Wednesday, December 18, 2013

15 Fun Things About Turning 50

Now that I've been 50 for a while, I've discovered it isn't all bad. In fact, some things are surprisingly great! Take a look at this two minute video and tell me what you think. I'm always on the lookout for more positive things about this stage of life so I'd love to hear from you.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Letter to the Editor - My Column Creates Controversy

Image via Levenger.com

My recent column titled "So Your Husband Watches Porn? Don't Freak Out" for Make it Better Magazine has caused several upset readers to write letters to my editor. The readers felt that normalizing any kind of porn use is the same as supporting porn addiction, sex trafficking, child slavery and the exploitation of women - heavy stuff. You can read the original column by following this link:


My editor asked me to respond to the criticism, which I did, and I'm sharing those thoughts with you here:

1) Porn is a huge, controversial topic, and due to the constraints of my column, I had to narrowly define the scope of my piece. I asked three local experts the question - If a woman discovers her husband is watching porn, what does it mean for their relationship and what should she do? I chose this question because it's one women have asked me - frequently - to address. In over four years, this is the first time I've written about pornography. Given how prevalent it is in our society, it seemed time to do so.

2)  All three women therapists were consistent in how they answered my question. They recommended that women try to understand why and how their husband uses porn rather than react judgmentally. They also voiced that the process of talking about porn (and perhaps sharing in it) could build intimacy between the couple, especially compared to outrage, shaming and rejection. My column is based on their professional opinions, not my own. I was actually surprised that they were so aligned.

3) Porn CAN be addictive and, like any addiction, can be destructive to the addict and his loved ones. If porn interferes with the deeper sexual connection sex therapist Barbary Whitney spoke of in my piece (see below) it's not a good thing.
Northbrook Clinical Social Worker and Sex Therapist Barbara Whitney says a critical question to ask about porn is “Does it promote and enhance a deeper sexual connection between you and your partner, or does it interfere with one?”
4.) I am absolutely against sexual exploitation of anyone. In fact, one of the main goals of the column is to give women information that empowers them to explore their sexuality and enjoy it on their own terms - especially in long term relationships.

So that's my story and I'm stickin' with it. And hey, not all the reactions to that column have been bad. Just two nights ago, I met a group of lively women at a local restaurant. "She's the sex columnist," one woman said, recognizing me from a Make it Better event. "She's the one who wrote the column about porn." 

Yep, I'm the one. I walked over to their table to greet them.

One of her friends said, "I pulled that column right out and gave it to my girlfriend. She's been having a lot of issues with her husband. It was so helpful."

That was very gratifying to hear.

I do understand that pornography can be a disturbing topic, but it's here, it's in our world, so we might as well deal with it. I appreciate those letter writers for adding to the discussion, because talking about it is how we women figure it out. Together.

I'd love to hear your comments.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How Do You Play?

Today I've been invited to an event in the city called "Well Played" hosted by my writer/vlogger/play expert friend Meredith Sinclair. She hangs with a bunch of energetic, hip, media-savvy, creative moms. I'd like to consider myself one of them, but at 50, with a son in college and a daughter in high school, I'm feeling like my mom play days are on the wane.

Or are they?

Because hey, we are never to old to play, are we? And it's not just about our kids, it's about our own attitude and the willingness to explore and goof around and immerse ourselves in something simply for the pure fun of it. When you think of it, play is a very high form of self expression. And I'm all about that!

So, as a full-fledged adult, how do you play? I play tennis, I doodle and draw, I make silly videos and song spoofs, I force reluctant dinner guests into question and answer games (that always result in the best dinner conversations I might add.) That's all good, but I could use some new inspiration.

So I'm going to head over to Meredith's event today looking for new ways to play - not as a mom, but as a woman. I'll report back soon. In the meantime, check out this playful video I made with my friends at The Succulent Wife, "Shit Middle Aged Women Say."




Thursday, October 10, 2013

Miley, Just Wait 'til You're 40, Young Lady




Image courtesy of
AdamEve.com
Miley Cyrus is only 20 years old, a volatile age when hormones are raging and yet the brain's frontal lobe isn't fully developed, so I'm not going to pass judgement on her recent VMA performance which scandalized much of America. I thought it was mostly silly, anyway.

