February 2012 Archives

Guest Room

4 Signs a Caregiver Is Suffering from the Big C: Codependence

By Bob on February 29, 2012 5:26 AM | Read More

By Diana Denholm, PhD, LMHC


Caregivers for a seriously ill partner or family member often wear a Big C on their chest. It doesn't stand for cheerleader, caregiver, or cancer, although what the Big C represents has the effect of a cancer in its ability to weaken and destroy. The Big C stands for codependence and codependent behavior.

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Daily Distraction

Funny, They All Taste This Way to Me...

By Bob on February 28, 2012 5:55 AM | Read More

I think I've had this kind before...didn't like it

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Don't Try This At Home

3 Movies You're Going to Want to See This Spring

By Bob on February 27, 2012 2:19 AM | Read More

If you're of a certain age and love movies, then you probably know that Spring is your last chance until Fall to see something that isn't a sequel or wannabe blockbuster. I don't know about you, but if I see another trailer for Batman XII...or Spiderman XVI...I may jam an ice pick in my forehead.


I'm giving the ice pick a rest for the time being. It's only because I've found at least three movies that have mature themes and don't feature latex costumes (hey, what you guys do in the privacy of your own home is your business) or anybody dressed like a pirate or a flying arachnid.


You probably haven't heard about these yet, but they're coming soon to a Cineplex near you. Trust me, these are three you'll want to see.


Jeff Who Lives Alone

Jason Segel is a failure-to-launch, live-at-home, man-child (yeah, that's a lot of hyphens - deal with it) with a perpetually perplexed mother (Susan Sarandon). His do-good brother (Ed Helms, The Office) is drafted to help Segel get off the couch and into the work world - and that's when the sh** really hits the fan. 




The way of love is littered with the corpses of relationships like this.


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Put on a Fresh Face ... Free!

By Charlotte on February 24, 2012 6:38 AM | Read More

With spring just around the corner, it could be time to shake things up.


The folks at Neutrogena want to help you do just that. They've joined Bob and me to offer five lucky girls the chance to put on a fresh face ... free!


You could win a super-cool, cosmetics collection handpicked for Boomer Babes like us. Valued at $40, this set of smart beauty basics is designed to play up your natural beauty while improving skin health. Bonus! It includes four fab Neutrogena finds sure to kick start your look:



We're giving away five Neutrogena cosmetic collections handpicked for Boomer Babes. Each one includes these four smart beauty basics designed to play up your natural beauty while improving skin health:


You could win this $40-value set ... FREE. Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest* ends March 8!

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Out of the Closet

Mock Camis

By Charlotte on February 23, 2012 6:30 AM | Read More

Lower necklines challenge me. Whether scoop, v or square, they're often too revealing for comfort.

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Bright Idea

By Bob on February 23, 2012 5:36 AM | Read More

Auberge art-625.jpgThe last time we were in Napa Valley we were lucky enough to have lunch at the world famous Auberge du Soleil.

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Here's the Dish

Addictive Apricot Pie

By Charlotte on February 22, 2012 8:30 AM | Read More

Bob and I started life on opposite sides of Texas. His family lived out west in Big Spring, almost seven hours from my home in Bonham.

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Daily Distraction

Another Reminder: Don't Text & Fry

By Bob on February 21, 2012 5:50 AM | Read More

But, I told you it was a HOT text!

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Don't Try This At Home

In the Eye of the Beholder

By Bob on February 21, 2012 5:14 AM | Read More

Santa Fe Cross-625.jpgOne of things I love about Santa Fe is the light. It's just different from what you see anywhere else on the planet.

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In the Mirror

Four Must-Have Hand Creams

By Charlotte on February 20, 2012 6:14 AM | Read More

Our hands speak volumes. I started worrying about the message mine were sending after talking with one of my girlfriends (who shall remain nameless!). She laughingly confided that her cute, little granddaughters always wanted her to play the wicked, old witch because she has "wrinkly" hands.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Ellen Sarver Dolgen

By Bob on February 17, 2012 5:01 AM | Read More

The classic Marilyn Monroe movie Some Like It Hot would be the perfect backdrop to California Boomer Ellen Sarver Dolgen's life.

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Catch .44

By Bob on February 16, 2012 5:09 AM | Read More

Straight- to-DVD movies are a lot like Forrest Gump's famous line about life being like a box of chocolates, "you never know what you're gonna get". Catch .44, the new film by director, Aaron Harvey, is the cinematic definition of that Gumpism - for a full 93 minutes, you never know what you're gonna get.

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Guest Room

The Six Best Houseplants

By Charlotte on February 15, 2012 6:33 AM | Read More

Need to add some life to a dull room? Think houseplants. They can make your home more attractive, healthy and cheerful.

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Daily Distraction

Cupid's Street Sign

By Bob on February 14, 2012 6:25 AM | Read More

Yeah, ol' Cupid's got a little Mowtown in him...

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Don't Try This At Home

12 Songs You Need for Valentine's Day

By Bob on February 13, 2012 5:28 AM | Read More

I'll admit that I'm not the most romantic person on the planet (Charlotte would be the second person to tell you that).


Not really big on hugs. Kiss hello? NMD. It's not that I have anything against these things. They're just not part of my romantic DNA.


B&C Paradise - 600.jpgThat doesn't mean I don't like romantic songs. Oh HELL no. There are some terrific ones that Charlotte and I both love. We've chronicled our (almost 34 years) life together with a soundtrack that ranges from Cole Porter to The Shins.


