The Ultimate Halloween Roundup

Halloween weekend is almost upon us! Which means things are going to start getting real spooky around here! If you didn’t know Halloween is my favorite holiday…which means I absolutely love writing articles about it. However, this October was a crazy month in both my personal life and at the office so I compiled together the ultimate Halloween roundup of archived articles! As for 2017, here are my top picks for the trendiest costumes this year…

Wonder Woman

Because who wouldn’t want to be Gal Gadot? Not only is she a bad ass in real life but she also plays one too as a strong female lead that we can all get behind in the new Wonder Woman movie.

Pennywise the Clown

As much as I hate to recommend this because clowns scare me….Pennywise. I’m still scarred from that random scary clown epidemic that happened across the US where creepy clowns were just trolling the streets. Of course, with the remake of the Stephen King classic, “IT,” the streets are bound to be filled with creepy clowns and you will most definitely be on trend this Halloween.

The Dancing Hot Dog from Snap Chat

We’ve all seen the filter, we all know the music, we’ve all made the snaps! Break out star of the year goes to the dancing hot dog from Snapchat! Buy a hot dog costume, carry around a Bluetooth speaker, and show us your best dance moves!

Beauty and the Beast

The live-action Disney remake of Beauty and The Beast was probably the best of the Disney remakes thus far and therefore is certainly a great option for this 2017 Halloween season.

Game of Thrones

Sing it with me…Da Na Na Na Na Na! With an epic finale this year, you’re bound to see several replicas of the seven kingdom’s favorite characters. However, if you’re like me the storyline development has made you fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as we find new romances, Khal Drogo who…, and, spoiler alert, ice dragons in the final season. Also, makes for great group costumes and epic sword battles…you’re welcome.

In the meantime….here are some great Halloween articles to keep you in “good” spirits all week long…


Step-By-Step Halloween Makeup Guide


5 Spookiest Halloween Travel Destinations


5 Scariest Haunted Houses in America


5 Pumpkin Recipes Your Kids Will Love


How to Turn Your Home into a Haunted House


Also, enjoy this amazing video by my friend of the dancing hot dog…

Happy Halloween,

City Girl Riss


Best Educational Gaming Apps for Kids

As a teacher and caregiver, parents frequently approach me expressing their growing concern for their child’s dependency on electronics. Today in 2017, the concern is not only real but completely plausible. Just like everything else in life, a happy life is a balanced one. Everything can be enjoyed in moderation. Set your own household guidelines and encourage kids to make good choices with in-app purchases as well as what they play. In this article I wrote for CBS, I share my tried, tested, and kid approved apps that are not only educational but also a lot of fun. You can read my top picks over at CBS local, here. Just in time for back to school!


Best Educational Gaming Apps for School Age Children





Easy One-Pot Dinners for Back to School

Easy One-Pot Dinners for Back to School

The start of September means it’s time to go back to school with plenty of busy weeknights ahead. As a teacher, my nights also get busier leaving me more likely to dial the delivery man than open a cookbook. In this article I wrote for CBS, I’m sharing my go to recipes for a delicious meal that only uses one pot for a quick and easy cleanup. Whether you’re feeding a family of four or a party of one, fresh ingredients and little effort go a long way.  You can find the recipes on CBS local, here.


Easy One-Pot Dinners for Back To School Time


Happy September,

City Girl Riss

How to Throw the Perfect Labor Day Party

How to Throw the Perfect Labor Day Party

As summer comes to an end, our days spent basking in the sun sipping on ice cold beverages in the great out doors with friends are limited. Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall the right way with an epic Labor Day soireé!  I’ve researched, tried and tested the best trends of summer compiling them all into three articles for CBS local. I’m breaking down step by step how to achieve the party of the year featuring delicious food, simple decor,  boujee cocktails, and the greatest lawn games! I’ve done all the ground work so that you can enjoy a stress-free Labor Day.  Check out the links below, and let me know what worked best for your weekend!


How to Throw the Perfect Labor Day Party


Drink Recipes for you Labor Day Get Together


5 Lawn Games for Labor Day Celebrations


Happy Labor Day,

City Girl Riss

Fourth Of July Recipes: Set And Forget Hors d’oeuvres

Fourth Of July Recipes: Set And Forget Hors d’oeuvres

Happy Fourth of July America! Start your celebration off right with these easy to make hors d’oeuvres. Transform these simple ingredients within minutes to achieve an elegant platter that goes above and beyond your average chips and dips. I’ll personally be whipping up the cowboy caviar for my festivities later on today. Whether you’re firing up the grill this Fourth or watching fireworks by the water, have a happy and safe Fourth of July everyone! You can find the recipes in this article I wrote for CBS, here.


Fourth Of July Recipes: Set And Forget Hors d’oeuvres




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Happy Fourth,

City Girl Riss

DIY Gifts For Dad

DIY Gifts For Dad

Struggling to find a last-minute Father’s Day gift this weekend? Give dad something he can actually use this year! These five quick and easy DIY Father’s Day gifts are guaranteed to make you the favorite in the family. My dad loves coffee so in addition to making him the lavender mint shaving cream I will also be bringing him back some Alaskan Heritage Coffee. The local coffee here in Juneau is delicious! Here’s a pic of me and my dad at a Yankee game in honor of Father’s Day. Love ya, Dad!


Read the articles, from CBS local, here.

DIY Gifts For Father’s Day




Happy Father’s Day,


Memorial Day Recipe Guide

Memorial Day Recipe Guide

Happy  Memorial Day weekend! Let’s kick off the summer season the right way with these three amazing recipes by chef Lee Knoeppel. Chef Lee Knoeppel grew up in the suburbs of New York City with a passion for cooking.  He graduated from ICE: The Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan in 2009, and was classically trained in French Cuisine.  After successful stints in restaurants in NYC and the Hamptons, including Tom Colicchio’s CraftBar, as well as culinary production work on various Food Network shows, Lee became executive chef at the young age of 24 at the Pridwin Hotel on Shelter Island, NY.  Since then, Lee has continued working for the Food Network, and competed as a finalist on ABC’s hit show The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, and has also been seen on Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay.  Lee has started his own compound butter company called Spread Love NYC and at age 30. You can find him whipping up delicious dishes all over NYC and on Instagram @leeknoeppel.


You can read all about the recipes on CBS local, HERE.


Memorial Day Recipe Guide




Have a great weekend,

City Girl Riss