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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Whole Lot of Life In The Way!

Hello Friends! Just wanted to check in and let you know that I haven't forgotten about the blog. It's just been a busy week.  With some crazy New England weather, the New Hampshire primary, work, kids, just has been a little nuts around here.  Sometimes you just have to scream say enough! Sometimes you just need something to be put on the back burner and for the past couple of days it's been the blog.  I've had good intentions, really I have but when it comes between work (a real paying gig) and the blog or a shower and the blog...well, sometimes the shower wins!  My family is grateful for that.  All that to say, I am here and I'll be back but blogging may be a tad lighter over the next week or so. We've got friends visiting and school vacation on the horizon. Planning to make the most of that in between the regular "stuff" of life!  

I hope you guys are having a great week so far.  I'm happy say that the craziness of the election today is (almost) behind us.  My phone isn't ringing quite as much and for that I am grateful!  

Enjoy your Wednesday my friends!  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Snow Day!

Here we are, February 5th and our very first snowday of the season!  It was a little unexpected, since we are only supposed to get 3-6 inches but I think the storm is hitting us at "primetime" and better safe than sorry. It's coming down like crazy right now so we are warm and cozy here.  I do love an unexpected snowday.  Still, it seems so strange that yesterday it was 55 degrees and we were outside playing after school and today we're back in a Winter wonderland! 
Here's wishing you a wonderful Friday and great weekend!  Superbowl time will definitely be bringing excitement for many this weekend. Although our team is out, we will still enjoy some yummy food and the halftime show!  

Have fun!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day, Back In The Day!

Valentine's Day is next week!  This fun fact came to me from my daughter, who is very excited to hand out Valentine's this year to her classmates. She's in a class of 15 kids and one of only a few girls so she's pretty confident she'll score some Star Wars tattoos next week.  Are you ready? We're not huge on this holiday around here but I do like to take a look at what people used to give their sweeties "back in the day". If you're new here, you'll learn that I love a good retro magazine to keep me entertained.  Most recently, February 1958 issue of Good Housekeeping.  This one was full of ideas to help you celebrate. 

Most of this issue was devoted to giving the ladies advice as to how to make their man's day as happy as they should.  Menu suggestions include making him a special hamburger....
Of course any lady who is getting ready for Valentine's Day should get on that WONDER DIET ASAP! Apparently, dieting was always something women were obsessed with talking about. 
This "wonder diet" (aka starvation) includes grapefruit and black coffee....
There was also a special column specifically for the gentleman in your life outlining How To Kiss A Lady's Hand.  It is hysterical. 
Do you have any special plans on February 14th? 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Welcome February and Flatbread Recipe

Happy February 1st! It makes me extra happy when the beginning of a new month lands on a Monday, am I the only one? It seems to help motivate me or stay motivated, especially when I'm trying to tackle new challenges! This is the time of year when so many of us are trying to do better, whether it's eating a little better, exercising more, staying focused on the budget, whatever it is, it's always nice to reflect on the first month of the new year and start fresh again. So how did it go for you? 

I'm definitely more focused on eating better in the beginning of a new year. After all the holiday indulging, it just feels good. I don't go crazy with a "diet" but I do try to follow the 80/20 rule which basically says that 80% of the time you follow a healthy, whole foods diet and 20% of the time you can realistically eat what you want. It allows me the freedom I need, especially on the weekends when we like to enjoy a meal out or enjoy special snacks on Super Bowl Sunday, for example. I follow this rule for years and in general, been happy with the results. Are usually summarize it is healthy eating, not dieting. When we use the word dieting I think it can set us up for failure. 

One of my easy, go to meals a regular basis is the simple flatbread. It's healthy, easy and makes me feel like I'm enjoying something "bad" even though it's healthy and good. My friend shared it with me years ago and I've been enjoying it lately so I figured I'd share it.


  • One tortilla or healthy flatbread of your choice, I use Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Wheat Tortillas
  • 1/2 cup of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped 
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic 
  • Cheese of your choice, I usually use feta because a little goes a long way!
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt or sour cream 
  • salsa 


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all your veggies in a bowl 
  3. Spread on your tortilla
  4. Top with cheese
  5. Serve with Salsa, Yogurt, Sour Cream or Guacamole

Easy and delicious!  On a side note, it's going to be 55 degrees again here today. We actually pulled out the sidewalk chalk yesterday.  Unheard Of! 
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