I just love holiday craft fairs. I’m not a fan of malls and big crowds, so to me, a holiday fair is the perfect place to find adorable, hand-made gifts for everyone in the family. Not to mention, your purchases help support local artists, so it's a win-win. There’s a certain kind of charm to a holiday craft fair, and I hope you stop by some of these wonderful New Jersey fairs this holiday season.
I can't imagine life without our two quirky rescue dogs. Stanley is a mix of at least 3 different breeds and is one of the most intelligent pups I've ever known. Henry is a fiesty Chihuahua/Maltese hybrid of some sort and has bitten everyone from a FedEx worker to our wedding photographer. Each year when the anniversary of their adoption rolls around, I remember all of the animals sitting in cages next to them that we couldn't take home. And then I look at our lazy, spoiled pups as they snooze on the living room couch... and I wish that every animal could be so lucky. New Jersey, like many other states, struggles with pet overpopulation, but it also has some amazing shelters and rescue groups that host all sorts of fun holiday adoption events.
Whilst we are busy being thankful, it’s also ok to plan. It leaves more time for thankfulness on Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever cooked a giant meal without a plan, you know that you weren’t as thankful on that day. You were more sweaty and unkempt and feeding people from the stovetop, than filled with gratitude. To avoid any future appreciation pit-falls, we’ve assembled a handy guide to help you get your meal on the table, and be happy about it.
Parents who are looking for a way to score the hottest items for this holiday season in NJ can now take advantage of layaway programs at many of our most popular stores. Head out to the stores if you can or check out the various websites. Many of the programs are available online, and are all flexible enough to allow many of us stretch those hard earned dollars and bring home some great gifts for the holidays!
This year, Rosh Hashanah begins on September 16 at sunset, and lasts until September 18 at sunset. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and on this holiday apples and honey—which represent ‘a sweet new year’—are generally enjoyed, along with a rounded challah which represents the circle of life. This was one of my favorite holidays as a child, and still is--and not just because I have a sweet tooth. To me, Rosh Hashanah feels like a new beginning, for myself and my family.
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