October 2013 Archives

Remotely Possible

1 App That Might Save Your Life

By Bob on October 31, 2013 4:17 AM | Read More

Sometimes you need your phone to do more than Instagram your lunch at Taco Bell and channel your Twitter musings. How about an app that could save your life? What would you say to that?

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Guest Room

Spicy, Carolina-Style Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

By Charlotte on October 30, 2013 1:11 PM | Read More

By David Joachim, author of The Tailgater's Cookbook

The Carolinas aren't just home to great college and pro football teams. They own one of the best hot sandwiches ever made in America: pulled pork. The cut of meat is usually pork butt, otherwise known as a bone-in shoulder roast. And in the Carolinas, the sauce is typically heavy on the vinegar and spice. Here's my take on this classic American sandwich. I like some ketchup in the sauce, western Carolina-style. Keep in mind that slow-grilling a pork butt takes about 5 hours. But you'll get some damn good pull when it's done!

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Daily Distraction

Trying to scare up a sale

By Bob on October 29, 2013 4:44 AM | Read More

It's downright spooky what some realtors will do to sell a house.

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Don't Try This At Home

Happy Halloween

By Bob on October 28, 2013 5:14 AM | Read More

In 1960 I dressed up like Casper The Friendly Ghost.

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In 2013, I'm going as... 

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In the Mirror

In the Mirror: 15 Flirty, Fall Beauty Buys

By Charlotte on October 26, 2013 9:45 AM | Read More

Our one-and-only son Cole came home a few weeks ago for his friend Nick's wedding. Since Nick's practically part of our family, Bob and I were thrilled to be attending. It promised to be a fun evening for the two of us considering Cole would be busy with best-man duties. So I bought a dress (thanks for the coupon WHBM!), wore the heels I fell in love with in Paris and took extra care with my makeup.

Planning a big date with your sweetie? It could be time to go glam.

Perfect when you need some OOMPH, these 15 fabulous finds can amp up your look in no time.

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Here's the Dish

Slow-Cooker Chicken Fajita Wraps

By Charlotte on October 25, 2013 1:38 AM | Read More

Some people can eat whatever they want and stay slim (think Bob at 20, 30, 40 and our son Cole now). Not me. I've always had to watch myself.

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Playing Favorites


By Bob on October 24, 2013 2:47 AM | Read More

There are times I run across a song I just can't get out of my head (that's great, because it gives the voices a rest). The other night, I stumbled across From a Window Seat by the alt-indie band Dawes and it's been on replay in my head and car ever since.

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Daily Distraction

Wave at the camera

By Bob on October 22, 2013 4:40 AM | Read More

On second thought, maybe you should just look out for the wave behind you.

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Why Weight?

5 Things Baby Boomers Should Know About the Affordable Care Act

By Bob on October 16, 2013 4:25 AM | Read More

The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") went into effect two weeks ago and there's still a whole lot about it that needs explaining. No wonder. The bill was 2,409 pages of government-ese and it's doubtful that anyone in Congress read the entire bill before voting for its passage.

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Daily Distraction

Mr. T has a new gig

By Bob on October 15, 2013 4:32 AM | Read More

I guess the "T" stands for "toilet".

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Don't Try This At Home

AT&T & Me

By Bob on October 14, 2013 5:32 AM | Read More

Ok, it's a well-documented fact that I like hunting. I enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors with my friends and do GUY STUFF **pardon me while I scratch myself** with a loaded shotgun in my hands. 

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I'm not anyone's idea of Ted Nugent (like his music; some of his politics and all of his 70s hair) but I do enjoy dove hunting, quail hunting and the occasional feral hog excursion.

That doesn't mean I'm any good at it. I suck most of the time. That doesn't stop me because I hunt 21st Century style, with all the modern conveniences of food, shelter, central air and heat, and most of all CELLPHONE COVERAGE.

I know what you're saying to yourselves, "Bob, WTF? 

I thought going hunting was an excuse to get away from email, Facebook, ESPN.com and CELLPHONES." To this I would have to answer, "Internets, have we met?"

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And by "magic" I mean Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir were spinning in their graves.

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We're Celebrating Radical Skincare's Debut at Sephora with a Radical Giveaway

By Charlotte on October 11, 2013 1:24 AM | Read More

Ever think about rewinding your look? Smoothing out your skin and convincing it to act young?      

That's the theory behind Radical Skincare, a luxe beauty line devoted to treating as well as preventing all those obnoxious signs of aging.  It targets fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, redness and uneven skin tone with powerful antioxidants clinically proven to help repair and protect skin.   

Want to experience a radical difference? One lucky Boomer Babe could do just that because Bob and I are welcoming this cutting-edge brand to Sephora with a Radical Giveaway. The $110-value prize package includes Radical Skincare's age-defying Hydrating Cleanser and Instant Revitalizing Mask.

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We're welcoming Radical Skincare to Sephora by giving away this terrific twosome from the celebrated, anti-aging collection ($110 value):

Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Sweepstakes ends Oct. 31.




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Remotely Possible

Over 40 Magnifier and Flashlight App

By Bob on October 10, 2013 4:14 AM | Read More

When I hit 40, my eyesight hit the skids. Years of being hunched over a keyboard (computer and IBM Selectric) left me in the land of reading glasses.

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Guest Room

The Best Skillet Lasagna

By Charlotte on October 9, 2013 1:00 AM | Read More

By Anne Byrn, author of Unbelievably Gluten-Free!

I have been intrigued by skillet lasagnas ever since I saw a recipe for one in a Williams-Sonoma catalog. Such a great way to make the dish, I thought, although I never seemed to give it a try.

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Daily Distraction

And they named her BBQ

By Bob on October 8, 2013 4:26 AM | Read More

They say she was smokin' hot.

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Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet: 7 Fall Fashions Great for Travel

By Charlotte on October 6, 2013 1:20 AM | Read More

My dear friend Linda has always known how to throw a party. But she topped herself recently by planning the ultimate girl's trip to none other than Paris, France to celebrate her birthday.

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Here's the Dish

Family-Favorite Crab Cakes

By Charlotte on October 4, 2013 1:00 AM | Read More

Bob and I went to New York recently to visit our son Cole. We celebrated his 27th birthday with a round of Crab Cakes at The Palm in Manhattan. But if we'd been home, I would've made Cole's favorite fish fritter from scratch as I've done so many times.

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Playing Favorites

Orange is the New Black

By Bob on October 3, 2013 4:15 AM | Read More

Netflix' new original series, Orange is the New Black, is more than just another edgy drama. It's a shot across the bow of traditional network and cable TV, because it's only available to Netflix subscribers (all 33 million of us).

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Daily Distraction

The original iPad

By Bob on October 1, 2013 4:12 AM | Read More

I think Apple may have ripped off this guy's patent.

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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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