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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

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CoverGirl’s CoverBoy: No, No, No

This is disturbing on so many levels. Do men use cosmetics? Yes, upon occasion. I have no problem acknowledging that a guy could need a moisturizer. He may have a blemish that requires a coverup. If he’s in the public eye, a bronzer might give him a healthy glow. For television appearances, light powder would…


Living the Good Life at Dollar Tree

Even if you’re on a budget, you could be living the good life by shopping at Dollar Tree. Olives, pickles… no caviar, though. Gnocchi, balsamic-style vinegar…. A dozen soft oatmeal cookies the size of your hand, little pecan pinwheels perfect for afternoon tea or a languid brunch…. Turns out that the dollar store is no…


Terrific Torrone

I don’t know what’s happened to me. Maybe after decades of marriage, I’m turning into my husband-! That could be a problem, as I explain to people who pass me a message to give to him, or vice-versa: he’s the beard, I’m the blond. Let’s keep it straight, folks. Anyway, he’s the Italian side of…


Life of Fred

It’s hysterical, whimsical, delightful and practical. “Life of Fred” is an elementary level math program on steroids with high school language arts, as well. Its entertainment value stems from its eccentricity, written by Stan Schmidt, Ph.D, and his books’ main protagonist, Fred Gauss, born on the western slopes of the Siberian mountains. Professor Schmidt doesn’t…


Scottie Gift Wrap

Well, I may have received a few holiday gifts. Petite pieces full of sentiment and wrapped in beautiful… Scottie Gift Wrap!!! I was so enjoying the tiny packages with Scottish Terriers snowboarding and skiing that Benedetto had to remind me to open them. This little bag. That little bag. I was surrounded by my bearded…


Selfie on a Stick

Who knew? Selfie on a stick. Click stick. Never heard about it. Made Time magazine’s “Top 25 Inventions of 2014”, was on Good Morning, America, the Today Show, in the New York Post, Fashion Week Daily, and more. How did I hear about this amazing invention? Every Asian tourist in Washington, DC, had one in…