Archive for January 2016

My next chapter is at Bernie's Book Bank

My next chapter is at Bernie's Book Bank
After a long and winding search, I have officially begun the next chapter of my life as the new Event Manager at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff. If you’re not familiar with Bernie’s Book Bank, its mission is to “collect, process, and distribute new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk... Read more »

The Gardner Family Cookbook: The best Christmas gift I've ever given

This photo was taken at our 1987 family reunion on Sanibel Island. I'm in the back row, fourth from the right in a green dress.
I love Christmas. I love the traditions. I love going to church at Christmas. I love the family time. I love the holiday parties. I love sending Christmas cards. I love receiving Christmas cards. I love picking out the perfect gifts for the people I love. And I love receiving gifts. When it comes to... Read more »

How I'll spend my $900 million Powerball lottery winnings tonight

How I'll spend my $900 million Powerball lottery winnings tonight
SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: I WON!!!!! I am RICH! I matched one number on a white ball and the red Powerball number! That means I’ve won $4.00. The only question I have now is whether to take it in one lump sum or take it in equal payments of 13.3¢ per year for the next 30... Read more »

How to create DIY holiday gift tags by recycling holiday cards

All of the 2015 holiday cards I received.
If you’re anything like me, you are lovingly inundated with holiday cards each year. In fact, for me, my very favorite time to check my mailbox is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when I receive cards from friends and family around the world sharing photos of their kids and stories of their adventures from... Read more »
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