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Maintaining Sanity in a Small Apartment

We live in a two-bedroom apartment, and with a curious toddler, it soon became apparent that it’s oh so important to keep things accessible yet out of reach for little hands.  Also, with the limited space, I find that clutter builds very, very quickly.  Over the course of the past year or so, I’ve slowly… Continue reading Maintaining Sanity in a Small Apartment

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Maternity clothes – to buy or to borrow

One of the many, many things I love about being in the Orthodox community is the massive amount of lending that occurs between friends, acquaintances and, well, everyone.  There are these things called gemachs (an acronym for gemilus chasadim, which translates roughly to “acts of kindness”) where you can get all sorts of things, often… Continue reading Maternity clothes – to buy or to borrow

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Donna Reed, Bree VanDeKamp, and the concept of wifely duties

I heard an interview with John Lithgow on NPR‘s Around Noon where he mentioned the early retirement of his mother from an acting career because she was raising four children and it was the fifties and that was what was done back then (super-paraphrasing there).  Seemingly innocuous comments like that usually get me thinking about… Continue reading Donna Reed, Bree VanDeKamp, and the concept of wifely duties