My beef with Miley is that she slammed middle-aged women's sexuality on national TV. On Monday, Miley told The Today Show's Matt Lauer that she'll stop being so overtly sexual when she hits age 40 because,
"I heard when you turn 40 things start to go a little less sexual," Cyrus said, kicking her legs back and forth as she sat on a tall stool. "So probably around 40, around that time, I heard that’s when people don’t have sex anymore."
source: LATimes.com
Well, Miley, you heard wrong. It's true that women over 40 don't feel much like humping oversized pink teddy bears or fondling themselves with big foam fingers. But that doesn't mean they aren't sexual creatures. In many ways, older women are much more in touch with their sensuality than you.

I'm going to let you in on a little secret, Miley. Most women would not say they were at their sexual peak at age 20, or even at age 30. In fact, according to the AdamEve.com (fair warning, it's a site that sells sex toys and erotica), 90% of women over age 30 experience regular orgasms compared to just 23% of younger women.

That statistic (see graphic at right) demonstrates that women in their 20s still have a fair bit to learn about themselves and sex. Which is fine! Sexuality, like most aspects of life, is a journey.

The good news, Miley, is that you're going to be pleasantly surprised when you hit 40. I know I was. Middle aged women know themselves better, feel better about themselves, and have the confidence, experience and wisdom to express themselves fully - both in and out of the bedroom. We just don't need to get naked and make out with a wrecking ball to prove it.

Look, the twenties are wonderful. It's a period of huge growth and everything is new and exciting. But I want young women to know that life after 40 rocks too - and some things get even better with age. Including sex! Miley, twerk all you want, girl, but don't place limits on yourself. Ask your mom - you have a lot to look forward to!

Friday, October 4, 2013

I'm a Conversexionalist

I've been writing and talking about sex and relationships for almost five years, but I've never claimed to be an expert. I'm not a counselor, therapist, doctor or sexual healer. But after all this time reading about sex and interviewing people about sex and facilitating panel discussions about sex, I realized I do have a specialty. I'm an expert in sparking conversations about sex in midlife. Ergo, my new self proclaimed job title - Conversexionalist!

I'm convinced that intelligent, compassionate conversations about sex have real value. There can be so much shame and fear and misinformation out there regarding this delicate subject - especially in long-term relationships, especially as we get a little older. Women need support to embrace and nurture this vital aspect of their lives and couples need ways to talk about intimacy to grow in their relationships. I don't want to tell people what to do in the bedroom; rather my goal is to provide ideas and inspiration and encouragement and let y'all take it from there.  I know from my own marriage that it's a good thing!

One of my latest "Sex & the Suburbs" conversexions over at Make it Better is about porn. It's probably the thing I'm asked about most frequently by women - my husband watches porn, what does that mean for me? Well, I've posed that question to a trio of North Shore experts, and their answers might surprise you. Click the link to read the full column:

image via makeitbetter.net

Also, through Make it Better's chic "Tech Mama Lounge" in Winnetka I'm leading a couple of classes - one just for women, the other just for men - where we'll explore ways to build greater intimacy in relationships. And I'll answer any questions that come up along the way. The women's class is the evening of Wednesday, October 16th, and the men's class is Wednesday October 30th (Devil's Night!) We'll be serving wine and/or craft beer, so if you're interested, please sign up. I promise we will have fun. I have lots of spicy discussion topics and some "treats" to share as well. 

For the full schedule of Tech Mama courses, visit:



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Women's Evolving Friendships & How to Stay Connected

Friendships are so important to women. Our girlfriends provide support, connection, fulfillment and fun.  But as we go through different phases of our lives, our friendships evolve as well. 

When I was single, my girlfriends were my tribe, my family. We hung out together, took care of each other, cheered each other on. When I was a stay-at-home mom, my fellow mom friends became my cherished partners in parenting.  Our circle was broad and our contact was frequent. My girlfriends and I hung out at playgrounds, soccer games, and library story hours. It was fun, it was communal, and it made the sometimes lonely, tedious job of parenting small kids bearable. If I met a nice woman who lived nearby and her kids played well with mine, voila! We were besties!

