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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

marie callender’s frozen desserts: more to be thankful for

Marie Callender's 4 pies

I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network sponsored campaign for Marie Callender’s. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine. I am in no way affiliated with Marie Callender’s and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

It’s no secret that I don’t cook. Or that I love food. Or that I especially love dessert.

So, I thought, right in time for Thanksgiving, I would share with you my secret for simple, delicious, crowd-pleasing desserts: Marie Callender’s frozen desserts. read full story »

Monday, 24 November 2014

10 places i want to visit in 2015

Hurtigruten dog sledding

I’ve always related to the Joni Mitchell song, “Urge for Going,” and I’m already getting antsy and making my travel wish list for next year.

This list will definitely grow over time, and wonderful, unexpected trips will pop up that I could never have anticipated. (Hello, Tennessee!)

For right now, though, here’s my travel top 10: read full story »

Sunday, 23 November 2014

another sunday, another hyundai

Hyundai Sonata

It was definitely fitting that Hyundai gave us a 2015 Sonata Sport to drive to out to the desert last Sunday because, well, this car is hot! read full story »

welcome home, alex! the electronics have been waiting for you :)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Alex and me laughing

I hope he’s still laughing after he sees the list we have for him …

I am so excited that my son is coming home for Thanksgiving tonight! (I wish my daughter was coming home, too, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards this year.) He’ll be here for a week and a half, and I can’t wait to spend time with him.

I’m looking forward to staying up late with him, talking and binge-watching TV, going to the movies together and having lunches at In-N-Out since we’re now the only two meat eaters in the family.

Last time he was here, it was only for a short weekend visit and he had a lot to do so we didn’t bother him with, um, the electronics. We might have snuck in a quick little, “Hey, could you just take a look at this for a minute?” because he is a wiz with these things but we literally had to bite our tongues not to ask him the million questions we have.

This time, though, he’s home for a nice long time.

Heh heh heh. read full story »

the truth about the second annual 5 truths and a lie

Friday, 21 November 2014


Okay, yesterday I presented you with 5 truths and a lie about me, asking you to guess which was which.

Some of your comments were hilarious, some surprised me, some made me question my actions.

So, without further ado, here’s the truth about those 5 truths and a lie. Read ‘em and weep. Or laugh. Or forget you ever learned the truth. read full story »

always discreet at cvs, plus a great giveaway right here!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Always Discreet

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

I always use Always. Always, meaning, yes, sigh, still. If they’d been around for 44 years, that’s how long I’d have been using them by now.

In fact, I will probably always use Always.

You see, I’ve been loyal to the brand since its inception in 1983 and, now, because I’ve reached an age that apparently requires a whole new product, they’ve come through with Always Discreet right in time to save me embarrassment, just like they’ve always done. read full story »

the second annual 5 truths and a lie

Thursday, 20 November 2014

crossed fingers

Bloggers start to go a little crazy halfway through NaBloPoMo, so we turn to games like 5 Truths and a Lie to amuse ourselves, each other and, hopefully, all of you.

As challenging as it was to do last year, it’s way harder this time around. I mean, I’ve already shared my confessions about throwing out my husband’s beloved sweater, about slapping a woman in the face over a cab, about getting cursed out by a prostitute.

Really, what don’t you know about me?

Well, I guess we’ll see right now. read full story »

my interview with anna quindlen

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Anna Quindlen Words Alive

My NaBloPoMo post for today was picked up by Huffington Post so I hope you’ll head over there to read and comment.

As I mentioned to you last week, I attended the annual Author’s Luncheon for Words Alive, a local non-profit organization that promotes reading. This year’s headliner was Anna Quindlen, one of my favorite authors ever.

I got to interview Anna, who was as warm and down-to-earth as you would expect. Check out what she had to say, and read about the books that make up her Ideal Bookshelf. You may be surprised at some of her choices.

electric bikes

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Cathy and Paul Rogers

My NaBloPoMo post for today was picked up by Huffington Post so I hope you’ll head over there to read and comment.

Maybe you remember my experience on the Pedego electric bike when I was in Long Beach? I was so intrigued by the whole idea of electric bikes, I did some research and discovered Cathy Rogers, a 57 year old woman who was able to ride across the country — more than 3000 miles — because she had the electric bike. In fact, she was the first person to do that.

Cathy’s story is inspiring, and I hope you’ll read my interview with her on Huff/Post 50. I’m actually going to write a couple of other posts about Pedego electric bikes, too, because I’m convinced they have the potential to keep baby boomers feeling younger for a long, long time and help us reach otherwise unachievable goals.

Have you ever ridden an electric bike?

celebrating jane wilde during national family caregivers month

Monday, 17 November 2014

Theory of Everything wedding picture

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and I’m thrilled to partner with Midlife Boulevard to bring you this important public service information.

I recently saw The Theory of Everything, which immediately became one of my favorite movies of the year and will probably win a Best Actor Oscar for Eddie Redmayne who portrays world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.

What struck me most about the film, though, is that, to me, it’s really the story of Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), who was not only Hawking’s lover, wife and the mother of his children but also his caregiver. It is unlikely he would have lived as long as he did, never mind accomplish so much and write a bestselling book that sold more than 10 million copies, without her unwavering support and sacrifice.

So, when my friends at Midlife Boulevard invited me to participate in a campaign to raise awareness for National Family Caregivers Month, I had to do it in honor of Jane. read full story »

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