Remember those horrible holiday sweaters that everyone seemed to wear in the 90's? The ones with the jingling bells, 3D snowmen and light-up buttons? Well apparently (and unbeknownst to me until quite recently), they're now a "thing."
There is just one week to go until Thanksgiving and Hannukah merge into Thanksgivukkah, a once in a lifetime event. The last time that these two holidays converged was 125 years ago, so a grand fete is a must for those who honor both traditions.
Children who leave their shoes out for Saint Nick on the eve of Saint Nicholas' Day (December 5) will find candy in them in the morning. But although finding candy in your shoe and eating it is appealing when you're six, it might not have the same draw when you're all grown up. Here's a fun and equally sweet way to celebrate: throw a cookie exchange party!
I never learned the art of making a good playlist, but fortunately I have a friend here in Brooklyn whose playlists are the very best. She will happily take any excuse to make a new one, whether it is for a party, a special occasion, or even a new month. Her newest playlist is for winter hangouts, and you best believe I will have it on repeat through the holiday season.
The weather's getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and cabin fever is imminent. A weekend in the wild would cure what ails you... but the weather's getting colder, your schedule is jam-packed, and none of the buses or trains go past any decent campsites. Time to invite your similarly-fevered friends over for an indoor camping party, s'mores and a (inevitable) sleepover!
The winter solstice falls on a Saturday this year, making it the perfect evening to celebrate the shortest day of the year with a little light, warmth, and fun with friends. While it's dark outside, some twinkle and shine make this winter solstice cocktail party anything but:
The Sunday Roast is a traditional British meal and get together at a local pub, but it can easily be replicated in one’s home for a more personal feel. The English Sunday Roast is a great excuse to get friends together on a Sunday afternoon and spend time with them before the holidays and family drama all arrive in a few short weeks.
It's finally November! My favorite time of the year, and also the time of the year when most of us baking lovers spend the bulk of our time whipping things up in the kitchen. The best part of gearing up for cold weather and the winter holidays is hanging out in the kitchen with my apron on, glass of wine in hand, baking for friends — and don't forget the music!
I'm writing this as I'm currently being bombarded by the non-stop sounds of a nearby jackhammer pounding away at concrete, accompanied by the intermittent rattles and rolls of nearby traffic zooming by. A cacophonous symphony causing my teeth to clench, temples pounding in rhythm. It's one of those days when I wonder why I live in the middle of the city...when I definitely need the aid of my headphones and one of these following relaxing mixes to bring me back down to a lower blood pressure.
We first fell in love with Lori Henriques when we heard Outside My Door, one of our favorite kids' albums of 2011. Her new album, The World is a Curious Place to Live, is a jazzy exploration of science, math, and language. You read that right. In a vibrant kids' music scene, Lori stands out with an exceptional voice, style, and approach.