Posts Written ByLiza Hawkins

Why Every Gen Xer Loves "Stranger Things" on Netflix!

  It’s been about a month since I finished watching the Netflix original series Stranger Things. To be more precise, July 17 was the date I crossed the finish line with episode eight, a mere two days after Netflix released all the episodes. That’s eight nearly-hour-long, commercial-free episodes, my friends. IN. TWO. DAYS. Sure, I’ve enjoyed plenty of binge-worthy TV shows over the years, but it’s been a while since a series has pulled me in so completely, and so early in its availability. Like, before the wave of obsession hit the mainstream. I was late to the game with The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Fringe,…

  A morning routine (or lack thereof) can make or break you, especially as a working parent trying to get everyone out the door by a certain time. I’m not one of those “skip a meal” types who can barrel on through the day on energy drinks and a candy bar. My blood sugar starts the downward spiral around 10 AM if my belly’s empty, and I start nearing hangry level as lunch approaches. Heaven help me if lunch gets delayed, too. It can be hard enough to tackle a busy day with a smile, let alone with the added…

This old fashioned creamy potato salad is a huge favorite of ours. It's the perfect side dish to burgers and dogs on the grill!

  This old fashioned creamy potato salad is a huge favorite of ours. It’s the perfect side dish to burgers and dogs on the grill! Don’t like potato salad? I hear that a lot. Until people try this creamy potato salad. No, seriously. My husband won’t eat potato salad unless it’s THIS potato salad. And he’ll eat leftovers. (He’s not typically a “leftovers” kinda guy, unless it’s steak or his mother’s enchiladas.) Starting in spring, this — and only this — potato salad is requested at every family gathering. Yes, every. Friends who have tried it? Same request. What is it about this recipe…

Hair Makeover with Celebrity Stylist, Johnny Wright!

Sometimes I find myself in the midst of crazy, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities because of blogging, and other times it’s simply because I’m in the right place at the right time. Getting a hair makeover by celebrity stylist Johnny Wright is one of those “right place; right time” chances. I’ve been growing out my hair for the past five years, and in that time I’ve had a slew of different cuts — layered and funky, to long and natural — all without the use of hair dye. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not opposed to hair dye. In the 20 years preceding…

Homemade double chocolate chip cookies are so incredibly delectable, especially warm right out of the oven!

  Homemade double chocolate chip cookies are so incredibly delectable, especially warm right out of the oven! Almost every weekend I make cookies. It takes less than 30 minutes to whip up the ingredients and then bake them off. Let’s face it, we’re all crazy-busy and time is valuable – but, 30 minutes for homemade cookies is a well-used chunk to part with, in my book! Plus? COOKIE DOUGH. Recently, I let my seven year old decide which cookies we’d be having for the week. Usually his first choice is Snickerdoodles (he’s a big fan of cinnamon), but this time he surprised me.…