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Guest Column: Heather Tashjian, Independent Consultant for ThirtyOne Gifts If you take it out, put it back. If you open it, close it. If you throw it down, pick it up. If you take it off, hang it up.” From Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach Embarking on a home organization project? Channel your favorite celebrity chef personality and organize your home like a chef would organize her kitchen. The term mise-en-place, or, “put in place” is a French phrase that means to gather and arrange the ingredients and tools needed before you begin cooking. For moms on the go, this is a foolproof method to remain ahead of the clutter and disorganization that Continue Reading
Spring Recipe: Chopped Chicken Cashew Salad Ingredients: 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 4 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage or slaw mix 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage or slaw mix 1 cup shredded carrots 1 small mango (about 8 oz.), peeled, pitted and sliced 1/3 cup cilantro leaves 1/3 cup chopped scallion greens Salt and pepper 12 ounces chopped cooked skinless chicken (about 2 1/2 cups) 1/2 cup cashews, toasted Yield: Serves: 4 Preparation: 1. In a serving bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, lime and orange juices, sesame and canola oils, soy sauce and crushed Continue Reading
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak Publishers Weekly 06/30/2014 Actor Novak’s expert sense of comic timing is on full display in his first picture book, which, true to its title, only contains words on a white background. Different font types, sizes, and colors signal important changes in tone and voice to whomever is reading the story aloud (and the book’s jokes rely on a readaloud setting). “It might seem like no fun to have someone read you a book with no pictures,” Novak writes early in the book, his words set in a black serif font that all but demands a serious, James Earl Jones–style voice-over. Then the Continue Reading

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