Style: Use Coupon Codes for Online Shopping

If the surfing you do today is more on the web than on the waves, try these coupon codes for smokin’ hot deals: 1. Kohl’s: Take 15% off everything with coupon STACK15.2. Ann Taylor: Extra 40% off Sale Styles with code EXTRA40.3. Sears: Get $20 off orders of $200 or more with coupon code FIREWORKS. 4. The Body Shop: Get …

Vanessa McGradyStyle: Use Coupon Codes for Online Shopping

Some New Year’s Thoughts for You

My grandmother Grace McGrady painted this, looking out her second-story window onto Central Park West at 85th Street. The flight from last year wasn’t nearly as desperate, it seems, as years before. Around here, 2010 was full of goodness and beauty. I married the best man I have ever met, and gained a beautiful new family as a happy byproduct. …

Vanessa McGradySome New Year’s Thoughts for You

Rum Balls

You are probably wondering where I am today. Well, I am over at Half-Assed Kitchen with my recipe for Rum Balls! Enjoy!

Vanessa McGradyRum Balls

Nesting Frenzy

Here’s what the equasion seems to be: Informed about better-than-expected tax refund + news about great trip to Japan for 10 days + anticipating a child in the home + madly in love with boyfriend = INTENSE NESTING FRENZY On my way to yoga tonight, I thought I’d buy Steve a sweater for Valentine’s Day to introduce the prospect of …

Vanessa McGradyNesting Frenzy

Orphan Christmas

First Annual Holiday Note to Self: Each year, you try to have a lower-key Christmas. You try to lessen your waste footprint and do only the things that are meaningful. But it mounts. You think you can get off easy after the note to the friends and family, “Hey, I love you madly. But I am laying low this season …

Vanessa McGradyOrphan Christmas

In Praise of the Generic Gift

Mom and me celebrating Christmas, Port Townsend style This month marks six years since my dad left this world. I miss his bear hug and the accompanying smell of his signature Paco Rabanne cologne.  I miss flopping down on the soft leather couch in his office and thumbing through magazines, as I waited for him to get off the phone …

Vanessa McGradyIn Praise of the Generic Gift