May 2016 Archives

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Her Meow is Worse than Her Bark

By Bob on May 31, 2016 3:31 AM | Read More

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He's Baaahhd to the Bone

By Bob on May 24, 2016 4:27 AM | Read More

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Looking Good, Carlos!

By Bob on May 17, 2016 3:24 AM | Read More

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I'll Have my McNuggets in my McMansion

By Bob on May 10, 2016 3:19 AM | Read More


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5 Ways to Save Money Shopping Online

By Bob on May 9, 2016 4:39 AM | Read More

Savvy shoppers are always on the hunt for a bargain. Even if you're not overly familiar with the internet, you should still have no problem finding great deals this way. You simply need to learn the best ways to shop to cut down on costs.

Here are five ways to save money shopping online.

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Don't Try This At Home

A Thong for You

By Charlotte on May 6, 2016 5:59 AM | Read More

Good things often start in the kitchen. That's where my high-spirited Texas girlfriends and I cooked up the idea for our new book: Red Thong Strong: Girlfriends' Little Secrets to Smoothing Life's Panty Lines. It debuts on Amazon and other channels today and we're celebrating with launch parties and book signings in many Texas locations. Read on for the scoop on all the fun and come see us if you're in town.

Eight Is Enough

Part self-help, part memoir, Red Thong Strong shares laughs and lessons from my girlfriend group's more than 30-year friendship. The eight of us met in a young-marrieds' Sunday School class in Bedford, Texas that Bob and I actually founded. Brought together by faith, fellowship and a thing for fashion, the girls and I were sFront Cover - 300dpi.jpgoon making play dates for our children and planning shopping trips, holiday gatherings, even family vacations with each other.

Along the way, we forged an extraordinary bond and developed a Red Thong Strong attitude that has helped us support each other through everything from shoe shopping to chemotherapy. (Two in our little band of sisters are breast cancer survivors.) We also realized we have something rare and felt compelled to share it with other women.

My high-spirited Texas girlfriend group shares laughs and lessons about friendship in a collection of anecdotes we hope will inspire other women to live bold, confident and connected lives. Cover illustration by Courtney Allison Mohler

If you're wondering "why red thong?," we get that a lot. But years ago, we started giving each other lacy red panties to take the sting out of those really big birthdays! Over time, the red thong came to symbolize the confident, brave way we wanted to live, and to remind us that sometimes small, unseen things can have a big impact on our lives.

Now, we're on a mission to motivate women to adopt a bold, assertive "thong-a-tude" as we call it. We want them to connect with other women, overcome their fears and say yes to all of life's possibilities.

What's Inside

Red Thong Strong is a laugh-out-loud girlfriends' guide that shows women how to make and nurture friendships, deal with unexpected detours, and celebrate life's ages and stages. Our work-of-the-heart, or really eight hearts, covers 100 hot-button women's issues across 206 pages with practical, this-is-how-we-do-it advice.

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Warning: Adults On Board

By Bob on May 3, 2016 4:13 AM | Read More

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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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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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