Yours Mine and Theirs: Oh, the Emptiness…

It started in the bathroom. Upon waking I had to pee so bad, I was having third trimester flashbacks. Maybe it was too much caffeine, or maybe it was the last glass of wine before bed, but I had to go. The sweet relief of release was tainted by the empty toilet paper roll staring back at me from the spindle. No back-up rolls, either. Ugh. Thankfully, I’ve trained hard for the Drip-Dry event … [Read more...]

Review: 2011 Arrogant Frog Reserve

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Whining Down: Memes Who Need Wine I love a new year. The energy is palpable as people everywhere make a concerted effort to improve areas of their lives that have been left neglected or rundown. What to call this ‘renewal’ is purely a matter of personal preference (I’ve heard everything from ‘resolutions’ to ‘iPlans’; ’inner upgrades’ to ‘mesolutions’). Whether you … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Flu 101

Are you one of the few people in the US who hasn't had the flu yet? You might need some tips from the rest of us who have had it. Follow these, and perhaps your flu experience will be more pleasant and fulfilling! For heaven's sake, stock up on tissue. I find that the kind with the lotion is overrated. Your nose will get all chapped anyway. So: Stock up on Vaseline. Actually, this is an … [Read more...]

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Wine:  Viansa Sangiovese 2012; Viansa Vino Bianco 2012 Vintage: Sangiovese 2012; Vino Bianco 2012 Alcohol percentage: Sangiovese – 14.5% ; Vino Bianco – 13.5% Found at: The California Wine Club A friend asked me the other day, “What do you like to do?”  We were having a deep conversation about careers, and family, and when she posed this question, I immediately listed off 4 … [Read more...]

Review: Pacific Rim 2012 Dry Reisling

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Whining Down: The Roots of Parenthood My husband and I decided to take our three girls out of school for a family trip to Yosemite. It’s been on our list of ‘mustard do’s’ since our move to California, and we knew that if we didn’t make a plan for it…it would probably never happen (as if often the case with parenthood). A few  days before we left, I had forgotten that I signed … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Reach Out and Touch Somebody. But Not Literally.

Sherry Turkle is an MIT professor who has written a number of books. She began as a real fan of social media. Oh, gosh. Some of you may not know what that is. Facebook you know about, right? Well, that is one social media platform. There are HUNDREDS. Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Tsu, Reddit. The list goes on and on. Millions of us—maybe billions of us, use social media every day. … [Read more...]

Review: Clos Pegase Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot

Wine:   Clos Pegase Merlot; Clos Pegase Sauvignon Blanc Vintage:  Merlot- 2009; Sauvignon Blanc -2012 Alcohol percentage:  Merlot – 14.5%; Suavignon Blanc- 14.4% Found at: The California Wine Club www.cawineclub.com Well, the holiday season is in full swing, which means, it is WINE DRINKING SEASON!  Actually, when isn’t it WINE DRINKING SEASON???  I recently made the switch … [Read more...]

100 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

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Toothpaste Lego® Mixels Baseball Cards Hair elastics $5 iTunes® Gift Card Colored Pencils Pencil sharpener Glue Sticks Fuzzy Socks Chapstick Stretchy Gloves Bouncy Balls Glitter Sharpies (why do kids love Sharpies so much?) Rainbow Loom bands Cheap Sunglasses Coupons (extra screen time, day off from … [Read more...]

Review: 2Up Shiraz

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Who: 2Up What: Shiraz (14% ABV) When: 2013 Where: Australia Why: Because everyone needs a guilty pleasure. There are people who love fall for the crisp weather and the gorgeous leaf show Mother Nature puts on. And while I’m all about the pretty colors, I look forward to fall because I know that soon, very soon, there will be a new season of Grey’s Anatomy. I know, I know. … [Read more...]

25 Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Moms

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Mom's stocking won't be hard to fill with these great ideas that come straight from the source! 1.) Coupons - do the dishes, no cooking, date night 2.) Chapstick 3.) Lip Gloss 4.) Teas 5.) Chocolate 6.) Fuzzy Socks 7.) Starbucks GC 8.) Scented Candles 9.) Post its 10.) Hair elastics 11.) Nail polish 12.) Nail files 13.) Nail Polish Remover 14.) Mini bath products 15.) Earplugs 16.) … [Read more...]