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10 Feb


All things Love…  Perhaps because I’ve been signing my blog with xoxo since the inception.  #TrendSetter.  Or perhaps I copied and stole from someone else?  I have no idea, but Here are all things Love!

LOVEable Treats


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Perfect Valentines day treat - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Valentine’s Hearts are irresistible cupid inspired dessert.

Perfect Valentines day treat – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Valentine’s Hearts are irresistible cupid inspired dessert.

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These Oreo’s are my favorite…that is, if I were to eat sweets.

Just some XOXO’s


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Little Sweet Nothings




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LOVEly Gifts

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Each of the items above are available at


This XOXO mug is just about the cutest mug I ever have seen!  Thank you NKO!



Sadly…this is not what she wanted.



Love Songs


Mom’s Weekend… Perfect weekend!



Patrick is not nearly as tan as he appears.  🙂


Not looking so bad for 1 AM.

Happy Valentine’s Day!




Basically. 🙂

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Grace, a bit of Valentine’s Day…and Happy 19th Birthday POB!

13 Feb


Grace:  simple elegance or refinement of movement.  Graces : skills that are needed for behaving in a polite way in social situations.

Grace…the world needs more of this.  Desperately. And it’s never right or acceptable to hurt someone back.  Just for the record. 🙂



What I’m watching

The People v. OJ Simpson – An American Crime Story – Two comments.  I cannot imagine Kris Kardashian approved David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian.  And for that I say Bravo!  We are two episodes into this and I’m hooked.  Even though I feel like I lived through this, because I did, I am still hooked.  Happy to share this with Meredith who is also hooked!


What I’m reading

Still Alice by Lisa Genova – I saw the movie as well and the book hasn’t disappointed.

I want to be Her! How friends and strangers helped shape my style by Andrea Linett – Fun read about the journey in finding your style.  More of a reference book, actually.

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What I’m cooking – Recipe of the Week Meredith is hooked on these and they literally take me less than 5 minutes.

Cheddar and Gruyère Grilled Cheese Sandwiches



3 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes, at room temperature

3 ounces Gruyère cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes, at room temperature

1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped

¼ teaspoon coarse black pepper

4 pieces sourdough bread, sliced ⅓ inch thick

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1. In a food processor, combine the cheddar and Gruyère and pulse until a smooth paste forms. Transfer to a mixing bowl and fold in the chives and black pepper.

2. Place bread on a clean work surface. Spread a thin layer of the mayonnaise on one side of each piece of bread. Flip 2 of the slices so that the mayonnaise side faces down and use a rubber spatula or a butter knife to evenly spread the cheese over the 2 slices. Close the sandwiches with remaining 2 slices of bread, leaving the mayonnaise side facing up.

3. Place a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add sandwiches and cook, flipping sandwiches occasionally until golden brown and crispy on both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer sandwiches to a cutting board and allow to rest for a minute before slicing in half. Serve.

*** the key here is using mayonnaise instead of butter on the bread.   I also use French Bread and slice it very thin, and make mini grilled cheese sandwiches.


How to Say I Love You around the World


Make it a bi-lingual or better yet, a multi-lingual Valentine’s Day!

52 Things I Love About You!


You can totally pull this off.  Quite last-minute!  Deck of cards.  2 binder rings and write “sweet nothings” on paper or labels and stick on the cards!  Snazzy!!


These would also be super easy to do.  Small circle pretzels, Hershey chocolate kiss.  Pop in the oven for 5 minutes at 300 degrees.  Remove from oven when chocolate begins to melt and put the conversation heart onto the softened chocolate.


How lucky am I that I received a loving box of cupcakes and macaroons!  And, gluten-free, to boot!  Too pretty to eat, but I think I’ll make an exception!  Thank you S!  ❤

Song of the Day:  Ooh Child by the Five Stairsteps

O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things ‘ll get brighter
O-o-h child things are gonna get easier
O-o-h child things ‘ll get brighter

Someday we’ll get it together and we’ll get it undone
Someday when the world is much brighter
Someday we’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Someday when the world is much lighter

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Happy Birthday Patrick!  And just like that…You’re 19!  Love you honey!

A few Football notes.  Most boring Superbowl ever.  But happy Peyton Manning won.  I truly meant no harm when I eluded that perhaps Tom Brady is/was a cheater.  As I say, It’s DressedtoaT and not DressedtoaM.  Where there’s smoke there’s fire.  However, I shall acquiesce that Tom Brady was “cleared of all charges”.  And speaking of Ross from Friends…oh wait, I already did. 🙂  And lastly, the fact the Chicago Bears did Not resign Matt Forte, after we are stuck, I mean are darned lucky to have Jay Cutler through 2019, is further proof the Bears don’t want to win.  I don’t say that lightly.  Why in the world would they  get rid of their 2nd all time-leading rusher, behind Walter Payton?

