Archive for April 2016

What I am reading: Grow Vegetables

What I am reading: Grow Vegetables
This is the time of year that I begin planning my garden.  Over the years, I’ve grown a few vegetables in my small, mostly shady urban backyard, but know there is always more to learn.  I stumbled upon Alan Buckingham’s Grow Vegetables at the library and dove into it as soon as I got home.... Read more »

Mother's Day gifts we really want

Mother's Day gifts we really want
Every year I think I enjoy Mother’s Day even more.  I appreciate my own mother and relish in how my kids now express their love for me.  We never need gifts, but small tokens of gratitude are never turned away. Sleeping in.  These days I can’t sleep late even if I try.  That is ok.... Read more »

Friday Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Tilt and Zip Lining

Friday Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Tilt and Zip Lining
Happy Friday and Earth Day!  Things have been very busy around here lately.  It is Spring Break, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to experience and appreciate our city. My husband and I loved the Avett Brothers last night at the Chicago Theatre.  The brothers and their band from North Carolina have a unique... Read more »
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Smart people wear the same outfit everyday

Smart people wear the same outfit everyday
Yesterday at our Listen to Your Mother rehearsal, a few of us were chatting about what to wear.  I mentioned how Mark Zuckerberg wears the exact same outfit every day, according to his Instagram photo. Apparently Obama does the same thing. Have you heard of decision fatigue? Basically the concept is that having one less... Read more »

Easy houseplants

Easy houseplants
I am admittedly obsessed with houseplants these days.  Not only does the greenery bring me endless joy admiring and taking care of them, did you know house plants provide health benefits as well? Plants remove the pollution and chemicals that are indoors.  According to Healthline, “The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also confirmed that... Read more »

Books to read on vacation

Books to read on vacation
My sister and I returned late last night from a relaxing and luxurious girls weekend on the beach.  One of the highlights was to be able to get away, reflect and read without being interrupted. First, I read No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn pretty quickly.  The story centers around a single mom struggling to... Read more »
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Five random yoga facts

Five random yoga facts
Did you know… 1. Yoga began in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. 2. According to Yoga Journal, Americans spend 2.5 billion dollars a year on yoga instruction. 3. People who practice yoga are believed to live longer than their counterparts who don’t. The... Read more »

Meatless Monday: All about bulgur

Meatless Monday: All about bulgur
I get weirdly excited when I discover something new and easy to add to our Meatless Monday meals.  There is only so much rice and pasta I can handle and bulgur has been a welcome addition. According to AboutFood, “Bulgur wheat is a whole wheat grain that has been cracked and partially pre-cooked. As a... Read more »