June 2012 Archives

A Chance to Go Mobile in Sizzlin' Summer Style

By Charlotte on June 29, 2012 1:11 AM | Read More

In Lap 422.jpgI'm all about statement-making accessories.


Jeweled hoops, bangle-upon-bangle and a nice, BIG bag can take a look from drab to fab in minutes. Add a coordinating cell or tablet case and the vibe gets downright "Who's that girl?"




Mobilexpressions Jazzy iPhone 4/4S case




That's why I jumped at the chance to try something from LuxMobile's new Mobilexpressions collection. Besides protecting your high-tech lifelines, these super cute, new covers come in hot colors and playful patterns sure to speak to any fashionista.


Even better, this celebrity-inspired brand is offering three lucky Boomers the chance to go mobile in sizzlin' summer style. You could win a sleek iPhone 4/4S or iPad/iPad 2 case combining the very best of form and function (up to a $40 value).




Want to step up your high-tech fashion?


We're offering three, lucky Boomers the chance to win a Mobilexpressions iPhone 4/4S or iPad/iPad 2 cover in your choice of sizzlin' summer styles (up to a $40 value).


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest* ends July 12!




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3 Texas Artists That Should Be On Your iPod

By Bob on June 28, 2012 4:08 AM | Read More

It's often said that Texas isn't a state...it's a state of mind. Yeah, it's a cliché, but it's also true. What other place has such diverse musical tastes that it celebrates blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughn and Broadway's Betty Lynn Buckley?

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Don't Try This At Home

Tequila: It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

By Bob on June 28, 2012 1:00 AM | Read More

Ok Boomers, you probably haven't uttered these words since leaving college (at least I haven't).

Tequila - 500.jpgWhen I was mixing up the strawberry/jalapeno infused tequila recipe a few weeks ago I thought of this sign.

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Here's the Dish

Mini Macaroni and Cheese

By Charlotte on June 27, 2012 9:55 AM | Read More

Macaroni and Cheese tops my list of comfort foods. Growing up, my Mamaw Roberson (my mom's mother) fixed this classic regularly and her 13 grandchildren adored her for it.

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Daily Distraction

Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Just Me?

By Bob on June 26, 2012 4:05 AM | Read More

Me...it's definitely me...I gotta start putting on my glasses BEFORE I brush my teeth.

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Don't Try This At Home

The Yellow Rose of Texas

By Bob on June 26, 2012 3:16 AM | Read More

Charlotte planted these yellow roses in the backyard of our home in Colleywood.

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A lot of people (non-Texans) don't know the story behind the song, The Yellow Rose of Texas. Me? I was raised by a Texas history school teacher so I've heard at least the sanitized version. It goes something like this...  

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In the Mirror

11 for the Road

By Charlotte on June 25, 2012 6:12 AM | Read More

Bob and I are always up for a road trip. Show us a free weekend and we're sure to drive two hours to the ranch in Cransfills Gap, TX. Given more time, we'll choose the 12-hour haul to the Alabama Gulf Coast in a heartbeat. Either way, the less I stress about packing the better.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Barbara Freedman Doyle

By Bob on June 22, 2012 3:17 AM | Read More

If you want to accuse Barbara Freedman Doyle of having stars in her eyes, go right ahead. It's an occupational hazard for this California Boomer. She's been in the entertainment business for several years and knows the ins and outs of Hollywood better than just about anyone.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

By Bob on June 21, 2012 4:51 AM | Read More

The term "psychological thriller" is tossed around a lot these days and is often misused. That's not the case with Martha Marcy May Marlene. This thriller is a taught, edge-of-your-seat drama that puts you on the knife edge of suspense and holds you captive for 102 minutes of paranoid fun.

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Guest Room

Travel the World While House Sitting

By Bob on June 20, 2012 5:00 AM | Read More

by Josie Schneider 


Imagine living in a French countryside farmhouse or charming Mediterranean-view apartment in Barcelona. What about a straw-bale home in Bulgaria? Perhaps the Australian outback is more your style. Want to tend a herd of cattle there? The variety of house sitting assignments is endless!