“These decisions are never easy, especially given what Matt has meant to our team and community,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in the statement. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Matt is one of the all-time great Bears and did an excellent job for us on and off the field last season. He was a tremendous teammate. We thank him for his professionalism and wish him the very best as he continues his career.”

I mean, I can’t even…#UGH.

My favorite quote on Love



Have a fabulous weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!! ❤ ❤ ❤




Or if I weren’t funny!


Especially when it’s the chicken (sizzling on the plate) at Ruth’s Chris


So true.








He loves me…yeah, yeah, yeah

13 Feb


Valentine’s Day  2015.  That crept up on us super fast!  Seems like just yesterday it was Valentines Day 2014.  Last year we celebrated with a fun-filled family weekend in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach.  But what trumps Valentine’s Day? How about my son’s birthday? 🙂 The real reason for that trip!

Before I can get to posting some favorite pics of Patrick, I should dedicate part of this blog to Valentine’s Day!  So, let’s just briefly touch upon gift ideas (or idea), fun affordable dates, love songs and sweet nothings!  Best. Blog. Ever!

Gift Ideas – I am going with only one gift, because it works for Him or Her, is affordable, and everyone can use one.  You can get this for less than $20 on Amazon.

SELFIE STICK – A selfie stick is a monopod used to take selfie photographs by positioning a smartphone or camera beyond the normal range of the arm. The metal sticks are typically extensible, with a handle on one end and an adjustable clamp on the other end to hold a phone in place. Some have remote or Bluetooth controls, letting the user decide when to take the picture, and models designed for cameras have a mirror behind the viewscreen so that the shot can be lined up. (wikipedia).




Date Ideas if you are on a budget.  Thank you Bustle!

1. Go sledding… or have a snowball fight

You know why being a kid was so fun? Because you had zero money but still had a blast just playing outside. Put on your snow pants and find the perfect sledding hill or a nearby park. When you can’t feel your fingers anymore, head inside and make some boozy homemade hot chocolate for two.

2. Play games at an arcade bar

Preferably one where the games are free. But either way, you can scrap up spare change in the name of pinball and Pac-Man. Again, alcohol and childhood nostalgia are a winning combo.

3. Hit up a food truck and explore your city

Fact: Everybody likes food trucks. Find one with cuisine you both agree on (tacos, am I right?) and grab some lunch, then stroll around the neighborhood hand-in-greasy hand.

4. Tour a local brewery or winery

So you both love craft beer or fancy yourselves sommeliers? Go taste beer or wine for the price of tour admission… it beats paying bar prices.

5. Spend a day at the museum

I know, some museums have pretty pricey admission, but not all! I recommend a natural history museum because everyone loves dinosaurs and weird taxidermy collections.

6. Go hiking or snowshoeing

The best part about the great outdoors is that it’s free — well, unless you’re paying for trail admission at a state park. Still, long hikes are an adventure, and you can always take breaks to make out in the woods. As for snowshoeing, a lot of city recreational departments offer cheap rentals.

7. Head to a roller rink… or roller derby match

Couple’s skating is darling, and if you’re lucky the rink will have a disco ball to set the retro mood. If you’d rather not fall on your face, get rowdy and go see some local derby girls kick butt instead.

8. Build a fort

Is there anything better than chilling in your very own tent fort? Yes, cuddling in it with your SO. If your fort’s big enough, you can even eat a romantic V-Day dinner in there.

9. Spend a day at a flea market

Try on weird kimonos or fur coats, ogle vintage typewriters, and buy each other a quirky token of affection at the end of the day. At flea markets and thrift stores, looking is half the fun.

10. Go to a local concert or comedy show

Going to Taylor Swift’s tour is pricey, but going to see an up-and-coming local band is pocket-money. Even if you haven’t heard of them, why not branch out and support a local artist? If they’re bad, just drink beer until they sound better.

11. Find a guided ghost tour

Patrick Swayze probably won’t be there, but you can get good deals for these on sites like Groupon all the time. Even if the tour isn’t great quality (I went on one in D.C. led by a man in colonial garb), you can make fun of it together.

12. See stars at the planetarium

It was magical for Ross and Rachel, and it can be for you, too. Even though it’s probably too cold out to enjoy the real night sky, the planetarium is temperature-controlled, educational, and all-around enjoyable.

13. Sing together at a karaoke bar

If you’re not normally karaoke people, use Valentine’s Day night as an opportunity to break out of your shells. Take a couple of shots and sing your hearts out during a duet.

