Happy New Year’s 2016

If there is anything I struggle with in my life, it’s dealing with my various habits.  I struggle with both breaking bad habits and creating good ones.  I have even done some research trying to find a magical solution. It seems to be a pretty widespread issue.  I read somewhere that something like 90% of […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #5 School Cafeteria

I hope you’ve been enjoying my series so far.  This is my final post in the series, but I think it’s my favorite.  As the head of the USDA, Brian Wansink was given a challenge to improve the nutrition in the typical school cafeteria.  And I have to say, the simple and innovative ideas he […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #4 Grocery Shopping

Here in the 4th post of the series, it’s time to talk about some smart strategies in the grocery store.  I know a lot of posts you see are talking about making thrifty choices while grocery shopping, but these are some little tricks that will help you stick to these better choices even on days […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #3 Manage Snacking

In our last post, we talked about customizing our kitchens for a new healthy lifestyle.  The nice thing about these tips is that you aren’t going overboard.  You are just making a few simple changes that will pay off in the long run.  Today, we are going to look at the problem behavior of snacking. […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #2 Redo your Kitchen

**This post may contain affiliate links. I’m going to share some simple tips on how to rearrange your kitchen to support your weight loss efforts.  Obviously one of the main places we have control over is our own kitchen.  It is one of the rare areas in our lives where we have more or less […]

Sneaky Tricks for Weight Loss – #1: Buffet Eating

  I am starting a new series here.  Part of it is to help you, but part of it is to help me too.  I’ve always struggled with my weight and I’ve found a series of really brilliant little tricks to make weight loss much easier. One of the foundations behind these little tricks is […]

Gearing Up for some New Year’s Motivation

Now that most of the holiday is behind us, it’s time to start gearing up and dusting off our motivation to start off our New Year’s just right.  Even if you aren’t the resolution type, it is always a perfect time to look at ways you can start working off some of those excess holiday […]

The Twelve Days of Scouting Christmas

OK, this is just a quick one today.  I am up to my ears in Christmas “busyness” to the point where I can’t even sleep for thinking of all the gifts I need to wrap (and still buy!) and cards I need to send.  But I did want to slip this one in.  I know […]

Utah Blogger Holiday Round Up

If you’ve been around here for a while, you might have noticed that I am about the least crafty, least cook-y female on the planet.  Actually, I used to be pretty crafty, but that was prior to discovering the Interwebs.  These days, digital scrapbooking is about as crafty as I’m likely to get.  And I […]

Goodbye to our Dog Joe

I’ve written about our Saint Bernard Joe before – his “almost” brush with fame when he was auditioned for a movie.  Well sadly, we lost him last week.  It’s always sad to lose a pet – a dog or a cat has such a short lifespan compared with ours, and yet they become such an […]

Holiday Good Deeds for Free

The holidays are a perfect time to do some good deeds. Money is always tight this time of year, so I’m going to share some good deeds you can do for free (or almost free). Volunteer I’m kind of a volunteer junkie. Between Scouts and church, and stuff through work, I generally do several hundred […]

The Real Spirit of the Holidays

I’ll be honest, while I like a good deal as much as the next gal, the whole “Black Friday” craziness makes me faintly sick to my stomach.  So, here’s a little antidote to all the overshopping madness.  I hope it gets your holiday season off to a great start!  Here’s an adorable Christmas puppy just […]

Fun and Funky Holiday Nail Designs

I don’t know why I haven’t thought to share this before – if you know me in real life, I am all about the fancy nail designs.  I am fortunate to have ridiculously strong nails that just grow like mad, so I figure I owe it to woman-kind to get some manner of enjoyment out […]

My Son, the Eagle Scout

If you remember this post from over the summer – My son the almost-Eagle Scout, you’ll know that I was really biting my nails over whether or not my son would complete his path to Eagle.  I’m happy to report that he finally got with the program and earned his Eagle rank. I was very pleased […]

6 Things NOT to Do on a Cruise

  We’ve been on several cruises now and usually we meet terrific people onboard the ships.  However, there are a few people who are memorable for all the wrong reasons.  So, just for giggles, I came up with a few ideas for rules I’d love to post on a ship for things NOT to do […]

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