Make a Simple Cough Syrup from Kitchen Ingredients

This homemade, all-natural cough syrup can be made from your kitchen pharmacy. This simply combination of ingredients will help you feel better. ...more

You Don't Have to Be Young to Do Crossfit

I have been a "Crossfitter" for 5 years. When I started Crossfit, I really didn't know anything about it. I wanted to get in shape for my daughter's wedding and saw on Facebook that a couple of college friends were doing it. It looked like a tough ...more

Do You Talk About Difficult Things on Social Media?

I probably make a lot of people cringe on Facebook. Judging by how few Likes I get, much less actual comments, on posts I share or write about infertility, particularly egg donation, it seems most people just don't know what to say. So they do the ...more

Fitess Expert Jenna Wolfe's Smart Tips to Get Lean in 2016

Small steps can add up to big changes and an overall healthier life. That's what fitness expert Jenna Wolfe will tell anyone who will listen. And with her new book, Thinner In 30, the busy mom of two is putting some walk behind her talk.  ...more

How to Take a Deep Breath

I just learned how to breathe. Isn't that ridiculous? Fellow members should be newborns only, but alas there are many of us who apparently don't know this primal how-to. Learning to breathe has been on my long list of things to do, right between ...more

When Loss is Followed By Loss: From My Mother's Death to My Brother's Death

I had previously written a piece on my mum's journey with dementia, how it destroyed her and stole parts of me. The piece was a featured blog on BlogHer and I was humbled. I just wrote it to get the pain and hurt out and to share with anyone who was going through the same. Then five weeks and three days later, my baby brother, 49, died tragically, suddenly and in a twinkling of an eye, my life changed forever. ...more
Rita Arens Thank you Rita. I'm still fighting the grief and I will make it. At the same time, ...more

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Young Mom

Motherhood came to me a lot earlier than I ever thought it would. I became a mom two months after my 19th birthday. I don't usually like to volunteer that information. I like for people to assume that I'm pushing 30 when I go somewhere with my three crazy kids, but it's not the case. I was a teen mom. ...more

Pregnancy After the Heartbreak of Miscarriage

For 16 long months I waited to get pregnant. I took my temperature every morning. I took all the ovulation tests. I tracked my symptoms. I took pregnancies tests. I got my hopes up. And for 16 long months I was disappointed. My heart was broken. Of course those months were made heartbreaking with the three miscarriages I experienced. ...more
Thank you for sharing. Wishing your family all the best. :). I felt lost when I miscarried ...more

57 Benefits of Good Nutrition

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOOD NUTRITION?Good nutrition benefits every organ system in the body.  What is good nutrition?  Good nutrition is the process of supplying the body with all of the essential nutrients needed function at optimum wellness.Good nutrition can prevent many diseases or disorders.  Without good nutrition a person greatly increases their risk for a number of diseases and disorders....more

57 Benefits of Good Nutrition

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOOD NUTRITION?Good nutrition benefits every organ system in the body.  What is good nutrition?  Good nutrition is the process of supplying the body with all of the essential nutrients needed function at optimum wellness.Good nutrition can prevent many diseases or disorders.  Without good nutrition a person greatly increases their risk for a number of diseases and disorders....more

57 Benefits of Good Nutrition

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOOD NUTRITION?Good nutrition benefits every organ system in the body.  What is good nutrition?  Good nutrition is the process of supplying the body with all of the essential nutrients needed function at optimum wellness.Good nutrition can prevent many diseases or disorders.  Without good nutrition a person greatly increases their risk for a number of diseases and disorders....more

57 Benefits of Good Nutrition

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOOD NUTRITION?Good nutrition benefits every organ system in the body.  What is good nutrition?  Good nutrition is the process of supplying the body with all of the essential nutrients needed function at optimum wellness.Good nutrition can prevent many diseases or disorders.  Without good nutrition a person greatly increases their risk for a number of diseases and disorders....more

Whole30 Meal Template

When talking to others on the Whole30 Journey, I hear the advice all the time that if we just eat compliant items, we will be fine. While only eating foods that are compliant is DEFINITELY a start, it's not the point of the Whole30. The idea is to totally nourish your body through the food you put in it; and to do that, we have to be feeding it full of nutrients and vitamins at every meal....more

5 Ways To Achieve Fitness Goals

It’s February – have you stuck with your New Year’s resolutions or have they drifted off course a bit? If so, there’s no time like the present to recharge those fitness goals. It can be hard to stay motivated if you don’t have a goal in mind (especially during the cold winter months).Keep yourself on track by writing down something you want to achieve in the future. Maybe you want to be able to do 50 push-ups without stopping or maybe you want to run a 5K race. No matter what your fitness goal may be, there are steps you can take so that you can make sure that they are achieved!...more

The Polished Professional and the Girl Next Door: Victims of Domestic Abuse

My two friends lived a block apart, shared a name,  but could not have come from more different backgrounds. P#1 was a stay-at-home mother, her education ended at high school and early marriage. P#2 was a traditional college grad, newly wed to a well-educated man with social stature. ...more

Friday Favorites: My StitchFix Experience

The first time I ever heard about StitchFix was probably 3-4 years ago when my friend Meg signed up for it. I didn’t really think it was for me since I wore pretty much all Banana Republic and J.Crew clothing to work and never got to wear fun clothes. Even after seeing countless bloggers share their experience for the past few years, I still didn’t really think it was for me ....more

7 tips to kick those winter blues

If you’re like me, February is about the time of year that I start to get stir crazy in the house and dream of warm, crisp Michigan spring weather when I can start hiking, biking and hanging out on the deck. Although Michigan residents have been VERY fortunate that Mother Nature has looked kindly on us this winter. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been able to go on walks in January without worrying about the snow/ice. So nice! But it’s still dark outside and often dreary without sunshine....more

Chocolate's my favorite health food

Just in time for Valentine's day: Should you be eating more chocolate? ...more