My wife’s family and my own are polar opposites when it comes to gift giving and special occasions. My family believes it’s not the cost when it comes to gift giving, but the thought and effort put into it. On the other hand, my wife’s family is more concerned with being there with said family […]
With Black Friday looming, we thought we’d list some of our favorite things for dogs. Some of them are for the dogs themselves, and some of them are to make the dog owner’s life easier. We’ve avoided the decorative and cute things because, as most dog owners know, there are literally thousands of places to […]
Q: Do you have any advice on sentimentality? I just graduated from college and am undertaking a major room clean, and I don’t know what to do with the things I’ve collected throughout my life (i.e., posters I don’t have the room or inclination to hang anymore, stuffed animals, notebooks). How can I decide what […]
Despite my qualms about its conflicting image as workers’ rights champion/kiddie pornographer, I still sometimes shop at American Apparel. What can I say? They have decently priced basic items. Plus, I’d feel hypocritical criticizing only one brand when I’m not willing to grill the rest of my clothes on the ethics of their origins. (“What […]
Sometimes it’s just easier to make something pretty than figure out what to buy.
Cyber Monday? Sure, you can buy a cashmere sweater at 25% off, but wouldn't you rather read the best of the ladyblogs?
We all have people on our list who we know only tangentially, perhaps only the tidbits we've picked up at other holiday gatherings.
I did a number of gift guides around the holidays, but due to some unfortunate personal stuff, had to abandon the project before I was able to finish. The one I was most looking forward to – Gifts for the Bleeding Heart Feminist Killjoys – did not make it to print, and for that I […]
Q: For the upcoming holidays, would you compile a list of your favorite toys from around the web? My absolute favorite place for vibes is Jimmyjane, but I’ve never bought any toys for two (that is to say, that two participants can use together). I’m sure I’m not the only one out there looking for […]
It’s that time of year. Time to feel the pressure to give the perfect gift to the person you love. I have dated some really thoughtful guys, all of whom have managed to at some point give me something really thoughtful. Some of those same guys have also given me a serious case of bad-present face.
Happy Cyber Monday! Small Business Saturday has come and gone, but there’s no reason why you can’t continue to shop at local business and small boutiques for all your holiday gifts. We’ve polled our staff and friends to come up with a list of online shops where you can pick up some beautiful and unique […]
Happy Monday! We’re back from the weekend and working hard to bring you some really great content this week. Let’s kick it off with a lunchtime poll, after the break.
Having wrapped up a great Christmas, which included some very thoughtful and well selected gifts from loved ones, I’m reminded of some of the truly blech gifts of Christmases past. Gift giving is not the point of the holidays, I realize, but it is an important tradition for many. And since we’re going to be […]
So, I’ve spent a bit of time around here going over the tools and appliances in my kitchen that help me work my culinary magic. I’ve aptly titled this series “Kiss My Arsenal.” But now, it’s time for me to kiss your respective arsenals, dear readers, because I find myself with a new and frightening […]
I come from a large Polish Catholic family, the kind where the first wave of immigrants had 6 or 8 or 10 kids and no one has really gotten around to breaking that tradition yet. (Sometimes, I think people talk sadly behind my back about my lone offspring.)