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When I was a kid, I thought trick or treating on Halloween was the BEST THING EVER!  I got to dress up in a goofy costume (I was usually a "hobo"), roam the neighborhood for hours with my friends AND get free candy.  Best thing ever, right? Luckily, Halloween was only one day a year because the amount of candy

My Next Great Adventure!

A couple months ago I celebrated a milestone birthday.....I turned 60!   I couldn't believe it.....suddenly I was in the decade of my life that always seemed so far away. Getting older has never been an issue for me and, in all honesty, I was pretty excited to be 60 years old.  I felt certain that this new decade of my life was going to

Embrace Change

Every day, as part of my morning ritual, I read a meditation from Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie.  Her words are always thought provoking, inspiring and often exactly what I need to hear. Yesterday was the first day of Fall so it was appropriate that the meditation for yesterday was titled "Embrace Change." In nature,

I have EGGcelent news!

Has this ever happened to you?  You're getting ready to make a recipe that calls for eggs so you grab your carton of eggs from the fridge only to discover that the expiration date has passed by a couple weeks.  Now what?? Do you pretend you did not see the expiration date and use the eggs anyway?  Or, do you play it

The surprising benefit of taking a vacation!

Vacations have so many wonderful benefits but did you know that taking a vacation could literally add years to your life? Honestly, I never really considered this until recently when I came across an article titled "How many vacation days do you need to increase longevity?"   As luck would have it, I was in the throws of planning my own vacation so naturally

Check out my favorite goodies from the grocery store!

Call me crazy but I love grocery shopping!  If I'm driving down the road and I see a sign for a grocery store, you can bet I'm going in. Browsing the aisles, looking at all the products and wondering if there are any new ones I want to try feels oddly therapeutic to me.  Crazy, right? I think my fascination with grocery shopping started

Too hot to cook? Don’t sweat…I’ve got you covered!

Welcome to summer, my friend!  I hope you're ready because it looks like it's going to be a hot one! Honestly, I'm never ready for summer in Tucson.  It's so darn hot and when it feels like an oven outside, the last thing I want to do is fire up my oven inside! Some days it's just too hot to cook! Now I

Is your sunscreen doing more harm than good?

When I was a kid, it was easy to see why summer was my favorite time of year.  No school, no job...just fun in the sun all day long! As much as I loved playing outside, I was a fair skinned, freckle faced redhead so the sun was not always my friend.  I cannot even begin to tell you how many nasty sunburns

You are going to LOVE this recipe!

Are you looking for a new recipe to add to your list of summer salads?  Well look no further because I just found one that I think you're going to love! When I came across this recipe by Rebekah Peppler, I knew I had to give it a try.  Maybe it was the amazing carrots I had just picked up at the farmers market or

It’s time to lighten things up!

Just like clockwork, the end of winter has ushered in another beautiful spring season.  Whether it's the flowers starting to bloom, the trees coming back to life or just being outside more, spring always feels so motivating to me. Now I'd love to tell you that I've been super motivated to spring clean my house, but the truth is, I'm still waiting for