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…
By Melissa Kravitz

10 Hidden Beaches To Visit Before Summer Is Over

The end of summer is here, which means it’s time to squeeze in at least one more luxurious day relaxing in the sand, breathing in the fresh air, and topping off your tan while you still have the sun on your side. Just beware! As you start to plan…
By Melissa Kravitz

The next best thing to water...

Staying hydrated over the summer, especially while drinking, is obviously super important. Drinking a glass of water for every glass of booze is never a bad idea, but hydrating while enjoying your cocktail is even better. Why not kill two birds with…
By Melissa Kravitz

17 Pasta Salad Recipes For Your Summer Picnic

Pasta salad is perhaps the easiest, and potentially the most delicious, food you can bring to a potluck or picnic. We're not talking about that gross, gooey, mayonnaise-y stuff, though. These 17 picks, culled from some of the best bloggers on the…
By Melissa Kravitz

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…
By Melissa Kravitz

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.…
By Melissa Kravitz

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…
By Melissa Kravitz

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…
By Melissa Kravitz

The Most Patriotic Pups

Sure, it's adorable when a cute kid gets all decked out in Fourth of July face paint, and you're going to look pretty awesome in your stars-and-stripes bandeau. But you know who's the most precious when wearing their all-American attire? Dogs!…
By Melissa Kravitz

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…
By Melissa Kravitz

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…
By Melissa Kravitz

10 DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas

Yes, we have Father's Day gift ideas for the geeky dad, the beer-drinking dad, and the dad you forgot you had to buy a gift for until just this minute (oops!) But if you're on a tight budget, or just want to get a little creative for the dad who has…
By Melissa Kravitz

12 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, You're Welcome

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! We've already got you covered on chocolate chip muffins, breads, pancakes, and granola...but we know how you really want to celebrate this holiday. We've got cookies — 12 of them — that will adequately…
By Melissa Kravitz

21 Gadgets to Get Your Tech-Savvy Mom

Whether your mom is a computer genius or can't turn on her iPad without assistance, there are some gadgets on the market that will make her life easier. These handy devices offer simple solutions to a variety of life's most urgent conundrums — How…
By Melissa Kravitz

9 Incredibly Sexist Mother's Day Gifts

We've already told you what to get your mom for Mother's Day, what to get your mom for Mother's Day if you waited until the last minute, and what card to pair with whichever present you decided on. Well, in case you haven't had enough hand holding…
By Melissa Kravitz

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…
By Melissa Kravitz

Help Mom Relax With These Spa-Themed Gifts

Spa gifts are great, because they're something moms might not usually give themselves but certainly appreciate. From beauty addicts to hard core soccer moms, everyone can use a chance to chill out! Most spas sell gift cards for various services of…
By Melissa Kravitz

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…
By Melissa Kravitz

The 12 Best Recipes for Breaking Passover

Passover requires that you go eight days without some of the best foods known to woman (leavened bread, pasta, cereal), so now that it's over, it's time to treat yourself to a full-on carb fest. Here are some recipes to prepare to celebrate the fact…
By Melissa Kravitz

12 Healthy Easter Basket Treats

Traditional Easter baskets are loaded with sugary treats that make parents and the tooth fairy alike pretty unhappy. If you're planning on giving baskets to younger relatives this year, or are trying to lay off the sickly sweet stuff yourself, try…
By Melissa Kravitz