Find Your Rhythm

Being self-employed is a distance run, not a sprint.  It doesn’t “end”.  Therefore the habits you put into place at the start of your business need to be sustainable.  Some might say achieving balance is impossible, and they are right. But, not in the way you think they are… I believe balance is an elusive and unattainable goal.  More stress is created in people today because of their quest to achieve balance than in simply creating a rhythm to life that works for you regardless of whether that meets some nebulous balance criteria. ...more
I love the comparison of life to music !  As a music teacher it's an important moment when my ... more

Women and YA Fiction - WTH?

What is the deal with grown adult women reading and becoming obsessed with Young Adult fiction? First it was Harry Potter. Then Twilight. Now Hunger Games. Ladies, did you know that there are entire branches of literature that are not geared toward teenagers? ...more
I started reading Harry Potter when I was student teaching and have read many other YA series ... more

Less Than Half is Talent

Today I heard a radio interview where Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, shared all the details of what made Whitney Houston's voice "the voice". Longing to sing professionally myself, I hung on to his every word. Later, as I compared his professional views with my experience as a singer, I found a universal truth invaluable not only from the standpoint of singing but in any area where one would hope to transition talent to a sought after skill. ...more
This was great!!  As a music teacher this is the stuff that kids don't always want to believe ... more

Socks and Music

Welcome to my Inspiration to Fitness - Week 4 journal. So last week I mentioned that my playlist is what's getting me through my workouts. ...more
I love my Ironman Triathlon socks. They are wicking and really comfy when running. Now, if I ... more

New Year's Resolutions Are Made To Be Broken

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Every January 1st, I make a lengthy list of New Year's Resolutions for myself. It's usually stuff I think I need to work on like "lose weight," "get in shape," "be a better mom," "get organized," etc. However, each year I fail to make it even a couple of weeks before I break all of my resolutions and go back to my regular, lazy ways. Any advice on how I can be more successful this go-round?...more
I agree with making small, achievable goals! I made 10 resolutions a few years ago and only ... more

Farfalle with Pistachios

[Editor's Note: This quick and easy farfalle recipe adds some elegance even to regular weeknights. But it might be something to consider making the first course of your New Year's Eve meal, too, if you have the ingredients on hand. --Genie]...more
This looks delicious and easy...a perfect weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing! more

Store-Bought Pie Dough Showdown: Do Any Compare to Homemade?

Are you a homemade crust user or a store-bought crust user? I put some store-bought crusts through their paces, and updated the prices for 2014. ...more
I've used the refrigerated doughs too and they're definitely the best of the "quick" ... more

Make-up Expiration Dates, Why They Matter

Every day or when I'm up to it, I bust out my make-up bag and doll myself up! There are some products in that bag that I've had for years, they are my favorites and products that have been discontinued. I've never thought twice about using these products until a couple days ago! I never once considered that just like the eggs, milk, cheese, and produce in my fridge that even my make-up has an expiration date! ...more
I was just talking about this with one of my sisters....I definitely have some make-up that ... more