Monday, December 4, 2023

Hanukkah Gift Guide: The 13 Best Hanukkah Gifts for 2023, All From Jewish and Israeli Owned Brands

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Hanukkah Gift Guide 2023
Hanukkah starts this Thursday, December 7. It's my favorite holiday — not because of the gifts, although of course getting eight nights of presents as a kid was pretty darn amazing. My mom, brother and I would each put a large grocery bag underneath our piano, and then we'd toss in gifts for each other for the month or so leading up to Hanukkah until they were all but overflowing!

But, even as a kid, what I loved more than the gifts was the traditions we as Jews celebrate during this time. I love lighting the menorah, and have actually lit it with my mom and brother over FaceTime for years if we can't be together (though the photo above is of my mom and me lighting it on the last night, two years ago). I love the latkes and the sufganiyot (donuts). I love playing the dreidel game (and hopefully winning the most Hanukkah gelt). I love the songs and the Hanukkah candle blessings. Most of all, I love the fact that this holiday represents a time when the Jews refused to let our light go out, both literally and figuratively. In this time that's rife with antisemitism and a rise in hatred against Jews and Israel, that means more to me than ever before.

To that end, I decided to create a Hanukkah gift guide this year. I haven't put together gift guides on the blog in awhile, but I really wanted to find a way to celebrate this holiday. All of the products in this guide are by Jewish-owned and Israeli-owned brands — it was important to me to have them truly represent this holiday. If you're looking for a gift for a friend or family member who celebrates Hanukkah — or you just want one for yourself (hint hint), keep reading to discover the 13 best Hanukkah gifts worthy of the eight nights of lights!

Friday, September 29, 2023

Here Are the Top 7 Reasons I'm Obsessed With My Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier

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Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier in Blush

FYI the Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier is bringing life (and dewiness!) back to my skin. I'm absolutely in love with this little humidifying wonder! And there are 7 very important reasons why. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Monday, September 18, 2023

What to Do in LA: Visit Bubble Planet Experience

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Jamie Allison Sanders visits Bubble World/The Bubble Planet Experience popup museum in Los Angeles' Montebello neighborhood.
Life is the bubbles! I was recently invited to check out Bubble Planet Experience and had such a great time! I took my friend Jen along for the extremely bubbly ride.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Best Rooftop Bar In New Orleans: Hot Tin at The Pontchartrain Hotel

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Hot Tin Rooftop Bar at The Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans
During a recent trip to New Orleans, I was invited to experience the fabulous Hot Tin at The Pontchartrain Hotel. I said yes faster than you can say, "Tennessee Williams wrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof while he lived in New Orleans!" I'm always a fan of a rooftop bar, and Hot Tin does not disappoint. Read on to find out more about this can't-miss spot in NOLA!

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Salon and Spa Directory: Formula Fig in West Hollywood

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A review of Formula Fig salon and spa in Los Angeles/West Hollywood.
Ready, set, glow! I'm always, always looking for a facial that will leave my skin hydrated, youthful-looking, dewy, and super glowy. And I've found it at Formula Fig in West Hollywood!