How to Start Being a Vegan

SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take ...more

Choose Joy This Holiday Season

I always have mixed feeling when the holidays roll in each year. There are hints of melancholy here and there. I usually end up looking at old pictures during the season and feel sad when I think about people I've loved who are no longer with me.  ...more

Get Through the Holiday Season Without Regrets

You've been doing so well this fall. Summer was behind us and it was time to turn your priorities back to you: exercise, less wine, more healthy food, more time for you. And now, ugh, the holidays are coming up and you are afraid all your good ...more

5 Tips For Practicing Yoga at Home

One question that I'm often asked is, "I love yoga but I want to be able to practice at home instead of going to a yoga studio all the time. What are some tips to start and maintain a home yoga practice?" It seems like a relatively simple thing to ...more

I Won't Let Depression Steal My Holiday Season

This won't be the usual "How to Survive the Holidays" post. I won't recite to you what you can find on WebMD, PsychCentral or the Mayo Clinic's website about holiday depression. I probably cannot give you tips on how to make it through the next few ...more

5 Things I Want My Son to Know About Mental Illness

These days, I have it under control pretty well with medications. But it was some scary stuff back then. If my child ever had any of these problems that I have? Well, I feel like I would never forgive myself, that it would somehow be my fault. What if he found out about my condition, what if he found out about the thoughts? I feel like I might die if that happened. ...more

My Breast Cancer Diagnosis and the Unlikely Friendship

I didn’t like Gail, and Gail didn’t like me. If grown-up life is just high school replayed, the two of us had all the makings of a cafeteria girl fight. ...more

How to Go Vegan in 9 Easy Steps

SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take the plunge. Making a change like this can be really intimidating, especially when you realize that vegan is a lifestyle and not just a diet. But you're not alone! I'm here to walk you through all the basic steps. ...more
I just want to add, avoid vegan junk food if your purpose is improving health! Remember that ...more

30-Minute HIIT Holiday Workout

Happy Friday everyone! Greetings from New Jersey! My hubby and I arrived in the northeast late last night ....more

An open letter to my (pretend) therapist during an anxiety attack

This post first appeared on Mona Andrei's personal blog, Moxie-Dude. Dear Barbara (because if she’s MY pretend therapist, I LIKE the name Barbara for a therapist – it suits her),I’m hoping that writing about the layer of neurosis that’s resting heavily on my soul will shine some light on it; and maybe even melt it away. I’m hopeful if nothing else. (30% hopeful; 95% nothing else. But I failed math so I suggest you don’t count on my stat skills.)...more

5 Things I Want My Son to Know About Mental Illness

These days, I have it under control pretty well with medications. But it was some scary stuff back then. If my child ever had any of these problems that I have? Well, I feel like I would never forgive myself, that it would somehow be my fault. What if he found out about my condition, what if he found out about the thoughts? I feel like I might die if that happened. ...more

Don't Invite These Toxic People to Join You in 2015

Everyday, being a mother continues to make me feel more confident. So confident that I find it satisfying to speak my mind regarding the issues that bother me and erase each and every toxic person out of my life. Just like that. It's one issue my girlfriends with children don't know how to quite deal with: cutting all of the toxic people out of their lives. They fear that it will be interpreted as being rude. They say they don't want people to think they're being cruel and mindless....more

The Official Holiday Season has Begun

So it's rolling....more

An ode to warm December weather

Oh warm December weather, please never leave. You have given us unlimited days at the park for running and swing time. You have given me an excuse to put the cutest coat, beanie and gloves on my sweet baby boy whenever we go outside, without feeling guilty that we're actually outside in the cold, because it's NOT that cold! ...more

Buddha’s Herbs Wings Tea {Review}

I have been a huge fan of Buddha’s Herbs Tea for almost a year now. Remember the review I did with different types of teas? Recently, they launched a new tea called “Wings Tea” and asked me if I wanted to try it out ....more

Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole

An easy casserole that you can throw together to have ready to bake first thing in the morning. The hypnotizing scent is sure to lure everyone into the kitchen! I have a secret to tell you....more

Things I’m Loving Friday #64

Hello there! Happy, happy Friday to all and Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating! This weekend will be a good one because Ryan, Sadie and I will be heading to Jacksonville on Saturday to spend Christmas with my family ....more

(Lack of) Fitness Friday

With six days until Christmas, the excitement is palatable and I’ve been doing all I can to enjoy holiday specific fun. We’ve seen Santa, baked cookies, done Christmas crafts, seen luminaries and lights, sipped hot chocolate, kept track of the elf, decorated the tree and yesterday Hailey, Kaitlyn and I stayed in pajamas all day long. Hailey helped me wrap presents and it was incredibly refreshing to have a day of no rushing to get anywhere and enjoying just hanging out ....more