Carpool Goddess » Adventures From Carpool To Empty Nest

Masthead header

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

When I’m flying on an airplane or waiting for my nails to dry, I reach for trashy tabloids for comfort. I get a kick out of reading US Magazine’s “What’s In My Bag” and “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” as well as their “Fashion Police” section, and thought it would be fun to […]

View entire post >

Naughty Brownies

When Mini-me and I feel like baking rest assured it is always something chocolatey. Occasionally, we will email each other recipes to save for when she comes home from college and we have our bake-a-thon. You can imagine my delight when she sent me the recipe for the most decadently delicious chocolate brownies I have […]

View entire post >

  • Kim - Oh dear sweet baby Jesus. I just died and went to heaven. This is just asking for a sugar coma and (at least for me) some serious tooth pain. Oh man it’d be so worth it though. Definitely might have to consider making this at some point and the hope like heck that I don’t gain 20 pounds.
    Kim recently posted..Day 3: It Doesn’t Have to be a Masterpiece!My ProfileReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - Sinful is the only name for these bad girls!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle CHIKLIS - Yummy!!! I am definitely going to make these. I might have to take a few extra soul cycle classes.ReplyCancel

  • Jordan Catapano - That looks AMAZINGReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - Makes my knees weak just looking at the picture.
    Connie McLeod recently posted..And the seasons they go round and roundMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Alecia - Oh my! I’m going to have to try these really soon. They look wonderful and maybe, just maybe, I’ll share with the kids and husband. ha ha
    Alecia recently posted..Savory Sage DressingMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - All I can say is oh my. Such decadence. I must try them!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - All I can say is oh my. Such decadence. I must try them!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Kaplan Baseman - I’m already booking an appointment with my dentist. Get Dr. Greg Kaplan on the line. Stat!

    Frankly, CG, I think the original name for these brownies is pretty memorable:)ReplyCancel

  • Pam Lutrell - Oh my, the pictures alone made me gain weight! This looks heavenly…I just might have to make it for when all my kids are home at Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Oh my goodness, Linda. Those pictures have me licking my lips, and my hips have expanded tenfold! Wow! Amazing. I am a chocoholic, too. So if I made them, I’d probably eat the whole thing for dinner! Yum.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - You got to this before I did. I love her blog and her food. I’m so glad I didn’t know you were baking those brownines It would have been a fight to the….ReplyCancel

  • Lisa G. Froman - Ok, those are so wrong…they’re right. Have mercy. ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Wow. Just wow.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Definitely gotta try those…I hate to cook, but I always make an exception when it comes to baking chocolate desserts.
    Emily recently posted..Going Through A Tough Time? Nothing Feels Better Than Helping OthersMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Linda, I am a huge brownie addict and this recipe looks amazing. I’m salivating just looking at the pics! What a great way to incorporate leftover Halloween candy into your baked goods!
    Estelle Sobel Erasmus recently posted..A Slice of My Not-So-Secular ChildhoodMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Georgia Anne Bennett Ramseur - Linda, these are insane!! If you’re going to bake something naughty you might as well go full force :) …love it!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - I’m all about “made from scratch” so while these look beyond decadent, I’d have to make homemade cookie dough, homemade oreos and homemade brownies – way too much work…I’ll just come over and taste yours next time you make them! Keep my number on speed dial please.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - All I can say is, “Yummmmmmmmmmmmy!”
    Hayley Kaplan recently posted..How to Remove your Private Information from Online WhitePagesMy ProfileReplyCancel

On My Way To Bed Book Review & Giveaway

If you’re like most adults, you would probably do anything to get a few extra hours of precious sleep. But not if you’re a child. Especially a most delightful and imaginative child like Livi. In Sarah Maizes’ second children’s picture book, On My Way To Bed,  spirited Livi is back and showing us why getting […]

View entire post >

  • Christina Simon - Sarah is one of my favorite writers (and friends). This book is so fun and reflects the universal bedtime struggle.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - Wishing Sarah lots of success with her book.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - This looks like a really fun book! One that could be read over and over and over. Just like kids want.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Ann Brown Chiles - What a great looking book!!! I can imagine it would be the perfect gift for a perfect great niece!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - I love this! And I love that Sarah writes with her eyes closed. I must learn how to do that!ReplyCancel

