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Quitter’s Day

It’s National Quitter’s Day! The day when everyone quits their New Year’s resolutions. I had no idea there was such a day. As a nation we should be embarrassed. It’s only January 13th and already we’re throwing in the towel. We’re deciding to eat the brownie, skip the gym, sleep past our alarms, or buying the things... Continue Reading →

Me Letting You Go

I think it’s time I let you go. And that’s so hard to do because a part of me will be in love with you for the rest of my life. But the daydreaming, the running in place, it’s not healthy, I can’t do that anymore.~ Unknown I text you because I like you. I... Continue Reading →

Mint Poke Cake

Ingredients 1 Chocolate Cake Mix and All the Ingredients on the box 1 (12.8 oz.) jar Hot Fudge 1 pkg. Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix 2 cups Milk 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream ⅓ cup Sugar ½ tsp Mint Extract Green Food Coloring 1 cup Chocolate-Mint Candies, chopped Steps Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a... Continue Reading →

Start TODAY

Stop putting off for tomorrow, what can be done TODAY. One last dessert, then my diet begins tomorrow. Just one more day of being lazy, then I promise to get on the treadmill first thing tomorrow morning. Monday will be my fresh start! How many times have you said any of the above? Ugh! Why... Continue Reading →

You see through me…

You let me win, you let me rideYou let me rock, you let me slideAnd when they lookin’, you let me hideDefend my honor, protect my prideThe good advice, I always hatedBut lookin’ back, it made me greaterYou always told me to forget the hatersJust get my money, just get my weight upKnow when I’m... Continue Reading →

Sugar Cookie Truffles

Ingredients 2 cups non-frosted Sugar Cookies, crushed 4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened 10 oz. Vanilla Flavored Wafers Festive Sprinkles Steps Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a food processor, pulse the Sugar Cookies until they become fine crumbs. Add the Sugar Cookie Crumbs to a mixing bowl with the Cream Cheese. Mix with... Continue Reading →

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Ingredients 1 cup Butter, softened 1 cup Sugar ⅔ cup Brown Sugar 2 Eggs, large 1 tsp. Vanilla 3 ¼ cups Flour 4 pkgs. or ¾ cup Hot Cocoa Mix (do not use any low sugar or sugar-free versions) 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Baking Soda 2 tsps. Baking Powder 1 cup Chocolate Chips 1... Continue Reading →

The Simple Things

She said, I don’t want a modelI don’t want a movie starYou don’t have to win the lottoI want you to win my heart She said, I just want someone trueShe said, I just want someone tosmoke with me babeand lay with me babeand laugh with me babeI just want the simple things                              ~ Simplethings... Continue Reading →

Caramel Apple Dumb Cake

Ingredients 2 cans (20 oz. each) Apple Pie Filling 2 tsps. Cinnamon ¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg 1 ½ cups soft & chewy Caramels, unwrapped 1 box Yellow Cake Mix, dry 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter, cut into ¼ inch sections Steps Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9X13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray. In... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Crumb Bread

Bread Ingredients 3 ⅓ cups Flour 1 ½ tsp. Salt 2 tsp. Baking Soda 1 ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon ½ tsp. Nutmeg ¼ tsp. Ground Cloves ¼ tsp. Allspice ¼ tsp. Ginger 2 cups Sugar ½ cup Brown Sugar 1 cup Vegetable Oil 4 Eggs, large 1 can (15 oz.) Pumpkin Puree ⅔ cup Water... Continue Reading →

Loaded Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients 2 lbs. Green Beans, trimmed 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup 2 cups Milk 2 tsps. Worcestershire Sauce 2 tsps. Garlic Powder 2 tsps. Black Pepper 4 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided 8 slices Bacon, cooked 3 cups French Fried Onions Steps Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a casserole dish... Continue Reading →

The Power of the Pen

I started Real-Life-Talk (Real Life Talk – Lifestyle without Barriers (real-life-talk.com)) as a form of self-expression; an outlet of the many thoughts swirling around my mind, and to tell the tales of life. In a time when the world was changing as fast as the minutes were ticking away and we were all isolated in... Continue Reading →

Affirmations

What is an affirmation? Up until five years ago, I had no clue. And never did I imagine I’d be sitting here writing a blog post about them. In the middle of a meltdown, a friend says, you really need to start practicing affirmations. Having no clue what she meant, I turned to Google -... Continue Reading →

