Overcoming Negativity

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full person? Do you feel that life happens to you (stuck under the circumstances) or that you create life results by your actions (going forward: over, under, around, or through)? Do you see obstacles or opportunities? In this post, I want to share a few… Continue reading Overcoming Negativity

Bananas

Ever since I was a very young child, I have loved bananas above any other fruit. Because my mom usually bought one bunch of bananas per week for our big family, I never got more than one per week. At some point, I remember making a firm pledge to myself that I would eat at… Continue reading Bananas

Watermelon

Happy Independence Day weekend to all! This all-American holiday always reminds me of picnics and gatherings of family and friends. By association, there are few foods that say SUMMER to me more than watermelon. I have loved the taste and juiciness of it since I was a little child. My grandmother used to make watermelon… Continue reading Watermelon

Pesto

What do think of when you think of pesto? Probably a beautifully thick, green, intensely flavored mixture of basil, garlic, Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, olive oil, salt, and pine nuts. For me, pesto is both a magical foodie ingredient and a fabulous way to preserve herbs and other fine greens. I hope that this post… Continue reading Pesto

Baking Soda

Today’s blog post is very long. That’s because I want to give you a fair overview of all the possible uses for the humble bag or box of baking soda that you may have stored in one or more cabinets in your home. I admit that there are many applications listed here that I have… Continue reading Baking Soda

Focus

Around the globe, people are being challenged to cope with a completely new daily life rhythm in the face of quarantine, social distancing, unanticipated home schooling and working from home or in unaccustomed settings, and more, all resulting from the spread of a novel coronavirus strain. One of the most frequently reported conditions that many… Continue reading Focus

Dandelions

Robins and dandelions are among the very first signs of spring here in western Pennsylvania. This past winter, mild temperatures even encouraged them to flower in unusual months. But certainly by March, they are showing up as the first pollen providers for the growing season ahead. They are an amazing plant and definitely not the… Continue reading Dandelions

Rosemary

Spring is in the air in western Pennsylvania! One of the very happy surprises I have experienced this spring is to see my rosemary bush alive and well after the winter season. Although a rosemary bush always thrives during the regular growing season in the spot where I plant it, it usually dies in the… Continue reading Rosemary

Healthy Hair

Throughout history, both men and women have taken great care to maintain healthy, shining hair. If you have concerns about the condition or appearance of your hair or know others who do, take a few moments to read this post for tips and encouragement. Be sure to comment back if you have tried or are… Continue reading Healthy Hair

Confessions of a Food Addict

This week's guest post is by Raquel Branchik, an independent health coach who is on her own journey to overcoming food addiction, obesity and poor health.  At the time of this writing, she has lost 72 lbs in 7 months and is feeling better than ever. She is paying this gift forward to help as… Continue reading Confessions of a Food Addict