  • Walker Thornton - Love kids books…one of my delights in having a grandchild–another excuse to buy books! This one sounds cuteReplyCancel

  • Susan Cook Bonifant - I love her writing routine…and her diligence! I’m going to start carrying my laptop around and I’m not kidding. Thanks – very cheery, upbeat post.ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn Reynolds - This book looks like a wonderful and interesting story!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Delightful post Linda.ReplyCancel

Grandma’s Noodle Kugel

My mom is a wonderful cook who inherited all of her culinary skills from her mother. I, unfortunately, take after my father’s mother, who could burn water and was the reason my father preferred his steak “well done.” I can’t seem to cook a meal without the fire department arriving at our door. (Tip for […]

View entire post >

  • Karen - Lukschen kugel! Yummy….we use the savoury version more often, but now I’m thinking raisins and cinnamon and butter….

    Thanks for sharing this!
    Karen recently posted..Don’t blame Shakespeare: Stuff he never saidMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - I love new food discoveries and I’ve never heard of a noodle kugel. It sounds and looks delicious! I’ll have to try it!
    Connie McLeod recently posted..My Sweet Ghostly ConnectionMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Jewish Holidays in a Box - Oh – noodle kugel. It looks so so so good! (It must be lunchtime). Thanks for sharing the great post :) ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Radigan - I love noodle kugel!! I have never made it for my kids, I am going to try your recipe! Thanks so much!!!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - My family adores kugel but we save it for holidays for exactly the reason you stated. It is ridiculously fattening but oh so good.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene Sneden - How yummy looking is that noodle kugel! Surely your ability to make it far outweighs that “fact” that you can burn water.ReplyCancel

  • Joy Weese Moll - That looks really good. I tried noodle kugel a couple of times from a cookbook with no earthly idea of how it was supposed to turn out. I think I need to try it again with your description, photo, and recipe to guide me.ReplyCancel

  • Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife - this looks yummy. don’t we all have our mom’s favorite kugel recipe? I know I do, too, and heaven forbid if I try and change it up a little. my son wants the same flavors he remembers his entire life!
    Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife recently posted..On The Way To Yellowstone: Princess Rosebud And Her Tugboat ManMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Jordan Catapano - This looks amazing! Can’t wait to make. My mother-in-law makes a great one so maybe I’ll just keep this recipe for myself :)

  • Barbara Feldman - Because it’s so sweet and rich, I am not personally a kugel fan. But if I made this for my husband, he would plotz and think he’d gone to heaven. Then he would wonder who had possessed his wife! Thanks for sharing.
    Barbara Feldman recently posted..Cranberry Sauce with RaspberriesMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - I make several kugels myself but they all have cream cheese or cottage cheese in them so I’m going to test out your Grandma’s recipe next time. My family and guests seem to prefer it with no raisins so I always leave out the raisins.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I am not a baker, either. But these I will have to try. In the meantime, can you send some over to me?

    Delicious, Linda!
    Cathy Chester recently posted..Facing Our Challenges One Story At A Time (Book Review)My ProfileReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - I recently got a diagnosis of hypoglycemia (waaa!), but my kids would really love this, and I think I could actually teach them how to make this.(They are 12 and 15.) Thanks for writing this up!
    Karen D. Austin recently posted..What Is Osteopenia?My ProfileReplyCancel

  • grownandflown - Linda, oh, my, we would find this irresistible! Hope we are in LA sometime when you have a bit to share.
    grownandflown recently posted..Neither Bad People Nor Bad ParentsMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Unscripted Mom - Grandma’s kugel looks great but my family would disown me if I put raisins in it…or in anything for that matter! :) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Phoebe Wulliman Graber - Sounds heavenly sinful, if that’s possible!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Jorgensen Gane - Oh, how I miss egg noodles (especially with beef stroganoff) since going gluten free. Still enjoy imagining, however. Married to an ex-fireman and can attest, it’s good practice to keep lipstick handy at all times, just in case!ReplyCancel