Release

Above all else, I care about how I feel. Caring about how I feel allows me to choose. I get to choose the words I use, the thoughts I think, the actions I take, and the people I share my time and space with. I do not believe that all good things must come to... Continue Reading →

Salted Nut Rolls

Ingredients 1 Yellow Cake Mix ¾ cup Butter, softened and divided 1 Egg 4 cups Mini Marshmallows 10 oz. Peanut Butter Chips 2/3 cup Light Corn Syrup 1 tsp. Vanilla 1 cup Crispy Rice Cereal 10 oz. Party Peanuts Steps Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15X10X1 jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Using a... Continue Reading →

Transitioning through Change

Just as I accepted my footing where I stand, the rug gets pulled out from under me. This change is a big one and has my mind attempting to take me to places I don’t want to go. Everything happens for a reason – this I know and believe. But that doesn’t lessen the pain... Continue Reading →

Pizza Bake

Ingredients 2 tsp. Olive Oil 20 oz. Italian Turkey Sausage 1 jar Pizza Sauce (15 oz.) 8 Cheese Wraps (parmesan or mozzarella) 2 cups Mozzarella, shredded 60 slices Turkey Pepperoni 2 tsp. Oregano, divided 2 Tbsp. Bacon Bits, optional Grated Parmesan, optional Steps Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick cooking... Continue Reading →

Understanding Hunger

Are you hungry because it’s a scheduled mealtime? Or is your body really signaling for fuel? We are presented with endless opportunities to eat, but that doesn’t mean we are always hungry. Our bodies rely on food for fuel, so it’s important to provide them with the right type and quantity of food at the... Continue Reading →

Basic Black

Except there is nothing basic about it. Nothing boring either. In fact, choosing to wear an all-black outfit is considered a fashion-forward choice for anyone willing to make a statement. And the rumors are true. Black is slimming, classic, timeless, and matches everything. You can’t go wrong when electing to pair black with black. To... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients For the Crust:     24 Nutter Butter Cookies (~2 cups crumbled)     (Graham Crackers, Chocolate Teddy Grahams, Oreos, or substitute with your favorite) 1 Tbsp. Light Brown Sugar 7 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, melted For the Filling: 8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature ¾ cup Powdered Sugar plus 2 Tbsp., divided 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter... Continue Reading →

Lil’ Piggies in a Blanket

Ingredients 2 tubes Crescent Dough 2 packs Cocktail Sausages (28 oz.) 1 Tbsp. Ketchup (Heinz of course) 2 Tbsp. Mayo 1 Tbsp. Mustard Pinch of Garlic Powder Pinch of Pepper Everything Bagel Seasoning (optional) 2 Tbsp. Butter, melted (optional) Steps Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out the Crescent Dough and slice the triangles two times... Continue Reading →

Happiness Happens

Maybe they aren’t all bad…Maybe it all isn’t a myth…Maybe you can trust…Maybe a smile is all that’s needed…Maybe action does need taken at times…Maybe risks are worth it…Maybe there are a few good ones left…Maybe happiness does happen… Everyone kept telling me it would happen. They said once I could get brave enough to... Continue Reading →

Not A Mother

It used to burnEvery insult, every wordBut it helped me learnSelf-worth I had to earnSo I tried every nightTo sit with sorrowAnd eventually it set me free                              - Love Me More, Sam Smith                               Sam Smith - Love Me More (Official Video) - YouTube You tried to box me in – to make me fit your... Continue Reading →

Self-Discipline

“I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.”~ Daniel Goldstein Self-discipline takes internal motivation, commitment and a one-track mindset. Oftentimes, self-discipline is used interchangeable with willpower. It is the ability to control your thoughts, emotions, actions in the face of uncertainty. Self-discipline is what you... Continue Reading →

Say YES!

