Holiday deadlines and social commitments have me frazzled enough that I almost cried to a coffee pot because I thought it was taking too long to brew. (Not my loveliest  moment, but hilarious in hindsight.) Because shopping fixes everything—excluding any budget-related panic, obviously—I’ve rounded up my current favorite things I totally must own but can’t justify buying. The Mechanical Kitty Coin Bank … Keep reading…

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During the rougher parts of this week, Lance kept reminding me of one simple truth: On Thursday, you’ll be at home, enjoying Thanksgiving with your mom. While she might have taught me all her recipes, many come out better when she makes them… Each year, the turkey is juicier, her green bean to bacon ratio is just right… Hell, she even makes … Keep reading…

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With the holidays on the horizon, now is the time of pretty papers and tissues and ribbons and tags. Grab it while it’s cheap! I found these on an endcap at Target for as low as 30 cents. Happy shopping!

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Plain and simple, bread dressing is too good to have once per year. With that thought in mind, I started hosting Thanksgiving parties several years ago and have held one to three per year since. And while each year’s party holds its own hostessing nightmares**, the event continues to be my favorite part of the year. **While trying to make my first … Keep reading…

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By now we’re all familiar with the syndrome known as resting bitch face, or RBF. I suffer from something quite opposite that, to my knowledge, doesn’t yet have a catchy name. Let’s call it reverse RBF. My relaxed face is smiling, and my remotely happy face is really smiling… Like to the point of ‘Jesus H, Julia, stop smiling or I’m abandoning … Keep reading…

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