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Best Nativity Scenes Ever: Part 1 in the Best of the Beauty Mommy Series

December 26th, 2012 by
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This post originally ran in December 2010, and it was so popular I decided to run it again. Post-Christmas sales are the best time to stock up on beautiful heirloom pieces like the Nativity sets shown here!   Christmas Decorating: Nativity Scenes This morning I was chatting with my friend Dee at a playgroup, and […]

100 Best Gifts of 2012: 10 Gifts for Bakers

December 10th, 2012 by
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We owe a lot of holiday cheer, or at least the heavenly scents that are linked to them, to the brilliant bakers in our lives. Show your appreciation with one of these thoughtful gifts for bakers. 1. Holiday Deluxe Pantry Gift, $79.95, King Arthur Flour Co.: This beautifully presented box holds a supply of top-notch […]

Go, Go, Go: 3 Sites to Visit Now

October 19th, 2012 by

I know that this month, and the next, and the next, are busy, busy, busy, but trust me, these three sites are worth taking time away from pumpkin-pie-baking and costume-making, if that is your thing. (I buy pumpkin pies and costumes, but I do make pumpkin soup, pumpkin butter, pumpkin seed cookies, and pumpkin pancake […]

Pantry Raid, Part III: 5 Simple Substitutions for Better Health

October 14th, 2012 by
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One of the things that I have learned in my quest to make quick, healthy meals for my family is that, for most of us, a total overhaul is intimidating and impossible. But we can make a healthier lifestyle more manageable by making smart, simple choices, and most of these start at the store. So, […]

Pantry Raid, Part 2: 5 FOODS TO NEVER, EVER BUY AGAIN

October 13th, 2012 by
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An inevitable part of any pantry overhaul is deciding what to keep and what to toss. Gone are stale, half-eaten package of crackers you forgot to seal up, or the sticky jumble of lollipops on the bottom of the candy bin. Lately, though, I’ve developed some criteria that go beyond the typical: tossing what is […]

Pantry Raid, Part 1: 5 Best Tips to Organize Your Pantry

October 12th, 2012 by
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I spent Monday morning avoiding other, more pressing duties by organizing my pantry. Not that it didn’t need it. Like my desk area, the back door, the closet with all of the holiday decorations, and other clutter-prone areas in our house, the pantry seems to be in perpetual need of an overhaul. But I am […]

Top 5 Toys to Never, EVER Buy (You’ve Been Warned)

October 9th, 2012 by

I am still reeling from the two afternoons of my life, two afternoons that could have been spent reading or napping or cuddling with my girls, but were instead spent sorting through piles and piles of toys in a probably futile attempt to clean the playroom, once and for all. I was struck by how […]

The Beautymommy List: 5 Toys NEVER to Buy, and Why

October 8th, 2012 by

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4 Rules for an Organized Playroom

October 8th, 2012 by
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Fall fun and festivities have begun, and this weekend we kicked it off with an Octoberfest at the girls’ school, the first fall carnival of the season, and a rocking 10th anniversary party for one of the hippest couples we know. In between all of the fall fun, I found time to tackle a monster […]

My Four Favorite Foods (of the moment)

September 21st, 2012 by
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Lately, I feel like I am always packing up something for someone to eat somewhere else: lunches for the girls, breakfasts for Kevin, snacks for the Western hemisphere. And when you spend that much time fussing over food, you are bound to get a little bored. Hence, a few questionable impulse buys I’ve made lately: […]