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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

emma slater, “dancing with the stars” and me by jillian walsh

Emma Slater with fan Jillian

One of the best parts of Dancing With the Stars Live! was seeing the pure joy on so many fans’ faces as they got to finally see their favorite dancers in person.

One of those fans was Jillian Walsh, a sweet and bubbly 13-year-old from San Diego, who Sara and I talked to at the Meet and Greet, where she was hoping to present a gift to pro Emma Slater. We felt terrible when security told her she wouldn’t be able to give it to her, and were thrilled when we saw her quietly pass it to Emma on stage during the show.

“It wasn’t really the ideal time,” Jillian admits, “but I saw it as my last chance.”

I totally admire a girl with such passion and determination, and wanted to see what it was about Emma that made her such a role model for Jillian. Here’s what she had to say: read full story »

Sunday, 19 July 2015

dancing with the stars live!

Dancing with the Stars group

Watching Dancing With the Stars has been my guilty pleasure for years.

I never thought I’d be interested in anything having to do with ballroom dancing but, like millions of viewers, I find the show irresistible. Plus, I’m enamored with Val Chmerkovskiy. read full story »

Saturday, 18 July 2015

the kia soul makes it easy to be green

Kia Soul side

Last time I test drove the Kia Soul, I smiled the whole week. I mean, how can you not be happy looking at that cute little car?

I have to admit I hoped I would get a different color this time but, alas, I was destined for the green. Although Kia calls it “Alien,” it did feel very comfy and familiar as soon as I got behind the wheel again.

And I do get the significance of the color because the Soul is “green” in so many ways, like: read full story »

yes! you can finally #shareacoke with me!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Diet Coke - yes, it has my name on it

I admit that, as a blogger, I get a lot of cool things. I get great books, movies and products to review and I get to go on all kinds of amazing trips and enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences.

Although I am so grateful for all of these perks, few things have made me as genuinely scream-out-loud-with-excitement happy as the package I received yesterday.

I finally got a Diet Coke bottle with my name on it! read full story »

my interview with author linda castillo – plus a book giveaway!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Castillo, Linda_CREDIT Pam Lary_her last breath

I’m so excited I got to interview Linda Castillo about her new thriller, After the Storm, because I love all her books and pretty much stay up all night reading every time she publishes a new one.

After the Storm is the latest in her Kate Burkholder series, which takes place in Ohio’s Amish country. It’s another nail biter, and the whole idea of terrible things happening in a society that doesn’t even believe in electricity is fascinating.

Read my interview with Linda, then enter to win a copy of After the Storm. read full story »

a video tour of our viking delling stateroom!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Viking Delling bell

After months of trying to curate the hundreds of photos we took, I am finally going to write about our cruise.

As you know, a Viking River Cruise was on our bucket list for a very long time. So, we were beyond thrilled when Viking invited us on their Portraits of Southern France cruise in April.

I know Viking tops many of your bucket lists, too, so I’m excited to whet your appetite and encourage you to book your cruise. You will love it.

In honor of Bastille Day on Tuesday, I’m planning to devote next week to our wonderful cruise. (Ha ha! Notice how I procrastinated long enough to make this seem intentional!)

I’m going to start off today, though, with this little video Michael and I made read full story »

these gold toe socks are oh. so. soft.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

GoldToe socks blanketThanks to Gold Toe for sponsoring this post and for the awesome
socks which I'm wearing right now. All opinions are mine.
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Okay, I’ll admit it. I get cold feet a lot. Even when I get into bed at night with Michael.

No, dear readers, I am not insecure. Or a scaredy cat. Or a worrier.

I just literally get cold feet.

I know all of those women’s magazine articles say that wearing socks to bed is a no-no but that advice is likely to change because of these Gold Toe Ultra Soft Oh. So. Soft. socks. They are so cozy, I just smile to myself when I find Michael playing footsie with me in order to get some of that softness for himself. read full story »

life, liberty and the mitsubishi outlander

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander pulled up to our house right in time for the Fourth of July weekend, an appropriate time for a car that offered us the freedom to do so much during our week-long test drive. read full story »

giveaway! win “woman in gold” on blu-ray/dvd plus a $50 visa gift card!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Woman in Gold

Thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment for sponsoring this post
and providing such great prizes!

Thank goodness for movies.

How else would I learn amazing stories like the one behind Woman in Gold? Stories I somehow missed when they actually happened?! read full story »

my liebster award!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Liebster Award

There’s something about receiving an award from your peers that just makes you feel all mushy gushy happy inside.

So thank you, Suzanne Stavert of Adventures of Empty Nesters, for putting a big grin on my face by nominating me for a Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award is a real honor in the blogging world. read full story »

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