November 2012 Archives

You Could Win 4, Favorite Anti-Agers from Fiafini Skincare

By Charlotte on November 30, 2012 5:55 AM | Read More

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Saving our faces can be a struggle for us Boomers. Besides worrying about lines and wrinkles, we have EXTREME moisture issues. Why did all that oil we complained about back in the day have to do a complete vanishing act? 

Sure, there're plenty of face creams out there but if your skin is sensitive like mine choosing is complicated. Anything too harsh just brings on breakouts, redness and even more dryness. Not a pretty picture!

One of my favorite, forget-your-worries solutions launched in 2012 comes from Fiafini Skincare. Clinically proven to be safe for all skin types, including seriously sensitive, this 100% natural line protects skin from environmental and free radical damage, dehydration and irritation. It uses the antioxidant power of South African Marula beauty oil (from trees said to be a source of health, healing and nutritional support) to promise anti-aging benefits you can see and feel.

And you just might have a chance to try it yourself (whose feeling lucky?!). We've teamed up with Fiafini to give away this face-saving foursome: Delicate Cleansing Emulsion (4 ounces; $28), Divine Hydration Moisturizer (1.7 ounces; $40), Deluxe Anti-Aging Eye Cream (.5 ounces; $38.50) and new Exceptional Skin Serum (.5 ounces; $38).



Fiafini Skincare uses South African Marula beauty oil (no harsh chemicals) to provide anti-aging benefits you can see and feel without risking irritation. This 100% natural brand is offering one lucky Boomer Babe the chance to win this face-saving foursome (a $144.50 value):


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest ends Dec. 20!



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Playing Favorites

Moonrise Kingdom

By Bob on November 29, 2012 4:38 AM | Read More

I've been a fan of director Wes Anderson since I saw his 1998 film Rushmore. Yeah, I know that Wes isn't everyone's cuppa tea, but I LOVE his quirky-bitter-sweet-and-always-funny take on life and the characters who inhabit it. Moonrise Kingdom is his latest effort and it's a comedic delight.

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Guest Room

3 Things to do Before Stressing Out

By Bob on November 28, 2012 6:00 AM | Read More

I was talking to my friend Jonathan Masterson the other day about the differences between Dallas and Fort Worth. We agreed that Dallas is a why-didn't-you-do-this-yesterday, TYPE-A town and well, Fort Worth isn't. Jonathan's a firefighter so this guy knows stress - hell, down at the fire station he eats it for breakfast along with his Cocoa Puffs healthy, low-fat yogurt.

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Don't Try This At Home

Will The "Real" David Please Stand Up

By Bob on November 27, 2012 5:01 AM | Read More

There's one thing you learn real fast when you travel overseas. The good ol' US of A doesn't have the market cornered on kitsch. Yeah, we've got your "World's Largest Ball O' Twine," "Aligator Farms" and crappy souvenir stands, but we can't hold a candle to some of the stuff you'll see across the ocean.

While we think anything older than 50 years is a venerated antique (for those you keeping score at home, that makes me a collectible), they have historical artifacts going back centuries that they're more than happy to knock off. And off. And off again.

Take Michelangelo's David for instance. His masterpiece is more than 500 years old and he's been knocked off more times than my beloved Texas Rangers. Dude must not have been smart enough to copyright his statue, because I don't think he'd have allowed this...

How 'bout a bobblehead David for your dashboard

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Daily Distraction

A Sign That Somebody Read The Memo

By Bob on November 27, 2012 4:29 AM | Read More

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...David Bitter

By Bob on November 23, 2012 4:36 AM | Read More

Texans have a saying they sometimes use when sizing up the measure of a man, "He's all hat and no cattle," they'll sneer when the person in question is less than what he pretends to be. A Texan might size up David Bitter with the opposite of that remark.

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Remotely Possible

The Gift That Keeps on Living

By Bob on November 22, 2012 4:38 AM | Read More

Due to the recent death of my father, I've been doing some pretty heavy commuting lately. His home is about 60 miles from Boomer Brief HQ and I've been spending a lot of time going there to clean out his house. Sifting through 89 years of life can be pretty unsettling. That's bad enough, but lately I've seen something that disturbs me even more: the 1 out of 4 commuters driving while distracted.

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In the Mirror

Minimergency Kit

By Charlotte on November 21, 2012 6:17 AM | Read More

My friend Debbie always looks trendy, sporting a cute, little crossbody bag. I wish I could do the same, especially when we travel, but I normally carry too much stuff. First off, I've got to have credit cards, coupons and keys. Then hairspray, lip balm and breath mints along with tons of other just-in-case-I-need-'ems.

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Daily Distraction

Here Kitty, Kitty...Oh, Forget It

By Bob on November 20, 2012 4:23 AM | Read More

This is pretty much what I look like after eating Thanksgiving dinner...
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Don't Try This At Home

Thanks for the Memories

By Bob on November 19, 2012 4:45 AM | Read More

It sounds like a cliché to say it, but WOW this year has gone by fast. Thanksgiving, that day where we bow in respect to the patron saint of Gravy and his partner football, arrives Thursday. This Thanksgiving will be different for Charlotte and me for several reasons.


"Different" is an understatement. This holiday may be unrecognizable from any we've had in almost 35 years of marriage. Hold on Boomer Nation, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Lemme splain it you.

