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I spent the holidays swimming and soaking up the sun (with sunscreen of course!) and filling mind and soul with stories that tickle the funny bone and touch the heart, help us seek balance, become more green, and, finally, get our groove back. My chaise lounge became my home away from home, my happiest of […]

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  • Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs - A fun list o’ books… that makes me once again wish I had tickets to the Erma Bombeck conference as Tracy Beckerman will be there and Daylynn mentioned she’s speaking. :-(

    (I’ve wondered about “Dot Complicated.” Will have to pick it up.)
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  • Cathy Chester - When you begin by talking about soaking up the rays I can’t help but read this. I was kind of hoping your sunshine would travel out to Jersey.

    Sounds like a couple of good books you’ve immersed yourself in. I will have to especially check out Dot Complicated. An interview with Randi Zuckerberg? I’m impressed!
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  • Diane - Thank you so much for the recommendations! My reading list just grew!
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  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Hi Linda,
    Glad you had a nice vacation. Great fun group of books to read or to hold for my next vacation. So cool to see Tracy in the mix and Dot Complicated.
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  • Christina Simon - Great list! I have Rachel’s book The Big List Of Things That Suck (a must-have for those of us wanting to live greener, but not be obnoxious about it). Off to buy Lost In Suburbia…how did I miss this one? Must read it!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Those sound great! I’m putting them on my list along with dozens of others. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - You’ve certainly done a good amount of reading. Must’ve been a very relaxing vacation. I’m now working my way through The Goldfinch – and thoroughly enjoying the saga! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Winer Maizes - That’s about as much as I’ve read in the past 5 years.

  • grownandflown - Linda, these are very good reviews and are more titles to add to my ever-growing list. I love your personal story about Randi Zuckerberg, too, btw.
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  • Marcia @ Menopausal Mother - LOVE Tracy Beckerman and I am also anxious now to read “Not Your Mothers Book.” I heard about this and you have piqued my interest…..
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Those lucky enough to procure one of the 80,000 golden tickets to the Super Bowl in New York City this February, will not only have to brave unruly fans, cold weather, and long lines for the bathroom, but the quest to look fashionable while adhering to the “clear 12 x6 x 12 purse” rules. (Click […]

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  • Sarah (est. 1975) - Okay. #3 is amazing. If only I had $49 to buy it with. I LOVE IT.
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  • Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) - These are cute! I love this idea for a post, seriously. The whole clear bag thing has surely made some women grumble a bit. ;)
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  • Cathy Chester - Great review, Linda. These are all adorable!

    If you’re planning on traveling to my home state, don’t expect warm weather, sunshine or palm trees. Do expect traffic and lots of noise.

    PS So glad you told me who is playing!
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  • Grown and Flown - Linda, we have found lots of inspiration from you before but never about clear plastic handbags. You are providing an important public service here for all those ladies who might have been in crisis at the Super Bowl gate!!! These are adorable, btw, and are much better than a ziplock clutch.
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  • Sheryl - How’d you know I needed to know the names of the teams who are playing? I had NO idea.ReplyCancel

  • Susanna Morgan - And of course I pick the $700 one!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Those are so cute — and thanks for letting me know who’s playing!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - So clueless, had no idea you had to have plastic purses nor who in the world is playing. Nor where in the world the game would be held.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Those are very cute. But an outdoor event in February in NJ??? You couldn’t pay me to go.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Mcgettigan - Those are adorable. I am a fan and actually know who is playing and where, lol. The where is sort of close to me but no way am I going in this crazy weatherReplyCancel

  • Julie Chenell DeNeen - Wait. Are you suggesting those purses would be a good accompaniment if I went to the Superbowl? Clearly I’m the most fashion dense human on the planet.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - I had no idea there were such rules! But I’m sold on #2. If I’m headed to Superbowl, I’m rockin’ that one!
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  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - These are so cute Linda. Love the idea of gals having clear bags and now ugly ziplocks.ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - This post cracks me up! The idea that we’d need clear bags for the Superbowl is funny. But, if I were going (NEVER) I’d want #2.ReplyCancel

My obsession with beauty and skin care came to fruition while watching my mom wash with this and slather with that. I could watch her for hours — the primping, the preening — fascinated by the transformation and careful attention to detail. So began my love affair with beauty. Many years have past, but my […]