So, with Valentine's Day almost on top of us (great metaphor for the #1 sex holiday of the year AMIRITE?) I'm offering up a Baby Boomer V'Day Playlist to get you in the mood. If at least ONE of these songs isn't on your playlist, then Dude, you're a bigger curmudgeon that me. And you don't really want to go there, do you?


The Boomer Brief Valentine's Day Playlist  


Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - Diana Krall

This classic has been recorded by everyone from Ol' Blue Eyes to Rod Stewart, but the version l like best is from Mrs. Elvis Costello (Diana Krall).





Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Van Morrison

Listen to the lyrics and I think you'll agree that this Van Morrison song captures the Celtic singer's charm better than just about anything.  





This one line has kept more men out of trouble than just about anything ever written.


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Win an Extreme Makeover-in-a-Box

By Charlotte on February 10, 2012 6:41 AM | Read More

Calling all Boomer Babes, Bob and I have joined six first-class beauty experts to give away an extreme makeover-in-a-box.


The super-SWEET swag, valued at more than $740, includes 14 hair and skincare essentials from around the globe. Designed to keep time in its place, this passport-to-a-new-you is for us girls but it also contains some anti-aging goodies for your guy (it's time he thought about his skin too!).




New to the U.S., Minus417 anti-aging skincare products add moisture, help regenerate skin cells and prevent the signs of aging. The collection is based on ingredients from the lowest place in the world: 1,373 feet (that is 417 meters) below sea level, a place wimage003 377.jpghere time stands still.


Made from all-natural active components, these treatments are paraben- and mineral oil-free. They feature a unique Vitamin Mineral Complex that blends select, moisture-balancing minerals from the Dead Sea, energizing antioxidant vitamins and unique plant extracts from France. Suitable for sensitive skin, this anti-allergen complex helps: 




Calling all Boomer Babes! We're giving away an extreme makeover-in-a-box including 14 hair and skincare essentials designed to keep time in its place:


  • Minus417 Time Control Firming Cream, Time Control Recovery Cream, Time Control Facial Active Serum and Facial Micro Loofah Firming Gel
  • Envyderm Eyelash Growth and Conditioning Serum
  • Pirri Elements Shampoo, Conditioner, Smooth & Relaxing Serum, and Detangler & Leave-In Conditioner
  • BrilliantFx Body Serum
  • Facelube High-Performance Men's Skin Cleanser, Treatment and Protectant
  • Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin

Together, these products retail for more than $740 but you could get them FREE!


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest* ends Feb. 23!


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Don't Try This At Home

Waiting on Dinner

By Bob on February 9, 2012 4:50 AM | Read More

Waiting on Dinner-625.jpgCharlotte and I made a quick trip to Fairhope, Alabama the other day and I saw this guy patiently waiting on dinner.

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Add These Three to Your Playlist

By Bob on February 9, 2012 4:17 AM | Read More

What do Goat Rodeo, Purple Melon and Sinatra-standard-bearer Michael Feinstein have in common? They're great. They're new. And they're on my playlist. Here's the 411.

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Here's the Dish

Two Sweet Treats

By Charlotte on February 8, 2012 6:37 AM | Read More

Bob likes nothing better than dessert unless, of course, the dessert is chocolate. So I found a wonderful treat for his Valentine's Day:  homemade Dark Chocolate Mousse.

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Don't Try This At Home

Stairway to Heaven

By Bob on February 7, 2012 4:32 AM | Read More

Doorway to Heaven-500.jpgCharlotte and I made a quick trip to Santa Fe last year with a group of friends. When we weren't drinking, eating, shopping and sightseeing I came across some wonderful street art.

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Daily Distraction

Panda Express

By Bob on February 7, 2012 3:36 AM | Read More

More eucalyptus leaves, sir?

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In the Mirror

Hair Hopes

By Charlotte on February 6, 2012 6:11 AM | Read More

Go, go, go. I run from my desk to errands to meetings. Next thing you know, the day's done and I have only minutes before book club, Bunco or date night with Bob (still a thrill after 30+ years of marriage!). If I'm not careful, my fine, thin hair can look as frazzled as I sometimes feel.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Dr. Jean Greaves

By Bob on February 3, 2012 1:17 AM | Read More

We all have people in our lives who are smart. The really lucky ones among us know people who are crazy smart. If you're a friend of Dr. Jean Greaves you're automatically in the really lucky column. This Baby Boomer is an accomplished author, speaker, psychologist, CEO and Mom.

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The Chateau Meroux

By Bob on February 2, 2012 2:20 AM | Read More

The first thing you need to know about The Chateau Meroux is that Charlotte liked it. For those who think my taste in movies sucks is questionable, you can stop reading now - move The Chateau Meroux to the top of your Netflix queue - and click back to the boot sale at Zappos.com.

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Taking Off

The Best Time to Go

By Bob on February 1, 2012 5:48 AM | Read More

I love "Rules of Thumb" - no, not the Punk Band - I'm talking about those little guidelines we all live by. Charlotte can tell you the best time to buy shoes (anytime) and I can tell you the best time to buy a TV (it's right now - the week before the Super Bowl). But, how do you know the BEST time to travel?

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Red Thong Strong: Girlfriends Little Secrets to Smoothing Lifes Panty Lines
Guest Room

Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Playing Favorites

Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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