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It’s A Very Ramshackle Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving weekend, I shall be moving. I shall not, therefore, be hosting anything other than the dust bunnies that have apparently been living underneath my couch all this time.

I will, however, be making - and eating beaucoup quantities of - turkey, because my friend Margo and I have decided to do Thanksgiving together (at her place, obviously). Kendrick and the kids are coming, and I'm so excited - I just want a day of eating and football games playing in the background and skateboarding in the driveway and family.

It will be a very Ramshackle Thanksgiving. And I mean that in the best possible way. Cheers to breaking the rules, making it work, and finding joy in the moment.

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The Choices We Make

I'm moving. Again.

Not quite so far this time - and with considerably less drama, thank god.

But no matter how you slice it, moving an entire household filled with assorted children, pets, and board games requiring the wrangling of 10,000 extremely small pieces (I hate you, Risk) all by yourself...it's exhausting. I am exhausted. And excited, because this move is a good one for virtually everyone involved (except maybe Lucy, who DNGAF where she is, because she is very busy napping).

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The Ultimate CBD Gift Guide

CBD: That thing that everyone kiiiiinda thought was a mild form of pot for awhile, and now has become a wellness staple even your grandmother can get on board with.

A quick primer: CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound found naturally in hemp plants and distinct from THC (which is what creates the psychoactive effect). Cannabinoids work with a series of receptors in your body that perform jobs like regulating your anti-inflammatory response, immune system, appetite, mood, anxiety levels, sleep schedule, and so on. Unlike THC, CBD won't get you "high" in the sense of being intoxicated - but countless studies have shown that it promotes a sense of peace and well-being akin to what you experience when, say, you're singing along to your favorite song on the radio.

A natural high. Doesn't that sound lovely?

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Holiday Gift Guide: For The Home Decor Junkie

Home contributor Audrey deploys her exquisite taste to help you shop for the stylish homebodies in your life.

Shopping for an interior design guru can be more than a little intimidating. The desire to find something truly unique, purposeful, and stylish can definitely be overwhelming, but with so many wonderfully curated home décor shops and a plethora of highly skilled artisans creating distinctive home goods, it’s easier than ever to find something for the person who doesn’t want their house to look like everyone else’s.

After dedicating this year to designing, renovating, and styling our new home, I feel like I’ve seen it all. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite finds just in case you find yourself shopping for someone who loves home décor this holiday season! 

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Apparently We Make Our Own Dog Food Now

These days, Lucy is simultaneously adorable and heartbreaking: She's slowed down a lot in the last few months, and sort of hops rather than walks. Plus she no longer tolerates grooming - I can give her baths and brush her a little, but that's about it - so her lifelong transformation into an actual muppet is nearing completion. (If you're worried about her being able to see past that aggressive bang situation she has going on, please recall that she is in possession of a grand total of one eye, and that said remaining eye is, alas, completely blind.)

Related Read: The Many Lives Of Lucy

She seems happy enough, though. She hops from napping spot to sleeping spot to napping spot, and spends most days snuggled up against my left thigh, basking in the warmth emanating from my laptop and snoring audibly. But I think it's safe to say she's officially an old lady now. Which...I mean...I'm okay, I get it, but still. I want so badly for this stage of her life to be one where she gets to relax in her rocker with a nice warm blanket over her legs and watch the seagulls.

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Still There

I've had many summers that felt like little jewelboxes of time, sweet and slow - the one we spent living in temporary housing while we waited for our daughter to be born comes to mind - but there was one that was wonderful in a completely different way than all the others.

It was the summer after Kendrick and I moved from our tiny Hell's Kitchen place to our slightly-less-tiny Upper East Side apartment. The summer that I quit my office job, and started writing for a living (well, that was the plan, in any case). The summer that we were working out how to be married and wondering how in the world we were going to pay our rent and trying to figure out what we wanted to be when we grew up...but it was so exciting. The sheer possibility of it all. We were children standing on the edge of adulthood, thinking about jumping.

We had a little crew that summer. Stephen and Dave, of course - we had rooftop cocktails with them most nights, Lucy whizzing in circles around us while we watched the setting sun light up all that silver paint. Francesca was living in the city then, just a few blocks away, and a few of Kendrick's other friends from college lived at various points along the 6 line. We'd all go out to terrible bars and drink terrible drinks and stay up far too late, because we were still so young, and it still felt like bad choices were a life imperative.

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Interior Wanderer

I have a curated coffee table now. That's right, I said it. 

Alright, I am obsessed with this company. Obsessed, I say! Interior Wanderer, if you've never heard of it - and you likely haven't, as it's brand-new - offers kits of curated products sourced from all over the world and designed in collaboration with incredible local artisans, and then tailored to various spaces in your home. The goal: To elevate a given space (entryway, living room, kitchen, bedroom, what have you) as if you'd hired an interior decorator without...you know, hiring an interior decorator.

Read more about how Interior Wanderer works.

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