Toymail Mailmen let you send cute messages to kids

Toymail Founders

Stay connected. That’s the goal of every working or traveling mom. I know that when I’m away, whether it’s at the grocery store, or on a business trip, I’m always looking for ways to drop a line, say hi, be in touch. My kids are older now, so they’re attached to devices most of the time (how to remedy that is a whole other blog post), so they’re “messagable” whenever I want to tell them I love them to pieces, or to walk the dog before dark.  But how can you send a quick “hello” to the pre-texting set?

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She comes in colors: Appliances with Style

She comes in colors: Appliances

Sponsored Post When it comes to large and small appliances, we’re usually stuck with black, white and stainless. Nice enough, but… why not electric purple or metallic blue? That’s what several companies asked at the CES 2014 in Vegas, where I saw appliances in rainbow colors and patterns.  Put your shades on, and let’s have a look:

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Best of CES Roundup: Home Edition

Whirlpool Best of CES

Sponsored Post CES in Las Vegas is overwhelming. So much is NEW! FASTER! SLIMMER! BETTER! (Sounds like my New Year’s resolutions), and it’s all on display to inspire you and lead you into the future. To bring you this roundup, I’ve partnered with Whirlpool, whose booth at the show frankly blew me away (it was a “kitchen of the future” so impressive that I’ll dedicate a separate posting to it— stay tuned).  Here are some of my favorite finds from CES that will be making an appearance in your home soon, no doubt:

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From the Shop

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KitchenAid 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer

Coolest Cooler

Sony DPT-RP1 Digital Paper

Mulberry Silk Sleep Eye Mask


Effortless holiday entertaining

Holiday Entertaining

I love to entertain around the holidays, and I always have. Of course once you’re in the throes of getting ready for a holiday party, it can start to feel more like a sentence than a pleasure. There are so many details involved even with the most intimate gathering, that unless you want to spend all night in the kitchen, looking exasperated and making your guests feel uncomfortable, it pays to be organized.

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Saving + Shopping

Saving during the season of spending?


Sponsored Post Spend, spend, spend.  ‘Tis the season for blowing your cash on gifts for friends, family and you (those sparkly shoes that you must wear on your holiday party circuit). If you scoff at the idea that there’s actually ways to save at this time of year, well I don’t blame you. My “I think I can swing it” method of budgeting always ends up disaster, and I tend to close my eyes and not look at my credit card bill until January, which, after all the holiday merriment, is about as sobering as it gets.

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Saving + Shopping

Gadgety gifts that won’t break the bank


When you think of gadgets as gifts, the phrase “budget-friendly” doesn’t exactly come to mind.  Is it possible to wow your techy friends and still have money left over for sugar cookies? I say a resounding, “you bet.” There are lots of tech gifts under $100 that are as useful, fun, and perfect for everyone on your list, including an especially cool kids gift that is sure to earn you the title of favorite grandparent, aunt or uncle.  I’m back on the Today Show this morning at 10AM ET and PT with Kathie Lee and Hoda (my ladies!) to share my favorites with them— many of which are already en route to my own friends and family this year.

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