“Before She Knew Him” by Peter Swanson

“Before She Knew Him” is author Peter Swanson’s fifth book and he is quickly becoming a go-to author (at least for me) when it comes to psychological thrillers and mysteries.

As he did in his earlier books (“The Girl With the Clock for a Heart,” “Her Every Fear,” “All the Beautiful Lies,” and “The Kind Worth Killing”), Mr. Swanson takes a general premise and turns it on its ear. Darkly.

Product Review: Edens Garden Fighting Five Natural Bar Soap

I have been a fan of Edens Garden’s essential oils for years  — they are therapeutic grade,  sourced from organic growers/distillers, not tested on animals, are priced fairly, made in the U.S.A., and their portfolio of scents is amazing.  They smell darn good to boot. When I found that EG had extended its line to…

Travel Tip #1: Dealing with Motion Sickness

In one of the great mysteries of the (travel) world comes the question why some suffer with motion sickness and others do not.  Despite my love for exploring and visiting new places, I’m one of the unfortunates with a sensitive snowflake of an equilibrium.  (FYI – motion sickness is caused by a signal from the…

How Often You Should Wash Your Jeans: The Skinny

Jeans are a fashion staple in nearly everyone’s closet – – you can dress them up or down, lounge in them or work in them.  There’s skinny, bootcut, boyfriend cut.  There’s stonewashed, faded and a variety of colors.  But the real question remains:  how often should you actually wash them? In an interview with Who…

Room Envy: The Living Room from “Home Again”

  Don’t you just love it when a movie has to-die-for real estate porn?  I have picked up many decorating ideas and tricks from movies.  Case in point:  I placed a small blue and white lamp in my kitchen after seeing that Meg Ryan’s character had the same in You’ve Got Mail — and I…

Why Carrie Bradshaw is the Antiheroine of “Sex and the City”

  Hard to imagine but it’s been nearly two decades since the iconic and groundbreaking television series Sex and the City premiered on HBO and a decade since the cinematic  release hit theaters.  The movie remains one of my favorite guilty pleasures; nothing like curling up and reuniting with our favorite New York City ladies…

Five Reasons You Should Stay At An Airbnb On Your Next Trip

Until my last trip, I was unspoiled to the Airbnb community.  I was a diehard hotel/motel gal and saw no reason to change that.  My sister convinced me to give Airbnbs a try and I’m glad she did.  If you haven’t joined the community, here are five great reasons you should! Live Like a Local…

Stylish Summer Shades

Now that summer is almost officially here, don’t forget that the right sunglasses not only protect your eyes but make a snazzy fashion statement as well. Here are four trendy styles for the season to fit your budget. Go Retro Cat’s Eye sunglasses are hot and these will make you look sleek, sophisticated and oh-so-in-touch…

All About Ashwagandha

  What is ashwagandha?  It’s one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic medicine due to its treatment of a wide variety of conditions, used since ancient times.  Its strength inspired its name, which means “the smell of a horse” in Sanskrit.  Not exactly a ringing endorsement, maybe, but this “superfood” is worth your time….

Why Gloria Swanson Should Be Your Lifestyle Muse

  “I was in a business of make believe to entertain people but I’ll be damned if I want to eat make believe food!” – Gloria Swanson   Back in 1950, Gloria Swanson achieved the comeback of all comebacks when the former silent film queen gave a career defining performance in the classic Sunset Boulevard. …