Working Through Grief After a 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 ...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 ...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 ...more

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

How to Choose a Restaurant When You Have Hearing Loss

My favorite restaurant recently underwent a large renovation. It was necessary, as the place definitely needed an update, but I was crushed. This restaurant was my family's haven from noise. Every Friday night, almost without fail, we enjoyed a quiet, stress-free, delicious meal in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. And none of us had to worry about my hearing loss. Were we going to have to find a new place? ...more
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5 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart for Valentine's Day

Last year, I brought you 5 very sexy yoga poses to work into your Valentine's Day... activities. This year I'm back with something even more important: self-love. You can more easily attract love from outside yourself when you've activated love within yourself. Here are five yoga poses to help you do just that in preparation for Valentine's Day. Whether you're in a relationship or seeking one, these poses will help you get your heart on the right track. ...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
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Paleo Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas

Paleo Valentine's Day DinnerOh Valentine's Day, thanks to genius advertisers and great marketing campaigns, don't we all equate this holiday to chocolat...more

Buckwheat Molasses Bars (GF, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free)

You know you have a great sister when you open your inbox to find an email with a mouthwatering recipe that says "I just created this and thought you might like it"....yes, yes, I would! :)Both my sister and mom have a knack for "accidentally" creating healthy, delicious and creative dishes.  I guess that gene wasn't passed down to me, so today you're able to enjoy my sister's creative abilities. ;)...more

Chia Seeds- Good for the body and soul

Chia Seeds have been around for a long time now-  But has been more accessible recently in the US for a few years.  I feel people still don't know about them yet.  They are so good for your body on all levels.  They have huge amounts of Omega -3s and give the body the extra nutrients it needs for energy.   There are so many Health Benefits of taking Omega-3s as a part of your daily routine  - Heart health, Skin health and Brain health There are different brands out there- But the one i see the most is a brand called Ma...more

Whole30 / Paleo Valentine's Dinner Ideas

Whole30 Valentine's MealsOh Valentine's Day, thanks to genius advertisers and great marketing campaigns, don't we all equate this holiday t...more

Things I've Gotta Stop Doing (And You Probably Should, Too!)

I didn’t make any formal New Year’s resolutions this year.  Now that I think of it, I actually haven’t had a New Year’s resolution in quite a few years.  Is it because I’m perfect and free of flaws and don’t need to change a solitary thing about myself?Yes.  Yes it is....more

Embracing Grief

I decided late last week to take yesterday off work. I have learned over the last couple of years that, no matter how prepared I feel for it, February 8th is a very difficult day....more

Running Tights & Capris For The Long Run

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (RunKarlaRun.com) Keeps your legs rockin’ in style with these 10 running tights, capris, and warm-ups from seven different brands. They range from $20 to $120, so there’s something for every price point. If it’s on this list, I officially own it and love it ....more

#NotInTheBrochure: How We Must Make Adoption World Better

Nobody Told Us Have you heard this from a birth parent? No one told me it would hurt this much for this long. They told me about open adoption, but no one told me how hard it would be to navigate these relationships and feelings ....more

Best Damn Race Safety Harbor 2016 Race Recap

I’ve been trying to run the Best Damn Race Safety Harbor since the very first year is happened (4 years ago), but things continuously got in the way of that. I was sick 2 of the years, and then one of the years I was quite pregnant and not up for a 5k race. This year, I was actually able to make it! ...more

Last Week’s Workouts

Despite feeling a bit off after travelling, I still had some good workouts last week! I especially loved getting to do yoga with my mom (who is in ridiculously good shape) and taking Tommy to his first hot yoga class! M – hot yoga at Mountain Yoga Sandy in Utah with my mom and Tommy T – rest day/travel day W – 3 miles, 25 minutes, 8:10 pace +CrossFit Hang Power Clean + Power Clean complex (find a heavy double): I worked up to 95# and failed at 100# Diane for Time 21-15-9: Deadlifts (I used 130#) and Handstand Pushups (I did regular pushups since I was feeling a bit off from travel and didn’t want to go upside down ) Th – 7 mile tempo run, 55 minutes + CrossFit 1 mile warm-up 10k pace surges: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 minute surges with 1 min recovery jog between each; I did each surge at a 7:10 pace 1.5 mile cool down Crossfit: 30 minute EMOM Min 1: 15 slam balls (I used a 10# ball) Min 2: 20 air squats Min 3: 20 kettlebell swings (I used a 24# kb) Min 4: 10 toes to bar (I practiced for 30 seconds each round since I can’t do them) Min 5: 10 box jumps F – rest day S – 9 miles, 1 hr 18 minutes, 8:40 pace ....more