Wines come in all shapes and sizes. Some are varietal, some blended. Others rare and born in special vintage years. Very few have a philanthropic outlet attached to them. That’s why I was so excited to receive and review several bottles of O Wines. O Wines was established in 2006 in Woodinville, Washington by Stacy Lill and Kathy Johanson with a mission to fund college scholarships for low income, capable young women so they can achieve their greatest potential through education. Each purchase helps send young women to college through the O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship program. Read more
Can cake cure writer’s block? I put that question to the test recently after having a discussion about this major creativity killer. For nearly a month, writer’s block has crippled me. So a friend suggested that I write about something that fires me up; something I’m passionate about. My response, “Cake?”
While I was half-joking and being somewhat sarcastic, cake really does make me happy. Unfortunately, it only made my waistline expand. Since cake did not have an immediate affect on my writer’s block, I decided to decorate some cakes with messages and hand them out to people.
Here’s what I would write on a cake to: Read more
Digging through my gram’s recipe tin today, I discovered a really cool recipe called the Fruit Wonder. It’s a three-way banana batter that you can use to make a coffee cake, loaf, or muffins. I threw together a batch of the muffins, which cooked light and golden brown. They were packed with flavor and delicious warm right out of the over and smothered in butter. Since there is a star next to the recipe, I’m thinking this was a good one. Next weekend, it’s on to the coffee cake! It’s a great way to use up all those really ripe bananas. Read more
I woke up this morning with every intention of having a great day. Outside the window, playful little birds bounced through the trees. Mother Nature gleefully peeked her yellow face from behind the clouds. The new coffee I purchased tasted like paradise in a cup. I was so in love, I tried finding the number for the grower in Antigua so I could properly thank him. A day like this … how could anything go wrong?
And then you woke up. Read more
This is a compensated post written by me on behalf of Sony Pictures.
Sony Pictures is releasing a little (HUGE) movie called Sex Tape this week starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. They play a married couple who are very much in love, but struggling to keep the passion alive in their relationship after ten years, two kids, and two jobs. They decide to spice things up by making a private video and, as I’m sure you can guess, quickly find out their private video was made not so private. Can you say “Welcome to the Cloud?!” The film chronicles the lengths they’ll go to (and hijinks that ensue) to recover and erase the evidence. Read more
Ever feel like pulling your hair out because the kids are driving you bonkers? Are you hiding Uncle Gus and Cousin Henry in the attic so that no one finds out how crazy your family really is? Do you constantly ask the question, “Are you kidding me?” If so, then humorist Stacey Gustafson’s new book, Are You Kidding Me? My Life With An Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives might be the book for you. It’s coming soon (fall 2014!). Here’s a sneak peek: Read more
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cortizone-10. I received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Summer means getting outdoors all day, everyday if you’re lucky. But with the great outdoors come the bugs, poisonous plants, sunburn, and heat rashes! Bring on the many itches of summer! Right now my family is covered in insect bites from a night by the fire, poison ivy from venturing too far into the woods looking for kindling, and a lovely rash that has something to do with exerting oneself trying to build the perfect fire: Read more