Say yes to life. Say yes to something new. Say yes to something different. Say yes to something that challenges you. Break your mold. Change your routine. Give something another try. Take a risk. These words of wisdom coming from the girl who lives and dies by her routine. Who is risk adverse and swears... Continue Reading →

Mexican Street Corn

Ingredients 36 oz. frozen Corn, thawed ½ cup Mayonnaise ½ cup Sour Cream 1.5 tsp. Chili Powder ½ tsp. Garlic Powder ½ tsp. Salt ¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional) 5 oz. Queso Fresco, grated or crumbled ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped Steps Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix the Corn, Mayonnaise, Sour... Continue Reading →

A Bucket List

What is a bucket list? A bucket list is a list of experiences and/or achievements one hopes to accomplish/complete before their time on earth expires. A to-do list before you “kick the bucket” per say. Everyone has a bucket list. Some create an actual list, post it on the fridge and as the years go... Continue Reading →

Self-Love

Everyone says you must have it and practice it daily, but no one ever explains what it is. Self-love is a concept that everyone is reaching for it, but without understanding what it is, their efforts are no different than grasping onto air. For others, it’s a concept that is often misunderstood and confusing. But... Continue Reading →

Live Backwards

If only we could live our lives backwards. We’d be prepared for the unknowns. We’d be smart enough to have all the answers. We’d always know which turn would lead us to exactly where we want to be. We’d know when not to leave. And we’d know when to love a little harder, hug a... Continue Reading →

Just a Day

There are some days observed on the calendar I kind of wish didn’t exist. And others in my opinion, have no purpose. Why do we rely on the calendar to tell us when to celebrate food, friends, animals, or loved ones? And why does everything have to be “a day?” Let’s allow a day to... Continue Reading →

Everything has Purpose

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”~... Continue Reading →

Time & Space

Time – the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. Space – a continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied. Respect – due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. Take it easy on me. I’m trying. I’ve cried... Continue Reading →

A Letter for My Girl

Dear Charlie, We had 16.5 amazing years together! And I am incredibly grateful for each day that made up each one of those years, but I am selfish, and I wanted more. This wasn’t supposed to happen. You were supposed to live forever. I never thought about how it would feel when you were gone... Continue Reading →

Gut Feelings

Follow your Gut. Oftentimes overlooked guidance, not fully understood, viewed as a cliché, and many times misused, this statement when fully realized is the only direction one will never need. If you follow what your gut is telling you, you will never again have to ask the question, what should I do or seek advice... Continue Reading →

No Fear

I live with fear every day. Fear of change – Fear of rejection – Fear of loss – Fear of judgement – Fear of inadequacy – Fear of failure – Fear of the unknown - and the list could continue. Fear does not feel “good.” Feelings of fear are often associated with unpleasant or strong... Continue Reading →

Tater Tot Casserole

Ingredients 1 lb. Ground Breakfast Sausage 2-4 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded (I used 4 cups because I like it cheesy 😉) 2 cups Milk 4 Eggs 2 lbs. Tater Tots, frozen Steps Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a preheated skillet, brown the Sausage until cooked fully and drain. Spread the cooked Sausage evenly in the... Continue Reading →

Half-Ass

Me – How was your workout?Him – Ummm…half-ass.Me – You should never half-ass anything.Him – You’re right. Full-ass everything!Me – Exactly!His words – not mine! I am sure there was more to his response (because there always is 😉), he knew not giving his all in the gym that day was not beneficial to his... Continue Reading →

Believe

“The Universe is always speaking to us, sending little messages, causing coincidences, serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, in something more.”   ~ Nancy Thayer I think back to how and when it all began. You observed from a distance, but you were so close. You didn’t even know... Continue Reading →

Lemon Loaf

Ingredients• 2 cups Flour• 1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder• ¾ tsp. Salt• ¼ tsp. Baking Soda• 1 cup Sugar• ¾ cup Milk (type of your choice)• ½ cup Yogurt, plain• ¼ cup Vegetable Oil• ¼ cup Lemon Juice• Zest of 1 large or 2 small Lemons• 1 tsp. Vanilla• ½ cup Powdered Sugar (optional)• 1-2... Continue Reading →

Smitten

It’s been a minute since I’ve felt this way. But I like it. I kind of feel like a schoolgirl with a secret crush. O no - what is happening here? It seems someone has caught my attention. Excuse me, Mr. Tall & Handsome. Yes, you! You must be new around here. For I am... Continue Reading →

A Candy Crush

“Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever I want.”     ~Ryan GoslingI’m like a toddler in a candy store. Eyes wide and wanting it all. It’s such a tease to come this far and only get a taste. Temptation is at its... Continue Reading →

Pause.

