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3 Hawaiian Life Lessons We Could All Use

Feb 12th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Island Time is not the timetable for me, even though I hate waking up before 8 a.m. and I haven’t had a set schedule in over five years. Whale watching plans in Costa Rica a few years back were altered because the guys running the show were just so very blasé about it all. Aside […]



The House-Life Connection

Feb 10th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

If you want do get an overview of a person’s life, check out their personal space. The way a person lives in their home is a reflection of their life. We can have good days and bad days. Those days can even stretch out over a period of time. Is everything neat and orderly or […]



Hearts and Flowers in the Hudson Valley

Feb 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Orange County has romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day and beyond Love is in the air and romantics will be head over heels with Orange County’s variety of full service hotels, charming B&Bs, and fascinating destinations. Special packages are available throughout the year, but the ones that Cupid has devised are particularly unique! Treat your loved […]



Dark Roasts, Light Roasts and Life’s Roasts

Feb 5th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Coffee is, quite literally and pathetically, the reason I get out of bed in the morning. I kid you not. The last time I was in Florida, I could not pull myself out of bed at 8 a.m. on the first day of vacation, despite having sunshine and the beach outside my window. Then I […]



Productive snow days

Feb 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Why wait for Spring Cleaning when we have all of these days we are snowed in during the winter? This past week alone presented quite a few snow days. I found myself going through a few drawers, cabinets and closets. Lots of really good stuff will be leaving my home. Piles of clothes are forming […]



4 Things You’ll Learn When You Take a Vacation

Jan 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

At the end of an exceptionally busy spring, I made a promise to myself: I would take the summer off. As someone who’s worked two or more jobs since teenage-hood, summer vacation was the stuff of elementary school, not self-employment. “But there must be something to that two month break,” I thought. Remember how much […]



And There Sits the Orange County Government Center

Jan 13th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

As a professional stager, I suggest cost effective changes before a home goes on the market. Fixing something that is broken always makes the list. As a design student, I featured Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government building in a report on architectural styles. It seems out of place for Goshen but sometime ago it was […]



5 Defenses for Going on a Television Bender

Jan 8th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

If you’ve ever felt like a loser for opting to stay planted on your couch even though the sun is shining, don’t – the best of us get addicted to great TV shows. In my life, it’s added to my experience of the world. Here’s why: 1. In an age when you have to Tweet […]



The Project CARD ONE Program

Jan 6th, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Thanks to Project Card One, veterans at Castle Point in Wappinger Falls and seniors at Elant in Goshen received holiday cards. Proud mom moment: my son, Preston Jacobs and another Goshen High School senior, Katey Merenyi, signed cards to distribute to the recipients. Please donate used cards by tearing off the decorative front to create […]



A Love Affair with TV and How Hitchcock Contributed to the Binge-Watching Trend

Jan 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Mid-afternoon on New Year’s Eve, I said to my boyfriend, “Maybe next year we’ll be at the top of some mountain, a few days into an incredible hiking trip. But this year, we’re having pizza and champagne, watching ‘Shameless’ until we can’t keep our eyes open.” We made it through 11 episodes – 11 hours […]