National Geographic’s ‘Ultimate Journeys for Two’ Dares Couples to Dream Big and Embrace Adventure [REVIEW]

Mike and Anne Howard glamping
Mike and Anne Howard glamping (Photo courtesy HoneyTrek, Facebook)

Indulgent spa days. Languid afternoons whiled away on sunny beaches and nights wrapped in high thread count sheets. Fine wine and epic meals served at Michelin star restaurants. While those things might be what some honeymooners dream of doing together as they enter the wonderful world of marriage, you won’t find those things described in Mike and Anne Howard’s Ultimate Journeys for Two. Rather, they invite you to venture off the beaten path and blaze new trails as you discover one another and the world around you.

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‘There Will Be Lobster’ Examines One Woman’s Battle with Depression and Anxiety [REVIEW]

Lobster
Even when your world is turned upside down, there are things to look forward to… including lobster. (Photo courtesy Canva)

We hate to admit it, but we are right there in the zone when so many of our friends are going through a midlife crisis for various reasons. Spouses flip their wigs and ask for divorces after decades of marriage. Others are devastated when they suddenly lose their mates in death. Parents watch their kids leave the nest and don’t know what to do with themselves. And so many lose their jobs due to downsizing, the pandemic, or something else. The list goes on and on, and it can all become a bit much. Few people really like change, and when it comes at you with both barrels, it can be near impossible to deal with. Enter Sara Arnell, a successful businesswoman who was at the top of her game before she faced similar struggles. Now in her memoir, There Will Be Lobster, she shares a message of hope and survival, and how she managed to get her life back on track after being derailed in a spectacular fashion.

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Brenda Jackson Makes White Chicken Chili [VIDEO]

Bestselling author Brenda Jackson dishes on her career, her marriage, and her cooking in Harlequin’s new video series, Books & Cooks. (Photo courtesy Harlequin Books, YouTube)

We know our readers love two things: a great read and a delicious recipe. Apparently our friends over at Harlequin realized this is the perfect pairing too, because they recently launched a new Web series called Books & Cooks, which pairs one of their bestselling authors with a culinary expert. In the first installment, actress and singer Princess Elmore teaches New York Times bestselling novelist Brenda Jackson to make her yummy white chicken chili.

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This May Be the Craziest Piece Ever Written for Piano [VIDEO]

This song is so fast the piano keys start to smoke! (Photo courtesy Rousseau/YouTube)

The piano is a huge part of my life. Having taken piano lessons for most of my youth, it has always provided me a means to relax. Even if I am not behind a keyboard myself, I love listening to pianists, regardless of the genre they’re playing. Growing up, I didn’t truly appreciate classical pieces like I do now because my first love has always been and always will be jazz. But when I came across this video on YouTube recently, it stopped me dead in my tracks because it may very well be the craziest piece I’ve heard or seen performed on the piano.

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Travel Back in Time with Tamara Dever’s ‘I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie’ [REVIEW]

Remember all your favorite classic hits with games, trivia and more in I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie. (Author photo courtesy Tamara Dever)

Great books. Danceable music. Brain-teasing trivia. What do these three items have to do with each other? Author Tamara Dever made the connection between them decades ago, before playlists replaced mixed tapes (remember cassettes?) and long before books were downloaded on tablets rather than checked out at the library. Get ready to go “Back in Time” Marty McFly style with Dever’s new music quiz book, I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie. It’s a fun retrospective of everything we loved most about growing up in the 80s!

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