The Dos and Don’ts of Regifting

In case you missed it, yesterday was National Regifting Day. So let’s see a show of hands here: Who has ever regifted before? Not just during the holidays, but at any time? You can’t see me (duh), but my hand is squarely placed in the air—yes, I have regifted. With three girls between the ages of 18 and 21, I’ve seen them open a fair number of gifts with a forced smile and a fake “thank Read more ...

Tree Trends for the Holidays

When it comes to tree decorating, it’s tough to please everyone in the family. I’ll be honest—I like to decorate my tree alone once the kids are in bed. Don’t judge. I like a big full tree with a color theme (matching wrapping paper, too) and clear lights. Blue, white and silver have been my colors of choice the past few years. My daughter, who is a total girlie girl, loves this pink Read more ...

Top Tips for Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

I bought my Thanksgiving turkey from Costco last week, and I didn’t bat an eye when I hauled the 25.63-pound frozen bird into my cart. Mind you, I am cooking for five people this week. Yes. Five. It wasn’t until I got home and tried to shove this beast of a bird into my refrigerator that I realized I had just bought five pounds of turkey per person. Clearly math is not my best subject Read more ...

10 Black Friday Shopping Tips to Help You Survive the Savings

Game on, holiday shoppers—the stores are officially rolling out the sales, and it’s time to plan your holiday shopping strategy. First up: Black Friday. Love it or hate it, this is a day for deals. Here are our 10 best Black Friday shopping tips to help you best navigate the wild crowds and survive this day of savings. 1. Make a plan. When it comes to navigating Black Friday mobs, the worst Read more ...

Beauty and the Best of 2013

Our Favorite Picks from Allure’s Best of Beauty Award Winners Every year, the editors of allure lather, spritz, brush on and glam up, searching for their “Best of Beauty” award winners. This year, they’ve chose 246 exceptional beauty and skin care products to award—and we have taken their list and trimmed it down even more, selecting our very own “best of the best.” Here are our staff Read more ...

Go, Go Gadgets!

My go-to favorites for my kiddos and me. With the holiday season approaching, my tiny kitchen is shaking in its boots. Three teenagers—who are all addicted to Pinterest—will be giving my stovetop, oven, mixers, utensils and measuring cups quite a workout over the next few months, trying out new recipes and whipping up delicious new goodies. And I will likely be close behind, cleaning up the Read more ...

4 Easy DIY Projects for Fall

Calling all “DIY-challenged” wannabe craft-makers (like me): Here are some super-easy-but-really-cool DIY projects that involve little to no craft-making skill or experience. (Now that’s what I’m talking about.) Get down with your crafty self and have a little fun this weekend with these ideas: Candle holders. Mason jars, decorative glass pebbles, floating candles and twine come together Read more ...

5 Things to Do With Pumpkin Seeds

I’ll be heading to the pumpkin patch this month with my kids, like many of you. Never mind the fact that they’re all teenagers now—they still love this tradition, and they’re happy to indulge me with a trip that always takes me back to their toddler years. There’s nothing cuter than a 3-year-old trying to carry a pumpkin bigger than her head. And this brings up the question I’ve been Read more ...