Now that my kids are older, I'm not as involved in their social lives and my friendships aren't based on theirs. These days my relationships with other women are based on compatibility and shared interests and - let's face it - the time we're able to give one another. Because it takes a lot of effort to keep the connection intact, especially since many of us have headed back to work. We have to be more conscious about staying in touch with old friends as well as taking the initiative to make new ones. It's important, because at any phase, these relationships are precious and worthwhile.
We have three types of friends in life: friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for a lifetime.
Here, my new friend and fellow writer Christine Wolf  (check out her website) and I discuss women's friendships and a few things we do to sustain ours. I've added some more of my thoughts below, but would love to hear how you stay in touch with your girlfriends, especially when it's no longer about your kids. I know I can do a better job being a good friend, so please share!




Ideas to maintaining friendships -
  • Make it official. Subscribe to theater tickets with a friend, join a book club, take a class or organize a birthday celebration circle. Get-togethers that are centered on specific events and dates are more likely to make it on your calendar and happen regularly. And regular contact is the goal.
  • Multi-task. You have to walk your dog or exercise anyway, so why not do it with a friend? It's  healthier and more time-efficient than lunch. If it's hard to get together with a friend in person, give her a call when you're doing a boring task like folding laundry or cleaning the kitchen. One friend frequently calls me from the bathtub! A short walk or a quick phone call make a big difference.
  • Don't keep score. Do you feel like you're always the one making the effort? Friendships are supposed to be reciprocal, but sometimes life gets in the way, and a friend just doesn't have the same time or energy to put into the relationship as you do. Instead of feeling hurt or annoyed, give her a break and stay accessible. You might need the same consideration from your pals down the road.
Now, let's hear what works for you!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Smokin' Hot - the Shade for Fall

Smokin' Hot
photo from Esse.com
When it comes to fashion, my daughter Emma and I don't always see eye-to-eye, but we totally agree on this one - Smokin' Hot is one cool nail polish shade for fall. Manufacturer Esse's website calls it "a stone-cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame" (I love nail polish names and descriptions, don't you?) but I think it's a statement neutral that looks both hip and classy.  And I bought it at Walgreens for just eight bucks.

What shades are you loving for the season?

Works for the young and the er, not so young.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chicagoans, Shop Chic!

I like J. Crew as much as the next gal, but if you're looking for a break from the same old chain stores at the mall and are ready to branch out in Chicago, I've got the place for you - the new, lovely, informative website Shop Chicago Chic.


Founded by former Make it Better Magazine Editor in Chief Laura Hine, Shop Chicago Chic provides the inside scoop on Chicago's neighborhood shopping districts - like Southport Avenue, Roscoe Village, Bucktown and Wicker Park. Laura's discerning taste (she's fussy!) combined with her uber-practicality makes the website the go-to guide for inspired local shopping. As an added bonus, Shop Chicago Chic tells us where to nosh along the way. 

Laura Hine of ShopChicagoChic.com
In a recent update, Laura explores Oak Park. There's a French inspired home goods shop there called "CarefulPeach Boutique" that sounds right up my alley. Anybody wanna go?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

6 Steps to Create Your Fall Style Profile

Step 1: Get Inspired
It's late August, and like every year since I was 12 years old, my thoughts are turning to fall fashion. In years past, fall clothes shopping meant hitting the mall, trying on a bunch of stuff and buying the things that happened to look good on me - especially if they were on sale. This haphazard approach has resulted in a closet filled with a bunch of random pieces that are okay, but don't really work with each other.

This fall I'm 50, and I've decided it's time to upgrade my look by getting more strategic. I'm going to buy a few really great items that I'll want to wear all the time, and more importantly, fit the image I want to present. I'm going to develop a new style profile! It takes a little upfront planning, but the process is fun and the results are that you have a better organized closet, a pulled together look and the most out of your clothing budget. Wanna do it with me? Watch my video or simply read on!



Step 1 - Get Inspiration
All the big juicy September fall fashion magazines are out, showcasing everything you'll find in stores. Buy a variety of magazines - I got Vogue, InStyle, Marie Claire & Lucky - and round up all the catalogues you've received in the mail. Simply flip through them and pull out anything that appeals to you. Don't worry about the price or the brand, you're just looking for inspiration here.

Step 2- Find Your Themes & Colors Look at the images you selected and find the themes. Are you attracted to plaids or animal prints? Do you want to feel tribal or romantic? To you want to project a laid back hippie vibe or ladylike sophistication?  What shapes and colors appeal to you? You may be drawn to a variety of fashions, but the goal is to come up with a single cohesive look for fall, so be choosy! And remember, this process is simply based on your preferences - you'll end up with a style profile that is unique to you.

