Links That Light Us Up

10th Edition

Hello Woman on Fire!

Happy Wednesday!! You are halfway there. We promise the weekend is on its way. But to keep you distracted until then, let’s get to the links.

Best Family Photo- Is it just us, or are you crazy over royal baby George? It might just be us, but either way we squealed when we saw a glimpse of the first Royal family photos. That’s one for the mantel.

The Royal Family


Best Reality Check– Magazines are always trying to sell us things, and the Huffington Post decided to add it all up. See how much you would spend if you actually bought everything magazines told you to buy, by clicking below.

If you bought everything magazines told you to buy by Huffington PostHuffington Post


Best Late Summer Bite- If you decided to grow cherry tomatoes this year, we are 100% positive you have more than you know what to do with. Our favorite food blogger Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe was featured by Design Sponge for this Shallot Socca with Pesto. YUM

Shallot Socca with Pesto via Phoebe LapinePhoebe Lapine


Best Happiness How-To- Everyone wants to be happy, so Fast Company put together 10 easy ways that are scientifically proven to increase happiness.

10 simple ways to find happiness via Fast CompanyFast Company


Best Back To School Shopping- Whether you are actually going back to school is irrelevant when it comes to back-to-school shopping. We like to think of the fall as a fresh start for us all. Treat your creative mind and your office to some new stuff off of Brit.Co’s 20 top finds on ETSY.

The best Back to school items on Etsy via Brit.CoBritCo.


Best Bud to POTUS- The Obama’s got a new dog named Sunny, to join their first pup Bo. The Huffington Post put together an adorable guide to being a dog in the White House. So cute, we couldn’t resist.

Obama On The South LawnGetty


Best New Tune- Soulful, uplifting and strong would best describe the latest song called ‘Resolution’ from Australian singer/songwriter Matt Corby. Let this tune carry you through to the weekend.

Matt Corby – Resolution from Matt Corby on Vimeo.


Best Match Made In Heaven– What could be better than wine and cheese? Now you can guarantee that both are bringing out the best in one another at your next cocktail party. Thanks to Love Letters To Home for this amazing Pairing Guide.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide from Love Letters To HomeLove Letters To Home


Best Beach Shots- With summer officially coming to a close, we thought what could be more fitting than a roundup from BuzzFeed of all our favorite President’s strutting their stuff? Who’s your favorite? JFK has our vote 😉

Presidents going for a swim via Buzzfeed- image via

We hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer, and are staying sane in the midst of school starting. Enjoy the links and let us know what’s lighting you up these days!!

Sending you energy and love from Women on Fire HQ!


The Women on Fire Team

P.S. Did you see last week’s links? You can find them here!


Vacationing with POTUS and FLOTUS (sort of!)

I am wrapping up a week’s vacation today with my mother who came to visit me on Martha’s Vineyard.   It was our longest stretch of time together alone in my adult life and it turned out totally relaxing and fun!

Debbie Phillips  with Mom Mary Lue Phillips
Last day of vacation — my sweet mom and me

And, we weren’t the only ones on the island taking it easy – POTUS (President Obama) and FLOTUS (First Lady Michelle) were also here.  And, in a moment, I’ll tell you about how we missed actually seeing them everywhere we went!

But first…

Congratulations to Christine Wagner who last week hosted another successful Women on Fire Tea Party in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I love her Southwestern twist on traditional tea party fare. Azadero cheese with salsa and goat milk flan for dessert were on the menu.  Yum!  I’ve got to get out to New Mexico and experience this myself at one of Christine’s teas!

Women On Fire in Santa Fe
Glowing faces at the Women on Fire Tea Party in Santa Fe!
Front row: Cecelia Dardanes, Cynthia Savage, Sienna Steiner
Back Row: Sue Wetsel, Anna Molitor, Sandi Reeder,
Christine Wagner, Amy Winn, Barbara Wilder

While the tea party food may vary, some things, however, at Women on Fire Tea Parties stay the same no matter where you attend:

The inspiration, strategies and support of fabulous women connecting with each other and sharing what they are “on fire” about in their lives.   Those elements are always present, and I hope you can go to one soon!

Last week many of you commented and shared your own stories about your mother or loss of your mother in response to my spending a week with my mom.  Thank you.

I so treasured this time with my mother knowing how precious these memories are.
It was the easiest, most stress-free week I’d had in a long time.  We simply did what we wanted to all week long.


  • Ate
  • Baked
  • Napped
  • Reminisced
  • Created greeting cards with Women on Fire Blue Cullen and Nancy Rogers
  • Hosted an afternoon tea party for a dozen women friends, all Women on Fire:-)
  • Took the ferry over to our neighboring island Chappaquiddick and had a picnic
  • Went to see the movie Eat, Pray, Love. (I loved it. My practical mom’s take on Elizabeth Gilbert’s travels to Italy, India and Bali to find herself: “Well, that’s sure different.”)

Even though we were tangled in traffic a number of times to accommodate the President’s visit, it was no big deal at all.

He and his family vacationed a mile or two up the road from us.  Everywhere my mom and I ate or traveled, we always seemed to be right behind them by a few hours, minutes or seconds.  We went to breakfast at our favorite State Road Restaurant, and the staff was abuzz because the Obamas had eaten dinner there the night before!

Here is a little video I took of my sweet mom so you can get a feel for her funny, delightful personality.  She’s talking to you from the same location in the restaurant where the President ate lobster tempura 12 hours earlier.  She’s feasting on a Limpopo (If you know what it is, please write me because I’m still not sure!)

If the Video Of Debbie’s Mom does not show above click this link to play

And, now it is time to say goodbye to her until the holidays (sniff, sniff). It’s back to work for me with much exciting work ahead.

Soon, I will launch an audio series interviewing inspiring women to address many of the issues we struggle with as women.  I am so excited about sharing these powerful women with you.

I hope you, too, are about to make the transition of summer-into-fall with great hope and promise.

Please check out the calendar for some ways you might take your interests and work to the next level.  As always, feel free to share what you are looking forward to in the comments section below.