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I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.

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beanpole pottery

Posted on November 23, 2015

Beanpole Pottery

The minute I saw these pieces on Kristine Van Raden’s Facebook page, where she introduced her new venture, Beanpole Pottery, I sent her a private message and said I had to have them.

I mean, how gorgeous are they?

As you know, I love words on things. And I love birds on things.

So these pieces were kind of destined to be mine. more »

introducing the 2017 buick lacrosse

Posted on November 22, 2015

Buick new insignia

Welcome to the new face of Buick.

After two streamlined decades, that iconic tri-shield insignia — inspired by David Dunbar Buick’s family crest — has gotten a makeover. It’s returned to its colorful roots to pay homage to the company’s storied history. What do you think of it?

I got to see the big reveal on the beautiful new 2017 Buick LaCrosse at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. For me, it was a full-circle moment and the perfect way to end my year-long #ExperienceBuick program. more »

california dried plums help support healthy bones!

Posted on November 12, 2015

Basket of plums

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Is there anything better than discovering that something that tastes delicious is actually good for you?

Because that so rarely happens, I was thrilled to learn that California Dried Plums, a.k.a. prunes, help support healthy bones, which is especially important for midlife women.

Before you make that face, taste them for yourself. These are not your grandmother’s prunes! Plus, they’re so good for you! more »

2016 hyundai sonata hybrid

Posted on November 2, 2015

Hyundai Sonata

I loved the Hyundai Sonata when I test drove it last year, so I was very excited to try out the new 2016 Hybrid on my recent trip to Arizona.

And — surprise! — I may have liked this one even better.

Before I give you the details, let me set the mood with a little, well, sonata. Go ahead and turn up the volume so you can enjoy some Mozart while you read. more »

from palate to palette: buick and the nyc wine and food festival!

Posted on October 27, 2015

Buick EAT

I’ve loved being a Buick blogger this year and when Michael and I were invited to attend the New York City Wine and Food Festival to learn why a car company would sponsor a culinary event, I knew I was with the right brand.

Cars inspired by food? I’m in. more »

start 2016 off right with the “choices” notebook!

Posted on October 25, 2015

Choices Notebook

I am such a paper girl, I still swear by my Filofax.

I love notebooks and journals and planners, and I can’t imagine ever relying strictly on my phone or computer to organize my life. I need to see things laid out on paper.

So when my fellow blogger, Kimberly Montgomery, told me she was launching the Choices notebook, I was immediately in. more »

mazda6 grand touring edition

Posted on September 16, 2015

Mazda6 driveway

There’s something about the Mazda6 that just makes you want to get in the car and go somewhere.

Maybe it’s the sporty look, maybe it’s the “zoom zoom” that seems to whisper every time you glance at it.

Whatever it is, it gave us a serious case of wanderlust.

Last year around this time, Michael and I took the 2015 Mazda6 on a fantastic road trip to Long Beach. This year, after serendipitously getting tickets to a taping of Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions in Los Angeles (maybe this happened because the 2016 model they gave us to review this year was Soul Red), we decided to honor the Mazda6 Grand Touring name with a grand tour of Southern California. more »

kids need a job? get them a personal website!

Posted on September 14, 2015
Domain. ME
This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of 
the personal URLs that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote 
thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are 
my own. ​

Both of our kids graduated college in the past three years and, despite the endless unsolicited career advice my husband and I gave them, we somehow overlooked the most obvious job-seeking tip of all: get a personal website. Not a blog, but a place to show off their resume, their experience, their interests.


Considering I have this site and my husband has his own site, this should have been a no-brainer yet it never dawned on us until we read a recent study conducted by Domain.ME that a personal website could be an effective tool for job seekers. more »

dune jewelry: oh, the beaches i’ve been!

Posted on September 10, 2015

Dune Jewelry necklace

For so many of us, summer means beach. Just mention a specific beach, and you’re transported right back to very specific moments and memories.

So when Dune Jewelry offered to custom make a necklace for me, I literally went back through the sands of time to figure out which places to honor. more »

facing my fear by elin stebbins waldal

Posted on September 8, 2015

Elin Stebbins Waldal

When my great friend, Elin Stebbins Waldal, told me she was finally facing her fear of the ocean by going kayaking, I was so proud of her. I think it’s awesome to overcome your fears in midlife — something I did with the encouragement of Patty Chang Anker and her must-read book, Some Nerve

I asked Elin if she would share her experience with all of you because it’s so empowering. I bet her story will inspire you to try something new, as well. Let us know what that might be.

Last October I faced my decades-old fear of the ocean by simply getting wet. You know, the up to your knees kind of wet. I had reached a point in my life where I realized that only I could redefine what getting older meant to me and I was determined not to lead a life filled with “I remember when I was able to …” stories.

Today, I can actually swim in the ocean. Although, to some, my steps may seem infantile, to me they are monumental.

In July, before I actually went swimming in the ocean, I was invited by Everyday California to go kayaking. In the ocean. more »

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