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
I am so sorry to hear that. Have you tried a lipreading class? I know many people who have a lot ...more

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
If I can only get into those positions.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
My mum. Thanks so much BlogHer.more

Meet Oliver

Meet my new foster, Oliver. If you follow...more


Wow. I can't even begin to thank you for all the kind words on my last post. I had no idea that my blog meant that much to some of you! ...more

13 Months Off The Grid, 10 Valuable Lessons

We survived for 13 months off the grid: no generators, no solar energy, no cheating. Our existence was made possible by public libraries, friends’ help, local shops who let us freeze our ice blocks in their freezers, and of course the amazing battery of my laptop with 3 priceless hours of movies that saved our […] ...more

Not Feeling Well? Try This Recipe.

I always hate to admit this, but I have been feeling under the weather. Sometimes, all the best eating in the world has no chance against a classic winter cold.That doesn't mean falling back on crappy comfort food or worse, not eating at all.  When I am not feeling well, my first thought is a big pot of chicken soup....more

Healthy Pizza Pretzels

These savory, whole wheat, made-from-scratch soft pretzels are surprisingly easy to whip up, making the perfect afternoon snack or healthy alternative to pizza....more

Carmel Half Marathon Training {Week 4}

I am going to let you in on a secret – one that might surprise you.I don't want to PR the half marathon.It sounds weird, right? Many times we go into a training cycle with the hope of getting stronger, faster and nailing a certain time. I want to do those things, of course ....more

Weight Watchers SmartPoints: Final thoughts (and recipe ideas!)

Not a program, not a diet. Taking what works, not doubting myself, trusting the process and not constantly looking for the next new thing. That's what I'm doing next ....more

Mind overloaded

I wonder if I have a tendency to reflect too deeply.  I wonder why I stir awake at night, worrying about the future.  I wonder if other people do the same thing as I do.  These are questions that enter my mind, much too often....more

Pilates Equipment: What you need to know for your first class

I was a little nervous about this one. I'm not going to lie. When I wrote a post about aerial yoga, someone emailed me asking if I had ever tried Pilates Equipment and suggested I try it. She said she had been curious about it, but was intimidated by the crazy looking equipment. I love it when you guys contact me and tell me what's on your mind and I love a challenge.  So, when one of my favorite yoga studios ran a special on their Pilates Equipment class,  I signed up to try it....more