14. Have a game night


18 Love Quotes that are “anything but cheesy” from Bustle!  Or Sweet Nothings as I like to call em.


  • 1. “Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.” — Henry Louis Mencken
  • 2. “Who, being loved, is poor?” — Oscar Wilde
  • 3. “Love me and the world is mine.” — David Reed
  • 4. “Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” — Zelda Fitzgerald
  • 5. “Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” — Swedish Proverb
  • 6. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • 7. “Love is too strong a word to say it too early, but it has too beautiful a meaning to say it too late.” — Kurt Cornish
  • 8. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” — Audrey Hepburn
  • 9. “Where there is love there is life.”  — Mahatma Gandhi
  • 10. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 11. “Love has no age, no limit; and no death.” — John Galsworthy
  • 12. “With our love, we could save the world.” — George Harrison
  • 13. “Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the gods.” — Plato
  • 14. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” — Mother Teresa 
  • 15. “If a thing loves, it is infinite.” —William Blake 
  • 16. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.” — Natalie Cole 
  • 17. “We are shaped and fashioned by those we love.” — Goethe 
  • 18. “And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God.” — Victor Hugo


Some of my Favorite Sweet Nothings!

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My Favorite Romantic Movies.  I never met a romantic comedy I didn’t love, btw.

You’ve Got Mail – love this one so much, I’ve dedicated an entire blog to it

When Harry Met Sally – Classic

An Affair to Remember – my Mom’s favorite movie.  One of mine as well.

Sleepless in Seattle – “Magic”

Runaway Bride – Great one-liners in this one.

The Proposal – we love Ramone.

The Best of Me – Mer and I watched this movie last weekend.  Twice. Love it.

Pretty in Pink – what’s not to love about a classic 80’s romantic comedy?

Never Been Kissed – I just love that Michael Vartan

My Best Friend’s Wedding – the end scene with Julia Roberts dancing with Rupert Everett is one of my all-time favorite dance scenes!  Maybe there won’t be marriage.  Maybe there won’t be sex.  But by God, there’ll be dancing!


Favorite Love Songs…compliments of Dr. Stevie!!

Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole

One – U2

Make you feel my love – Bryan Ferry

Can’t get enough of you – Barry White

True Companion – Marc Cohen.  My sister’s first dance at her wedding.

Moon Dance – Van Morrison

Love Song – The Cure

Baby Love – Diana Ross

True – – Nothing screams the 80’s like this song!

Sea of Love – The Honeydippers

Song of the Day: You’re the First, My Last, My Everything, by Barry White

I know there’s only, only one like you
There’s no way they could have made two
You’re all I’m living for, your love I’ll keep forevermore
First, you’re the last, my everything

And just like that…You are 18!  Happy Birthday to my baby boy, Patrick.  We are so proud of the kind, caring, sweet, smart and funny young man you have become.  Love you my sweet boy! ❤ ❤ ❤

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As Kevin would say, “The face that launched a thousand ships”. 😉



Patrick and I through the years…or through what I found on my iphone. 😉  I think this was 2007?


Patrick humoring his old mom in Malibu!  March 2012.



Dinner at the Resort at Pelican Hill.  Truly one of the Best. Dinners. Ever! March 2014.




Patrick and Mary






One of my favorite family photos.  We always sit in the same spot when we sit in a booth.  This was on my birthday in 2013.  Magical weekend!!


See?  😉

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤ ❤ ❤





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13 Feb


The above ecard is true, btw…

And a very Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’m posting a day early, to give you time, just in case you want to take any of these ideas and make them for your special Valentine!    I’ve previously written two blogs on Valentine’s Day…chock-full of fabulous, snappy ideas for your loved ones.  And two blogs, (well-written and well-thought blogs) (:) ) is plenty…so I’ve included links to them at the end of this blog, but am including some new, fresh, sassy ideas of what to give your sweetheart.  And these are corny, but I’m all about corny!  Plus they won’t break the bank.  While many will say that Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark Holiday”, it’s still a great day to show those you love, how much they mean to you.  And while diamonds are always a great idea, (note to KOB), it truly is the thought that counts.

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LOVE COUPONS – when you care enough to print, clip, and gift…

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 Happy Birthday Patrick!!…who turns 17 today.  My own little Valentine!  Love, love, love that boy…and the girl pictured next to him in this first pic! 🙂




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Song of the Day:  Let my Love open the door, by Peter Townsend…one of my favorite songs, which I became introduced to in 1997 from the movie, Grosse Pointe Blank…which happens to be the year Patrick was born…17 year ago!!  See how I was able to intertwine this?  Makes up for taking a shortcut on today’s blog. 🙂  But seriously, check out the 2 related posts at the end of the blog, for some Valentine’s Day gift  ideas…which aren’t too terribly corny.

Peggy is a whore

Peggy is not a whore…not my Peggy, at least.  However, this is card is a classic, and one of my all-time favorites…and one I will be sending many of my peeps tomorrow…especially my boys in The Brain Trust Society.  😉

Have a very happy Valentine’s Day!



