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They’re baaack! Read my review of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the classic coming-of-old-age movie starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy, on Boomeon.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

jenny craig – week 10

Jenny Craig mat

Thank goodness for Jenny Craig.

At my weigh-in today, I lost 2 pounds, bringing my grand total to 18 pounds.

This is great and I’m very grateful to the amazing women at Jenny Craig, but I am totally disgusted with myself. read full story »

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

surf & sand: my new laguna beach home!

Surf & Sand balcony

Oh, if only that title were true.

I mean, don’t I look like I belong on that balcony overlooking the Pacific?

Michael and I discovered Laguna Beach not long after we moved to California almost 17 years ago, and we fell in love with it immediately. It’s a gorgeous, art-focused beach town which I will write about separately but, because it’s less than an hour’s drive, we’ve never stayed overnight there.

Boy, have we been missing out. read full story »

Monday, 23 March 2015

lois and me

Lois buttons

Don’t worry, I’m not starting to refer to myself in third person.


And I have no illusions of grandeur that I am pretty hot stuff. OMG just the idea of that makes me laugh.

But my name?

Well, if the Loises who have come before me are any indication, yes, the name Lois is something special. read full story »

shade hotel

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Shade pool

There’s nothing like a night at a great hotel to rejuvenate you and make you feel like you’ve been on a real vacation.

That’s what happened a couple of weeks ago when Shade invited Michael and me to stay at their beautiful luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan Beach.

Just a couple of blocks from the beach and smack in the middle of the adorable seaside town that’s filled with some of my favorite stores (hello, Free People!) and new favorite restaurants (Rock’n Fish, I’m talking about you!), Shade can be either the perfect retreat or the hub of social activity.

I’ll give you one guess which we chose. read full story »

10 must-read books

Saturday, 21 March 2015

10 books

I’ve been reading a ton lately, which makes me happy since I remember what it was like to go through that awful “can’t read” period. Despite a ridiculous schedule, I’ve carved out time to read every day and it’s made me a little more sane.

I no longer feel the need to finish every book I start, so if it doesn’t grab me right away, I’m on to the next one without feeling the least bit guilty.

I know that none of you have time for books that won’t hold your attention, so if you’re looking for a great book for a weekend escape — or just an escape from everyday life — here are my recommendations. read full story »


Friday, 20 March 2015

Banana cream pie

Michael and I believe National Pi Day should be changed to National Banana Cream Pie Day so that’s how we celebrated March 14. In honor of the occasion, I even had 3.14 slices. read full story »

march madness!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Final Four bracket

Okay, whoever said “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is just plain wrong.

As proof, let me offer up my bracket picks for the NCAA Final Four. A week ago, I had no idea what any of those words even meant.

Now, because I’m an #ExperienceBuick influencer and Buick just happens to be a key sponsor of the beloved men’s basketball tournament and there’s a very generous prize at the end for the winner of our bracket, I am — as Randy Jackson used to say on American Idol — in it to win it. read full story »

care knows how, dollars to doughnuts

Monday, 16 March 2015

Biti Rose

This post is sponsored by CARE. All opinions are, as 
always, 100% mine. Please click on the sponsored links
because this is an amazing organization. Photo credit:
Brian Feagans/CARE

When I read that CARE was helping to beat poverty with doughnuts, I knew I had to write about this empowering and life-changing campaign. After all, these are subjects dear to my heart and I am someone who believes doughnuts are the answer to a surprising number of problems.

Although pretty much everyone has heard of CARE, you may not be aware of some of the creative ways the humanitarian organization is improving the lives of people in some of the poorest communities in the world.

So let me tell you about the doughnuts. read full story »

“seymour: an introduction”

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein

I love finding little gems of movies that introduce me to subjects I knew nothing about and that make me think about them long after the credits roll.

Seymour: An Introduction is one of those little gems. read full story »

“the last five years”

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Last Five Years

You probably haven’t heard of this movie but if you like musicals or you’re a fan of Anna Kendrick — is there anyone who isn’t? — you should see if it’s playing near you. read full story »

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