I love St. Louis, so buying local products is always a plus. We’re known for baseball, beer and toasted ravioli, but the handmade gift department is seriously bigger than I thought. I have four new favorite local lines thanks to ALIVE’s recent Handmade Holiday Party, and I’m a little obsessed. Looking for a last-minute gift for your BFF of the human or … Keep reading…

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In case the world ended with that 2012 rumor, I still haven’t packed for the holidays. Okay, that’s total crap, I know… But packing isn’t fun. I always pack too much and I never have the right outfit and it never fits back into my suitcase. Going home for the holidays is particularly hard to pack for because the entire trip consists … Keep reading…

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Each December as a child I would sit down with the Toys “R” Us and Target catalogs and create my extensive wishlist. Always including much more than I anticipated receiving, and often items I knew would never happen (read: $$$), the wishlists were over-the-top, exaggerated and a bit of a guilty pleasure. I remember two things about money from my childhood: there’s … Keep reading…

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I, like many others, find October through March to be some of the best months. Halloween, Thanksgiving, our anniversary, Christmas, Lance’s birthday, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, my birthday… It’s a holiday hullabaloo, and it’s divine! Christmas, to me, is a time to celebrate traditions, family, friends and the winter season. One way to celebrate family and tradition is … Keep reading…

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