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Stop Showering

Stop Showering

Since the summer after the 2nd grade, I spent nearly every June at an all girls camp in the Texas Hill Country (picture the parent trap but better). Having a June birthday at camp meant I was able to make one birthday call to my parents from the office phone, and being allowed to use the phone was a very big deal. During each birthday call, my parents would ask me the same question: “What do you want to do when you get home?” Every year, my answer was always the same: “I want to take a bath.” Showering (especially in flip flops) has never been my thing. I love baths; Hudson, on the other hand, hates taking baths (click here for a photo).

So, if you’re like me and a bath lover, there is only one product you must go get now: Fresh – Sugar Lemon Bath Cubes. They are heavenly and will turn your nightly routine into a luxury within seconds. I have been using these for years, and there is truly nothing better.

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Another way to enhance your bath experience is to make your own pot of Lemon Ginger Tea. Click here for the fancy way to make this, or just boil water in the microwave and add a few thin slices of ginger root and a squeeze of lemon. It’s the perfect thing to sip before bedtime because it soothes your stomach (and it’s clear so it will not stain your teeth).

If this post and the freezing weather aren’t enough to make you want to take a bath tonight, read this old article from XOJane (I love that Tinsley Mortimer turned her shower into a closet, since she only uses her bathtub – a party girl after my own heart), or watch this famous bathtub scene. Now go start your bath water (and have a great weekend)!

Thank You and Tequila

Thank You and Tequila

It’s too cold to do anything but write thank you notes, while sipping a little splash of your best tequila and eating popcorn with a sprig of rosemary.

 

I dropped my last bundle of holiday thank you notes in the mail this morning, and I thought I’d share my tips on writing the perfect thank you note (and avoiding a few common mistakes).

What you’ll need: A good pen that writes well. Nice stationary (read this article if you are interested in updating your stationary wardrobe). A stamp.

What you’ll write: Start your note by thanking the recipient; then, elaborate a tad on the gift. Include one or two more sentences about something relevant to your relationship with the recipient but unrelated to the gift. Sign your name in cursive.

What you’ll avoid: Be sincere; for example: a frying pan is not the “most amazing thing ever” a frying pan “will be put to good use.” And, remember that thank you notes are short, so you do not have to mention the gift again in the last sentence… Once again, thanks for the Legos.

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Is it just me or does sending mail seem even more vintage and glam with these fantastic brass letter boxes in the lobby of my office building? Happy Humpday…and don’t forget to check the mail (cue the music)!

What goes up, must come down

What goes up, must come down

Call me crazy, but I always get excited when it’s time to take down my Christmas decorations. Hudson mostly gets excited for trips the p-a-r-k, which is why he was none too pleased when we tied him to this pile of trees for a photo on our way to central park this weekend. Hudson doesn’t bark often, but he has strange way of communicating with his eyes (haha).

 

Taking down Christmas decorations is pretty simple when you live in a little apartment in the city. With the help of our doorman, we covered the tree with a big bag, took it down the freight elevator and drug it down the sidewalk to hang out with these other trees.

Growing up, un-decorating was involved. I have specific memories of re-wrapping each sterling Reed & Barton ornament in an anti-tarnish cloth, which seemed completely excessive. My mom assured me that I would one day appreciate the collection of sterling ornaments I received each year engraved with my name and date, and of course, she’s right, as mothers always are.

Saying goodbye to the tree is easy, but I cannot throw out Christmas cards (not immediately, at least). I shuffled ours around the floor this weekend so Stephen, Hudson and I could get one more look before putting them away.

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Hanging onto anything when you live in less than 700 square feet doesn’t make much sense, but I’ll add hoarding cards to my list of nonsense for now. Happy New Year!

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