Credit: Sarah Borchgrevnik
I wanted to start a little "Chip Chat" with other writers I admire, be they bloggers, authors or musicians. And get to ask some fun questions. Some of the writers I will chat with I have had the opportunity to meet, and some may just remain virtual friends.
I started off by chatting with my kids, my favorite writers and musicians of course! My five-and-a-half-year-old thought this was so fun, and had four more questions to add to my seven. She said a total of eleven questions would be a great thing. It is pretty obvious that her four are first!
Here are their answers!
NLT, 5 1/2
1. What's your favorite color? Black and green and white and pink
2. What's your favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip
3. What's your favorite purple? Lavender
4. What's your favorite flower? Rose & Tulip
5. What is your all time favorite song? "Roar"
6. When did you move for the first and last time? Austin to Oakland to Houston
7. What is your favorite US city to visit? Scottsdale, 'cuz I liked the hotel
8. What is the last book you read? Page of Toy Story
9. Four Square or Tetherball? Swing ball thing (Tetherball)
10. Favorite childhood meal? Could it be ice cream? Pasta shells with butter
11. OOGIAH means cookie. What is your favorite kind? Sugar cookie with colored sugar
1. What's your favorite color? Light Blue
2. What's your favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip
3. What's your favorite purple? Red Purple
4. What's your favorite flower? Dark purple, Iris
5. What is your all time favorite song? Katy Perry
6. When did you move for the first and last time? To Houston
7. What is your favorite US city to visit? Vacaville, for the train museum (Western Railway Museum)
8. What is the last book you read? Toy Story book
9. Four Square or Tetherball? Four Squirt
10. Favorite childhood meal? Dental Soup (homemade lentil soup)
11. OOGIAH means cookie. What is your favorite kind? M&M Cookies
Credit: David Goldberger
I have many fond memories of sharing kosher pizza and falafel with my cousins when visiting our grandparents in Brooklyn. And having falafel filled with French fries with new friends in Israel. And eating falafel everyday with old friends as a vegetarian visiting Barcelona.
I feel like I need to have some falafel right now, with some friendly folks, after watching "Falafel,"
a short film by cousin David Goldberger. He calls it "an enticing meal with strangers." And it is set to "Smile," by Charlie Chaplin. In it we meet a small cast of curious characters who have all bonded over their falafel eating. Can they let another falafel fan into their group? Watch
and find out!
And if you find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area with a hankering for some filled pita sandwiches, then check out my guide to falafel joints here
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"It's National Cookie Day, let's make cookies!" I said. To which my three-year-old replied, "Do they have to be national?"
Well if there was such a thing as a national cookie, it would probably involve peanut butter! So it's a good thing that @TeamRachael
suggested this Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie
recipe from RachaelRay.com
. When asking them for a cookie suggestion, I said I didn't have any butter, but that I did have peanut butter. These cookies were easy to make, and turned out yummy and cute! Happy National Cookie Day to you!
As big fans of "Doc McStuffins"
and The Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation
, an app that could add a new element to my kids' pretend vet play was welcomed with open arms!
app gives kids a real medical chart to use to record their plush patients' ailments. They can name the pets, take a photo, and check off what is wrong with them. Then they can look at an xray of the particular type of animal they are examining, and check heart rates.
My kids ages 5 1/2 and 3 loved using this app to record what is already going on in their overactive imaginations. They got out some toy doctor tools, set up an exam table and really got to work. They helped a little grey kitten with a breathing issue, along with a pink poodle who had something wrong with her mouth. All in a day's pretend work.
We were asked to review this app, but the opinions are all our own.
Credit: What Jew Wanna Eat
As we were all saying thanks and getting full on Thanksgiving, we were also celebrating Chanukah, on the once in a lifetime day that was Thanksgivukkah
! My own family enjoyed the typical sweet potatoes and stuffing, along with fried hand pies and pumpkin sufganiyot. And don't get me started on the latkes with pumpkin pie spice sour cream. So delicious!
As we planned our own holiday mash-ups I was always curious to see what others were planning as well. I caught up with a few social media friends to see how their celebrations went.
