How to Add Me Time Back Into Your Daily Routine

If you are pulled into too many directions and feeling stressed out, chances are that your internal resources are running low.  You need to learn how to add me time back into your daily routine.  It isn't always easy.  Moms are constantly being pulled into too many directions. However, when we forget to stop and recharge our batteries, our health (both physical and emotional) tend to suffer.  When I was approached by Tejal Patel, the Mindful Mama coach, to share a few tips about how to add me time into your day, I thought it would be a great … [Read more...]

Kids Sports Tips: Surviving a Season of Chaos

Over the last decade, my children have been very active in a number of different kids sports.  This caused quite a bit of chaos around the house some days.  Sometimes we were pulled in a million different directions and the bills, gear, and time commitments were overwhelming. We managed to survive (thankfully!) and now that the kids are teens, our lives have stopped revolving quite so much around sports and focus more on school.  I thought I would share a few kids sports tips that helped us keep our sanity intact while the kids were younger.  I … [Read more...]

How to Be More Optimistic and Improve Your Outlook on Life!

I am not the most optimistic person.  I tend to be skeptical of things that seem too good to be true.  Planning for catastrophic events happens regularly in my head.  Rarely do I go into any situation expecting things to run smoothly.  I envy optimistic people. They must be much more light-hearted than I am, right? I really want to learn how to change my slightly negative views on life and when I was sent a few tips by Dr. Sanam Hafeez from Comprehend the Mind on how to be more optimistic, I thought I would share them with you.  There are a lot … [Read more...]

10 of the Tastiest Foods That Relieve Stress

We all have days when we are stressed out.  Arguments with kids, a husband out of town, a major leak in the kitchen and too many deadlines have all played a part in my stress over the last few months.  I tend to eat in response to my increased stress levels which is not good for my waistline!  But, if I am going to eat, then I should focus on nibbling on foods that relieve stress, right?  Well, instead of reaching for that hot fudge sundae or the box of Girl Scout cookies you just bought, grab a few of these healthy foods to help reduce your … [Read more...]

The Health Benefits of the Kiwi Fruit will Truly Amaze You!

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a blogger event featuring dozens and dozens of fresh food brands.  From grass-fed beef to organic kiwi, I learned a ton about farming, fresh food, and the importance of a healthy diet.  I came home from the event with a large bag of organic kiwi, which my son and I were thrilled about.  Kiwi are always a popular snack item in our house! I started wondering what, exactly, these little fuzzy green fruit could do for me.  The health benefits of the kiwi fruit will truly astound you and you should be putting … [Read more...]

DIY Sensual Massage Oil and How to Give a Romantic Massage

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and this DIY sensual massage oil will be put to good use! To be honest, my husband and I really don't spend a lot of money on Valentine's Day gifts.  I don't want flowers that are going to die in a week or chocolate I will feel guilty eating.  After being together for 20 ish years, romance means totally different things to us now than it did when we were younger.  Romance is making sure we actually kiss each other good morning.  Maybe make time for a walk after dinner.  Or actually sit together in front of … [Read more...]

Read These Safety Tips for Walking at Night Before You Head Out!

With the start of the new year, many people are committing to getting more exercise to improve their health.  Walking is great exercise but the short, winter days mean that you may be walking in the dark.  It's important to research safety tips for walking at night, even if you think you live in a really safe neighborhood.  As a woman, I know that I am more vulnerable to attack than a man.  Even if I don't encounter any vicious strangers, there are many other dangers out there that I need to protect myself from.  Since I am doing a lot more … [Read more...]

DIY Skin Moisturizing Spray with Rosemary and Glycerin

I held out for as long as I could but we finally had to turn the heat on last week.  It's no wonder that I went looking for skin moisturizing spray recipes this past weekend!  It seems like the moment I turn on the heat, my skin starts getting dry.  I am constantly slathering myself with moisturizers and am always looking for the best skin healing ingredients that I can find.  I started doing a bit of research and found that vegetable glycerin is great to keep skin moisturized. It has water binding capabilities which allow it to draw in and … [Read more...]

Bring on the Waterworks: The Emotional Impact of Menopause

When you hear women or doctors talking about menopause, usually they discuss the erratic periods or hot flashes.  I don't hear a lot about the emotional impact of menopause. Sure, sometimes they talk about how bitchy a woman is acting and say 'Oh, it's just hormones'.  But no one ever told me how emotional I would become as I started moving into this lovely decade of my life. My family is looking at me like I have lost what few marbles I had left.  I cry in church.  I cry listening to a song in the car.  I cry when I get into an argument with … [Read more...]

The Healthiest Type of Salt to Include in Your Diet

Are you worried whether or not you are adding the healthiest type of salt to your diet?  Every time I go to the grocery store I am amazed at how many foods are pushed as 'low in sodium'. You have everything from low sodium canned soups to unsalted crackers. Websites and cookbooks tell us how to reduce our salt intake and commercials tell us how bad sodium is for our blood pressure. Here is a news flash for you...salt makes things taste better! Honestly, wouldn't you rather eat your French fries with a sprinkling of salt on them? Would your … [Read more...]