How to Simplify Your Cash-Back Credit Cards

How to Simplify Your Cash-Back Credit Cards

WalletHub earlier this month released its report on 2021’s Best Credit Card Rewards Programs, along with a consumer survey.  The personal-finance site found that 28 percent of consumers’ views toward the programs changed during lockdown, as people started seeing more clearly a need for rewards tailored to their current spending.  But that requires a strategy….

How to Use Pinterest to Thrive Your Blog

How to Use Pinterest to Thrive Your Blog

I have to hand it to the people at Thrive.  When their annual conference earlier this year couldn’t happen in person due to lockdown, they brought it online and made it complementary.  And last Saturday, they sponsored a pay-what-you-want Virtual Retreat for bloggers. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. Not surprisingly, given…

Reopening Report:  Winery at La Grange

Reopening Report: Winery at La Grange

The Winery at La Grange in Haymarket, Virginia, features 5.6 acres of vineyards and a three-storey, red-brick, 18th-century manor house with a small garden blooming with pink hydrangeas.  With our commonwealth inching toward reopening, a friend and I decided to head out to Prince William County and enjoy the bucolic setting.  We decided on the…

Restaurant Report:  Carlyle in Shirlington

Restaurant Report: Carlyle in Shirlington

Northern Virginia began reopening under Phase One last Friday, and two friends and I made plans to meet for our first restaurant get-together in three months.  We settled on Carlyle, an American mainstay located in the Village at Shirlington, an open-air neighborhood retail area featuring boutique shops and midscale restaurants, in the Washington, D.C., suburb…

How to Stay Encouraged

How to Stay Encouraged

Do you ever feel so discouraged that you just want to sit in a chair and mope?  Me too.  Does it make you feel better?  Me neither. Twenty years ago or so, the National Gallery of Art hosted a temporary exhibit featuring 72 of the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, most of them on loan…

How to Thrive Your Blog

How to Thrive Your Blog

It was a strange way to attend a blogging conference.  But then, everything about this time is strange.  I’ve enjoyed blogging conferences from New York to Scottsdale.  But this was first that I’ve attended in my living room. The sixth annual Thrive conference for bloggers and influencers was originally scheduled for this month in Houston. …

Into the Sunshine

Into the Sunshine

“Go into the sunshine and be happy with what you see.” — Winston Churchill I want to thank Leeanne, my fellow beach-loving Bay Stater, from In the Olive Groves for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. The Award recognizes bloggers who bring positivity and creative content to the community of blogging.  I want Sancerres…