  Whether it is a new job, a home improvement or major life decision, the more knowledge the better. Before each of... Read more »

Backyard funeral: The story of a boy, his hamster and one family's backyard burial.

No, Brooks, your hamster is not hibernating. My husband knew the situation was not good the second he heard our youngest, Brooks, call down from his bedroom, “Dada, I think Rascal is hibernating.” Without hesitation and without me there to solve the crisis, my husband bolted up the stairs to Brooks’s bedroom. Brooks sat in... Read more »

Centerpieces, side dishes and short people tables

I could be the queen of email subscribing.  I love receiving newsletters from businesses and publications inspiring me with tips to personalize my holiday home.  Recently, I was on a mission to find centerpieces for my 25 person Thanksgiving table. When I think of fall, I automatically think of colors such as pumpkin or cranberry,... Read more »

Holiday Tips Part Two--Avoiding the Ninth Circle of Hell

     The Mall. One of the most important creations of modern society. A gigantic enclave housing all one would need to survive a nuclear holocaust. Clothing, shoes, bedding, furniture, The Great Steak n’ Potato Company. Not a bad place, except from November 1st to January 1st of each year when it becomes the aforementioned Ninth... Read more »

Four weeks to a stress free holiday gathering

November means the start of family gatherings and the holidays.  As the chic housekeeping magazines begin to fill my mailbox and suggest that I start making crepe paper center pieces and piping tiny turkeys onto homemade petit fours, a sense of urgency to hit my local craft store kicks in.  I am a notorious list... Read more »