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Gardening — Secret to Happy Living

Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” I couldn’t agree more. One of the things that got me through the hard winter was knowing the tulips I’d planted were working below ground to spring forth. One of my secrets to creating a fabulously happy life is to put [...]

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Are you following #Life101 FUN?

I’m having a good time and want you to as well! Are you following me on Twitter? On Pinterest? And on Facebook? I’m posting decorating ideas, inspiration, and how you can make your life easier, prettier, cheaper, and better everyday. Follow along! Can 40,000+ friends be wrong?!

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Idea for a Happy New Year

Thankfully, we’ve survived multiple world end theories and are clicking over to another year… and you know what that means? Resolutions!!!

Here’s a Life 101 idea… don’t make resolutions! Instead, sit in bed on New Year’s morning and make a list of the things you dream of for the year. (From a new job [...]

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Dinner Party Talk – Practice!

Want to impress your friends and family? How about learning how to say “Merry Christmas” in a new language. Here are some ideas to get you started: Brazilian “Feliz Natal” Danish “Glædelig Jul” Eskimo “Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!” French “Joyeux Noël” German “Froehliche Weihnachten” Greek “Kala Christouyenna” Hawaiian “Mele Kalikimaka” Hebrew “Mo-adim Lesimkha. Chena [...]

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Life 101 – Holiday Decorating

My first memory of Christmas is of electric lights–electric being the key word. I was three years old, tinkering with the lights beneath the bottom branches of a scrawny fir in my grandmother’s living room. In rural South Carolina, trees were plucked from wherever they could be found, and my grandmother typically found hers [...]

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Holidays – Happy Easter

Happy Easter! And Happy Passover! I went simple this year with my Easter eggs. I like the look of the one color in the vintage berry baskets (a garage sale find!) I was happy making them and I’ll be even happier hopping around town delivering them. How’d your adventure in egg dying go this [...]

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Life 101 – In 20 Years

Well, well, well… I had a computer glitch (trackpad gone bananas) and for the last five days have felt like a druggie without his fix! I’m back, but I’ll tell you being without my lifeline left me feeling anxious, agitated, and aged… like 20 years! Which brings me to today’s fun and games. If [...]

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What’s Up With America?

A great publisher I worked with at Harper Collins, the great Joe Tessitore, told me shortly before his retirement that he considered me the “What’s Up With America? guy.” Along those lines, I thought I’d start a new series here at called “What’s Up With America” and feature the things that seem to [...]

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Dinner Party Talk – For your weekend

Ah, November… After Snowtober, I’m expecting you, dear month, to be kind and gentle to us. I promise to spend your days finding things to be Thankful for. Hmmm, where to start? I’m going to be thankful I’m not one of the 45 million turkeys currently wiggling their wattles and awaiting their doom. Wattle. [...]

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Dinner Party Talk – For Your Weekend

Rest in peace, Sherwood Schwartz. The 94-year-old creator of some of my favorite TV classics like Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island has taken a three-hour tour to heaven. God welcomed him with some rum punch in a coconut cup and a golden threaded hammock. Rest in peace, Betty Ford. The 93-year-old former First [...]

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