  • pia - Wow–I never saw a noodle kugel recipe without cheese. Going to make it

    pia recently posted..Not One of Reva’s GirlsMy ProfileReplyCancel

Writer’s Block: When Life Gets In The Way Of Inspiration

Some mornings I can’t wait to jump out of bed to write, even if it’s just a Facebook or Twitter update. And some days, well, I feel I’ve lost touch with my writing mojo – that spark to create something that excites me. I forget this is my playground that I created and I can […]

View entire post >

  • mike - “write what you want to write”. Great advice. Thanks for this inspiring post.
    mike recently posted..Which is it?My ProfileReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - I feel your pain but in a different way. I have no shortage of topics to write about because I am passionate about my subject matter even though it may not always be interesting to others. My huge problem is time management and the rude way that the clock seems to have sped up lately. But I’m working on it.
    Hayley Kaplan recently posted..24 Sites for Royalty-Free Images (Free and Paid)My ProfileReplyCancel

  • sisters from another mister - and why is it that you have a great idea formulating as you are falling asleep … that you are sure you will remember in the morning?
    sisters from another mister recently posted..Amok vs AmuckMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Most of my best posts come to me when I’m in the shower, driving, working out or about to fall asleep. And if I don’t write them down asap, then poof, they’re gone.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Not that it helps, but everyone goes through it. However, I always act like it’s the end of the world and that I’ll NEVER WRITE ANYTHING AGAIN. This happens about five or six days out of the week, so I’m a real ray of sunshine.

    But I also posted a couple of weeks ago–I got inspired!–about how sometimes I don’t even want to think about it. I just sat on the deck with a book and enjoyed the weather while it was nice (Michigan) and didn’t stress. No one would care except me, and adding that pressure didn’t help. I had/have a million ideas, but the motivation for implementation–not to mention the time?–not really there.

    I found that allowing myself to just “be” helped things to eventually land. When I have to, it’s hard. When I want to, it’s easy. ;)
    Abby recently posted..Odds and EndsMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - You are so right sister! Julie writes while half sitting on a bed. She just throws it out there in 5 minutes. I can’t get my lipstick on in five minutes. I’m with you Linda. I agonize, think, worry, everything and then I write one draft, two drafts and on and on. I like the idea of writing what you WANT to write about.

    Ideas? The minute I get an idea i put it in Evernote or it will never appear in my brain again. I trust evernote because it’s always on my iPhone and my iPhone unless it’s lost is always on me.
    Sandra Sallin recently posted..MAGIC! NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T.My ProfileReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I am reading this while in the midst of my own creative slump. Gah! Good to know that it happens to many of us. Maybe your post will inspire me to write SOMETHING! And not just a shopping list.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Lee - Been there for nearly a month. It’s making me crazy.
    Elizabeth Lee recently posted..Busy busy busyMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Nicki - It’s always nice to know I’m not alone. I read somewhere awhile ago that if you burn a citrus scented candle, it helps break the block. Sometimes it’s worked. And like you, I must write down my ideas, or there long gone. Love the post!ReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - haha…i have had such moments in such weird places that I ought to tell my mind to shut up.

    but, i guess when mind is quiet that’s when the subconscious can speak to us so, no one is to be blamed here (i think)

  • Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff - That’s awesome, I will have to try that car wash! But probably not golf lessons :-) But seriously, I think if you feel a dry spell you should just enjoy it, do other things, don’t stress it. It always comes back!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Reyes - I try to remember that my writing is a reflection of me, sometimes that means me not writing. ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - Write from your heart and others will want to hear what you have to say. It may not always seem like it, but I do believe it’s true. ReplyCancel

  • Julie DeNeen - Writer’s block can be such a bitch!!!! But you are so right, you have to write what is in your heart, regardless of what anyone else wants you to write. And pushing through it is tough, but usually — it sparks something that then releases all those constipated words! xoxo
    Julie DeNeen recently posted..A Beautiful Slice of HumanityMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Michael - Writers block is never fun. I dont know if this will help you but in the past I have written about my block (you already did this) and then I find some writing challenges or prompts. Eventually one will work for me and I will push past the block and move forward. Good luck

