20 Foods Dogs should Never Eat (Infographic)

dog food

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 […]

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?

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

Molina Healthcare

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 […]

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

Journey Series - My Yoga Works online

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

blogging

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 […]

A Taste of Anatolia-Nar Gourmet Products

olive oils, spices & jams

I recently received a box of Nar Gourmet spices and olive oils in the mail, for review purposes; all opinions and ideas here are my own. When I first opened the box, I was really pleased to see how beautifully bottled each item was. They look gorgeous even just sitting on the counter. Nar Gourmet from Anatolia In 2007, […]

Sculpted Silhouette–Get the right fit!

bra-fitting studio

I spent an evening at Sculpted Silhouette in Los Angeles and have a very important question for some of you. Just for the record, I received a discount on merchandise I purchased, in exchange for this post. Ladies, how does your bra feel right now? If you’re like me, I thought it fit OK; that is until […]

Catching up on Yard Work

yard work

Recently, life  has been crazy-busy; totally out of sync with my normal-busy “schedule.” I’ve been busy at work, busy at home; and then to top it off, my room mate has been in the hospital for knee-replacement surgery. This has put her own schedule out-of-whack as well. She has always helped out with grocery shopping and […]

A Red Carpet Mom’s Night Out

Mom's Night Out

Last week, I was lucky enough to snag a spot on the red carpet (yes the one down in Hollywood), to help promote the premiere of the new movie Mom’s Night Out. You might have heard about this movie, or even already seen it; but this was my first opportunity to view it and also […]

A Quiet Evening at Home

dog food

After years of interruptions and postponements, my roommate finally went in for her knee replacement surgery (at almost 71 years of age to boot). Part of the foot-dragging was from my life–family problems, illnesses and lots of out-of-state travel; but I think she was not so eager to go under the knife again. She had […]

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

Ann About Town Pixorial

Who doesn’t love a party? Certainly not me; so I’m definitely attending this year’s Ultimate Blog Party 2014–hosted by the gals at 5 Minutes for Mom. Just like any great party, there are party favors for the guests; and a chance to connect and re-connect with bloggers from all over the world. This is the fourth […]