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Feedback From My Trip To France
In October, I spent eighteen glorious days in France (including travel time) and as promised, I wanted to report backRead more.
Books I Read In October
In October, I spent two and a half weeks traveling to and from France. It was glorious andRead more.
My Happiness Project Splendid Truths
Yeah me! I completed my year commitment to my Happiness Project at the end of September. On a side note,Read more.
Mexican Hot Cocoa For Two
“Baby it’s cold outside!” Yes, even here in the Southwest United States. A warm cup of Mexican hot cocoa willRead more.
51 Free Crochet Toy Patterns
All year long, I work on knitting or crocheting projects. Some of the items I make are for me butRead more.
My Favorite Gluten Free Pie Crust
This recipe makes my all time favorite gluten free pie crust. It is a spin off my regular pie crust,Read more.
Book Club Ep. 13
I love love LOVE books and I want to share that love with others. In this episode, we will talkRead more.
I Belong Nowhere & I Belong Anywhere
I belong nowhere. I belong here and there. I belong anywhere. Nostalgia Today marks two weeks before my departureRead more.
Books I Read in September
I am excited to share the list of the books I read in September. If you are a regular toRead more.
My Trip To France Ep. 12
While I intended to record while traveling, this plan did not work out. I am now back at home andRead more.
Love Will Hurt
Love will hurt. What a depressing way to start a blog post. But, it’s true. No way around it andRead more.
Best Gluten Free Crepes (Grain Free + DF Option)
I made these delicious gluten-free crepes when hubs was gluten-free. Even though he is now able to eat gluten, I continueRead more.
As I sit at my dining room table, watching the cloudy grey sky through my bay windows, I am sincerely hopingRead more.
September Inspirational Quotes
This post — September inspirational quotes — marks one year of inspirational quotes! I can’t believe an entire year hasRead more.
This is Me Ep. 11
In this episode “This Is Me”, these are the subjects covered: The song from the Greatest Showman “This Is Me”Read more.
Music Inspires and Heals
Music inspires and heals. I think we all are aware of this fact. The famous author, Leo Tolstoy, said thisRead more.
Gluten Free Banana Muffins
This recipe for gluten-free banana muffins was one of my first gluten-free creations after we found out that hubs hadRead more.
Body Acceptance Ep. 10
This episode focuses on body acceptance. We will cover questions such as these: Body hate is it effective? Societal norms of beautyRead more.
The Marana Pumpkin Patch ~ Tucson AZ
In the Arizonan southwest, where I now live, October is a “shoulder season” between the three-digits temperatures of Summer andRead more.
Diets or Dieting Ep. 9
In this episode, I will talk about diets and dieting I will cover these subjects: Is there a perfect diet?Read more.
Traveling to France
When I travel by air — especially when traveling to France — I am meticulous in my planning and myRead more.
Books I Read in August
The list of non-fiction books I read in August is abysmal — at least for me. My grand total wasRead more.
Forgiveness Ep. 8
“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie Being angry at someoneRead more.
Preparations for Traveling Overseas
The past month has been a flurry of preparations for traveling overseas. One of my girls and I are goingRead more.
Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being
I read Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being last year when I thought I was going toRead more.
Guest: My Oldest Son (Part 2) Ep. 7
This is the second and last part of my interview with my son Samuel. You can find part one here.Read more.
A Hero’s Thank You
Recently, while on a date, hubs shared with me his views on a hero’s thank you. If this expression makesRead more.
August Inspirational Quotes
Time to share in one place August inspirational quotes. I share these quotes daily on my Facebook and Instagram accounts.Read more.
Guest: My Oldest Son (Part 1) Ep. 6
This week, I am excited to present my oldest son Samuel. This podcast was really fun to do. I thoroughlyRead more.
Body Acceptance: Make Friends With Your Body
I dare you. Start focusing on body acceptance. Indeed, make friends with your body. Do it. Or, at the very leastRead more.
