How To Have Guests And Still Enjoy Your Meal

I feel that I am a good authority to write on this topic, because although I love having guests, it completely stresses me out. Something happens to me when we have guests over; I feel this urge to have the table perfect, the food innovative, delicious and abundant and my children buffed and shiny. When things don’t turn out well, it’s not exactly pretty.

How To Make A Collaborative Purim

I underestimated how eager my children would be to buy real costumes.

Instant Countertop Cooking

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.

Making Short Work Of Your Laundry List

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.

How To Get Back Into School!

The best way to prepare your child for the best year possible is, of course, by preparing.

How To Make A Bridal Shower

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.

How To Make Resolutions Into A Habit

There is a long laundry list of personal goals running through my head that I want to work on. I love taking advantage of a celebratory date to select one of these pressing items and promise myself that this time, I really will begin to do whatever it is that will make my life better. Yet, somehow, after the birthday or New Year passes, my fervent declarations are quickly forgotten and I lapse into my old behavior.

Party, Party, Party!

Of course, before you even start the party, you will probably want to make sure that your house is guest-ready, which means tackling those unpleasant cleaning jobs that we all try our best to ignore.

Marshmallows, Frogs And Bugs, Oh My!

Whether you decide to go formal and proper or playful and laid back, just remember that Pesach is all about transmitting a powerful legacy from one generation to the next.

The Little Engine That Could

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?

From Pesach Fear to Pesach Cheer

I polled my kids to find out what stood out in their minds, hoping that their recollections went beyond a cranky mommy who wasn’t always at her best.

How To Clean Your House In Seven Days Or Less

When I was first married, a good friend invited us over for Shabbos. Nechuma works multiple jobs, has six children, and always produces the most lavish Shabbos and Yom Tov meals. When I asked her what her trick was, she told me: “A house always looks nice as long as it is clean.”

Fruit Frenzy

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?

Pesach: Time Is Money

As much as I am all for economical meals, Pesach is definitely the time of year when I find myself making more roasts.

How To Travel – Outside Of Israel

This is the very best time to plan a vacation.

Kitchen Tips For The Harried Houswife: Preparing For a Three-Day Yom Tov

There will always be items that don’t freeze well – salads and some rice- or potato-based dishes – so you need to leave time to prepare or cook them closer to Yom Tov and ensure there is enough room in the refrigerator to store them.

The High Holidays

When buying clothing for your children, make sure they want to wear those outfits, and it’s not just you who wants them to wear them.

Cell Phone Gadgets

As always, when it comes to electronics, you get what you pay for.

Celebrate Purim With Your Kids

Here are some fun ways to dress up, make some noise and have a raucous good time at your next Purim party.

How to Do A Staycation

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.

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

Last month, I discussed our tumuloutous family trip to Israel and the many mistakes and some smart moves we made along the way. Hopefully you can learn from our mistakes and incorporate the lessons we learned in your own family trips.

Off You Go!

Having already sent three girls to seminary in the Holy Land, you would think I would be an expert on travel gear and accessories...

How To Avoid Shopping ‘Till You Drop

Who doesn’t want to save money? The siren call of sales lures us all, and few are able to resist stocking up.

How To DIY

Do we really have that much extra money to throw away on substandard products and shoddy service? I think not.

What Can We Do To Help Israel Right Now

The world sees the hand of God through us, and does not like it.

Personalize It – Crystallize It!

Whether you are staying home for Pesach or going away, it is nice to have something new to enhance this special Yom Tov. With rhinestone monograms now so readily available you can turn many household items from ordinary to extraordinary.

How To Send Lunch To School

Guess what! We are going to be making our own lunches, and it will be the best ever.

How To Give The Best Present Ever!

In the true desire to cut down on unnecessary purchases, for myself and for others, I have begun asking people directly what they want as a gift.

How To Raise Healthy Kids

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.

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