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Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    A fantastic Dallas travel guide.

2.    A beginner’s guide to traveling on your own.

3.    The Menopause-Alzheimer’s connection.

4.    In LA, celebrities and professional athletes are trying exotic, and sometimes unproven, techniques for injury recovery and prevention, such as  hyperbaric chambers, cryotherapy, compression therapy and IV drip.

5.    How one person dissolved her fibroadenoma without surgery. A fibroadenoma is type of breast cyst.

6.    Every single place to eat in Houston now.

7.    What it was like to finally write a will.

8.    High heels are the worse and why women are finally ditching them.

9.    How to avoid a renovation nightmare.

10.  5 Instagram pro tips.

11.  These gluten-free and dairy-free cross-hatch cookies are delicious.

12.  A long but worthwhile read on a con man.

13.   Michelle McNamara wrote the book on the Golden State Killer until she died. Some think her work led to his arrest. Sadly, she didn’t live to see the arrest that took place this week.

14.  The budget airline flying under the radar.

15.  10 tips for creating a glamorous entertaining space.

16.  How to save when you don’t have much to save.

17.  Hero pilot saw flying as a ministry.

18.  Hair loss and your thyroid.

10 Awesome Books I’m Reading This Spring

10 Awesome Books to Read this Spring

10 awesome books I’m looking forward to reading this spring.

1.    THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT | Chris Bohjalian: A powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened.

2.    I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK | Michelle McNamara: For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed sexual assault and murders of dozens of victims. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website, spent many years trying to solve the case of California serial killer and rapist she’d dubbed ‘The Golden State Killer’. Her investigation is detailed in her book.

3.    THE KREMLIN CONSPIRACY | Joel C. Rosenberg: New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg’s latest novel is a political thriller. The plot is about a rising Russian czar hungry for power and plotting military action. It reminds me of the current political narrative in Russia.

4.    LADY RED AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF NANCY REAGAN | Sheila Tate: As the First Lady’s press secretary, Tate was at Mrs. Reagan’s side during some of the most tumultuous and controversial moments of President Reagan’s first term in office, including his attempted assassination. Tate, who considered herself a close confidant of Mrs. Reagan up until her passing in 2016, draws on her relationship with Mrs. Reagan as well as interviews with many friends and political figures to reveal stories that have never been told before and showcase a more complete and surprising picture of the former First Lady.

5.    THE LIGHT WITHIN ME | Ainsley Earhardt:  Ainsley Earhardt is the co-host of Fox and Friends. Her new memoir is an uplifting look at her life and her spiritual journey, reflecting on her family, her faith, and her successful career. I wanted to be a news reporter so I’m looking forward to reading about Ainsley’s path to success as well as her spiritual journey.

6.    THE PATH BETWEEN US | Suzanne Stabile: Suzanne Stabile’s new book on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insight about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.

Most of us have no idea that others don’t see us as we see ourselves nor do they process their experience in the same way we do. Whether with intimate relationships, friends, or co-workers, a person whose go-to stance in life relies on feeling and another whose orientation is toward thinking or acting will respond completely differently to everything from simple request in an email to a life crisis. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others, and in ourselves.

You can take the Enneagram test here.

Suzanne also hosts a podcast about the Enneagram Journey.

7.    BACHELOR NATION | Amy Kaufman: Kaufman is a Los Angeles Times reporter and a fan of The Bachelor. For her book, she interviewed dozens of contestants and producers. If you are a fan of Bachelor nation, it’s a juicy read.

8.    LOVE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN HURTJentezen Franklin: A helpful book to deal with different situations involving conflict. It’s challenging to get along with people who reject us, cause us pain, attack our views or cause other hurts. This book is about reconciliation and establishing healthy boundaries. It is also not an invitation to not be used as a doormat. I can’t recommend this one enough.

Check out this podcast episode featuring Jentezen Franklin.