Step 3 - Name Your Style
Once you've pulled together a number of outfits that appeal to you, create a name for your style profile. You might choose "Going Green" for a relaxed, earthy look influenced by this season's green palette, or "Sporty Chic" for a cool combo of workout and street wear. The important thing about this name is that you relate to it. I'm calling mine "Streamlined Edge" because I'm looking for tailored pieces injected with a bit of rock and roll. Naming your style helps you define it!

Step 4 - Evaluate What You Have
Find the items you already own that fit your profile and bring them to the front of your closet. You probably have a lot of things that already fit the look you want. Now you can identify a few key pieces that you want to buy that will help you rock the look.
I already have a lot of stuff that fits my profile
Step 5 - What Doesn't Fit?
Move items that don't fit in with your new style profile to the back - you don't have to get rid of them, but get them out of the way. Now that you've organized your closet, paste your inspiration outfits on a piece of cardboard and tack it up to remind you what you're going for when you get dressed.

No florals or earth tones for me!

Step 6 - Shop with Discrimination
Here comes the best part, strategic shopping! Since you know what you're looking for and you're only buying a few key pieces, you can afford to be selective. If you've decided you must have a flowing tunic and ballet flats to complete your Romantic Rumba profile - search out the most gorgeous silk top and the prettiest, most comfortable flats you can afford. And don't get distracted by all the other stuff crowding the racks. It might be cool, it might be on sale, but if it doesn't fit your profile - walk on by.

Enjoy the Benefits
Creating and following a style profile will make it easier to get dressed, look good, and save money - because you only buy the pieces you really need and they work with  the things you own. And you won't struggle with that time-wasting dilemma - what am I going to wear today? Simply stay focused on your style profile when getting dressed.

It's humid and hot right now, but you'll soon see me sporting my new "Streamlined Edge" fall style. What's your fall style profile? If you care to, please share here!

Note: If you want to know what hot moms are wearing this fall, check out my pal Meredith Sinclair's "What's Trending" report for  Chicago Parent.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Celibacy Over Sex - an Emerging Trend in Japan

In Japan an astonishing new trend is developing: young women there are are choosing not to have anything to do with men. No romance, no relationship, no sex, no nothing. Apparently this trend has become so common the Japanese media has named it "Celibacy Syndrome."

I understand why modern women may choose not to marry or have children. But no sex at all? Now that's extreme.


Full Story in August Marie Claire.
I discovered this issue in a fascinating story in the August issue of Marie Clare Magazine titled No Sex and the City written by Abigail Haworth. Haworth writes that young urban women in Japan choose to be celibate because they value their jobs and independence over the restrictive roles of wife and mother. Women have gained power in the workplace, but Japanese relationships remain traditional. Wives are expected to be subservient to their husbands and getting married is the kiss of death to a woman's career, as Japanese employers assume her husband and eventual children will become her priority.

Ugh. I agree that makes marriage and motherhood sound pretty unappealing. But why not at least have sex with the guys?

In the U.S, much has been written about the hook-up culture and how it can actually be empowering for young women by allowing them to focus their energy and resources on their careers and education without getting lost in a relationship (check out Hanna Rosin's controversial story for the Atlantic Monthly). But casual sex isn't a real option in Japan. Women who have sex outside of marriage are considered sluts and judged harshly.

So many Japanese women aren't socializing with men at all. Instead, writes Haworth, young women spend their free time with girlfriends - dining out and shopping - and lavishing their affection on pet rabbits. Seriously. The pet market in Japan is booming.

And Japanese men? They're not all that interested in getting it on either, because they've got their own problems.

"Men, too, feel burdened by such old-fashioned attitudes about gender roles. Amid the ongoing economic recession, many men feel that the pressure on them to be the main family provider is unrealistic. At the same time, the glaringly obvious answer— settling down with career women and sharing the burden—is not feasible because the corporate world is too rigid to allow both parents to work."


I'm all for female empowerment, but women shouldn't have to become sexless bunny-lovers to keep their jobs. The world is changing rapidly - especially for women - which is a good thing. But progress is uneven and bumpy, and it's going to take some places and institutions a while to catch up. Women deserve to be both employed and sexual!

