The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.

BE YOUR BEST BY 2017

Utilize this fall to get ahead of your health & feel great BEFORE the holiday season. How many days away is Thanksgiving? Check your calendar & commit to making the most of each week. I feel better when I eat right & exercise regularly. I also feel better when I comfortably fit into all of my favorite jeans & dresses.…

From the Recipe Box of Amy Rosa

Preheat grill to medium heat. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and grill each side until lightly browned, roughly 1-2 minutes per side. OR Preheat oven to 350° F. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove bread from grill (or oven) and rub cut side of garlic clove on 27 slices.

Stuff Happens On Dad’s Watch

Call me either sexist or a keen observer, but I have a notion to blurt: When men are solo supervisors of kids, dust is more likely fly off the first aid kit. This is neither good nor bad. There isn’t enough room here to share all evidence of this Fiasco Theory. But here’s an anecdotal glimpse, from my life, of…

Light Fixture Regret is Real

If you have trouble making decisions, and you need a new light fixture in your house, dark times might be ahead. The sheer number of choices you’ll have to muddle through will make you wish you could just throw a dart and not care. But that’s not an option, is it?

Gardening Success 
is a Fluid Situation

All along I considered hostas the lazy gardener’s hero. These attractive, leafy plants thrive in the shade where many other pretty things will not. They sprout flowers now and then, and best of all, they come back every year. Plant once, kick back forever, I thought. I was so buzzed by the idea this elegant ground cover would reappear every…

Skipping Away From Adult Coloring Books?

While hunting down a birthday gift for a creative friend, an enthusiastic boutique clerk introduced me to coloring books for grown-ups. “People love these,” he told me. “We’ve sold out quite a few versions!” I thumbed through what was left and thought: no. I wondered. How did this happen? Adult coloring books? Did the late Georgia O’Keefe once have a…

Food Ruts Can Happen Anywhere

Imagine an early evening in the 1970s, somewhere in Provence, France. The late Julia Child is at her vacation home, taking inventory in her kitchen. Fresh, hand-picked ingredients, ever so abundant in the local markets, are heaped on her counters. Culinary confidence emanates from her heart and mind, straight to her fingertips. Alas, it’s close to dinner time. But Julia…

A Grown Up Christmas

Christmas is for children. We know that, and we believe that, because we were children, and we remember. We remember that giddy feeling of the last half day of class before two weeks – two weeks! – of vacation from school. We know the delicious torment of walking slowly by the ever-growing pile of presents under the tree, wondering what…

Remodeling a Room is a Form of Time Travel

With every shower I took, I experienced the sensation of stepping into a time capsule. When we bought our relatively not-old house, I realized the master bathroom had curious touches of early 80s aesthetics. For instance, it was wrapped in ugly accent tile. I convinced myself the room had enough classic elements, but when I showered, the offending ceramic stripe…

When Fetching Beer Gets Complicated

Wait. That doesn’t sound right. I don’t even drink this popular beverage—never acquired a taste—but I am indeed going through a beer-related crisis. It all started at a fundraising event, too many months ago. An item at the silent auction table caught my husband’s eye—a gift certificate for his favorite local brewery. It offered the ultimate temptation: “A Special Four-Case…

Birds on aWire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

Government Jam

I’m an avid gardener. Avid, meaning ‘enthusiastic,’ not ‘successful.’ I shouldn’t say that. I’m great with herbs and this year, my squash and tomatoes are all blooming nicely. The wait for fresh produce became a bit too tiring and I stumbled upon something to make the time pass more quickly.

Traveling Light is a Heavy Task

I’ve always been one of those “travel light” snobs. Nothing beats that free feeling of weaving briskly through airports with a dainty spinner grip in one hand, and a feathery boarding pass in the other.

Mike Brady: The King of Groovy Dads

Several years ago, our daughters became hooked on episodes of The Brady Bunch.  

THE INVITED WEDDING CRASHERS WILL ATTEND

“When was the last time we’ve been to a family wedding, on my side?”