9.    THE WIFE BETWEEN US | Greer Hendricks: Vanessa, recently divorced from Richard, learns he is engaged again and envies the new woman, Nellie. Richard is a hedge-fund manager and may be deceiving one or both women. Read this is you like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

10.  THE GRAVE TENDER | Eliza Maxwell: Haunting, disturbing, yet beautifully written The Grave Tender is a shocking tale of deception and betrayal and one woman’s attempt to reconcile the truth about her family and the secrets that they keep.

Looking for more good books, check out all my recommendations here.


Have you read anything good or memorable lately?

Tell me in the comments!

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    The last conversation you’ll ever need to have about eating right. This is great!

2.    How to keep Facebook from over sharing your information.

3.    Airdrop is iPhone’s most underrated tool.

4.    This French Onion Soup recipe is so good.

5.    The do’s and don’ts of being interviewed.

6.    The best women’s running clothes for every kind of weather.

7.    Why long haul flights expose flight crews and passengers to radiation.

8.    Five tips for blocking spam from your inbox.

9.    A terrific guide to Dublin.

10.  The 5 red flags of deception in email.

11.  The Bachelor Makeup artist shares on set beauty secrets.

12.  Are you easily discouraged? A psychologist says it all comes down to this one thing.

13.  Introvert friendly tips for the dreaded first date.

14.  The original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

15.  Private clinics in Germany sell cancer patients hope  and mixed results at exorbitant prices.

16.  How to spend 48 hours in Memphis.

17.  The top three things you need to know about storage.

18.  The ultimate printable party planning checklist.

19.  A step by step guide for flower arranging.

20.  Here are the ages you peak for almost everything in your life.

21.  I like Kristin Cavallari’s spinach artichoke dip.

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My Favorite Beauty Products

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My Favorite Beauty Products

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite beauty products.

1.    GRANDE COSMETICS GRANDEBROW FILL: GrandeBrow FILL is a tinted brush-on gel made with fibers and peptides. The gel adheres to even the finest hairs, leaving them fuller and more defined with a single application. This helps to shape and build your brows leaving them looking natural, while filling in thinning areas. Available in Light & Dark Shades. This is my secret to filling in my brows naturally.

2.    BRAVON MAGNETIC EYE PRIMER: I have tried lots of eye primers and this one is my favorite. Sometimes I just apply the eye primer and do not wear any eyeshadow. It makes the eyes look that good. It is the secret to flawless eye makeup application that will last for hours.

Bravon Beauty was founded by Bravon Pascua. He’s also a former model and was the International Makeup Artist and Trainer for Bare Escentuals. This brand has a similar price range but has much higher-quality products. 

Bravon’s cosmetics are paraben-free and have been composed using high performance, professional grade formulations.

3.    BRAVON BEAUTY PIGMENT EYESHADOWS: The colors are beautiful and stay on all day. I work in an industry that requires makeup for very long days. I need a product that does not crease, flake or irritate my eyes.

Be sure to follow Bravon Beauty on social media for makeup tips.

4.    ESSIE GEL COUTURE POLISH: I switched to Essie Gel Couture Polish for my at home manicures. It lasts longer than regular polish and is easy to apply. My favorite color is Perfectly Poised. I apply two coats of polish followed by Essie Gel Couture Top Coat.

5.    DERMA ROLLER 0.25 MM SKIN PEN: Dermaroller is a hand-held Microneedling roller with a surface of tiny needles. It helps to reduce acne scars and large pores. The Derma Roller is a far less intrusive version of the micro-needling procedure that costs hundreds of dollars for a single treatment. My makeup looks better since I started using the Derma Roller. The Derma Roller 0.25 is for beginners.

You need to replace a Derma Roller used on the face after around ten uses to keep treatment as efficient as possible.

6.    STIMULATE HONEYCOMB BATH MITT: I use this bath mitt in the shower. It’s made of thermoplastic urethane, so it’s long lasting, antifungal, antibacterial and quick drying.

