Life in General

Cute cures for the common cold

PB & Jay Get Well SoonSniffle, sniffle. Cough, cough. Siiiiiiigh.

Ugh! Is there anything worse than coming back from a fabulous vacation and finding that suddenly you’re sick!? Answer: yes. Because I don’t just feel absolutely yucky – like my head’s a balloon and there’s a gnome in my throat tickling it so I keep coughing. On top of it all, all my friends want to make sure they stay well. So, they’re staying far far away.

I don’t blame them, really. I’ve done the same thing. We’ve all got to take care of ourselves when the weather gets cold. I just didn’t expect to catch something like this out on a cruise ship, sailing through the toasty warm Caribbean.

On the bright side, I had an amazing vacation. And c’mon, who’s gonna feel sorry for someone who just spent a week in gorgeous places like Honduras and Mexico?

That said, if you do know someone that feels under the weather, we’ve got some great Get Well eCards you can send to cheer them up a bit. More >

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Mmmm… Pumpkin Cupcakes

Happy PumpkinWhile I was out and about yesterday shopping for Halloween candy to refill my stash, I found the most adorable mini-cupcake liners decorated with little pumpkins. They were too cute to resist, so I threw them in my basket.
Then came the big question: What the heck am I supposed to do with them?!

I’m not exactly the best baker in the world and I have no freestyle ability whatsoever when it comes to cooking in general. So, I’ve spent a little while wandering around the web looking for the perfect treat to fill ’em with. More >

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Travel Bugged

Thinking of YouFriends, it feels like forever since I’ve had a chance to reach out! I’m so sorry to have been out of touch. I wish I could say it was just a matter of taking a random vacation. Instead, family obligations kept me busy and out of town all last week.

Generally, I’m a huge fan of traveling. I’m known for some of the crazy road trips I’ve gone on, and for the longest time I even loved to fly. Now, it just isn’t as much fun as it used to be.

When I was a kid, I remember being really psyched to fly with my mom to visit family. I especially loved earning those crappy little plastic wings and pinning them to my little outfit. Even into college I remember loving being on the go, the anticipation that the flight might be overbooked so I could get out of Monday classes and earn a free flight voucher by giving up my seat.

Now flying is far from fun. It’s not just that you have to pretty much undress and unpack just to get through security. Not that I deny it’s (mostly) necessary. Our Homeland Security is (mostly) doing what needs to be done to keep us safe. I’m just saying that safety isn’t often much fun. More >

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Autumn has Fallen

Autumn FlavorsSummer is officially over, my friends! And like the card says, it’s time for “cool climes.”

That means it’s time to store the air conditioners and flip on the fans; store the shorts and slip on the sweaters! Or, in my case, super-comfy hoodie sweatshirts! And though I’m not, generally speaking, a fan of wearing shoes, I do love a pair of thick fuzzy socks!

Ahhh, autumn! I absolutely love this season! For me, fall is really all about two things. More >

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Back to School (This means you, too!)

Back to SchoolFrom an auditorium in Philadelpha today, President Obama delivered his second annual Back to School speech. It was broadcast live and hopefully inspired a lot of students out there… and adults, too!

After all, Back to School isn’t just about a kids heading back onto the bus or decorating their college dorms. It isn’t even reserved necessarily for classroom activities. Like Obama said, “”Nobody gets to write your destiny but you.”

So, whether you’re suffering from Empty Nest Syndrome or just have some spare time you don’t know what to do with, Back to School can be for you, too.

It’s so natural, once we’ve made the grade and gotten our diplomas, to settle into what we know and go no further. I mean, yes, life is an endless series of lessons, but sometimes we need to take the time to think about those lost moments in which we’ve thought, “I’d love to learn how to [fill in the blank].” More >

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