Our “trip of a lifetime” was supposed to happen nearly two years ago. Plans for our first-ever trip to Paris and Normandy were set. Counting down the days, Tom and I were excited and ready to go. Then came my cancer diagnosis and everything came to a screeching halt.
Four surgeries and a clean bill of health later, we decided to give it another try. As we landed at Charles de Gaulle airport, I thanked God for a second chance to see the historic sites of Normandy, Paris and the Chateaux of France.
We’ve been home a few weeks now, but my head is still spinning as I continue to process all we saw and experienced in that beautiful country.
With the aide of our gifted tour guide, we travelled to France’s Loire Valley, known for its architectural heritage and world-famous castles. The largest castle, Chateau Chambord, also served as a hunting lodge for King Louis XIV and he clearly spared no expense. It was a show-stopper.
We travelled by bus to see one of the most impressive sights in all of France, Mont-Saint Michel. Absolutely stunning, the 14th century abbey sits on an island, perched atop a rocky pinnacle overlooking the sea. A surreal sight from a distance, it is truly one of the architectural wonders of the world.
As we made our way toward Paris, we visited the exquisite Versailles Palace with its impressive (and over-the top glitzy!) Hall of Mirrors. Magnifique!
Next stop…the enchanting sights of romantic Paris, the “City of Light.” Mouth agape for days I could barely take it all in –Champs Elysees Boulevard, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Breathtaking! Our trip to the Louvre, the world’s largest museum, put us literally face-to-face with DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. (I swear she was looking right at me!)
Enjoying crepes and cappuccinos, we people-watched for hours at colorful sidewalk cafes and took a romantic cruise down the river Seine.
But the highlight of our French adventure actually took place outside the hustle and bustle of Paris in Normandy...home of the historic D-Day sites. It’s also the site of our trip’s biggest disappointment, as the American Cemetery was closed to tourists due to the U.S. government shutdown.
Putting that aside, we were moved to tears as our guide took us through the British Commonwealth cemetery where so many of our friends and allies…also D-Day casualties have been laid to rest.
But for this military family, tears became sobs as we stood and reflected…in a cold, blustery driving rainstorm along Omaha and Utah Beaches…the same conditions under which thousands of young American men braved both the angry sea and the determined enemy to take the German fortifications…ultimately liberating France from Hitler’s occupation.
Never have I been prouder of our military men and women or more grateful for the freedoms I enjoy as an American. It was a thrilling experience.
Truly, the trip of a lifetime!
I love San Diego’s coastal North County – the beautiful beaches, shopping along Cedros, the horse races…Legoland. There’s so much to see and do.
But there’s one coastal attraction that brings me back time and again. It’s the magnificent Mango Tart at “Urban Pi” in Del Mar. If you’ve never had this amazing taste experience, you probably think I’ve “lost the bubble.” But for the rest of you – those who have experienced this heavenly confection… your mouths are already watering.
Urban Pi, the new fast-casual restaurant in the Albertson’s shopping center on Via de la Valle (just east of I-5) serves up custom-made thin-crust pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Everything is fresh and delicious. But the dessert menu is to die for especially their signature Mango Tart.
The dazzling display of mango slices atop a yummy, light cream filling and crisp, pastry crust (a super-secret recipe!) is arranged in a pie made to look like a flower in bloom. It’s not only a work of art to the eye. It’s delicious beyond description.
But decadent it’s not. Light on the sugar, the tasty tart gets most of its sweetness straight from plenty of perfectly ripened wedges of fresh mango. Order an entire tart and bring it home with you. I love the “ooo’s” and “ahhs” I get when I serve it for a special event.
And don’t forget the health benefits.
Whether you get your mango from Urban Pi’s “pie…” or from your local market, we all should be eating more mangoes! The world-famous fruit may taste like candy, but it’s also one of the richest sources of vitamins A and C and minerals including potassium, calcium and phosphorus. Mango is also full of fiber and a one-cup serving has only 100 calories.
An added bonus…mango may also help improve glucose levels. In a recent study, obese participants who ate the equivalent of 2/3 cup of the tropical treat (roughly 65 calories) daily for 12 weeks significantly lowered their blood sugar possibly due to the fruit’s fiber, which can slow sugar absorption.