Amy Kritzer, of What Jew Wanna Eat
, shared that she enjoyed "lots of sweet potato latkes, and drinking dreidel games!" Sounds like a real party! You can see her make sweet potato latkes here
Ellen Zimmerman, of Jewish Holidays in a Box
, shared that her daughter-in-law made "a lovely Happy Thanksgivukkah banner in harvest and flame colors of gold, red, and orange." And that "her sweet potato latkes were incredible!" You can get your own banner to color in here
And Allison Josephs, from Jew in the City
, said that she spent the day with family "cooking turkey and latkes," and "lighting candles and sharing our Thanksgivukkah CNN clip!" You can learn about Thanksgivukkah from an Orthodox perspective here.
Thank you all for sharing!
Credit: Candye by Sandye
It's nice to have crafty friends. To create stuff with, and to teach you how to make new things. And it's so nice when they share what they make with you! I am lucky that one of my new Houston friends taught me how to make adorable hair clips, and still shares some of the ones she makes with us! We have owls, stars and turkeys. They are so sparkly, and fun for specific seasons and all year.
As you have guessed by now my friend is Sandye, and her line is Candye by Sandye
. She makes these awesome clips with crafty care. And she also makes great candy bouquets great for any theme event, including birthdays, baby showers and events like the Super Bowl. Check out her gallery here
and contact her for clips and candy bouquets for any theme.
Credit: Pijon Box
My little cousin Leah is well into her first year as an MBA student at one of the ivy covered schools. We have a long history of sending each other fun mail. So when I learned about PijonBox
I knew this was the fun mail for her! When you order you get to pick the gender of the recipient, and what year in college or grad school they are in. When Leah had tried out all of the items in the box, she sent me this email: I got the PijonBox, thank you so much! I loved the Revitalize Lollipops, and already painted my nails hot pink because we had a blacklight party last night - it was fun! These boxes are definitely awesome quick fixes for students' problems - deodorant and moisturizer are key!
Thanks Cousin Leah!
Full disclosure: I have been in contact with PijonBox about their products. But I purchased this box for my cousin, and the feedback is all hers.
Enter to win
this diaper bag (or any bag) organizer set. You get to choose what labels go on each pouch! And then get organizing! The giveaway ends on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Enter to win here.
is making retail space accessible through its online marketplace for artists, designers and brands. The sites allows them to easily find and rent retail spaces for a limited or long amount of time. The W San Francisco Hotel and Storefront are hosting a competition to give eight brands a chance to sell at the W Hotel Holiday Pop-Up Shop for free.
We got to ask the Storefront Co-Founder & CEO Tristan Pollock a few questions. Here is what he had to say. How are you rethinking the use of the Internet to help brick and mortar businesses?
Storefront is making retail accessible. Our online marketplace helps brands, artists and designers to find and rent retail space. On the site you'll find stores available from $90/day, and available to rent by the day, week or month.How do you support these businesses post pop-up shop?
We support our sellers that pop-up by helping them do it again and again. We also provide them with insurance when they book, and promotion when they open shop.Are there certain products that do especially well in a pop-up environment?
There are many products, and services, that flourish in a pop-up retail environment. It's about the experience. Most often we see fashion, art and design, but overall it is someone selling unique products. Here
are some ideas. What retail trends are you seeing this season?
This retail season we are seeing small businesses branch out and move from their online Etsy stores to offline Storefront stores. That means smaller spaces and pop-in shops, or store-within-a-store experiences, are occurring more often in established retail stores, boutiques, galleries and malls. We are also seeing more curated markets emerge.Since OOGIAH means cookie, what is your favorite kind?
Favorite type of cookie is chocolate chip.
In the photo from left to right: Tristan Pollock, Co-Founder & CEO and Erik Eliason, CEO.
Credit: Our Friend Jaime
Our friend Jaime is a mom, crafter and graphic designer
. She started her Chanukah crafting with this popsicle stick Star of David project. Lucky for us she has shared the project here:
Use a hot glue gun to make two triangles, and then glue the two triangles together to form the Star of David. You can use Elmer's glue too, but it takes a while to dry.
Once the stars are dry, grab your kids' favorite paints and let them do their thing!
Use pipe cleaners to create a loop on one of the corners. Then the stars become a decorative element, and can be hung by yarn or string. You can use a hanger to make a mobile or hang them directly on a window, door or on a hook. Happy Chanukah crafting!