Spaghetti Squash and Bolognese Sauce

Spaghetti Squash and Bolognese Sauce

Okay, so one of the most beautiful things about making spaghetti for dinner is that it's easy, most everyone likes it, you normally have the ingredients on hand.  And trust me, there are plenty of nights around here that if things go awry because of our hectic schedule, I need to open a jar of sauce and a box of noodles.  But spaghetti can be a little healthier and way more nutritious with just a little extra planning and it hardly takes any extra time or effort at all.  You can throw together your own sauce and replace the noodles with spaghetti squash and get a whole lot of vitamins and minerals that you typically wouldn't get by using store-bought spaghetti.

Accepting Imperfection and Giving Yourself Grace

Accepting Imperfection and Giving Yourself Grace

One thing I can always promise you in my presence is this:  imperfection.  I'm a goal setter, yet a lot of failure occurs here.  A lot of trying again.  And a whole lot of grace.  I'm continually learning to extend grace to myself.  And I'm a little better at extending it to others.

The Buzz on Superfoods and Why You Should Be Eating Them!

The Buzz on Superfoods and Why You Should Be Eating Them!

Superfoods.  Is this a buzz word or what is it about the foods that make this list that make them so special?  Superfoods are nutrient rich foods that are said to be especially beneficial for health and well being. While the intent of food is to nourish the body AND be enjoyable.  Most of the focus on food today is that it is fast, convenient, and enjoyable.  Little to no emphasis is put on the nutritional value of the food.  

Why Stressed Moms Need Time For Self Care (plus a FREE printable!)

Why Stressed Moms Need Time For Self Care (plus a FREE printable!)

It's nearly impossible to imagine the selflessness, fatigue, and responsibility that comes with being a mom until you become one.  The joy of motherhood far outweighs the accompanying feelings of overwhelm, but I've never done anything harder than being a mom.  And it doesn't seem to get any easier the older they get.  My goal in raising my children is to "raise good human beings".  Not entitled humans, not spoiled humans, not dysfunctional humans.  This is hard.

7 Simple Habits To Healthy Eating for Crazy-Busy Moms

7 Simple Habits To Healthy Eating for Crazy-Busy Moms

Being a mom at any age means that you quickly realize that your time is no longer your own.  How many times have you reheated that one cup of coffee today?  Tried to take a shower?  Tried to get the bathroom cleaned?  Tried to write a blog post (Oh, well, that's me anyway), to just have to restart, restart, restart because you face constant distractions and trying to meet the needs of the other creatures you are now responsible.  

Find the Friends Who Bring Energy To Your Soul

Find the Friends Who Bring Energy To Your Soul

Based upon my life the past couple of weeks........well, who am I kidding, the past couple of decades, I don't know where I would be without my "sisters".   Funny thing, well before I had my "come to Jesus" moment, I used to pride myself on the fact that most of my friends were male.  I proclaimed female friends were impossible, gossipy, shallow.  When the real problem was, I wasn't taking time to find friends who fed my soul.  I myself wasn't being a good friend.  I wasn't willing to show vulnerability or authenticity.  I hadn't learned that not every "friend" was a "good" friend.  

Essential Oils to Help You Manage Your Emotions

Essential Oils to Help You Manage Your Emotions

When you are stressed, sad, upset, nervous, fearful, tense, angry, disappointed, or grief stricken, what do you do to help handle your emotions?  Of course their is joy, hope, pride, amusement, love, inspiration, interest, and gratitude, but it's not our positive emotions that we are trying to keep under control.  It's those pesky negative emotions that we need to learn how to deal with in a healthy way.

Grieving our Losses and Learning To Carry On

Grieving our Losses and Learning To Carry On

So far, this is the toughest blog post I've had to write.  I'm writing on 4 hours of sleep, a headache, a whole lot of tears, a whole lot of grieving, and a heavy heart.  You see, my grandfather died yesterday.  He was 95.  My grandma, 93, survives.  They had a rock solid 73 year marriage.  And he was a great man.  So, yes, we are sad.  We've cried a lot, grandma has been angry a few times, and we've said little.  And we grieve.  

5 Tips to Help Your Body Detox a Little Every Day

5 Tips to Help Your Body Detox a Little Every Day

While most people know that they need to detox, many people don't like the thoughts of what it means.  While elimination is obviously an important part of detoxification, it doesn't have to be a negative experience.  In fact, if you take steps every day to detoxify, you don't necessarily need to participate in a "hard core" detoxification system.  Detoxification can help improve digestion, aid in weight loss, increase energy, and fight inflammation by helping to eliminate toxins from the body.  

The Power of Belief: 5 Ways to Achieve It and Keep It!

The Power of Belief:  5 Ways to Achieve It and Keep It!

While most people know that they need to detox, many people don't like the thoughts of what it means.  While elimination is obviously an important part of detoxification, it doesn't have to be a negative experience.  In fact, if you take steps every day to detoxify, you don't necessarily need to participate in a "hard core" detoxification system.  Detoxification can help improve digestion, aid in weight loss, increase energy, and fight inflammation by helping to eliminate toxins from the body.  

Focus on Where you Really Want to Go...Right Now!

Focus on Where you Really Want to Go...Right Now!

What are you waiting on?  Are you living in survival mode or are you focusing on where you really want to be in this life?  Where's your focus?  What do you really want out of this life?  Are you just getting up and going through the motions every day?  At the end of your life, are you going to feel like it was a successful one?  And what is success?  Is it really all about money, power, and winning?  Maybe.  But, for women success often looks a bit different.  

5 Powerful Tips for Keeping Your Family Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

5 Powerful Tips for Keeping Your Family Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

That dreaded time of year, when we start spreading the flu around like a football.  It means missed school, missed work, and just plain misery.  There are things that you can do to lower your likelihood of becoming a casualty to the flu this year.  Here is what we do to combat the flu:

//Wash Your Hands//

How I've Learned to Face Fear and Embrace Me

How I've Learned to Face Fear and Embrace Me

Fear.  A little 4-letter "F" word with a lot of power.  Everyone has had to face fear at some point. Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat (normally faulty) that occurs in us, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behavior , such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events. 

5 Ways to Kick the Winter Blues Naturally

5 Ways to Kick the Winter Blues Naturally

Ahhhh, winter!  Beautiful white snow, warm fuzzy blankets, hot cocoa.  While I try to embrace it, it's still my least favorite time of year.  I don't look forward to the long nights and the dark, dreary days here in Ohio.  We can go long stretches of time without any hint of the sun!  December is always manageable with the holidays and all the pretty, sparkly lights.  But, once those twinkly lights come down, well, it can become a challenge to keep my spirits up