Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Perfect Travel Companion - "The Summer House" by Hannah McKinnon

"When Flossy Merrill summons her children to the beloved family beach house to celebrate their father's 80th birthday, both cherished memories and long-kept secrets come to light in this charming and lyrical novel from the author of "The Lake Season" and "Mystic Summer."

Hannah McKinnon's, The Summer House online and in bookstores now.  From Simon and Schuster.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Desk Essentials and "Treat Yo'Self Thursday" - Milka Oreo Candy Bar

Okay, it's going to be one of those days.

And just for these times, you should always have something in your desk to get through the rough patch (or in case of an earthquake - God forbid an earthquake - but hey, be prepared).

One of my new favorite desk staples (pun intended) is the Milka Oreo Candy Bar.  

Stumbled upon these by accident.  After I may or may not have accidentally eaten my daughter's in the fridge. She said "Oh, no!  My friend brought that back from England and you can't find them here."

Well, now you can.  I got mine at my friendly neighborhood Walgreen's.

What's your "emergency work pantry" look like?  I'd love to hear.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Staff Appreciation Week - How's it going for you?

The older I get, the more I dread this week. 

Not because I'm ungrateful for the weeklong activities from HR and the law firm office manager, but because the more presents I get, the less appreciated I feel.  And that's because even though the firm pulls out all stops, my attorneys never seem to notice.

I suppose I should be grateful for the fact that my bosses never want to take me to lunch.  They have no interest in doing anything with me outside of work - which is fine by me.  However, I can't help but recall the days when I was young and bosses couldn't wait to take you out to a fancy restaurant.

I'm not speaking in terms of sexual harassment.  Male and female bosses loved doing lunch with you.

It was like, "you've got a bright future with the firm and I'm happy to have you on my team."

Now, it's more like, "You're a certain age and let's not kid each other, people aren't exactly lining up to hire people over 40."  Plain and simple.

If there's anything that gives me consolation, it's knowing that my skills are still pretty darn sharp and I'd match myself up against most of the younger men and women in my office any day.

Well, almost any day.  Maybe not Monday.

Did I say, "Happy Administrative Professionals Week?" 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Say "Hello" to my new Best Friend - "The Beauty Blender"

I will be the first to admit that I did not think this little sponge was worth its price.  However, after using it for the last month, I have found it to be worth its weight in gold. 

The Beauty Blender(TM) is the perfect tool for makeup newbies or makeup old-timers who just can't seem to "whip it real good."

Honestly, this little thing is easy to use and saves so much time and frustration.

Around $20.00 for the "original" sponge and well worth the price.

Perfect for the working women.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Take Good Care of Your Hands and They'll Take Good Care of You With Crabtree and Evelyn

I never thought about my hands much until I reached a certain age.

Okay, truthfully speaking, I never thought as much about my hands as I have this winter.

They are taking a beating.  The colder temperatures combined with what may or may not be compulsive hand washing in an effort to avoid germs, it's been brutal on "les mains."

Grateful for Crabtree and Evelyn (TM) and their La Source Hand Care Collection.

I usually "treat myself" during the holidays to a nice bottle of hand cream that will take me into the first quarter of the new year.  It's important to take care of your "whole self," which includes your hands.  Feet are another subject for another day.

I've tried many hand care products over the years and this one has really proven its worth.

There's nothing like handing over the brief to the attorney with alligator hands.  You don't want alligator hands.  No one wants alligator hands.

You should treat yourself to a nice hand cream.  This one is well worth a try.

I hope you find this tip handy.  Get it?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Is it too late for a New Year Planner Party?

Every year, I pledge to get organized.  And every year - well, I won't say that I fail, but I often fall short.

This year, I had my head all wrapped around the Planner idea.  Like, back to paper, going to keep planners in several places and never miss another deadline or appointment.

Needless to say, it's February 1st, and I've only written one thing in one of my planners.

But aren't they pretty?  There's the vibrant one from Anna Griffin and HSN and the more "formal" one from Filofax.  

They both have plenty of wide open space to fill in all the juicy details.  No more excuses.  Time to get it together at home and at work.

Just one thing - can someone help me pick out the "perfect pen?"

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"Small Admissions" by Amy Poeppel in Bookstores and Online Now! A Laugh Riot

The debut novel by Amy Poeppel is one of the funniest books I've read this year.

If you're a fan of chick-lit, this has got to be on your reading list for 2017.

It was hard to feel sorry for the book's main character,  Kate, who endured many pitfalls throughout the novel, when she kept me in stitches.  I want to be Kate's new best friend.

There's something here for everyone.  There's the college roommates meet adult life scenario.  There's the "my boyfriend dumped me," scenario.  There's the dysfunctional family scenario.  There's the "mom and dad like you best" sibling rivalry scenario.  There's the helicopter and over-ambitious, private school parent scenario (translated "I'll do anything to get my kid into this elite school).

And, last, but not least, there's the "nothing is ever as it seems" scenario. 

A thoroughly enjoyable read.  You'll devour it.  I promise.

When ambitious grad student Kate Pearson’s handsome French “almost fiancĂ©” ditches her, she definitely does not roll with the punches, despite the best efforts of family and friends. It seems that nothing will get Kate out of pajamas and back into the world.

Miraculously, one cringe-worthy job interview leads to a position in the admissions department at the revered Hudson Day School. Kate’s instantly thrown into a highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture, where she interviews all types of children: suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome, ingratiating, or spoiled beyond all measure. And then there are the Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer.

As Kate begins to learn there’s no room for self-pity or nonsense during the height of admissions season or life itself, her sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, dropping bombshells, and arguing with each other about how to keep Kate on her feet. Meanwhile, Kate seems to be doing very nicely, thank you, and is even beginning to find out that her broken heart is very much on the mend. Welcome to the world of Small Admissions
.  (from Aria Books).