Have a Greener Halloween

A friend was telling me the other day that she can’t believe how much ‘stuff’ people in Northern California buy for Halloween. She is from a small town in Southern California and they never bought costumes or make-up. They would just make their own from old clothes and maybe put charcoal on their faces. She has a good point. Our love affair with buying things for any occasion is out of control, and likely not just in Northern California. When looking at greener solutions to your typical Halloween Holiday, consider the basics and what you really need to have fun. ...more

Thanks for the green ideas! Very ...more

Getting My Life Together One Day at a Time...prologue

So....I know that there are a lot of categories here. There are a lot of life categories that I need to get on track: ...more

 Hi Mary,

 Thank you for the link. Taking charge of your life is huge---remember that ...more

Save yourself, save our health care system (Breast Cancer Awareness Post)

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year I ran with my daughter in the Run for the Cure. Each year I donate funds to breast cancer research.  But this year I also wanted to take the time to talk about the role that breastfeeding plays in fighting the battle against breast cancer. ...more

Passionately Pink AA Planes for Komen Race for the Cure

October is a month that we see signs of hope in the support for Breast Cancer research and resource including many walk for the Cure. My son Ben and I went to see the unveiling of American's visible support of the cause with their "pink" ribbon on several planes in their fleet along with their commitment of research funding support by AA and their partners. For Ben who agreed to wear a pink shirt (his 16 year old brother had picked out for him earlier in the year coaching him that you are cooler as a male to be able to wear pink) he saw a visible sign ...more

Boobs Do What?!

   As a dedication to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I decided to talk openly about the thoughts I've had about my boobs and really, boobs in general.  After I made the decision to breastfeed my son, and then upon breastfeeding successfully made the decision to breastfeed 4 more future children (God willing), I started thinking about the sacrifices my body was making.  I thought if my boobs suffered from the 9 months of pregnancy plus at least 12 months of breastfeeding multiplied by the 4 more times that I was willing to invest in my boob stocks all over again, that made a tot ...more

I have had it!

Ever feel like the world is closing in on you? ...more

I know, it sounds so trite and like you can't fit it in your schedule with everything else, but ...more

How do you keep your balance when mainstream media panics?

Browsing through my feed reader this morning, I saw a ton of articles talking about fear or implying that we should be in fear of something. Whether it's the economy, terrorism, the environment, whatever - it's enough to make you jump at your own shadow. I'm not suggesting that we should all stick our heads in the sand and pretend that the world doesn't have problems, but all this talk about imminent doom is enough to stress me out. ...more

Getting Clean and Natural

We live in a pretty dirty world, and I’m not just talking about political mud slinging. Getting clean is a tricky subject. Many personal care products in the general marketplace use harsh chemicals that can harm you and strip your body of good bacteria.      ...more


Can I openly admit that I am frustrated with my weight?  There... I said it!  It feels so good to have that out in the open. I know I just had a baby seven weeks ago - but these love handles have GOT to go! I could join Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or Curves... but do I really want to spend money on weight loss support groups when I could spend that money on new clothes??  No way!  Besides, true dieting is not about making temporary modifications! ...more

Mother Knows Breast

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so ladies AND gentlemen, please check your boobies.  I know most of us go to the doctor and swear that we know our bossoms left and right (that was a joke).  But seriously, we need to be aware of how to prevent this growing epidemic.  Think I should shut up...here are some facts and figures I've researched from the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. ...more