    Visiting from SITS
    Michael recently posted..Its in Her WalkMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Writing prompts are a wonderful idea. The challenge will be to remember!ReplyCancel

  • Georgie Lee - Great post! When I’m stuck, I just keep at it until the words flow again. Talking out ideas to others also helps, or taking the story in a new and dramatic direction also spark inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Middle Sage - Amen! When I’m stuck I have an imaginary therapist in my head…I go see her and I always hear an interesting storyReplyCancel

  • Grown and Flown - The advice at BlogHer was so right. We can never anticipate what readers will like, I find I always guess wrong, so we should write what we like. I have had to find a pen while still dripping wet from the shower. When I am driving I use Siri to transcribe posts and yet I can sit in front of my computer and…nothing. Go figure.
    Grown and Flown recently posted..How Parents Ruin Youth Sports…By Obsessing About WinningMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Beverly Diehl - My battle is not to write – I can always babble on the keyboard about something stupid – but to face the things I don’t WANT to write about, the things that scare me or make me cry. The things I *need* to write about.

    On those things, hello, avoidance!
    Beverly Diehl recently posted..Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Turquoise Circles, and Dead DogsMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Abby, so “write” (ha!). Best to just let it be and it will happen instead of stressing ourselves out. It’s just hard sometimes when it appears that others write so easily and I struggle so much. Thanks for your comment :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Monroe Morton - Thanks for sharing it was great to read as I struggle with always letting life get in the way of me writing a book, sometimes I think it is just an excuse but I can’t focus when I have so much going on and it gets frustrating because then I start having self doubt ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - First, thank you for the shout-out in your post today. It’s always so great to hear that other bloggers who I adore, like you, appreciate me and my writing. And you know I’m one of your biggest fans :)

    Second, writing is like a muscle (not that I know that much about muscles…) and needs to be used as often as possible to stay strong. If you’re in a slump, it’s ok – start reading, instead. Writers MUST read in order to be inspired, I think.

    Now that you have your nest to yourself again, I expect great stuff from you! And I know you can do it because you’re, well, a goddess.
    Sharon Greenthal recently posted..You Carry It With YouMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Matt Steiner - Lovely post. Writing and I have had a bittersweet relationship (in fact, I’m reading other blog posts now in order to cope with my own writer’s block). Know that you’re not alone! And the bit about ‘writing like no one’s watching’ is tough to follow but INCREDIBLY important. ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Aw…Sharon, that’s the nicest comment I’ve ever received! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! xoReplyCancel

  • Quis Mevfvo - I always have a few backup posts ready for those times when creativity eludes me. Loved the advice you added!
    Quis Mevfvo recently posted..BBQ Sauce: How to be a Sexy, Smooth-talkerMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0 - Thank you for the shout out! I just got a Google Alert from your HuffPost pickup (wish they’d linked me, though, cough cough ;)).
    Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0 recently posted..In Defense of Maria KangMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - My pleasure, Jenn! Loved your piece :) ReplyCancel

  • Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0 - BTW, what eventually worked for me was the same thing- turning off my brain. Showers, driving, etc.
    Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0 recently posted..In Defense of Maria KangMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Manal The Go Go Girl - Glad to know that even the greatest and seasoned bloggers have writers block or don’t feel like writing. Stopped by to read some of your posts so I can vote. Love it!ReplyCancel

What To Put In A Care Package 2.0

When I first wrote this, I left out suggestions for what to send boys. Oops. So, I’ve added a few new items to the list. Also, did I mention that I save boxes from when the friendly UPS and FedEx men make their deliveries. (Online shopping in my pj’s is fun.) Yep, I’ve got a […]

View entire post >

  • Michelle Chiklis - You are motivating me to put my package together. I am going to pick up some hair -ties and mad libs.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Carpool Goddess - My pleasure Michelle! It was so fun. I can’t wait until her birthday in October. Let the shopping begin :) ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Now I feel like a bad mother…My son started classes three days ago and I haven’t sent a thing…Luckily he’s not at the same college as mini-me or I’d be in the dog house. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - It’s not too late Elaine! Get shopping girlfriend!ReplyCancel

