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.