This week gives us the first official day of spring. Hallelujah! So here are seven fun things to do with your longer spring days. And not a single one involves cleaning. 1. Plant an herb garden. Parsley, basil, rosemary, mint. Growing your own herbs saves money and adds an essential oomph to home cooked meals. Select a sunny spot with good drainage as close to the kitchen as possible. 2. … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Marcia Rhinehart for winning this giveaway! Whether you plan to root for the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos this weekend, you’re gonna need some party food to fuel all that aggressive cheering. Make this dip to go with your football buffet. You can even assemble it ahead of time and pop it in the oven just before hungry guests arrive. Warm Spinach and Artichoke … [Read more...]

The new year is finally here, which means resolutions might be on your mind. In lieu of a typical goal like losing 10 pounds, how about adding the practice of journaling to your 2014? Here are a few reasons to put pen to paper. Leave it all on the page. When I have lots of thoughts dancing around my head, whether it’s a to-do list or how upset I am by the conversation I had earlier with … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Nanette R. for winning this giveaway! I am not a fitness expert. I have never run a marathon (or a half marathon). But I do have friends who go to the gym. And occasionally I go with them. We are the people, possibly like you, who are doing our best. Do we crave Mexican food or eat a piece of office party cake once in a while? Sure. We don’t always get the fitness … [Read more...]

Let’s get cozy, shall we? Today’s temperature finally allowed me to snuggle up in my favorite sweater. And now I’m dreaming of a cozy cool-weather meal. Like this simple soup. Roasted Winter Squash Soup Serves 4 to 6 1 large head of garlic Olive oil 1 to 2 winter squash (butternut and/or acorn squash work well) Salt & pepper 1 tablespoon butter 1 large onion, chopped 1 can … [Read more...]

Let’s get cozy, shall we? Today’s temperature finally allowed me to snuggle up in my favorite sweater. And now I’m dreaming of a cozy cool-weather meal. Like this simple soup. Roasted Winter Squash Soup Serves 4 to 6 1 large head of garlic Olive oil 1 to 2 winter squash (butternut and/or acorn squash work well) Salt & pepper 1 tablespoon butter 1 large onion, chopped 1 can pumpkin … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Jessica for winning this giveaway! A lot of women have done Breaking Free. And I mean, a lot. But no two of these women walk away with the same story. It’s a study that speaks to each woman totally differently, meeting her right where she is.  I did Breaking Free in 2006 during a lunchtime Bible study with a couple of people I knew and many that I didn't. Breaking Free … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Kristen for winning this giveaway! You catch more flies with it, it tastes good, it’s good for you, and it’s a nice name to call your love. Honey. The sticky goodness made by all those diligent little worker bees has a long history and comes in a wide variety of flavors. And did you know that nature’s original sweetener has its very own month? September is National … [Read more...]

Leaves are turning, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are piping hot, and we’re pulling on our tall boots. PTL, fall is here! What better way to celebrate the season than with an autumn bucket list? These seven fun ideas will get you in the mood if you aren’t already. {Free download! Right-click and print out this fun bucketlist to use during October!} 1. Plant tulips Tulips bloom in the spring, but … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Linda Henderson for winning this giveaway! Grills across America will be firing up this weekend for one last hurrah as summer eases out this Labor Day. Instead of the same old menu of burgers and hot dogs, why not grill up some delicious pork tenderloin? It feels a little fancy, but it could not be easier. Serve with apple and jicama slaw or potato salad or whatever your … [Read more...]