DIY Best Pancake Syrup Ever
Personally, I prefer to drizzle pure maple syrup on my pancakes as I don’t care for the fake stuff ~Read more.
Rituals and Ceremonies: Ep. 5
In this episode, I talk about how, as a family, we mark the passage of our children from the teenageRead more.
The Dark Night of the Soul (Part 2)
Some wiser than I have come up with a more poetic way to describe The Pit. I have heard itRead more.
The Arizona Inn: A Review
As some of you may already know, I live in a house with a great majority of males. Indeed, hubsRead more.
Guest Speaker – Alisha (Part 2): Ep. 4
Alisha: Part 2 This is Part 2 of my talk with Alisha. You can hear Part 1 here. In thisRead more.
The Pit aka The Dark Places (Part 1)
The dark places. You know. The places where we land in a heap when life’s events toss us about likeRead more.
Luscious Glazed Gluten Free Lemon Bread
A few years back, I used to cook and bake a lot. However, after over two decades of being aRead more.
Guest Speaker – Alisha (Part 1): Ep. 3
In this podcast, I am very excited to introduce my best friend Alisha. We will discuss: Habits I have from myRead more.
The Seasons of Life [and Nature]
A few weeks ago, I asked my followers on Facebook an innocuous question: What is your favorite season? Their answersRead more.
Books I Read in July
Apparently, I have slowed down quite a bit with my monthly reading. Nonetheless, I will still share my list ofRead more.
Boundaries vs. Control: Ep. 2
Boundaries vs. Control In this episode, we discuss the difference between boundaries and control. We will cover these subjects: What areRead more.
Always Second Place
Have you ever felt like you always lag behind in second place? Something like this: you take on a hobby,Read more.
July Inspirational Quotes
On occasion, when I read about the authors of the quotes I enjoy — as with July Inspirational Quotes, IRead more.
Meet the Host: Ep. 1
Introductions In this episode, we will introduce your host – yours truly. We will discuss: Who am I and whereRead more.
The Price of Silence
The price of silence can be a tremendous burden…one I will no longer — willingly — carry. The Midnight MuseRead more.
Podcasting: Brilliant or Foolish
Newsflash! I am entering the world of podcasting. It scares me to just say it. Whether this is a brilliantRead more.
Pet Peeve Alert: False Advertising
Being part of the human race, I am occasionally plagued with pet peeves. One of said pet peeves is falseRead more.
Human Relationships Are Work
Human relationships can be so rewarding, fulfilling, loving and nurturing. In the same vein, relationships are messy. Yes, messy. OtherRead more.
Easy DIY Electrolyte Sports Drink
I created this healthy and easy DIY electrolyte sports drink mainly with hubs in mind and from a recipe forRead more.
Mindfully Gratefully Happier [Happiness Project]
Mindfully gratefully happier. That’s what am I. Let me explain. My Happiness Project Review April came and went asRead more.
June Inspirational Quotes
This post is a compilation of my June inspirational quotes. In October of 2017, I started sharing daily quotes onRead more.
Is Being Average a Bad Thing?
Being average isn’t a benchmark we strive to achieve. Attached to the adjective “average” seems to be a string ofRead more.
Ingredient Hacks [Simple Substitution Ideas]
Most of the time, substituting certain ingredients in recipes is a fairly simple process which shouldn’t affect the end results. Today, IRead more.
What Can I Do for You? [Acts of Love]
What can I do for you? These words passed my lips before wholly giving them my full attention. I wasRead more.
Books I Read in May
Once again, I present my laundry list of the books I’ve read, this time the books I read in MayRead more.
Six Months of Happiness Project: Part III
You can find parts I and II of six months of Happiness Project here and here. Part I covers OctoberRead more.
May Inspirational Quotes
May inspirational quotes continue a tradition which I started back in the Fall. Daily, I strive to inspired my readersRead more.
I Don’t Belong [This is Me]
I don’t belong. Uttering these words leaves a bad taste in our mouth. I would venture to say we haveRead more.
