Stop! I Wanna Get Off!

Everyday life is stressful, but how well do you handle it when life gets really crazy?  Maybe work is suddenly more busy.  Maybe your family life just got more complicated.  Or, maybe, like me, you invited the madness in? What do you do when life feels like a crazy carnival ride and you just want…

Can You Guess What This Is?

Did you guess soft serve ice cream? You’d be wrong… It’s chicken… well sort of… It’s actually mechanically separated chicken made though a process called AMR – Advanced Meat Recovery and is lurking in your hot dog, bologna, chicken nuggets, pepperoni, salami, jerky etc… Using even more than the squeek, to get every ounce of…

Changing Diapers May Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer!

Good news for the great dads out there! Fatherhood decreases testosterone levels & decreases risk of prostate cancer. In a study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, testosterone levels dropped in men caring for children.  In fact, men more actively involved in child care (changing diapers, feeding,…

Getting Your Kids to Eat Right This Summer

School is almost done and soon the kids will be home all day.  How can you make sure they eat healthy all day long? Get some help! Check out www.KidsEatRight.org or find them on Facebook and Twitter for tips to make your summer healthy and nutritious. Here are some examples: “One of the best ways…

Get Your Kids Moving!

A simple tool in the fight against childhood obesity: Fun and interactive pedometers designed for kids! In the world of Webkinz and sedentary lifestyles, how do we get our kids moving?  One solution is a cool new product called GeoPalz. It is a pedometer tucked into a fun clip-on character with prizes available online.  I…

5 Things Mom Could Really Use on Mother’s Day!

We all love the flowers and cute notes, but if you really want to make the mom in your life feel special here are a few suggestions: Mom could really use: A Nap: It’s true.  Most women walk around the world chronically sleep deprived.  A 20-minute nap can put a dent in the deficit and…

Decade of Gratitude Post #10: Our Precious Burdens

Part of the dedication to my first book reads: For Grace and Callie, who drive me crazy and keep me sane, all at the same time. My sassy, ten-year-old-today, daughters think that is pretty funny! Soon after Grace and Callie were born, our priest visited and referred to them as our “precious burdens.” Both Clay…

Decade of Gratitude Post #4: Girl Scouts

Ten years ago I woke up in the ICU after our babies were delivered by C-section and my doctors fixed my heart with bypass surgery, wondering whether we had boys or girls — or one of each.  Soon after, my wonderful husband, Clay, came to tell me we had girls. Girls!! I’d really wanted girls!…

Decade of Gratitude Post #3: My Village

An African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I say I’d be lost without my village! When the girls were born, Clay and I were overwhelmed. Family, friends and neighbors came to help us, brought us food and encouragement, and sat with the girls while I went to cardiac rehab and…