Valentines ~ Just Another Beautiful Day

So this weekend was Valentines Day where gifts and cards were exchanged between loved ones.  According to the Greeting Card Association, over 1 billion (yes, with a “b”) Valentines Day cards are sent each year.  This makes Valentines Day the 2nd largest card sending holiday of the year.  Valentines...

Struggling with Stress – Part II

So now that we know why we need to manage stress, (Struggling with Stress Part I), it’s important to find a practice that helps us find the ‘off switch’. Finding a practice is important to keeping stress levels down and balance in our lives. When we find a practice...

Struggling with Stress

Most of us know that we need to take care of ourselves to feel good, to manage stress and to be healthy. We know that we need downtime from the stresses of life and all that that entails. Knowing we need to do these things and actually doing them,...

It’s 2016 ~ Are You Ready for a Change?

It’s a new year and a new you. How many times have you heard that phrase this time of year? Well it is a new year. Will it be a new you? Well, that is totally up to you. Usually the beginning of the year motivates us to want...

Neighbors ~ The End of an Era

I moved into my home 17 years ago. My neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. D, moved in about the same time. We watched our garden homes being built, we moved in, we shared a drive way and we bonded. That was in 1998. Mr. D passed away while I was...

Happiness and a Grateful Heart

Turning gratitude into a daily habit isn’t the easiest thing to do for some.  But with practice, positive changes can be made in how we think on a regular basis.  Most of us spend most of our time thinking about what we don’t have and worry about our to-do...

Green Smoothie Recipe

One of my favorites … I thought I’d share one of my favorite, go-to, green smoothie recipes.  When I don’t have the time to cook and I want a quick, delicious, pick-me-up or a meal on-the-go, this is my choice.  I throw it all in the blender and go!...

The Joy of Forgiveness

This is a wonderful story that I just had to share.  Stories like this can touch us on so many levels. Life is full of trials, tribulations and disappointments; some being worse than others. Without forgiveness, it can truly hold us back from living the life we are supposed...

Freedom ~ Thank You Veterans

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” ~ Abraham Lincoln “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest...

What Does Quiet Even Sound Like?

In our busy, everyday lives, our minds are working overtime.  It seems our minds are never just quiet. Ahhh…silence. Wouldn’t that be ever so nice?  But what does quiet even sound like, you may ask. Some of us never get a quiet moment, some of us know it’s there...