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MELISSA RAYWORTH

writer and editor

Bangkok, New York, Pittsburgh

MELISSA RAYWORTH

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Guests don't know each other? Help them mingle, have fun

Couples who meticulously plan every aspect of their wedding can still have trouble predicting: Will the guests have fun?
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Welcome to the “pool party.”

In the photos, the suntanned girls are laughing. Their heads are askew, hair whipping around as if their happy motion can barely be captured by the camera’s eye. A cool blue swimming pool awaits in the background on this steamy Friday afternoon. Sunshine, palm trees and a cute boy from middle school has invited them over.
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Let Your Home Tell Your Story

Your home is your oasis, but it's also a spectacular canvas to celebrate your history. Carrie Nardini chose the soft shade of turquoise for her Brookline kitchen for more than just its beauty. It’s the iconic color of a range of Pyrex mixing bowls used by American moms — including Nardini’s beloved grandmother, who died in 2008 — since the 1950s.
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Mom, Interrupted: Let Me Finish My Sentence

“The new kid in MY class from Japan brought in this candy today that tasted like…”. “Somebody said there was a bug in the noodles today, and my whole class was, like, screaming…”. Somehow my entire existence has become a live-action website. Each day hurtles at me at warp speed. But it’s not like it was when I was growing up, when life seemed to unfold in a forward motion not unlike the 1970s TV shows I watched after school.
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You Go First

If a working mother waits until it’s a good time to take a trip purely for herself, she will never go.
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The Sleepless Generation

It’s ten p.m. and I can hear him in there. His baby brother is fast asleep. But my older son, Mason, is wide awake. He’s leafing through comic books and sneaking out of bed, rummaging around for action figures. Just a few weeks shy of his fifth birthday, Mason can write his name, throw a baseball, even croon a wicked rendition of “Go Tell Aunt Rhody.”.
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Mommy Hottest: Why I’m Not Sacrificing My Sexy for My Kids

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.”. Victor Hugo. Last month, my husband came home after a week of work travel. He brought me this incredible dress from a street market in London — a steampunk mashup of leather and lace with a thin brass chain dangling from the neckline that somehow reads as both sweet and sexual.
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Show Me Your Papers

With global immigration issues swirling around us, I’m especially aware today how much the freedom to travel and learn about other cultures means to me and my family. I’m also aware how fast time is rocketing by.
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Ask a Designer: designing a functional yet stylish mudroom

Once a staple only in larger houses, mudrooms have increasingly become essential elements even for apartment dwellers and those with small homes.
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Ask a Designer: Simple Ways to Cheer up Your Home in Winter

During these chilly and gray days of mid-winter, many of us look to our homes as sanctuaries. The standard advice for cheering up your living space is to add a few splashes of bright, happy color, says designer Maxwell Ryan. But while that may seem like an easy solution, he says, it's actually not very effective.
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How to Use K-Cups, Guilt-Free

Maybe it happened over the holidays: Someone gave you one of those coffee makers that take single-use pods. Before you know it, you’ve got an entire kitchen drawer filled with tiny plastic cups that turn into caramel lattes, peppermint mochas, or steaming cups of espresso at the touch of a button.
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New Twists for the Thanksgiving Table

Perhaps more than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is about tradition. The menu and tableware often vary little from year to year, and the day feels as reliable as a cozy sweater. It can also feel repetitive.
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About

MELISSA RAYWORTH

Melissa Rayworth is a freelance writer and editor exploring the building blocks of modern life, including parenting and marriage, the myths and realities of modern suburbia, work/life balance and beauty/body image issues. She frequently writes feature stories for The Associated Press and WhatToExpect.com, among other clients. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including the SmartPop book series.

Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Bangkok, Thailand. She tweets at @mrayworth.