November 2013 Archives

Why Weight?

6 Diet Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

By Bob on November 27, 2013 4:01 AM | Read More

Dieting SUCKS. But you know what sucks even more? The fact that sometimes we do things that sabotage our very best efforts to lose weight without even knowing it. If your bathroom scale seems like it's stuck, you may be making one of these 6 mistakes.

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Daily Distraction

Where'd that bully go?

By Bob on November 26, 2013 5:01 AM | Read More

I've got a surprise for him!

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Don't Try This At Home

Statue of Limitations

By Bob on November 25, 2013 2:22 AM | Read More

When Charlotte and are in New York visitng our son Cole, we usually allow one day to visit some of our favorite Big Apple sites.

We've done all of the hardcore touristy stuff - Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park...we've even been to a taping of Letterman, seen the set of Saturday Night Live...the usual stuff.

The art deco edifice at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, just screams: I'm gold. I'm naked. Deal with it.

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These days in addition to Broadway, restaurants and shopping we walk - everywhere (we are getting better at the NY subway system, but that's a whole 'nother post). 

Walking is a great way to see the city. Really, it's the only way to take in that NY vibe that scares so many people. It's amazing what you can see when you're not on your knees praying in the back of taxi. 

While Charlotte's window-shopping on 5th Ave., I'm looking up and down and around. It's more than, "Lookit all them tall buildings!" for me. When you scrape off the first layer of grime this city is stunningly beautiful.

Look! There's Tina Fey!30 Rock-600.jpg


A guy's got to have some vices.

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Win a Skincare System Sure to Give Dirt the Brush Off ... FREE

By Charlotte on November 22, 2013 1:59 AM | Read More

I'm a big believer in soap and water. First thing every morning, last thing every night, I wash my face by rubbing on a cleanser and splashing it off with water. After all, to have healthy-looking skin, you have to keep it clean.

FACEBRUSH 3_4 150.jpgBut wouldn't it be nice to find an even better way to nix dirt and oil? The folks at VB Beauty want to offer one lucky boomer babe the chance to do just that.

They've joined us to give away their pulsaderm Facial Cleansing Brush (an $89 value). This automatic cleaning system uses an advanced, patent-pending pulsation technology to gently rid skin of dirt and oil.


We've teamed up with VB Beauty to giveaway their pulsaderm Facial Cleansing Brush ($89 value).* This automatic cleaning system uses an advanced, patent-pending pulsation technology to gently remove dirt and oil from your skin.

Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Dec. 13!

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Remotely Possible

5 Devices That Might Be a Waste of Your Money

By Bob on November 21, 2013 2:27 AM | Read More

I've never been an early adopter when it comes to technology. I waited a month before I installed iOS 7 on my iPhone and I'm glad I did - the hassle and bugs just weren't worth the trouble. As hard as it can be to migrate to new technology, it can be equally hard to let go of some of the older gadgets we've grown to love.

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Guest Room

Heavenly Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

By Charlotte on November 20, 2013 6:21 AM | Read More

By Monica Holland, author of Lick the Bowl Good

I only have one recipe for pumpkin cake, and this is it. Pumpkin and brown butter are a match made in heaven. This cake is so moist, it just melts in your mouth.

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Daily Distraction

Bend over and touch your toes

By Bob on November 19, 2013 4:57 AM | Read More

I'll show you where the wild goose goes!

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Here's the Dish

Here's the Dish: Classic Party Potatoes

By Charlotte on November 17, 2013 1:47 AM | Read More

I always pick up great tips from my dear friend and personal trip advisor Becky Elder. She knows her way around the Champs-Elysees, where to eat in Santa Fe and how to fix the best Party Potatoes.

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Just Desserts

Holiday-Perfect Cranberry Maple Squares

By Charlotte on November 15, 2013 6:40 AM | Read More

Thinking about the holidays makes me crave cranberries. This time of year especially, I love keeping dried ones on hand. Tart and sweet, they make nice nibbles and wake up everything from salads to side dishes.

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Playing Favorites


By Bob on November 14, 2013 4:20 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I are BIG Netflix fans - streaming and instant. But, sometimes we'll put movies into our DVD queue and forget about them until they show up at our home like an unwelcome guest. This happened to us recently when Mud appeared in our Colleywood mailbox.

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Daily Distraction

Some stores are just a little TOO helpful

By Bob on November 12, 2013 4:53 AM | Read More

Thanks anyway, but I've got this.

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Don't Try This At Home

Flying the WTF Skies

By Bob on November 11, 2013 4:37 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I aren't million-mile fliers like many of our friends. We take to the not-so-friendly-skies a half-dozen times a year or less. Trips to New York to see our son, Cole. Vacation. You know, stuff like that. 

But, we do travel a fair amount. Before we took off last summer for our 35th Anniversary Cruise, one of our friends suggested enrolling in the new TSA Precheck program (also called Global Entry).

Now that you're in the new Precheck Program you'll love flying...SAID NO PERSON EVERAir Travel-600.jpg

If you've traveled by air in the past year or so, you've seen the signs at the airports. It's a big program, getting bigger. It's about to be rolled out to an additional 60 airports across the U.S.

The siren song of the TSA program is that it will speed your way through airport security. No more taking out your laptop. Taking off your shoes. Shorter lines...blah, blah, blah.

All of this could be yours for a $100 fee and your willingness to fill out a multi-page online form, submit to a background check and a sit-down interview with a Federal Agent.

It's a pain. But, the promise is that if you clear all these hurdles and they accept you, you'll be rewarded with a new government-issued photo ID and shorter security lines **angels singing**.



 Like a boyfriend in a difficult relationship I figured, "It's not you, it's ME.

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Why Weight?

5 Anti-Aging Drinks

By Bob on November 6, 2013 4:27 AM | Read More

Everybody ages, but not everybody ages well. You can add years to your life - and life to your years -- by making smarter food choices. Here are 5 anti-aging drinks that can help keep your mind sharp and body in shape.

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Daily Distraction

Too hot to handle

By Bob on November 5, 2013 4:49 AM | Read More

That's what SHE said!

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Take Home a Taste of Tom Thumb FREE and Enjoy New Gas Rewards

By Charlotte on November 1, 2013 1:16 AM | Read More

For years, Bob and I spent every Friday night grocery shopping at Tom Thumb. (Do we know how to party or what?) Besides having wonderful, fresh veggies, it was around the corner from our home and church, and we'd bump into at least one friend every outing. Good times!Tom Thumb Storefront-240.jpg

You could win a $50 gift card to help fill your cart at Tom Thumb.

So we're thrilled to team up with one of our longtime, favorite hangouts to give one lucky reader a FREE taste of the experience. You could win a $50 gift card to help fill your cart at Tom Thumb, where every dollar spent earns gas rewards. (Check the end of this post for details on how to enter.)

If you don't have a Tom Thumb in your area, no problem! This prize is good at any supermarket in the country that's part of the Safeway family (Safeway, Vons, Randalls and Tom Thumb.)

They've joined us to celebrate a new program that lets you use reward points for gas discounts at participating Exxon and Mobil stations. That means Rewards Club members can save money on groceries and gas, but fill up wherever it's more convenient: either a store location, Exxon or Mobil. Sweet!

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 Want a wallet-friendly way to fill your cart as well as your tank?

We're celebrating ExxonMobil joining Tom Thumb's gas rewards program by giving away a $50 gift card to help you save on groceries and gas. This sweet budget-stretcher can be used at any Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons or Safeway location in the country.

Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Sweepstakes* ends Nov. 21!


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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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