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my new friend, ted’s pain cream

Posted on July 9, 2017

Ted's Pain Cream


Thank you to Ted's Pain Cream for sponsoring this post and,
more importantly, for making me feel better.

Okay, I am a skeptic. I pooh-pooh most claims, and it takes a lot to get me to try something that seems too good to be true.

So when Ted’s Brain Science approached me to test Ted’s Pain Cream, I admit I rolled my eyes.

Ted’s Brain Science? Ted’s Pain Cream? Really? more »

lg front loaders at best buy

Posted on June 8, 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. more »

california women’s conference – uniting and empowering women by rebecca olkowski

Posted on May 17, 2017

California Women's Conference

Women have enormous power, as we’ve seen in recent months.

Last week, female entrepreneurs and thought leaders gathered in Long Beach for the annual California Women’s Conference. Attendees came from all over the world to be infused with motivation, inspiration, empowerment, mentoring, and sisterhood. I was thrilled to be one of them. more »

2017 volkswagen passat

Posted on March 31, 2017

Passat at Hermosa Inn

I was so happy to pull into the beautiful Hermosa Inn in Phoenix only to find an equally beautiful 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SEL Premium waiting for me to test-drive for the week.

The Passat was the first car we bought our son when he turned 16 so I have fond memories of it — especially how safe it felt during a couple of harrowing moments (only to me) when I drove with him on the freeway for the first time.

We had done a lot of research so we knew it had high safety ratings and was a great car for a teenage boy.

Apparently, it’s always a great car for a 50-something woman. more »

2017 mazda3 grand touring 5-door

Posted on March 22, 2017

2017 Mazda 3

Last time I tested a Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door was when I took a Thelma and Louise-like road trip with my friend, Helene.

Because it got us safely through a couple of very harrowing moments, when it was time for me to drive to Mesa, Arizona — an area I was visiting for the first time — my choice of cars was black and white: the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door, of course.

The car’s exterior was white — Snowflake (appropriately, ha ha!) White Pearl, to be exact — and the interior had sleek Black leather-trimmed sport seats. more »

google chromecast audio means music everywhere!

Posted on March 9, 2017

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. more »

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

Posted on February 11, 2017

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. more »

an amazing way to pay tribute to someone you love

Posted on February 9, 2017

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. more »

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

Posted on February 9, 2017

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. more »

a crop of great products for fall – plus some big savings!

Posted on October 23, 2016

Babble Boxx

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition
Media. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Okay, everyone knows I don’t cook. But I sure do eat, and I love being introduced to new products.

So, I was excited when Babble Boxx asked me to check out their “Home and Harvest” box for fall and share it with you. Here’s what was inside: more »

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