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Allergies at the holidays: Don’t let them get in the way of holiday festivities

By Kara Eberle

By LYZZ JONES for Smart Every meal is a challenge when you live with food allergies. And no time of year exacerbates these troubles more than the holidays. Eggnog? Not if eggs or milk trigger a reaction. Stuffing? Only if it’s gluten- and wheat-free. Cranberries? Sounds OK, but... Read More

Paying with plastic? Understand your credit card statement

By Kara Eberle

By KATY CARPENTER for Smart Thanks to some new rules and regulations, your credit card bill has a lot more to say these days. Are you listening? The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 — aka the Credit CARD Act — took effect in stages this year, with... Read More

Green your gift wrap

By Kara Eberle

By CARRIE HAMILTON for Smart Beyond the feasts of food, hectic schedules and family visits, you’ll know the holidays have arrived when you find yourself standing knee-deep in a room filled with crumpled wrapping paper. Americans throw away 83 million tons of paper trash, including tissue... Read More

Snap into the holidays with family-themed photos

By Kara Eberle

By JENNIFER VOGELSONG for Smart These days, it’s hard enough to get the whole family together for an evening meal between basketball practice, music lessons and work functions. A family portrait? Well, that might challenge even the most expert event planner. Not only do you have to... Read More

Give love, give thanks

By Kara Eberle

By JEN BAKER for Smart In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, it’s fitting that November is ... Read More

Buy locally online for the holidays

By Kara Eberle

By TARA HAWKINS for Smart Armed with stacks of sales fliers, women are making their way to the malls and the big box stores. So begins the hustle and hassle of holiday gift giving. Is there really any other option? Several local women are leading the way in a new kind of shoppin... Read More

Baby’s first photo shoot: Some newborns get star treatment in the hospital

By Kara Eberle

By LEIGH ZALESKI for Smart Your infant’s first photos are an autom... Read More

Check out the holiday issue of Smart magazine!

By Kara Eberle

The holiday issue of Smart magazine doesn't hit mailboxes until the week of Nov. 15. But you can ... Read More

Start your Christmas shopping

By Kara Eberle

By LOLLY ODEA POLVINALE For Smart The birth of the International Gift Festival 50 years ago was linked to women reaching across barriers of language, culture and spiritual tradition to form unassailable bonds of sisterhood. In 1961, the women of the Fairfield Mennonite Church Ladies S... Read More

House-party etiquette: Should you feel obligated to buy something?

By Kara Eberle

By KARA EBERLE for Smart Being  invited to a party at a friend’s house is a fun excuse to indulge in calorie-laden appetizers while chatting with the girls. But what happens when the party also functions as an opportunity for an independent contractor to sell jewelry, kitchen... Read More