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Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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Don’t Want to Bake? Order from Brownie Points Bakery

Also read: 50+ Thanksgiving Recipes You’ll LOVE Don’t feel like baking for Thanksgiving? Take it off your to-do list and order your Thanksgiving pies from Brownie Points Bakery! Call in your orders but know that they will have a limited amount of pies available. They’ll be open this Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 5pm, and even on Thanksgiving morning […]

12 Virtual Winter Break Workshops for Kids & Tweens

December 28, 29 & 30 Keep your kids and tweens busy and inspired during the holiday break with classes at Visual Arts Center. No need to leave the comfort of home on those cold days; their winter-break art workshops will be taught by their talented teaching artists live on Zoom. Young artists will learn techniques in a […]

What to Wear to Your Thanksgiving Zoom: Turkey Hats!

This will be the first year in 15 years that we won’t be with my husband’s family at Thanksgiving. I know I’m not the only one that is separated from their family this year. We do plan to zoom and I wanted to find a way to keep things light and silly. We all need […]

30+ Ideas for Your Elf on the Shelf

Still Need an Elf? Get Your Elf on the Shelf here.Remember when your Elf on the Shelf was content just sitting on a shelf? Those days are over! We live in a Pinterest perfect work and our elves are not immune! They get more creative every year and now require props, accessories and new outfits–some wearing Elf Couture! […]

Celebrate the Holidays in Summit!

December 19  • 1:00-4:00pm Shop local, dine, and celebrate in Summit this holiday season! Do all your holiday shopping right in downtown Summit. There will be music throughout town and Horse and Carriage rides from 1-4pm at Lyric Park (corner of Beechwood Road and Bank Street). All activities are free to the public. And new […]

Carriages and Carolers in Summit

November 28  •  December 5, 12, 19 1:00pm – 4:00pm Take a break from your downtown shopping to enjoy holiday music and free horse and carriage rides from 1-4pm Saturdays November 28, December 5, 12, and 19.  The boarding location will be Lyric Park, located at the corner of Bank Street and Beechwood Road.  Use […]

Wild Rice With Cremini Mushrooms

Here’s an easy side from the NYTimes Food section. Ingredients 8 ounces long-grain wild rice 8 tablespoons butter 1 pound cremini or button mushrooms, sliced ½ teaspoon salt, more to taste  Black pepper, to taste ⅓ cup dry sherry, such as Dry Sack (do not use cream sherry) Bring 5 cups water to a boil. Stir in rice, then cover and […]

(Gluten-Free) Green Bean Casserole with Fried Onions

See All 50+ Thanksgiving Recipes So much of Thanksgiving is about traditions: eating the same food cooked the same way year after year. I know that the 1970’s green bean casserole with Campbell’s mushroom soup isn’t exactly gourmet, but I love it anyway! But with a husband that is gluten-intolerant, it’s hasn’t been an option the […]

Cold Turkey: When to Thaw the Bird!

Also read: 50+ Thanksgiving Recipes I will never forget the first Thanksgiving dinner that my husband decided to take over turkey duty; he wanted to give deep frying a shot. So, I left him to it only to realize on Thanksgiving morning that he had not thawed the turkey yet! Our local grocery store was open–one more thing to be thankful for […]

How to Fry Your Thanksgiving Turkey

See All of Our Staff’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes. It’s become our family tradition that my husband fries our turkey every Thanksgiving. While I’m inside cooking the side dishes, he’s outside with his cocktail and whatever men-folk he can lure away from football. I’m telling you, this is the best turkey you will ever have. We do […]