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Features, Monday Mornings, Posts | December 5, 2023

Monday Morning: December 5, 2023

This weekend, I got two hours to myself for the first time in months. Really to myself. My child was asleep. My dogs were asleep. Kyle was off playing cards with his friends. My house was clean, and there was nothing else to do but sit in my bed and scroll Instagram. It was glorious. […]

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Features, Gift Guide, Posts | December 4, 2023

Gift Guide 2023: White Elephant Gifts

Santa Swap.  White Elephant.  Secret Santa.  Whatever you call it, trading gifts with coworkers and acquaintances who you may not know very well can be a little stressful.  

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Features, Gift Guide, Posts | November 29, 2023

Gift Guide 2023: Stocking Stuffers, Pt. 1

I love stocking stuffers.  They are the best part of Christmas.  There’s just nothing quite like an affordable gift that’s funny or useful or chic (or maybe all three).  So here is Part One of my stocking stuffer gift guides, where nothing costs more than $30.

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Features, Gift Guide, Posts | November 29, 2023

Gift Guide 2023: Stocking Stuffers, Pt. 1

I love stocking stuffers.  They are the best part of Christmas.  There’s just nothing quite like an affordable gift that’s funny or useful or chic (or maybe all three).  So here is Part One of my stocking stuffer gift guides, where nothing costs more than $30.

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Add to Cart, Features, Posts | November 28, 2023

Add to Cart: Five Recent Amazon Purchases

Since my daughter was born, Amazon has claimed so much of my money that I had to buy stock just to get some of it back.  Between the formula, onesies, fruit pouches, diapers, wipes, and ever evolving list of baby development gear, I could not survive without Prime.   My husband no longer notices the […]

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Good/Better/Best, Posts | November 27, 2023

Good, Better, Best: A Guide to Layering

I started this blog in 2008 to provide guidance to the thousands of Capitol Hill staffers who needed to dress for professional jobs on government salaries.  Over 15 years of blogging, some questions have proved eternal — the best tights, what to wear to a formal event, makeup tips for women who don’t want to […]

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Features, Monday Mornings, Posts | November 27, 2023

Monday Morning: November 27, 2023

This week was a bit of a mess.  Kyle is sick.  I am sick.  We have no reliable childcare, so we’re cobbling together work time where we can.  We missed our Thanksgiving dinner pickup, and had less than two hours to shop for and cook a meal for six people.  But we’re making it work, […]

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Features, Monday Mornings, Posts | November 27, 2023

Monday Morning: November 27, 2023

This week was a bit of a mess.  Kyle is sick.  I am sick.  We have no reliable childcare, so we’re cobbling together work time where we can.  We missed our Thanksgiving dinner pickup, and had less than two hours to shop for and cook a meal for six people.  But we’re making it work, […]

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Features, Gift Guide, Posts | November 22, 2023

Gift Guide 2023: Under-$75 Home Gifts

As we age, our holiday gifting list explodes with people.  You have in-laws, friends, friends’ kids, and work colleagues.  That’s why we’re all looking for affordable, thoughtful gifts.  So here is a list of under-$75 home gifts that includes no scented candles.  You could give these gifts to almost anyone and they’re nice enough to […]

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Features, Gift Guide, Posts | November 21, 2023

Gift Guide 2023: Kyle’s Hot Gifts, Pt. Deux

The definition of a bad gift is when you get a gift that men are supposed to like, but you don’t.  Every year, Abra sends me a list of men’s gift guides from popular influencers, and I stand aghast at all of the shaving kits, bottles of mediocre Bourbon, and drones. This year, she sent […]

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Features, Gift Guide, Posts | November 17, 2023

Gift Guide: Best Friend Picks

The older you get, the more important your girlfriends become.  Oddly, you also have less time for them.  My best friends and I mostly just ping-pong memes back and forth in our DMs all day.  This is quality time with your friends in your 40s.  So get the woman who sends the best memes, who […]

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Features, Gift Guide, Posts | November 17, 2023

Gift Guide: Best Friend Picks

The older you get, the more important your girlfriends become.  Oddly, you also have less time for them.  My best friends and I mostly just ping-pong memes back and forth in our DMs all day.  This is quality time with your friends in your 40s.  So get the woman who sends the best memes, who […]

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