Dirty Dozen 2018
Yippee! The Dirty Dozen 2018 list put out by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) was just published and at theRead more.
Defining Moments [Only Love]
The funny thing about defining moments is that they, well, define us. Some events mark us by their beauty — marriage,Read more.
Six Months of Happiness Project: Part II
This is part II of my six months of Happiness Project. For part one, in which I covered the firstRead more.
Six Months of Happiness Project [Part I]
March marked six months of my Happiness Project. Upon reaching this anniversary, I felt the need to spend the monthRead more.
One Year of Crafts [with my Kids]
Starting in January of this year, as part of my Happiness Project, I decided to do “one year of crafts with myRead more.
Expectations Rob Our Joy [A Lesson in Life]
I have proclaimed before — and will say it again — expectations rob our joy. Even more intrusive than that,Read more.
April Inspirational Quotes [Happiness Project]
Every month, I carefully choose daily quotes to encourage visitors to my Facebook page. I faithfully repost my quotes onRead more.
You Are Here to Leave Your Mark [Musings]
“Leave your mark”, what does this sentence even mean? When we think of changing the world, our minds take usRead more.
What is Breast Thermography? [Wellness]
I asked my sister-in-law — Lynda Witt — who is a licensed thermographer in Tucson, Arizona, to answer some questions about breast thermography —Read more.
The There and Then of Happiness
Humans are funny creatures. I ought to know – I am one. We are the only beings who dream ofRead more.
One Year of Brunch Recipes [45 Recipes & Counting]
This post titled “one year of brunch recipes” is the result of a “modified” Happiness Project action step and ofRead more.
Up the Mountain and Down the Valley
Allow me to be vulnerable and to admit to something which is a tad embarrassing. Even though I have beenRead more.
Happiness Project March Summary
This blog post is my Happiness Project March summary. This feature has been a recurring monthly tradition since October 2017Read more.
The Joy in Familiarity [Finding True Joy in the Mundane]
I enjoy finding nuggets of joy and happiness in the mundane because, in truth, the majority of Life — yes,Read more.
Letter to the Parent I Used to Be
It is high time I write a letter to the parent I used to be. Dear Parent I UsedRead more.
The Real Pain of Not Belonging
I probably do not know you personally. However, may I safely assume you are no stranger to the feeling ofRead more.
April Happiness Project Themes
In March, I started thinking about the coming month’s new action steps. In truth, I was having a hard time selectingRead more.
Neighborhood Stalking [It’s not as bad as it sounds]
I am fond of a peculiar hobby: neighborhood stalking. While this may sound ominous it genuinely is not. I believeRead more.
Books I Read in March
My list of books I read in March is rather abysmal. There were three factors for this drop in reading:Read more.
Simple Breakfast Date
One can learn many lessons from a simple breakfast date. In November, one of my action steps for “marriage” wasRead more.
March Inspirational Quotes
These are March inspirational quotes. I post a daily saying on my Facebook and Instagrams accounts. I take great pleasureRead more.
The Burden of the Writer [what it means to be me]
I am convinced the burden of the writer is a very real phenomenon. No doubt, there are far weightier burdensRead more.
DIY 3-Ingredients Gummies [No Refined Sugar]
Years ago, one of my favorite snacks used to be Welch’s fruit snacks. I really enjoyed their texture. While this gummyRead more.
Living in the Present [a Lesson in “What Is”]
Living in the present and accepting “what is” is not always easy especially when there are so many demands onRead more.
[I Am] The Biggest Winner
Allow me to introduce you to the biggest winner. The biggest winner happens to be ME! I am well aware someRead more.
The Eyes of Love [aka Rose-Colored Glasses]
There is so much truth–and dare I say, wisdom?–in the saying “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” TheRead more.
Dancing Without Inhibitions
Allow me to share a perfect example of someone dancing without inhibitions. On Monday, I posted an article called “danceRead more.
February Happiness Project Summary
My February happiness project summary is a bit overdue. Strangely enough, I am having a hard time reflecting back asRead more.