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Daily Distraction

One of the Many Benefits of Consuming Alcohol

By Bob on June 19, 2012 3:55 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

BP Paid Me (sort of)

By Bob on June 18, 2012 5:46 AM | Read More

This (should be) the final installment in a series about one man's attempt to be compensated for damages resulting from British Petroleum's Deep Water Horizon oil spill.


Now that summer is in full swing, I'm sure you've seen the BP TV commercials urging you to C'MON DOWN to the Gulf Coast!!


How it was

Beach cleanup July 4 weekend - 350.jpgBoomers, I see these spots through a different set of eyes. We've had a place in Alabama since Hurricane Ivan (that's how time is measured on the Gulf Coast) and Charlotte and I are frequent guests at many of the places featured in these spots - Belingrath Gardens...Lulu's...The Oyster House...and others.


The commercials make it appear like - in spite of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history -- everything's back to normal. Clean beaches. Crystal-clear water. Great deep sea fishing. Restaurants overflowing with fresh gulf shrimp and oysters. Free unicorn rides for everyone 6 and older (Ok, I made that one up).  


You can't believe anything you see on TV, right?


Well...for once in your life, you actually CAN believe something you see on TV. Ok, you can call bullshit on the unicorn, but the rest is absolutely TRUE.


How it is today 

Groundhog Beach-650.jpgThe beaches are spotless. The water really is crystal-clear. My friends who fish, say the deep sea fishing is good. And I can personally tell you the fresh seafood is over-the-top delicious.



The Gulf Coast's taken more nut shots than you'll see in a year's worth of America's Funniest Home Videos


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Enter to Win 2 Shortcuts to Better Skin

By Charlotte on June 15, 2012 1:02 AM | Read More

Caring for your skin can be a complicated business, especially for us Boomers Babes. We worry about cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing (A LOT) and hiding from the sun, all while trying our best to fool father time.


Normally, that means we need an arsenal of beauty products and many precious minutes to get the job done. (No wonder Bob's long gone before I even think about getting dressed!)  


But wouldn't it be nice to simplify our lives? The folks at Likewise Skincare want to give one lucky reader the chance to do just that. We've teamed up with them to give away two skincare shortcuts perfect for Boomers: Likewise Face and Body Wash (5.91 ounces; $35) and Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer (1.69 ounces; $44 - $49).



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Likewise Skincare's do-it-all facial moisturizers protect, hydrate and renew ... all in one step.



This dermatologist-formulated brand is offering one lucky Boomer the chance to win two anti-aging skincare shortcuts (an approximately $80 value) ... FREE:


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest ends June 28!


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Out of the Closet

6 Picks under $50

By Charlotte on June 14, 2012 6:09 AM | Read More

Want to shake things up?  It could be time to try one of summer's hot, new fashion trends. I'm thinking sheer fabrics, eye-catching colors or sexy, ankle straps ... for a start!

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Don't Try This At Home

Guess Where These Were Taken

By Bob on June 14, 2012 5:37 AM | Read More

We came across this beautiful sea of blue flowers the other day and I couldn't resist the urge to turn them into "Monet" style of painting.

Brooklyn Blue - Painting - 650.jpgCan you guess where I took this picture? (hint: it wasn't at the ranch)

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Here's the Dish

Simple, Homemade Sloppy Joes

By Charlotte on June 13, 2012 6:00 AM | Read More

For a super fast and easy weeknight meal, think "Sandwich Night." The comfort-food ritual coined by Boomers Demi Moore and Rob Lowe in 1986's About Last Night becomes something special when you serve these S-W-E-E-T homemade spoon burgers.

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Daily Distraction

Headbanger With An Attitude

By Bob on June 12, 2012 9:00 AM | Read More

Gotta hand it to this kid...he knows what he wants!

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In the Mirror

Protect & Serve

By Charlotte on June 12, 2012 8:59 AM | Read More

Bob has trouble understanding why I put on makeup before hitting the beach. But my fair skin NEEDS both sun protection and color.

