Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa! Once again we are or have been busy running around, wrapping, gifting, shopping, listing, and all sorts of other expended energy for those special people in our lives. Lucky to be able to do this, and of course, luckier that there are people with whom we share... Read more →

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I either bought a card with this picture on it to give or received it... Either way, it carries my message at that time and today. I took a picture of it then because I knew I wanted to share it with the Here We Are readers, listeners, viewers, and Better Brighter Easier shoppers.... Read more →

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When Kelli Parisian, owner of Parisian's Pure Indulgence, asked me to do a video demonstration of her fabulous Sugared Butter Whip Exfoliating Body Polish, I said, "YES!" I love this product, and if you are regular reader of Here We Are, you know that I've shared my appreciation for its effectiveness in Sugared Butter... Read more →

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Wondering what to do with the clothes in your closet that haven't been worn in a while, still have the tags attached, and maybe no longer fit? POSHMARK is the answer for those who want to resell their clothes AND for those who want to shop. If this is news to you, Poshmark is... Read more →

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As we start the last unofficial week of the summer, it's time to maximize the opportunity for relaxation and re-evaluation of whatever stress you are carrying around. If you recognize that you are not relaxed, perhaps beating yourself up for the unfinished to-dos, or worrying about the upcoming busy fall season, just stop. Relax... Read more →

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A Product Review by Here We Are You know by now that when I find something I really like, I like to share it with you! Well, I couldn't wait to share this product after my trial usage. The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color is Insta-Handy! It offers fast and fabulous nail color that... Read more →

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It's BBQ time and the cookin' is easy! Especially if you know the right time and temperatures to serve up sizzling hot and juicy food. When Jack Thompson, founder of BroBBQ, wrote to me and shared his very detailed infographic, I knew I had to share it with you. So for all the Here... Read more →

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Part 29 of the Here We Are series, Live Your Life Out Loud If you are having trouble managing it all... And by all, I mean the things that you want to do and the things that must get done, then this podcast is just what you need. We are already half way through... Read more →

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Part 28 of the Here We Are series, Live Your Life Out Loud Dear Kate, As I write this note to you, the surprise and shock of your recent passing is equal to the sadness I myself, and the world, felt upon learning of your decision. Hearing the news brought back memories of early... Read more →

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With all the confusion about the new General Data Protection Regulation as to what needs to be done, I'm reiterating the privacy policy for both Here We Are (HWA), and the e-commerce site, Better Brighter Easier(BBE). As per the Terms of Use for LUCIMAC Productions (the parent company of HWA & BBE) for both... Read more →

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Hello! Here's a question... When was the last time you sealed the granite in your home? If the answer is never, it is not hard to do. In my latest One By One video, I show you the fast and easy way to maintain a kitchen's best home improvement addition. Many times, when granite... Read more →

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It seems that there is a lot of somethin' somethin' going on in life lately, not just for me but for a lot of people around me. Whether your car gets creamed by a woman with purple hair driving a Hummer (yup, this happened), your house renovation stalls because of a nosey neighbor's interference,... Read more →

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Article UPDATE April 9, 2018: The newsletter is here! Please read all about it below, and you can see it for yourself in the first volume, Spring Has Sprung & So Has The Better Brighter Easier Newsletter! Please subscribe this month if you like what you see so that you will be included in... Read more →

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Welcome to one of my decor consulting projects! This video takes you through the entire process of a full bathroom renovation... In this long-form video, I guide you from the old and dated "everything beige" before, through the decision making process, to the up-to-date design choices, including things to consider to increase space in... Read more →

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Ahhh, February, the traditional month of flowers, hearts, chocolate, and all things love. There are those who like Valentine's Day and all that it brings in the form of sentiment, images, and feelings, and others who see it as a commercial vehicle to sell roses and cards. I'm somewhere in the middle, but what... Read more →

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Hello Here We Are readers, we are two weeks into the new year, and I bet you are already swamped with to-do lists, a full work-load, appointments, and the daily grind of this fast-paced life. Time management is simply a series of well-honed skills that when applied consistently will help us approach tasks in... Read more →

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Part 27 of the Here We Are series: Live Your Life Out Loud I hope you had a bubbly New Year's celebration to welcome 2018... We all know - at least for most of us - that New Year resolutions are short-lived. I wrote on this years ago in the HWA article Resolution Schmezalution... Read more →