Grief is a Terrible Counselor
Grief is a terrible counselor. Making crucial decisions while mourning isn’t wise although it is often necessary. Not that longRead more.
Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
I am pretty confident you are already familiar with the expression “dance like nobody’s watching.”(1) A lovely remark — noRead more.
Dairy Free Whipped Cream (Coconut Free)
If you knew me well, you’d be aware one of my weaknesses is whipped cream. I love it so muchRead more.
March Happiness Project Themes
Tada! It’s this time again and I’m about to share my March Happiness Project themes. I am entering the sixth monthRead more.
Healing isn’t for the Weak [Call to Wholeness]
Healing is not for sissies, not by a long shot. I believe it is far easier to remain as weRead more.
Meet My New Mentor: Brené Brown
At the moment, I have no recollection how I first became acquainted with Dr. Brené Brown and her work althoughRead more.
Books I Read in February
Once again, my laundry list of books I read in February which more than likely will only appeal to theRead more.
Change is Inevitable, Growth is Optional
There is a quote by John C. Maxwell which states: “change is inevitable, growth is optional.” I bet if I askedRead more.
February Inspirational Quotes
Time to share my February inspirational quotes. I must say I really enjoy this monthly tradition. Many individuals — some fromRead more.
DIY Charcoal Deodorant Recipe
I am no greenhorn to the natural skin care market. During the course of my first pregnancy, I started choosingRead more.
Bloom Where You Are Planted
I believe most of us are already familiar with the expression “bloom where you’re planted.” A few weeks ago, shortlyRead more.
January Happiness Project Summary
I am a tad overdue for my January happiness project summary. However, for whatever reason, I wasn’t super motivated toRead more.
The Extraordinary is in The Ordinary
I am over one-third into my Happiness Project, and I have discovered another Noble Truth: the extraordinary is in theRead more.
A Heavenly Wink [Musings]
Today, I received a heavenly wink. I am partial to these heavenly love notes peppered throughout my life or, onRead more.
Books I Read in January
This is now a monthly tradition: sharing the books I’ve read each month.This is the list of the books IRead more.
February Happiness Project Themes
When picking my February happiness project themes, I realized that Gretchen Rubin and Florence Witt were definitely not the sameRead more.
Sparklies in my Hair
Call me eccentric (it surely would not be the first time) if you must when I share I like theRead more.
January Inspirational Quotes
Time to share January inspirational quotes! Every day I like to post an inspirational quote on my Facebook page asRead more.
The Language of Dreams
The language of dreams is a peculiar one. It is undoubtedly a mystical language which I don’t fully understand. OftenRead more.
Ace of Escape [An Escape Room Experience]
My special “hubby” January date was dinner at a new restaurant (new to us) with first, an escapade at the AceRead more.
Diets and Religion
At the moment, I don’t recall how I found myself on the diet bunny trail. Nevertheless, this is the subjectRead more.
Introductions by Christy Barritt
Usually, I am in the habit of sharing my non-fiction reading list. This time I am excited to introduce aRead more.
Who Are You? [Musings]
Who are you? Or more precisely, who am I? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I would venture toRead more.
Top Ten Posts of 2017
Since we entered a brand new year, I thought it would be fun to share the top ten posts ofRead more.
Going Gray: Transitioning
I opened the proverbial Pandora’s box when I wrote my first post about women going gray (on purpose). Following theRead more.
Music is the Shorthand of Emotions
Leo Tolstoi stated this: “music is the shorthand of emotions.” In my life, I have found this quote to be entirelyRead more.
The Best Gluten Free Yeast Rolls
This recipe for “the best gluten-free yeast rolls” used to be my number one recipe on a previous blog. AtRead more.
Power Poses [The Power of Presence]
When it comes to power poses and assertiveness, the whole concept reminds me of the chicken and the egg; youRead more.
Happiness Now [Happiness Project]
My best gift on Christmas morning was the one I gave myself which I will call “Happiness Now.” In theRead more.
