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Kindness is Contagious: Kindness wins the day at ‘The Price is Right’

I tease my husband that being on “The Price is Right” was more fun than my wedding night. Luckily, my husband has a sense of humor. Back in February, I traveled to Los Angeles to talk about kindness on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” show. Looking for other things to do in ...

The curse of the series that refused to end, ‘The Curse of Oak Island’

Do you want to know what the real curse of Oak Island is? That it will never end. That I have spent seven seasons and countless hours watching the Lagina brothers drilling holes halfway through the earth, only to discover that the real treasure of Oak Island is a hyperbolic advertising ...

Culinary delights found along the Charlevoix Flavor Trail

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (AP) — Danielle Ricard was walking through the woods not far from the shore of the St. Lawrence River when her husband, Jean-Pierre, kicked a patch of mushrooms. It led to an epiphany. Bankruptcies had hit the Charlevoix Region of eastern Quebec hard in 2002 and the ...

5 travel rewards myths that could cost you

e about travel rewards that I took an around-the-world trip without signing up for a single frequent traveler program. Those lost points and miles still haunt me. Fast forward to last summer, when our family stayed two nights at a luxury hotel in Venice, Italy. Our room would have cost an ...

Puerto Rico is rebounding after Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years after a deadly hurricane season, tourists are visiting Puerto Rico in record numbers as the U.S. territory continues to rebuild from Hurricane Maria. A record 1.7 million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit this fiscal year, new hotels ...

Kindness is Contagious: Picture kindness at the grocery store

I am not a picture taker. That’s my mother-in-law. And my sister-in-law. Going on vacation with them is an exercise in patience because we are constantly stopping to pose. I was only annoyed until the first scrapbook arrived. Now, I have years of memories lovingly laid out in tidy books ...

A chip off a new block

I believe three things in life need to be chunky. One is peanut butter. The second is babies. And the third is chocolate chip cookies. I feel so strongly about plump, chewy cookies that I’ve dedicated years to trying to find the perfect recipe. Granted, this is not important enough work to ...

Exuberant Met exhibit explores the art of rock ‘n’ roll

NEW YORK (AP) — Museum exhibits tend to be quiet. Not this one. In “Play It Loud,” an exuberant show that can be heard as well as seen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes on the history of rock ‘n’ roll through iconic instruments on loan from some of rock’s biggest names. There ...

German shorthaired pointer nips at heels of top dog breeds

NEW YORK (AP) — Labrador retrievers aren’t letting go of their hold on U.S. dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity, according to new American Kennel Club data. Labs topped the list for the 28th year in a row. Yet there’s been plenty ...

Forget kibbles: US sales of fresh pet food are soaring

DETROIT (AP) — Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days he’s getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach. U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them in ...

Want your dog in the wedding? Pros can make it go smoothly

When Kelly Curry was planning her wedding, she knew her dogs Charlie, Zoey and Izzy were going to be in it, and that her friends would expect no less. “They’d be surprised if they weren’t there,” says Curry. The question was how to make it work. She happened to see a social-media ...

From medications to toys, it’s time to spring clean pets

NEW YORK (AP) — Spring has sprung for many and it’s time to air out the house, toss the closets and start plotting the yard work. For pet owners, it’s also the perfect time to take an accounting of furry and feathered loved ones. From a medication check to grooming, there’s lots that ...

In a class by herself

As I removed her from the cupboard, I said “You haven’t changed a bit!” A second look at this longtime kitchen friend and I notice her gentle curves and bright appearance. Considering all the heat she has taken over the years, she is showing no signs of being warped. She keenly conducts ...

Kindness is Contagious: Anonymous kindness matters greatly

My husband and I drove the 90 minutes to the cancer center with no idea what to expect. We knew they were going to confirm I had breast cancer, but beyond that, we were clueless. I wore the white and pink robe around the facility from machine to machine, doctor to doctor, until I got to the ...

Minding Our Elders: End-of-life comfort drugs are sometimes misunderstood

Dear Carol: My mother, who has advanced dementia, went into a nursing home six months ago. She’s received excellent care but is now declining quickly so that she no longer swallows any type of food. Her doctor has determined that she is ready for hospice and I’m glad for their help. Hospice ...

Top wedding trends from tulle turbans to carbon neutrality

NEW YORK (AP) — When Ashley Yore and Derek Ultican were planning their wedding, the question of the garter and bouquet tosses didn’t come up. “It just wasn’t something I ever wanted to do,” said the 33-year-old Yore, who lives in Tampa, Florida. “Maybe because a lot of our friends ...

In weddings, the ‘90s are back and better than ever

From butterfly clips to polka dots, 1990s trends have been making a fashion comeback. Now, as ‘90s babies increasingly reach average marrying age, these trends are popping up all over the wedding industry as well. An Etsy 2019 wedding trends report declared ‘90s nostalgia a top trend of ...

Invitations today reflect varying styles of celebrations

Whether formal or casual, wedding invitations these days are meant to set the tone for the celebration, reflecting the themes of the weddings themselves. Heavier, more expensive papers reflect fancy black-tie weddings. Simple textured invitations with interesting fonts reflect celebrations in ...

Creative ways to steer guests to their seats in style

The most memorable special occasions often have some elements that are a little offbeat. At weddings, one easy place to add a creative and personal touch is the escort cards, seating charts and place cards that steer guests to their seats in style. “Getting creative with seating chart and ...