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…

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…

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…

5 Local Hostess Gifts: Drink Local

When I refer to “hostess” I use the broad definition.  What I mean by that is if you are attending a party you bring a hostess gift, and if you are hosting a party you deserve to treat yourself.  We’ve all joined our summer and fall CSAs and some brave souls have also signed up…

Weekend Guide: Santa Brunches & Beyond

Sparklefest is in full swing in Harvard Square. Artisan and craft fairs and holiday pop up shops are popping up rapidly like the bubbles in that New Year’s eve glass of Champagne.   And, the kids might be seeing double, triple and quadruple as Santa finds his way all over town.  This weekend is the weekend…

Gift Guide: Shopping Local

If you’re sitting by your computer shopping online, there may be someone bringing you a cocktail, and good cheer, but I bet it’s much easier to find by bundling up and skipping out your door to head to some of the local craft fairs, holiday strolls and some of my favorite little boutiques. We use Amazon.com…

Gift Guide: The Gift of Health & Beauty

It is true that for the holidays (or let’s face it any time) no one wants a gym membership or a gift basket of aluminum-free deodorant because it might be interpreted the wrong way.  On the other hand, so many people have too much stuff they don’t really need or use, so gifts that help…

Lyndell’s Love: A Somerville Bakery With ‘Old School’ Charm

The thing about becoming a teacher or parent of a school aged child in the area is that you learn about all the important things.  Important things such as which playground has the best shade on a sunny morning or sun on a cool fall afternoon.  Important things such as which lunch box is sturdy…

Keeping Kosher for the Holidays: Stationery Quandries

I love stationery.  I always have.  I think it is a tradition that got passed down from my aunt Kathie.  She has beautiful stationery and even better tiny, perfect handwriting.  I probably have every letter and card she’s sent me stashed away in various places. “So what?” you think.  “What does stationery have to do…

From Royals to Oil: I’m ready for Thanksgivukkah

I started off totally dismissing Thanksgivukkah but then when I learned that it’s not going to happen for a very long time I thought I might pay a little attention to it.  I don’t like messing with the traditional Thanksgiving menu, but as the holiday came closer into focus I warmed to the idea.  Megin…

Brussels Sprouts at the Center of the Plate: Thanksgivukkah Breakfast

Sometimes the brussel sprouts get lost at the Thanksgiving table. Green Beans and Bourbon glazed carrots are the diva vegetables of our feast. So I decided that they need a stage of their own. Breakfast of course! Julienned brussel sprouts with shallots, scrambled eggs and latkes or (for the non-kosher plate) sausage latke patties are…