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John Cusack and Paul Dano both star as Beach Boy Brian Wilson in the new biopic, Love and Mercy. You can read my movie review on Boomeon, here.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

my liebster award!

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 »

Monday, 22 June 2015

48 hours in aix-en-provence: day 2

Renaissance Aix navigator

After an artful breakfast that included an obscene number of chocolate croissants, Michael and I decided to ask for some inside tips on how to spend our second — and, unfortunately, last — day in Aix-en-Provence.

Renaissance Hotels have developed the best idea ever to ensure that guests get the most out of their visit: Navigators! These concierge-like experts help customize your experience so you get to see and do the things that are most meaningful to you.

For us, that meant art and food (not necessarily in that order). read full story »

Sunday, 21 June 2015

48 hours in aix-en-provence: day 1

Aix street

Shocking as it may be, Michael and I did leave the comfort of the gorgeous Renaissance Aix-en-Provence to go sightseeing during our fast two days there. We are so glad we did.

Aix, which is pronounced like the letter “X,” is a pretty, sophisticated little city in the South of France. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the city center, so we spent most of our first afternoon people-watching at an outside cafe on the main boulevard, Cours Mirabeau, just like most of the locals seemed to be doing. read full story »

the art of the renaissance aix-en-provence hotel

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Renaissance Aix yellow chairs

I told you about the beautiful Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel yesterday and promised you a pictorial of some of my favorite features. read full story »

renaissance aix-en-provence

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Renaissance Aix Ice Drops

I have to admit that getting kicked out of that French B&B before we left the States was the best thing that could have happened because we ended up staying at the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence, which turned out to be one of our favorite hotels ever. read full story »

“blueprints” by barbara delinsky book review and giveaway!

Monday, 15 June 2015


How in the world have I never read anything by Barbara Delinsky before??

Apparently, she’s written twenty one bestsellers, which makes me very happy since I finished her new novel, Blueprints, in one weekend and now want more. read full story »

“come from away” – a future tony winner at the la jolla playhouse

Monday, 15 June 2015

Come From Away cast

Photo credit: Jim Carmody

It’s only fitting that Come From Away, the new world-premiere musical opening the season at the La Jolla Playhouse, made its debut the week before this year’s Tony Awards. Featuring a moving book, haunting rock/Celtic score and powerhouse performances, there’s no doubt this triumphant production is destined for that same stage. read full story »

fun days in the hyundai accent!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Hyundai Accent

My first reaction upon getting into the 2015 Hyundai Accent GLS was, “What do you mean there’s no GPS?”

It’s been a long time since I drove a car without one, and we were planning to take this one on a road trip so I definitely felt kind of, well, lost.

But I plugged in my iPhone to keep it charged while we followed Google Maps to Long Beach, and the two hour ride was smooth and easy. I realized why this car — Hyundai’s least expensive — was called the Accent.

Its accent is on affordability. read full story »

gopro hero+ lcd at best buy

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Best Buy Go Pro

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

The minute I saw the new GoPro Hero+ LCD at Best Buy, I started thinking back to all the times I wish I’d had one. Like when I was riding on the back of a Harley Davidson through Joshua Tree National Park. Or when we were up in a hot air balloon in Scottsdale. Or my son’s recent dive in the tank at the Aquarium of the Pacific. (Yes, the GoPro Hero+ LCD has waterproof housing.)

Luckily, this new camera launches at Best Buy — the only place we buy our electronics — right in time for Father’s Day. That gives me a great excuse to buy one “for Michael.” read full story »

the samsung suhd tv at best buy

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Best Buy Samsung SUHD TV

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

Living rooms are becoming the new movie theaters, thanks to the amazing Samsung 4K SUHD TV. Powered by a revolutionary panel featuring Nano-crystal technology, colors pop, the picture is brighter and more true to life, and the immersive curved screen provides a greater sense of depth.

With four times the resolution of full HD and a Peak Illuminator Pro for enhanced picture detail and color, watching TV becomes a whole new experience.

Just look at this: read full story »

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