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15 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - See Another Side of HG... · 0 replies · +6 points

There's a new saying going around the country these days now that the Smart Home 2015 Sweepstakes has begun: A rockin' Pinterest Party at night is every blogger's delight. And with dreamy photos by day -- for this Smart Home we'll play.

So whether you're a longtime HGTV dreamer or just stopped by the blogs for the first time, the heat is on! And, as an old saying goes, it ain't over until it's over!

As for the Smart Home 2015 TV Special on Monday, April 20th at 11 p.m ET, my smart phone reminder chime is all set. ^_^

1 day ago @ Design Happens - Wedding Mint is April'... · 0 replies · +1 points

From Wedding Mint to Irish Mint and peppermint to mint julep, there are so many minty shades and tasteful flavors to choose!

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1 day ago @ Design Happens - HGTV Spring House Snea... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks for the refreshing and colorful reminder of Spring, Kayla... along with all those decorating ideas, DIY projects and outdoor style tips coming our way. Definitely time to shake off the winter doldrums and welcome the change of seasons.

Since my "to do" list is now so long, with projects left over from last year, I've started writing them down on a roll of paper towels. That way, instead of constantly searching for the half-dozen lists scattered in various forgotten "safe" places around the house, I can just tear off a sheet of paper towel one at a time as I complete the tasks -- and toss. (As long as no one uses a sheet off the roll to clean up a kitchen spill, I'm fine.)

And... I'll be checking out the glorious HGTV Spring House come Monday at HGTV.com. It's bound to be one awesome Spring fling.

1 day ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - You’re Invited: HGTV... · 0 replies · +4 points

Thanks, Virginia. It's a party and we'll pin all we want to, pin all we want to. You can pin too 'til the party is through!

One thing I'm curious about -- do you dress casual for a Pinterest party? Or is it a formal affair?

2 days ago @ The Traveling Type - Best Springtime Drives · 0 replies · +1 points

What an exceptional list of choices for the 10 best-dressed springtime drives across the USA! Each one should be on the serious driver's "must see" list of scenic roadside wonders -- along with hundreds more, I'm sure.

Although I'll miss the comfort of touring in a new 2015 Kia Sedona, I think I should still do just fine cruising the highways and byways in my favorite convertible.

2 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Enter Now for a Chance... · 2 replies · +8 points

Success -- though not without its glitches this morning. Oddly enough, the entry form didn't want to accept any number entered in the phone # box, but I managed to get around that issue and am now two for two on the day.

On to victory, dreamers!

3 days ago @ The Traveling Type - Carnival Cruise Line I... · 0 replies · +1 points

I'm sold! Now if ALL the cruise lines (especially my two favorites) would get on board with the fairly priced, unlimited high-speed internet access package. Currently, my biggest annoyance while cruising is the high price charged for low-speed internet.

Come on, cruise lines -- if you're spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new cruise ships, can't you drop a few more on updating the outdated wi-fi at sea?

Currently, trying to accomplish anything worthwhile online with the tediously slow internet speeds is like being stranded on a deserted island with only a tablet and spotty wi-fi -- and having to pay a pirate's ransom in gold coin for it.

3 days ago @ Design Happens - Southern Hospitality M... · 0 replies · +1 points

I admire NYC interior designer Justin DiPiero's blending of an Asian-inspired backdrop with a touch of Southern flair for his Brooklyn housewarming party.

One question: once the party was over, were the gold-painted pineapples, long a symbol of Southern hospitality, still edible? (I hope so, considering the price of pineapple in NYC!)

4 days ago @ The Traveling Type - This Week in Travel: W... · 0 replies · +1 points

A must read for beginners thinking about getting their feet wet (while staying safely aboard ship) or for the seasoned sailor, Chris Owen is someone that even veteran cruisers turn to for everything you'd want to know about life at sea. His travel blog, Chris Cruises, covers it all from Aye to Sea. Chris was recently voted one of the 10 best cruise-focused bloggers by New Media Awards as promoted by 10Best and USA Today. http://www.chriscruises.com/2015/04/the-beautiful...

Thus, while author John Gray has written, 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus', when it comes to travel the difference between the sexes is not so great after all, for the majority of globe-trotters, male or female, are an amiable and resourceful lot. The one question that will always remain, however -- who will drive and who will ask for directions?

4 days ago @ The Traveling Type - This Week in Travel: W... · 0 replies · +1 points

Looking for helpful guidance on just about every major travel destination around the globe? Turn to Matt Kepnes' Nomadic Matt travel blog, a wealth of information suitable for every kind of traveler from budget to business class. I especially enjoyed his comprehensive and well-written article on 'How to Spend Four Days in New Orleans' with its laid-back, wild-child lifestyle. Let the good times roll...!

PS: Matt Kepnes was featured in 'The Traveling Type' blog on September 20, 2013 in a post titled, "Our Type of Traveler: Nomadic Matt." http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/4-days-in...