Life - Like a river - keeps flowing. And if you aren’t aware, you can get caught up in the current. And before you know it, may even get swept away. Life will not stop for you so why do you stop? Don’t Stop! Instead, pause. Take a deep breath, look around, open your eyes,... Continue Reading →

Pistachio Bread

Ingredients 1 box Yellow Cake Mix 2 – 3.4 oz. boxes Pistachio Instant Pudding Mix 4 Eggs ¼ cup Vegetable Oil 1/8 cup Water 1 cup Sour Cream Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture (1 tsp. Cinnamon & 2 Tbsp. Sugar) 2 cups Powdered Sugar 2 Tbsps. Butter, melted 1 tsp. Almond Extract 1 tsp. Vanilla Milk (as needed)... Continue Reading →

What to Pack for a Weekend at the Beach

Recently, I packed a suitcase for a weekend getaway in the sun and sand. It was the perfect winter escape! I traded gray skies for blue skies and was able to get some real vitamin D while feeling the warmth of the sunshine on my skin. Nothing more I could ask for – a weekend... Continue Reading →

To be Aquarius

Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac and belongs to the air element. It is ruled Uranus; the planet known for governing innovation, technology, and surprising events. Aquarius is the zodiac sign given to those born during the period of about January 20th to about February 18th.  It is represented by a man pouring a stream... Continue Reading →

The Men among The boys

Do you ever wonder how it would look if you could line them all up and go one-by-one? It would be your chance to have the last say. You could finally say all those words you’ve rehearsed and release all those buried emotions. And for the lessons you’ve learned and the love they gave, say... Continue Reading →

Gym Etiquette 101

This time of year brings all types to the gym. And while it is commendable everyone is so motivated to get into shape, I question if they are there for the reasons one joins a gym. Since January 1st, I have seen some of the most inappropriate, disturbing, distracting, unsafe, and rude activity occurring around... Continue Reading →

The Strong Friend

She’s got this! She’ll get through it! She handles everything! Why would this be different from anything else? Except maybe it is. Maybe she really doesn’t have this. This might be the thing that breaks her. This might be her final straw. This could be the time she really does need to know others are... Continue Reading →

Find Fitness

Winter is rough. The days are dark, the temperatures brutal and most of our time is spent indoors. We spend our days warm and cozy inside, we eat comfort foods more frequently, and we tend to drive more and walk less. We long for the warmer months ahead. It’s easy to dread the over packed... Continue Reading →

Love Me NOW

Don’t ask my favorite flower so you know what to lay in my casket. Don’t ask my favorite song so it can be played on repeat during my funeral. Don’t stand over my lifeless body with tears streaming regretting you didn’t show emotion when I was lying next to you. Don’t keep telling me “not... Continue Reading →

Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. The time when everyone makes an annual promise to themselves. This promise is known as a New Year’s resolution. According to Wikipedia, a New Year’s resolution is a tradition, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or... Continue Reading →

Nothing to Say…

Speechless – Not an adjective frequently used to describe me. I’m the girl with a lot on her mind and always have a lot to say. But recently not so much. Is it because I’ve reached the balanced state, I’ve so long desired? Because for the most part, lately I am content with everything life... Continue Reading →

Brownie Batter Dip

Ingredients 8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature 8 oz. Cool Whip 2 tbsp. Whole Milk 1 box (~18 oz.) Brownie Mix 1 cup Mini Chocolate Chips, divided Your favorite Dippers (Strawberries, Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, Vanilla Wafers, Pretzels, etc.) Steps Using a mixer, beat the Cream Cheese until smooth. Mix in the Cool Whip and blend... Continue Reading →

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Ingredients For the Cookie Crust:      24 Oreos (2 cups crumbled)4 tbsp. Butter, melted For the Cheesecake Filling: 24 oz. (3 - 8 oz. packages) Cream Cheese, room temperature1 cup Sugar3 tbsp. Cocoa Powder1 cup Sour Creamcup Buttermilk (¼ cup milk + ¾ tsp. vinegar)4 Eggs, large2 tsp. White Vinegar2 tsp. Vanilla Extract2 oz. Red... Continue Reading →

Coffee Bean Bark

Ingredients                         12 oz. Dark Chocolate1/3 lb. Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans4 oz. White Chocolate Steps Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.Melt 10 oz. of the Dark Chocolate using the microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between each until smooth.Sprinkle the Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans on top.Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until... Continue Reading →

Reindeer Games

“Now, Dasher!” “Now, Dancer!” “Now, Prancer and Vixen!” “On, Comet!” “On, Cupid!” “On, Donner and Blitzen!” As Christmas legends have it, Santa Claus is guided around the world each year on Christmas Eve in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. Santa gets credit for delivering toys to all the children and the most famous reindeer... Continue Reading →

Slow Down!

