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How To Keep Cool When The Days Are Hot!

23 Sivan 5774 – June 20, 2014
This summer, why don't we try to do better and cool off without blowing our retirement fund?

Putting Your Gas Guzzler On A Diet

9 Sivan 5774 – June 6, 2014
For those of us who have no choice but to drive, we need to find ways to make that overpriced tank of gas last as long as possible.

How To DIY

17 Iyyar 5774 – May 16, 2014
Do we really have that much extra money to throw away on substandard products and shoddy service? I think not.

How To Make Chol HaMoed Special Without Breaking The Bank

18 Nisan 5774 – April 17, 2014
Yom Tov is about spending time with your family. And while for some families the big once-in-a-lifetime experience is great, for others something low key is the way to go.

Pesach: Time Is Money

5 Nisan 5774 – April 4, 2014
As much as I am all for economical meals, Pesach is definitely the time of year when I find myself making more roasts.

The Little Engine That Could

20 Adar II 5774 – March 21, 2014
So, my dear sisters in the trenches, remember. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And who is tougher than the Jewish women of today?

Fruit Frenzy

6 Adar II 5774 – March 7, 2014
What do you do with fruit that has turned just a little soft and squishy and that no one in your household wants to eat?

How To Get On Top Of, And Stay On Top Of, Pesach Cleaning

22 Adar I 5774 – February 21, 2014
People like to say that dirt isn’t chometz, but as Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky says, if dirt isn’t chometz, how can you tell? Besides, are you really going to take apart the whole closet and then not wipe it down before you put everything back? If you’re not going to clean the mess now, when will you?

Let Them Eat Bread

8 Adar I 5774 – February 7, 2014
I take all my challah ingredients, throw them in the breadmaker, turn on the machine and walk out of my kitchen. Ninety minutes later, I have a gorgeous batch of challah dough with no work and practically no mess to clean up.

How To Make Sheva Brochot

17 Shevat 5774 – January 17, 2014
It’s easy to get excited and start hunting for the perfect shade of champagne tablecloth to match the exact color of the bridesmaid dresses, or to insist that each guest must have a wine glass, water glass and soda glass.

How To Live Through A Renovation

11 Tevet 5774 – December 13, 2013
It’s not that I think contractors, painters and tile guys are exclusively greedy, deceitful incompetent people – I think they are just poor businessmen or women!

How To Give The Gift Of Giving

13 Kislev 5774 – November 15, 2013
Perhaps we can teach our children to give, instead of take... to become contributing members of the community.

How To Raise Healthy Kids

15 Heshvan 5774 – October 18, 2013
I have worked as a nutritionist at a WIC office in Williamsburg for five years now, and combined with my observation of my children’s friends, I’ve come to a realization. Most people are no longer eating food, but rather food-like substances, and worse, they are feeding their children the same.

Spring 2014: Just Around the Corner!

1 Heshvan 5774 – October 4, 2013
It's hard to believe that it is the beginning of October and the Yomim Tovim are already behind us. But having had everything fall out early this year provides a golden opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather and all that the crisp air has to offer.

How To Turn A Mountain Into A Mole Hole

10 Tishri 5774 – September 13, 2013
She wasn't talking about folding the regular loads of laundry, she was talking about huge plastic bins.

Consumer Pet Peeves

29 Elul 5773 – September 4, 2013
Given that this is a consumer column, you can rest assured that I spend countless hours coming up with creative and innovative money saving ideas, but for a change, I am going to try something different and share some of my pet peeves, those moments when you can't believe how much you are paying and how little you are getting in return, when you find yourself shaking your head in disbelief and wondering aloud, "Are they serious?"

How To Get Ready For School!

25 Elul 5773 – August 30, 2013
To some people, the sounds of rustling backpacks and starched uniforms brings feelings of sweet relief; it’s the sound of children going back to school and the household returning to a normal schedule.

How To Have Emunah

6 Av 5773 – July 12, 2013
He had no doubts, he had no questions; he had the most beautiful emunah p'shuta and perhaps, as a small reward, Zaidy was able to see the revelation of G-dliness in this world.

How To Make An Upsherin

7 Tammuz 5773 – June 14, 2013
This past Lag B'Omer, we were blessed to make our first upsherin, where we celebrate our son’s first hair cut. It’s a wonderful milestone that mimics the three years that we refrain from plucking a tree’s first fruits and symbolizes the entry of the child into the world of Torah learning. It’s a clear sign to everyone; this boy is no longer a baby.

How To Travel Like A Family And Stay A Family (Part III)

2 Sivan 5773 – May 10, 2013
As I mentioned in my earlier articles about our family trip to Israel, our night flight went pretty smooth, thanks to my children’s willingness to sleep throughout the flight. I, on the other hand, didn’t sleep a wink and I wasn’t feeling too great by the time we landed. But we were finally in Israel, and just being in the beautifully renovated Ben Gurion airport and hearing all the Hebrew around us was exciting enough.

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