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Bring on the April showers! I wrote about 10 Stylish Items That’ll Keep You Dry in a Downpour for USA Today 10Best. Bet you’ll especially love the cute boots and the heart-shaped umbrella!

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

heifer international invites you to #joinhertribe

Heifer International

Most people know Heifer International for their animal gifting program — in fact, you may remember that I “bought” a goat from them for the holidays — but they also do critical, impactful work to support and empower women, as you can see from their philosophy, above.

They, like I, believe that women have limitless potential, but limited opportunity so they equip and empower marginalized women with resources and training as a means to sustainable livelihoods and community leadership positions.

Take a look at these astonishing facts: read full story »

Sunday, 2 April 2017

5 books you’ll want to read now

5 books

I’m finding that the only thing keeping me sane in these challenging times is reading.

Because I’m disgusted by the lack of education in our country — and, worse, the pride in that ignorance — I’m determined to keep learning, to keep seeking out different voices and to keep trying to understand the world.

I recently attended a One Day University course where professor Seth Lerer explained that reading teaches empathy, something we seem to be sadly lacking in these days. So please keep reading!

Here are a handful of books that kept my empathy level high in the past couple of weeks. Let me know what you think. read full story »

Friday, 31 March 2017

2017 volkswagen passat

Passat at Hermosa Inn

I was so happy to pull into the beautiful Hermosa Inn in Phoenix only to find an equally beautiful 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SEL Premium waiting for me to test-drive for the week.

The Passat was the first car we bought our son when he turned 16 so I have fond memories of it — especially how safe it felt during a couple of harrowing moments (only to me) when I drove with him on the freeway for the first time.

We had done a lot of research so we knew it had high safety ratings and was a great car for a teenage boy.

Apparently, it’s always a great car for a 50-something woman. read full story »

“the zookeeper’s wife” movie review – plus a giveaway!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Zookeeper's Wife

I’m finding it harder and harder to watch movies about the Holocaust and I can’t bear to watch anything bad happen to animals so, in theory, The Zookeeper’s Wife should not be a movie I’d want to see.

But I love Jessica Chastain, I adore animals and I’m finding it more important than ever to learn as much as possible about the Holocaust.

With too many similarities happening today, I wish everyone would see The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is based on the true story of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Jan, who oversaw the Warsaw Zoo and who hid hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust.

It is an astonishing story of heroism and proof that every person has the power to make a difference in the world. read full story »

“going in style” $100 visa giveaway!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Going In Style

Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures for sponsoring this post. All
opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Three of my favorite actors are starring together in a new movie, and I can’t wait to see it!

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up  in director Zach Braff’’s Going in Style, a comedy about lifelong buddies who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Amazingly, this sounds like a very timely story and one that we will likely all be cheering. read full story »

2017 mazda3 grand touring 5-door

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2017 Mazda 3

Last time I tested a Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door was when I took a Thelma and Louise-like road trip with my friend, Helene.

Because it got us safely through a couple of very harrowing moments, when it was time for me to drive to Mesa, Arizona — an area I was visiting for the first time — my choice of cars was black and white: the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door, of course.

The car’s exterior was white — Snowflake (appropriately, ha ha!) White Pearl, to be exact — and the interior had sleek Black leather-trimmed sport seats. read full story »

“beauty and the beast” movie review

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Although I’m going to write 399 more, there’s really only one word you need to know about Beauty and the Beast, and that’s “magical.”

Watching the new live action version of the Disney animated classic in IMAX was one of the most enjoyable and deeply satisfying theater experiences I’ve had in a long time. There were so many times I wanted to burst into applause. Or tears. Or simply with joy.

The movie is just magical. read full story »

google chromecast audio means music everywhere!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Google Chromecast Audio

I received a Best Buy gift card for writing this post.
Opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

As a film critic, I use Google Chromecast all the time to send screening links from my laptop to our TV so I can watch on a bigger screen while still being able to do my work. It’s one of the best devices we ever bought.

I was thrilled to see that there’s now a Google Chromecast Audio so I can do the same thing with my music.

Especially since I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack from Hamilton. read full story »

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Well, hello, Dollywood! Dolly Parton’s iconic theme parks opens for the season and I wrote about 10 Big Reasons to Go To Dollywood for USA Today 10Best!

the gift(s) of the mazda cx-5 grand touring awd

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

I have to admit I felt bad when I saw my husband’s reaction to the Mazda CZ-5 Grand Touring AWD as it pulled up in front of our house. read full story »

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