April 2016 Archives

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His Sentence Was Death by Swirly

By Bob on April 26, 2016 4:07 AM | Read More

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In the Mirror

10 Lash-Boosting Mascaras You'll Love

By Charlotte on April 20, 2016 6:07 AM | Read More

I am lost without my mascara. I absolutely have to put it on before letting anyone except Bob, of course, see me. Otherwise, my light, skimpy lashes simply disappear...a thought too frightening to bear.

But after losing every last hair to chemotherapy several years ago, I don't go for anything rough. That's why I adore these lash-boosting formulas. They darken sparse fringe beautifully, have all-day staying power and come off without a struggle. Plus, with prices ranging from about $6 to $36, you can buy several and have fun layering them for a show-stopping look.

Read on for details on these must-try mascaras: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance, Arbonne It's a Long Story, IT Cosmetics Superhero, Too Faced Better Than Sex, Osmosis Colour Mineral Curling, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, Mineral Fusion Glow & Go, Fiona Stiles Ultimate Lash Icon, Maybelline Lash Sensational and Rimmel London 24-Hour Supercurler.

Mascara Lineup - 600.jpgElizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

What it is: A multi-tasking formula that volumizes, lengthens and lifts lashes with dramatic results. 

This vitamin-rich Elizabeth Arden formula helps lashes look fuller, lE Arden Mascara 145.jpgonger and healthier.

What I like: I'm a long-time Elizabeth Arden fan. I give my mother Elizabeth Arden's holiday gift set every Christmas and she gives me the mascara. It's one of our favorite traditions! 

Like the rest of the Elizabeth Arden family, the Grand Entrance mascara offers a lot to love. The glossy formula helps my lashes look both fuller and longer. Rich in vitamins, it promotes healthy lashes and I'm all about that. Since it resists water, I don't have to worry about my teary allergy eyes ruining the look. I've seen no smudging or flaking and it comes off easily with makeup remover. The small bristles on the slightly curved brush grab and coat every single hair, even tiny lower lashes, without clumping. Everything about this one, including the eye-catching red packaging, is designed for big impact. Try it in Stunning Black. 

On the Shelf: $24 at Beauty Brands stores and BeautyBrands.com

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Daily Distraction

Walmart is Serious About the Executive Toilet

By Bob on April 19, 2016 5:03 AM | Read More

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Daily Distraction

This Explains Her Princess Complex

By Bob on April 12, 2016 4:59 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

4 Easy Steps to Making Infused Tequila

By Bob on April 11, 2016 2:34 AM | Read More

Texans celebrate Cinco de Mayo not because we're history buffs, but because it's an excellent excuse to eat great food and drink great drinks. Tequila in all its forms and bastardizations (I'm wagging my finger at you chocolate margarita) is a big part of that celebration.   

A couple of years ago, Charlotte and I were down at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and I fell in love with infused tequila. I sampled several, but three were standouts: strawberry/jalapeno, lemon/basil and mojito.

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa - Front - 600.jpgThey were all good, but the easy standout was the strawberry/jalapeno.

jalapeno margarita - 213.jpgThis bad-boy drink was like a jalapeno punched me in the mouth, then felt bad about it and let his strawberry girlfriend to kiss me on the mouth. It's hard to forget something like that. And I didn't. 

You're gonna thank me for this.

I talked my way into getting the JW Marriott recipe and I'm sharing it with you.

The video 'splains it all, but for those of you who aren't fans of my work in blogger cinema, jump past the video and print out the recipe. 

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Guest Room

Authentic Italian Pizza Margherita La Casa

By Charlotte on April 7, 2016 6:42 AM | Read More

By Craig Whitson and Tore Gjesteland, authors of Passion for Pizza
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Bearing the colors of the Italian flag, Pizza Margherita is the world's most famous pizza. In June 1889, Raffaele Esposito from Pizzeria di Pietro e Basta Cosi served his version of the tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza to Queen Margherita. The queen had never eaten pizza before, but she so loved Esposito's pizza that she sent a letter telling him so. Esposito's pizzeria still exists but is now called Pizzeria di Brandi. The queen's letter still hangs on the restaurant's wall.

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Daily Distraction

But, I Just Came In For An Oil Change

By Bob on April 5, 2016 4:27 AM | Read More

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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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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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