Spoiler Alert…there is no prize at the end! This journey you’re on, called life, does not have a pot of gold waiting for you at the end. Life is the journey. The ups, the downs and everything in between. That is where life happens. But when you’re rushing through it, you miss it. Slow Down!... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients                         7 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted (approximately 1 ½ lbs.)1 ¼ cups Butter or Margarine, softened18 oz. Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth, your choice…)36 oz. (3 bags) Chocolate Morsels (semisweet, milk, dark, white, peanut butter, your choice…)ShorteningCrushed Peanuts (optional) Steps Using a mixer, combine half of the Powdered Sugar, Butter/Margarine and Peanut Butter. Mix thoroughly... Continue Reading →

The Reason for The Season

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”  ~ Bob Hope We’ve moved from the Week of Gratitude into the Season of Giving. The date on the calendar tells us the time of year... Continue Reading →

Overwhelmed.

That’s a tremendous understatement! The days of sitting at home with nothing to do or anywhere to go are long gone. Who would’ve guessed, we’d miss those days so soon? Society is stressed out. There’s not a person I know that isn’t feeling overwhelmed with life right now. We’re all spread too thin, have way... Continue Reading →

Christmas Bark

Ingredients                         1/2 cup Dried Cranberries, chopped1/2 cup Pistachios, chopped12 oz. White Chocolate Steps Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.Melt the White Chocolate using the microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between each until smooth.Once the chocolate is smooth, stir in the Dried Cranberries and Pistachios, reserving 1 Tbsp. of each.Spread the mixture out... Continue Reading →

Heart vs. Head

It’s wrong – OMG – it’s so wrong, but every moment so right. This has all been a gift. We are just ourselves. We are beautiful! My eyes open wide, gazed into the limitless possibilities I see in yours. I’m lost repeatedly in you and what we share. You fell into my life in the... Continue Reading →

Smothered Green Beans

Ingredients                         5 (15 oz.) cans Green Beans, drained1 lb. Bacon⅓ cup Brown Sugar¼ cup Butter, melted¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce1 ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder Steps Preheat oven to 350°F.Pour the drained green beans into an ungreased 9X13 baking dish.Cook bacon until almost done, not too crispy.Break the bacon into pieces and sprinkle over the green... Continue Reading →

Stuffed Meatballs

Ingredients                         2 lbs. Ground Beef2 cups Breadcrumbs (any type you prefer)2 Egg Yolks2 Eggs2 teaspoons Minced Garlic/4 teaspoons Garlic Powder2 teaspoons Onion Powder2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning2 teaspoons Salt1 teaspoon Black Pepper6-8 Mozzarella String Cheese SticksMarinara/Alfredo Sauce (for dipping) Steps Grease a slow cooker.Cut each cheese stick into 6 pieces. Place on a plate uncovered and... Continue Reading →

Moments of My Life

I fly with the stars, in the skiesI am no longer trying to surviveI believe that life is a prizeBut to live, doesn’t mean you’re alive Don’t worry ‘bout me, and who I fireI get what I desire, it’s my empireAnd yes, I call the shots, I am the umpireI sprinkle holy water, upon a... Continue Reading →

Judgment

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This metaphorical phrase means one should not judge the worth or value of something or someone by the outward appearance. Forming an opinion on anyone based solely on what the eyes can see is often misleading. Surface level judgment is often astray as people are often very different... Continue Reading →

Las Vegas

Life is busy. We all carry many titles, and with those titles comes a high number of responsibilities, non-negotiable commitments, and numerous obligations. But how often do we hit the reset button? Or take time to experience life without an alarm, without errands or deadlines, or without the task of crossing things off a never-ending... Continue Reading →

Goals

Oh, the typical interview question… Where do you see yourself in a year…in 3 years…in 5 years? I don’t know. How about we get through this interview first and if I get the job then maybe I’ll have a better answer. I occasionally allow myself to dip into the past to remember a sweet memory... Continue Reading →

Become Indifferent

“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” ~ Carl Jung As humans we judge everything as either “good” or “bad.” Judging is our minds way of creating a better than or less than scenario to define a person, thing, or situation. But what if we learned to remove the judgment and allow people, things,... Continue Reading →

Smile!