So, go ahead and munch on a mango. Eat it fresh, dried, in nectar or juice (give “Good Belly” brand a try) or make a date and take the 5 to Del Mar and taste the amazing mango tart at Urban Pi. www.urbanpi.com
Let me know how you like it.
*Note: Many of you “locals” recall the Mango Tart was originally found at “Pasta Pronto,” which recently closed its doors. “Urban Pi” moved into the same space, changed the menu, updated the décor, but thankfully, retained some of Pasta Pronto’s favorites including the famous tart.
Guess what? I just got a couple of new piercings.
Darn! I wish I’d had a camera rolling when I gave my conservative, button-down, former Navy pilot husband the news. As he clutched his chest and gasped for air, I quickly assured him I wasn’t about to take a walk on the wild side…and I’m too old to be having a mid-life crisis!
I’ll bet Tom’s blood pressure dropped 20 points as I pointed to the tiny hoops in my ear lobes. As he scanned my face for any other evidence of metal, I told him about my experience that day.
I actually got my ears pierced the first time in the mid-70s. My very un-professional piercing was performed by my bright, but not very steady college roommate. Though I survived the ice cube and needle ordeal, I’ve lived some 40 years with one hole lower than the other. Time and the weight of heavy earrings (remember the hub caps we wore in the 80’s?!) finally took its toll on the little hole in my left ear. It finally tore through the bottom of my lobe.
So, after a simple plastic surgical procedure to sew up both holes and two months of healing, I was ready for my new piercings. But where? The mall? The doctor’s office? And then it hit me…how about one of those piercing places? That’s all they do, right? Pierce body parts?
So I went online and read the glowing reviews from folks who’d received positive piercings at “Enigma Professional Piercing Studios.” (enigmapiercing.com) I figured it couldn’t hurt to learn more.
The voice at the other end of the phone sounded like a corporate CEO. Polite, professional and helpful, Angie De Leon deftly answered all my questions assuring me a nearly 60-year-old woman who needed her ears pierced was more than welcome at Enigma.
Right next door to a tattoo parlor in North Park, I tentatively walked through the wildly painted piercing studio entrance half expecting a scary ex-con to greet me. Shame on me! I’m now appalled at my pathetic pre-conceived notion of piercing places. My experience at Enigma was more pleasant and professional than most businesses I deal with.
After filling out the proper forms to be registered with the state health department, (the industry is highly regulated) Angie helped me choose a tiny pair of earrings made of a medical-grade metal alloy. “For an initial piercing,” Angie explained, “we recommend the highest-grade jewelry to avoid infection and hasten healing.”
Covered nearly head to toe with tattoos and piercings, Angie may be a walking advertisement for her industry. But don’t let her appearance fool you. With professional precision, Angie placed my earrings in an autoclave to be sterilized for seven minutes then escorted me to a squeaky-clean treatment room and explained the piercing process. Then, before I knew it, with virtually no pain, I walked out with two pierced ear lobes, a copy of strict after-care instructions and a friendly handshake from the charming and colorful, Angie.
The best part? Walking into the small lobby as a couple of young Marines stood waiting their turn. “Mam, yes Mam,” the polite young men said as I excused myself to walk by. The expression on their faces as a woman who could be their mother walked out of a piercing salon? Priceless.
I’ll bet they’re still debating what exactly the old gal got pierced. Tee-hee.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of counting carbs, calories and fat grams. I’m as concerned about my health as the next guy, but once in awhile, I’d rather not know if what I’m eating has enough protein, antioxidants or dietary fiber. Frankly, when it comes to food, many of us have gotten just a little uptight. Sometimes, I just want to relax and enjoy something that tastes good!
I don’t know about you, but my guilty pleasures include hot sourdough bread with butter, dark chocolate-covered cranberries and homemade vanilla milkshakes topped with whipped cream.
And I absolutely love hot dogs. But not just any dog will do. It wasn’t easy finding a great hot dog in the San Diego area. But it was worth the effort. Tom and I finally found the most fabulous franks at a friendly Coronado eatery called Delux Gourmet Hot Dogs.
Now, when a hot dog craving hits, Tom and I head to Coronado’s Orange Avenue for what can only be described as “heaven on a bun!” By the way, growing up in West Virginia, where hot dogs (with chili, mustard and coleslaw) are practically the state food, my Tom is an expert on what makes a decent dog.
