Magazine article Working Mother

Solutions

Magazine article Working Mother

Solutions

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Go Nuts Go beyond cheese platters and set up a nut-dipping station: Surround a bowl of Diamond walnuts with tasting bowls of flavored oils (try habanero, rosemary) and gourmet sea salts (Maldon, Alaea).

Perfect Presents You were sure your sister was going to love the hip Alexis Bittar bracelet you gave her - instead she flashed to the critical comment you made about "rethinking" her accessories. It's the thought that counts, so this gift-giving season, send nothing but l-love-you-the-way-you-are thoughtfulness. No exercise DVDs for the overweight, power drills for your not-so-handy husband or frilly blouses for your rocker niece. Finding just the right gifts requires that you start shopping before "Jingle Bells" is playing in all the malls. In fact, browse for those perfect presents all year and store them away for the holidays.

mom-to-mom tips

New Year's Eve Family Celebrations

New Year's Eve is a challenge between wanting an adult evening versus a family event. So we have dinner with friends and family - children through grandparents at a fun restaurant, then go to our house for a huge dessert buffet. Tired children can go to sleep, and adults can continue to celebrate.

Amy Kamin, entrepreneur, New York, NY

We have a little cabin in the mountains, and the whole community has a tradition of sledding at midnight. It is absolutely magical.

Kathy Weymiller, elementary school principal, Gig Harbor, WA

We take a picture of each of our children sleeping (or awake! …

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