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'Every year I think up new ways to torture myself at Christmas.' (Model: Ivane G at Profile Models). Photograph: Gary Salter for the Observer Gary Salter/the Observer

Ingenious Ways to Organize After the Holidays

With December coming quickly to a close, many of us are breathing a sigh of relief – or just beginning to breathe again – as the holiday chaos starts to diminish. With 2016 just days upon us, it’s time for the fresh start of a new year and getting our homes…and lives…back in order. While “spring cleaning” […]

Top Ten Gifts for Him

Last week’s blog post featured my list of this season’s top ten gift ideas for her, which leaves no doubt this week is all about the men! I have searched high and low for a versatile list that, in no particular order of importance, is sure to have something for each of the top men in […]

Top Ten Gift Ideas For Her

While the general consensus around the holidays is that shopping is an enjoyable and positive experience, many dread the thought of shopping – not to mention trying to figure out what to even shop for – and on top of this, shopping for an overwhelming list of friends and family! (sigh) If you find yourself […]

A December to Remember: Local Holiday Events

As we spend this first December week still recovering from our turkey hangovers, it is no doubt the holidays are officially in high gear – and picking up speed. And though the weather has taken a plunge with those bitterly cold Midwestern temperatures we know so well, don’t succumb to the “winter blues” for there is […]