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I met the most amazing craftspeople when I was in Portland last week. Read my USA Today piece, 10 Portland makers who will make you say, “Please take my money!” and get all your holiday shopping done early!

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yes! you can finally #shareacoke with me!

Posted on July 12, 2015

Diet Coke - yes, it has my name on it

I admit that, as a blogger, I get a lot of cool things. I get great books, movies and products to review and I get to go on all kinds of amazing trips and enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences.

Although I am so grateful for all of these perks, few things have made me as genuinely scream-out-loud-with-excitement happy as the package I received yesterday.

I finally got a Diet Coke bottle with my name on it! more »

my liebster award!

Posted on June 25, 2015

Liebster Award

There’s something about receiving an award from your peers that just makes you feel all mushy gushy happy inside.

So thank you, Suzanne Stavert of Adventures of Empty Nesters, for putting a big grin on my face by nominating me for a Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award is a real honor in the blogging world. more »


Posted on April 24, 2015

Lois and Michael in Aix-en-Provence

Bon jour! Michael and I just got back from two amazing weeks in France — one week on an incredible Viking River Cruise and a few days in both Aix-en-Provence and Paris. I’m pulling together pictures and notes, and will be writing tons about it to encourage you to add this trip to your bucket list.

Meanwhile, here’s what I’m currently doing. Let me know what you’re up to, too! more »

my #thatsabuick moments at the final four

Posted on April 5, 2015

Lois at Final Four

I headed off to the Final Four, sure of two things: 1) Indiana was a homophobic, unwelcoming state and 2) Kentucky was going to take the championship.

I was wrong on both counts, causing me to experience what I will, from now on, refer to as #thatsabuick moments. more »

off to #experiencebuick at the final four!

Posted on April 3, 2015

Final Four bag

Look at this awesome bag Buick sent me in preparation for my trip to the Final Four!

It almost made packing fun.

Almost. more »

i hate packing!

Posted on April 2, 2015


You know how much I love to travel? Well, that’s also how much I hate to pack.

I’d rather go to the dentist than have to pack.

I’d rather clean my house than have to pack.

But right now, I’m dragging out the suitcases, including my awesome UGOBAG, above, more »

lois and me

Posted on March 23, 2015

Lois buttons

Don’t worry, I’m not starting to refer to myself in third person.


And I have no illusions of grandeur that I am pretty hot stuff. OMG just the idea of that makes me laugh.

But my name?

Well, if the Loises who have come before me are any indication, yes, the name Lois is something special. more »


Posted on March 20, 2015

Banana cream pie

Michael and I believe National Pi Day should be changed to National Banana Cream Pie Day so that’s how we celebrated March 14. In honor of the occasion, I even had 3.14 slices. more »

march madness!

Posted on March 19, 2015

Final Four bracket

Okay, whoever said “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is just plain wrong.

As proof, let me offer up my bracket picks for the NCAA Final Four. A week ago, I had no idea what any of those words even meant.

Now, because I’m an #ExperienceBuick influencer and Buick just happens to be a key sponsor of the beloved men’s basketball tournament and there’s a very generous prize at the end for the winner of our bracket, I am — as Randy Jackson used to say on American Idol — in it to win it. more »


Posted on February 27, 2015


Last night was one of the most fascinating nights I’ve had online in a long time.

It started when someone on Facebook posted a picture of what to me looked like a gold and white dress, saying obviously it was blue and black and she couldn’t understand why people were saying anything else.

What?! It was obviously gold and white!  more »

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