Archive for January 2016

Family dinnertime games and conversation starters

Family dinnertime games and conversation starters
There are endless studies about the benefits of families sitting down for dinner regularly.  Improved relationships, eating habits and grades are all shown to be found in those that sit down together at the end of the day. “Children who do eat dinner with their parents five or more days a week have less trouble... Read more »

Lavender uses to heal your body

Lavender uses to heal your body
My new favorite “life hack” is to sprinkle 5-10 drops of lavender in my shower before I get in.  Once I step inside it, I feel as if I have transported to a spa, every single time.  The daily (or bi-daily) ritual has changed showering from a dreaded task into a lovely treat. Lavender is... Read more »

Help me make mornings less chaotic

Help me make mornings less chaotic
My morning began with my hard working husband up and out of the house before the sun came up.  I was already awake and a little restless, but extra cold from last nights snow and struggling to get up and start my day.  At 7 a.m. I force myself to get up and sweetly turn... Read more »
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Airbnb dream vacations

Airbnb dream vacations
Winter means wanderlust for me. I never want to stay put in negative degree Chicago and enjoy browsing airbnb to admire the beautiful spaces to rent. The above dreamy tree house is in Petaluma, California. Or would you rather live in a shoe? This New Zealand boot includes a fire place and bed for two.... Read more »

Star Wars Yoga

Star Wars Yoga
Did you see the new Star Wars movie?  We went with the kids and my parents and my mom impressed us when she shared how she remembers waiting in line for tickets to see the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Previously, I had only seen a few of the six Star Wars films, but... Read more »

Meatless Monday: All about tofu

Meatless Monday: All about tofu
Tofu is a soybean product made from soymilk coagulation.  It is high in protein, low-calorie, nutrient-rich and both vegan and vegetarian. Tofu can reduce cholesterol and is a great source of iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. The flavor of tofu is quite bland, however tofu absorbs the flavor of the vegetables and the spices it is cooked with.... Read more »
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What I am watching these days

What I am watching these days
This time of year seems to be a good one for staying inside and watching TV.  I have a lot of criteria when it comes to shows and try to stay away from anything too violent (although Breaking Bad was clearly an exception to that rule). The Affair.  My husband and I are on Season... Read more »

The moments that happen that are not on social media

The moments that happen that are not on social media
Entering the new year I’ve been reflecting about the message I (or we) are sending by posting happy picture perfect photos on social media.  Are we trying to share the good times in our lives, bragging or portraying a false reality? Now that my kids are getting older and more active online, YouTube is heaven... Read more »