So what is the game plan for the upcoming yomim tovim? I'm so glad you asked!
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.
For extra credit, you can bring out your vacuum and clean the coils at the bottom of the fridge. Having these coils dust free keeps your fridge running more efficiently and saves on electricity.
I debated starting the kids with less-than-sharp-knives but there's really no point in doing that. If they are learning a skill, they might as well learn it right.
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.
Eating a gluten-free diet is so much easier today than it was even five years ago.
I think if we can be honest with ourselves, most women will admit to enjoying Pesach cleaning - and perhaps to even looking forward to it all year long.
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.
There is a strong sense of comfort that comes with zipping up a warm sweatshirt, and pulling on thick wool socks.
For about 12 seconds, I contemplated selling them on eBay, but mailing liquids sounded like an adventure that could only have an unhappy ending.
I am of the opinion that children’s money belongs to them, and if they want to blow it on junk from the local discount store, that is their prerogative.
This is the very best time to plan a vacation.
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.
Though we spent thousands of dollars on our flights, we definitely had no intention of paying $1.05 for a luggage cart.
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.
The Open Kitchen is so appealing you practically want to eat the pages as you turn them.
I'm not trying to minimize the holy work of raising children.
Having already sent three girls to seminary in the Holy Land, you would think I would be an expert on travel gear and accessories...
Pick a day to start. We would love to begin on Motzaei Yom Kippur, but if your children are fasting, they might not be up to it, unless they drank coffee and are now all hyped up.
The number one way to avoid many of the typical challenges that could delay a child’s success and growth in the coming years is by utilizing a well-thought out routine.
It goes without saying that when it comes to your kids, safety is always your number one priority.
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.
Invest in some good cleaning habits, along with a good solid dose of planning and prevention.
Make a list of all the things you must do today, number them in order of how much you detest them, and then do the first one on the list first.
So often, when it comes to furniture in a home with children, there is a tug of war between functionality and beauty. Either get the industrial strength dining chairs that are ugly but never stain, or the elegant chairs that will force you to exercise your vocal cords all the time. There are those, of course, who get the beautiful chairs and cover them with industrial strength plastic, but they're not fooling anyone. I personally prefer the happy children.
I find that the best way to get things done is not to push things off.
Who doesn’t want to save money? The siren call of sales lures us all, and few are able to resist stocking up.
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?
The traditional recipes she used throughout our lives brought comfort and love to both our family and strangers alike.
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.