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Curing Cabin Fever With Outdoor Activity Today
Many people and pets have had a bit of cabin fever being cooped up during the past couple of weeks of frigid temps and snowy, icy conditions. What will YOU do to take advantage of the warm temperatures today? I'm going to sit outside and read while I enjoy a nice cup of tea. Then Taylor an…
I'm Not Sure About Eating This
I will try on Saturday to be open minded to the deer meat that my friend is planning to serve at her dinner party. This will be a good test to see how far I've really come in my journey to leave my picky eating ways behind. Are you a fan of Venison? Any suggestions for a first-timer like me?…
Best For 90th Birthday: Presents? or Presence?
I'll be flying out to California soon to celebrate the 90th birthday of my dear Aunt Dot.  There's going to be a lunch in her honor but she doesn't want anyone to fuss over her.  To mark the occasion, I've written her a letter to let her know how much she means to me...
A Painful Lesson About Procrastination
Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. I'm sharing with you my regrets in hopes this blog might encourage you to do the things you may be putting off. You don't want to make that call or visit when it's too late.
Making Lemonade Out Of Stormy Lemons
One thing I noticed from social media is that some nice things happened because of the storm. I thought it might be good to write about some of them in today's blog post. You know me...always trying to make lemonade out of life's occasional lemons.
Stormy Weather Comfort Foods
Growing up, I remember snow days meant chicken noodle soup with saltine crackers. And hot chocolate was served after we'd come in from sledding or playing in the snow. Grilled cheese with tomato soup is served in many New Jersey homes on a day like today. Pancakes, chili, chicken pot pie, la…
Keeping From Getting Sick in Ocean County
I know that it's pretty inevitable to catch something during the winter. We're cooped up in closed houses, sharing germs as we go about our lives and touch door handles, remote controls, etc.

It's also been a pretty social few weeks with holiday parties and lots of kissing and hand …
Cheering You On With Your New Year's Goals
When you fall off the horse, get right back on. There's no point in beating yourself up if you slip up. Remember that you are human and it may take some time before you reach your goal.

I've read a lot of books and learned from coaches and trainers and one of the keys to success is to p…
A Modern and Old School Way To Celebrate
Wanting to end the night early, my guests and I did our countdown and yelled "Happy New Year" at around 9pm. We watched a "fake countdown" video that we found on YouTube and it was perfect. Do you remember banging on pots and pans on New Year's Eve when you were a kid?
Ways To Make Parties a Bit More Fun
I love the creativity of some of my friends. A married couple I know just hosted a "Leftover Party," encouraging guests to bring whatever was leftover from Christmas weekend. Have you ever celebrated Festivus or attended a Leftover Party? Any other suggestions on ways to make holiday g…
What’s the Most Unique or Unusual Gift You Got This Year?
I hope Santa was good to you this year and you're enjoying your gifts.

Was their anything unique on your wish list? Did you get a gift that's a bit unusual? I'm enjoying a funky new clock made from an old vinyl record. And the song on the label is one of my all time favorites: &q…
A Gift of Gratitude on The Day After Christmas
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays over now, I took a few minutes to reflect on the past long weekend. I thought about all the pieces that came together and all the people who helped to make the season bright.
Band Aid Archives To Be Exhibited
News this week from Sir Bob Geldof is that he's donating the Band Aid archives to the National Library of Ireland. The letters, artwork, and music recordings need to be catalogued and preserved but some day they will be on exhibit. It's an exhibit I'd love to see some day!
Where are Ocean County's Christmas Carolers?
My sister was visited by Christmas Carolers last night. She says the musical interlude was the highlight of her day and gave her a nice warm nostalgic feeling. I totally understand. Music is one of those simple pleasures that can brighten anyone's day. I'm remembering when I was in gra…
Gift Giving Doesn't Have To Break The Bank
One of the things that causes stress this time of year is money...the fact that most of us have a limited amount. If you have a lot of people to get gifts for, but limited resources, it's a good time to get creative. Pancake mix and maple syrup is a nice idea. So is a recipe box with a few f…
Favorite lyrics from holiday songs
I saw something on Facebook that got me thinking. The question was: what's your favorite line in a holiday song? The first line that came to mind was from Winter Wonderland: "Later on we'll conspire as we dream by the fire." That just paints a nice mental photo and captures …
Maybe You're Just Not Into Musicals
Last night FOX aired a live musical production of "A Christmas Story." My social media feed was full of people saying they shut it off because it was boring, terrible, etc. Then this morning I heard some more negative comments about it. With impressive writers and performers involved, a…
What Would You Show the Aliens on a Tour of the Jersey Shore?
Do you believe in alien life-forms? What do you think they look like? Do you expect to have a close encounter in Ocean County during this lifetime? If they asked you to show them around, what would you include on your tour of the Jersey Shore?
Searching for Specialty Gifts with Shore Theme
What I like about Etsy is that you can search for categories like "Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts," and "Gifts for Best Friends." If you have a particular price point in mind you can search for that. And if you're looking for items that celebrate your love of The Jersey Sho…
Silly Morning Mishaps To Provide Some Laughs Today
My friend accidentally sprinkled red pepper on her oatmeal this morning, instead of cinnamon. I thought it might be fun to share stories of similar morning mishaps. I'll admit I once put a scoop full of dry dog food into what was supposed to be my cereal bowl. Thankfully I noticed my mistake…