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Things Risa is loving this fall

 
 

Bed

I’ve tried a lot of inflatable beds for kids’ sleep-overs and over-night guests. This is the definite winner in terms of comfort and reliability.

 

CHALK BOARD

At Thanksgiving, these are a huge help for labeling dishes, since nowadays I find myself making regular stuffing, plus gluten-free, and a whole grain version too!

 

CHALK

 

PENCILS

My neighbors’ daughter was starting kindergarten, and frankly I couldn’t resist getting these for her.

 

VEGETABLE COOK BOOK

When we visited some friends in upstate New York who grow an amazing vegetable garden, I thought this would be more personal than bringing wine.

 

HANGRY KIT

My nephew just started college, and one night when I was missing him, I sent him this. It was well received!

 

STORAGE CONTAINERS

 These are a great design: they stack to save space and also go in the freezer, which is great when there are leftovers. A good hostess gift.

 

VASES

I have two of these that I use together as a centerpiece. I love them because you only need a few stems of flowers and they still look great.  They come in a bunch of colors and make a good housewarming present.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS

Baths are my nightly “breathing space,” and I like to tinker around to find the right potion each time.

 

DIFFUSER

During the day I use the diffuser with lavender or eucalyptus.

 

PLATFORM SHOES

Pure fun. Truth be told, I can only last a few hours in these, but the platform helps, and I love staring down at my feet in them.

 

WARBY PARKER GLASSES

I love Warby Parker, not only for their affordable fashionable styles, but because they give away a free pair of glasses for every pair purchased.

 

LIPSTICK

It’s hard to resist a name like coquette, and this color is just the right shade of pink of for the fall.

 

ROLLING TOTE

When I fly, I like to bring my lap top, snacks and magazines - but my shoulders don’t! This stylish rolling tote is real savior when I travel.

 

CODENAMES

At my house it’s pretty hard to find a game we all like, but here it is! It’s sort of like the old password game but even more fun. TRY IT!

 

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

 

SIRACUSA

Even though they are very different, I grouped these two books together because they both tell interesting, original stories, and are hard to put down.

 

BANZA

The packaging says “bring pasta night back” and I agree. This pasta, made from chick peas, is really delicious (I especially like it with pesto). It’s high in protein but low in carbs. Yum.

 

TRIGGER POINT BALL

I try to get in at least 10,000 steps a day and by evening this is a treat to the feet.

 

HALOGEN BLACK TURTLENECK

Long, soft and form fitting - I’ll be wearing this all the time.

 

THE NIGHT MANAGER

A John Le Carré plot, glam scenery, and great acting make this mini-series a binge-worthy treat. I couldn’t stop watching. Hope they make a second season!