10 Fun and Easy DIY Halloween Kids Costume Ideas

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This article is brought to you courtesy of Gnarly Head Wines. For more Halloween Fun, be sure to download the Gnarly Booth App and try a glass of their limited-release Authentic Black. 1.) "Carl" from the movie UP -wear a gray cardigan, bowtie, black-framed glasses -use a cane or walker -carry (or attach) a bunch of colorful balloons 2.) Clark Kent / Superman -Wear a pinstripe (or … [Read more...]

Review: Finca Nueva Rioja 2007 Reserva

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  Whining Down: Is Your Life a Good Read? I was speaking with a mom friend about swimming as a form of exercise. Even after I mentioned the amazing non-impact and resistance benefits, she had her mind made up. “I just don’t feel like dealing with getting wet and gross and getting in and out of a pool. I’d rather just put on my shoes and run.” While I understood her … [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Gnarly Head Authentic Black

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Ah, Fall. The hot summer days have passed and there is a chill air. OK, in some parts more than a chill—there was ice on my windshield this morning. *sigh* That means my favorite crisp summer Whites are being tucked into hibernation. I will miss you, you citrus-y glasses of deliciousness that kept me company out on the deck while the kids ran around like complete maniacs on a popsicle high … [Read more...]

Review: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia Shiraz

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Who: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia What: Shiraz (13.5%) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2012 Why: Because it’s September and I am STILL vacuuming up pine needles from LAST year’s Christmas tree. How: Admittedly, I will never win the medal for “Best House Cleaner”. And I am okay with that. I can think of so many other things I’d rather do than dust, vacuum, clean … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: The Status Quo

I read an article on the Huffington Post, I think, about being a grandparent. The woman who wrote it said that she has no real desire to be one. I guess she thought that this was very controversial and would cause all kinds of furious comments, thus making her viral and famous. Of course, I may just be a bit contentious myself today. Because here is the thing: of course you don’t … [Read more...]

Review: Riunite Lambrusco

Whining Down: Burning Pancakes Weekend mornings are pancake mornings, and nothing hustles the girls to the table quicker than the smell of scratch pancakes. However, on the days I’m on spatula duty, it’s all: “Mine are a bit burnt.” “I’m just asking….but these are YOUR pancakes, aren’t they mom?” “Dad’s pancakes are the best. You should ask dad how he makes them!” What … [Read more...]

Mommy in the Raw: Work Life Balance is a Ridiculous Term

This week, my sister had a baby, my family was kicked out of our apartment so the landlord could deal with our flooded bedrooms/moldy walls, and I discovered I’m plum out of vacation/sick/personal days at work because I stupidly took a two week vacation before all this cray-cray started. This is not an issue of work-life balance or work-life fit.  I’m not sitting here contemplating how to … [Read more...]

Review: DMZ Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

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Who: DMZ (DeMorgenzon Winery) What: Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (13%) When: 2013 Where: Stellenbosch region, South Africa Why: Because it was time to conquer my fear of Rosé wine. There are a lot of things to be scared of in this world. Spiders, thunder, flying, spiders, the toddler years, heights, spiders…so it seemed very silly to me that I had a fearful aversion to wines of the … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Dreams

I have recurring dreams. They are very strange. I guess some of them are common. I have looked some of them up on “dream analysis” web sites. What I have learned about myself isn’t pretty. But some of my readers might share these dream topics, and so I thought I would share my dreams and their meanings, in case you want to know yourself better. Something terrible has happened, and you need … [Read more...]

Review: Warre’s Otima 10-year Tawny Port

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Whining Down: Audible Ready It was a Monday morning. My family and I had just returned from a three week visit in Maryland, and I was exhausted. My husband, God love him, had single-handedly moved our things out of our former home while I was away with the kids.  I sat at my computer, surrounded by cardboard, trying to come up with a plan to start getting our new house unboxed. I knew I had a … [Read more...]