Top 5 Sunscreens

Summer has always been my favorite season and the beach, any beach, is my ideal vacation spot.  I guess it’s because I grew up visting the beach every summer. Back in the day, I shunned sunscreen like it was the plague. I was a baby oil/iodine concoction addict when I was a teen. As a […]

Who Else is Watching Your Baby?

I was appalled when I read an article about a nanny in Houston who heard an unfamiliar voice coming from a two-way baby monitor.  The voice said, “that’s really a poopy diaper,” then warned her to password-protect the camera.  I can only imagine the nanny’s reaction. One couple heard a voice shouting from the baby’s […]

Dessange Paris California Blonde Review

I have extremely dry hair.  When you add in lowlights, highlights and sunlight, well, my hair can be a hot mess.  I’m sure you guessed by now that I’m not a natural blonde, but I play one in real life.  And, it’s true, blondes do have more fun! 🙂 I’ve tried expensive specialty salon shampoos […]

How to Thank Someone for Retweets

When I first created my twitter account in 2009, I just didn’t get it.  At all.  I wasn’t blogging yet, hence the @allismith77 non-creative-year-I-graduated-high-school handle. Sigh. I finally changed it today!  (You can change your handle to a new one, if it’s available, without losing your followers, etc.)   Back then, I immediately followed all […]

Is Your Salad Dressed to Kill?

I well remember the days, er, years when I would automatically order a great big salad every time I went out to dinner.  And I was always so proud of myself.  Until . . . the public demanded that restaurants share the nutritional value of their meals.  I have a love/hate relationship with Eat This/Not […]

She Said, She Said – Skincare & Music

I FINALLY caught up with my youngest daughter and demanded that she actually join me in our MONTHLY She Said, She Said – January post.  It’s where we share our monthly faves. I mean, really, it’s been a while.  Man, did she make up for her absence.  When I received her e-mail, I thought she had […]

3 Reasons I Reply to Comments

I love blogging. I really do. I’ve never grown tired of writing new posts, dreaming up new tablescapes, sharing my tried and true recipes, craft projects and helpful hints for extraordinary events. I also enjoy reading the comments from my readers and replying to every single one. Yes, I said every one. I may have […]

5 Tips for Living Longer

It’s January and almost everyone’s thoughts turn to living a healthier lifestyle!  People are flooding the gyms and looking for weight loss plans.  Just check the covers of most magazines. Weight loss ads have taken over the TV commercials. It’s all about getting fit. I’m a firm believer in moderation and becoming healthier by making […]

One Word 2015

Who remembers my one word for 2014?  Come on, now.  I certainly wrote about it enough and you can read my very first post about my 2014 word here.  It was L O V E and man, I had to often remind myself  that I had chosen to walk in love in all situations. I’m not […]

New Year’s Eve Tablescape & Menu

Do you have big plans for New Year’s Eve?  How do you usher in the new year? My plans are the same as they’ve been for years – staying home, dozing off and waking up at midnight to see the old year out and the new year in with my husband and whatever kid(s) happens […]