If I Can Knit, You Can Knit

I’ve never been a crafty person. Drawing doesn’t come easy for me. Neither does pottery, sewing, embroidery, flower arranging, painting, or other handicraft. I’m better at words. Speaking. Thinking. Analysis. Some if this is because I’m left-handed. Some is because I’m just not good. But either way, I’ve recently discovered something I CAN do. I can knit. I can make scarves, hats, gloves, and more. And it actually looks pretty good. Plus, these items are useful products. They have a…

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Best Hot Chocolate EVER

Now that the weather has turned colder and winter is officially here, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes, one for homemade hot chocolate with an “adult” twist. Need something to keep you warm at night? This will do it! Ingredients: 2 cups skim milk 1/4 cup hazelnut creamer 1/2 cup 60% cocoa dark chocolate chips 2 shots of Grand Marnier Method: Pour milk, creamer and chocolate chips into saucepan. Stir on low heat until blended. Add Grand Marnier. Stir until well…

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PANTONE Color of the Year for 2016

Exciting news from the world of fashion and design! Color exports PANTONE have released their official Color of the Year 2016 and, to everyone’s surprise, it’s actually two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Moving away from their richer tones from the past few years, these beautifully complimentary tones are meant to evoke a sense of calm and wellness. We’ll be seeing these colors everywhere for 2016 especially in retail stores around the country. So plan to incorporate Rose Quartz and Serenity…

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#Trending This Week

It’s been a week filled with interesting news, here’s what’s a the top of my #Trending list! Report: 10% of vegetarian hot dogs contain meat RANKED: The 50 best suburbs in America 8 Hilarious Comics That Only Book Lovers Will Understand Passenger plane catches fire at Fort Lauderdale airport To stay in the know day-to-day, follow me on Facebook! Also, did you know you can win a FREE set of signed paperbacks every month? Just sign up for my mailing…

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Some Thoughts on the Joys of Getting Your Hands Dirty

I’ve never been one with a “green thumb”. I’ve left that to my mother–who knows more about plants than most people I’ve ever met.  Most of the plants I’ve ever tried to nurture have died within a few days of contact with me.  Gardening has never been my thing. Until now. Our living situation changed this year in a good way, and we found ourselves responsible for a pretty large swath of yard that included flowerbeds, bushes, large trees, and half-hearted…

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A Very GILDED Party

Nestled in between all of the All-Star fun in Cincinnati last weekend, I had a chance to try something I’ve wanted to explore  for a while, a party by GILD Collective. This Cincinnati startup focuses on curated craft parties around town. Hostesses choose between a few projects, then invite guests over for a night of home crafting. Usually a little wine, appetizers, and some fun are thrown in to round out the night. Remember the jewelry lady birthday parties in the…

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Remembering Bob Barry, Jr.—A Legend

I got some devastating news from a good friend tonight. Bob Barry, Jr., a longtime legend and sports broadcaster at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, has died in a tragic crash. My heart broke when I heard this news, and I am grieving. I worked for two years at KFOR-TV as an anchor and reporter for various newscasts and as the main talent on the 9PM newscast for Freedom 43, a sidebar network run by the folks at KFOR. I came…

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Grammarly’s Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd

I wouldn’t call myself a grammar nerd–not in the traditional sense of that title. Spelling can be a challenge for me, and so are a few of the higher nuances of the English language. Over the years, though, I have become a wordsmith and a shark about my own usage of punctuation and language. I love a good phrase, a wonderful play on words, the Oxford comma, and the finer points of hyperbole. Grammerly just released a new infographic about…

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My Friends, the Happy Family of 5 (Two Parents, Two Kids, One Dog)

I’ve been pretty lucky in life. I have a group of girlfriends I’ve known for over 15 years–20 years in some cases. We grew up together, went to the same schools, and graduated together. Email, AOL Chat (haha, circa 2001), Facebook, and Instagram have all helped us keep in touch over the years, through engagements, marriages, and babies. A few of us still live in the Cincinnati area, and we get together as a group for drinks or dinner from…

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Four Ways to Tell It’s Spring in Greater #Cincinnati (Without Looking at the Calendar)

Here’s the list, in no particular order: You’re sneezing all the time, and most of the time, it’s a double sneeze. Allergies run high in this part of the country, and they can be brutal. Mold, pollen, grass, and other annoying parts of life leave most people around here miserable from late March to early June. Allegra-D anyone? You’re headed to Keeneland for Saturday fun. Keeneland’s spring season comes with high expectation. Bus trips and group getaways to this elegant…

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