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Q: What is on your bucket list for this fall?

A: My main goal this fall is getting mini back into the swing of school and normalizing all of the COVID-related changes. I know that sounds so ridiculous, but right now, I’m feeling desperate to settle into a good rhythm. We’re still battling a lot of tearful pick-ups and drop-offs around here, and the occasional resistance to wearing mask/shield. I want to be through the transition and into the pattern. I’m sure a lot of moms can relate to this right now. On the “fun” side of things, we have already purchased timed tickets to go apple picking at Fishkill Farms, and we are also planning to visit Storm King Art Center (an outdoor art gallery) if we can swing...

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Expert Tips for Buying an Espresso Machine—Plus 8 Great Ones To Consider

If this pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that the little, everyday joys can make the biggest difference. How do you get through a year where you can’t really go on vacation, all your friends’ weddings have been postponed, and the only plans you have are Zoom happy hours? Fancy coffee drinks. (And if you’re a parent, you really deserve a fancy coffee drink.) By coffee drinks, we mean espresso drinks. Sure, they both come from the same bean, but the difference between coffee and espresso is how they are prepared. Making espresso requires a finer grind and higher pressure so that it becomes more concentrated than coffee. Some people prefer to drink espresso as a straight shot while others...

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A table by Brooklyn-based designers Reed Hansuld and Joel Seigle is a finalist for this year’s NYCxDesign Best in Show award.

In 2015, when designers and roommates Reed Hansuld and Joel Seigle founded Harold (each has a grandfather by that name), they began by creating clever household items that could offer customers good design at affordable prices: a sculptural brass corkscrew, a leather wall-mounted catchall, and a U-shaped key chain. But as Harold grew, Hansuld and Seigle began branching out into higher-end items, too, like well-crafted walnut tables and elegant modern mirrors. Photo courtesy of Reed Hansuld and Joel Seigle / Harold Their Bend table, a finalist for this year’s NYCxDesign Best in Show award, features an oval-shaped surface that has the appearance of being punched out of a larger piece of timber. Like many of us in recent months, the...

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Super fluffy apple cinnamon rolls filled with a caramel apple filling

Fall doesn’t get any better than this.   Get into the fall spirit with a delicious melt-in-your-mouth caramel apple pie-inspired cinnamon roll recipe. It is the perfect infusion of two of the best treats in one amazing bite. The epitome of comfort food.  If you are nervous about using yeast to make cinnamon rolls, do not worry, we will break everything down so you can feel confident making these cinnamon rolls with this simple recipe!  Why it works I used my favorite cinnamon roll recipe as a base with a few tweaks and then on top of the regular cinnamon roll filling, I also added a quick caramel apple pie filling. All it takes if a couple of finely diced...

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COVID-19 Has Sort of Helped to Pump the Brakes on Serial Dating

Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Might Actually Be Helping Your Dating Life In an effort to stay busy amidst a global pandemic, many of us have resorted to something that’s always within arms reach: our cell phones. And in between celebrity stalking, Twitter scrolling, and eye-straining FaceTimes, the act of swiping on dating apps has filled the void left by this ongoing period of social distancing.  Many of these platforms have kept up with the times, updating their systems to support video chatting while encouraging new and safe ways to find your match without jeopardizing your health in the process. While the last few months have left many skeptical that they’ll ever find “the one” amidst a major health crisis, in...

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