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Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom, a working mom, or a mom that works out of the home, most of us have experienced mommy guilt in one form or another as we often feel pulled in two different directions. I found myself smiling and nodding my head in agreement (she gets me!) from the first chapter in […]

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  • Sheryl - Very interesting and insightful words – I wish I had read these when my kids were little and I was besieged by guilt every, oh, five minutes.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - Thanks so much for this review. I love finding new books and authors.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You are so right about boundaries!ReplyCancel

With Thanksgiving rolling into Hanukkah this year, (I jokingly refer to it as “Thanukkah”), I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and way behind the eight ball with shopping for gifts. (Um, sorry kids, we only did one night of gifts.) Hanukkah moves around every year (based on the Jewish calendar), and unlike Christmas or New Years, […]

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  • Haralee - I like this list. We are always out of town and not. No one cruises by to check and what with cell phones and wi-fi, you could be anywhere!
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  • Teresa Speight - This awesome and the tips are great. I am “going out of town” as well…giggle!ReplyCancel

  • grownandflown - Never better advice than “laugh a lot” – thanks for the fab list and good luck with finishing all! Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family, Linda.
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  • Sheryl Kraft - Love all of these! I love the idea of “disappearing” but really not. Evil! Sometimes it’s necessary, what can I say?ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Hiding the scale and wearing baggy clothes is my M.O. Also, when all else fails, chocolate usually helps. Love these tips, Linda!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - I’m a little late to this, but they’re still great tips. I for sure need to hide the scale. Maybe until Jan 2nd.
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Sometimes I joke about handsome firemen coming to my home whenever I attempt to cook – I should be so lucky! -  but a real fire is no laughing matter. Even though I live above a major earthquake fault line, nothing scares me more than fire. (Flying comes a close second.) So when Kidde, the […]

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  • Elaine - I’m rethinking my holiday gift list…Maybe a set of Kidde fire alarms is the way to go for all the loved ones on my list! Thanks for the sharing…and always appreciate your touch of humor – even on a serious matter.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Thank heavens I did ok! Worthy post….important info.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Thanks for getting the word out. This is way too important to ignore! ReplyCancel

  • Anne Parris - We have Kidde smoke alarms, and they are really good. My mother-in-law died after a house fire, so fire safety and having the right fire detection products are really important to me. ReplyCancel

  • A Dish of Daily Life - Important information here! Everyone should read this! ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - You never know how much you need to be prepared until you actually need this stuff. Great information. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Maizes - Thankfully my alarms are new. But that’s because one of our 100 year old alarms suddenly burst into flames last year. The landlady replaced them after that.
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  • Connie McLeod - Thanks for posting. This is important information!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Chase - Wonderful post! You dealt with a frightening problem with such a lovely positive tone. I definately will review fire safety devices in our family.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Such great advice, and I confess I did not do well on this quiz. Thanks for the wake up call.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Such an important topic. I have those Kidde alarms upstairs and downstairs in my house.
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  • Judy - I came here to thank you for the nice tweet. Now I’m on a Kidde shopping frenzy – Thanks for saving our lives!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Kaplan Baseman - Must get the word out to check smoke/CO2 alarms every 6 months. Most of us have the D battery type, which run about $35-40 bucks. Thanks for posting about such an important, yet overlooked, item.ReplyCancel

  • Walker Thornton - Thank you. I shared this with my son and his family!
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  • Hayley Kaplan - Well, I did click to see the handsome fireman and he is indeed handsome. ;) Good info too – thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - So if I let my alarm for off will that cute guy come and rescue me? Actually this is an important post. I’m now going to find out about our alarms. Thanks.ReplyCancel

Tis the season to go shopping, falalalalalalalala! Whether you’re braving the malls or just shopping in the cozy confines of your home, or office (don’t worry, I won’t tell!), you might be lacking for inspiration. Look no further… Here’s the Carpool Goddess 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts & Stocking Stuffers for all the people […]