  • Suzette - Great ideas! I still love putting care packages together for my son. I do it for all the holidays, too. At Halloween, I sent him a mini pumpkin and a bag of spider web stuff. This last one was not used to decorate, but to torture a sleeping roomate by wrapping his bunk with it and trapping him behind the neon green web. Ha!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Oh, Halloween, I can hardly wait to do that box! Love the idea of making a package for all the holidays. My hubby will think I’m nuts. LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - Mini-me is very lucky! Beauty products like great smelling lotion are always good.ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Beauty products…great idea Christina. She’s a lip gloss lover, so that will be in the next box.ReplyCancel

  • Manic Motherhood - Send me a care package…pretty please?ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - LOL! What’s your address Manic?ReplyCancel

  • Diana - I love care packages, and yours sounded cool and eclectic. Wonder how long those munchies will last once the word gets out.ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Thanks, Diana. Her birthday is in October so I’m already thinking of fun things to send her. Anything to keep me busy!ReplyCancel

  • Your Doctor's Wife - I send gift cards for Starbucks and Target. That way I don’t have to pay for shipping. She is always happy to receive them!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Gift cards are a great idea! Thanks, Your Doctor’s Wife :) ReplyCancel

  • BHMom - I sent a care package around finals time. Late night studying brings on the munchies. His had chocolate covered raisins, Newmans pretzels and dried mango. There’s no Whole Foods near campus so he really liked it.ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Mmmm…chocolate covered raisins. I think those will be in her next package.ReplyCancel

  • Lane - Love the idea of this care package, but I can’t even think about the day that I have to send our little guy off to college! The tears are already flowing. Definitely bookmark this idea for later :) ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Enjoy your sweet little guy! Don’t worry, you have a looong way to go before college.ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - College would have been so much better with care packages like this. The only thing I ever got were shipments of mashed twinkies from my 80 year old grandmother. Your daughter is so lucky to have you!!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Thanks, Jordan. It was certainly a labor of love putting it together. Mini-Me is very appreciative.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Hurley - You are the CUTEST mom ever!!! I remember those care packages well…I lived for them! My mom always stuck in a bag of tootsie roll pops…great study aid! I just sent my oldest to Kindergarten…so I’m working on my artistic skills while writing little love notes :) ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Thanks, Katie! I used to put love notes in their lunch boxes. So much fun! Sometimes, I’d put in cute napkins too.ReplyCancel

  • Lorena - I want one of these so bad!!! It must be so fun to get this in the mail! Mini- Me is so lucky!!!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Lorena, I had so much fun putting this together. I’m already making a list of what to put in the next one – her birthday is in October :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Maizes - I wish MY mom sent me care packages like this! Wait a second…am I going to have to do this too??? Suddenly I understand my mother better…ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - I’m just a crazy mom trying to stay busy now that the nest is empty. Ack!!! I’ll send you one too :) ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Savage - Great post! Hope the adjustment to empty nester goes smoothly. I’ll be watching. I’ve got my oldest “on deck”!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Carolyn, so far so good. The afternoons are a little tricky. Good luck with senior year!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Murphy - Great ideas! I suddenly wish I was back in college! The sparkly leopard nail decals are my fave idea!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - I didn’t go away to college, but I wish I did. I would have loved a box like this too.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah|Salt & Nectar - I loved getting care packages from my mom, when in college. DVDs were a great item to find, too (although, I think they were actuall VHS back then…). She was always very cute and sent something extra just for my roommate too. It made everyone feel comforted.ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Sarah, I like that idea of sending something just for the roommate too. I told Mini-Me to share her goodies with her roommate and dorm friends. She’s probably having a little party as I write this ;) ReplyCancel

  • Hayley - I send Sharri’s Deluxe chocolate covered strawberries. They are delicious and so fun to receive.ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - That sounds yummy! Chocolate covered raisins are good too :) ReplyCancel

  • Pam @Mommacan - I am pretty sure mine will need ample popcorn. It is there go to snack. I love the new Ritz with the cheddar on one side and the pretzel on the other. And I am not sure, but I think laughing cow cheese in the small triangles can be kept in a cool dry place if no fridge is present.

