5 things I remember from home

I remember the smell of the beginning of Saturday evening in the summer.  The freshly mowed grass, the steam and cologne from my Dad’s shower.  Hashbrowns in the frying pan and steaks on the grill.  Makes me hungry just thinking about it. I remember long summer afternoons on the swing hanging on the back deck.…

Miserable or Strong?

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” This is one of my favorite quotes by Carlos Castaneda. I’ve had it sitting on my desk for a while — not sure how I was going to use it. A member of my family was recently diagnosed…

Enrich Your Life:Take a Compliment

“I got it on sale.” Denying your joy by deflecting compliments How well do you take a compliment? If someone exclaims, “Those are great shoes!” Do you say, “I got them at TJ Maxx, $9.00!” Recently, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Gina Barreca speak about the differences between men and women. She said…

Energize Your Life: Zumba!

Spice up your fitness routine! Looking for something to spice up your routine?  Try Zumba!  This energetic fitness program combines fun & motivating Latin music with unique dance and combinations.  Don’t worry, even non-dancers and those new to fitness will find Zumba easy, fun and effective. My mom and her friend tried it just the…

Empower Your Body: Embrace Fish Tacos

Not excited about eating more fish? Try this tasty recipe. Fish Tacos: 6 oz of fresh fish (tuna, talapia, pan fish, red snapper, etc) per person Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle 10-minute marinade 1 package tortillas Fresh salsa Chipotle Mayonnaise (see note) Shredded romaine lettuce Shredded cheese Place fish and enough marinade to cover in a…

Engage Your Health: Embrace the Dentist

Good Dental Health is Essential to Heart Health How long has it been since you visited the dentist?  In addition to good brushing and flossing habits, regular visits to the dentist can prevent infections and disease which can damage your heart. Don’t have a dentist?  Here are some tips for finding a good one. Check…

39 Ways To Slow Down Summer

I was sitting down to write a post about slowing down this Summer, but got distracted reading Kim Kotecki’s Swingset Reflections blog. She beat me to the “post” with 39 great suggestions including: 1. Start the day with an early morning energizing walk. 2. Turn your cell phone off on the evenings and weekends. 4.…

Who Wants To Be More Healthy? Six Simple Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle

Do you know how to keep yourself healthy? It can be confusing with headlines coming at you.  They said Hormone Replacement Therapy is bad for your heart, now maybe it isn’t. They say eat soy, but now they say not too much. Should you take an aspirin everyday?  What new test is right for you? …

Are your kids getting fat this summer?

More and more schools are addressing the problem of childhood obesity with increased activity and better food choices, but here’s the problem.  What happens when kids leave the structure of school for the Summer? They gain weight according to a recent study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gone are the days of our childhood,…