November 18, 2018

apple, orange, cranberry sauce

If you’re like me, you’re not a big fan of the cranberry sauce that magically retains the shape of the can it comes out of. After avoiding this side dish at every pertinent holiday, several years ago, I discovered a Williams-Sonoma recipe for apple, orange, cranberry sauce and my family and I have never looked back. While I’ve altered it a bit from the original, trust me when I say it’s every bit as delicious as the first year I made it. I am very thankful for this flavorful cranberry medley and think you will be too. Happy holidays!

Book Review: Lover At Last

I declared my love for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series in this blog a while ago. That hasn’t changed. The latest book, Lover At Last, number 11, came out (you’ll get the pun later) a few weeks ago. For anyone who has read the books, they know that for many readers this one was a long time coming. Each book usually focuses on one of the ‘brothers’ or someone in their world and then...

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How to Manage Your Personal Brand

Have you ever worked for someone who wasn’t well-respected? They’re in a management position but they aren’t regarded well by their manager or their peers?  Have you ever wondered how this affects you? When you work for someone whom everyone respects, it’s normal to feel safe, secure, and with the right skills–to have a sense of confidence in climbing the corporate ladder. But what if no one gives your manager a second thought, or...

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TV Marketing Ploys–Do They Work?

There aren’t many shows that I stay up-to-date on. Actually, there are 3 to be exact: The Following, Scandal, and Criminal Minds. I could go on and on about my love for each show–and actually did about Scandal in an earlier post, but that’s not why we’re here today… Speaking of Scandal… As far as I know, and from everything I see on Twitter and Facebook–Scandal has been received incredibly well by viewers–men and...

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The Importance of Staying Relevant

Have you ever noticed that some of the most entertaining commercials on tv are for things we don’t really need to buy every day? I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but some of the most memorable commercials–good or bad–are those about insurance. Not cookies, not furniture, not some other product, but–insurance. Farmers Insurance has done a fabulous job of staying relevant and top of mind. They run commercials on how to put...

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Create Your Ideal Work Space

I’ve been a bit of a vagabond today. I have a lot of irons in the fire and I needed to be in an environment where I could: focus be free of distractions have open space so I could spread out if I needed to (I come with a lot of devices: iPad, MacBook, paper planner, bottle of water, etc.–hence why my new Kate Spade green super tote always weighs 800lbs., but I digress…)...

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3 Steps to Finding the Right Conference

As part of my personal and professional development, each year I am required to attend classes, seminars, conferences, etc. Over time, I have successfully attended some of the worst conferences ever held. Stayed in some of the most horrid hotels. And been everything from enlightened and bored from the materials being presented to downright frightened by the accommodations I’ve stayed in. At this point, I consider myself to be a bit of an expert...

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