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10 Feb

Oh Joy!   It seems like just yesterday I was blogging, “Loves me, loves me not”,   and yet, here it is again… Valentine’s Day!  Swell!  I cannot tell you how many people have been commenting how they’re most definitely Not a fan of Valentine’s Day…however… if you are in a relationship, are a parent, a child, a friend, a student, etc…You just may want to change your tune and think of ways to remember this “special day”.  Now personally,  I’m not a big fan of chocolate and sweets (yeah I know, I hear that’s strange) and think buying roses when the cost is $150 is throwing money out the window…but a few thoughtful words and kind gestures and small heartfelt gifts can go a long way.  You don’t have to spend a lot of $$$ to show someone you care and appreciate them…of course, you can also spend a lot of $$$ to show someone you care , but Not Necessary!  Here are some ideas that won’t break the bank…and for Kevin O’Brien, I’ve listed some items at the end that will break the bank!  Just Kidding! 🙂

VINTAGE VALENTINE – you can print these out onto heavy stock paper, and write your sweet nothings on the back.


BLOW ME A KISS – how cute is this?!

ALL ABOUT  YOU BASKET – this one is a tad dorky, but you catch the drift.

CANDY (for those who like sweets)

Make your own “Candy Bar”


Cupcakes…which I love, btw, and there is NOTHING cuter than High Heel Cupcakes!  One word…Fabulous!

HOMEMADE TILE PICTURE FRAME (or store bought frame)

Great present idea. Buy a rough surfaced tile from Lowe’s (less than a dollar) and mod podge pretty scrapbook paper on it. Then mod podge picture over that. Let dry and wrap with a pretty bow. Easy and cheap! You can also include a small stand to set the tile on.


GO ON A VALENTINE’S DAY PICNIC (Weather permitting of course)


If you don’t have the time to make some of the items I just mentioned, you most definitely can buy some very nice things. You can see I’m going with a Basically PINK theme here, but clearly you can go with Red or whatever color suits you or your loved one!

FLOWERS – Doesn’t have to be the standard dozen red roses…plus they are Way too expensive this time of year!







Pink Scarf/Shawl

Pink Watch – I received this from Kevin a few years back, and wear it year round.

PINK CAR…Not just for Mary Kay Cosmetics Employees anymore!  And, no, Kevin did Not buy this for me.  And I’m kidding about a Pink car and this pink Bentley, btw…even I have my limits!

Pink Sapphires!

Try out this Link for 50 Inexpensive Date ideas!  Some examples:  Make your own fondue; Have a coupon date; Have a movie or TV marathon; Pick a Themed night…Mexican; Italian; French, etc…

Send an ecard,, when you care enough to send the very snarkiest best! 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!!



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11 Feb

You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.  ~Dr. Seuss

If you are aspiring for an exquisite Valentine’s Day here are a few  ideas or tips to help make it a Valentine’s Day to remember. 🙂  And call me a total Dork, but I absolutely Love Conversation Hearts!

A simple ‘I Love You’ with a kiss can set an awesome mood for a Valentine’s Day.  And if you want to take it a step further, here are some other options:

  • Decorate his/her house with hearts, bows and ribbons.
  • Make arrangements for surprise flower bouquets.
  • Cook a dinner for two and decorate the room with heart-shaped candles.
  • A romantic note asking him/her to be your valentine.
  • Send sweet love quotes.
  • Make your own Valentine’s Day card which expresses your feelings.
  • Create a scrapbook ‘recollection collection’ and fill it with love letters, photographs, cherished mementos, etc.
  • A CD of his/her favorite songs.  Don’t forget to include Build me up Buttercup!
  • Jewelry is always wonderful.  A sweet heart bracelet or locket.  Casual watch for a guy.
  • Plan a special dinner for him/her either in a garden or a boat. A candle light dinner is just unforgettable.
  • Pamper your sweetheart by gifting her a spa session.
  • Pot a plant that will grow and loom for her.
  • Spend loads of quality time with him/her and “clandestine “visits to romantic gateways.
  • Gift him/her a nice cell phone for keeping endless communication.
  • Gift her a beautiful evening gown or apparel.
  • Dance with your valentine to his/her favorite song – mine is In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
  • Include a chocolate dessert in your romantic dinner.
  • Create a love song CD full of Valentine’s Day songs.  My friend Monica posted on Facebook, this classic,

More Today than Yesterday, by Spiral Starecase.  Love it!

*For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gerard

  • Send flowers at workplace or home to him/her.
  • If he/she loves gadgets then gift a digital camera.

And, my personal favorite would be Veuve Clicquot and Cupcakes with Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes playing in the background.

Yeah…Perfect.   Love it!

Happy Valentine’s Day, my loves.



*Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.

*The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence.