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midweek at the oasis: matthew mcconaughey, april fool’s day, baby elephants and believing in good

Posted on April 9, 2014

birthday books

How can it be Wednesday again? Time to celebrate midweek at the Oasis! more »

damn you, kia!

Posted on April 7, 2014

Kia K900 note

I may be writing this post from Utah now. Or Wisconsin. Or even Nashville, Tennessee. I’ll never tell.  more »

let’s talk about depend

Posted on April 4, 2014
Laugh so hard plaque
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Honestly, I almost turned down this project because, like so many people, I found the whole subject of incontinence embarrassing.
The more I researched it and spoke to people who live with this issue, though, I realized the worst thing we can do for it – or any issue, for that matter – is keep it hidden. 

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lois and helene take a road trip

Posted on February 20, 2014

Thelma and Louise

When my friend, Helene, and I decided we were going to drive up to the Entertainment and New Media Network conference in Anaheim together, I knew we needed a car to match this very special event. more »

living by the book: the entertainment book!

Posted on February 2, 2014


Nothing like a good coupon to get us excited!

I remember buying the Entertainment®  book every year when my kids were little and sold them for all kinds of fundraising purposes. We used to keep them in the car because they had great coupons for restaurants and stores, and we’d always check the books before we went shopping or out to eat.

Once the kids went off to college, I pretty much forgot about the books until I got a press release touting their benefits. I wondered if, in this age of Groupon and Living Social, they were still relevant so I asked the publicist if she could send books to my whole family – a couple of empty nesters, a young professional and a college student – so we could test them out. more »

i can see clearly now, thanks to readers. com

Posted on January 26, 2014

Stanford readers

My new Stanford reading glasses from Readers.com.

Somewhere around my 50th birthday, my friends and I started holding restaurant menus up for each other across the table so we could read them. I held books at arm’s length and if my husband put something under my nose to take a look at, I had to push it a foot away to actually see it.

At my annual eye doctor visit, I marched in and announced, “Okay, I’m 50 now and I guess I’m finally going to have to get glasses.” He nodded, somberly, did his usual, extensive exam and said, “Nope, your vision is still 20/20.”

I was thrilled but thought he was nuts. I recounted my near-breakdown in the shower, when I couldn’t even remotely read the itsy bitsy print on the back of the expensive conditioner to find out how long to keep it in my hair. I skipped the part about throwing the bottle on the floor in frustration.

“You don’t need glasses,” he assured me. “You need a magnifying glass.” more »

listen up! get motivated to stay fit with music and yurbuds® at best buy!

Posted on January 25, 2014

Yurbuds inspire

I can’t work out without music. Actually, I can’t do much of anything without music but exercise feels especially torturous without my iPod.

One of the reasons I’ve been able to stick to Jazzercise all these months and see real results is because of the amazing music they play during class. I guess this shouldn’t be surprising because studies have shown that music can increase the intensity and duration of a workout by as much as 15%. more »

meagan mccrary on yoga for midlifers

Posted on January 14, 2014

Meagan McCrary

This is Meagan McCrary. Not me.

My husband swears by yoga. He takes a class almost every day, and it’s become so important to him, it’s made me think about trying it myself.

I’ve been reading Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga by Meagan McCrary, and am shocked by how many different types there are. Of course I’ve heard of Bikram and Ashtanga but Moksha and Jivamukti? more »

why i’m charged about the lifesaver II by mio

Posted on January 13, 2014

Lifesaver II by Mio

Because it is so rare to find products that live up to their high-falutin’ names and claims, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to tout the Lifesaver II portable power pack by Mio.

This little beauty actually did save the lives of both my iPhone and my iPad in the week that I’ve been testing it, and will now be granted a permanent spot in my purse. more »

my my my my sorento!

Posted on December 29, 2013


I think I’ve been very open about my feelings for the Kia Sorento since we were first introduced earlier this year. We’ve gone out together several times over the past few months and, each time, I’ve just found more to love.

Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge and commit.

The Sorento is now mine! more »

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