Three little words: Thank you, Chicago

Today is my last Stop and Blog The Roses post for ChicagoNow as H and I are relocating to the City of Angels. But I will continue to blog the roses at BlogHer so please find me here and follow me on Facebook here and Twitter @FernRonay to keep up with the amazing adventures of... Read more »

How to sell your home … with the help of a statue

Every red-blooded Italian American knows. It’s practically common knowledge. I mean, honestly, how does everyone not know this perfectly logical, perfectly valid technique for the sale of a home? It’s simple.  You get a statue of St. Joseph. You bury it, upside down, facing the street, on your front lawn. Of course. So, shortly after... Read more »

Stop and Blog the Roses is going Hollywood

Oh yes, we’re heading west! Mr. & Mrs. Ronay are moving to L.A. After almost six years in Chicago, opportunities and new adventures are calling the Ronays to the left coast. It’s put me in a bit of a reflective state, thinking about some of the funny, fabulous, far out (far out, right? That’s how... Read more »
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Child Free: Six Assumptions Not to Make about the Child Free

I would never presume to speak for all of the child free men and women out there so I will say, right here, this applies to H and me. But, if you are child free, know someone who is child free, love someone who is child free, you can probably relate to one or more... Read more »

Bad Advice on the Internet

#1. What? Um, no! Where to even begin? Let’s just say if you’re in a healthy relationship, neither of you has to wonder what’s in the other person’s heart and mind because you already know and the reason you know is because you tell each other, you communicate your feelings and thoughts.  So, you trust... Read more »

Pretty Ugly Gallery: Can you guess what these are?

You know what they say.  The couple that stops and blogs the roses together … So, it’s a good thing that Mr. Stop and Blog the Roses finds pretty in the ugly. Check out his latest creative endeavor and scroll down for the big reveal. 1.   2.    3.   4.   5. 6.... Read more »
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99 Ways to Be Kind Without Spending a Dime

You: Some of these are weird. Me: What’s wrong with weird? You: Some of these are common courtesy. Me: Yes, some of them are. Still, to be courteous is to be kind and reminders to be courteous, like this list for example, are always helpful, especially when you post them in the common area of your... Read more »

Aging: What is "old?"

It occurred to me yesterday after publishing a post titled “I heart old people” that some might be offended by the term “old people.” Don’t be. Truth #1. It’s all relative. Take this conversation with my grandmother. Grandma: Can you believe my friend Kay? Me: What? Grandma: She’s dating a YOUNGER MAN! Didn’t Mommy tell... Read more »

I Heart Old People

If you read the Q&A of me conducted by Julie Hammerle of Hammervision, you might think: She’s never seen Pulp Fiction? Golden Girls is in her top 5 favorite shows? 1. What a dork! 2. She must love old people. Both are true. If you check out my video interview of Tara Scalzo of Red... Read more »
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Q&A with Tara Scalzo

Fellow CN blogger Tara Scalzo writes Red & Company and, as her bio states, she’s a “Chicago native, freelance writer/blogger and full time mom with a wicked sense of humor and a love of cheap wine. She documents her everyday adventures and observations – in the raw, full of snark, but always honest. Tara has been... Read more »