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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

the red-hot 2015 mazda6

Mazda6 driveway

Other than “zoom-zoom,” the word you most often hear associated with driving a Mazda is “fun.”

They’re not kidding.

How can you not have fun when you’re driving a cute little sporty number like this 2015 Mazda6? read full story »

Sunday, 26 October 2014

10 reasons the yankees should send me to women’s mini-fantasy camp

Lois - Yankee cap

Ever since I learned the Yankees offer a mini fantasy camp just for women, it’s been on my bucket list.

I know. You don’t look at me and think, “Wow, now there’s an athlete.” read full story »

Saturday, 25 October 2014

spending the night on the legendary – and haunted? – queen mary

Queen Mary from Hotel Maya

From our beautiful room at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, we could see the Queen Mary – which was actually where we would be sleeping the next night. read full story »

hotel maya, a.k.a. my hotel

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Hotel Maya Playa

My friend, Ruth, and I were invited on a press trip to Long Beach a few months ago and had such a good time, we decided to take our husbands back last weekend.

We really wanted to stay at the gorgeous Hotel Maya, which we had fallen in love with when we toured it. read full story »

garth stein on “the art of racing in the rain” — and the art of never giving up

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Garth Stein and me

The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my all-time favorite books, and I was thrilled to meet author Garth Stein last week at a luncheon sponsored by the Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club of San Diego and Warwick’s Books for his new novel, A Sudden Light.

My recap will appear in the Carmel Valley News, Del Mar Times and Rancho Santa Fe Review next week but meanwhile I want to share one really important part of Garth’s talk with you. It’s kind of an underdog (!) story. If you’re a writer or are struggling with any kind of obstacle, this just may be the encouragement you need to keep going. read full story »

freewaters: shoes that look good, feel good and do good

Monday, 20 October 2014


How cute are these shoes?!

I am in love – LOVE – with my new Freewaters and, most of all, with the fact that each pair provides clean drinking water to those in need. read full story »

nature’s spa by jurlique at kimpton’s hotel palomar

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hotel Palomar feet

You know how much I love Kimpton Hotels, and you know how much I love massages.

So, when I was offered a chance to experience a massage at the new Nature’s Spa by Jurlique in the Hotel Palomar, well, there I am, above, patiently waiting in the relaxation room.

And, let me tell you, they’re not joking by calling it that. read full story »

sleeping on planes. or not.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

kids sleeping

I want to be like my kids.

I’m not usually the jealous type. I’m genuinely happy for those who achieve a goal, win a prize, reach a milestone.

But when I get on a cross-country flight and spend six hours fidgeting in my seat, closing, then opening my eyes, trying to pass even a little bit of the time with a nap, I am deeply jealous of those people who can fall asleep on planes.

Because I can’t. read full story »

my happy place

Monday, 13 October 2014

Marriotts Oceana Palms ocean

I need to be near the ocean.

My weekend at the beautiful Marriott’s Oceana Palms in Florida learning about Marriott Vacation Club (which I can’t wait to tell you about) reconfirmed that I just feel most comfortable when I’m by the beach. read full story »

marriott vacation club oceana palms

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Marriott Oceana Palms

I’m so excited about spending the weekend in Florida at Marriott’s Oceana Palms, especially since the PR Director just sent me the photo above, saying, ” I just took this picture … worst view at the resort.”

Well, if that’s the worst view, I may need to spend more than a weekend there! read full story »

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