• Giving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday is a hugely important day in the nonprofit world as it encourages people to give to the nonprofits that benefit their lives. As an employee at a nonprofit, today is a busy day of emails, Facebook posts, and fundraising letters. I did want to take a quick moment to highlight some of my favorite nonprofits and ones I will be donating to. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society My mother had MS for over 30 years–it becomes an extremely debilitating disease, and while new strides are often made, medical research is expensive. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society not only funds new research, but also spreads awareness. Planned Parenthood This…

  • Traditions Newport Marble House

    New Traditions, Old Traditions

    So I posted almost a week ago with the best intentions of resuming my regular posting schedule… which promptly fell to the wayside with Thanksgiving. Oh well. We had a lovely quiet day, filled with good food, family, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Unfortunately my family’s longstanding tradition of watching Miracle on 34th Street immediately after the parade was destined to be unfulfilled as I don’t have it on DVD and we couldn’t record it to watch. There’s always next year! I do look forward to starting new family traditions, though I will admit that we didn’t consciously create any new ones for Thanksgiving. Tradition has always been important to…

  • Life

    Hello and Holiday Stress

    It’s been a while! I hate offering excuses like “I’ve been busy” or “I just haven’t had any ideas”–but, well, I’ve been busy and haven’t had many ideas over the last month. I’ve been working on grant applications and fundraising letters for work and that’s taken pretty much everything out of me. Add to that my son’s new accomplishments in crawling and eating and, well, I haven’t had much time! I seriously cannot believe it’s Thanksgiving next week. I barely ordered our pies from Youngs Farm in time! I’m eager to celebrate my son’s first Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I’m definitely behind in my Christmas shopping this year. I like…

  • Style

    My Wardrobe Needs This Fall

    After going down to the basement a few weekends ago and dragging up all of my sweaters and other fall clothes, I've come up with a list of my must-haves for the season. Some of these items are newcomers on this list, but others are simply replacements for things that no longer fit (everything is WAY too big for me now, sadly!) or those that need to be retired for the weekend. For instance, my all-time FAVORITE cashmere sweater now, sadly, has several moth holes in it, and I'm not quite sure how that happened! The worst thing is that it doesn't appear that they are still available. Anyway, here's…

  • How to Organize Your Bar

    How to Organize Your Bar

    One of the things I miss the most about my house in DC is the way my best friend Tricia and I decorated the library and organized our bar cart. (The other things I miss are: the sound of the bells from the National Cathedral, the quick walk to our neighborhood Whole Foods, sadly closed now!, and our great neighbors.) We had everything you needed for any of our go-to cocktails, and every day when we got home from work we would make one and relax. It was a nice way to end the day and transition from work to home life. After careful study, we finally came up with…