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Get your holiday shopping done early and check out my USA Today post, 10Best Gifts For Men Who Travel, for some unique ideas! Then, get inspired to travel yourself by watching my favorite movie of the year, Tracks, which I review here, on Boomeon.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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

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 »

Monday, 20 October 2014

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

Freewaters

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 »

Thursday, 16 October 2014

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

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 »

celebrating #disneymusic with a “walt disney records: the legacy collection” giveaway

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Legacy Collection

I received a set of the Legacy Collection CDs as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

I rarely write about Disney since my kids have grown and my days as Flicks for Kids editor at NickJr.com are over.

But I will always have a special place in my heart for the classic Disney movies and the songs that literally provided the soundtrack to my kids’ childhoods.

I jumped at the chance to review Walt Disney Records: The Legacy Collection, a new line of collectible CDs celebrating the anniversaries of some of Disney’s most beloved films (and Disneyland itself), so I’d have an excuse to listen to those songs again even though no one was in the back seat of the car to sing along. read full story »

wordless wednesday: james marsden and me

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Best of Me poster with LoisThe Best of Me - James and meDon’t you really want to see the movie now?!

Read my interviews with the men of The Best of Me here, and my interviews with the women here.

If you think this should be the new poster for the movie, just Tweet this:

feed me!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Hangry lunchbox

When I was visiting my daughter in Portland last week, she was acting a little cranky on our way to dinner one night – a characteristic she obviously inherited from her mother. As soon as she got some food into her, though, she was laughing and sharing stories and was back to her delightful self.

“Amazing what a couple of pieces of bread can do,” I marveled.

“My fed self is my true self,” she proclaimed.

Sara is very profound.  read full story »

my visit to the movie set of “the best of me” – part 2

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Best of Me monitor

Can’t wait to see this scene in the movie!

Yesterday, I posted key snippets of my interviews with the men of The Best of Me — James Marsden, Luke Bracey and author Nicholas Sparks — and, most importantly, I shared photos.

Today, it’s all about the women. read full story »

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