Eek! It’s already the first week of April, and I haven’t even started my warm season seeds yet. Time to get crackin’! In the meantime, here are some steps YOU should be taking in your garden this month. Did you get your soil tested? If not, do it now. If you did, then you can start supplementing your soil to get it in its best shape. Consider adding in some compost to the soil- 1-2 inches will be sufficient. As you’re digging through, take out the old vegetable roots (my kids loved digging through the dirt last weekend and seeing how big the pumpkin andRead More →

I made it! I made it!  I made it through the Whole30. Honestly, I feel like I have so much more information about myself as a result of doing this little experiment. Here are some of my takeaways: Weight Loss Let’s be honest here. One of the biggest motivators for doing the Whole30 is weight loss. The number on the scale means something- at least according to all of the social media out there that’s ingrained a number in my head. With this experiment, I’ve lost 4 pounds….which when I saw the final number on the scale was a little disappointing. All that mindfulness andRead More →

  Phew! Well, here we are 21 days into this little experiment, and boy do I feel good. I’m feeling stronger than ever- I smashed through some personal records at the gym this past week. I haven’t had a surge of the “Tiger Blood” that the program talks about, but I definitely feel stronger and more in control of my body. The Lack of Appetite The program definitely talks about the lack of appetite that can happen in the third week. While at first blush it seems like a good idea to be eating less, it’s actually not ideal. I’m exercising and going about myRead More →

  I’m not going to lie…I totally thought I would’ve fallen off the wagon by now. I’m not one to try eating fads, which the Whole30 totally is. But here I am, 14 days later, still on the wagon and eating clean. Days 8-14 of Whole30 The Food Here’s what I’ve discovered so far. Sugar is in everything. There’s sugar in our meat (even the ones that say smoked!). There’s sugar in our sauces. Sugar lives everywhere. No wonder I had such a sweet tooth going into this little project. And here’s the icing on the cake (ha!): two weeks into this project and I’veRead More →

  I inhaled and took a deep breath in this morning and now, six hours later, I feel like I’m just starting to exhale. We took our daughter into the ER this morning.  Last night, on our way home from gymnastics, my daughter tells me nervously and with a hint of fear in her voice that all the lights look blurry. I thought it was that glow around street lights that happens when it gets dark and didn’t really think too much of it. I was hoping that maybe she was just tired from a full day of fun and that it would go away. Read More →

You’ve purchased your bullet journal supplies and you’re ready to go. What’s next? Brainstorm Take 15 minutes to brainstorm what you want out of this journal. My brainstorming list included keeping track of books I want to read, restaurants I want to try, inspiring quotes, a way to keep track of what needs to be done not only today but also during the week, a gratitude journal, and a way to keep track of my progress on habits I’m trying to keep (and also those I’m trying to break!).  Other ideas include financial goals, school or work deadlines, or your bucket list. The options areRead More →

Bullet Journal

One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day. -Jean De La Fontaine Perhaps you’re one of those people that has no idea what a Bullet Journal is. I know that was me 3 months ago. Or perhaps you’ve heard of it but have no idea where to begin. That was me 3 months ago as well. I’ve been doing something like Bullet Journaling for 3 months now and am happy to give a report and a vote for whyRead More →

Once the again the earth has almost completed its rotation around the sun and it is time to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. I always wonder if people are truly offended when someone wishes them a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah…..I’m not Christian or Jewish, but the sentiment is still the same. Someone is wishing me well and who am I to turn away good tidings? Anyways, I’m popping in here to wish you all a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Winter Solstice. May peace be with you and your loved ones.    Read More →

Well, it’s been over two weeks since we, the people of the United States of America elected Donald J. Trump as our President. I’ve made my way through the stages of grief. I’m currently stuck somewhere between anger and acceptance.  I cried. Dressed in black. Left all of the house chores undone for a week. I bargained with the higher being, promising to be a better person if only I could wake up from this awful dream. But the reality is, we are stuck right here. Right in this awful place of knowing that the progress our country has made- economically, politically and socially- isRead More →

When researching for her book The Happiness Project , Gretchen Rubin was fortunate to be able to interview her former employer, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  When asked what Justice O’Connor thought the secret to a happy life was, she replied with three simple words: Work worth doing. Whoa. What a statement.  In it’s brevity comes such power. And it’s a statement that has been floating in the back of my mind for some time now, particularly now that I’ve stopped doing the work I used to think was my life’s work.  You see, ever since I was in high school, I knew that I was goingRead More →