Sarah Bernard


I'm a writer, producer, and TV host, mom to 6-year-old twin girls, and a firm believer that you can shop at Forever 21 no matter how old you are. I write about parenting, style, and the Kardashians -- or as my daughter calls them, "the Princess Jasmines"! But my best material comes from the adorable, wise, and hilariously inappropriate things my daughters say. It’s my right until they’re 18 ... or at least until they learn how to google me.

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    With six fewer shopping days in the Christmas season this year there's no doubt plenty of us will be taking it down to the wire. I know I will certainly be one of them.

    The not-so-great news is that the pickings will be slim.

    Most of the retailers that have been keeping marathon hours since Thanksgiving will be dark on the 25th.

    Still, that doesn't mean we're out of options. 

    Here are a few spots to score some last minute cheer.

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    This can be a tough one.

    For one thing, your kids have eyes and no matter how hard you try, there will be folks you know who pile more presents on their kids than they can possibly find use for.

    Two, everything in kids' lives -- the TV they watch, the boxes of cereal they look at -- is geared toward turning them into unabashed, conscience-free consumers.

    All the more reason why it's a great idea to start the conversation about the other half of the receiving equation, i.e. the giving part, right now.

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    The joke used to be that you'd hit the movies to get a break from your family on Thanksgiving.

    Now shopping, pretty much anywhere, is the other option. So many major retailers are opening for business on Thanksgiving Day -- well, really Thanksgiving evening. That means waiting until Black Friday to bargain hunt is a thing of the past.

    Of course this is the cutthroat world of holiday retail, and when one competitor changes the game, the others must follow. Not great news for store managers hoping for the day off, but awesome news for price-minded folks who prefer to work off that extra helping of sweet potatoes by power shopping.

    To help you prep, here's a cheat sheet of retailers who will be ready and waiting:

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    I come from a family who loves to eat, but I am just going to say it: none of us can cook.

    I mean, I can sort of cook. But it's not effortless or intuitive in any way. 

    As an adult I've tried to build up a repertoire of a few solid dishes my kids will accept. And while I give myself a B+ for effort, when you grew up on take-out Chinese, every slightly complex meal feels like a MasterChef challenge.

    Still, Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite meal of the year and I believe the pressure that comes with cooking it is worth it.

    Here's the thing: The bird always fights me.

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    I'm not quite sure if a baby's first birthday is a bigger milestone for the baby or for the parents. When my twins turned 1, I remember feeling like I crossed the finish line of a marathon. There was a lot of champagne and multiple cakes -- although my girls didn't quite know what to do with them.

    Looking back on it, I wish I'd been aware of the trend that so many parents have caught on to: Set the birthday kid up with their very own smash cake, a separate, aptly proportioned confection presented without utensils for the honoree to enjoy in whatever manner they see fit.

    They can feel free to squeeze it, drool on it, crumble it, face plant in it. You name it. No one else is going to eat it but them!

    Here are a few reasons why this is an absolutely genius idea:

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