Delux Gourmet Hot Dogs was opened last year by hot dog lovers…for hot dog lovers. They serve only Chicago’s Vienna Brand all beef hot dogs. They steam, then griddle the dogs to a slight char, then serve ‘em up in a home style, soft, steamed buns.
You can pick your own toppings or choose from a menu filled with creative combos from the “Coney Island,” “Windy City” and “New Yorker” to the “Top Dog” (with blue cheese crumbles, crispy onions, BBQ sauce, mustard and tomatoes) to the pastrami-stuffed “Reuben Dog” and the adventuresome “Tokyo,” topped with teriyaki glaze, Japanese mayo, grilled onions, sesame seeds and dried seaweed chips.
We made our most recent trek to “Delux” with our neighbors, Dave and Linda and their two boys, Nate and Drew – a fun way to spend a summer evening (and not worry about cooking!) Nate ordered the “All American.” Drew went for the “Slider Dogs,” two, tiny versions of their all-beef hot dogs on tiny buns with French fries.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the French fries! They’re amazing! Thin, crisp…seasoned to perfection…absolutely addictive! I also recommend their fresh lemonade but if you want to go back in time, give the “Orange Avenue Whip” a try –
that frothy, frozen vanilla-orange delight we all remember.
And if you still have room, you gotta try (I advise sharing!) one of their exclusive “Beachy Cream” ice cream sandwiches in five different flavor combinations.
I understand hot dos and ice cream come under the heading of special occasion food…not something we should indulge in every day. But even the health experts say it’s ok to splurge once in awhile.
So find something special to celebrate and take the family out for hot dogs to die for. Remember, when it comes to nutrition, it’s not what you do some of the time but what you do most of the time that mattes to your overall health.
You can always get back to obsessing about antioxidants tomorrow! ?
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
How’d you like to turn your next boring business lunch into a mini-vacation? Then do what my friend, Paula and I did recently – head to Harbor Island and go over those financial reports at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant.
What’s the big deal? Most San Diegans know Tom Ham’s has been around for decades. True, but if you haven’t yet heard, this is the all-new Tom Ham’s! The iconic San Diego eatery has recently re-opened after a five-month renovation and it’s incredible!
I first experienced the famous lighthouse restaurant in 1981 as a guest speaker for an event that met in the “California Room.” New to San Diego, I recall the view from the banquet facility was so beautiful; it was difficult to concentrate on my speech.
I’ve enjoyed that view countless times since the 80’s. But in recent years, it’s been hard not to notice the popular meeting place becoming more and more run down. The old, wooden podium I stood behind more than 30 years ago was still there …worn, chipped and faded. And the poor podium wasn’t alone. The aging carpeting, furniture – everything had fallen into disrepair.
Well, no more! The redesign of the waterfront eatery and event site is complete and it’s fabulous!
Owners Andy and Grant Baumann, Tom Ham’s grandsons, kept most of their grandfather’s memorabilia, blending it with a new design that includes contemporary furniture, a bright and airy layout and expanded views of San Diego bay from every table.
My “business” lunch with Paula was more like a day at the beach as business took a backseat to the drop-dead gorgeous views from our table of downtown San Diego and Coronado.
Nibbling tasty salmon and shrimp atop baby kale salads with Fuji apples, Marcona almonds and honey-lemon dressing…two hours just melted away on our combination business lunch/stay-cation! (On my next visit, I can’t wait to try the fig and burrata salad with watercress, toasted pistachio and balsamic!)
And for all you “foodies” out there, the all-new Tom Ham’s menu overhaul by new executive chef, Lance Repp, focuses on seafood including a large raw bar selection, market fish and creative takes on paella and bouillabaisse – two dishes featured when the restaurant first opened 40 years ago.
So take a little vacation, without leaving town! Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island is back and it’s better than ever.
“Everything Old is New Again!
(Oh! One more thing! Be sure to check out the cool, keg room behind the glass on the first floor. With 32 taps at the bar, at Tom Ham’s, there’s a special brew for every taste!)
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
Do you love lilies, lilac and lavender? Are you fond of fresia, foxgloves and fuchsia? If sunflowers and snapdragons make you smile and pots of pansies and peonies bring you joy, then you simply must plan a trip to Coronado soon!
