Christmas Gifts for People You Don’t Like

By: Mary Fran Bontempo Bye-bye Thanksgiving; hello shopping madness. For the next twenty-four days, most of us will be clomping around like the zombies on AMC's The Walking Dead, lurching from store to store in search of the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on our lists, hoping for an appreciative "Ooohhh" or "Aaaahhh" for our efforts. Those efforts are assisted by the onslaught of advertising jammed down our throats advising us of what [...]

2018-10-30T09:41:44-04:00December 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Thirty-One–Organizing and Gifts for the Holidays

By: Mary Fran Bontempo Picture it: You're headed out the door, loaded down with packages, food, wine bottles and, of course, your purse, the black hole, which weighs a ton and where things seem to go to disappear, never to be seen again. Before you leave, however, you have to figure out how to carry everything, so you embark on a scavenger hunt searching for bags, boxes, anything to help transport the stuff. [...]

2018-10-30T09:41:44-04:00November 21st, 2014|1 Comment

Keeping the Dollars in My Pocket

By: Chrysa Smith They say you get what you pay for. For the most part, I agree with that philosophy.  Inevitably, when there's a selection of products within a range, it seems wise to go with the mid to higher group if you want to keep the item longer than your dinner napkin.  I think experienced shoppers know this very well. So why is it that the Dollar Store is always so darn [...]

2018-10-30T09:43:56-04:00March 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Me? Outdoorsy?

by Chrysa Smith OK. Here I am. A born and bred NYC girl. Worked in Manhattan. Only played gentile sports like tennis. Well, I did run track and play kick ball when I was young but that didn't last long into adolescence. As long as I can remember, I've liked nice clothes, feminine things, decorating, cooking, writing. My friend Carol and I shopped at Saks like people shop at the local grocery store; [...]

2018-10-30T09:45:13-04:00November 7th, 2013|0 Comments