Taking Advantage Of Long Winter Nights
In the spirit of taking full advantage of the desire to stay indoors during these chilly nights, let’s organize our homes so that we can find the peace of mind we deserve.
Spring 2014: Just Around the Corner!
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.
In Full Swing
It goes without saying that when it comes to your kids, safety is always your number one priority.
Fun In The Sun
While officially sunglasses are to offer our eyes important UV protection, in reality our shades are a fun fashion statement.
How To Make Mornings A Pleasure
Ahh, the mornings. A time of peace and serenity, for sipping a cup of coffee while catching up on the morning news. Or perhaps you use the time to bake fresh healthy cookies for the family’s midday snack. However, if your mornings are better described as rush hour compounded by nagging warnings, here are a few handy steps to create a stress free routine.
How To Get Rid Of Pesky Spills
Invest in some good cleaning habits, along with a good solid dose of planning and prevention.
How To Make Purim Sameach!
There’s nothing like a holiday where one is required to be happy to bring out the grouch in all of us. But we should all be excited to greet Purim. Not only because of the beautiful miracle that occurred, the lessons of emunah and the role of the Jewish woman that Megillas Esther teaches us, but also because it’s the only twenty-four hour holiday that we celebrate here in Chutz L’Aretz, and it has merely four mitzvot! How simple is that?
How To Turn A Mountain Into A Mole Hole
She wasn't talking about folding the regular loads of laundry, she was talking about huge plastic bins.
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.
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.
Battling The Diet Demons
Everyone has a weakness. For some people it is the inability to walk past a sales rack without dropping a few hundred dollars. For others, it’s the inability to keep their house organized.
Don’t Leave Home Without It
You will probably all laugh at me, but number one on my packing list is an extension cord.
How To Make Chanukah An Unforgettable Experience
I am a huge fan of shared family experiences...
Consumer Pet Peeves
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 Make A Scavenger Hunt
It is fun for the whole family, and best of all, can be done anytime and anywhere.
How To Make Chol HaMoed Special Without Breaking The Bank
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.
How To Make A Collaborative Purim
I underestimated how eager my children would be to buy real costumes.
How To Travel With Children
Either bring blankets from home or get from the flight attendants. Bring sweatshirts for added coziness as the blankets are sure to fall off.
Cell Phone Gadgets
As always, when it comes to electronics, you get what you pay for.
Think Inside The Box
It's nice to step back and appreciate the mitzvah in a fresh and minimalist way.
Hop On Board The AliExpress
Shopping on AliExpress requires some planning.
V’nahafoch Hu – Turn The Work Into Simcha
While we prepare, we can share our positive insights and how-tos, and recipes, and keep raising the happiness level all around.
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.
The French Connection: Unique Headscarves From Overseas
Judith Levy is a gorgeous French-born woman with a flair for fashion and the written word (she’s an editor for French editions of Artscroll). At the start of her second marriage she found herself in a shaitel vs. tichel predicament very similar to mine.
Survivor: The Kitchen Edition
We survived the week so well that no one in my family ever realized they were living through my planned experiment.
The kids are coming! The kids are coming!
Getting Children To Stay In Bed
I highly recommend that children fall asleep alone, one at a time, to avoid distractions from siblings.
How To Make Pesach Cleaning Stress Free!
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.