Thanks, Mom!

Hats off to NJ MOM Randi Mazzella, a frequent contributor to New Jersey Family, for helping to celebrate the heroic feats of moms everywhere. Randi penned a featured story in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide: 101 Inspiring and Amusing Stories for Mothers Who Do It All.

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Great Shakes

Say goodbye to the added sugar and preservatives in store-bought dressings. With the OXO Good Grips Salad Dressing Shaker, you can make, shake, and store your own. Try an easy ginger sesame vinaigrette. Shake together 1 tbsp. grated ginger, 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 2 tbsp. sesame oil, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/cup rice vinegar, and 1 finely chopped green onion. Salt and pepper to taste. 

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Money Woes

When it comes to finances, women say they worry most about their child’s future. Tied for second place? Household budgets and overall economy.

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Allergy App

For the 8 percent of Americans who suffer from allergic rhinitis (aka, hayfever), April showers don’t just bring May flowers; they bring itchy, watery eyes and a miserable runny nose. Now you can track local pollen counts with a new app from the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma Immunology. Visit on your mobile device to get the app—and avoid the pollen when possible. 

Hairdo Destiny

Little in life makes a woman feel better than a great haircut, so why risk ending up with a mediocre mane? Take control of your hairdo destiny with these three tips:

  1. Let your stylist see how your hair behaves on a normal day. Show up with “everyday hair.”
  2. Bring pictures from magazines, yes, but it’s more important to bring photos of past haircuts you’ve had that you’ve loved. 
  3. Be honest and specific with stylists. Take time to explain what you like, what you definitely, absolutely, positively don’t want, and how much time you’re able to spend on your hair every day. 
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