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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!

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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 »

being money-smart with wescom credit union

Posted on August 26, 2016


Wescom logo


Thanks to Wescom for sponsoring this post and helping me understand my finances.

Because Michael and I got married so young – he was 24, I was 22 – we had to learn about money together.

Over the past 35 years, we’ve figured out mortgages, tuitions and retirement plans. We’ve dealt with remodels, insurance and healthcare. Every single event has been stressful because we never felt like we had any idea what we were doing.

Wescom Did You KnowEnter Wescom Credit Union, which just launched a fantastic financial education program last month, Did You Know?

Through mobile banking experiences, educational programs and complimentary financial consulting, Wescom is helping individuals and families understand banking basics and learn how to manage their own personal finances.

I love this idea because they’ve taken a subject that intimidates so many of us, and broken it down so it’s no longer scary. They’re teaching us all to be financially literate.

Wescom says it hopes to simplify the banking world one individual at a time. According to Debbie Shepherd, Director of Signature Experiences for Wescom, “Our Did You Know financial education portal, Signature Experiences and Big Blue events are designed to meet the needs of individuals with tools and resources that matter most for each stage of life.” more »

2017 hyundai elantra limited

Posted on August 1, 2016

Hyundai Elantra Camelback desert

I had no idea, when I got behind the wheel of the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited for the first time, it would prove to be the perfect car for my week-long spa trip through Arizona.

Sure, it was beautiful in its Shale Gray Metallic glory but it was so much deeper than that. more »

cool stuff for summer – or any time!

Posted on July 20, 2016

Storiarts shirt

I get tons of products to test and review but, as you know, I only feature the ones I would truly recommend.

Here are some of my recent favorites. And, because I’m trying to de-clutter, I’m going to give away some of them so leave a comment below to be entered to win one. more »

2106 hyundai tucson limited

Posted on June 27, 2016

Hyundai Tucson side

Here’s the funny thing about the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited.

I usually take photos throughout the week of the cars I’m reviewing but I felt so at home in this one that I kept forgetting it wasn’t mine!

Honestly, it feels just like my Kia Sorento’s younger and slighter smaller sibling. Which means I love it. more »

jenny craig – again!

Posted on June 23, 2016

Jenny Craig freezer

A friend of mine asked me how I don’t weigh 300 pounds after all my traveling and press trips where half the activities revolve around food.

There is literally only one reason: Jenny Craig. more »

how a cochlear implant improved my dad’s life

Posted on June 7, 2016
Dad and meThanks to Cochlear for sponsoring this important post. All opinions 
are, as always, my own.

When I told my dad Cochlear was sponsoring this post so I could share his story, he was thrilled.

You see, my dad had a cochlear implant nine years ago at the age of 79. He had lost all hearing in his left ear after being exposed to extremely loud noises – the kind many of us are exposed to regularly – on a couple of occasions.

Back in 1964, a mechanical sound from an amplifier during a show rehearsal at the high school where he worked affected the hearing in his left ear to such a degree that he hasn’t used that ear when he talks on the phone since then. more »

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