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How to Explain the Golden Globes to Your Husband

This year, I'll be live-tweeting the Golden Globe Awards, and sharing my observations and obsessions: Will Brad nuzzle Angelina's ear at the table?! Who will forget to thank their spouse at the podium?  Will Tina and Amy absolutely kill it as hosts for the second year running?  (#spoileralert - my sources say yes.) Now that college football is over, and "our"...

Ten Movies for Surviving the Polar Vortex from Your Couch

I have been spending a ridiculous amount of time on the couch this month.  We've mentioned my TV problem before.  It started off with the ABC Family channel's 25 days of Christmas movies and just spiraled out of control.  And by spiraled out of control, I mean that my husband, The Coach, could not possibly handle one more second of...

Make your own air freshener (out of vodka!) in 3 steps

I talked about how I don't use store-bought air freshener.  I know there are plenty of earth-friendly solutions out there that I can buy at the store but you know that I'd rather make it, than buy it. I started whole-out crazy making all my cleaning products at one (unemployed and childless) stint and have dialed back a bit. Here's what...

Well Managed and Toned Up! Expecations

My first Fitness Friday post of 2014 is a doozy!!  Let’s be real: if you would have told me 2 years ago that I’d be blogging about my commitment to workouts and my ongoing obsession with the random internet celebrities that I refer to as “My Trainers” I would have punched you in the throat.  But here we are!  It’s...

How to cheer up your new year

Our live tree is still up but every so often I hear an ornament slide down a drooping branch and get stuck somewhere in the middle of the tree. It's almost time. My grandmother and dad are coming in from Queens, NY to visit on Saturday so we just have to keep the tree "alive" until then. And then after...

New Year’s Resolution

HAPPY NEW YEAR, to you dear internet friends. You are the best. Will I make a new year's resolution? You bet your bottom dollar, I won't. Last year, I vowed it was the year of my "terrible novel." I have long given up the dream that my (first) novel will be amazing. I have no sticktoitiveness. I also have no idea...

The one where I hate on New Year’s Eve

Sometime between 2004 and 2014 I became an elderly person.  I can’t remember when the transition actually occurred, or whether it was an immediate change or a slow and mildly painful process.  You may be thinking, “How do you know you’re elderly, Merritt?”  And I’d tell you that there are a few glaring signs: Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.  Please...

Handmade Putz Houses

I am so drawn to decorative Christmas towns. To me, they epitomize the warm spirit of Christmases long past. I can barely contain my delight at little sledding figures and lamp posts in "Winter Wonderland" style -- sleigh bells ringing, snow glistening (which incidentally was written about Honesdale, PA -- a ridiculously adorable town). But I've never mustered up the...

Good Clean Fun. With Wine.

Have we talked about this yet?  Have we talked about how I bribe myself to clean by promising (myself) wine?  Probably not. So here's the thing.  The Coach, is obviously a coach - football always, basketball sometimes, and baseball every now and then.  When you're a coach's wife - every season is all about survival.  It's all about making it...

Local Indoor Play Places

Wondering how not to go stir crazy this winter? Grab your hand sanitizer and take a look at this round-up of local indoor play/entertainment places for the preschool and younger set. A little background. I’m a mom to two boys, ages three and a half and one. I stay home with them and while my older son is in preschool five...