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!Read All Entries
I have two daughters who have just come through the difficult teenage years. As a mother, I’ve watched with so many different feelings and emotions. I’ve often felt helpless and unable to ease their pain and confusion as they courageously try to adjust to life. [Read more…]
I’ve always been an outgoing and adventurous kind of girl who would be happy to hug a tree. But, even better, how about hugging a koala bear in Australia? They are just so darn cute and cuddly!
I love to travel and make new friends. I enjoy telling stories and sharing meaningful experiences. I love my job in film and television casting and production. So, where better to do all of these things than in Australia? [Read more…]
Because I’m so dedicated to only touting products I’ve actually tried and liked, I spent four days in bed with the flu recently just so I could test out Spoonful of Comfort.
Ha! Those sick days were, for sure, not by choice, and they were definitely not the same as spending four days in bed, reading, watching TV and eating ice cream. I could barely lift my head, never mind catch up on the shows on my DVR.
The silver lining, though, was the big box that I found when I staggered downstairs for some Gatorade to make sure I didn’t pass out from dehydration. My husband had forgotten to tell me a package came for me – but at least he took heed of the “perishable” warning and stuck it in the fridge.
I was so excited to see the Spoonful of Comfort logo and the lovely words, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” In my delirious state of mind, this was enough to make me teary. But then I opened the box and discovered, beautifully packed with pretty paper and a cheery yellow ribbon, a huge jar of homemade chicken soup, a package of fat and delicious-looking dinner rolls and a bag of oatmeal raisin cookies. It was like my mom had put it together just for me.
I am always skeptical of food that comes in the mail but I have to tell you this meal was so delicious and felt so full of love, I swear it made me feel better. The soup – a rich broth – was laden with chicken, noodles and veggies, and the rolls … oh, the rolls! I can’t figure out how they keep them so soft, but they were the perfect complement to the soup.
The cookies were gone that day but there was enough soup and rolls left to feed my husband’s cold when he inevitably starting coughing and sneezing two days later.
I went on the website for Spoonful of Comfort to learn more about the people behind the company. It was started by a woman in Florida when her own mother was sick. Not surprisingly, a portion of proceeds are donated to charities, including the American Cancer Society. I say “not surprisingly” because, seriously, the care that goes into this package is apparent in every detail.
With flu season in full swing, this is the perfect gift to send someone stuck in bed. It’s what I’ll be ordering for my kids 3000 miles away next time I hear one muffled sniffle over the phone. As they nourish their bodies and souls, they will feel warm inside, thinking about how loved they must be for their mother to send them these treats, lovingly made by hand – by someone else.
A mother is a daughter’s prime role model for how to be a good person. Although she can be a little opinionated at times, I know my mother simply wants me to be happy, healthy, and successful in whatever I pursue. Her nagging reminds me that she cares.
So, to moms of twenty-year-old daughters, I’ve compiled a list of twenty thoughts you may want to keep in mind while assisting us through our pathway towards adulthood. To my own mom, just know that I love you, respect you, and appreciate everything you have done, do and will do for me more than you know. Thank you for being my crazy mother. [Read more…]
I help immigrant women tell their stories – through shoes. The Shoe Project was hatched over dinner with a sponsor, and Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. We came up with a plan to exhibit stories and shoes that illuminate the voyage to Canada. I’ve since met two dozen brilliant women including a puppeteer from Russia, a journalist from Columbia, a dentist from Cuba.
It’s the big one this month – the Silver Anniversary of my twenty-fifth birthday. One would think that at the age of 50, I would be completely grown up, but I feel I am not. You see, I had to be an adult at the age of four. I had no choice; otherwise I wouldn’t be here telling you my story.
I don’t remember when I arrived in the United States or how I got here. But I do remember being in Puerto Rico, playing on my grandparents’ farm, eating the guavas off the tree next to the pigpens and stealing the eggs from the hens. These are the only two happy childhood memories I have from that time long ago. I was four. [Read more…]
How many of us have wished for a more exciting sex life? Have realized that our marriage has become one of routine with few sparks? Pamela Madsen woke up one day to the realization that she wanted a steamier sex life. That discovery led her on a journey that would change her life — and could change yours.
Shameless: How I ditched the diet, got naked, found true pleasure…and somehow got home in time to cook dinner is Pamela Madsen’s story of her journey from overweight wife to full-blown sex goddess. Or, as she describes it, “ I took a pretty zany voyage from an honest-to-goodness repressed, monogamous, middle-aged, hyper-achieving, chubby woman with two kids to an honest-to-goodness monogamous, middle-aged, accomplished chubby “sex goddess” with two kids.” [Read more…]