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Live on Purpose and Pay it Forward

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The following is a guest post by Shannon Higgins. I hope you’ll take a minute to read what she has to say, and consider the request that she’s making. Please let us know how you Pay It Forward in the comments below, when you’re finished. Thanks! Education has always been a high priority and a […]

Just Right by Purina


Please note that this post is part of a Brand Ambassadorship with Just Right by Purina. All opinions written here are my own. #JustRightbyPurina As a pet owner in general, and a dog owner in particular, I have always made it a point to find the best, healthiest dog food I can for my furmaly. […]

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!-Closed

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Can you believe that Christmas is less than 2 months away?? This year has flown by for me, and I have not even begun to think about shopping yet! One thing I do know, however, is that I will be doing most of it on I do practically all of my gift shopping on […]

20 Foods Dogs should Never Eat (Infographic)

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A few years back, I was working in a dog bakery as one of my part-time jobs. It was there that I learned a lot about which foods you should and shouldn’t be feeding your dog. The owner had gone through an internship and did a great deal of studying to find the healthiest things to […]

Becoming a Caregiver

photo byD. Sharon Pruitt, photographer & creator of simple visuals
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For those of you who don’t know–I have spent the last month in Texas, helping out as caregiver for my mom, who has Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. But this post is not necessarily about her, or her disease. Today I’m writing for me (and maybe for you). I’ve been trying to figure out what I’m feeling, let it out […]

Firmoo Frames Review

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Please note that I received compensation in exchange for this post. However, all opinions and photos are my own. I grew up in a family of people who needed glasses but for some reason, I managed to avoid that need….until now. I was recently contacted by Firmoo, a global online optical store, and asked to check out […]

Del Taco’s New Fresca Bowls

Del Taco Fresca Bowls

Please note that this is a sponsored post. I received compensation for writing this, however, all opinions are my own. Have you been to Del Taco lately? Have you heard about (or tried) their new Del Taco Fresca Bowls? Del Taco Fresca Bowls Priced at just $4, Del Taco’s newest meal option starts with a […]

What’s in a Dream?


We all dream when we sleep; at least that’s what I read somewhere. When I was younger, I remember having vivid, colorful, sometimes even magical dreams. As I’ve gotten older, my dreams seemed to fade in both intensity and color. My sleep patterns have become erratic at best–due to stress, age and other factors that almost […]

Caring for Aging Parents

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Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions and photos are my own. In the last two years, my siblings and I have had a lot of practice caring for our aging parents. First my Father was diagnosed and quickly succumbed to complications from bladder cancer. Now my brother, sister and I are all involved in […]

Fresh Brothers Pizza arrives in Newport Beach

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In 2008, Fresh Brothers hit the California pizza scene in Manhattan Beach. Since then, Adam and Debbie Goldberg have been busy garnering fans and spreading their pizza- love across Southern California. I was recently invited to taste the Fresh Brothers menu at their newest store in Newport Beach, California. All opinions and photos here are […]

Rain in Southern California

Rain in the garden

We had a real rain storm last night. It started right after dusk; as we were sitting in the backyard finishing up  a delicious barbecue dinner, enjoying camaraderie and conversation–there were a few scant raindrops and then a deluge. It was just what the garden ordered. This morning, I woke up to the quiet sound of a light rain. It […]

My Yoga Works Any Time, Anywhere

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Disclaimer: I received a free 6 month trial to My Yoga Works in order to provide an honest review of this program. All opinions and photographs are my own. Back in the 80’s, my mom was trying to find ways to spend more time with me. She suggested we take a yoga class at the YMCA; […]

To Blog or Not to Blog


That is the question I was taking part in a Facebook discussion on the idea of taking a break from blogging the other day and whether or not something should be said about our absence. If you know me personally, or if you’ve read between the lines on some of my blog and social media […]

Texas Storm

Texas Storm

The last trip I made to visit my family was right before the summer equinox. There were storms blowing in the Pacific and storms running across the mid-West. My family lives far enough south (in Corpus Christi, Texas), that most of these storms left us only with big blustery winds and clouds that were…..well, the […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father's Day Gifts

With all the holidays and celebrations happening in May and June, there is as much gift-giving and party-ing as during December, don’t you think? With Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, graduations, showers and weddings, and Father’s Day, you’d think the stores would have lines out the door with people shopping for presents. As a rule, I’ve […]