In case you are looking for something to do, a new place to eat, or a special place to experience, I will update a list of Great Stuff. I will also include products and services that I find exceptional. These reviews are solely based on my personal experience and I recognize everyone’s tastes and expectations differ so consider these a guide. 

FOR SELF:

I love long eyelashes but do not want to go through the lash extension process. Mascara is fine but I am always worried about smear, long lasting wear, and the removal process of waterproof. I found this Thrive Cosmetics Lash Extender Mascara and LOVE it. It wears well, doesn’t smudge and comes off easily with a little remover and gentle motion. Even better, it doesn’t leave me with dark under eyes because it comes of in “tubes”. 

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Over the years, I have been in  my share of therapist offices and spent a lot of time understanding how my past influenced who I have become and the decisions I have made along the way. Once I grasped that, it was time to start thinking more about where I was headed and how I was going to take all that I learned to help me get there. That’s when I moved from therapist to life coach. Both are valuable in their own way but with my focus on the future, I have found Marlene McCallum from Most Powerful Life guides our conversations in a way that allows me to discover “aha” moments for myself and the tools she employs in our journey together provide me with the closure and perspective I need for my next stage. She is an asset to team ME. 

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When we go to the Dominican Republic for vacation, one thing we love is the food. Rich in flavor and custom, eating local favorites adds to our travel experience. A few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon drive, we discovered this gem in the DC area. La Casa del Mofongo. You won’t be disappointed in the food and the staff is friendly.

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Because we are trying to eat less carbs in our house, it was important to try to find foods that could could be used as replacements to our favorite noodles. I found this simple tool does the trick on zucchini or squash- The Vegetti can be found here, on Amazon or in stores. Another good alternative is spaghetti squash – no tool required.

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Exercise has never been my favorite activity. Sure I walk my dog a couple of times a day but that does not work all the various muscles we don’t even realize we need. The older I get, the more obvious this low level of activity shows on my body so I have been on a quest to find something that makes me feel good and that I enjoy. I discovered Pilates using the Reformer machine. I like it because the machine and the other apparatus used peak my interest, change up the routine and I can feel the workout building each time I go. I joined Club Pilates and enjoy the coaches I have met. Upon joining, I discovered an old, dear friend of mine became a national spokesperson for them after losing weight and gaining strength with their support. So proud of AC!

FOR BUSINESS:

I have worked with many companies that produce corporate websites. I love working with Katrina and Karl Wagner from GraphicBeans because of the methodology they employ to implement every site. Always a high quality result from a professional process. 

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The creative and insightful professional is needed in any size organization.  From The Unlocked Box, Susan Bishop’s talent is in helping her client dig deeper to find the purpose, the intent, the right messaging and positioning for any campaign.  She is a true coach for the business, marketing or personal growth you seek. She helped me unleash my inner creative self (not an easy task) for 50andSunny.com and I am grateful for her gift.

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IT Infrastructure for the non-IT professional is scary, overwhelming and daunting. Add in the risk of cyber-attack that is no longer just a virus but also costly ransomware, you need a partner who understands, researches, and remains vigilant in their fight for the best protection and solution for your size company. During my career, I have been a part of no less than 6 IT conversions and the one I experienced with SingularisIT was the only one that did not require me to work a weekend, lose sleep or have any unplanned business downtime. Flawless execution resulted from knowledge and proper planning from their team and ours.