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Apr
02

Live out your childhood fantasy and plan a vacation in one of these amazing treehouses! I wrote “You’ll Want to Spend the Night in These 10 Treehouses” for USA Today 10Best — and, trust me, you will!

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Stop lugging that luggage! Here are “10 Carry-On Bags You’ll Wish You Knew About Sooner.”

http://midlifeattheoasis.com/learn-something-new/42767/

google chromecast audio means music everywhere!

Google Chromecast Audio

I received a Best Buy gift card for writing this post.
Opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

As a film critic, I use Google Chromecast all the time to send screening links from my laptop to our TV so I can watch on a bigger screen while still being able to do my work. It’s one of the best devices we ever bought.

I was thrilled to see that there’s now a Google Chromecast Audio so I can do the same thing with my music.

Especially since I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack from Hamilton. [Read more…]

Well, hello, Dollywood! Dolly Parton’s iconic theme parks opens for the season and I wrote about 10 Big Reasons to Go To Dollywood for USA Today 10Best!

http://midlifeattheoasis.com/midlife-at-the-oasis/42756/

the gift(s) of the mazda cx-5 grand touring awd

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

I have to admit I felt bad when I saw my husband’s reaction to the Mazda CZ-5 Grand Touring AWD as it pulled up in front of our house. [Read more…]

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate. Check out my interview with Deborah Reinhardt, author of Delectable Destinations: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Missouri, on Huffington Post. And the photos? Oh, the photos!

http://midlifeattheoasis.com/learn-something-new/42741/

an amazing way to pay tribute to someone you love

Tribute video card

Last year, Michael, our kids, my parents and I all received emails from a company called Tribute, saying that my brother-in-law was putting together a video montage for my father-in-law’s 90th birthday and asking us to participate.

I was intrigued by the idea, especially since the family videos we created more than a decade ago for our kids’ Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are among my most prized possessions. [Read more…]

step up to the bouquet bar for valentine’s day!

Bouquet Bar flowers

I returned from back to back press trips recently to find the biggest package I’ve ever seen waiting for me.

Now, I believe that good things come in small packages but I also know that great things often come in gigantic packages. [Read more…]

The smoke from the wildfires has cleared, and the communities surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains need our support. Here are 10 Reasons to Visit East Tennessee Right Now, complete with photos of the gorgeous scenery and amazing comfort food.

http://midlifeattheoasis.com/learn-something-new/42697/

a reading list for a new year, part 2

Next four years

In Part 1, my incomparable bibliotherapist, Rachel, recommended some fascinating but pretty heavy reading to get us through the coming (four) year(s).

Here’s Part 2 of her suggested reading list. Start ordering these books now — and while you’re at it, pick up one of those new weighted blankets to read under. Maybe they’ll help ease some of that anxiety we’re all feeling. [Read more…]

a reading list for a new year, part 1

Hillbilly Elegy

This is not one of my usual reading lists but these are unusual times.

This is really a reading list for the resistance.

The election and what’s it already done to this country gutted me. And the only way I’ve ever been able to make sense of things I can’t wrap my head around is to do what I’ve done since I was little.

To read.

That’s something I suggest He Who Shall Not Be Named and his supporters start doing, too. If they did, I bet we wouldn’t be in this terrifying mess now. [Read more…]