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last minute gifts that will make you a hero even if they arrive late – plus a giveaway!

Posted on December 19, 2017

gift wrap

I’ve discovered some great items lately, and I know they would make other people just as happy to receive them as I was.

So, because it’s only Tuesday, I want to share these with you so you can still order them in time for Christmas or a late Chanukah celebration. I can personally vouch for the happiness factor of each one of them! more »

gabrielle union’s new shutterfly collection by julie lustbader

Posted on December 11, 2017



I love doing interesting things with photos so when Shutterfly invited me to a special holiday event to introduce their new Gabrielle Union collection, I was so excited. As I was about to put it on my calendar, I realized it was in New York, rolled my eyes and immediately emailed my son’s girlfriend, Julie, to see if she wanted to go in my place.


Here’s Julie’s take on the event. (Note:  I’m hoping for a Shutterfly book of my own for the holidays!) more »

2018 hyundai santa fe limited: 6 reasons to be thankful

Posted on December 6, 2017

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

It seems that, over the past couple of years, driving a Hyundai Santa Fe has become a new Thanksgiving tradition for my family.

It’s also been incorporated into our long-term tradition of going around the table and sharing what we’re thankful for. That tradition has become even more highly-anticipated than the turkey and stuffing.

Here are half a dozen reasons we’re thankful for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited: more »

a special gift from the crafted cup company

Posted on November 13, 2017

The Crafted Cup

Thanks to The Crafted Cup Company for sponsoring this post. 
All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

I have no problem finding great gifts for the women in my life, yet it seems like I’m always struggling to find something interesting for the guys.

I want a gift that’s unique yet practical – something personal that makes the recipient feel like I picked it out just for him.

So I was excited when The Crafted Cup Company, makers of the finest handmade tankards and mugs, invited me to review one of their gorgeous pewter tankards – because as soon as I saw them, I knew they would be perfect for our friend Dan. more »

tena intimates let you keep on laughing

Posted on October 11, 2017


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. more »

gifts for nasty women

Posted on September 23, 2017

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. more »

a few of my favorite things!

Posted on September 22, 2017


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: more »

woman up! the new subscription box!

Posted on September 15, 2017

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! more »


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

Posted on September 11, 2017


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. more »

natrol cognium means no more senior moments!

Posted on August 25, 2017


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. more »

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