April showers brought May flowers to the Crown City – a community that takes its tulips and trumpet vine seriously. In anticipation of the popular Coronado Flower show last month, fierce competition got underway in the Nado neighborhoods…homes, businesses, entire streets all vying for a coveted blue ribbon.
The annual tradition has its detractors, especially those homeowners awarded less than they think they deserve. But for the rest of us, the race for the roses and ranunculus is the perfect opportunity for a walk, drive or bike ride through some of the most breathtaking displays of daffodils, daisies and dahlias I’ve ever seen!
With my friends Pat and Susan – both flower fans with gobs of gardening experience - we combed the streets of the island community on foot admiring the magnolias and morning glories along Margarita, the gladiolas and gerberas on Glorietta and petunias and plumeria as we plodded up Pomona! No artist’s palette could compare with the bursts of color at every turn.
For the record, I was born with a brown thumb. My homage to gardening includes two small clay pots on my bedroom balcony into which I plant and attempt to keep alive several red geranium plants. My friends, on the other hand, actually know the Latin derivation for every flower, bush, vine and succulent.
But you don’t have to be a master gardener to appreciate the color, symmetry and unique design of each landscaped home and business. Simple or elaborate, the 120 volunteer judges roaming the neighborhoods award ribbons based on first impression, tidiness and overall care and health of the garden.
The 86-year-old tradition culminated with the famous Flower Show several weeks ago, but there’s still time to take a gander at the gardenias yourself. And unlike a gallery or museum, this artistic display is free of charge!
Trust me, it’s worth a trip across the bridge.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
I love my in-laws. Seriously. I realize that’s anathema for many of you. I know. I’ve heard the horror stories. It’s just not my story. When I married Tom, I hit the jackpot. Along with finding the love of my life, I became part of a most remarkable family.
Last month, nearly every branch of the Hamilton family tree was represented at a reunion of sorts in Destin, Fla. Since most of the clan hail from the eastern and mid-Atlantic states, a little time in the sunshine along Florida’s Gulf Coast was a welcome break from the late winter’s wrath.
Brothers, sisters, cousins and spouses converged on the resort community setting up camp in a lovely high-rise condo complex overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Emerald Coast at Destin is actually part of the famous 90-mile “miracle strip” between Pensacola and Panama City and it is stunning!
Accustomed to beautiful beaches here in San Diego, Tom and I (the “California cousins”) were nonetheless blown away by the breathtaking beauty of the Gulf Coast’s sparkling white beaches and aquamarine waters.
But as the family arrived, the mild weather and ocean views quickly took a back seat to what I call “aerobic” visiting…a fun-filled, week-long, non-stop gab fest! Fourteen of us packed into a different condo each night laughing, scratching, telling stories and just spending time together. The “women folk” prepared homemade desserts that would make Martha Stewart weep.
Thanks to Cousin Robert’s stories and Cousin Billy’s jokes there was no shortage of laughter and groans! Daytime activities included walks on the beach with Cousin Carolyn, touring with Tom’s brother, Clay, lunch with sweet Susan and movie matinees with Patsy, Donna and the rest of the gals.
Dinner out meant a trip to “Louis Louis’s” for some fabulous, fresh fish. My mouth still waters when I think about the great grouper I devoured at the eclectic local eatery. Destin is known as the world’s luckiest fishing village, so mouth-watering fresh fish is a staple at most of the coastal restaurants.
But if you don’t fancy fish, I recommend going Italian the iconic Fat Clemenza’s Brick Oven Pizzeria. The eggplant parmigiana is to die for. But that’s just the start. It would take months to sample every restaurant and eatery in the resort community. I’m still working off the extra pounds. But I assure you, it was worth every calorie!
Even for this California girl, Florida’s playground proved the perfect reunion getaway for a heaping helping of food, family and fun!
Coming from a small family, I remember being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of Tom’s extended family. No more! I’m just grateful to have been grafted into this fun-loving, faith-filled, caring and fiercely loyal family.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
Have you seen a San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball game lately? And I don’t mean on TV but up close and personal inside the Viejas Arena? OH MY GOSH! I haven’t been to something so fun and entertaining since the Rolling Stones performed at the “Q” back n the 90’s!
