You Are Special

I had a dream a few months ago that the Lord shared with me.  It was something I could feel was super important and I was wondering how in the world I was going to accomplish it.  I thought to myself, Lord, do you know who I am?  How am I going to be able to do this, I’m just D’ondra.  I’m not anyone special that people are going to pay attention to.  I’m not that important....more

I Remember the Day My Eyes Opened

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I Held That Bag Close To My Heart... Someone Prayed For Me

  I Held The Bag Close To My Heart... Someone Prayed For MeBy Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny GeeSkip came walking up the driveway... there was two bags in his hand.  Bags like the ones that come from Walmart.  I wondered 'what in the world?' did Skip have.  I didn't think he'd stopped at a store before getting home....more
Granny, I think you'll like my book Spinning Straw, Weaving ...more

What Happens When Mommy's the Princess

Since I failed to be pained by a pea beneath my mattress, it's clear that I'm no Princess. However, I'm pretty sure I was a Princess in my last life since certain sensitivities and snobberies persist despite my current modest place in society....more
@Tattie Weasle You could have been a Princess too! Who says there weren't potty-mouthed ...more

Grape Orchards and Apple Vines

Today, in the 13th summer of my youngest granddaughter, she and I got into my car, put the top down, fastened our seat belts and sped away for a just-us time together. Sporting matching pink flower print hats with sparkly bling added for effect and curly pink ribbon ponytails, we waved picture-taking family adieu, heater on to mitigate a cool, misty morning. Even before we were out of sight the chatter began.“I went bungee jumping yesterday, Grams! It was scary but soooo much fun ”...more
It sounds like the perfect summer day!more

The Healthy Voyager Visits Santa Barbara, CA

The Healthy Voyager visits Santa Barbara, CA! Join me on my vacation as I dine at Sojourner Cafe, Spiritland Bistro, Pizza Guru, The Natural Cafe, Backyard Bowls & CrushCakes Cupcakery. In addition, check out my adorable digs at the Cheshire Cat Inn bed & breakfast!For more information, visit

A Funfilled Father's Day

Nothing makes my dad happier than a day at the beach, surfing and just enjoying the sun and ocean. Luckily, Father’s Day falls in the summer so it’s a great time of year to get outdoors and spend some quality time with the dads in your life (fathers, hubbies, brothers and buddies). Nothing is more appropriate for a fun filled Father’s Day then some outdoor dining and adventurous activities....more

Making An Anniversary Special

Occasions, such anniversaries, are meant to be special. How can you add an extra touch to make that particular celebration even more memorable? Here are two options: you can go to a posh restaurants and spend 2 weeks of groceries on one meal, or you can do it at home. Dining at home doesn’t seem very special, let alone romantic, especially since you do it practically every day. But, as I recently found out, there are ways to create a unique and lovely dinner. Let me break it down into the key features I used so that you can customize to your own liking and style....more

Mmmmemorial Day!!

There is no question about it, summer is here! Put away your coats and break out your swim suits because it's time to frolick in the sun and hang out with friends by the bbq.  However you decide to kick off fun in the sun season, do it as healthy as possible because come back to school season, you want to make sure you fit in your jeans and you aren't burnt to a crisp ; )  For more healthy and eco Memorial Day tips, check out last year's post....more

London Encore

I've been to London several times and every time, I find more and more veggie yumminess.  It's quickly becoming one of the most veg friendly cities in the world and delicious to boot!  Gone are the days of poking fun at bland English food and welcome to a veritable taste bud frenzy. In addition to the last London post, here are a few more spots that I couldn't leave out of the mix ; )...more