When you make time for fun, you can partake in silly things like a best tonic water taste test. This crazy quest came about after I shared my gin and tonic recipe and my vodka tonic recipe. A reader asked: “Have you found a tonic that does not contain high fructose corn syrup?” I must…

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It can get pretty darn hot in the summer where we live. We can hit 100 degrees in May and hover around that mark until September. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated, so we drink a gallon or more of water each day. But sometimes you need something refreshing with a little more zing. Enter:…

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When I was dating my husband, his mother taught me how to make pico de gallo. One of the secrets she taught me was “cooking” the onions in lime. I didn’t know much about cooking back then and could not understand why she described onions soaking in lime juice as cooking. What the heck? Now…

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If you’ve read through my blogs or any of the books I’ve written, you know that my hobbies include traveling, watching movies and experimenting with recipes. While sheltering in place during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve expanded beyond our usual Saturday cooking day to two or three times per week. I’m posting this recipe for my…

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I’ve just finished the application process for the SBA PPP Loan, the special program the federal government recently rolled out as a result of the current Coronavirus COVID-19 situation. A close business contact of mine who is extremely knowledgeable about and involved in government policies related to businesses spurred me into action because this was…

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You might have been wondering of late how to increase your internet speed for video conferencing. As most of America has transitioned to work from home as we shelter in place during this COVID-19 crisis, that means we’re all using the internet to communicate for work, school and family connections. If you thought you had…

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You’ve probably wandered into someone’s home and soon discovered that they have a so-called SMART home when you heard them mutter, “OK, Google,” or “Hey, Alexa!” Recently I was interviewed about SMART home technology and whether or not it could help with time management and productivity. Here’s an excerpt of the Q&A I had with…

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Since today is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d send some LUV to Southwest Airlines and the Southwest Rapid Rewards program. Recently, I decided to redeem my airline points for travel in order to go to Los Angeles for my dad’s birthday. I have points on three major airlines. Surely one out of the three would…

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Writer Julia Guerra of Elite Daily was doing research for an article about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the “winter blues.” These were my responses to her questions. Why can winter make someone feel so unproductive? Is it the cold weather, the shorter days, the sickness going around, the slump after the holidays? All of…

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