DIY Elderberry Syrup Recipe
This DIY Elderberry syrup recipe is one of our go-to home remedies during the cold and flu season. Some of myRead more.
December Summary [Happiness Project]
I have to laugh.Who was I kidding when I thought November was a busy month? November had nothing on December!Read more.
I Shall NOT Fish for Gold Stars
Here I was, January 3rd, short of skipping down the hall with exuberance, ready to share some exciting news with myRead more.
Words of Praise and Gratitude [Happiness Project]
I have a weakness. In truth, I most certainly have more than one shortcoming. Nevertheless, for the sake of brevityRead more.
January’s Happiness Project Themes
Tada! The unveiling of January’s Happiness Project Themes has arrived. I am still refining my Happiness Project themes and accompanying actionRead more.
Becoming Wholehearted [The Power of Vulnerability]
I now have a parallel goal for “The Happiness Project:” becoming wholehearted. This new desire comes on the heels ofRead more.
Books I Read in December
As a reminder, I want to reiterate I will only list the non-fiction books I read in December which wasRead more.
December Inspirational Quotes [Happiness Project]
Every day, I love posting encouraging or uplifting quotes on the various social media sites I follow. These are DecemberRead more.
Rich and Delicious Peanut Butter Balls
My peanut butter balls have been a family Christmas tradition for many years now. The recipe was given to meRead more.
Am I a Fraud? [Being Human is not for the Fainthearted]
Am I a fraud? Have you ever felt like a fraud? I have. I had one such moment last month.Read more.
Easy Peppermint Bark
We are celebrating the Christmas season, a time when I yearly make this easy peppermint bark recipe. I first becameRead more.
You Smile a Lot Lately [Happiness Project]
“You smile a lot lately!” These are the very words which flowed out of my husband’s lips less than aRead more.
Showing Love with a Friendship Ball
My best friend is the person who introduced me to the friendship ball. She was gifted one by another friendRead more.
Going Grey [Grey is the New Blond]
Last month, I wrote two blog posts about gray hair: one about authenticity in which I shared my decision toRead more.
Homemade Eggnog Recipe [DIY]
Today, allow me to share my homemade eggnog recipe. Eggnog was a beverage which was unknown to me for decades,Read more.
My Christmas Gift is a Grateful Heart
This year, my Christmas gift to my loved ones will be my grateful heart. Let me explain. I love surprises…as long as theyRead more.
Does my Life Have Meaning?
I was driving around town, running errands, listening to an Audible version of a book, Holding Nothing Back, when theRead more.
Saying Yes Makes My No Better [Happiness Project]
The third commandment of my Happiness Project is “Be Present – Say Yes.” I referred to this idea in a previousRead more.
Month Two Summary [The Happiness Project]
Before I share with you my “month two summary” (November), let me make something clear, a tracking chart is notRead more.
December Happiness Project Themes
Before I divulge my December Happiness Projects themes, let me begin by saying this: December snuck on me like aRead more.
November Inspirational Quotes [Happiness Project]
It is time to share November inspirational quotes. I post a daily quote on my Facebook page as well asRead more.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a charitable program which donates shoeboxes full of goodies and supplies to needy children around theRead more.
An Unexpected Blessing Named Ann
On Monday, I meet an unexpected blessing named Ann. Since this is Thanksgiving Day for us in the United States,Read more.
Being Authentic [My Happiness Journey]
Being authentic means different things to different people. This post is entirely about my views about ME being authentic, nothingRead more.
Bleeding Themes [Happiness Project]
This month (month two) of my Happiness Project, I discovered I have bleeding themes. Sounds gory and scary, be reassured,Read more.
The Power of Vulnerability
The Power of Vulnerability is the name of an Audible teaching by Dr. Brené Brown, the famed author, and qualitativeRead more.
Human Kindness [Random Acts of Kindness]
After writing my post about Random Acts of Kindness, I logged onto Facebook the following morning to the first video below.Read more.
