Kathy and Judy are Returning to Girlfriend-Land

Have you heard the news?!?! Kathy O'Malley and Judy Markey are returning to fill the airwaves at WGN Radio with their signature brand of smart, hilarious fabulosity. I can't wait!Fans of the "Girlfriends" will know what a big deal this is. ...more

Napa Valley Wine Tasting Tips

Girls' Night In

I love, love, love getting together with girlfriends for what I like to call "Girl's Night In"....more

Visiting My Chip and Dale

How on earth did our grand babies get to be so big?It seems like just yesterday that our son, Walt, was in his high chair eating pureed prunes, and now, a minute later, he is feeding his own children pureed prunes. (Oh, sorry, now they are called "dried plums"….like that really makes a difference…)...more

Wine Tasting Party

Once a year we host a wine tasting party.It’s like second Christmas for my husband, Peter.The idea for this party originated six years ago as a cover for a surprise birthday party.  The birthday boy never suspected a thing!  He just thought it was a party to help Peter and I with inventory reduction....more

Channelling Our Inner Oprah

Recently I heard a story that made me think of what it would be like to be Oprah.My friends were about to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. His son and family live in London so they don’t get to see much of one another. A few days before the anniversary, the son called my friends and said he had prepared a big surprise for them. He had arranged for a limo to pick them up and take them to a five star restaurant in Chicago. The son had made all the arrangements for the special celebration....more

Oregon Wine Tasting

It's true. I'm a very lucky gal.Immediately after my glorious girlfriends' trip to Montana, Peter and I headed to the Willamette Valley for an anniversary weekend of Oregon wine tasting.(By the way, I learned that the correct way to pronounce Willamette is "wi-LAM-it, rhymes with dammit.  You're welcome.)...more

Trail Ride and Cookout

We did not let rainy weather deter us from our horseback trail ride, led by our fabulous wrangler Adriana. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures along the trail, something about not wanting us to be distracted riders, but this was the view from the top where we had our cookout....more

Backpacks and Bear Spray

Tomorrow I leave for my girlfriends' getaway trip to Glacier National Park. I can't wait to share pictures from beautiful Big Sky Country! And I can't wait to share the fun with these wonderful women whom I have known and loved for over 30 years.My already overstuffed suitcase contains my hiking shoes (diligently broken in to avoid blisters), band-aids in case I get blisters, three different jackets plus a rain poncho, various layers of clothing and two pairs of travel pants.Do you have a pair of these fabulous pants?...more

Are You An Expert Gift Giver?

Does anyone else buy gifts largely based on the recipient's ease of returning said gift?...more