In place of flowers, I love to give and receive plants. They are the gift that keeps on giving.
Twisting and turning miserably for five hours, all I could think about was how I was going to survive an upcoming trip to visit my daughter in Israel.
It is fun for the whole family, and best of all, can be done anytime and anywhere.
Sure, Pesach might be a little labor intensive, but it brings incredible opportunities to spend quality time with your nearest and dearest...
The seudah will be done as a pot-luck with my two sisters, and I will bring challah freshly baked that day. The only thing remaining to worry about is costumes.
Here are some fun ways to dress up, make some noise and have a raucous good time at your next Purim party.
While we prepare, we can share our positive insights and how-tos, and recipes, and keep raising the happiness level all around.
Let’s face it, no matter how hard you try, sometimes a gift just misses the mark, and I confess this has happened to me more than once.
A great way to prepare for Purim, other than by stocking up on every nosh on sale, is to begin to integrate the lessons of hashgacha pratis around you.
While hibernating at home may feel like the best thing to do during the winter, there are plenty of outside activities to take advantage of, the most popular being ice skating.
You will probably all laugh at me, but number one on my packing list is an extension cord.
There is a strong sense of comfort that comes with zipping up a warm sweatshirt, and pulling on thick wool socks.
Children do love a good birthday party, so it’s time to find a healthy balance between what the school and my budget allows.
I highly recommend that children fall asleep alone, one at a time, to avoid distractions from siblings.
You don’t need me to tell you all this, because like me, you are getting inundated by these calls as well.
Once you greet your guest, feel comfortable setting some basic rules. This is your house, after all.
So what is the game plan for the upcoming yomim tovim? I'm so glad you asked!
To help those who dread it, or are neutral towards it, it’s best to fake it till you make it, i.e. act as if we are excited for the upcoming school year, and before you know it, they just might be.
Lest you think that I now have more hours to get things done, this insomnia doesn’t make me more productive.
One summer, I managed to go the entire season without an air conditioner in my bedroom.
Having already sent three girls to seminary in the Holy Land, you would think I would be an expert on travel gear and accessories...
Of course, before you send out the invites, the bride must decide if she would like a registry or will be accepting whatever creative gifts the guests bring.
While some would argue that doing laundry every two or three days would streamline the job, barring any serious stains, I prefer to tackle the task just once a week.
For those of you who have never cooked in a pressure cooker, it helps to back up a little and understand why they work as well as they do.