My Labeling Obsession. Stop Two: Baking Sheet Storage

My Labeling Obsession. Stop Two: Baking Sheet Storage. Want your home not just to get organized, but to stay organized? In this 4-part series, we visit different parts of the house where labels are very, very welcome.
  Want your home not just to get organized, but to stay organized? In this 4-part series, we visit different parts of the house where labels are very, very welcome.   By Renee Muller Here’s a tip that was a true lifesaver. Know those “aha” moments, where you stop for a minute and exclaim, “Now, why didn’t I think of this before?” This...

8 Craft Ideas for Your Teens & Preteens

They’re way beyond paper, markers, and glue...let ‘em get crafting and create these cool projects.   By Leah Schapira   It's time to banish the phrase “I’m bored.” With some household supplies, you can keep your teen entertained for hours. Marble Stationery   Got only plain boring paper? Want something that’s way more interesting? Make your own marble-textured stationery. https://youtu.be/OB0WwTG5Q0A You’ll need: foam shaving cream food coloring ...

My Labeling Obsession. First Stop: My Children’s Closets

Want your home not just to get organized, but to stay organized? In this 4-part series, we visit different parts of the house where labels are very, very welcome.
  Want your home not just to get organized, but to stay organized? In this 4-part series, we visit different parts of the house where labels are very, very welcome. By Renee Muller   Do you own a label maker? Is it collecting dust? Or, even worse, do you not own one?!? Well, my friend, I urge you: pull it out (or order...

Cooking in a Hotel Room? 9 Ways to Use Your Sandwich Maker

If you’re spending winter break in a hotel, you can prepare way more than grilled cheese with this inexpensive appliance.   By Chayie Schlisselfeld Photos by Rina Schiffman On vacation? Even if we’re in a city where there may be kosher food, I find in order to have a successful day when (AKA no fighting!), we need to start our days with a...

The Secret of the Best Frozen French Fries

The Secret of the Best Frozen French Fries
You can be a gourmet cook...and still proudly serve the best frozen fries. All you need is a little seasoning.   Some people would start an article like this, “Ok, I admit, I serve frozen French fries …blah blah blah….”   I have nothing to be ashamed of. I proudly serve frozen French fries. All the time. I actually keep stacks...

When the Kids Learned They Had Another Brother

When is it appropriate to talk about a baby that didn’t live? And how and when do you tell your children?
  When is it appropriate to talk about a baby that didn’t live? And how and when do you tell your children?   By Victoria Dwek   I don’t think about my first baby, born 11 months before my oldest son, that often. Baruch Hashem, the next few children came in quick succession. I never had thoughts like “If he were alive…”   Still, though,...

On the Road? Games to Play While Driving Somewhere Far Away

Keep the “Are We There Yet?” refrains away with these games you can play while on the road.
  Keep the “Are We There Yet?” refrains away with these games you can play while on the road.   By Esti Waldman   The ABC game Every player must find each consecutive letter of the alphabet on a sign along the way. To make it a little easier, you can allow license plates to be included as well. PDQ (based on this card game) This...

You’ll Want to Avoid My Grammar Pet Peeves

The grammar mistakes that make me cringe (and how to correct them)
The grammar mistakes that make me cringe (and how to correct them) Grammar pet peeves…where to begin? Let’s start by defining what a grammar pet peeve is not. It’s not a cute fluffy animal that’s fun to cuddle; rather, it’s more like some type of pesky vermin that ruins your day or makes your blood pressure rise. Regrettably, there are...

Temper Tantrum Brewing? Four Ways to Diffuse or Avoid ‘Em

Temper Tantrum Brewing? Four Ways to Diffuse or Avoid ‘Em
  There might be nothing you can say that will quiet that screaming child in the throes of a tantrum. But you can handle the situation, no prob.   By Sarah Massry   Some mothers, while in the midst of dealing with a child in a temper tantrum, resort to some desperate measures. I even once saw one other taping together her toddler’s...

9 Things I Buy in IKEA. And none of them need to be assembled.

The bets things to buy in IKEA that do not have to be assembled.
  Shopping at IKEA is my perfect way to spend a Sunday with my girls. By Renee Muller   Notice I said “girls.” NOT boys. NOT hubby. Also, not baby. IKEA takes strength. And ambition. Stuff crazy women like us have. Midwinter break is the perfect occasion.   This is the type of trip that ends with two Advils and a tall glass of...