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tena intimates let you keep on laughing


Thanks to TENA for sponsoring this post and starting this important 
conversation. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

As you know, I am a big believer in laughter.

I have laughed until I cried, I have laughed until my stomach hurt and, more recently, I have laughed until tears started running down my leg.

Yes, as I’ve gotten older, gravity seems to have forced everything down, including those happy tears.

And, well, that’s not really funny. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

what really happened to your loved ones on 9/11 by michael mark


To those of you who lost loved ones in the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, here’s what happened in their final moments. [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…]

my interview with ted of ted’s pain cream!

Ted Price

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

Since, after trying Ted’s Pain Cream, I have been waxing poetic about founder Dr. Ted Price, I thought it would be good to actually get to know him.

So, everyone, meet Ted. Yes, he’s a neuroscientist but he’s very down to earth — the man named his product Ted, not Dr. Price, after all — and he’s funny and he’s a dad. And if you have any questions or comments for him, please feel free to leave them below. I’m sure he’ll have the answers. [Read more…]

woman up box subscription – plus a discount!

Woman Up box

Hey, friends, time to Woman Up!

You know I am all about empowering women, and you also know I’m a big fan of subscription boxes.

So, of course, I couldn’t resist the offer to review the new Woman Up Box subscription service, whose goal is to lift women up. [Read more…]

my new friend, ted’s pain cream

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? [Read more…]

lg front loaders at best buy

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. [Read more…]