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. …

Notable Fashions From the Royal Wedding

Were you one of the estimated 29.2 million people who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle this past Saturday?  I certainly was.  I got up early to watch, giving me sweet flashbacks of doing the same back in 1981, with my grandmother, when Harry’s father Charles married Diana Spencer. The entire…

Be a Morning Warrior!

I get that many are not morning people.  I’ve been a morning person all my life – – once I’m up, I’m up and I’m usually good (illness and annoying exes notwithstanding.)  But even I – – Queen of the Early Risers – – have had hair-pulling moments in the mornings, what with preparing for work, showering,…

Child-Free Restaurants: Is It A New Thing?

I read an article today about Old Fisherman’s Grotto in Monterey, California, a restaurant that is trending right now because of its firm policy on children.  To be fair to Old Fisherman’s Grotto, they don’t ban children.  They do, however, not allow strollers, high chairs or noisy, disruptive children. Their stance on strollers and high…

Balsamic Chicken and Veggies. Or Why I Love My Crockpot

I neglected to take photos of prepping this or after it was done so apologies in advance.  But this was absolutely delish. I picked up the recipe from Make It Fast, Cook It Slow by Stephanie O’Dea and made my own minor tweaks because I was missing a few ingredients. Ingredients: 6 boneless, skinless chicken…

The Meaning Behind the Color of Your Flowers

With Mothers Day just around the corner, as well as heading full-on into wedding season, do you know the symbolism behind the color of your blooms? Red –  Choose red to signify desire, strength and passionate love. Any arrangement with red in it conveys beauty, courage, and heat.   Pink –  If you want to…

Shame on Us

The American Presidential Election of 2016 is turning into what some media outlets/pundits have called “Shame of Thrones.”  They aren’t far off the mark. While shameful and nasty behavior during elections is not totally uncommon – – in 1964, Lyndon Johnson systematically destroyed Barry Goldwater’s character via a smear team; in 2004 John Kerry was…

The One Where I’ve Reached My Fill with Tiny House Hunting

  I’ll admit it.  I love HGTV.  I’m their bitch at times.  I go through phases of not getting enough of their shows and then bypassing the channel like a Scientologist knocking on my front door.  You get me? So I’ve seen many, many episodes and alliterations of Tiny House Whatever and/or Whatever Tiny House(s)….

What Obama’s Signing of the DARK Act Into Law Means for You

In just a few words, the DARK (Denying Americans the Right to Know) Act (or S. 764) is yet another way for corporations and the government to take away our rights; in this case, the right to have our food properly labeled so we know what we are putting into our bodies and those of…

This Again?

Or, Jennifer Aniston Has Something to Say It is 2016, right?  You might think it was 1956 based on the media’s oh-so-sexist stance on women in the workplace and what makes us successful.  Guess what, media types?  Women actually aim higher than getting a new last name and popping out babies. Shocking! But seriously ….

Life Lessons from Beverly Hills 90210

Yes, You Can Actually Learn Something on an Aaron Spelling Show About Wealthy, Spoiled Teens And no, I’m not talking about the horrific reboot with that dopey Wilson family and the “revamped” (and clearly sucky) Peach Pit with Dr. Pepper signs everywhere. (We get it, crappy reboot . . . Dr. Pepper was a sponsor.)…