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  • Christina Simon - Very fun and festive! Who wouldn’t like to get one of these gifts?ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Thanks for showing us that there truly is something for everyone! ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I feel like I’ve done all my shopping with Hanukah coming so early. But I do have a few more gifts to buy. Thanks for this list.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I’m the shopaholic, wine lover, femme fatale and a slew of others. Love this, and I can find lots of cool stuff in your gift guide.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I love these gift ideas. I may just have to buy a few for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Endlich Heffernan - Ohhh I needed this Linda, thanks for all of the great suggestions!ReplyCancel

I’m not gonna lie, while the thought of entertaining excites me, it also gives me hives. I grew up with a mom who enjoyed entertaining and did a marvelous job of it, but was on razor’s edge during the entire process. She wanted everything to be perfect and her brood out of the way. I […]

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  • Hayley - Is that Elaine’s table in the photos? She can’t possibly be set for Thanksgiving already – or is she? Or even more impressive, are you? Love Elaine’s suggestions. I’m also doing Thanksgiving for about 20 people at the same time I’m taking care of my 2 year old nephew for a few days – advance prep will be key for me. I’d better stock up on ziploc baggies!
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  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Oh my gosh, is this your table already set? How is anyone able to set a table for Thanksgiving so early? I love doing Thanksgiving every year and I do it all. I don’t want anyone in the kitchen, just have them in the house and enjoying the company and football, etc. I do plan ahead by making my menu choice about a week before {every year I do something different} all my Thanksgiving meals are as organic as possible and healthy, sticking to fresh ingredients for everything. I do “vision” boards for my meal that day and have them made with pictures and recipes plus any “tweeking” I do them to add my own touch and create my own version. :) So looking forward to this year because I love surprising everyone as they have no idea what to expect. But planning and prepping are key to a smooth Thanksgiving day :)
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  • Poppy - I appreciate a pretty table, but I can never pull it off. I’m lucky if I get a shower in before guests arrive.
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  • Carpool Goddess - Oh heavens no, this isn’t my table. This is Elaine’s table. While I’ll be sweating and freaking out the day of our dinner, she’ll probably be relaxing in a bubble bath from being so organized.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - By now, I’m wise enough to know that I can’t handle the stress from all the balls that have to stay in the air to make a Thanksgiving dinner succeed. So…I order a lot of the food (don’t tell anyone!) and it makes things nice and calm(er).
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!
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  • Sharon Greenthal - My favorite part of any entertaining I do is setting the table – cooking is fun, but decorating is way better!
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  • Nancy Lowell - I have devoted my past three Friday blog posts to TG preparation, and this week will be the final installment if the Countdown to Thanksgiving. I’ve included shopping trips, do ahead work, food saftely and this week is final planning including (ahem) mise en place. If you’re curious please check it out @ http://chefsladtdiet.comReplyCancel

  • Lynn Kellan - I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, too. I’m planning to set the table WAY in advance, but I love the suggestion to measure out ingredients before the big day. What a time saver!
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  • grownandflown - LInda, no matter how many Thanksgiving dinners I have prepared (we are usually just celebrating with the 4 of us in our immediate family since all other relatives are out of state) I am still searching for ways to get everything to the table at the same time and hot. These are amazing tips – thanks so much!! Good luck and enjoy.
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  • Elaine - Linda: Leave it to you to put a funny spin on preparing for the Thanksgiving. I’m both flattered and embarrassed that you featured my tips in this post. I’ll be sure to send photos of me soaking in the bubble bath and looking glamorous as I pull the 20 lb turkey from the oven (ya right!)ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - The tables are gorgeous. Elaine is beyond talented and organized. Does she make house calls?ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - I’m sure your dinner will be amazing with help from Elaine. These are great tips, especially the Ziploc bag tip. Have a great holiday!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I got a break this year. Thanksgiving was going to be at my house but my sister shanghaied it and we are going to her house, so she’s doing all the work for Thanksgivvikah!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Kaplan Baseman - What gorgeous photos. It looks like a lot of work, though. Lucky for me, I’ve got a standing invite at my sis-in-law and bro’s house. She puts on a gorgeous spread, too. Someday, if she ever passes the baton, I’ll be referring back to this great post, CG!

