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gifts for nasty women

Mom and me hats

This has been a very challenging year, to say the least.

I know it’s early but, with our country crumbling around us, I’m trying to think of holiday gifts to give my nasty women friends to encourage them to keep resisting and persisting, no matter how exhausted they are. Because, as author Sandra Cisneros is quoted in the Nasty Woman Journal, “We do this because the world we live in is a house on fire, and the people we love are burning.”

Since my mom, above, can’t make every single one of you a pink pussy hat (sorry), here are three items we should all own. Buy them for yourself and give them to the nasty women in your life. [Read more…]

a few of my favorite things!


After back to back press trips, one of the things I both look forward to and dread about coming home is the amount of mail waiting for me.

I get lots of stuff from companies that want me to review their products. Unless they’re paying me (which, sadly, none of the ones I’m mentioning here are), I’ll either 1) test it and stick it in a closet until I have a story in which I can use it 2) test it and donate it to a charity 3) love it and want to share it with you immediately.

All of these fit in category 3: [Read more…]

“home again” movie review

Home Again

After seeing the trailer, I knew Home Again wasn’t going to be a good movie but I went to see it anyway because: 1) Reese Witherspoon 2) Nancy Meyers

Reese Witherspoon is adorable, always fun to watch and seems like she would be a great friend. But Nancy Meyers? Her movies are house porn at its finest. [Read more…]

woman up! the new subscription box!

Woman Up August

Remember how much I liked the Woman Up subscription box I received last month?

Well, I received the new one and it’s even better! [Read more…]

The only Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in the country is located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and it’s a must-visit!


my bibliotherapist’s books to inspire, entertain and shock us out of complacency

Keep Calm

I’m publishing these three posts (here’s Part 1 and Part 2) from my bibliotherapist, Rachel Stevenson, all in a row because I think, together, they form an extraordinary statement about our times. They also provide a powerful reading list of books that reveal our country’s past, present and possible future.

I hope you’ll delve into these books, let us know what you think of them and feel free to add suggestions of your own. [Read more…]

my bibliotherapist’s book list for our country


If there was ever a time we all needed our bibliotherapist, this is it. Yesterday, I posted Part 1 of Rachel Stevenson’s book recommendations for getting through the dark period of history in which we are now living.

Here’s Part 2. (Check out Part 3 here.) [Read more…]

important book recommendations from my bibliotherapist!

Banksy tweet

Many of you have been asking when we’ll have another session with my bibliotherapist, Rachel Stevenson, especially with the devastating events of the past few weeks.

Books can go a long way in helping to make sense of the world, to learn from history and to find ways to cope. As this beautiful image, above — which comes from a Banksy tweet — shows, books keep our brain healthy.

So, without further ado, here’s my latest session with the amazing Rachel. [Read more…]

natrol cognium means no more senior moments!


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

Michael and I have this game we play with each other called, “Can you guess?”

It goes something like this.

Me: Oh, that movie you liked is on later.

Him, staring blankly:

Me: You know, the one about the father and the son. It’s with Robert Downey, Jr?

Him: Oh, yeah. The Judge. That was good. Who plays the father again?

Me: You know, that guy. That famous actor.

Him: I know. What’s his name?

Me, staring blankly:

We play this game on a regular basis although both of us will admit it’s not really fun.

So, when Natrol invited me to test their new brain health product, Cognium, I knew I had to try it. [Read more…]

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