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gabriana

Writer/editor, artist/maker, creative organizer, family caregiver, passionate foodie & world traveler, perpetually positive spoonie, chai and mint chocolate lover with a sweet, wee dog

What’s in a name?

I get asked about the origins of my name all the time. Seriously. Most people think it’s Italian (which I think is great since I ♥ Italy). Actually, the story is even better: it was the creativity of an eight-year-old boy. Living next door meant that Jeremiah, the son of […]

So it shall be written, so it shall be done

True confession: I did not go to a Passover seder last night. In typical Jewish fashion, I felt guilty about skipping this important annual ritual feast. But we did mark the night as different from all other nights. Instead, my mother and I resurrected an old favorite tradition from when […]

Favorite Finds: Banish Dry Skin

Spring may finally be here, but perhaps no one told your dry skin? Well, you simply must try my new favorite lotion, which you put on while still in the shower! This amazing In Shower Body Lotion left my skin smooth, moisturized and fresh all day long without feeling too […]

A Wee Tip: Make Flowers Last Longer

USC Alumni Event (leftover) centerpiece If a lovely vase of flowers arranged just so brings a smile to your face, but you just wish you could make them last longer… TIP: Every day or two, cut off a half inch from the bottom of the stems. Cut at an angle […]

Resolutions in March

Most people tend to make resolutions once a year for New Year’s. But studies show that most people also break these resolutions before February even begins. Instead, I like to space making resolutions out. I reassess and make resolutions for my birthday in April, the Jewish New Year (which typically […]

Emerald Beaut Holiday Surprise

Emerald Beauts — possibly one of the juiciest, most crisp and delicious summer fruits I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. What elevates these green-skinned, late summer plums is that the skin isn’t sour! The cool, crunch of juice and sweetness does not suffer the insult of a sour skin, like […]

Where’s the Line?

Where do you draw the line? The line between what you share about yourself online and what you keep private. I believe in the careful communications recommended in a recent U.S. News article; and I also agree that those pictures don’t matter as much as you think. I applaud Penelope […]