    OMG, it is gross but what about Cheeze in a Can?


    • Carpool Goddess - The popcorn is a great idea. That’s going in the next box.ReplyCancel

  • Mommia - Just mailed my first born his first care package last week $19! I sent practical stuff like envelopes, stamps, mail, new credit and debit cards, socks, undies. Then letters or short notes from siblings. I had siblings pick a food to put in box from the pantry and there was chocolate, granola bars and a can of frosting! ya, not sure about that one but the child who picked it said “i would like it if someone sent me a can of frosting” so I left it in the box with his note :) We sent confetti (who knows), caution duct tape (like police use), 8 pairs of silly glasses (they’ve been making silly videos) and I guess the rest was just snack foods, cash, gift cards oh and I tried to ship cupcakes in the plastic container from the local bakery I thought hey he’ll receive the box in two days it could possibly arrive ok…..well, they were a bit melted but he skyped us and was licking the frosting off the top of the package (after sharing some of course) he didn’t mind the melted cupcakes!ReplyCancel

    • Carpool Goddess - Very clever. I love the clean out the pantry and send it idea! I wish someone would send me frosting, too :) ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I love this! It brings back memories of care packages we sent our kids at overnight camp, and actually, the care packages my mother sent me when I went to camp. It’s as much fun putting them together as it is for our kids to receive them, right?ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Great ideas, although the picture of your secret stash is my favorite! I used to have that, too, but I started to get worried that it was a fire hazard!ReplyCancel

  • Jordan Catapano - Seriously? Mom of the Year!!! She will appreciate this forever!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - I should remember this! I love all the personal touches you included!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - Linda, this makes me want to send my daughter a care package…she’s on a school trip to Catalina. Of course, I can’t but I miss her like crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Hetzel Kivimaki - Wow, I want to be your daughter! I am the horrible Mom who never sends a care package. :( You’ve inspired me to do one at some point this year.

  • Sandra Sallin - What great ideas. Love them. The list should be handed out to parents when kids are accepted by colleges. Great list.

    We save our Amazon boxes also.

Wordless Wednesday: Now I’ve Seen Everything

Now I’ve seen everything. In an effort to get a jump-start on the holiday season, this clever store owner decided to combine Halloween and Christmas. Gorgeous tree, but something seems a little off here. Oh, that’s right. Thanksgiving is woefully unrepresented. Quick somebody grab a Butterball Turkey.    

View entire post >

Weekly Recap: 5 Things That Got My Attention

It’s Sunday, and I know you’re probably working off brunch and anxiously awaiting the Breaking Bad season finale tonight, but, just in case you missed them, here are a few of my favorites from the web, things I discovered and where I’ve been this week.   What made me laugh: Will Ferrerll’s 2013 Emmy Awards […]

View entire post >

Five Days Without Internet: A Blessing Or A Curse?

The five days I didn’t have internet access at home were painful and strangely wonderful – just not at the same time. It all started one morning when I went to my desk, coffee in hand, as I always do, to start my day. A few clicks and nothing. No bars. No Safari. Nothing. Hence, […]

View entire post >

  • Yvonne Thomas - As days past, I am spending more and more time on the Internet at home. thenI never leave home without my IPad even though I don’t always find the time to access it, but, I am comforted in knowing it is close be. Addicted, I think soReplyCancel

  • Mo at Mocadeaux - Hahaha! I laughed at the image of you camped out in the Starbucks parking lot accessing the wi-fi. It made me think of a scene we might see on a Dateline episode about people who hang out in the parking lot and hack into the computers of unsuspecting customers inside.
    I get very twitchy if my internet is down, or even slow. I almost forget that I can do a lot of my blog work and writing offline. That would make me way less tempted to check Facebook and Twitter (both my personal and blog profiles for each) every ten minutes! Talk about time wasters! OK, so I’m not going to disconnect my internet but I may try closing the browser windows to keep temptation at bay.
    Thanks for the insight!
    Mo at Mocadeaux recently posted..My Eclectic Taste In MusicMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Jane Gassner (@MidLifeBloggers) - Oh god, my blood ran cold when I read your opening paragraphs. I’m so impressed that you could muster up the will to do all that work. I would have just sulked!
    Jane Gassner (@MidLifeBloggers) recently posted..Greetings from the State of Surrender!My ProfileReplyCancel

  • Nina - Oh– it’s such a struggle. My husband has the wireless set to go down from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. My phone has 3G though so I still sometimes end up stealing a glance that way. Sign of a true addict.

