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    A Kitchen Gadget I Can’t Live Without
    by Lisa Tognola
    June 20, 2014

    There are certain things in our kitchens we can’t live without.  I don’t mean the obvious ones—the sink, the st...

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    Paying It Forward Can Be Priceless
    by Lisa Tognola
    May 23, 2014

      There’s an old joke . . . “Let’s eat grandpa.” “Let’s eat, grandpa.” ...

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    How to Get Your Mojo Back (Healthy Snacks, Baby!)
    by Lisa Tognola
    April 24, 2014

      Open fridge . . . nothing to eat. Open the cabinet . . .nothing to eat. Lower expectations . . .and then repeat. You kn...

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    How to Save Money Without Really Trying
    by Lisa Tognola
    March 21, 2014

      How can I save a buck? That’s the million-dollar question. I’ve experimented with various cost-cutting meas...

  • Get Fresh With Me
    by Lisa Tognola
    February 21, 2014

    I recently learned a fact that in all my years of eating packaged bread I had never known. It was news that would change my life&mdash...

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    She’s Full of Scrap
    by Lisa Tognola
    January 17, 2014

    They say scrapbooking is a great way to cherish your favorite memories and organize photos that are lying around your home. ...

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    Does Your Medicine Cabinet Need a Makeover?
    by Lisa Tognola
    December 20, 2013

    I used to consider myself an organized person. Every morning I showered, toweled, and moisturized. I kept toiletries— liquid han...

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    Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Makes Thanksgivukkah!
    by Lisa Tognola
    November 8, 2013

      When my daughter first sent me this Buzzfeed link about a dual Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebration, I thought i...

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    Chase to the Cut
    by Lisa Tognola
    September 13, 2013

    “You didn’t make the cut, but thanks for trying.” It was the story of my life, fruitlessly chasing my ambitions ...

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    Snoring: It’s Nothing to Sneeze at
    by Lisa Tognola
    July 31, 2013

      My husband Chris and I have been married over twenty years and each evening after saying goodnight to our three children we...

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    Nineteen Piles and Counting
    by Lisa Tognola
    May 24, 2013

    Chances are no matter how organized you are things accumulate on your kitchen counters and grow into piles, and those piles beget pile...

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    Meet the In-Laws
    by Lisa Tognola
    April 25, 2013

      Marriage is a package deal. You open the package—you deal with the in-laws.  No exchange policy, no returns, no ...

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    My Husband Gave Me a Complex For Our Anniversary
    by Lisa Tognola
    March 7, 2013

    An anniversary is a day of remembrance—when we remember how good we used to look when we first got married. It’s also ...

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    Revelations from My First CAbi Party
    by Lisa Tognola
    February 7, 2013

    I was wary when my friend Patty invited me to a trunk show called CAbi that she was hosting.   In New Jersey a tru...

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    When It Doesn’t Pay to Take a Staycation
    by Lisa Tognola
    January 10, 2013

    When my husband Chris told me he wanted to take a family vacation during our children’s winter break, I resisted. I told him...

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    Thoughts and Prayers
    by Lisa Tognola
    December 19, 2012

    In deference to the heartbreaking tragedy last Friday, I have departed from my weekly Musings to send thoughts and prayers to the...

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    Five Mistakes to Avoid at Your Hanukkah Party
    by Lisa Tognola
    December 13, 2012

    Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It’s an occasion my husband and I mark by throwing an an...

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    Animal Skin “Hide”-and-Seek
    by Lisa Tognola
    December 6, 2012

    I have an affinity for animal skins.  Not only do I drive a car with leather car seats and carry an alligator pocketbook, I ...

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    I’m Keeping Victoria’s Secret
    by Lisa Tognola
    November 29, 2012

    They say you can tell a lot about someone by looking at her garbage, but you can also tell a lot about someone from looking at her cat...

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    The Tongue and the Restless
    by Lisa Tognola
    November 23, 2012

      Some of us grew up under constant correction from parents and teachers about our back posture: “sit up straight,&rdqu...

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    Previews of Coming Contractions
    by Lisa Tognola
    November 14, 2012

    Home delivery used to mean a mustached man named Raul driving an oxidized Ford Pinto and tossing the morning newspaper into our neighb...

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    Black Coffee in Bed
    by Lisa Tognola
    November 7, 2012

    Please forgive me But I’ve been in no mood to muse Ever since my power lines Blew a Frankenfuse.   I sh...

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    The Graveyard Beneath My Window
    by Lisa Tognola
    November 1, 2012

    We stood in the graveyard; my husband, his parents, my three kids and me, looking out onto the crop of scattered, moss covered tombsto...

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    The Flippant Flosser
    by Lisa Tognola
    October 25, 2012

    There are certain things in life that we do because we have to, like eat, drink, and sleep.  There are other things we do because...

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    The Hole Truth
    by Lisa Tognola
    October 17, 2012

    If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in solitary confinement and imprisoned without human contact, just ask a robb...