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5 Things I’m Over Now That I’m In My 30s

Dec 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Over a late-night margarita session (two, not ten) last week, my nurse friend made an interesting prediction: “We’re all going to be old, in the hospital or nursing home or playing with our grandchildren, with these awful, distorted tattoos.” I imagined faded, melting ink that looks more like a poor Dali knockoff than crisp artwork. […]



Hudson Valley Health Initiative Launches New Program

Dec 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Explosive New  “The Freedom Weight Release Program” To Help Residents The Hudson Valley Initiative is proud to announce several area health care professionals have joined forces to create an explosive new program, “The Freedom Weight Release™ Program,” for Hudson Valley area residents on Sunday January 11, 2015. (www.freedomweightrelease.com) Antoinette Banner, CEO of Banner Life Styles, […]



4 Things Nobody Tells You About Working From Home

Dec 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Since the winter of 2009, I’ve worked from home. At first, my office was my bed at my parents’ house – I’d prop myself up against the wall and sit sideways, my feet dangling off the side. After 10 minutes, my back would ache and I’d have to take a break (that first year of […]



7 Ways To Prep Your Home From Winter Pests

Dec 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

When the temperatures begin to drop, rodents, spiders, and fleas will be seeking warmth and shelter for the winter months. Winter is the time to obtain treatment for pests that are active during the season, and prepare for spring pests. It’s easy for the winter pests to squeeze through the nooks and crannies inside your […]



Why I’m Not Thankful for the Little Things

Dec 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

During my teenage years (and a few blue days in my 20s and 30s), I would think to myself, “I’d love to be somewhere else…someone else…around different people…with a different view from my window…” and on and on. Then I’d have one of those great days where you fall back in love with everyone around […]



5 Ways to Stop Missing Work Deadlines

Nov 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

When I worked at The Culinary Institute of America, I’d roll into the parking lot every morning at 8:35 and whisk by my manager’s desk, coffee and buttered roll in hand, hoping she didn’t see me. I was late every day – sometimes I was five minutes behind, sometimes ten, more if I was stopped […]



Decorating With Pillows

Nov 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Decorating with throw pillows is a great way to add pops of color, pattern or texture to a room. Throw pillows can land on a bed, sofa, chair or any kind of seating. Large floor pillows can be used as additional seating. How much is too much? During a recent staging of a beautifully decorated […]



2014 Orange County Art Awards

Nov 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

The Orange County Arts Council will be honoring ten individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to the community through the arts at the 7th Annual Orange County Art Awards which takes place on Friday, November 14 at Umbra Sound Stages in Newburgh, starting at 5:30 p.m. In years past, award recipients have included […]



Home Staging Class in Newburgh with Claudia Jacobs November 13

Nov 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Over the last few years I had the pleasure of teaching staging classes to help future home sellers get their home ready for sale. Homes that have been properly prepared and staged for sale have an advantage over other homes for sale that have not been staged. The best time to get started is as […]



How to Say No in 3 Steps or Less

Oct 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Ahhh, guilt. Isn’t it great? Thanks mom, thanks Roman Catholic household, thanks never-ending feeling that I’m doing something wrong and should repent. As was pointed out to me in an infamous comment on a Facebook post that should have never been, I’m a bit of a guilt-tripper myself. The good news is that I make […]