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What is in my hospital bag?

I guess it is time to get serious....I take very little serious in life so it is always hard for me to buckle down and get stuff done....more

Friday Favorites!!

It's been a few weeks since I've participated, but thought I'd join the fun today for one of my favorites, the Friday Five Link Up from Cynthia at Eat, Pray, Run, DC and Mar from You Signed Up For What!! SPRING BREAK!! I start a new job on Monday and it just happens to be spring break ....more

The Dreaded 2WW has a Bright Side

I have recently decided to take some time off from my professional career to focus on fertility treatments.  My husband and I have been going through this painful process for 3 years.  We had a failed IVF cycle last year and it's taken a year to get our courage (and finances!) back to try again.  If anyone has gone through this they know it is mentally, physically, emotionally and financially exhausting....more

The Dreaded 2WW Has a Bright Side

I have recently decided to take some time off from my professional career to focus on fertility treatments.  My husband and I have been going through this painful process for 3 years.  We had a failed IVF cycle last year and it's taken a year to get our courage (and finances!) back to try again.  If anyone has gone through this they know it is mentally, physically, emotionally and financially exhausting....more

9/52: Skater Girl + Weekend Things

I took Ada roller skating for the first time Wednesday. There’s a little rink on the other side of town, and they have this cute open ride time for small children. You can bring scooters, bikes, etc ....more

Take Care of Yourself This Weekend With a Self Care Saturday

As a clinical social worker seeing clients and as an educator of future social work students, I encourage others to practice self care on a regular basis. Surprisingly, the art of self care does not come naturally to many people. In all honesty, self care is something that I often have to make a conscious effort to do. By nature, I am a Type A perfectionist who in the past felt I should be able to do everything. Believing that lead me to a world where I was physically exhausted, had no time for any fun things, diagnosed with hypothyroidism and on the verge of burn out in my career. Over the past seven years, I have learned the importance of self care. ...more

Friday Faves

Hi friends! HAPPY FRIDAY! What are you up to this weekend? ...more

Links I Like: 3.6.15

Happy Friday! I truly, deeply anticipate that this will be my last week of meager blogging. Next week, I'm planning to post about my new job and about the latest installment of my 2015 Cookbook Challenge ....more

Baked Broccoli Tofu Bowls with Orange Ginger Dressing

I’m so happy to see that some of you are open to the idea of challenging yourself to eat vegan for a week. Giving up your favorite foods (hello cheese!) might seem a little daunting at first but I think sometimes it can be beneficial to experiment with your diet and see how your body reacts. I know I mentioned that I felt a little more bloated than usual after completely eliminating animal products but the more I think about it, I wonder if maybe my body just needed a little more time to adjust ....more

My Blood Test Results

Today we’re going to take a look inside my body. As you know by now, I am a firm believer that, given our food options today, the healthiest and best way to optimal, long-term health is by following a whole food, plant-based diet. So, as my annual physical was approaching recently, I thought it might be beneficial for anyone out there questioning the effects of plant-based eating to see how a plant-based diet has affected...more