If the crown jewels could be reinterpreted into shapes of glass, Nirit Dekel’s jewelry could be used in a royal ordination. Nirit is one of Israel’s jewelry artisan superstars. We were first introduced in 2009 at Loot, The Museum of Art and Design’s jewelry fair. I had just been through a very difficult time in my life and Nirit gifted me a crystal ice necklace that automatically lifted my spirits. Aside from the great kindness she displayed, I noticed her flawless craft. Since then we have participated in many jewelry fairs courtesy of my Mama Donna, Donna Schneier.

Has it been “one of those days” for like three years now? Making excuses again? Okay…truth time. Are you doing it out of fear, insecurity, or just plain laziness? Did you know that every one of your thoughts, words, or actions is driven by a core belief you have? You may have formed them by something that happened long ago; and for some reason, you still hold on to them. Perhaps you felt powerless then to do anything about a situation you were in. But, you are not powerless anymore, sweet friends.

Borekas are seriously one of my ultimate favorite appetizer dishes in the world. This version is filled with spiced meat and nuts. Might sound a little wacky, but it’s awesome! I decided to make a family-size braided one, you know, just for fun. You won’t believe how easy it is to make, guys!

Myth: Once you need maternity clothes, just go get them.

Truth: You need a plan. You’re in the first trimester and already a lot of your regular clothes don’t fit you. On one hand, you’re tempted to just go out and get maternity clothes and start wearing them. On the other hand, there are the designers who tell you to not even shop until the second trimester.

Myth: When you become pregnant, you need only hide your tummy.

Truth: There are a lot of things to consider. You’re married for a while and you start to notice that you’re not feeling well. You have no appetite, among other things. So you go to your doctor and you get the good news: you’re pregnant! Wonderful, but what do you do now?