  • Carol Cassara - Never thought about measuring dry ingredients in advance. This is a great piece of advice!
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  • Haralee - I have to admit I love the prep. I love to get out all the lovely serving pieces and setting the table. I write down what we are having and check it before we think everything is ready to sit down. Prior to this last check, salads were left in the back of the frig, rolls still in the freezer, and hard butter!
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When I’m flying on an airplane or waiting for my nails to dry, I reach for trashy tabloids for comfort. I get a kick out of reading US Magazine’s “What’s In My Bag” and “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” as well as their “Fashion Police” section, and thought it would be fun to […]

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When Mini-me and I feel like baking rest assured it is always something chocolatey. Occasionally, we will email each other recipes to save for when she comes home from college and we have our bake-a-thon. You can imagine my delight when she sent me the recipe for the most decadently delicious chocolate brownies I have […]

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  • Kim - Oh dear sweet baby Jesus. I just died and went to heaven. This is just asking for a sugar coma and (at least for me) some serious tooth pain. Oh man it’d be so worth it though. Definitely might have to consider making this at some point and the hope like heck that I don’t gain 20 pounds.
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  • Christina Simon - Sinful is the only name for these bad girls!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle CHIKLIS - Yummy!!! I am definitely going to make these. I might have to take a few extra soul cycle classes.ReplyCancel

  • Jordan Catapano - That looks AMAZINGReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - Makes my knees weak just looking at the picture.
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  • Alecia - Oh my! I’m going to have to try these really soon. They look wonderful and maybe, just maybe, I’ll share with the kids and husband. ha ha
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  • Helene Cohen Bludman - All I can say is oh my. Such decadence. I must try them!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - All I can say is oh my. Such decadence. I must try them!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Kaplan Baseman - I’m already booking an appointment with my dentist. Get Dr. Greg Kaplan on the line. Stat!

    Frankly, CG, I think the original name for these brownies is pretty memorable:)ReplyCancel

  • Pam Lutrell - Oh my, the pictures alone made me gain weight! This looks heavenly…I just might have to make it for when all my kids are home at Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Oh my goodness, Linda. Those pictures have me licking my lips, and my hips have expanded tenfold! Wow! Amazing. I am a chocoholic, too. So if I made them, I’d probably eat the whole thing for dinner! Yum.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - You got to this before I did. I love her blog and her food. I’m so glad I didn’t know you were baking those brownines It would have been a fight to the….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa G. Froman - Ok, those are so wrong…they’re right. Have mercy. ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Wow. Just wow.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Definitely gotta try those…I hate to cook, but I always make an exception when it comes to baking chocolate desserts.
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  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Linda, I am a huge brownie addict and this recipe looks amazing. I’m salivating just looking at the pics! What a great way to incorporate leftover Halloween candy into your baked goods!
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  • Georgia Anne Bennett Ramseur - Linda, these are insane!! If you’re going to bake something naughty you might as well go full force :) …love it!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - I’m all about “made from scratch” so while these look beyond decadent, I’d have to make homemade cookie dough, homemade oreos and homemade brownies – way too much work…I’ll just come over and taste yours next time you make them! Keep my number on speed dial please.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - All I can say is, “Yummmmmmmmmmmmy!”
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If you’re like most adults, you would probably do anything to get a few extra hours of precious sleep. But not if you’re a child. Especially a most delightful and imaginative child like Livi. In Sarah Maizes’ second children’s picture book, On My Way To Bed,  spirited Livi is back and showing us why getting […]

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  • Christina Simon - Sarah is one of my favorite writers (and friends). This book is so fun and reflects the universal bedtime struggle.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - Wishing Sarah lots of success with her book.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - This looks like a really fun book! One that could be read over and over and over. Just like kids want.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Ann Brown Chiles - What a great looking book!!! I can imagine it would be the perfect gift for a perfect great niece!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - I love this! And I love that Sarah writes with her eyes closed. I must learn how to do that!ReplyCancel

  • Walker Thornton - Love kids books…one of my delights in having a grandchild–another excuse to buy books! This one sounds cuteReplyCancel

  • Susan Cook Bonifant - I love her writing routine…and her diligence! I’m going to start carrying my laptop around and I’m not kidding. Thanks – very cheery, upbeat post.ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn Reynolds - This book looks like a wonderful and interesting story!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Delightful post Linda.ReplyCancel