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being money-smart with wescom credit union

Posted on August 26, 2016


Wescom logo


Thanks to Wescom for sponsoring this post and helping me understand my finances.

Because Michael and I got married so young – he was 24, I was 22 – we had to learn about money together.

Over the past 35 years, we’ve figured out mortgages, tuitions and retirement plans. We’ve dealt with remodels, insurance and healthcare. Every single event has been stressful because we never felt like we had any idea what we were doing.

Wescom Did You KnowEnter Wescom Credit Union, which just launched a fantastic financial education program last month, Did You Know?

Through mobile banking experiences, educational programs and complimentary financial consulting, Wescom is helping individuals and families understand banking basics and learn how to manage their own personal finances.

I love this idea because they’ve taken a subject that intimidates so many of us, and broken it down so it’s no longer scary. They’re teaching us all to be financially literate.

Wescom says it hopes to simplify the banking world one individual at a time. According to Debbie Shepherd, Director of Signature Experiences for Wescom, “Our Did You Know financial education portal, Signature Experiences and Big Blue events are designed to meet the needs of individuals with tools and resources that matter most for each stage of life.” more »

2017 hyundai elantra limited

Posted on August 1, 2016

Hyundai Elantra Camelback desert

I had no idea, when I got behind the wheel of the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited for the first time, it would prove to be the perfect car for my week-long spa trip through Arizona.

Sure, it was beautiful in its Shale Gray Metallic glory but it was so much deeper than that. more »

cool stuff for summer – or any time!

Posted on July 20, 2016

Storiarts shirt

I get tons of products to test and review but, as you know, I only feature the ones I would truly recommend.

Here are some of my recent favorites. And, because I’m trying to de-clutter, I’m going to give away some of them so leave a comment below to be entered to win one. more »

2106 hyundai tucson limited

Posted on June 27, 2016

Hyundai Tucson side

Here’s the funny thing about the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited.

I usually take photos throughout the week of the cars I’m reviewing but I felt so at home in this one that I kept forgetting it wasn’t mine!

Honestly, it feels just like my Kia Sorento’s younger and slighter smaller sibling. Which means I love it. more »

jenny craig – again!

Posted on June 23, 2016

Jenny Craig freezer

A friend of mine asked me how I don’t weigh 300 pounds after all my traveling and press trips where half the activities revolve around food.

There is literally only one reason: Jenny Craig. more »

how a cochlear implant improved my dad’s life

Posted on June 7, 2016
Dad and meThanks to Cochlear for sponsoring this important post. All opinions 
are, as always, my own.

When I told my dad Cochlear was sponsoring this post so I could share his story, he was thrilled.

You see, my dad had a cochlear implant nine years ago at the age of 79. He had lost all hearing in his left ear after being exposed to extremely loud noises – the kind many of us are exposed to regularly – on a couple of occasions.

Back in 1964, a mechanical sound from an amplifier during a show rehearsal at the high school where he worked affected the hearing in his left ear to such a degree that he hasn’t used that ear when he talks on the phone since then. more »

cochlear helps children hear

Posted on June 6, 2016


Cochlear - signs of hearing loss babiesThanks to Cochlear for sponsoring this important post. All opinions
are, as always, my own.

As parents, our greatest hope for our children is that they have the opportunity to live their lives without limits. We celebrate each developmental milestone with a mixture of joy and relief.

But what happens when you suspect something is wrong and your child is not hitting those milestones?

Hearing loss is often responsible for children falling behind, and Cochlear understands that it’s about so much more than hearing. more »

wordless wednesday 🙂

Posted on April 20, 2016

Happy Wife, Happy Life by Lee Neary

Don’t you agree?!

(Note: I saw this carving by folk artist, Lee Neary, in Human Arts Gallery in Ojai and, of course, loved it. We have this piece by him. It makes me smile every time I look at it.)

marie callender’s cream pies make spring sweeter!

Posted on March 17, 2016

Marie Callender's Lois

I am participating in a VIN campaign for Marie Callender’s. I am
receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in 
this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Marie 
Callender’s and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

In our house, spring means one thing: National Pi Day! We, of course, celebrate it as National Pie Day and we pretty much celebrate it all year season long.

Everyone who knows us knows that Michael and I are both big fans of cream pie – and no one does them better than Marie Callender’s. They have eight different flavors, including Banana Cream, Key Lime and the appropriately-named I Love Chocolate Cream Pie – excuse me for drooling on my laptop – but our all-time favorite is Coconut Cream. more »

konenkii subscription box

Posted on March 16, 2016

Konenkii box

I LOVE subscription boxes. I mean, is there anything better than opening a box full of carefully-curated surprises every month?

So, when The Social Butterfly Co. invited me to review Konenkii — a quarterly gift box created specifically for women over 40 — I said yes (duh) and have been checking my mailbox every day since.

Then, yesterday, eureka! My bright red spring box arrived!

I probably should have done some dramatic unboxing video since that seems to be a trend but I was too excited to wait. more »

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