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Don't Try This At Home

There Are A Lot Of Colors In The Naked City

By Bob on June 12, 2012 2:13 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I recently spent a couple of days visiting our son Cole in the Big Apple. Cole's a newly-minted Brooklynite who's making his way in the city that never sleeps.

He's now our seasoned guide whenever we visit - showing us all things Brooklyn and deciphering acronyms that are foreign to us (who knew DUMBO wasn't a flying Disney elephant, but instead meant Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass?). It's been a learning experience for everyone.

Brooklyn-500.jpgI hate to be the country-dad-in-the-city, but I am always struck by the beauty of the buildings and the "Modern Art" look of things in NYC. I snapped this picture from our room at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge (our home-away-from-home in the Big Apple).  

Of course there's plenty of Modern Art in the city that's known for it. Like...

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...June McCash

By Bob on June 8, 2012 5:16 AM | Read More

This Boomer is a former college professor at Middle Tennessee State University (Go Blue Raiders!), award-winning author and traveler extraordinaire.

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Friends with Benefits

By Bob on June 7, 2012 6:12 AM | Read More

Friends with Benefits is the latest entry in the new breed of rom-coms - romantic, funny and raunchy (in a romantic and funny way). Here at Boomer Brief HQ, it's achieved a rarefied status reserved for only a handful of films: edgy enough for me / sweet enough for Charlotte. We both loved it.

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Guest Room

Is Your Relationship at a Crossroads?

By Charlotte on June 6, 2012 6:12 AM | Read More

Take 5 Steps to Reconnect

By Daniela Roher, Ph.D. and Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

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Daily Distraction

Somebody's Gonna Be Happy On Their Wedding Night

By Bob on June 5, 2012 3:38 AM | Read More

Ladies, maybe it's time to re-think this whole hyphenated last name deal...

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Don't Try This At Home

5 Summer Movies You're Gonna Love

By Bob on June 4, 2012 2:34 AM | Read More

In Texas, the summers can be so brutal that the only escapes are the swimming pool and the deep dark recesses of the neighborhood Cineplex. Most of the time your best bet is to forget the films - slather on some SPF 540 - grab a cold Shiner Bock and find some shade by the water. I mean, do you really want to see American Pie 18? Didn't think so.


That's how I feel most summers. This year? Not so much. There are some summer movies that may just keep me out of the pool (but probably not out of the Shiner Bock). Here are my picks for 5 summer movies you're gonna love:  


Moonrise Kingdom (May 25)

Moonrise Kingdom is Wes Anderson's (Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums) first live-action film since The Darjeeling Limited. It's got all those funky Wes Anderson vibes - set in the '60s, kids in love and parents without a clue. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play star-crossed kids Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop. When they run away from their New England town, the local sheriff, Bruce Willis, organizes a search party. Suzy's parents, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, and other quirky townsfolk go on the hunt for the missing kids. Expect great performances from social worker (Tilda Swinton) and Sam's Boy Scout leader, Scoutmaster Ward (Edward Norton). Bonus: the soundtrack sounds cool, too.





If that wasn't bad enough, the world's about to end thanks to an asteroid headed for earth. 

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You Could Win a Little Flattery

By Charlotte on June 1, 2012 6:25 AM | Read More

I'm wild about high heels. Wedges, stilettos or platforms, no matter the type, they up the style factor of EVERYTHING from shorts to stapless dresses.


They're a natural choice for helping a 5' 2" Boomer like me stand tall and proud at graduations (way to go Jacob!), during showers, even when shopping ... at least until my feet start to give out.


That's when it'd be nice to have a backup plan. The folks at CitySlips want to give two lucky Boomer Babes the chance to do just that. They've joined us to give away two pairs of their popular, foldable ballet flats. Perfect for summer, these hot, canvas numbers flatter your feet while helping them feel just fine.



You could win a foot-pampering pair of foldable CitySlips flats ... FREE.


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest* ends June 14!


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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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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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