    I did make some strides though when I cut way down on my iPhone time by not charging it in the bedroom. I’ve kept that good habit and it does make difference–just that one change.
    Nina recently posted..Why Couple Friends MatterMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Natalie - The Cat Lady Sings - I must say, I like a good power outage. It gives me an excuse to just read…
    However, I’m kind of spoiled, seeing as I married an IT guy…
    Natalie – The Cat Lady Sings recently posted..Cat Colony on the BluffMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Lisha Fink - I have sat in the coffee shop parking lot often. Sometimes i wa’s because was sporting the look you described. Sometimes it was because there were too many hipsters inside.
    Lisha Fink recently posted..Good riddance.My ProfileReplyCancel

  • Elaine - I thought that was you in the parking lot!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - I can relate to all of this!! It’s awful to be so consumed with our “blog world” isn’t it? Awful and wonderful… or else we wouldn’t keep coming back to it over and over again.

    I am working on setting boundaries better… it’s SO hard. But I am missing out on “life” in the real world, although writing and reaching and connecting are my passion- I love and need to connect in real life too. Oh, and do things like feed my children and laundry and crap like that… ;)
    Chris Carter recently posted..What’s Your Love Language?My ProfileReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - I look forward to Hurricanes just for this reason. What?
    A Pleasant House recently posted..A Tribute To SecretsMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Linda, I think many of us can relate to this post. I had my computer “go down” twice in the past few months…Once I spilled a glass of red wine across the keyboard {I live in the Wine Country, so a glass here and there is a must} and my computer went totally “black” on me, like gone, bonkers over and done…I panicked and cried, my heart was racing and after looking at the face of my hubby and kids, it had dawned on me that I was a social media junkie…one hot mess of a mom, thinking she could NOT live without all this. I am the one who complained about social media in the first place. It was a blessing as I have not learned to log off and shut down a few times during the day and be a mom and a wife and enjoy me and life..:) I just make more time for working out, catching up with the kids and spend more time in the kitchen meal planning…which is actually fun :) Great postReplyCancel

  • Tracie - I really do get so much more done when our internet goes down.

    Time management is hard. I need help being better with it, too.
    Tracie recently posted..Things To Do: Be AwesomeMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Nicole - We had a power outage which resulted in a loss of connection for another day. 2 days without internet?!? I thought I was going to die- Every time I went to do something I was stopped with, “Oh, wait, I need power to do that. And wifi.” But I was happy that the kids were forced to play with each other and we unplugged for a couple days!
    Nicole recently posted..Craftstick Scarecrow Craft: Vol. 2, Day 28My ProfileReplyCancel

  • Paula Benedetti Danner - Amazing what we can accomplish when not distracted by electronics!! Good for you! I did it once, once was probably good for me – ha (came from FtheF)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - This is the stuff nightmares are made of! Stopping by from Finding the Funny. Great blog! Hope you can visit some time.
    Andrea recently posted..Whatever Will I Do Today?My ProfileReplyCancel

Amazingly Delicious Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s important to know one’s limitations. I have very little skill in the kitchen. Clearly, not why my husband married me. So when my daughter, Mini-Me, found this easy recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that has very few ingredients, and from start to finish takes less than fifteen minutes, she had my attention. I’ve […]

View entire post >

Summer Lovin’ (Had Me A Blast)

Music has a way of moving me and bringing back the most heartfelt memories, much like taste and smell. The scent of Coppertone takes me back to when I was a child. (Best. Smell. Ever.) Some butter-cream frostings have the same affect on me too. Anyone familiar with Hansen’s Cakes in L.A. knows what I’m […]