Random Acts of Kindness [Happiness Project]
Random acts of kindness (RAK or RAoK) is a concept I adopted eons ago when I was still in college.Read more.
Date Like in the Beginning [Happiness Project]
On my November Happiness Project roadmap, under Acts of Love, you would find this quote “Date Like in the Beginning”Read more.
The “Gray Haired Hotties” Double Standard
About three months ago, a friend of mine posted a French article on her Facebook page with a title equivalentRead more.
November’s Full Moon and Sunrise Date
Last month, my love and I planned an appointment with celestial bodies. No joke. We intentionally and carefully picked theRead more.
The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
The fact I like to read is by no means a secret. I also enjoy walking, and I favor walkingRead more.
Month One Summary: Energy [Happiness Project]
The month of October came to a close and along with it, the first month of my Happiness Project. So far,Read more.
Happiness Project: Books I Read During Month One
If you and I know each other, you already are familiar with the fact I am a bookworm. I devour booksRead more.
Month Two: November Happiness Project Themes
The time has come to share my November Happiness Project themes. At first glance, you may discover my topic toRead more.
Energy Inspirational Quotes [Happiness Project]
October marked the first month of my Happiness Project. My first theme was “energy” with a particular focus on wellness, timeRead more.
Picking my New Happiness Project Theme
From the very beginning of my Happiness Project, it became quickly apparent that choosing one theme per month may notRead more.
Words to Live By [Aphorisms – Happiness Project]
In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin shares some aphorisms*. I call such sayings truisms or “words to liveRead more.
My Favorite Low Carb Natural Sweetener: Pure Monk Fruit
I am not carbophobic (afraid of carbs). However, I do try to avoid consuming too much sugar especially, white sugar.Read more.
Month One Lesson: More Energy or Bust?
Two full weeks into the first month of my Happiness Project, I realized I had learned something new and unexpected: whileRead more.
Intuitive Eating: A New (Old) Way to Eat
In a previous blog post, I mentioned a book I genuinely enjoyed, Health at Every Size. However, there were two otherRead more.
Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
A few months ago, I read – or more precisely listened to – a book which I found fascinating: Health At EveryRead more.
My Advice: Sleep on It [Good or Bad Advice?]
A few days into my Happiness Project, it was about 8:15 pm and I was dealing with a slightly annoyingRead more.
My Happiness Project Why
On October 3rd, only a few days into my Happiness Project, before bedtime, I took a few moments to journal.Read more.
My Happiness Project Week One Summary
I have one week of my Happiness Project under my belt, and I have already learned quite a few lessons. JustRead more.
My Views on Diets [The Best Diet]
I wrote the following blog post about my “View on Diets” in March of 2017 when I lived another life.Read more.
Moonrise Sunset Date [I Said Yes]
I admit it; I am full of idiosyncrasies. Idiosyncrasies is a funny – and fancy – word which means: aRead more.
My Happiness Project Commandments
In her book The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin starts by sharing her twelve Happiness Project commandments. On the otherRead more.
First Lesson from my Happiness Project
Late September, on a road trip to Colorado, I listened to a book which changed my life. In truth, booksRead more.
Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue Part II
In part I of this series on exercise and adrenal fatigue, I shared a bit of my story. Allow meRead more.
Exercising with Adrenal Fatigue
This blog post, “Exercising with adrenal fatigue,” was first written for a blog I previously owned. I am not reposting itRead more.
Month One: Energy [Happiness Project]
October 1st finally dawned. Yesterday. First day of my Happiness Project. I was very excited. My focus for month oneRead more.
Inspirational Quotes About Happiness
By most accounts, I’m a sap for inspirational quotes and fancy sayings. While reading (a favorite past time of mine),Read more.
Brainstorming for my Happiness Project
While on a lengthy car ride from Durango, Colorado, to Tucson, Arizona, I listened to The Happiness Project (by Gretchen Rubin)Read more.
How I Started My Happiness Project
Before I give you my reasons for embarking on a happiness project, let me give you a bit of background ifRead more.