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    How to Tame Your Teen Without Really Trying

    By Lisa Tognola | May 23, 2015

    Recently, when I drove my teenage son home from tennis practice, I watched him spend the first half of the ride chugging a 32-ounce root ...

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    How to Sharpen Your Mind with Brain Workouts

    By Lisa Tognola | April 10, 2015

    The slowing down of the brain is inevitable. What I meant to say is, the slowing down of the brain with age is ...

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    5 Surprising Reasons I Fell in Love with Tea

    By Lisa Tognola | March 6, 2015

    Tea used to be something I only drank to complete my meal at the local Chinese restaurant. But ever since I visited an organic tea ...

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    Main Street Musings Celebrates its 100th Column

    By Lisa Tognola | January 23, 2015

    Since my very first column back in 2010, I’ve been musing about life in the suburbs–the good, the bad and the ...

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    A Cool Way to Stay Warm This Winter

    By Lisa Tognola | December 18, 2014

    Shopping for a new jacket can be challenging, especially if you live in a place like I do where the temperature outside can drop faster ...

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    Getting Our Just Desserts

    By Lisa Tognola | November 21, 2014

    My Aunt Jo used to say, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” She uttered that phrase any time we complained or ...

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    By Lisa Tognola | October 16, 2014

    He passed the interview with flying colors. “Why do you want to live with us? What challenges are you looking for? Where do ...

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    Finding My Inner Yogi

    By Lisa Tognola | September 18, 2014

    When my friend Jane invited me to try a hot yoga class, I hesitated. I thought yoga was for ‘other’ ...

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    A Kitchen Gadget I Can’t Live Without

    By Lisa Tognola | June 20, 2014

    There are certain things in our kitchens we can’t live without.  I don’t mean the obvious ones—the sink, the ...

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    Paying It Forward Can Be Priceless

    By Lisa Tognola | May 23, 2014

      There’s an old joke . . . “Let’s eat grandpa.” “Let’s eat, grandpa.” A ...

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    How to Get Your Mojo Back (Healthy Snacks, Baby!)

    By Lisa Tognola | April 24, 2014

      Open fridge . . . nothing to eat. Open the cabinet . . .nothing to eat. Lower expectations . . .and then repeat. You know ...

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    How to Save Money Without Really Trying

    By Lisa Tognola | March 21, 2014

      How can I save a buck? That’s the million-dollar question. I’ve experimented with various cost-cutting ...

  • Get Fresh With Me

    By Lisa Tognola | February 21, 2014

    I recently learned a fact that in all my years of eating packaged bread I had never known. It was news that would change my ...

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    She’s Full of Scrap

    By Lisa Tognola | January 17, 2014

    They say scrapbooking is a great way to cherish your favorite memories and organize photos that are lying around your ...

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    Does Your Medicine Cabinet Need a Makeover?

    By Lisa Tognola | December 20, 2013

    I used to consider myself an organized person. Every morning I showered, toweled, and moisturized. I kept toiletries— liquid hand ...

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    Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Makes Thanksgivukkah!

    By Lisa Tognola | November 8, 2013

      When my daughter first sent me this Buzzfeed link about a dual Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebration, I thought it ...

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    Chase to the Cut

    By Lisa Tognola | September 13, 2013

    “You didn’t make the cut, but thanks for trying.” It was the story of my life, fruitlessly chasing my ambitions ...

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    Snoring: It’s Nothing to Sneeze at

    By Lisa Tognola | July 31, 2013

      My husband Chris and I have been married over twenty years and each evening after saying goodnight to our three children we ...

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    Nineteen Piles and Counting

    By Lisa Tognola | May 24, 2013

    Chances are no matter how organized you are things accumulate on your kitchen counters and grow into piles, and those piles beget ...

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    Meet the In-Laws

    By Lisa Tognola | April 25, 2013

      Marriage is a package deal. You open the package—you deal with the in-laws.  No exchange policy, no returns, no ...

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    My Husband Gave Me a Complex For Our Anniversary

    By Lisa Tognola | March 7, 2013

    An anniversary is a day of remembrance—when we remember how good we used to look when we first got married. It’s also ...

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    Revelations from My First CAbi Party

    By Lisa Tognola | February 7, 2013

    I was wary when my friend Patty invited me to a trunk show called CAbi that she was hosting.   In New Jersey a trunk ...

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    When It Doesn’t Pay to Take a Staycation

    By Lisa Tognola | January 10, 2013

    When my husband Chris told me he wanted to take a family vacation during our children’s winter break, I resisted. I told him I ...

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    Thoughts and Prayers

    By Lisa Tognola | December 19, 2012

    In deference to the heartbreaking tragedy last Friday, I have departed from my weekly Musings to send thoughts and prayers to the ...

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    Five Mistakes to Avoid at Your Hanukkah Party

    By Lisa Tognola | December 13, 2012

    Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It’s an occasion my husband and I mark by throwing an ...

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