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This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda as a dysfunctional family. You can read my review on Boomeon, here.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

“early decision” by lacy crawford – plus a book giveaway

Early Decision

Reading Early Decision, Lacy Crawford’s gripping novel, took me right back to two of the most stressful periods of times in my family’s history: the college application process for each of my kids.  read full story »

Monday, 29 September 2014

the benefits of procrastination

junk drawer

Feels like the right day to clean out the junk drawer.

After being away for the past five days, I have a ton of writing to catch up on.

That’s why I’m now doing the laundry.

And running the dishwasher.

And hand washing my bras. read full story »

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

five hours at powell’s books


I’m re-posting this from January 2013 since I’m back in Portland and won’t be writing today. Why? Because I’m planning on spending another five hours at Powell’s … read full story »

my proudest parenting moment

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

shih tzu

This is a Shih Tzu. Can you see where this story’s going?

I’m off to visit my daughter in Portland today, and can’t wrap my head around the fact that she’s done with college and is now out on her own, ready to take on the world.

As I was packing for my trip, I started thinking about her as a little girl and was getting all teary about how fast time has gone, how can she be 22 years old already, blah blah blah.

Then I remembered the scene which turned out to be what I consider my greatest parenting moment. And I stopped crying and actually stood a little taller.

This story is worth sharing 1) as a public service announcement and 2) in case she’s telling a different version to some therapist somewhere. read full story »

“the boomer list” on pbs

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Boomer List

Photo courtesy of ©Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Set your DVRs right now. In honor of the youngest baby boomers turning 50 this year, PBS presents American Masters: The Boomer List, a documentary by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, premiering tonight from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.

As a baby boomer myself, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this show. Our generation has been highly influential due to our sheer numbers alone, but the 19 icons featured here prove we’ve made powerful and groundbreaking contributions as individuals.

Greenfield-Sanders tells the story of the baby boomers by literally putting faces to the statistics, and showcasing one icon born each year of the baby boom. read full story »

#earthfootwear = happy feet

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Earth Footwear

As I’ve gotten older, shoes have become more important than ever to me.

I’m so done with Barbie doll heels, and I panic whenever I need to get even remotely dressed up because it’s became really hard to find nice shoes that don’t hurt my feet.

So when I was offered the chance to review a pair of shoes from Earth Footwear’s fall/winter 2014 Earth Collection, I immediately agreed. Not only are most of the shoes under $100 (hello, second pair!) but each style is packed with these amazing features: a cushioned footbed for comfort, a padded heal area to displace shock, a reinforced arch support to stabilize the foot, and a multi-density latex cushioning layer for extra support.

Honestly, I just breathed a sigh of relief reading all of that. read full story »

5 more books to add to your reading list

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Book Pile 2

In case you didn’t have enough to choose from in yesterday’s post — ha ha ha! — here are five more books to add to your reading list.

You’re welcome :) read full story »

5 books that will blow you away this fall

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Pile of books

I’ve been reading like crazy lately – really great, beautifully-written stories about serious topics. Because fall has always been a time of reading lists for me, I’m going to put together a bunch for you, starting with this one. Every single title is perfect for your book club. read full story »

“the disappearance of eleanor rigby”

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Disappearance of Eleanor RigbyIf you’re going to invoke a classic Beatles song in your movie title, not to mention a reference hinting of mystery and intrigue, you’ve got to know that audiences are going to go in with high expectations.

And that, when they see the movie itself, they’re probably going to be disappointed.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby isn’t a terrible movie. It’s just frustrating because it could have been so good. read full story »

the #ikeatimetravel experiment continues on into the future!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Ikea time travel - Justin Trance

IKEA - Justin Trance & couple

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Remember IKEA’s time travel experiment which I shared with you a couple of weeks ago, in which world-renowned hypnotist Justin Tranz hypnotizes a young couple into believing they’re experiencing the future in IKEA bedrooms and bathrooms? Well, the video was such a success, they’ve just created a new one.

Apparently, we all want to know what’s going to happen next! read full story »

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