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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 »

dunkin’ donuts new grandde burrito, plus a giveaway!

Posted on March 2, 2016

Dunkin' Donuts GranDDe Burrito Lois

This is a sponsored post. The Dunkin' Donuts love is 1000% mine.

As if I needed another reason to love Dunkin’ Donuts, well, hello GranDDe Burrito!

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diet coke: it’s mine!

Posted on February 11, 2016

It's Mine Diet Coke

One of the most overwhelming things about coming home from a two week trip is going through the mail.

So, the morning after we returned from our incredible Viking Ocean Cruise, I trudged over to my work mailbox, where the guys were very happy to get rid of practically a shelf’s worth of packages. They were tossing them over to me when we were all stopped dead in our tracks by a box marked “Diet Coke.” more »

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