As Japanese men and women negotiate these choppy waters, I hope they find ways to connect and appreciate each other. Because girlfriends rock and kittens are cute and cuddly, but neither is a real substitute for real human intimacy. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

3 Steps to Great Sex in Longterm Relationships

Quickies and maintenance sex serve their purpose in long term relationship, but sometimes couples need to amp things up and create a special experience to keep the relationship fulfilling and hot. Here are three steps to a great night (or morning) of sex that will be far from routine.

Anticipation is so delicious.

1. Plan it
When are you and your mate having sex next? Have no idea? Waiting for the mood to strike? When it comes to sex, spontaneity is overrated.  Get out your calendar and schedule a sex date with your man in the next few days. We plan time for things that are important to us; a few intimate, pleasure-filled hours with your hubby should be one of them.

2. Prepare Yourself
Whether your hot date is tonight or Sunday morning, start preparing now. Your goal is to bring your most sensual self to the party. What will you wear? How will you ditch the kids, the dog, the cell phones? Do you need a pedicure, a massage, a playlist, a babysitter, a bottle of champagne?  Organize it! Be a bit naughty too - how about some good lube, a racy thong, erotic stories, or a blindfold? Women need time to access their desire, and all this mental preparation and physical planning serves as foreplay for you, just like it did back when you were single and took hours to get ready for a date. Let your guy know you're looking forward to your appointment - tease and flirt with him a bit. He'll be so psyched, he'll put some extra thought into it too, and the anticipation will be fun for both of you.

3. Stay Open
When your appointment rolls around, it's time to get out of your head and into the experience. Take a few deep breaths, slow down, and just let go. Don't expect any particular outcome and don't try to direct or control things. Be ready to respond to what moves you, inspires you, and feels good. Open up to your partner and the moment. Who knows what pleasure you might discover together?

Want more inspiration to make it happen? Here are some other articles you might enjoy:

Make it Better - Be Your Most Sexy Self 
eHarmony, How to Feel Sexy
MSN - Secrets of Sexually Satisfied Couples

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Choice to be Childfree - This Mom Gets it

Yesterday I found an old college friend's Linkedin profile. My formerly flighty chum - who I'll call Stacey - is doing amazingly well.  She has a law degree from a prestigious university, speaks five languages, and has held high-profile positions in major cities all over the world.

I hovered my mouse over the "connect" button, then changed my mind. My own accomplishments seem so skimpy by comparison. But what neither of our profiles show is whether we have kids or not. I'm not sure, but based on  Stacey's globetrotting mobility alone, I'm assuming she must be childfree.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

NYC's Soho - Where Shopping is Weird and Wonderful

Hey all, I just got back from a couple days in New York City where my husband and I met up with some of his Irish buddies to celebrate their 50th birthdays. We stayed at the Mondrian Hotel in Soho,  an area I knew very little about. Soho (which stands for SOuth of HOuston) is known for it's galleries and lofts and artsy vibe. But it also has a ton of cool shopping. Here are just a few of the stores I explored. If you're interested in learning more, follow the links to their websites.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Summer Nagging, I Mean Loving

I adore my kids and love having them around this summer, but the constant mess is getting to me. Emma, 16, and Nick, 19, leave clothes strewn artfully over railings and countertops, shoes scattered around every room in the house, and dishes and empty packages of crackers and chips all over the couch. It's driving me crazy! But apparently, I'm not such a pleasure to live with either. My nagging is getting to them.

"Wow, so much nagging, Mom" drawled Nick, my soon-to-be sophomore at Michigan, who's only been home for a few days. "Do you just walk around the house looking for things to complain about?"

All I could do was huff in exasperation.

"Why don't you just write a list of everything you want us to do," he continued, "and then you can stop talking about it?"

Fine! I wrote the first six things I could think of on a large post-it and slapped it on the fridge. Nick scribbled his own note and slapped it above mine. Here's the result.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Love it? Get multiples. Especially if it's a bra.

Exhibit A - Three of the Wacoal bras I own. The fourth was in use.
I know I've written a lot about my shape-shifting breasts over the years but despite the lead picture, this is not a boob post. It's not a post about orgasms either. This is a post about buying things in multiples.

