August 31 2016

City Living with Kids,Family

Top Five Picks for Family Game Night

At our house, any night that we can make family game night happen, is a good night.  Finishing dinner, getting baths and homework out of the way, and prying phones, ipads and video games out of everyone’s hands is an accomplishment on par with completing the New York…

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August 27 2016

City Living with Kids,Living in Brooklyn

Five Things to be Grateful for When You Live in a City

Life in New York City can be really hard, especially for working families.  The indignities are rapid fire. I can only imagine it’s the same in any other large or expensive city.  There was a story in New York Magazine recently written by a woman who talks about…

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August 24 2016

Family,Living in Brooklyn,Sanity

What We’ve Lost as We’ve Gotten Richer

I have always been struck by how my grandparents, aunts and uncles on both my mother’s and my father’s side said the same unbelievable phrase to me: “We didn’t know we were poor!”  I have marveled at this my whole life.  How…

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August 19 2016

Health & Wellbeing,Productivity,Sanity,Time Management

A Week of Mental Decluttering

There are times when circumstance offers you a little chance to do a reset.  You should try not to miss those opportunities.  For me, it was my children being at their grandparents house for a whole week.  If there is one thing being child free offers, it is the ability…

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August 17 2016

Living in Brooklyn

Surviving in the City Without a Yard

Any city dweller will tell you that, no matter how much they love city life, there is unquestionably One Major Downside.  I mean, obviously there are a few, but the big one for many people is the lack of outdoor space.  As I go back and forth from my Brooklyn…

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August 12 2016

Health & Wellbeing,Living in Brooklyn

What My 98 Year Old Aunt Knows About Food

Do you know what an apple tasted like in 1926?  Or a steak for that matter?  I don’t.  But my nearly 100 year old Aunt Connie does.  Whenever I go visit her in Staten Island, we mostly talk food.  She is sharp as a knife and even though…

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August 09 2016

Health & Wellbeing,Productivity,Work

How Not to Let Email Ruin Your Life

Exhausted, but Unable to Disconnect: The Impact of Email-related Organizational Expectations on Work-family Balance could the boring-est ever title for the story of my life.  But actually it’s the title of new study which concludes that all of those after-hours emails that we are…

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August 03 2016

Health & Wellbeing

Things You Can’t Buy at the Store

I work in consumer PR, a discipline that attempts to sell products to people by influencing them via the media.  If you detect any undercurrent of judgment in that sentence, then you probably can guess why my name and face are not blaring all over this blog. Don’t get…

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