Danielle

30-something working wife and mommy writing about weight loss, cooking and... read more

A Whole Lot of Lists (And Fabulousness)

  In accepting the Fabulous Blog Ribbon, there are five rules I need to post and follow:1. Thank the blogger who gave it to me and share the link back to the awarding blog.2. Name 5 fabulous moments in my life. 3. Name 5 things that I love. 4. Name 5 things I hate. 5. Pass this ribbon to 5 deserving bloggers....more
 @isthisthemiddle No problem! Thanks for sharing the good reads. : )more

Greens — Glorious, Overabundant Greens!

Great as leafy greens are, there are times when they can be overwhelming. If you buy your greens in those neat, manageable bundles at the supermarket or natural foods store, no problem. Those can be used up in a flash. But if you belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, grow greens in your own garden, or become overly zealous at the farmer’s market, you might occasionally find yourself with too much of a good thing....more
 @ssKate Me too...I want to escape that guilt of tossing produce, while still being able to have ...more

Do You Return to See if Your Comment Was Answered?

You leave a comment, perhaps even asking a question or making a point that you know would be volleyed back if you were in a face-to-face conversation, and sometimes the blogger picks up the thread and answers you back to continue the exchange of thoughts and sometimes they don't depending on technical limitations, time, or connection.  But the question is: do you return to the comment section to see if it was answered there? ...more
I also check up on my comments ... but sometimes to my demise. I'm not afraid of someone saying ...more

I Is for Idea

An IDEA is what lurks behind this blog (or any piece of writing)—urging the words forward.So, writing about “idea”—when the idea of doing so was ITSELF an “idea”—well it’s kind of like the proverbial snake with its own tail in its mouth. (Or the Escher drawing of a hand drawing itself ...http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Drawing-Hands-Posters_i122118_.htm )...more
Hi Isabel. I have to be quiet to get ideas usually although they sometimes just pop up. You have ...more

Quitting the Q: Goodbye, Home Shopping

I’m coming out of the closet as a former viewer of QVC. Sadly, I can’t stomach it anymore. Yes, the astronomical prices of gold and silver have taken a little zest from my life. Goodbye, QVC.For those of you who are sane, reasonable people who don’t watch television shopping, QVC is the biggest shopping network. On TV for over 20 years now, the company got its hold over cuckoo Americans like me by hawking gold and silver jewelry. Oh, and of course cubic zirconias, the diamond look-alikes that once sparkled in my ears....more
Heads-up that I've given you a Fabulous Blogger ...more

(PICS) BlogHers Walk the Runway

BlogHer '12 rocked the fashion. Like, literally. With a runway and everything, thanks to lead sponsors 6PM and PetSmart. Want to see pictures?...more
I Luv the dress on the model with a seated body type. It looks like it has a bit of stretch to ...more

(PICS) BlogHers Walk the Runway

BlogHer '12 rocked the fashion. Like, literally. With a runway and everything, thanks to lead sponsors 6PM and PetSmart. Want to see pictures?...more
I Luv the dress on the model with a seated body type. It looks like it has a bit of stretch to ...more

The Kindergarten Cut-Off Dilemma

I’ve been running around the last few weeks buying school supplies for The Big One to start 3rd grade at the end of the summer. I’m a bargain hunter (never pay retail!), so I’ve been buying a little here and a little there, whenever I find a good deal. And every so often, as I’m getting him ready for school, I realize that The Little One could have been starting kindergarten in the fall too. Maybe. See, try as I might to get him born earlier, he was evicted born 13 days after the cut off date. 13 stinking days....more
I am faced with the opposite dilemma.  My daughter is a month ahead of the cut-off and I'm just ...more

I've Been Lying to Myself: My Child Is Spoiled

"I think we're spoiling her," he replied. "She never asks for anything because she doesn't know what it's like not to have everything." When my mother-in-law was visiting us last August, she looked around E's room with a mixture of wonder and confusion. "When I was a kid, we were so poor we had nothing...just one doll, one puzzle, one book. I can't imagine what it's like to grow up with all this stuff." I looked around at the bins of stuffed animals, the giant bookcase stuffed with books, the cabinets full of blocks and puzzles and crayons and games. It hadn't seemed excessive to me before. It was just what she had. It was what every kid we knew had....more
 @Practical Parenting Apparently, the treat has become a routine, not a treat for helping ...more

Can We 'Get Real' About Sex in Church?

A few weeks ago my close friend Tina called after a difficult week at church. Her pastor was preaching a series about marriage, and he was all about "getting real."From her perspective, "getting real" meant that he was about to talk about sex....more
 @LetThemEatGreat Totally agree with what you're saying here. I had some pretty tumultuous years ...more