With the world more divided today than ever, it’s tempting to get sucked into the negativity the media reports and spend your days sulking or depressed. We all know 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year, but let’s not allow that experience to carry into our days, weeks, months, or years ahead. The world... Continue Reading →

This is Me

This is Me, The Reimagined Remix was apart my Peloton playlist this morning and although I’ve heard this song many times before, the lyrics were moving today. Each one sings true. What a beautiful, inspirational message and such a motivational way to start my day. And so, I decided to use the lyrics as a... Continue Reading →

Bacon-Cheddar Dog Treats

Ingredients                         6 strips Bacon, cooked crispy½ cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded1 ½ Oatmeal (plus a little additional)2 large EggsCookie Cutter, shape of your choice (I used a Dog Bone 😊) Steps Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment paperUsing a mixer, combine the Bacon, Cheese and Oatmeal - Allow the mixer to break... Continue Reading →

Unconditional Love

My sweet girl recently celebrated her sweet 16! That’s 121 years old in human years. I can’t believe it! I’ve always said she will live forever and she’s doing everything to prove me right. And I couldn’t be prouder. My heart beams with love for her and all we’ve shared over the past 16 years.... Continue Reading →

Summer Bodies are Made Now

Summer is in the rearview (insert tears…), and now we’re getting ready to turn back time – it’s enough to make anyone want to stay in bed and pull the covers over their head. But thankfully, this is the time of year when summer bodies are made. There is no time like the present to... Continue Reading →

Parallel Lives

I woke up reaching out for you – just as I’ve done thousands of times. Except this time, you were there. Our bodies close, unable to tell where you ended, or I began. I was exactly where I belong and so were you. Pulled so tight, I could hear your heartbeat, feel your breath, and... Continue Reading →

The Things We Say

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall who is the fairest of them all?” ~ Daphne SelfeThe mirror will always reflect the truth, but if you’re self-talk is right you won’t even need to ask the question. You’ll be the one telling the mirror who’s the fairest of them all – You are! Oh’ the things we... Continue Reading →

Pretty Outside doesn’t equal Pretty Inside

Recently a friend and I were at yoga and just as we were about to begin our sweaty start to a new week, we were interrupted by another in class. Out of nowhere a woman approached us and was outwardly rude. Completely unnecessary and unprovoked. This woman was choosing to be ugly. What a terrible... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Ingredients                         1 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree (do not use pumpkin pie mix)1 12 oz can Evaporated Milk2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice4 Eggs1 ½ cups Sugar1 box Yellow Cake Mix1 cup Pecans, chopped1 cup Unsalted Butter, meltedIce Cream, optional Steps Preheat oven to 350°F and Grease an 9X13 baking dishUsing a mixer, beat the Pumpkin... Continue Reading →

Fudgy White Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients                         ½ cup Unsalted Butter6 oz. White Chocolate Chips (plus a handful)¾ cup Granulated Sugar2 Eggs½ teaspoon Salt1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract1 ¼ cup All-Purpose Flour Steps Preheat oven to 350°F and Grease an 8X8 panUsing a glass bowl, melt the butter with the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power and stirring... Continue Reading →

Patience

Do you plant a seed only to dig it up daily seeing if it’s taken root or sprouted? No, you plant a seed and care for it daily by ensuring it’s receiving enough food, water, and sunlight. So rather than killing it with your impatience, you give it the resources it needs to grow to... Continue Reading →

White after Labor Day?

Most definitely! It’s not time to pack away all your white just because summer has ended. Either it be your favorite pair of white jeans or a brand-new white t-shirt. It all still works! Why not white after Labor Day should be the question. Bright white, Off-white, Ivory, Cream, Winter white, Pearl, Bone, … the... Continue Reading →

Kindness is Magic

You look terrific! Those three simple words made my day. And they came from a stranger in passing. Lost in thought on where I was going and my plans for the remainder of the day, I pass this woman who gives me this compliment that immediately brought me back to the present moment. I was... Continue Reading →

Untitled

If I would’ve known the last time, I saw you and the kiss you gave me might be our last, I never would’ve allowed those elevator doors to close. My mind has played you walking down the hall and your stop to turn and take one last glance a million times over. How did we... Continue Reading →

Body Like A Temple

BLUF: Treat your Body Like A Temple – you only get one! Treat your body well. From head to toe, from the inside to the outside, your body deserves the very best. Our bodies were created to do so much. The potential is endless and the older I get, the more I realize this. But... Continue Reading →

