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The Best Carry On Bag (That’s Completely Fierce) 

Adventure and Travel
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The second I saw it, I was pretty sure that the Travelon Underseat Carry-on was going to be my new favorite travel accessory. Now, after three weeks, six states, five flights, and so many hotels that I’ve lost count, I can state unequivocally that my instincts were spot-on.

This bag is fierce, fabulous, and basically the greatest piece of luggage I have ever owned. And I’ve owned a LOT. continue reading

Starting (or Joining) a Bookclub: Friends, Food, and Fellowship

Books, Friends and Community
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One of the biggest pleasures of reading a good book is discussing it with other readers.  There’s no better place to do that than a book club.

There really aren’t any downsides to joining a book club. I mean, sure every now and then you might not love one of the books. But even that can have its benefits.  Sometimes, discussing a book or character you didn’t care for can be even more fun than talking about one you did! Who doesn’t love trash talking the villain you love to hate? continue reading

Finding Time to Read More Books (And Why It’s Important)

Books, Nurture Your Soul
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How often have you heard somebody say, “Gosh, I just have so much extra time on my hands that I have no idea what to do with it”?

Pretty much never, right? These days, it seems like we’re so busy with the things we have to do, we can’t find time for the things we want to do – like read.

That’s a shame. Reading adds so much to life.  And, especially for those of us in the years beyond 50, reading is important.

Reading helps keep our minds sharp but also elastic. Reading exposes us to new ideas and keeps us informed about changes in culture.  Also, reading is an important form of relaxation, giving us a mental break when life becomes too chaotic. continue reading

DIY Flower Arrangements for your Easter Table Decorations

Creativity and Crafts
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Is there any surprise quite as wonderful as answering the doorbell and finding the delivery person from the local florist standing on the stoop, holding a beautiful bouquet with your name on it?

Not for me!

If I could afford it, I’d have flowers delivered to my home every week.  Unfortunately, my budget simply doesn’t stretch far enough to allow for such civilized luxuries. Chances are, you’re in the same boat.

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Packing for a Trip? Here’s Three Travel Packing Tips for Work or Play.

Adventure and Travel
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One of the great things about being over fifty is that, with our children grown or getting close to it, traveling – whether for business or pleasure – is a lot easier and can even be more fun.

Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I didn’t enjoy all those trips with my kids.

But travel is definitely less stressful when you don’t have to pack diaper bags, strollers, or car seats. It’s also more fun when your road trip soundtrack doesn’t include fifty rounds or “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” or endless choruses of “Are we there yet?” and “Do not make me pull this car over, mister!” continue reading

An Exciting Announcement!

Books
my new book, just in time, hits shelves March 27th!
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My most recent novel, Just In Time, hits the shelves of bookstores today!

 
I’ve been waiting months and months to introduce my characters, Grace, Nan, and Monica, three support group dropouts united by grief but rescued through friendship, to the world. The early reviews have been very gratifying — USA Today called Just In Time “time well-spent” and Booklist said “readers will be drawn in”— but the opinion that matters most comes from my readers.  
 
To whet your appetite a bit, today I thought I’d share the first chapter with you and give you a chance to meet Grace, Monica, and Nan. Enjoy!

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DIY Spa Gifts Baskets, DIY Bath Bombs, and DIY Body Scrub

Creativity and Crafts, Love Your Body
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You’ve probably heard about “love languages,” haven’t you?  The different ways people express their love for others?   My primary love language is gift giving. I’m always on the lookout for that perfect little present to surprise a special friend or family member.

These easy, totally adorable spa gifts and baskets are a fun way to show a little homemade love to the people you love.  Or even as a treat for yourself. After all, everybody deserves a little love and kindness, including you. continue reading

Easy DIY Table Runner

Creativity and Crafts
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Raise your hand if you are counting the minutes until spring!

Me!

I heard a quote once, “March is the month that God invented to show people who don’t drink what a hangover looks like.”

Seems pretty accurate to me. This winter has hung over too, too long.  I’m trying to be patient and not wish away my days but as far as I’m concerned, spring is way overdue.

Honestly, I always feel like that at this time of year.

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Me and the Bees: Eight Easy Ways To Help The Earth

Celebrate Life, Grow in Wisdom
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Recently, I attended a fascinating event at my local nature center – a honey tasting!

(Who knew that was even a thing?)

When I buy honey, I usually get whatever brand is on sale because, in my opinion, honey is honey. There’s a reason for that. Most commercially available honey is clover honey, which means that the bees that made it were feeding on clover.  That’s why, no matter the brand, the honey tastes pretty similar.

However, depending on what flowers the bees were feeding on, the honey they produce can taste really, really different!  During the tasting, I tried clover honey, blackberry blossom honey, orange blossom honey, and even buckwheat honey! (Blackberry honey is delicious. Buckwheat? Blech. But bees seem to like it.) continue reading

Your Purpose in Life: It’s Never Too Late to Live Your Dream–Twice

Creativity and Crafts, Never Too Late

A Guest Blog with Dori Lawrence

Do you know that warm, excited feeling that comes over you when you meet somebody for the first time but absolutely know you’re at the beginning of a beautiful friendship?  That’s how I felt when I met Dori Lawrence in January at the Road To California quilt show and learned how she found purpose in life after fifty.

Dori is vibrant, bubbly, and bursting with energy and passion, especially when it comes to topics that are dear to both our hearts – creativity and crafting.  Dori and her daughter, Katie, run a terrific blog and podcast, Hobbies Up To Here, where they document their adventures into all things crafty. This mother-daughter duo has a terrific dynamic and a wonderfully honest approach to their creative pursuits. If you haven’t checked out Hobbies Up To Here, you should! Stories like hers are so inspiring when we are searching for our purpose in life.

In addition to a delightful personality, Dori has an amazing and inspiring personal story to share. She is living proof that it’s never too late to live your dream – and sometimes more than one!

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