7.    VANITY GIRL HOLLYWOOD TRAVEL SIZE MAKEUP MIRROR: I use the Vanity Girl Hollywood makeup mirror to apply my makeup in hotel rooms. Since I work early mornings sometimes, natural light is not available so this mirror really helps. It’s about the size of a tablet with soft dimmable lighting.

I use the full size Vanity Girl Mirror at home.

8.    INVISIBOBBLE HAIR TIE: I use these hair ties instead of the ribbon ties that tend to break my hair. The Invisibobble hair ties do not crimp my hair like a regular hair tie would.

9.    DYSON HAIR DRYER: I switched to the Dyson hair dryer. I think it’s better than Harry Josh. Dyson’s new model is quieter and less damaging to the hair, thanks to its intelligent heat control system, plus it looks pretty, too. I always travel with my hairdryer. It’s not worth damaging my hair with a cheap hotel version.

10.  SHOWER CAP: Yes, this is the chicest shower cap ever.  The beautiful designs are an upgrade from the tacky, ruffled, hair protectors of days past.

11.  EXTENSIONOLOGY HAIR EXTENSIONS: This line of hair extensions look so natural. They were designed by Anh Co Tran and Johnny Ramirez of the famous Hollywood Ramirez Tran Salon. After dealing with coloring extensions to match their clients’ hair color, Anh and Johnny decided to create their own pre-colored extensions. The extensions come in two different lengths, 18 inches and 20 inches. These extensions aren’t as fine as standard extensions. Instead, they’re a mix of European and Asian hair. The extensions need to be retaped every 2-3 months. The hair itself lasts six months to a year.

12.  SHEILA STOTTS WOOD HANDLE APPLICATION BRUSH: This brush was created for people with extensions since extensions tangle so easily, but the secret is that this brush is amazing on all types of hair. Since our hair is the most delicate when it’s wet, using a brush that’s gentle on the follicles and scalp is key. This brush doesn’t pull and break the hair, and it lasts longer than the plastic versions by other brands.

What are some of your favorite beauty products?

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.     How to spot teenage depression.

2.    The wife of the Pulse night-club shooter goes on trial.

3.    Is there plastic particles in your water bottle? Yes, very likely.

4.    Meet the baker behind the Mrs. Fields empire.

5.    How sincere is The Bachelor franchise?

6.    How to gain power at work when you have none.

7.    What does it mean to die?

8.    How Bachelor contestants get camera ready.

9.    24 hours in Bachelor nation.

10.  Inside the opioid crisis.

11.  How to help children sleep better.

12.  How to care for dry winter hair.

13.  If you don’t have children, what do you leave behind?

14.  How to stop annoying robocalls on your smart phone.

15.  All the details of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new restaurant.

16.  Tips for blocking spam from your inbox.

17.  A playlist of 100 great songs by artists performing at SXSW 2018.

18.  Why your pharmacist can’t tell you you’re $20 prescription could cost only $8.

19.  How to create covers for Instagram stories highlights.

20.  People are putting oil in their coffee to lose weight.

21.  The keys to raising a happy child.

22.  How to travel with children.

23.  The one thing that protects a laptop after it’s been stolen.

What notable things did you read this week?

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Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    Remembering the legacy of Billy Graham.

2.    The faith of the super bowl champions.

3.    A detailed Barcelona travel guide.

4.    Here’s what it means if your plane is labeled for ETOPS.

5.    The 5 best podcast apps for apple and android.

6.    How to prepare your community for a disaster.

7.    Jimmy Buffet does not live the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle.

8.    How sponsored content is changing social media.

9.    This story of the worst roommate ever has gone viral and the Internet’s terrified.

10.  How to stop rushing into love.

11.  These pineapple ginger wellness shots taste good and are good for you.

12.  Black Panther director Ryan Coogler penned an emotional letter thanking fans for coming out to watch and support the new Marvel movie, which has shattered multiple box office records.

