From Eaton’s to Macy’s

https://www.nfb.ca/film/sweater/embed/player/ The Sweater, Sheldon Cohen, National Film Board of Canada My Macy’s growing up was Eaton’s. The iconic stripes of an Eaton’s gift box always held something special inside. My bubbe used to work at the confection counter at Eaton’s in Winnipeg and would always bring a box of chocolate rosettes as a treat when she…

Shop Boston’s Piazza: Eataly at the Prudential

Alright, I’ll admit it.  I was a skeptic when I heard Eataly was coming to Boston.  “We have our very own North End,” I thought “why do we need Eataly here?”  After a tour of Eataly Boston I’m convinced we do need it here and that the North End has one role and Eataly Boston has…

Uncommonly Good: How to Joyfully Shop for Gifts (Sponsored)

Brands shift and change over years and new ones replace the others, but there are a few that have staying power.  Remember when Pottery Barn literally just sold chunky pottery?  There are some catalogs that I have been shopping with for as long as I can remember.  One of those shops, which I now order from…

Too Hot to Cook:  The Foodery to the Rescue

I don’t handle heat well.  So summer cooking on a good day is outside on the grill or in a single pan. I’ll happily have some chopped up raw vegetables from our CSA, but the rest of the family usually wants something a little more than that. Takeout gets expensive and we easily fall into…

Thanks for The Memories: Artifact Uprising 

It started a few years ago for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to give the kids a little gift and they were beginning to outgrow the Beanie Boos (or so I thought- luckily my daughter let it slip that she was hoping I’d leave them a treat and a stuffie to find on the dining room…

Mod Like Mom: My Wayfair Blogger Picks

I love working with Wayfair because I also use the site often for myself.  I have to admit I was unsure at first because I wasn’t used to shopping for housewares online. On the otherhand, store options are becoming more limited and the quality of service and products in the brick and mortar stores doesn’t…

Boston Flower & Garden Show: Nurtured by Nature

  It is true that we have been treated to a winter without too much snow cover, but it still feels pretty amazing to walk into a huge space filled with flowers. Nature, even indoors is incredibly nurturing.  A stroll through the Boston Flower & Garden Show is a nice distraction from the grey skies outside….

Freshii Space: Tasty, Fast and Fresh 

In Back Bay, there is a plethora of pastries with Flour, South End Buttery, Café Madeleine, Formaggio, and Wholy Grain. In the neighborhood.  Then there are the burger spots such as Tasty Burger and 5 Napkin Burgers with salty, fried goodness. There is definitely a time for that sweet tooth to be satiated and that…

Unusual Places to Shop for the Holidays: A Breath of Fresh Air

I enjoy shopping, whether I’m window shopping, going to a few favourite stores at the mall (Nordstrom, Kiehls, Polarn O. Pyret, Victoria’s Secret (they have the best pyjamas), Williams Sonoma) or popping into local stores I love (Half Crown, Didriks, Hatched, Magic Beans, Henry Bear’s Park, Porter Square Books, Crate Escape/Raining Cats & Dogs, Polka…

Pencils Get to The Point: Classroom Friendly Supplies Works

When I was a child, I had one of those super sturdy metal hand held pencil sharpeners that you held over the trash can to sharpen a pencil with.  My friends all had these cool colorful pencil sharpeners that had a built in pencil shaving catcher attached to it.  My classrooms had the gun metal…