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BOOKS
Check out the top ten best-selling authors in the world since 2001, then plan the outline for your next novel accordingly. Via telegraph.co.uk.

Speaking of writing your book, here are the nine things you need to know before you even start. Via humorwriters.org.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
John Morgan is the Chuck Norris of branding, but don’t hold that against him. Here’s his list describing the twelve people who are keeping you from success.

We love our pets here on the boulevard, but some of these pet care items are a bit much for us.

CAN’T MISS BLOGS AND WRITING
You need to get off of the internet and pick up the phone, ok?  Remember the fun in hearing a voice on the other end of the line? Call someone, says Linda Wolff.

What do you think about big, showy marriage proposals? Are they the ultimate in equality between the sexes?

CURRENT EVENTS
If you’re wondering where you’ll get the most bang for your real estate buck, here’s an infographic of what 1 million dollars buys you in every major US city. Tip: in Detroit, you’ll get enough square footage to build a football field AND a parking lot.

And on the flip side, downsizing and living smaller is starting to catch on in a big way, especially among young families.

DELISH
The women of Funandfit.org went to Natural Products Expo West and have 3 food trends to tell you about.

BEAUTY AND FASHION
Is Eileen Fisher the ultimate woman-of-a-certain-age clothing brand? Here’s why it screams “middle age” in all the good ways.

The BeautyBlender has replaced the eyelash curler as Anne’s favorite beauty tool. Read about it on Allure.com, but check out the less expensive version at Ulta.com. Applies foundation evenly and blends it to a light, airbrushed finish.

ENTERTAINMENT

If you miss Lost as much as Sharon does, you’ll love this hilarious list of every.single.person on Lost from most to least annoying.

These 77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Completely True are funny, weird, scary and interesting – and that’s just the first one.

These photos will make you stop – at least for a few minutes – lamenting what’s wrong with your body.

In the things we are so excited for we can’t stand it department:

Enjoy this supercut compiled from Christopher Walken’s best dance moves from his movies.

Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, <a href="http://www.emptyhousefullmind.com">Empty House Full Mind</a>, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on <a href="http://youngadults.about.com/">About.com</a>. Sharon writes for the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-greenthal/">Huffington Post</a> and <a href="http://purpleclover.com">Purple Clover</a>. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

Carpool Goddess

Wednesday 16th of April 2014

Thanks for including me! Just saw this.

Kathy @ SMART Living 365.commm

Friday 21st of March 2014

Hi Sharon! I always love your collections because I frequently find things and websites i wouldn't find on my own. But I was surprised at the link under current events to downsizing and living smaller. I actually write about this quite a bit on my blog and think it applies and appeals to just about any age group--that's why I call it "right-sizing" instead of downsizing. It has nothing to do with sacrificing and everything to do with finding a lifestyle filled specifically with things that bring happiness and wellbeing--and that's why I think those of us in middle age can find the greatest rewards there. Okay, now on to your other suggestions. ~Kathy

Sharon Greenthal

Saturday 22nd of March 2014

I agree Kathy, it seems that downsizing - or rightsizing, as you refer to it - are a growing positive trend among people of all ages.

Susan Bonifant

Friday 21st of March 2014

I love this summary. I don't love that I want to make fun of the pet-obsessed people but can't because, well, my cat Gus has four different beds in my writing loft because his naps tend to range in length requiring different degrees of cozy.

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