Must Have Undergarments

The right undergarments not only make or break the outfit, but they also make or break your confidence in the outfit. Undergarments are a girls’ best friend when worn correctly. They can lift, slim, shape, enhance, and control you all the while making you look and feel your best. Doesn’t matter your body shape or... Continue Reading →

These are the Days

These are the days of our lives that matter. And someday these days will be a distant memory. We never realize it in the moment, but someday you will miss these days. Life has been hard lately – very hard for all of us. Each in a different way, but each one of us has... Continue Reading →

Happiness (True Happiness)

Many of us mistake happiness for excitement. We have a vacation nearing on the calendar that’s been planned for weeks, we recently got a promotion, we’ve finally reached our goal weight. Those are all happy moments that deserve to be celebrated, but they are not happiness. The feeling you get from events such as those... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Cookie Lasagna

Ingredients                         1 package Nutter Butter cookies1 container Cool WhipPeanut Butter Cups, chopped (~30 pieces)½ cup Peanut Butter1 box instant Vanilla Pudding2 cups 2% Milk Steps Prepare the Vanilla Pudding according to the box instructionsLine the bottom of an 8X8 dish with Nutter Butter CookiesMelt the Peanut Butter (microwave is fine)Drizzle ⅓ of the melted... Continue Reading →

Acceptance

It may seem unpretentious but accepting what is may quite possibly be the most important thing anyone can do for their well-being. Acceptance is the act of seeing the world as it is and for all it has to offer. It’s a way of welcoming all that’s changing and emerging for you and releasing all... Continue Reading →

The Game of Comparison

As a collective, humans are obsessed with playing the game of comparison. She’s fitter than me – He makes more money than I do – She’s wearing a cuter outfit than I am – He drives a nicer car than I do… You get my point! But really, who cares? No one should, but everyone... Continue Reading →

Friendship

The secret ingredient to a happy life is good friends. The definition of friendship is the state of being friends with someone. But to me, it is much more. It’s an unbreakable bond between two souls that trust and support one another. And it’s about the quality of these bonds- not about quantity. Everyone needs... Continue Reading →

Pittsburgh, PA

Ahhh…Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaThe City of Bridges – The Town of Black and Gold – The City of Champions – The ‘Burgh – The Steel City This post is not for my neighbors, but rather for all of you whom have yet to experience this wonderful city and all it has to offer. Pittsburgh is a big... Continue Reading →

Relationships & Privacy

Don’t poop with the door open!! It always pains me when I hear someone complaining about how the “spark” has left their relationship or they don’t know why, but they are no longer sexually attracted to their partner. Only to find out, they have become so complacent with one another that they poop with the... Continue Reading →

Imperfectly Perfect

In a world full of expectations, perfection is what everyone strives to obtain. I’ll raise my hand at this. In fact, I should raise both. I strive for perfection in every area of my life. I’ve always been this way. And because of this, I am my own worst critic. If I’m not the best,... Continue Reading →

Love

Love is easy, beautiful, peaceful, and fulfilling. But despite all the lovely adjectives, I fear love. I pull away as a way of protecting my heart. It’s easier that way. The pain of rejection is too much to endure. And be vulnerable? No thanks! But something felt different; I felt different. I don’t know when... Continue Reading →

Dressing for Your Shape

Where has the desire to dress well gone? It pains me to see the way many women dress themselves. They’ve got curves and hide them, or they’ve got great legs but cover them under long skirts or maxi dresses. And when did it become ok to ditch the jeans for leggings day-after-day? Ladies, please take... Continue Reading →

The Online “Life”

In real life, the only time I’ve ever been to L.A. was when I got the chance with the marching band to play tuba in the Rose Parade. Online I live in Malibu. I posed for Calvin Klein; I’ve been in GQ. I’m single and rich. And I got a set of six pack abs... Continue Reading →

Strong is Sexy

Strength training is one of the absolute best ways to care for your body. It only takes a two second Google search to produce millions of results on the benefits of having muscle mass. The health benefits of a strong body will carry you throughout your life. To keep it simple though, strength training gives... Continue Reading →

Confidence

It’s not a color you wear or how you style your hair. It will never be arrogant or rude. Confidence is a feeling you have and develop as a result of a skill set. Confidence is not tied to your self-worth. Self-worth has nothing to do with how well or how poorly you can do... Continue Reading →

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