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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My First ComicCon

ComicCon seems to be the hottest thing to hit the Salt Lake Valley over the last three years.  I don’t have the exact stats, but I know it has been the most highly attended event in Utah history and I think it ranks highly nationwide. (Yes, I am too lazy to go and Google all […]

A Clever Way to Use Quotes to Boost Your Motivation

I LOVE quotes. Actually, saying that I love them really doesn’t do it justice.  Maybe I’m even a little obsessed with quotes.  Some of my favorite quotes have been an influence on my life for decades. The problem is remembering the lessons I’ve learned from them.  I have a ton of great quotes I keep on […]

Insane Waffle Iron Recipes

OK, I don’t often post items about cooking, but I have long been amazed at some of the uses people come up with to use their waffle iron and/or panini presses to make all sorts of amazing foods you would never have thought of using them for. Once you stop viewing your waffle iron or […]

Women helping Women with Kiva.org

I’ve been reading a book this week.  It’s called Half the Sky and it’s about the empowerment of women.  Actually, about 80% of the book is about the pretty horrible suffering women endure in the various corners of the world.  But the rest of it is about successful efforts many of the people of the […]

Confessions of a Nerdy Blogger

I think this is something a lot of people don’t know about me – I am a huge nerd!  This isn’t a recent thing, I’ve been a nerd (or a geek – I’m never clear on the difference between the two) my whole life.  My Mom raised me with a steady diet of nightly Star […]