At the beginning of every year, there is lots of bloggers were sharing goals, resolutions, plans, etc.
I wanted to share with you too. I really, really wanted to. I would read a motivating post on weight loss or time management and I would want to post too. But, I resisted.
Instead, I decided to take January 2014 to carefully decide what was truly important to me. There was so many great things that happened in 2013, but I feel like there was a lot of things that didn't happen and I needed
Keeping myself motivated towards healthy living choices is proving to be a challenge.
Some things come fairly easy. Increasing whole grains? No problem. Eating more fruits and vegetables? Done. Drinking more water? I've got it covered. But getting in more steps in my day? Ugh.
Lately, I've been using something that is motivating me -- and the best part? It's rewarding me for my healthy choices.
Like many people I know, heart disease has personally affected our family. It's never easy finding out that a loved one has heart disease and it's even harder if you lose that person, such as a beloved grandparent, in our case. Because of this, I strive to do what I can to take care of my heart -- and the hearts of my family.
One of the simplest ways I do this is by enjoying a whole grain breakfast, such as oatmeal. My go-to favorite is Quaker Instant Oatmeal in their Maple & Brown Sugar
As you may know, I'm part of a blogger network called Social Fabric. During the time that I've been a member, I've had the opportunity to get to know lots of great bloggers from all over....some I've even had the chance to meet in person. It's been one of the most rewarding parts of Social Fabric, which is why I was excited to jump in and join their Virtual Christmas Exchange.
What is a Virtual Christmas Exchange? In this virtual Christmas exchange, bloggers are matched up with other bloggers
It was announced today that Hostess Brands, Inc. has shut down all operations.
No more Twinkies, Wonder Bread, Ho Ho's, and Sno Balls.
Well, unless there is some change or the brands are purchased and put back on store shelves. Time will tell, that's for sure.
I'm someone who is saddened by this closure. Mostly because of the people who will be affected. One plant is located right here locally in Henderson, NV.
But I'm also saddened because it's the loss of an iconic brand. Yes,
It was many years ago, probably 15 years or so, that I was talking to my husband about food photography. I was looking at a Mexican food take-out menu and I thought the photos of the dishes looked unappetizing.
I told him that this was the reason why I would NEVER take food photos. I told him that food was hard to photograph and I would never want someone to think my food was gross, just by the horrible photo I took.
This year has been full of big changes for my family and I. Several big changes were a little scary, but they were those things that you just knew in your gut was the right thing to do. It feels good to take a leap of faith and know it's worked out for the best.
One of the big changes I made in 2011 was blogging more. I officially started blogging in 2004. It was a simple blog, just full of daily family things. From there, I progressed and started working on several other blogs, but
Before we started to homeschooling, both of our oldest two children (now ages 21 and 19) went to public school in Southern California for most (or all) of their elementary grade school years. They had some great teachers and I was always happy to volunteer for everything from the PTO to helping out in the classrooms. Our family participated in just about every way we could to get more money and supplies for their school - fundraising, collecting Campbell's Soup Labels, Box Tops for Education -