I confess, I hadn’t been to an Aztecs game in years. And it’s my loss. I had no idea what I’d been missing as the Aztecs men’s basketball program has grown in recent years.
Our friends had extra tickets to the Mountain West conference match-up between SDSU and the Colorado State Rams January 12 and invited us to join them. Longtime Aztec fans, Susan and Tony didn’t warn us about the two-hour electric extravaganza we were about to experience. They just smiled as we made our way into the arena – the venue literally pulsating from the cheering crowd, heart-pounding music and super-hyped videos designed to fire up a crowd that was already on fire!
Known as an exciting team, the Aztecs did not disappoint. In an overtime thriller, Chase Tapley scored 12 points in OT including two three-pointers to power the nation’s 16th ranked team to a 79-72 victory over the Rams. What a nail biter!
But while the game alone was a heart-pounding thrill, it was the show within a “show” that provided an additional dose of adrenaline. The famous “SDSU Show” is the name of the Aztec’s student section. And what a show it is!
Behind the basket near the visiting team’s bench, hundreds of chanting students, cheerleaders, dancers and SDSU’s high-octane band take their enthusiasm to a fever pitch and never let up from the opening tip-off until the clock runs out in the second half.
The arena literally rocks as the most vocal and creative student section in college basketball shout encouraging chants such as “I Believe,” “Tarzan Boy by Baltimora” and “Aztecs Bombaye” to the home team, then attempt to rattle their opposition by waving giant, random cut-out faces during free-throws. With Sylvester Stallone and Angelina Jolie, Dick Cheney and Gandhi literally in the Rams’ face, it’s a wonder they got off a single free throw.
With silly songs, creative chants and crazy costumes, The Show is literally a force of nature in Viejas Arena. With triple decibel shouting, dancing, jumping and other theatrics – I believe The Show literally carries their beloved Aztecs to victory.
Basketball season is still young. Don’t to let another year go by without experiencing the red-hot Aztecs and their insanely faithful fans. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
Local Swimmers Recognized by La Jolla Cove Swim Club
As one who loves open water swimming I can attest to the fact that La Jolla Cove and the bay between the Cove and La Jolla Shores is one of the best places in the world for ocean swimming.
Making the experience even more enjoyable, hundreds of us water buffs smitten with the breathtakingly beautiful underwater park belong to the iconic La Jolla Cove Swim Club (LJCSC) – an fun outlet for swimmers of all ages, shapes, sizes and skill levels who want to share the joy with others who love open water swimming.
The LJCSC sponsors a variety of both “social” and competitive swim events throughout the year along with several fun-filled “socials…” sans Speedos! In fact, Club members, both old and new recently gathered at the Bridge Club overlooking our beloved Cove to celebrate the year’s accomplishments of our members.
What a great evening! It was a rare opportunity to get together in a non-swimming setting to meet one another on “dry land.” I barely recognized some of my swim pals without goggle marks on their faces and soggy kelp in their hair!
The evening was a celebration of our swimmers’ achievements…everything from individual milestones (swimming to the ¼ buoy for the first time!) to world record premiere marathon swims.
As emcee, it was my honor to interview several Club members about their remarkable 2012 swims. San Diego’s own “Fantastic 4,” Dave Smith, Barbara Held, Cindy Walsh and Steve Green shared highlights from their sensational swims from Dover, England to the French Coast – amazing feats, as the English Channel is the swimming equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest!
Fellow Club member, Tom Hecker traveled “down under” and successfully tackled the difficult swim across Cook Strait between the North and South islands of New Zealand. Having already made several challenging swims around the world, the affable Hecker just shrugged and told us Cook was the last of the marathon swims on his “bucket list.” (I’m not buying it!)
And then there’s Gracie Van Der Byl. San Diego’s “Amazing Grace” set a stunning world record crossing the choppy Catalina Channel in 7:25…the fastest time ever for a woman orman! With characteristic humility, Gracie described her experience conquering the “8 Bridges” Hudson River Swim. In seven consecutive days, Gracie covered a whopping 120 miles in the river.
Looking to the future, 13 year-old Jacee Frivaldo was named Club “child prodigy. She placed first in several local swim competitions and swam Alcatraz…for the 7th time. (Go ahead…do the math. Jacee made her first “escape” from Alcatraz when she was only nine!)
