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Friday, 4 September 2015

jenny craig, i’m baaack!

Jenny Craig Halloween

If you follow my blog (which I hope you do, and for which I am eternally grateful), you know that I’ve been traveling a lot this summer. In fact, I was only home six days in August, which may be why Michael looks so relaxed.

Anyway, if you’ve been following my trips, you know that one of the main activities on every single one of them is eating.

Although this is one of my favorite things to do and I genuinely look forward to it, it’s also a problem since I’m trying to stick to Jenny Craig — which is surprisingly easy to do when I’m home. read full story »

Thursday, 3 September 2015

#theretreatireland, day 3: russborough house, dublin and the marker hotel

Rossborough House

After packing up and enjoying the last thousand calorie buffet breakfast I was quickly getting used to at the Powerscourt Hotel on The Retreat Ireland, we headed off to Russborough House, a Palladian mansion rightly considered one of the most beautiful in the country. read full story »

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

“the paris key” book review and giveaway!

The Paris Key

If you didn’t get to take the vacation you wanted this summer, don’t worry. The Paris Key will whisk you away to the City of Light – and probably get you booking flights for next year. read full story »

#theretreatireland, day two: lainey keogh, rocco tullio and the guinness estate

Monday, 31 August 2015

Powerscourt lobby

We started Day Two of The Retreat Ireland in a quiet room at the Powerscourt Hotel doing yoga with the adorable Michael Ryan. He definitely knew his audience because his session was gentle and mindful and allowed us to spend a lot of time on our backs.

Afterwards, we went right to the buffet, where I enjoyed my already-usual meal of fruit, scrambled eggs (Powerscourt makes the best I’ve had in Europe. Usually they’re runny, which I can’t stomach, but theirs are fluffy and solid and so good. Okay, TMI.) and chocolate croissants. Those may not be part of a traditional Irish breakfast but they were delicious.

Once we were fully fortified for a very busy day, we boarded our little shuttle bus and headed out into the country to visit Lainey Keogh. Now, if you’ve never heard of Lainey, you’re in for a real treat. Start Googling her and you’ll see that she’s an amazing knitwear designer who’s created iconic pieces for some of the biggest rock stars. She’s even been featured on an Irish postage stamp! read full story »

#theretreatireland, day one: powerscourt, avoca and the irish countryside

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Powerscourt Hotel view from patio

If ever a trip seemed custom made for me — and probably you — it’s the one I’m on right now.

Led by acclaimed interior designer (and just plain wonderful person) Grania Murray, The Retreat Ireland is an amazing week-long luxury tour of Ireland that’s all about shopping, eating and spa-ing. Best of all, Grania takes you into the studios of some of the country’s best clothing and home designers and gives you experiences you’d never be able to have on your own.

On this debut press trip, Grania is hosting five writers, and after just the first day, we’re all ready to sign up for the official launch — which, by the way, is in November if you’re interested. And, trust me, you will be. read full story »

join me (virtually!) on “the retreat” in dublin!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Powerscourt Spa

This weekend, I leave on The Retreat, a trip I’ve been drooling over for weeks. When you check out the website, you’ll see exactly why.

Led by acclaimed interior designer Grania Murray, whose clients include Pierce Brosnan, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, this is a total luxury trip to Ireland. Seriously, I’ll give you another minute to check out the website.

See what I mean? read full story »

buick offers 24 hours of happiness :)

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Buick 24 Hours of Happiness

I love when companies come up with a really well-thought out idea that has the potential to be a game-changer, and Buick has just introduced one designed to bring down drivers’ stress level, promote better health and prevent road rage.

Americans spend an average of 38,000 hours — 38,000 hours! — in their cars over the course of a lifetime so anything that can be done to make that experience a more pleasant one has a huge impact.

As a Buick blogger, I got to attend the media launch of this amazing program in Los Angeles, and I was blown away by its smart and practical components. It’s called “24 Hours of Happiness,” and I’m still smiling about it weeks later. read full story »

“the age of adaline” movie review and giveaway!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The Age of Adaline

You may have seen the ads for The Age of Adaline and simply dismissed the movie as being geared toward a younger audience because it stars twentysomething Blake Lively in the title role.

But Adaline has a secret. She’s been 29 years old for almost eight decades, thanks to a freak accident which left her unable to age.

So, really, this is the perfect movie for baby boomers since we are often accused of not wanting to grow up. Trust me, any desire you have to be immortal is likely to disappear the minute you hear Ellen Burstyn call Blake Lively “mama.” read full story »

road tripping in the mitsubishi outlander sport

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Mitsubishi Outlander Arizona

Because the last time I reviewed the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in 2013, I stayed close to home, I decided this time I needed to take it on a real road trip. After all, the definition of “outlander” is “a foreigner, a stranger.” It seemed like the perfect car for Sara and me to drive on our mother/daughter spa week in Arizona — a state only an hour and a half flight away yet, in so many ways, the equivalent of another planet.

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off to indiana for travel media showcase 2015!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Indiana logo

After a relaxing spa week in Arizona with my daughter, I’m rested up and heading off to Indiana for Travel Media Showcase 2015. read full story »

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