Who doesn’t love a good heist movie
(or, ahem, book
)? Although sometimes, the real thing can be just as dramatic and exciting.
If you know me, you know I’ve got a bit of a thing for infographics, and here’s one I was sent a while ago that’s right up my alley. Enjoy!
Copyright SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security
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Last weekend I attended my all-time favorite writing conference, the Surrey International Writers’ Conference
. I’ve been going to this conference almost every year since 2004, and it’s always a slice of heaven for me. Here’s my attempt to sum up all the reasons I love SIWC.
Before SIWC, I was a closet writer (this is literally true—in my first condo I converted a closet into a writing “office”).… Read the rest
We took a trip to Southern California this summer (which was absolutely awesome, by the way–here’s what we did
), and while we were there, I enjoyed the yummiest thing: fish tacos.
Now, I’ve had fish tacos before, but not like this. In SoCal, it’s a local specialty and they have perfected it.
So when I came home I wanted to recreate this culinary experience.… Read the rest
I’ve seen a few people do this on their blogs, and I decided it was time to try it myself. In completely random order, here are 100 things I love:
Going to the movies
Getting up early when the house is dark and quiet
The soundtrack to Out Of Africa
Dark chocolate with sea salt
The sound of spoken Italian
A man in a well-cut suit
Being a mom
High heeled shoes
New York City
A warm fireplace on a cold night
Spending half an hour finding the exact right word
Having the exact right word come to me like a bolt from the sky
The smell of freshly cut grass
The head massage while my hairdresser is shampooing my hair
The English countryside
Going to the ballet
The color pink
Five star hotels
The smell of lavender
People who wink, and not in a creepy way
The sound of the ocean
Sunset with a glass of wine
Sunrise with a cup of coffee
NFL on Sundays
Good thin crust pizza
Open air markets
A clean kitchen
TV/radio announcers with rich, gravelly voices
Eating in restaurants
The feel of freshly washed sheets
Singing in the car
Caffe affogato (hot espresso poured over vanilla gelato)
The sound of my kids laughing
A heartfelt compliment
The word quintessence
The moment of departure on an adventure
The feeling of returning home
Writing in a coffee shop for hours
Reading a great first line in a book
Music from the 80s
Handmade Mother’s Day gifts
Caprese salad (ripe tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil, balsamic)
The movie Moulin Rouge
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There are so many wonderful things about conferences. They’re fun, exciting, educational, and great for networking. But…maybe you would also add “stressful” to that list of descriptors.
I’m headed to one of my favorite conferences next week: BlissDom Canada
. It’s a super high-energy gathering of hundreds of amazing, talented women: bloggers and social media mavens, primarily. (Here’s what my experience was like last year.)
I wrote a post last week on YMC outlining my top ten ways to bust the stress that can accompany conferences
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I’m an avid reader and I always have been. So when someone says to me, with a vaguely superior air (and this happens surprisingly often): “Oh, I don’t read fiction. I don’t have time for that. I’m too busy; I have more important things to do…”, well, this is how I feel:
I’m sorry…what did you just say?
Today’s post is my contribution to Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon
, a super fun reading challenge hosted by Tressa’s Wishful Endings
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I started a reading challenge this week! Tressa
is a lovely book blogger I’ve come to know, and when she invited me to participate, I thought it sounded like so much fun I just had to join in. The idea is this: now that the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to take a big bite out of the HUGE To-Be-Read pile that so many of us have (me included).… Read the rest
Every writer fantasizes about the day they can hold a real, live book with their name on it.
And it’s not that it wasn’t a thrill to have my debut novel
published in digital format in June of this year, because it definitely was. Also, I happen to love e-books, and am clinically addicted to my e-reader.
But, well…I have to admit there was a fair bit of squealing at my house when THIS arrived on the doorstep:
Yes, people, that is a real, live paperback!… Read the rest
In a move that was part insanity, part inspiration, we decided to take our kids on a two-week road trip down the coast to Southern California. It turned out to be a HUGE success–this is a part of the world that is absolutely packed with stuff to do! Here were some of my favorite things:
The San Diego Zoo
Everybody has heard of this world-famous zoo, right?… Read the rest
We’re into the dog days of summer. Are you and your Havaianas inseparable?
Well, I hate to say this…but I’ve got some bad news.
Flip flops feel ultra natural and comfortable, but it turns out they’re not so great for you, health-wise. To see more about what I’m talking about, head over to Yummy Mummy Club and read my recent post on flip flops and health
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