Sure, there’s teen angst, but not enough attention is paid to shopping-for-teens angst. Too old for kid stuff, not old enough for grown-up things (read: super expensive or nice, or wine/liquor related) makes this age group a tough one. Plus, wishing them well on another school year they just know they’re going to loathe? Not […]

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It’s that time of year again, when stores stock up on milk crates, twin XL sheets and other dorm staples. Last year I inaugurated the annual back-to-school gift-giving tips for kids from kindergarten through college. This year we start with the campus-bound coeds and a slew of new gifts that scream “big man on campus”. […]

If there’s one conundrum that seems to befall every parent of school-aged children during summer, it’s this: how best to keep the kids entertained for three long, seemingly endless months? The dog days of summer are so long and hot that even the most well-behaved kids suddenly seem a little less angelic. Fortunately there are plenty of gift […]

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Nothing says “summer” like the most quintessential, all-American  holiday. The 4th of July celebrates America with great pomp and grandeur – it’s a special day unlike any other, and people all over the country make the most of it by firing up the barbecue and watching the spectacular fireworks light up the darkening sky. Whether you’ve got […]

With the unofficial start of summer under our belts, it’s time to  move forward and get set for a season of endless surf, sun and sand.  Okay, maybe it won’t be endless, per se, but there are bound to be plenty of enjoyable moments on the agenda. Kick summer off on the right foot with a […]

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Whether they’re headed to a tropical island for a little respite from real life or planning their upcoming European trek, they will all require sunscreen. It’s the summer essential that no one can afford to be without – just ask any dermatologist or skin care  expert who has seen firsthand the lasting (and often dangerous) side effects of […]

The older you get, the more you appreciate your parents. And once you become one yourself, you come crawling back to them, taking back every eye roll or broken curfew. This year, instead of giving separate Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts (because let’s be honest, how many more lotions or golf-themed paperweights do they need?) […]

Usually, a new mom’s newly minted status doesn’t sink in right away. Believe it or not, it’s not the marathon feeding sessions through the night, or the endless rocking to sleep, or the 24-hour pajama party that hit home. So what does? Her first Mother’s Day. That Hallmark holiday on which she’d dutifully send flowers […]

Ask any woman who’s got a beach trip on the agenda this summer: getting  fit is high on her to-do list right now. Between the increased cardio  and strength workouts, the renewed focus on diet, the general avoidance  of all things delicious…well, it’s a feat much easier said than done.  Obviously it’s not impossible, though, […]

They stick by you through it all – office dramas, bad moods, insanely busy mornings that somehow transform into unforgettably manic days. Isn’t it only fair that those hard-working receptionists, secretaries and other administrative professionals have their own day? As one of the more recent holidays in existence (it was first observed in 1952), it’s […]

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