February 15, 2018

On Treating Children with Respect and Dignity

I'm not a psychologist. I'm not an expert on child development. I'm not even actively parenting a child these days as my boys are grown and gone - off living their own beautiful lives! This post is me putting my thoughts into writing. It's a loooong and wordy post - about a topic that is usually not my thing - but I have words that I feel have to be said, and hopefully they will be heard.

After yet another school shooting, I see so many people in an uproar about gun control - and rightfully so. There is a need for tighter gun control laws here in the U.S. without a doubt. But I feel like there is also a need for us to address something that's impossible to regulate... the way that we treat our youth in this country, especially in schools.

November 22, 2016

DIY Rustic Organic Autumn Wreath

I haven't filled my planters out front with evergreens yet, and my front door has been looking mighty bare since all of my flowers are finished for the year. I wanted to create something for Thanksgiving that could last through the holiday season, and I went to my backyard for inspiration!

June 26, 2013

Skinny Mocha Frosty OBSESSED!

I am supposed to post a fitness tip today for week 2 of the Summer Fitness Challenge but having had a rough week of heat, humidity, storms and a power outage my workouts were nothing to write home about!

Healthy living isn't only about working out... Eating right is super important, too! I've found a frosty treat that is chocolatey, creamy, icy, gives me my caffeine fix, and has no artificial sweeteners or junky ingredients! Tastes kind of like a Wendy's Frosty but with a kick. Oh yeah... Did I mention that it only has about 100 calories in a big glass full of cool tastiness?

June 25, 2013

Preparing for a Multi-Day Power Outage

Late last week the Minneapolis area was hit with severe storms that downed thousands of trees and left 590,000 homes and businesses without power. Some are STILL without power 5 days later.

We were fortunate to have only had to go a little over 24 hours without electricity but I was shocked at how ill prepared I was to handle it.

Saturday morning - no power - no Keurig - no coffee. No big deal, right? I'll just make a quick run to Starbucks. Except that they didn't have power either. After driving around for 45 minutes trying to find someplace that had power and didn't have a line around the block, I broke down, bought some horrible gas station coffee and headed for home.

So here is my solution. It's a 3 day emergency kit for when you become URBAN AMISH like we were, but you're not a "Doomsday Prepper" and you're not preparing for the zombie apocalypse. There are a million websites out there already that can help you with that. This kit is a little more geared toward those creature comforts that we COULD go without... but we don't really want to.

June 8, 2013

Bird Watching or Kitty Watching?

For Mother's Day I received THE MOST awesome gift you could give a total bird nerd like me... a finch feeder with lots of their favorite food. Since then, I've enjoyed hours of bird watching - and kitty watching!