December Articles


Reliving Christmas Memories with Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical

Ocean State Theater's 2013 Christmas Show

Everyone has their own special and unique Christmas traditions and memories, and it’s important to recapture some of the most magical memories. After attending this year’s Christmas production at Ocean State Theater, “Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical”, I am in the mood to bring up some of my favorite Christmas memories.   Photos by […]

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Giving back is where it’s at…

Donating to help a family through World Vision

  My family and I have chosen to give up our usual materialistic Christmas and to give back to those in need. We plan to buy a goat for a family in Brazil in hopes that they will be able to provide food and nourishment for their loved ones.     As Americans, we have […]

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It’s not Christmas until you see the play!

A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep

Every year we go to see Trinity’s production of A Christmas Carol. We all know the story of the old miserly moneylender who has lost his way given a chance on Christmas Eve to rediscover it.  It’s a classic.  And it’s such a tradition for Rhode Islanders that they refuse to declare it the Christmas […]

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Visitors from the Artic

Narragansett Bay's Harbor Seals

  Some of Rhode Island’s most interesting tourists visit our shores during the wintertime. No, they’re not New Yorkers, looking to get away from the Christmas crowds… they’re harbor seals, and Save The Bay is making it easier for us to see these visitors from the Artic.     Come and see these furry visitors […]

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Don’t let the stresses of the holidays get to you

Ten Holiday Stress Reducers

Christmas is approaching faster than we would like, but we can somehow survive the onslaught of shopping, wrapping presents, family gatherings, and getting through our everyday workload. We ask ourselves, “How am I going to get through the next few weeks and still be able to shop for presents? Decorate my home? Wrap? Bake? Cook? […]

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The Vadenais Family Dressing

A treasured recipe for your holiday feast

One of my dearest friends, from high school and college days, is Mary Vadenais Dexter, whose parents were in the fish-and-chips business. In fact, they made the best fish-and-chips in the area. That recipe, I’m afraid, is long gone, but “Mom’s Famous Family Dressing” is still with us. The Vadenais family makes it in a […]

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When Your Child Has to Fly Solo

Advice for Parents of Young Travelers

There are many reasons why your child might need to make an unaccompanied flight. In fact, for some children, unaccompanied travel is routine: summer trips to visit a parent or grandparent, trips to school or camp, or even a last-minute entry into a sports or academic competition. But today, as travel rules become more complex […]

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And Beyond RI

A place to nurture romance and be absorbed in luxury

Romantic country inns tucked away along long and windy roads have enticed impassioned lovers for centuries — promising warmth, luxury and tempting breakfasts to those that decide to partake — a setting where dreams can reveal your innermost desires, drifting minds to places that can only be imagined. Green velvet forests and a cool winding […]

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Travel Product Reviews


Cute as a Bee

I am always fascinated with new inventions, especially those that really make sense. There are so many creative products that I am across in my reviews that I wonder why this hadn’t been invented before. Recently, I had a chance to review a really cute and innovative product that I need to mention to my […]

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Teaching the Kids to Grow

Soilless planting with DuneCraft

There’s a special joy in growing a plant from seed. Starting with a tiny dry pellet, with a bit of nurturing, and growing into a beautiful flower or perhaps even a plant that provides food gives that unique blessing of being a provider of life, no matter who you are. The folks at DuneCraft have […]

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A Brush For Wet Hair

Packing the Wet Brush for a weekend getaway

While traveling is one of the greatest joys in life, there is always the dreaded chore of what to pack.  Besides the clothes and cosmetics that have to be packed there are other items that I don’t normally think of until there is the need for it.  The excitement of discovering a new place turns nerve-jangling when I […]

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Great Mornings

Enjoying Morninga

My mother always told me when I was growing up that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I passed down that piece of information to my own children and hopefully they will do the same for theirs. Now, I must state that Pop-Tarts, streusel and high sugared cereals weren’t things that I […]

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Pistachio Snack Bar?

Enjoying Pistachio Bites

When it comes to snacking, I have to say I love pistachio nuts. It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that my favorite color is green and so is a pistachio nut, but they just taste so darn good! Once a bag of pistachio nuts is placed in front of me I have […]

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Hold it with a Shouldit

A scarf with hidden pockets

I just hate carrying a purse; absolutely hate it! It is always slipping off my shoulder when I am walking somewhere and then it flops in front of me and I get all tangled up and, more than I can say, frustrated! Or, struggling at the checkout line trying to shove everything back into my […]

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Dressing Up that Favorite Outfit

Exquisite Handmade Jewelry From Margie Edwards Designs

How many women love to dress up for a special occasion? I mean, dressing-up, with the dress, shoes and just the right pieces of jewelry to accentuate the whole outfit. Imagine walking into that room looking like you just won the lottery and every heard turn as you make your way across the floor. Aren’t […]

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Salads Taste Better

Salad dressings from San-J

I wonder how many people can honestly say that they love to eat salad on a daily basis. I don’t mean just lettuce and tomato because that isn’t a salad to me, but with lots of vegetables, cheeses, olives, nuts, sunflower seeds and croutons. Now that’s a salad! Anyway, how many say that they can […]

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Morning Coffee Just Got Easier!

Enjoy Jiva Coffee Cubes

When I wake up in the morning, I leave just the right amount of time for me to get ready so I don’t get distracted. That means that I have to have practically everything ready the night before; even my lunch (unless something needs refrigerating). I have everything set out for the next morning so […]

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Spice Up That Meal

Testing Teeny Tiny Spices from Vermont

There’s a lot to be said about those that love to cook; any day, any time, they just love to cook. And, I happen to be one of those that ‘love to cook.’ I’ve been told, however, that the one thing I need to work a little is the seasonings. I either add too much, […]

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