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I wrote about 10 Places Where You Can Do Yoga with Goats! for USA Today 10Best.com. It was one of the most joyful experiences I’ve ever had. Just check out the photos!

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

“wonder woman” movie review

Wonder Woman

Let me start this by saying I have never been into the whole Marvel/DC comics thing. The only comic books I read when I was younger starred Betty and Veronica, and the superheroes I admire are real-life human beings whose super power is kindness.

I have little interest in the testosterone-driven stories of good men fighting bad men to save the world. At some point, they all blend into each other, alienating female audiences who know that, really, the world could be saved if regular men just stood up for what’s right.

But then Gal Gadot came along as Wonder Woman, and the world has suddenly become a little bit brighter. read full story »

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

hamanasi adventure and dive resort: our oasis in belize by alex mark and julie lustbader

Alex and Julie Hamanasi
As many of you know from my mom’s very active Facebook, I (Alex) just graduated from my MBA program and have a few months until I rejoin the real world – work starts July 31. To make the most of my time off, Julie and I decided to take a trip. Given that she is still part of the real world and has a job with limited vacation days, we wanted to go somewhere relatively close to home that had a combination of relaxation and activities. Belize, at just two hours away from the US, with English as the primary language, and general acceptance of the US dollar, fit the bill perfectly.

After reading my mom’s article for USA Today about the 10 best treehouse hotels, we knew we needed to stay at Hamanasi! read full story »

Friday, 16 June 2017

pink shell beach resort & marina is a dream wedding setting!

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

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

With our 36th anniversary coming up in August, I’ve been thinking about what we would do differently if we were planning a wedding now.

Since travel has become a real focus of ours since the kids have grown, I would seriously consider a destination wedding. I love the idea of giving friends and family a reason to take a trip, and I think a destination wedding – a beach destination, especially – is perfect for multi-generational guests. And I strongly believe weddings are more meaningful with guests of all ages. read full story »

“escape to margaritaville” at la jolla playhouse

Friday, 16 June 2017

Escape to Margaritaville

Rejoice, Parrot Heads!

It’s always 5 o’clock at La Jolla Playhouse — at least through July 9, now that Escape to Margaritaville has once again extended its record-breaking run.

Escape to Margaritaville is basically Jimmy Buffett’s Mamma Mia!  It’s a story created from his most beloved songs, and you’ll just have to see for yourself how the writers manage to hilariously incorporate “Cheeseburger in Paradise” into the narrative. read full story »

“beatriz at dinner” movie review

Friday, 16 June 2017

Beatriz at Dinner

Every one of us who joined the Women’s March, wore a pussy hat or is simply doing everything in her power to resist the current Administration will recognize themselves in Beatriz in Beatriz at Dinner. read full story »

“the spitfire grill” at north coast rep

Monday, 12 June 2017

Aurora Florence Spitfire Grill

North Coast Rep has raised its own already-high bar with its stunning production of The Spitfire Grill, a folk musical inspired by the 1996 movie starring Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden and the subsequent 2001 off-Broadway show presented by Playwrights Horizon.

From the moment Aurora Florence, above, appears onstage as Percy, a young woman just released from prison after serving five years for manslaughter, you know this is going to be a magical show. read full story »

lg front loaders at best buy

Thursday, 8 June 2017

LG Front Load

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy
Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced
price or for free.

My friend, Susan, and I were discussing washing machines the other day when we stopped, turned to each other and said, “How can we be at a point in our lives where we find it interesting to talk about laundry?”

That is a question for another post but, for better or worse, we do. read full story »

“my cousin rachel” movie tickets and book giveaway!

Friday, 2 June 2017

My Cousin Rachel

I just saw the trailer for My Cousin Rachel the other day, and it looks so good.

Based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, who also wrote the classic thriller, Rebecca, the movie stars Rachel Weisz as the cousin of a young Englishman, who plots revenge against her, believing she murdered his guardian. Things get complicated when he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. (That’s from the official synopsis, and I love the word “beguiling,” which immediately puts me in a moody kind of mood. Cutie Sam Claflin, above, also puts me in a moody kind of mood.) read full story »

“beauty and the beast” giveaway!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Beauty and the Beast

A tale as old as time. True as it can be.

Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly.

Ha ha! You really just need to read that first line and I bet you’re already humming along. read full story »

get your summer boxes of books!

Monday, 29 May 2017

 

books

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the big summer reading season. So, back by popular demand, I’m offering another Boxes of Books promotion!

Many of you have been asking me to do one before the Fourth of July so here you go, my fellow book lovers.

All you have to do to get a big fat box filled with books meant for long flights or chaise lounges is follow these steps: read full story »

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