Happy to say that Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage is a WINNER of the 5th annual “Living Now” book awards, celebrating must-read books that encourage better living. Moving In won the bronze award in the relationships & marriage category. I’ll take it! The award gives me street cred as I continue my efforts to convince Scott we can’t go into winter without a new hot tub! If you’re in a relationship, what’s your current BUDGET battle? (And please don’t mention a debt ceiling!)
When I was a kid growing up in South Carolina, I always made Valentines… for everyone in my class. It made me happy. This year I made Valentines and sent them to a few of my eldest sweethearts. I felt great joy making them and it makes me happy to know friends will soon open them and smile. Maybe you’ll make a few too?
I’ve got some easy ideas on how to make the loves of your life happy this Valentine’s Day. You can watch some ideas I shared on The Better Show HERE. Or watch my Aunt Jean try to outdo me HERE.
And if nothing else this Valentine’s Day, remember this
Life 101 advice:
Greet those you encounter with a smile. Besides being super affordable, it’s a last minute Valentine gift that keeps on giving.
You’ve heard the saying, “Time heals all wounds.” This time last year I was recovering from back surgery and couldn’t take my yearly ski trip with Scott and our pal Barbara Corcoran to #Sundance. As I recovered in bed, I shook off the feeling that I’d never ski again by making my mantra a quote from Buddha: “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.” See the joy in our faces at the FUN we had this year? So, yes, time does heal wounds. But during our adventure, I made note of a blind skier, a legless skier, an armless skier, and I realized that it’s not just time that heals wounds, it’s also determination. As you face the mountains in your life, I give you this Life 101 mantra: “I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.”
TLC’s Ereka Vetreni and I had fun doing some lifestyle segments for @bettertvshow and drinking .@SutterHome !) Well, our “unwinding” tip seems to have made it onto E!’s #TheSoup. Go ahead and watch. Not sure whether I should blush or not.
When British Chef Michael Hales came for a visit, Aunt Jean set out to prove that American food takes the crown. Will it be the English Cheese and Onion Pie or traditional American Mac-n-Cheese that wins the day? And what can Aunt Jean do with a weenie?
Special thanks to my Aunt Jean who has been helping me keep the balls in the air this summer while I’ve been finishing The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone, my new book with Million Dollar Listing star Fredrik Eklund. (Please do an author a favor and preorder a copy!)
CLICK THE RECIPE at left to see it in FULL PAGE mode.
Aunt Jean says you’ll love her pie! It’s her old family recipe.
Wishing you a delicious fall!
The Today show asked your garage sale guru to share tips to help you walk away a happy shopper. “If you are serious about it, look on Craiglist, in the newspaper, and on garage sale websites that aggregate all the local sales to get a general idea of where you’re headed first,” says Bruce Littlefield, lifestyle expert and author of Garage Sale America. You can also avoid wasting time at a dud of a sale by scouting from your car. “If you see multiple people walking away from a sale and they don’t have anything in their hands, it’s time to turn and run,” Littlefield says. Find all my tips here.
Westminster and I are thrilled to be the cover boys for NY Pets Magazine. The story, FINDING WESTMINSTER: Discovering another place in my heart, is one in which all dog friends might identify and perhaps one you don’t often hear discussed. It begins: My furry best friend died on a Saturday morning in bed at our country house. My beloved Jasper’s final hours and heartbreaking aftermath will never be forgotten, but what I gained from the experience will always be remembered…. Grab your copy at your pet store or read more (and see the fun pictures!) at NY Pets Magazine.
Had the pleasure of joining Maureen Anderson on her radio show Doing What Works. Since it’s summer and I love a good party, she wanted to know my thoughts on how to be a good host. From our conversation, she’s culled a few ideas for Huffington Post. Naturally, it all starts with a bar. “Bruce says the first thing his guests see when they show up is a bar. If they want to mix a drink, they help themselves. If their favorite thirst quencher is Dr. Pepper, they’ll find plenty on hand. “People naturally congregate around a bar,” Bruce says. The ice has been broken.” For all the ideas, click here.
Today’s fun on the Better Show included my tips on how to host a money making garage sale AND how to find TREASURE at one. I love being on with Emmy nominees JD Roberto and Rebecca Budig. To me, they are what hosts should be: interested, cheerful and FUN. Question is: What did I find at a garage sale for Rebecca that almost made her cry? (And no it’s not the half used tube of Preparation H someone was selling last year!) WATCH HERE!