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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

“the meddler” movie review

The Meddler

First of all, let me say that, as the mom of two grown children, I totally resent the title, The Meddler.

Yes, I have been known to leave my kids rambling voicemails. And to text them repeatedly when they don’t call me back. And maybe I’ve gotten a little too involved in their friends’ lives. And, okay, I might have been informed by one of them that we need to set some kind of boundaries.

But that’s not because I’m a meddler.

It’s because I’m a mother. read full story »

Monday, 23 May 2016

“me before you” – the movie and giveaway you’ve been waiting for!

Me Before You

As I’ve said a million times, Me Before You is one of my favorite books. Ever.

I’ve interviewed author Jojo Moyes a couple of times because, well, I adore her. Both as a writer and a person.

So you can only imagine how excited I am about the upcoming movie version of Me Before You, which will be in theaters next Friday, June 3.

I’m also excited that, thanks to my friends at Allied Advertising, I’m giving away some great Me Before You stuff. read full story »

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

#grabyourmoment in beautiful monterey

17 Mile Drive

So many travel bucket lists are filled with international destinations when one of the most beautiful areas of the world — Monterey, California — is right in our own backyard. read full story »

win “janis: little girl blue” now on dvd!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Janis: Little Girl Blue

I reviewed Janis: Little Girl Blue a few months ago when it was in theaters, and was blown away by Amy J. Berg’s intimate documentary about the rock and roll powerhouse who, for many of us, defined our adolescence.

Janis Joplin had already had a huge impact on the music world when she died in 1970 at the age of 27, and this movie lets audiences get to know her in a more personal way.

Janis Little Girl Blue DVDJanis: Little Girl Blue is now out on DVD and it’s got some great never-before-seen special features, including deleted and extended scenes, Big Brother singing acapella, Avalon vs. the Fillmore influences and the Walk of Fame ceremony. read full story »

“love & friendship” giveaway!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Love & Friendship

Like many of you, I’m a big Jane Austen fan, so I’m excited to see Love & Friendship when it opens in theaters on Friday. It’s already getting great reviews. read full story »

making an impact on a fathom cruise

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Fathom Travel recycling

Thanks to Fathom for partnering with me on this sponsored post. All
opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Fathom’s 704-passenger vessel, the Adonia returned from its inaugural voyage to the Dominican Republic last Sunday and, according to my friends who were on the trip, it was an amazing experience. I’ve been following along closely because I’m hoping to go in June.

Fathom is Carnival Corporation’s latest brand and what makes it so special is that it’s dedicated to social impact travel. Voluntourism is one of the fastest-growing trends right now, and it’s one in which I’m especially interested. In fact, I recently wrote a piece for USA Today’s 10Best about it and, of course, included Fathom. read full story »

april is pixie tangerine month at the oaks at ojai!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Oaks at Ojai Pixie Tangerine Month

Not that you need another reason to visit the iconic Oaks at Ojai but April is Pixie Tangerine Month and that just sweetens the deal.

So, when I was invited to spend a couple of days at the spa, I booked myself a ticket on Amtrak and headed north. read full story »

wordless wednesday :)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Happy Wife, Happy Life by Lee Neary

Don’t you agree?!

(Note: I saw this carving by folk artist, Lee Neary, in Human Arts Gallery in Ojai and, of course, loved it. We have this piece by him. It makes me smile every time I look at it.)

empower women in china to #changedestiny

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

SK-II #ChangeDestiny parents

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Although you’d think we’d be past this by now, single women still seem to be stigmatized in most cultures. Even in the United States, women who aren’t married by a certain age are considered “spinsters.”

In China, that certain age is 25, and women who are single after that are referred to as “Sheng Nu,” which literally translates to “leftover woman.”

Imagine how devastating it would be to know you were looked upon by your culture, your friends, your family as a “leftover woman” who, despite holding an important job and being smart, funny, and loving, was simply dismissed as incomplete without a husband.

SK-II #ChangeDestiny crying

Last year, international prestige skincare brand, SK-II, launched #ChangeDestiny – an ongoing global campaign to inspire and empower women to shape their own destiny. read full story »

6 new book reviews!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately and, unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend some of the books I actually took the time to finish. But there are a handful I think you should definitely read. This is a pretty eclectic selection, so there’s something for everyone.

Enjoy, and please let me know what you’re reading now. read full story »

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