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"It's Never Too Late" seems like an odd title for a holiday post, but as we close out yet another year, it is a good time to think on all the things we still want to do in life. As we know, each day is a gift, and when one suffers the loss of... Read more →

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It's baking time again. Or as dessert lovers and avid bakers say, "It is always baking time, and there is always time to bake!!" Ok, that is actually my quote... But if you like to bake, I bet you agree with me. This made from scratch apple tart recipe was originally published in 2010... Read more →

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Here We Are entering another winter season and that means, for most of us at least, woolen sweaters, scarves, mittens, and hats, not to mention some socks, robes, pajamas, pillow covers, and throws... That sure is a lot of wool! And if any of your items are cashmere or cashmere blends, you know the... Read more →

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Hello Here We Are readers, listeners, and video watchers... Oh my gosh, another year has gone by and we are back to the holiday season. I've gotten a number of emails about preparing for the holidays, and I took a look at what people are recently searching and finding on HWA... Thought I'd combine... Read more →

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After the recent article, Become The Light, I began thinking about what it actually means in terms of actions we can each take to become the light that will change the world (that article was sadly prompted by yet ANOTHER evil tragedy [that took place in Las Vegas]). While there are broad, complex issues... Read more →

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After the horrific events that took place this week in Las Vegas, like everyone else I find myself speechless and heartbroken. I've been struggling all week to figure out what I can say, write, or do to help. When I looked at the Here We Are editorial calendar for ideas, every item of better,... Read more →

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As the new autumn season falls into our lives with promises of sweet apple pie, spooky pumpkins, cozy sweaters, and crisp cool breezes, it's time to reset our focus. Everyone is busy checking off one list after another, but being busy should not be an excuse to miss out on wonderful autumnal experiences. That... Read more →

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When I say "mango ice made easy," I mean EEEEAAASY! This recipe serves up a tasty, full of flavor, sweet, refreshing treat. You'll wonder why you haven't made it before, I know I did! While mangoes aren't something I usually buy or cook with, I had a mango salsa over mahi-mahi recently that reminded... Read more →

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Part 26 of the Here We Are series: Live Your Life Out Loud What if I told you there is a new book that offers you a "Step-By-Step guide to harnessing the power of your words to change your mind, your choices, and your life" in a way that is DOABLE? If this speaks... Read more →

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There are those of us who are either water drinkers or not... If you are, spa water will entice you to drink more water, and if you aren't, you'll be pleasantly surprised how quickly sweetened beverages lose their sparkle. Spa water, AKA water infused with fruit, vegetables, and herbs, is a wonderful, refreshing, less... Read more →

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In this Sofia Coppola directed film, the Civil War sets the stage for a complex attempt to examine the relationships between men and women, their roles, stereotypes, and desires. Join me as I discuss The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, and all its many layers that could have... Read more →

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Part 25 of the Here We Are series: Live Your Life Out Loud I was recently looking at the Here We Are editorial calendar and realized that it's been a while since my last Live Your Life Out Loud article. As I began thinking about the next topic, a piece of paper with the... Read more →

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Remember when you were a kid at this time of year, sitting in the classroom, daydreaming about what the summer would be like when school got out? Why not do that now? Daydream about what the upcoming months could be like for you, allow yourself to remember that excitement and expectation of feeling free... Read more →

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Two Words for you today, not Tuesday, not Friday, but TODAY... SLOW DOWN! If you are a regular Here We Are reader, then you know that I've written 22 #TwoWordTuesday articles. In slowing down to assess my work on HWA, it is clear that the words matter most, not the timing, so we are... Read more →

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If you have a kitchen, you have wooden utensils somewhere in your utensil drawer... From spoons, gadgets, knife handles, to cutting boards and egg cups, those wooden items need a little extra TLC to stay in tip-top shape. If you are like me, and often put wood into the dishwasher - I know it... Read more →

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If you are not using Instagram, then please join me there when you are... If you are, please join me there now, I'd like to get to know you better! Of all the social networks that I regularly participate on, Instagram is the most satisfying AND SOCIAL. At this point in time (and I... Read more →

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A Product Review by Here We Are Every thing is prettier in pink! Maybe yes, maybe no, but a smile is certainly revved up by a little extra color. Whether you like a heavy lipstick or very little to no color at all, this e.l.f. Gotta Glow Lip Tint has you covered. Don't be... Read more →

