Melissa is a writer based in New York City.

Mazel Tov, Jewish School Alums

Whether you only attended a Jewish day school for a couple of years as a kid, or are a Jewish school lifer (like a "preschool through your PhD in Modern Jewish Literature at Brandeis, with perhaps a gap year in Israel in between" lifer), you've…
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10 Hidden Beaches To Visit Before Summer Is Over

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17 Pasta Salad Recipes For Your Summer Picnic

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You Know You Went To Jewish Camp If...

Some of us went to Jewish camp because our parents wanted us to compensate for all the Hebrew School ditching, while others attended as an intro to Judaism. Others of us spent 100 percent of our lives in Jewish day schools and synagogues, so a camp…
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How to Make Your Own Alcoholic Popsicles

It's summer. It's hot, sticky, and you need to cool off. Ice melts in your drink almost faster than you can take your first sip, and soon enough you're stuck with some watered-down cocktail concoction that has quickly warmed to room temperature.…
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How to Make Red, White, and Blue Cocktails

Drinking may be one of our nation's greatest pastimes, so why not celebrate with patriotically colored cocktails? You could make three flavors of blended margaritas — think raspberry, blueberry, and coconut, and layer them on top of each other for a…
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15 Patriotic Quotes In Honor Of July 4th

With all the fireworks displays and Americana apparel and delicious grilled items to focus on when July 4th rolls around, it's easy to forget what this holiday is really about: patriotism. It's, at its heart, a celebration of the 1776 adoption of…
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The Most Patriotic Pups

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Let The Velour Vigil Begin

Monday morning, my heart broke as I read the news that Juicy Couture would be closing all of its stores in the United States, and moving into selling a more affordable line of their cherished sweatsuits at that favored shopping grounds of moms…
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10 Father's Day Quotes From Famous Dads

There's nothing like a good quote to fill your Father's Day card, remind dad how much you appreciate him, and give him some words of inspiration, wisdom, and gratitude. Even if you buy a pre-printed card, or make him a DIY gift, thoughtful words can…
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10 DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas

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12 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, You're Welcome

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21 Gadgets to Get Your Tech-Savvy Mom

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9 Incredibly Sexist Mother's Day Gifts

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You Know You're a Columbia Student When...

It's only been a year since I graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York — yes, using the school's full name is imperative — but not a day goes by that I don't miss it. (Sad, I know.) Those of us privileged enough to have attended…
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Help Mom Relax With These Spa-Themed Gifts

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5 Awesome LGBT Prom Queens

Prom season is here, and it represents a memorable rite of passage for so many American teenagers. But for others, it can be a horrific and humiliating event. Thousands of LGBTQ teenagers have struggled with bringing same-sex dates to their high…
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The 12 Best Recipes for Breaking Passover

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12 Healthy Easter Basket Treats

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