Tips for Grabbing up the Fun in the Big Apple

Raise your hand if you’ve been to New York City? Keep em raised if you’ve been during the holidays?

My first time to NYC was for an art showing my sister was featured in. To be honest, I had some trepidation. I was nervous I didn’t have a good enough wardrobe, it would be too overwhelming and there would be crime happening everywhere.

Ha! This so cracks me up now thinking about it. I have no idea how I got these impressions but boy were they ridiculous.

New York is just flat out

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Dreaming!

It’s my season you all! Not just because I write a series with a holiday setting but because I love love love November! (Or Yesvember as I like to call it :)) Every single thing about this month is the best:

  • It features a holiday about gratitude

  • A day to thank our veterans

  • World Kindness Day is in it (November 13)

  • Getting together with friends and family on Thanksgiving

  • The Thanksgiving menu

  • Extra days off from work

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I could use a little help . . .

Hi all! I'm dreaming big again so I’ve got me some opportunities, some tips to share and a requesttoday.

I’ll just start right out with the request. If you’ve read any of the South Pole Santa books, enjoyed them and haven’t left a review on Amazon, Goodreads or even Barnes & Noble or any other book selling site where they are available, I could use your help. Reviews help books get found by other readers. They not only help you move up the list on the book websites but other readers often consider them before purchasing and they help give confidence in their buying decisions. Plus, reviews help books get consideration by promoters – which is what I am needing right now. This is my season and I'm seeking some promotional services! And they check to see how many reviews and how strong they are.

Do you subscribe to any of the free book services? I hope so! If not, . . .

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Top Tips for Girlfriend Trips!

Hello October – the best month of the year! I love everything about this super special month including the weather in our area of the world so far. Spectacular!

Today I bring you some tips around travel – again. I know, I know, maybe I should start a travel blog as often as I talk about it here but it is a big part of who I am and I learn little things from every trip. This time it was a “girlfriends only” trip and it was packed with fun! So much that I think you all need to plan your own! Here’s some tips to get you inspired.

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Let's be generous

Hello caring and kind wonders everywhere! And a most special hello to all of you affected recently by the devastating hurricanes and natural disasters. Like everyone, I’ve personally been moved by all and, for me, most especially to the plight of the small islands in the Caribbean.

Since so much of the story in the South Pole Santa series takes place not at the North or the South Poles but instead on a very small remote island in the Caribbean . . .

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New Old Book!

Hello my reading friends! I have news!

My new, old book is here! Yes, at last, I have completed the updates on book one and it is ready and available on Amazon. Hooray!

The changes are extensive really. Almost 20,000 new words, 80 new pages, a new prologue, a lot more background story and depth to scenes, even a couple of new chapters.

And the changes aren’t extensive at all. No new characters, no new story line, no new aha’s, not a different cover (except a different description on the back.)

“So why do it?” a good friend asked the other day.

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Tips for taking a break from Facebook

I’m working on developing some new habits and trying some new things this summer. Most of it is small – exploring new recipes, turning down side roads I haven’t been on before, reading new books, ordering different cocktails, putting together different tops with pants – that sort of silly, but mindful, thing. And I’m also exploring some bigger ideas for me. Things like

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Plan now to #getyoursummeron!

Some of you may remember that I declared last summer #thebestsummerever – and, honestly, it was one of the best! Thanks to planning, combined with positive vibes and expectations, it turned out to be great fun and I’m going for more this year!

I get greedy. Last summer was so much fun it has to be done again. So this summer I’m going with #supersummer (with inspiration from the great super hero Wonder Woman who inspired me greatly in her movie!) and I’m going for it again.

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Some Top Tips for Traveling

Its two days into official summer and mine has launched into a good one right from the start. If I go back to June 1, when I personally declare that the summer season has begun, it’s a super summer already!

For starters, I had the opportunity to attend a conference for work in Washington D.C. (the other Washington for all of us from the state) and packed my off hours with exploring that great city! What a place to go. It seemed like at every turn there was some piece of history to take in. The city is full of monuments and museums! Not to mention great

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Oh the simple joys

Is it the sunshine coming through the window that has made me feel mellow and happy and grateful or maybe this movie I’m watching (The Last Word with Shirley MacLaine – sounded like one a writer should watch but its tugging at my heart strings. ‘Take risks. Fall on your face. Fail spectacularly.” – Shirley MacLaine)

Maybe it’s the three-day weekend ahead. Anyone who follows me at all knows how much I love those!

Maybe it’s

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So Many Favorites!

Some recent favorites to share today!

Lets start right off with my sweet mother! It's Mothers Day weekend here in the US and I've been blessed with a good one who has given me the priceless of gift of unconditional love. Thanks Mom! Love you back! (I got a good dad too!)

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Ten Tips & a Bonus for Road Tripping with Friends

I’m just back in from a wonderful week away with my guy road tripping with the incredibly talented Tina who does my South Pole Santa book covers, her fabulous guy, Jeff, and her two charming sons, Will, 15 and James, almost 11. Six of us in a minivan! Watch out California!

I was one of those lucky sorts growing up who had parents who took us on annual road trips. The redwoods and the Monterey Peninsula in California were destination spots so nostalgia drove a lot of my planning for this trip. I especially wanted to be sure the boys had a fun-filled time and had the same kind of memories to think back on.

Some people have been surprised when they hear

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Latest Favorites

Oh my dear readers, I have had those bad ole winter time blues and inspiration has been elusive with not a single thing in my mind to come here and talk to you all about. But spring is on the horizon, occasional moments of sunshine have been finding their ways thru the clouds and rain of Washington state weather and I am starting ever so slowly to feel creative and optimistic. I’m starting to feel

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Kindness matters . . .

Don’t look now but its already closing in on Feb 12th which is not just the week of love and Valentines Day but the national week of Random Acts of Kindness! My favorite!

It is so easy to join this seven-day celebration – and so needed in this time of U.S. and world tumult. All we have to do is . . . be kind! Well, okay, ideally, we are

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The Joy of Reading

I’m on a quest this year to catch up on fun, recreational reading so I popped over to the NPR list of what they posted as the best books of 2016 as a place to get started. I tend to love sci fi, dystopian, fantasy and young adult with a bit of “weightier” reading thrown in here and there. (To my credit, lest you think less of me for my choices, my favorite book of all times is the wonderful classic, Jane Eyre.)

After perusing books from a number of NPR’s assorted genre’s I landed on ordering Dark Matter as my starting place. It was

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The highs - and lows - of January!

Hello kindness peeps! It’s time for a January update.

Ahhhh January. It’s my nemesis. There’s a reason I made it Slumber Month for the elves in the books – I usually feel like I personally could just sleep through it. The dark and gray wears on me and I tend to cocoon. Lethargy is always around the corner, naps call to me and it is the only month of the year that I ever consistently get eight hours of sleep – and probably could do more. It’s the dark mornings that whisper for me to stay tucked in till

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Hello 2017! A year of kindness!

A new day and a new year = new experiences and new adventures!

I'm ready to welcome this new year. I'm seeing the old one out with a last vicious cold. Grrrrrrr. This whole being sick thing has got to end with the old year. I am soooooo over picking up every cold going around!

But in between bouts of throwing myself a big ole pity party, I have

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Happy December!

Oh beautiful wonders, I am being completely astonished that December has arrived. My full family - except just one - plus some extra "framily" members, making 19 of us in total, got to spend Thanksgiving in the tropical paradise of Maui Hawaii. So spectacular and so much fun! We all did so

 

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