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John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are perfect together in Love Is Strange. Read my review on Boomeon here.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

“the disappearance of eleanor rigby”

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 »

Thursday, 18 September 2014

the #ikeatimetravel experiment goes viral!

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 went viral and was seen by over a million people in 24 hours.

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

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

san diego restaurant week

Former SD Mayor Jerry Sanders helps Chef Mark of Fish Public!

Former SD Mayor Jerry Sanders helps Chef Mark of Fish Public!

I just came back from a press conference for one of my favorite events of the year — San Diego Restaurant Week. This year, it runs from September 21-26, and more than 200 restaurants will be offering three-course prix-fixe dinners for $25, $35 or $45 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20. You can check their website to see which restaurants are participating, check out their menu and make a reservation.

This is the 10th anniversary of the twice-yearly event, and it’s how we’ve discovered some of our favorite restaurants. After today, I have a few I definitely want to try.

Because it’s also Wordless Wednesday, it seemed like the perfect time to share pictures of some of the delicious dishes we were treated to at the press conference. read full story »

find your fortune and get a chance to win $500!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Find Your Fortune

This is not me. Yet.

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

Gift cards have become my go-to gifts, especially as my kids have gotten older. I give them for all kinds of occasions — some which I just make up because they’re both working now and I know an extra little treat is always welcome.

I love that I can buy gift cards to pretty much any store or restaurant while I’m doing my grocery shopping at Albertson’s.

And I really love that this month, you can win 5x the value of your airtime or select gift card you buy, up to $500, by playing Find Your Fortune at any participating Southern California Albertson’s. read full story »

my interview with author jojo moyes, plus a book giveaway!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Jojo Moyes

JoJo Moyes wrote a guest post for me years ago, when her novel, The Last Letter From Your Lover, was published. I became an immediate fan and when Me Before You came out, it became one of my all-time favorite books.

I recently got to see her speak about her latest novel, One Plus One, at a luncheon at the Del Mar Country Club, which I covered for the Del Mar Times. It was a great event, and you can read my article about it here. You can win an autographed copy of her book just by leaving a comment below.

I got to spend time alone with Jojo afterwards, and she is so down to earth and so funny, it was like hanging out with a long-time friend. Here’s what our conversation sounded like (minus the parts I promised I wouldn’t write about!): read full story »

win “madame picasso” by anne girard and note cards from elli

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Madame Picasso

This photo is pretty much all anyone has seen of me for the past two days because I have literally not looked up from Madame Picasso, Anne Girard’s fictionalized account of the romance between Pablo Picasso and Eva Gouel.  read full story »

what really happened to your loved ones on 9/11 by michael mark

Thursday, 11 September 2014


To those of you who lost loved ones in the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, here’s what happened in their final moments.

Your father was a hero.  When the building shook from the blast, he did not concern himself with fear.  He helped unblock an office door which had been barricaded by debris and furniture that had moved. He freed three people.

Your friend who was on the plane being hijacked recognized immediately how serious the matter was and reached to calm the shaking hand of the person in the next seat.

Your wife saw a man bleeding from his head and she tore a piece from her shirt and made a bandage for him.

Your aunt helped her co-workers who could not find the exit through the smoke – they all made it. Then she went back for others.

Your nephew who was the pilot on the plane had only the safety of everyone on board in focus every second. read full story »

win kn karen neuburger pajamas and a trip to miraval!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

KN Sweepstakes

How can you not adore someone who believes the best moments in life are experienced in pajamas?

I’ve been a fan of KN Karen Neuburger since my friend (!), Oprah, touted them as her favorite pajamas and gave them away on her first “Favorite Things” show. read full story »

oprah: what i know for sure

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

What I Know For Sure - hand

Four years ago today, I was sitting in the audience at Harpo Studios in Chicago, listening to Oprah Winfrey announce, “We’re going to Australia!” Being chosen as one of her Ultimate Viewers was one of the most surreal experiences of my life, one of the most emotional and one for which I will always be truly grateful. read full story »

win an at&t unite pro by netgear!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

AT&T Unite Pro

When my friend, Helene, and I were in London this summer, we had a surprisingly difficult time accessing Internet.

I really wish we’d had the AT&T Unite Pro by NETGEAR which, of course, I tested after our trip. It would have been a complete game-changer.

It’s ironic because I received this little gadget before we left but waited until I got home to even open the box. Why? Well, isn’t Internet readily available everywhere? And don’t I have a Smart phone?

Apparently, Internet is not readily available everywhere (even in this country!) and neither my phone nor I are particularly smart.  read full story »

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