View entire post >

  • Kim Jorgensen Gane - Afternoon Delight and Stairway to Heaven remind me of still innocent summer camp romance. *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Wagner - I think all the Beach Boys songs remind me of summer. Just looking at a picture of the Beach Boys even makes me think of summer. You can’t even picture them in snow wearing winter coats.
    Jennifer Wagner recently posted..The Snugg iPad Case ReviewMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - A Summer Place. It takes me way back to place before…ReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne Tuggle Payne - Oh yeah-I remember listening to My Sharona on an 8 track….ReplyCancel

  • Kay Lynn Akers - I picked School’s out as my favorite summer song. Love that music from the 70′s!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - School’s Out always made me happy! Would love to see you as Sandy!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Schwartz Mills - Eight tracks. I don’t miss those! But oh – what great memories these songs bring up.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - What fun to combine the songs of summer with road trips. I’m afraid I used to play show tunes – Broadway musicals in the car with my kids to where these days they know many of them by heart. So those too are songs of summer to me – and hopefully to them.
    Barbara recently posted..Yarn and an empty nestMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Beverly Diehl - Yankee Candle makes one called “Sun and Sand” that is the nearest mix I have found to that blend of Coppertone, warm sun, and saltwater goodness. It’s my go-to candle for summer nights.

    Love your list. Yes, anything Beach Boys makes you think of summer, summer.
    Beverly Diehl recently posted..Summer Fun, Summer Songs #GenFabMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - I won’t mock you about 8 track since we owned on 8 track these title: Captain and Tennille and The Osmond Brothers, which my mother purchased for my two sisters, my mother and I to listen to on the long drive between Orange Co. California and Utah County, Utah were we had relatives. Muskrat Love? Crazy Horses. Yes, I still know some of the lyrics. Fun list. And it’s fun to know others who were around for that blip of time when 8 tracks were the craze.ReplyCancel

  • Phoebe Wulliman Graber - Oh those Coppertone days before any concerns of skin cancer! Had totally not thought about Grease and “Summer Lovin’”! Can also relate to the Captain and Tennille and cranking the radio with My Sharona! Great collection to jog many memories!
    Phoebe Wulliman Graber recently posted..S’more Summer Songs Not to be Missed!My ProfileReplyCancel

  • PhotogCynthia - Great songs. I remember them all. Ahhhhhh – the smell of Coppertone, brings back so many memories including making out with Mike S. in the beach dunes!!!
    PhotogCynthia recently posted..While We Were Watching Downton AbbeyMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Kathy Marris - Definitely ‘Boys of Summer’ by The Eagles. It reminds of having little holiday romances with boys when I was a teenager.
    Kathy Marris recently posted..The most important day of your lifeMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Lynn Kellan - Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart (Elton John) always reminds me of my summers!
    Lynn Kellan recently posted..My dog loves sex scenesMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Lisa Newlin - These are good summer ones, but I love Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime” and Tim McGraw’s “Something like that.” Both are songs about summer that always make me smile. ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Bradley-Colleary - Hey girl — love your list. Mine is the soundtrack from The Electric Horseman with the dazzling Robert Redford. Unfortunately you can’t find that soundtrack anymore. “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. They never at home and they’re always alone, even with someone they love.” Sigh.
    Shannon Bradley-Colleary recently posted..My Shiksa Daughters Want to be JewishMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • grownandflown - Linda, thanks for your wonderful summer music list and I AM impressed that you got the movie premier tickets, btw. I loved all of these songs and remember listening to the Beach Boys – my older sister’s favorite – feeling like she was opening the doors to teenage life by introducing me to their fabulous music. Listening to the BB, in particular, takes me back.
    grownandflown recently posted..8 Best of the Empty NestMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Those are great songs, Linda! Of course anything from “Grease” reminds me of summer. I love the last scene!

    I think the Beach Boys take everyone back, don’t they?

    Great list.
    Cathy Chester recently posted..The No-Iron Foxcroft Collection: How It Makes Life Easier For Someone With A DisabilityMy ProfileReplyCancel

  • Emma - Hotel California. Definitely.
    And talk about dating oneself. I proudly owned the Christy and Jimmy McNichol 8track. Anyone? Anyone?ReplyCancel