Charlotte and Cole 

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We're Thankful


Our son Cole is a full-fledged resident of New York now. He's got a job (that's a BIG thanks) an affordable apartment with a good roommate and good health (thank you - thank you - thank you). Maybe best of all, he survived Hurricane Sandy and her Storm of the Century (Thanks again).



Our traditional Thanksgiving movie marathon featuring Elizabethtown, The Red Shoes and Dazed and Confused


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Here's the Dish

Great German Chocolate Pecan Pie with Goofproof Homemade Crust

By Charlotte on November 18, 2012 6:05 AM | Read More

Bob is a true Thanksgiving baby. Besides being born on that very day in 1955, he was the answer to many prayers from his parents, Jo and John, and, of course, the future me.

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Playing Favorites

Best-Ever Scalloped Potatoes

By Charlotte on November 15, 2012 6:20 AM | Read More

Bob and I enjoyed a great getaway at San Antonio's JW Marriott Resort & Spa last spring. This drop-dead gorgeous Texas Hill Country haven includes a six-acre water experience, two challenging golf courses (voted among the Top 75 Golf Resorts in the U.S. by Golf Digest), a world-class spa and seven dining destinations.

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Daily Distraction

Please Don't

By Bob on November 13, 2012 4:19 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

The Bridge to Somewhere

By Bob on November 13, 2012 3:59 AM | Read More

Since we're landlocked in Colleywood, Charlotte and I enjoy getting out on the water whenever we get the chance.

Dauphin Island Ferry Loading - 650.jpgThis is the loading zone for boarding the Mobile Bay Ferry. The Ferry holds about 20 cars and can paddle you over to Dauphin Island in about 30 minutes depending on weather. It's not the only way to get to the island (there's a bridge on the other side) but it's one of the prettiest, most laid-back ways to get there. Everybody's in a good mood and the conversation is lively out on the deck if you want to strike up a conversation. Sometimes, it's really good to do this...

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Here's the Dish

Quick Chicken & Goat Cheese Pizza

By Charlotte on November 11, 2012 6:00 AM | Read More

When Bob and I began planning our Italian adventure, I worried. Would the weather warrant bringing my cute, black boots? How many sweaters would I need for 10 days? And how could I squeeze my makeup, clothes and an overflow bag for all the leather I'd bring home into one, gotta-weigh-in-at-under-50-pounds suitcase?

But I never stressed about what I'd eat once I got there.

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Score a Super Pack of Game Day Snacks ... FREE

By Charlotte on November 9, 2012 6:05 AM | Read More

For Bob, my brother David and my dear friend Bev, fall revolves around football.


I'm not that into sports. But I'll happily cheer for our very own Cowboys (Go Dallas!) or even the Packers (my dad's all-time favorite) if we load up on simple snacks ... the crunchier the better.


That's why Bob and I were thrilled to team up with G.H. Cretors for a great, game day giveaway. The popular, popcorn maker is offering three, lucky Boomers the chance to score a prize package ($30 value) loaded with five varieties of fluffy, all-natural goodness:


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You could score some serious, game day snacks thanks to G.H. Cretors popcorn. We're giving away 3, super prize packages, including:


All 5 varieties of the popular, better-for-you popped corn:

  • Chicago Mix - Combines caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag
  • Just the Cheese - Is mixed with real cheddar cheese
  • Just the Caramel Corn - Is cooked the old-fashioned way, by hand in copper kettles, for sweetness with maximum crunch
  • Kettle Corn - Features salty popped corn with a touch of sweetness
  • Caramel Nut Crunch - Includes fresh, roasted cashews and almonds 

Plus 5, adorable popcorn cups for serving the addictive snacks.


Click "Read More" for the scoop on how to enter. Contest* ends Nov. 29!


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Playing Favorites

Keeper of the Flame

By Bob on November 8, 2012 2:41 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I stumbled across Keeper of the Flame the other night on Turner Classic Movies and instantly realized we'd found an overlooked classic.

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In the Mirror

Brazilian Peel Antidote to Aging System

By Charlotte on November 7, 2012 6:48 AM | Read More

Sometimes, my brain has to take a beat before remembering my age. Then it hits me. I'm 55. I don't feel much different than I did in my 30s or 40s. But that "middle-aged" woman in the mirror looks more and more like my mother every day. (Thank goodness, my mom has sensational skin!)

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Daily Distraction

Bearly There

By Bob on November 6, 2012 4:09 AM | Read More

You know what they say...payback's a B****. Or, in this case, maybe payback's a BEAR!

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Rick Niece

By Bob on November 2, 2012 5:40 AM | Read More

Regardless of your political persuasion, Rick Niece is a president I think you'd be happy to support.

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Remotely Possible

5 Travel Apps For The Single Girl (or Guy)

By Bob on November 1, 2012 3:43 AM | Read More

I used to do a lot of solo business travel - trade shows (the usual suspects...Vegas, Chicago, Cincinnati, Orlando, Atlanta...) and visited some pretty exotic places in pursuit of new clients. Ever been to Cannon Falls, MN? How 'bout Ft. Wayne, IN or Westpoint, MS? They've both occupied top spots on my travel itinerary.

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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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