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Aging Gracefully

By Liza Kovacs, M.S.C, M.A., Fitness Contributor

Wow. I know I am not the only one who thinks about the future and wish for this, to be spared somewhat from the ravages of time and to sail through the twilight of my life with ease and elegance. My older sister reminded me again recently about Baby Boomers and their needs. While I fall a year short of being officially…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 7, 2013 at 6:17am — No Comments

Bloody Marys – A Diverse Cocktail for This Memorial Weekend

By Audrey van Petegem, Chief Editor

Who knew that it was an American bartender, working at a bar in Paris in the roaring 20′s, that would come up with the iconic American drink that is the Bloody Mary.

Traditionally, the Bloody Mary is made with vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and garnished with a lime; all served in a tall glass. This cocktail has come a…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 6, 2013 at 7:56am — No Comments

Le Nez du Vin – Make Scents of Wine

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife

Wine aficionado, wine snob, wine geek or sommelier in training? We all know one. Or want to become one. Well, here  are some great kits to up the ante by Le Nez du Vin by Wine Aromas.…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 5, 2013 at 6:44am — No Comments

My After-Life Series ~ Tricks of the Trade

By Susan Keats, Contributor &  Seize-the-Day Propagandist

My new next door neighbor has 2 little kids. When we moved into this house years ago, I also had two little kids, and in the very house where my new neighbor lives there lived 3 teenage girls. I would look at my tiny kids and then at the big girls next door and find it very hard to imagine that my girls…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 4, 2013 at 6:29am — No Comments

Has “Mad Men” Brought Back the Romance of the Cocktail?

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor

If you are a fan of the Mad  Men show, then you know that the era’s drink of choice was the cocktail – and not just one… Set in the 60′s in NYC, the era romanticized the Rat Pack’s image of a bottomless drink and a smoke, a vice for each hand.

Forget about the…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 3, 2013 at 7:01am — No Comments

Burton History Trees – The Original Word Cloud

By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife

Burton History Tree Sixties Music Father’s Day is coming up. Might you have a rabid vintage music fan as a husband, father, brother? Or a wannabe music historian? The Burton History…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 2, 2013 at 6:37am — No Comments

Making Your Dreams Come True: Can’t do it? Sure you can.

By Carol Cassara – Contributor & Midlife Wrangler

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Since we’re living healthier and longer, we Boomers are finding time to do the things we once dreamed of doing. I’m sharing my own path to making a dream come true with you, and hope that…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on June 1, 2013 at 7:10am — No Comments

Father's Day Gift Guide

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These Father’s Day gift ideas are brought to you by GGAB, aka the Gift Giving Advisory Board’s in our Second Annual Sponsored Father’s Day Gift Guide. Enjoy this novel selection from independent creative businesses that excel at delighting us with their ingenious new products. …

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Added by The Succulent Wife on May 31, 2013 at 6:26pm — No Comments

You Got a Standing Desk. Now, How to Stand Comfortably.

By Liza Kovacs, M.S.C, M.A., Fitness Contributor

My sister (Chief Wife here at TSW) has been on me about this post for a couple of months now.

She needed some help transitioning from working sitting to standing. You might have read a previous…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on May 31, 2013 at 9:44am — No Comments

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

In this year’s sponsored Valentine’s Day gift guide – brought to you by the Gift Giving Advisory Board - we propose an array of items that are sure to delight everyone. From the very young and on up, our quality advertisers are here to serve you and help you in your gift giving – you don’t even need to leave home – your gifts…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on January 15, 2013 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Holiday Gift Guide

For many, the holidays are one of the most exciting time of the year – and one of

the most stressful! Who wants to spend time in a crowded and hot mall buying the same old boring gifts year after year?

That’s exactly why you need the Gift Giving Advisory Board’s 3rd Annual Sponsored Holiday Gift Guide – presented to you below.

From the comfort of your own home or office, you can choose unique gifts that your recipients will love – allowing you to spend time with your…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on November 20, 2012 at 7:39am — No Comments

Turning 50: 8 Pieces of Advice I Would Give My 20 Year-Old Self

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor

My husband surprised me with a 50th birthday party this summer. He invited all my friends throughout my many stages of life to come and share pictures of me when they knew-me-back-when. It was really fun to watch the slide show and reminisce about the good times with old friends.

There was one of me on my father’s sailboat that my…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on November 13, 2012 at 11:18am — No Comments

Hostess Gift Guide (to be a good guest)

My mother always told me to NEVER arrive empty handed when invited to a party. A bottle of wine, a box of fine chocolates and flowers are the old standbys, but if you want clever and unexpected gift ideas to woo your host or hostess and guarantee a repeat invitation, you have…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on November 3, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

My After Life Series - Sunshine and Cupcakes

By Susan Keats, Contributor &  Seize-the-Day Propagandist

I want to share this story because it is true and I think it is a beautiful story on many levels. It also helps to explain another reason why your small gifts or moments of kindness can be so meaningful.

I was still undergoing chemo, but with my family’s blessing, I…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on August 31, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Greek Green Pie Recipe

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor

When Anne-Marie and I went to Rancho La Puerta to celebrate my 50th we had the opportunity to attend a cooking class at…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on August 30, 2012 at 1:05pm — No Comments

The Diet du Jour: Dukan

The Succulent Wife’s note: We are always wary of the latest diet fad and never pay much attention, but friends and family members seem to be raving about this particular diet. Really. Firsthand accounts. So we decided to take a closer – and scientific – look by asking our very own Dr. T to weigh on the merit of Dukan’s approach. Seems valid but, of course,…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on August 30, 2012 at 12:50pm — No Comments

My After Life Series - Hot Stuff!

By Susan Keats, Contributor &  Seize-the-Day Propagandist

Ever wake up and think, gee, I’d like to walk over hot coals today, just to see if I can? There was a story in the news recently about a number of people going to the hospital with…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on August 30, 2012 at 11:31am — No Comments

Gluten-Free Summer Pasta - Recipe

By Amie Valpone, Culinary Marketing Consultant & CEO of the gluten-free blog, The Healthy Apple.

Summer is truly the time to enjoy the outdoors and organize impromptu gatherings and…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 31, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Praline Souffle With Raspberry Sauce Recipe

By Greg Patent – Guest Contributor and Baking Wizard

Here’s a perfect light and airy dessert for summer.  Over forty years ago I fell in love with a recipe called Praline Soufflé Fifi, a creation of the late and great Michael Field.  You beat egg whites with sugar to make a meringue and fold in a homemade powdered pecan praline. After baking the soufflé in a hot…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 26, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Turning 50 - 6 Things I Learned About Turning 50

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor

It has been six months since I started this series on turning 50 and, finally, the day arrived last Sunday, June 10th. It is official! I am half a century old. Woot!

I am so thankful that I took this opportunity to celebrate my 50th…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 26, 2012 at 2:10pm — No Comments

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