The REAL Cost of That 4th of July BBQ

Nothing says, 'Welcome to Summer' like a 4th of July BBQ. Most years, my thoughts about the 4th of July range from where we are watching the fireworks to what we are eating to what sales I can take advantage of. God bless America, right? ...more

The Most Important Thing You Need in Order to Get Healthy

I've been on this bandwagon for years: trying to get healthy, amping up my exercise, clean eating, Weight Watchers, cleanses, fasts, even the Cabbage Soup Diet of the '90s. Yet, all of my attempts have always been somewhat short-lived. ...more
ahundredaffections Dr. Ellen Albertson My pleasure. The key is to focus on wellness, not weight ...more

7 Things that Scare Me About Becoming a Mom

I started thinking about the topic of things that scare me about being a mom today because I've been up since 3:30 this morning. There was a wicked wind storm last night, and my cats were freaking out, all kinds of stuff banging around outside. J went outside to check it out, and well, I've been up ever since—except for that slight twinge of sleep that finds you just as your alarm clock is going off. ...more
The fact that you are afraid of these things already means you will be a great mom!  Can you ...more

What is the Meaning of Life?

How's that for a light topic of discussion? But that is where my mind is today....more

Chasing the Dream

So that 'reinventing yourself' thing? Yeah, that.Leave it to me to over-analyze, but I'm trying to figure out how this all works.  I committed to wait and pray, but is that all I'm supposed to be doing?...more

Lessons from a Road Trip

Something about road trips that takes me back to my single days. I loved getting in the car with my music, my snacks (never forget the snacks), my itinerary and hitting the open road. There was something about the idea of being alone with my thoughts, with God, that just made me feel brave and excited and adventurous....more

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse Review

After my Master Cleanse scare, in line with keeping my Get Healthy Challenge goals, I decided to do the Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse. Image: © Dennis Van Tine/UPPA/ZUMAPRESS.com Comparing the two, Dr. Oz was definitely easier than the Master Cleanse. Lemonade with maple syrup and cayenne for 10 days (well, 5 days for me) vs. smoothies for 3 days? Yeah, that's a no brainer. You can download a one-sheet of the plan from Dr. Oz's site. ...more
I just bought the ingredients for this at my local grocery store. $100 instead of the $50 it was ...more

How To Improve Your Writing Style, Part 1

When it comes to style, it seems like some people just have it,  and well, some don't....more

Closing Thought for the Week: How This Story REALLY Ends

I was reminded of one of my most favorite quotes this week. It's the from The Last Battle, the final book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Actually, it's how the entire series ends. After the week I've had, this puts it all in perspective:...more

How To Reinvent Yourself

This isn't a 'how-to' post.I'm asking.How do you reinvent yourself?...more
That is so exciting! I love your attitude, and I pray that mine is the same when I am 70! If we ...more