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Latkes! #wordlesswednesday


It’s Chanukah, which means it’s time to fry everything! :) Check out my recipe for Spinach-Feta Latkes (I added mushrooms this year)


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Bobble Sport Resusable Water Bottle #Giveaway & Coupon Code

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 10.38.30 PMWelcome to our week-long, bobble SPORT reusable water bottle giveaway, that we are co-hosting with a wonderful group of bloggers from across the United States.

Experts tell us that to be fully hydrated, we’re supposed to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (something which I am admittedly terrible at!)

The easiest way to make sure that you spend all day drinking is to always have a bottle in your bag and reusable water bottles are clearly a much more environmentally-friendly way to go than constantly grabbing a bottle of water out of your supermarket’s refrigerator case.

Did you know that Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year which, with a U.S. recycling rate for plastic of only 23 percent, means 38 billion water bottles are wasted each year3. ?  (from Ban The Bottle )


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Native American Pilgrim #wordlesswednesday



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Thanksgiving Balloons #wordlesswednesday



To learn more about this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, check out my video interview with John Piper, the Vice President and Creative Director of the Macy’s Parade Studio.

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Stationery, Holiday Cards & More from Minted ( #giveaway )

Even in a world where much of our communication is via keyboard and screen, there’s still something wonderful about a handwritten note or a real-life a holiday or birthday card without any dancing emoticons.

I have spend much of my life chafing against the constraints of the handwritten note (please, not another thank you note!), but I  am still very much a lover of pen and paper.  And nothing about receiving an email compares to the excitement of opening up a real, stamped envelope. is an online stationery store powered by a global community of designers–which means that artists and designers all over the world submit their creations to try to win their chance to be your next holiday card or stationery design.


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An Interview with the Designer Behind the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Magic

As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve been to my share of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades–I can’t say that I ever spent too much time contemplating how the spectacular balloons get from the drawing board to the actual parade.

As the niece of a former theater set designer and the wife of a graphic designer, I probably should have given it a little bit more thought.

It was incredibly exciting to have the chance to chat for a bit with John Piper, Vice President and Creative Director of the Macy’s Parade Studio.   John comes from a theater background, with a BFA in Theater Design and Technology from the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign and as the former Direction of Technical Services at the George Potter Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan, and approaches the Macy’s parade extravaganza like he would a large-scale theatrical production.


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    Jessica Kobrin Bernstein is a teacher turned overeducated SAHM to two small children. Constantly cooking something. Sleep?! Talk to me in 20-30 yrs. Always looking for great products to review.

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