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Yes, I baked this loaf of bread myself! And you can, too! This homemade bread recipe (borrowed from my friend, Michelle) is simple to do, and best of all, there is no need for a bread machine because this is a NO knead bread recipe! Yeah!! Everyone I know who owns a big bread-making... Read more →

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I came across this fun, little diddy on Instagram this winter. I thought I'd repost it for you since it never hurts to revisit a few, fundamental ideas as we reflect on this past winter season and move into a new one... Welcome Spring!! All I need to know about life I learned from... Read more →

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I love, love, love my Cuisinart Rice Cooker... I've written about the other ways I use this handy, kitchen gadget in the Here We Are article, The Rice Cooker: A Better Way To Cook Brown Rice, Couscous, And Oatmeal In Less Time. This time, I am sharing with you how to hard-cook, or hard-boil,... Read more →

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Give yourself a hand, point to a menu item, show off that new bauble on your ring finger, raise your hand, shake someone else's, clap at the show, shuffle the cards, and a thousand other ways we use our hands every day... It's an exhaustive list - and a blessed one - but the... Read more →

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Life is short... EAT CAKE! Whatever the "cake" is in your life, devour it with gusto, enjoy it fully, then worry about it later. This Two Word Tuesday is dedicated to my late friend, Sandra, on the first anniversary of her passing. It's hard to believe that it's been a year since I wrote... Read more →

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It's the season of hearts and romance. And while we all love to look at the Valentine's Day decorations, eat chocolate, and enjoy the flowers that are everywhere, it's also a good time to assess how much you love numero uno. That means YOU! This morning, I came across a quote and a thought... Read more →

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So you are in the mood to do a little baking, and you come upon a strip of dry yeast packets in your cabinet... Not sure if they are any good? Use my quick tip to test the potency BEFORE you begin the process of baking bread or whatever other warm and toasty goodies... Read more →

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If you've ever been strolling the supermarket produce section and thought about buying pomegranates but figured it would be too messy to peel and seed them... Stop pushing your shopping cart! After you watch this One By One video, the next time you are in the store you'll want to treat yourself and your... Read more →

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Every year we talk about what we want to do that is new or different, or simply adjusted, to create a more complete, happier life. This year, I propose that you let yourself shine... Allow your light to be brighter, bolder, and more colorful than the rest. Stand with confidence to SHINE and sparkle... Read more →

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This is a very simple #TwoWordTuesday that I hope will serve as a heartfelt reminder through the end of the year and beyond. Your financial status does not matter when you have generosity of good intentions, hope, and a helping hand, AND we can all GIVE HUGS as if we won the lottery. I'm... Read more →

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Part 24 of the Here We Are series: Live Your Life Out Loud It's that time again when time flies by, to-do lists grow longer, and the holiday rush can make us spin. Don't let this be the way you spend your holiday season this year. This Here We Are Loving Yourself podcast helps... Read more →

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If you like DIY - do it YOURSELF - projects, then this is a simple, fun, and quick project you'll enjoy doing. Sugar shapes are easy to make once you get a few little tips and tricks out of the bowl! In this One By One video, I show you just how easy it... Read more →

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Chinese fortune cookies are fun, crispy treats that we break open to get a little "gift of wisdom" hidden inside. Some are funny, some don't make sense, and others offer a message we need at the right time. Whether you believe they are fate, fortune, future predictions, or plain old folly, these sweet notions... Read more →

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Part 23 of the Here We Are series: Live Your Life Out Loud If you are tired of picking up that mounting stack of papers, putting away the same pair of sneakers, or feeling like you just vacuumed and now you have to do it again, then you need to hear my grandmother's tips... Read more →

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I had a difficult time coming up with the title to this article. I thought of things like, "who's your buddy," "your adventure gal," "dial up trouble," and "go-to friend," (which has a whole other meaning than the one I wanted!). Then it hit me, "Who you gonna' call" when that crazy, adventurous, questionable... Read more →

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This Two Word Tuesday is a very simple one, Details Matter. It doesn't mean that every thing has to be perfect or else it isn't worth doing, because we all know that nothing is perfect! There is no magic moment when you are "ready" or optimum circumstance that you've dreamed about, there is only... Read more →

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