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KODO: “Soul of Motion”

My most recent trip to the west coast didn’t go as planned but it did afford me the opportunity to connect with friends and former co-workers. My friends at Mazda graciously provided me a 2017 Mazada3 hatchback to use during my time in LA in exchange for a review on Carpe Diem with Jasmine. I… View Article

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Baked Goods

There’s something special about spreading holiday cheer with holiday baking. Here are a few holiday baked good recipes I shared on WCCO-TV MidMorning today PERFECT for the busy person or non-baker looking to spread a little holiday cheer with fresh yummy home cooked baked goods.

A Christmas Gift to Myself

There are seven days left until Christmas, and I finally know what I’m giving myself for Christmas this year, GRACE. Carolyn Myss defines grace as “a power that comes in and transforms a moment into something better.” I’m a person that strives to live in the present moment, but regrettably, I’ve myself not able to… View Article

Small Space Entertaining Hacks

Perhaps you’re like me, and you live in a condo, or maybe you live in an apartment, or your house isn’t as large as you would like it to be. Here are a few tips for maximizing your space when entertaining in small spaces.    1.) Host something other than dinner   Photo Credit: Evite… View Article

Fashion Trends for Spring 2016

Photo Credit:   Personal style isn’t about chasing every single trend seen on the runway at fashion week. Style is about having clothing that allows the wearer feel confident and beautiful based on fashion trends and personal preference. Style is about wearing clothing that works for YOU.   COLOR Bold colors, jewel tones Expect… View Article

Guess Who’s in O, The Oprah Magazine

    Imagine my excitement when my friends at O, The Oprah Magazine invited me to participate in a fashion shoot for an article about their spring fashion collection exclusively available at Talbots. It’s not every day that a girl is styled by Adam Glassman, Creative Director for O, The Oprah Magazine.   Click here… View Article

Super Bowl 2016 Commercial Bingo

Add a little friendly competition to your SuperBowl Party with Super Bowl Commercial Bingo. Click the graphic to download the printable template.   

Wendy Williams and I Discuss An Unexpected Opportunity for Change

  Thanks Wendy for the congratulatory wishes on Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day! Many of you know I have a love-hate relationship with reality TV. The Real Housewives are one of my guilty pleasures and on the other hand, I believe that reality TV is one of the reasons so many people… View Article

Not Your Mother’s Minivan

I don’t have kids, and the majority of my mommy friends drive SUVs instead of minivans. However, during a recent encounter with the Toyota Sienna, I discovered the minivans of today are nothing like the minivans moms drove during my childhood. The week before Christmas I was given an opportunity to cruise around the Twin… View Article

The 2016 Camaro, An All American Car

I was invited to take a road trip in a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro as a part of Chevrolet’s Find New Roads Trip Tour. My road trip buddy, Sara Jensen and I journeyed to #FindNewRoads in a Red Six Generation Chevrolet Camaro SS by traveling over 1,000 miles, visiting seven states, discovering new sites, talking to… View Article

Wendy Williams Wants YOUR Opinion

Friends, Wendy Williams, wants YOUR opinion on the HOTTEST topic of the WEEK! Watch the video below and share YOUR opinion on this HOT TOPIC in the comment section.     I believe in redemption, and I grew up with my mom saying, “it’s not over until the FAT lady sings.” I’m reminded every day… View Article

Cruising Around in Arizona in a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

My friends at Mitsubishi graciously allowed me to borrow a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL during a recent trip to Scottsdale to scope out a location for an upcoming “special event.” Here are my TOP 5 Mitsubishi Outlander features and benefits. Size—> The car is solid, and I felt very comfortable driving it. It wasn’t too light… View Article

Beer and Personality Type

A few girlfriends and I recently got together for a casual “Girl’s Weekend.”  We divided up the planning and preparation of meals and activities. One of my friends, Heather Manley led us through a pumpkin beer tasting that included a few none pumpkin beers. Shortly after my girls’ weekend I discovered an article about Beer… View Article

The Great Minnesota Get-Together

Until moving to Minnesota, I didn’t have an appreciation for state fairs.The Minnesota State Fair changed that in one visit! The Minnesota State Fair also known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together is the second-biggest fair in the country and always ranks as one of the United States’ best state fairs. It last for 12 days… View Article

Sharpening the Saw at my First Blogger’s Conference

I’m a huge fan and follower of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.  The 7th Habit of Highly Successful People, as stated by Covey, is Sharpening the Saw. Sharpening the Saw is a commitment to preserving and improving one’s self in four areas: • Physical • Social/Emotional • Mental • Spiritual  … View Article

Forgiving, Freeing and Releasing

Today is the beginning of Lent. Lent is viewed as a time of repentance for many denominations of Christianity. According to Wikipedia repentance is “the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs. Repentance generally involves a commitment to personal change and resolving to live a more responsible and humane… View Article

4th of July Entertaining

Those of you know that know me, you know I love celebrating holidays and I enjoying entertaining and hosting. The 4th of July is one of my favorite summer holidays! It’s the celebration of the day the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States…. View Article

Seize the Day Lovers!

Valentine’s Day is often a day of mixed emotions. For those that have a special person in their life it’s a day to commemorate their  love and special feelings for one another. It often involves gifts, a special meal and romance. Some people dread the day due to the fact that it reminds them that… View Article

Glamorama: Fashion in a New Light (Minneapolis)

This past Friday I had the honor of attending Macy’s Glamorama fashion show in Minneapolis as a guest blogger.   Macy’s Glamorama has been on my “list” for several years because it is one of the TOP fashion events in Minneapolis but more importantly it’s a GREAT Party with a Purpose! Those of you that personally know… View Article