13.  The science of dealing with toxic people.

14.  Are Household cleaning products causing lung cancer?

15.  When it’s your first wedding, but your partner’s second.

16.  An extensive guide to LA’s Koreatown.

17.  An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous concoction of drug needles, garbage, and feces lining the streets of downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed more than 150 blocks, including some of the city’s top tourist destinations, and discovered conditions that are now being compared to some of the worst slums in the world.

18.  Ranchers set to fight back against vegetarian fake meat. I don’t buy these brands. The fake meat tastes awful.

19.  Should there be armed security guards and teachers at every school?

20.  Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine prom inspire special-needs people and their families.

21.  This is the most popular cake recipe on Pinterest.

22. Check out Jennifer Anniston’s home in Los Angeles home.

23.  The care and keeping of bacon grease.

24.  The history of queso dip and how Chipotle got it wrong.

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CHARLESTON FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 4, 2018: The Charleston Food and Wine Festival is an annual celebration of the Lowcountry’s best food and wine. The four-day culinary event began in 2006. The festival is considered one of the top food and wine celebrations in the United States and attracts chefs, food professionals and winemakers from across the country.

Here are a few of my recommendations if you visit Charleston.

SPERO: My favorite restaurant in Charleston is Spero. The chef is always accommodating and prepares a gluten-free meal for me. If you don’t have celiac disease, you’ll want to try the chicken fat biscuits. The dessert menu includes homemade ice cream. I usually order the lamb minus the bread with European slaw and sweet potatoes.

BLACK TAP COFFEE: Black Tap Coffee is my favorite coffee shop in Charleston.

SUGAR BAKESHOP: This is a cute bakery on Cannon Street in Charleston. Locals line up to buy the cupcakes. They do offer some gluten-free items.

CARRIAGE RIDE: No visit to Charleston would be complete without a carriage ride.

HOTEL BENNETT: This amazing hotel opens this summer.


Jennifer’s Way Kitchen: Easy Allergen-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for a Delicious Life: Jennifer Esposito is an actress that owned a gluten-free bakery in New York City until just recently. She has celiac disease. This cookbook includes most of her recipes from the bakery. If you have celiac disease or food intolerances or feel better on a gluten-free or paleo diet, I recommend this book. The recipes have been relatively easy to follow and only need a few minor adjustments for baking time. Some of my favorites include the butternut squash lasagna, grain free bread, banana bread, and grain free carrot cake.


SINGLE, DATING, ENGAGED, MARRIED: NAVIGATING LIFE AND LOVE IN THE MODERN AGE: I’ve read my fair share of dating books, and this has been the best one. The author is Ben Stuart and he spent a longer season being single. I think this gives him a greater sense of understanding that other authors didn’t necessarily experience.


THE 15:17 TO PARIS: On Aug. 21, 2015, the three young American friends were on a backpacking trip through Europe when they thwarted a terror attack on a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, tackling and subduing Moroccan-born Ayoub El Khazzani. He was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, a 9mm pistol and other weapons. Their bravery made headlines around the world and earned France’s Legion of Honour, various military awards and a visit to the White House. Now, in the latest improbable twist, the three are playing themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed film about the event opening Feb. 9.

BLACK PANTHER: There is a whole lot to like about Marvel’s $200 million Black Panther.

Black Panther is set in the fictional Wakanda, an idyllic country hidden in the heart Africa thanks to an alien metal called vibranium. This resource not only gives Wakanda the ability to disguise itself as a third-world country but to enjoy an extraordinary standard of living through the miracles of technology and science.

The story follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Chilla is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

WINTER OLYMPICS: The Winter Olympics opening ceremony is Friday, February 9, 2018. The closing ceremony is Sunday, February 25, 2018.

For a full network schedule, go to the NBC Sports website. If you’re at work or anywhere with access to a computer will be streaming the Games live, in their entirety. If you’re on a tablet or a smart phone, the NBC Sports mobile app will carry the same content as the website. For more help, read this article which details your Winter Olympics viewing options.


