Raves and Reviews

  • My 2022 Holiday Gift Guide Is Filled With Books and Calendars & A Giveaway Too!
    Happy December! Have you completed your holiday shopping yet? If not, I have some ideas. This year, my 2022 Holiday Gift Guide is filled with books and calendars. I usually go to the NY NOW Lifestyle and Gift Show each summer and cull the aisles for great jewelry, housewares, beauty treatments and more to include in ...
  • My Fun Foodie and Beauty Adventure at the 2022 Natural Products Expo East
    “Are you going to the Natural Products Expo East?” asked my friend S. Having been to the Specialty Fancy Foods Show for many years (BC = Before Covid), I was eager to see what was trending — from natural and organic to health-oriented and sustainable.(It was amazing to see how many of the same foods ...
  • Nora Ephron: A Biography Is A Wonderful Bio of Her Life and Work
    If you’re a fan (like I am) of the late writer, essayist and screenwriter Nora Ephron, you’ll enjoy reading the new biography about her life and work by award-winning journalist and professor Kristin Marguerite Dodge. I loved Nora Ephron: A Biography so much that I’m offering a giveaway for a copy (compliments of its publisher ...
  • Denise Boomkens Shares Why She Launched “AndBloom” For Women Over 40
    In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I would publish my interview with Denise Boomkens. Denise is the founder of AndBloom project on Instagram, and author of AndBloom, which features inspiring stories about life from 100+ extraordinary ‘ordinary’ women over 40, and some into their 90s. Each woman’s story is accompanied by a  stunning color portrait ...
  • Love Italy? You’ll Want to Read My Interview with Maria Pasquale about “HOW TO BE ITALIAN”
    I truly LOVE Italy. My last trip to Italy was in 2019, the year before the pandemic started. Can’t wait to go back again — maybe next year. It’s one of my favorite places to travel. While I’ve visited Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Positano and Sicily, there are many more places in Italy I want ...
  • “The Automat” Documentary Brings Back Fond Childhood Memories
    If you grew up in one of the boroughs of New York City (like me) or Philadelphia, I bet you have fond childhood memories of going to the Automat. If so, you’ll love the recently released documentary, The Automat, which recounts the lost history of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart. Fond memories of the ...

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