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Registry Must-Haves: 10 Wedding Gifts You Will Still Use in 20 Years

May 28, 2014 |

Creating a wedding registry is a rite of passage for engaged couples. Running around Bed, Bath and Beyond armed with your registry scanner can seem like a fun way to spend an afternoon, but the decisions you make could impact your life a decade or two down the road. You'll probably get more gifts on your wedding day than at any other point in your life. Get the most value out of your stash of wedding gifts by taking some advice from those with the most insight. According to couples who have been married for many, many years, these are the ten weddings gifts you will still use in 20 years. Read More

Frugal Home Decor: The Dos and Don’ts of Shopping IKEA

May 8, 2014 |

If you are lucky enough to live near IKEA, you know that it is so easy to go there looking for a great print to hang in your new apartment and leave there spending way more than you intended. Maybe it is the smell of Swedish meatballs combined with the maze of cleverly designed furniture that hypnotizes shoppers? Whatever it is, if you follow these dos and don’ts of shopping IKEA, you will be well on your way to becoming an IKEA shopping wunderkind!

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Just Say No to Crystal Dolphins: 6 Foolproof Housewarming Gift Ideas

May 13, 2011 | 3

Housewarming gifts are a nice gesture, especially if the new homeowners are throwing a party. But let's face it, most people already have a plethora of stuff they've accumulated throughout their adult lives, especially if they've already been showered with wedding gifts. Here's a list of ideas to help you pick gifts that will be appreciated and used by the happy homeowners.

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Musical Chairs

February 15, 2011 | 1

I don't know how it is at your household, but in my family, everyone has a specific "place" at the dinner table. The only time people sit in a different spot is when someone has a friend over, and the ... Read More

Chopsticks

November 16, 2010 |

The wedding my husband and I recently attended featured some interesting food selections during the cocktail hour. In addition to the "usual" stuff like shrimp cocktails, mini quiche and other canapés, there were quesadilla wedges, mini-grilled cheese sandwiches, sliders and ... Read More

Weird Holiday Monday: Edible Art Edition!

September 27, 2010 |

September 27 is Family Day! Bring out the nice dishes and have a special dinner with your family tonight. 15% off your purchase at Pfaltzgraff Some exclusions apply, see site for details. Enter coupon code NEXTPURCHASE. Valid through: September 30, ... Read More

Event Planning

September 24, 2010 |

This September, the second of my three children started high school.  During the first week of school, all the parents of freshman students attend an evening meeting.  The first time we attended such a meeting, we learned that this was ... Read More

Timing is Everything

May 6, 2010 | 1

My late-afternoon routine is, well, very routine.  I usually get started making dinner between 5 and 5:15, and dinner hits the table about an hour later.

But my eight-year-old has two baseball games a week these days, and his ... Read More

I Scream, You Scream

April 2, 2010 |

We all scream for ice cream!

Yes, we like our ice cream in this house.  And visitors to the house can tell that, just by looking at our silverware.

You see, we're not always careful to use an ice-cream scoop ... Read More

Coffee And...

March 3, 2010 |

I've got a feeling that this is a very local expression.  It's not something I've ever heard used since I moved away from northern New Jersey.   And it's a rather difficult expression to define:  "coffee and..."

"Coffee and WHAT?"  I ... Read More

Pancake House

February 9, 2010 |

Every Saturday morning, my husband and seven-year-old make pancakes.  It's their ritual.  At seven, our son can measure the pancake mix, drag a chair to the sink, pour in the water, and mix up the batter.  Then he waits impatiently ... Read More