Energize Your Life: Embrace Your Chores

Summertime provides so many great opportunities to get out and get moving.  We all want to avoid the “inside fat” reported lately – the fat which forms around your internal organs and can lead to a host of health problems.  Even people who appear thin can be fat on the inside. The best way to…

Empower Your Body: Embrace the Smoothie

Start your morning with a smoothie and boost your fruit and fiber intake.  Good for your body and tasty too! Our family starts each morning with a smoothie.  My sister gave me a smoothie maker as a gift a while ago, and at the time I wasn’t sure I would use it – I was…

Book Review: Your Heart’s Desire

Recently I spoke in Marinette, Wisconsin and was introduced to the work of Sonia Choquette.  The event directors were raving about the wonderful program Sonia had done for them in Green Bay and thought her book would fit so nicely in with my advice to slow down and focus on what is important in life.…

Open Letter to Mom on Mother’s Day

Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day! I can’t help thinking about all the things you do for us and how you always put us first. Somehow, you manage to get everything done and make it look easy. But, I wonder, are you doing as well taking care of yourself? Being treated well just one day a…

HEART for Women Act Rally

Last week I was incredibly honored to host the HEART for Women Act Rally in Washington DC on behalf of the American Heart Association. I was joined by nearly 1000 volunteer advocates from across the country for the AHA’s Congressional Lobby Day. We visited our elected leaders inorder to push forward the HEART for Women…

Help! My Teen Is Dating

Perhaps there is nothing more frightening than the idea of your child on a date. My girls are only six, but the idea scares me. When should I let the start dating? What rules should I make? When should we start talking about this stuff? Who can I ask these questions????? Michael Domitrz has the…

Stress Remedy: Wine and Chocolate

A glass of red wine, a lovely piece of chocolate, comfy clothes and a moment to say “ahhhh” at the end of the day — yes, the wine and chocolate stress remedy. No, it doesn’t have to be wine and chocolate, although they both have heart healthy benefits, but taking some time at the end…

Escape Adulthood

Escape Adulthood:  8 Secrets from Childhood for the Stressed-out Grown-up. Having kids is the quickest way to feel like a grown up! Yet, as author and cartoonist Jason Kotecki demonstrates children are a rich source of helping us all fight Adultitis and live a less stressed life. We all have those moments when we wish…

Less Stress for Easter

My Dad, psychologist and all around wise man, used to say, “Even good things are stressful.” I guess it is little wonder why having your family converge for holidays can produce stress. Stress over getting dinner to the table. Stress over living up to Mom or Grandma’s cooking expertise. Stress over limiting the overeating. Stress…