Say Something Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton: My favorite song on Justin Timberlake’s new release Man of the Woods is Say Something featuring Chris Stapleton. Timberlake’s signature pop sound meets guest Chris Stapleton’s rich country voice, and their harmonies are a match made in music heaven.

THE PORCH PODCAST VICE AND VIRTUE SERIES: Are you struggling to let go of hurts? If you think you aren’t, are you sure? Bitterness weighs us down and anger is unproductive. When the offense seems too big to forgive, when anger seems justified, we can remember this story of undeserved forgiveness. The entire series is worth a listen. 

If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

1.    Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

2.    A terrific guide to Buenos Aires.

3.    How to keep children safe from abuse at the doctor’s office.

4.    The struggle to conceive with frozen eggs.

5.    What you need to know about C-sections.

6.    How a woman evaded airport security and flew to London.

7.    In-N-Out Managers make $160K on average.

8.    The startling link between sugar and Alzheimers.

9.    How DNA testing botched my family’s history and probably yours, too.

10.  What your period is trying to tell you about your health.

11.  Tom Brady’s water habit could kill an ordinary person.

12.  L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making.

13.  Why we should all stop saying I know exactly how you feel.

14.  This banana buckwheat bread is delicious.

15.  Finally a recipe for real sour cream onion dip.

16.  Albuquerque police officer adopts a homeless addict’s baby after a chance on-duty encounter.

17.  The incredible story of the North Korean escapee at the State of the Union.

18.  Kate Middleton’s private hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker, has Instagrammed a picture of everything she packs to get the royal’s hair perfect.

19.  How to clean an oven naturally.

20.  Why you should always deliver the bad news first.

21.  This black bean soup has a secret ingredient that makes it over-the-top good!

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Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends.

P.S. Download the Pocket App to save articles to read later offline.

1.    These life lessons penned by a 27-year-old woman dying of cancer will make you stop and think.

2.    How to end the opioid crisis.

3.    The movies to look forward to this year.

4.    Male nurses explain why nursing is the job of the future for men.

5.    The geographic areas where people live the longest and clues to why.

6.    A 3 step natural prescription for menopause and perimenopause that works for most women.

7.    This double chocolate bundt cake with chocolate glaze is great for a Valentine’s Day dessert.

8.    The strange brands in your Instagram feed.

9.    Will facial exercises make you look three years younger?

10.  Americans are pretty ugly when parking their cars.

11.  Harvard links chemicals in clothing to flight attendant health complaints.

12.  14 ways to survive 14 hours flying in coach.

13.  How the elderly lose their rights.

14.  90% of workers likely to see more money in pay check next month.

15.   How about a blood test instead of a colonoscopy?

16.  Tonya Harding is no hero.

17.  How to avoid theft when traveling.

18.  These are the cars people keep for 15 years.

19.  Is your ID approved for travel?

20.  Why does Alzheimer’s affect more women than men?

21.  A great guide for buying traditional foods on a budget.

22.  I love this simple and satisfying avocado salad.

23.  How to read a skin care label.

24.  Executive Pastry Chef Maggie Scales of La Boulangerie and Cochon Butcher in New Orleans, Louisiana shares her king cake recipe.

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MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE: The Museum of the Bible recently opened in Washington, DC. It was named one of the top 10 attractions in the U.S. for 2017. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s incredible. Tickets are free and can be reserved online. The museum also features a restaurant called Manna and a coffee shop named Milk & Honey.

The museum is close to the National Mall and within walking distance to the Smithsonian museums and the U.S. Capitol.

DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION: If you are a fan of the hit television show Downton Abbey, you may want to plan a trip to NYC soon.  Some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run are on display. Visit the exhibit in New York City now through April 2, 2018.


