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Apr
05

Bring on the April showers! I wrote about 10 Stylish Items That’ll Keep You Dry in a Downpour for USA Today 10Best. Bet you’ll especially love the cute boots and the heart-shaped umbrella!

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life reimagined: i’m now organized!

Life Reimagined article

Thanks to Life Reimagined, who sponsored this post and provided incredible support during my project, I have actually reached my organization goal.

I know — I’m as shocked as you!

You may remember that I was invited to try out Life Reimagined last month, and I decided that was a good time to finally tackle the crap all over my house my organizational issues. That meant I was actually going to clean out the kids’ rooms — they’re both happily ensconced in apartments on the other side of the country — and I was  going to do something about the junk room, below, that was always supposed to be my office. [Read more…]

going back to high school with classmates.com

 

Classmates.com logo


Thanks to Classmates.com for sponsoring this post. All opinions 
are, as always, 100% mine.

When Classmates.com invited me to test out the site and write a sponsored post about my experience, I immediately agreed. After all, I was curious to see who I remembered and what had happened in the, gulp, 40 YEARS since I graduated.

Sure enough, the first thing I noticed when I logged on was that the Class of 1976 has a reunion scheduled for November. I have never attended one of my high school reunions before – camp, yes; school, no – but now that some of these people feel familiar to me again and I remember how many of them I cared deeply about, I’m actually considering it.

In fact, I started browsing our yearbook online and got caught up in so many memories of old friends who I haven’t spoken to in years. [Read more…]

life reimagined: my organization project

Life Reimagined Too Busy

Thank goodness for Life Reimagined, who not only sponsored this post but has already made a difference in my life.

You see, since Alex and Sara left for college years ago, I’ve come to realize that the idea of an “empty nest” is not really accurate.

Yes, the kids are out of the house — but most of their stuff is still there.

Or, rather, here.

At a time in our life when we are really trying to downsize, we are drowning in things. [Read more…]

my word for 2016 — and probably the rest of my life

2016 calendar

My word, it’s that time of year again! Time to come up with the word that will guide me through 2016, that will ground me and inspire me when I need a boost.

That’s a lot of pressure to put on one little word. [Read more…]

yes! you can finally #shareacoke with me!

Diet Coke - yes, it has my name on it

I admit that, as a blogger, I get a lot of cool things. I get great books, movies and products to review and I get to go on all kinds of amazing trips and enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences.

Although I am so grateful for all of these perks, few things have made me as genuinely scream-out-loud-with-excitement happy as the package I received yesterday.

I finally got a Diet Coke bottle with my name on it! [Read more…]

my liebster award!

Liebster Award

There’s something about receiving an award from your peers that just makes you feel all mushy gushy happy inside.

So thank you, Suzanne Stavert of Adventures of Empty Nesters, for putting a big grin on my face by nominating me for a Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award is a real honor in the blogging world. [Read more…]

currently

Lois and Michael in Aix-en-Provence

Bon jour! Michael and I just got back from two amazing weeks in France — one week on an incredible Viking River Cruise and a few days in both Aix-en-Provence and Paris. I’m pulling together pictures and notes, and will be writing tons about it to encourage you to add this trip to your bucket list.

Meanwhile, here’s what I’m currently doing. Let me know what you’re up to, too! [Read more…]

my #thatsabuick moments at the final four

Lois at Final Four

I headed off to the Final Four, sure of two things: 1) Indiana was a homophobic, unwelcoming state and 2) Kentucky was going to take the championship.

I was wrong on both counts, causing me to experience what I will, from now on, refer to as #thatsabuick moments. [Read more…]

off to #experiencebuick at the final four!

Final Four bag

Look at this awesome bag Buick sent me in preparation for my trip to the Final Four!

It almost made packing fun.

Almost. [Read more…]

i hate packing!

Luggage

You know how much I love to travel? Well, that’s also how much I hate to pack.

I’d rather go to the dentist than have to pack.

I’d rather clean my house than have to pack.

But right now, I’m dragging out the suitcases, including my awesome UGOBAG, above, [Read more…]