Yes, I'm using bras as an example (see Exhibit A) because there seems to be only one style in the entire world that is able to lift, support, cradle and shape my capricious breasts appropriately - the Wacoal "Embrace Lace" Underwire Molded Cup bra - so I bought four of them. But I recommend buying pretty much anything else you love in multiples too.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ah, Backyard Summer!

I love seeing everyone's exotic travel pics on Facebook, but Liam and I have been experiencing the most delightful hours in our own backyard - occasionally our kids will even join us there! We've done a bit of redecorating, and now our patio is definitely our most favorite room in the house. And with all the rain, my new garden is growing like crazy. I've been creating fresh bouquets and I use fresh herbs in every dish I make. I made Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Tarragon Potato Salad (recipe below) with fresh tarragon and my family agreed it was the best potato salad we'd ever had. It's not low fat, but sooo delicious, it's worth the calories. And if you live in my neighborhood, swing by and I'll provide the tarragon!

Most of our new furniture is from Crate & Barrel

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

11 Things to Carry On for a Happier Long Flight

My Carry On Essentials
I'm heading to back to Ireland in a couple days and packing is on my mind. We make this trip to see my husband's family often, so I feel I'm an expert on what to carry on board to make the transatlantic flight to London and connection to Cork as enjoyable as possible. I don't expect to sleep much, but I do want to arrive feeling as relaxed and refreshed as possible. After what my husband calls the big three - passport, itinerary, credit card - here are what I consider essential items to a happy long-haul flight.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Do Whatever You Want!

I've been walking around for weeks with a stiff neck, muttering to myself "I wish I could get a massage. I really need a massage." I've always considered massages to be recreational treats to be saved for a rare girlfriend spa day or a splurge on vacation. But today I had an epiphany. If I wanted a massage I could damn well go get one!

And you know what else I wanted to do? Go to the art festival in Evanston. So just like that, I called the Asha SalonSpa in downtown Evanston and made an appointment for a massage with 45 minutes to spare for walking the art fair and sipping on a Jamba Juice smoothie. It was a lovely afternoon and no one in my house minded or missed me. On my way home, feeling all relaxed and arty, I had to wonder - what had I been waiting for?

Because here's the beauty of being a woman of a certain age.

1. You're the grown up.
Being the grown up means I call the shots. I don't have to seek permission or approval, because no one's the boss of me. What freedom!
2.  You can do things solo.
I don't have to wait for an invitation; I don't need to bring a friend along for company or support. I like my own company just fine, and if I want to pursue a whim or follow a dream I don't have to wait for someone else to make it their priority too. They've got their own dreams.
3. No one cares what you do. 
Actually, I don't believe that anyone ever cared all that much, but now that I'm 50 I'm smart enough to realize that. Everyone's too busy worrying about their own life to waste much time thinking about yours.

You know all those things you've been longing to do? Whether it's a chick flick matinee with a big bucket of buttery popcorn between your knees, a bike ride through the local forest preserve, writing a letter to the editor, or adopting a new puppy - girl, go do them. Life is short and we're in charge, so let's do whatever we damn want!

PS - My massage was on sale, by the way. Just $65, and well worth it.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Welcome to Ripe Peach

Welcome to Ripe Peach! After blogging for six years over at FortyFabulous.com, I've grown into a new stage. The name Ripe Peach captures everything I feel about this fruitful time of life, when women are literally bursting with talent and passion and wisdom and humor. We're also full-fledged, luscious, glowing babes. Just look at these peaches, all round and juicy. Aren't they gorgeous? That's us!

This purpose of this blog is to nurture your inner ripe peach and savor this gratifying stage. We'll explore the elements that make our lives pleasurable and exciting - style, relationships, adventure, pampering, personal growth, success! And of course I'll include the sex stuff. After four years as a Sex & the Suburbs columnist I'm getting to be quite an expert, and we deserve good loving now more than ever.

Here are the juicy topics you can expect to find covered here:
  • Fresh Picks - new products, clever finds
  • Fruity Fun - friendship, outings, entertainment
  • Succulent Style - grown-up fashion & beauty
  • Ripe for Change - adventure, learning, reinvention
  • Get Juiced - energizing, feel-good tips
  • Passion - sexuality, relationships
  • She's a Peach - women we admire
I'm just getting started, so check back soon for lots of delicious content. Or better yet, subscribe to this blog by submitting your email or adding my feed to your homepage, at right.