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Posted by Vivian McNeil on

Ever since school was out in early March, our kitchens have become an all-day diner, serving breakfast, lunch, and supper. We are not even mentioning the snacking and the going in and out of the fridge throughout the day, only to find the same staples we saw just an hour before. What we do know is that our kitchens are taking a real beating and it’s becoming more challenging by the day to keep them clean and in order. Parents are not used to feeding kids three meals a day, and often rely on school lunches to satiate their children...

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Posted by Vivian McNeil on

As I jumped off the plane, I grabbed my carry-on bag from the upper luggage compartment and rushed out. I was returning from a week-long trip overseas and was quite apprehensive as to what awaited me at Kennedy Airport in New York. Surprisingly, nothing out of the ordinary. Was this good or bad? The fact that I was only asked one question, if I was bringing any nuts, rocked my nerves a bit. There was no nurse or attendant waiting to take my temperature nor any special delay because of the recent outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus. All I could...

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Posted by Vivian McNeil on

The past couple of weeks have been crazy due to the coronavirus scare. Flights have been cancelled worldwide, hand sanitizers are nowhere to be found, and people are unsure if they should self-quarantine. Just today, Senator Ted Cruz announced that he will be undergoing a self-quarantine at home after having an interaction with a coronavirus patient. People of all ages are scared, and they want to protect themselves and their friends from COVID-19. The only problem is that all the supplies which you would need to do so are no longer in stock. All major retailers, both online and in...

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Posted by Vivian McNeil on

As anyone would agree, we live in a throwaway society. The citizens of the United States, and specifically New York, are rapidly paced individuals looking for the fastest and most efficient way to shop. Does it make a difference to a New Yorker if the bag his neighborhood grocer gives him is paper or plastic? I remember going to Waldbaum’s thirty years ago and taking home my groceries in paper bags. What’s the difference? I disposed of them anyway. Who has room to pile up bags whether they be paper or plastic?  Just a few years ago, at the checkout...

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Posted by Vivian McNeil on

Yup, it’s that time of year again, winter freeze has passed, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole, and MLB has reported to spring training. For my husband and kids, it’s an exciting time. They have their minds on the new season and all the fun things that come along with it, like bicycle riding, shopping for new clothes, and of course seeing the cherry blossoms popup. But for moms like me there is only one thing on my mind, spring cleanup 2020. Last year, I was fortunate to have over a cousin of mine, Libby. She is from Gibraltar...

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