i always tell friends and family who ask me for advice on what they should do to lose weight, get fit, have more energy, or fight depression how critical breakfast is. not just that you have it, but when you have it, what you have, and how you have it. i learned the hard way, and i’ve come a long way from when i used to skip breakfast entirely (aside from cigarettes and coffee). [read more]
so this is kind of a big change for me, as i’ve been a long haired girl pretty much since being a teenager… having a baby that was pulling and tearing my hair out was an incentive. as was the time i wasted on conditioning and brushing my long hair. it was just too long, and too dry. since i’m a mom i have very little me time, so if i was going to the salon, i wanted to have a real cut, not my usual trim and layers. [read more]
Do you love almonds, marzipan, and pears as much as I do? And are you looking for a frosting- free cake that is great as a coffee cake, breakfast cake, or fall and winter treat? I made this cake at our last dinner party, and it was a huge hit. My guests couldn’t believe I actually made it from scratch, because it looks fancy, like it was bought at a pastry shop. I’m making it for Thanksgiving instead of pie. I’m just pie’d out. And this is a wonderful nostalgic retro holiday dessert. [read more]
NY winters are cold, really cold. And I was VERY pregnant last winter. After trying to improvise, and wear my husband’s down vest over my bump in late fall, I decided to investigate whether I could find a maternity coat that I could use once I had the baby.
I love my lattes, so before I even got pregnant, I decided to do some thorough research about what is safe, and what is old wives’ tales hogwash. I’m not a doctor, I’m sharing what I learned after having done copious amounts of research on nutrition and health, and what worked for me. [read more]
I hate physical and digital junkmail, and online behavioral advertising. Knowing that trees are cut down for the paper that I throw in the recycling makes me especially furious. But digital advertising, junk mail, and tracking is even more pervasive. As soon as I got engaged, it was botox and shedding for the wedding ads everywhere… offensive much? [read more]
when i started researching baby carriers, i was so overwhelmed. i didn’t want so much baby STUFF. the plethora of choices is mind blowing, and everybody you ask recommends something different. i logged hundreds of hours doing research on the best baby products… [read more]
My darling Texan husband always complains that us Russians don’t like to drink during meals. He is baffled as to why we don’t guzzle iced water, carbonated drinks, and juice with our meals, like he is used to. [read more]