BETH BIUNDO SWEETS: I could not recommend a good bakery in New Orleans until now. Beth sells a variety of sweets and baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and ice cream at her beautifully designed store. The shop is located on Baronne St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

LITTLE PEARL DC: The cute café is a coffee shop during the day and a wine bar at night. My favorite drink is the coconut nutmeg latte. The menu also includes breakfast pastries, salads, and a Japanese chicken sandwich. The evening menu includes an organic orange wine from Italy. There’s even a gluten-free menu. The new hot spot is the latest opening for James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Aaron Silverman. Aaron’s other restaurants are Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls.


SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT: MASTERING THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD COOKING: Chef, teacher, and author Samin Nosrat believes anyone can cook great food as long as they have an understanding of salt, fat, acid, and heat.

Check out Samin’s interview on the Bon Appetite Podcast Episode 124.

TREATING PEOPLE WELL: THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF CIVILITY AT WORK AND IN LIFE: A guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills, written by former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked for George and Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked for Michelle and Barack Obama.


HOME TOWN HGTV: I am so excited about the premier of season 2 of Home Town on Monday, January 8 at 9 p.m.|8c. This is my favorite show on HGTV. The show focuses on Ben and Erin Napier, a woodworker and artist living in Laurel, Mississippi, who are passionate about restoring local homes and restoring their charming small town back to its heyday. During each episode, Ben and Erin help newcomers to town find and renovate their historic turn-of-the-century dream home.

I recently visited Laurel with my mom. We stopped at The Laurel Mercantile co-owned by Erin and Ben. Everything sold in the shop is made in America. If you live in the South, I recommend a road trip to Laurel.

I also fell in love with Erin’s blog, where she documents the good things that happen every single day of her life.


I, TONYA: Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.


THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SOUNDTRACK: The soundtrack from the original motion picture movie is a celebration of imagination. “This Is Me” is one of my favorite songs on the album. The soundtrack is currently no. 1 on the billboard charts.

SARAH R. BAGLEY PODCAST EP. 232 REBEKAH GREGORY ON TAKING HER LIFE BACK AFTER THE BOSTON BOMBING:  On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her 5-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of the bombs went off just three feet away from her, Gregory’s legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. 18 surgeries and 65 procedures later, Rebekah’s left leg was amputated.

In her book, Taking My Life Back, Rebekah vividly recounts her horrifying experience on the day of the bombing, her desperate desire to locate her son, and her extensive injuries, recovery and eventual amputation.

In this podcast episode, Rebekah talks about her faith and how it has sustained her through various challenges in her life, her experience during the bombing and the details of her injuries and recovery, surviving the aftermath and her eventual marriage to her college sweetheart and miracle baby, and what it’s like to live with a prosthetic leg.

If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

1.    Ways to save on travel in 2018.

2.    This decadent but easy-to-make dessert combines two Southern classics.

3.     You’ve heard of Oxycontin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxycontin and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?

4.    Chef Thomas Boemer elevates comfort food to something more elegant, but just as comforting, in this mashup of chicken and dumplings and chicken pot pie.

5.    How the spouses of two late memoirists who wrote about dying fell in love

6.    12 incredible useful things you didn’t know google maps could do.

7.    Tyler Haire was locked up at 16. A Mississippi judge ordered that he undergo a mental exam. What happened next is a statewide scandal.

8.    Is this why Chip and Joanna Gaines left HGTV?

9.    Everything to know about controversial Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk.

10.  Apple watch finds a medical purpose.

11.  A better kind of nursing home.

12.  When cancer strikes twice.

13.  Inside the high drama world of youth dance competitions.

14.  A broad review rules out drugs, exercise, and brain-training stops Dementia.

15.  17 time wasting apps to delete.

16.  How to have hard conversations without conflict.

17.  A tour of Instant Pot’s company headquarters in Canada.

18.  Michael Wolff, the author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” included a note at the start that casts significant doubt on the reliability of the specifics contained in the rest of its pages. Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.