San Diego is home to some of the world’s best swimmers. They are an inspiration.
But also honored were club volunteers and several swimmers with er, rather memorable swim experiences. Doug Burleigh, Dave Smith and Carol and Bob Adams took home awards for the most encounters with sting rays in 2012. Ouch!
If you’re a swimmer tired of following the blue line on the bottom of the pool, give the Cove a try. You won’t find lane lines in La Jolla Cove…only fascinating underwater plant life, neon orange Garibaldi, giant, black sea bass, friendly leopard sharks, awesome bat rays and more. Start now and you might just win a 2013 personal milestone award for first winter swim!
Sea you at the Cove.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Many of us agree with the sentiment of the familiar Christmas song and eagerly anticipate the excitement, joy and spirit of the holiday season.
But let’s be honest. The holidays can also cause significant stress.
I’ve got to admit, between the holiday parties and get-togethers, hauling boxes of Christmas decorations from the attic, addressing oodles of holiday cards and finding the perfect gifts for everyone, my Christmas joy can get buried under the weight of all the “stuff” that must be done.
Well, this year’s going to be different…starting with the biggest stressor, holiday shopping. For once, I’m going to follow these simple stress-relieving shopping tips:
1. Know Your Budget
Much of the stress of the holiday season comes from feeling pressured to buy bigger and better gifts for those we love, even if this puts us in debt. (Frankly, my loved ones would feel terrible if they thought I had to over-spend on their behalf.) This year, determine what you can comfortably spend, make a budget and stick with it. “Thoughtful” doesn’t have to mean expensive.
2. Make a List
List all the people you’d like to buy gifts for and how much you’d like to spend. Then, next to the names, list what you’d like to get each person (This is not rocket science!) Use this as a checklist and you’ll be less likely to spend too much on impulse buys or accidentally buying more than one gift for the same person.
3. Be Efficient
Try to go to only a few stores. Check your list and see how many things you can find at the same store and try to get all of your shopping done at one mall. Try to consolidate all of your shopping into one or two trips. Finish your list first and you’ll have time for some leisurely shopping…just for fun!
4. The Earlier, The Better
For those of you who postpone holiday shopping until the last minute. Don’t! Resist the urge to procrastinate. If you shop earlier, you’ll have a better selection of gift ideas to choose from, you won’t get stuck in the last-minute rush at the malls and post office and (my personal favorite!) you’ll be able to enjoy being done with your holiday responsibilities so you can just enjoy the season. Earlier is also better when it comes to the time of day to shop. If possible, shop in the morning. It’s a good way to avoid crowds, find displays in better order and enjoy a less stressful atmosphere.
5. Consider Shopping Online
While there are some things many of us aren’t comfortable buying online, there a many terrific holiday gifts to be found at your computer. Online shopping (I love “one-click” shopping at amazon.com!) is a fast, simple and efficient way to get much of your shopping done at once. In addition to saving you fights over parking spaces and long waits in line, in many cases you can have your gifts wrapped and delivered directly to your recipients – saving you the trouble of wrapping and the visit to the post office. (Several of our friends will be receiving mouth-watering gifts from kansascitysteaks.com this year!)
By employing this seemingly simple advice, I’m now halfway through the holiday season minus the anxiety, fear and dread I often suffer this time of year! Oh…a few more tried and true tips:
1. Buy Duplicates
If you find a great gift at a great price, consider getting one for several people on your list. This is a great way to save time and money.
2. Include Gift Receipts
Ask for receipts at the register and include them with your wrapped gifts. You’ll have peace of mind know that if the gift doesn’t work out, it can be exchanged.
3. Get Gift Cards
For giving or receiving I LOVE gift cards! They’re available for everything from movies to massages. They’re quick to buy and easy to send and still offer sweet sentiments to your loved ones.
4. Let the Post Office be Your Friend
No need to lug your gifts to the post office and stand in long lines anymore. Get them to come to you! Visit the USPS website to find out how easy it is to get a postal carrier to come to your door, pick up your packages and deliver them for you!
This year, why not join me as we enjoy the holidays more by simplifying some of the work so we can focus on what makes this time of year special: love!
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.