19.  What does it take to overcome life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods.

20.  Sheryl Sandberg on how to get to gender equality.

21.  Are we all awake during anesthesia?

22.  The number of companies offering employee bonuses, pay hikes, and increases in benefits in reaction to the tax reform victory is now over 100, with thousands of workers impacted and charities too.

23.  The instant pot is here to stay.

24.  The best cheese at Trader Joe’s.

Question of the Day: 

Alabama or Georgia? Who will win the College Football Playoff national championship?

Have a great weekend!





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link loveHere are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

1.    ‘The Crown’ season 2 syllabus. ‘The Crown’: what to remember before watching Season 2. ‘The Crown’: a look back at Season 1 and the history behind it.

2.    Why do we fall in love with one person and not another? A brain-based personality test helps people understand themselves better and why they are attracted to certain other personality types

3.    10 ways to keep kids entertained during travel.

4.    Nicole Davidge of Southern Shutter, out of Hammond, LA shares her LSU birthday party bash.

5.    Where all the grandparenting books?

6.    A new kind of tech job emphasizes skills not a college degree.

7.    Find out what tech tools frequent travelers should pack.

8.    Inside the new world of funeral styling.

9.    The best travel security apps.

10.  The case for trying really hard to make friends as an adult.

11.  Skin cancers are rising and so are questionable treatments.

12.  Another study suggests women using birth control pills and I.U.D.s that release hormones face a higher risk for breast cancer.

13.  The future of online shopping is finally here and it’s not Amazon.

14.  The best online password managers to lock down accounts.

15.  All of the terms of service agreements that you didn’t read.

16.  Everything you ever wanted to know about at home microneedling.

17.  Love these baking tips.

18.  What to do when a personal crisis is hurting your professional life.

19.  Veteran food blogger David Lebovitz on his new book and Bay Area beginnings.

20.  These Italian hazelnut cookies are delicious.

21.  Why trying new things is so hard to do.

22.  This fantasy fudge recipe is perfect for holiday parties.

And I’d love to know what are you baking this holiday season?

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

1.    How to win a negotiation.

2.    In The Demonizing of Essential Oils: How a Skincare Launch Started A Witch Hunt Against Natural Beauty, writer Janna Mandell examines attention on essential oils as skincare bad guys, and spotlights what fear-mongering looks like from both sides of the natural skincare industry.

3.    You can finally have breakfast at Tiffany’s.

4.    How Facebook figures out everyone you’ve ever met.

5.    How to host a dinner party.

6.    Bake this flourless sweet potato chocolate cake for dessert this week.

7.    Ten tips for fascinating table talk for your next dinner party.

8.    Should we really be popping melatonin like candy?

9.    Why the Apple Watch series 3 beats all other wearables.

10.  25 best fiction reads of 2017.

11.  What are the most popular travel destinations for 2018?

12.  Over the past few decades, loneliness has reached almost epidemic levels, with men uniquely suffering its effects. How and why has isolation become such a threat?

13.  Here’s the latest on the secret to a good night’s rest.

14.  Which pasta shapes to use when, from Bon Appetit.

15.  Just in time for Thanksgiving, the very best mashed potato recipes.

16.  This carne asada steak salad sounds so good.

17.  9 sites you didn’t know have amazing shoes.

18.  Save this international travel prep list for your next trip abroad.

19.  Uber ‘Express POOL’ offers the cheapest fare if you’ll walk a little.

20.  The master guide to figuring out your red lipstick shade.

21.  Do women need periods?

22.  What if You Knew Alzheimer’s Was Coming for you? Soon, with simple blood tests, we might soon all know that and a lot more.

23.  Who delivers Amazon’s orders? Increasingly, it’s plainclothes contractors with few labor protections, driving their own cars, competing for shifts on the company’s own Uber-like platform. Though it’s deployed in dozens of cities and associated with one of the world’s biggest companies, government agencies and customers alike are nearly oblivious to the program’s existence.

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