Some days I sit here and type and wonder…does anyone even look at my blog? I, of course, enjoy the messages and emails I receive often, but sometimes you still wonder. Today I received a message that made my day. Cindy, the creator over at Journey with Healthy Me, nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award.Read more
Another busy year for Book *Wine* Club. Considering a handful of members had some major life events this year – 2018 included kids entering their freshman year in high school, moving, job changes and more. We are happy we squeezed in what we were able to when we did! Here is our 2018 recap of books!Read more
I still can’t believe I agreed to this. In three short months, I will be dropped off at O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 5. International Terminal. I will be gone for ten days, nine sleeps. I will have no frickin’ clue to where my destination is until I get to the ticket counter.Read more
Sometimes an adventure can take you far beyond your wildest imagination. In 2017 we took a driving adventure around Ireland with hopes to visit the area that my great-great-grandparents raised their family before their children started to travel to America. We planned to drive to County Mayo, explore a cemetery or two, and drive through the town our ancestors called home. Our giddy excitement on our plans sent our current Ireland family on a search on other possible places to visit – and found the diamond in the rough.Read more
Exploring an unknown country by car for 12 days can be an adventure, especially when you’re 40-ish years old driving your 60-ish-year-old mother and 16-year-old niece around. We made a great trio and did we had goals. Some were to explore Ireland and learn more about there area where my great-grandparents lived before immigrating to Chicago. Since my mom & her sister have spent many years researching our ancestry so we knew quite a bit. They lived in County Mayo, from a small town called Crossmolina. We even had a cemetery name of their final resting place – Addergoole Cemetery. Mom was determined to visit but after a Google Earth search and satellite view, I was a little leary on our adventure. To put it simply – it looked spooky.
I knew 2015 was going to be a big year for me. I was finishing my nurse practitioner degree program, oldest son was starting his last year in grade school, and I was turning 40. I wanted to capture the year differently and not just by a few pages in a scrapbook. I had a photographer friend who was challenging others to do a daily photo challenge. Challenge accepted. I was ready & starting on January 1st I took one picture each day on Instagram.
Christmas. 1986. This was the year my Aunt Sheila gave me a homemade orange crochet bag filled with yarn, crochet hooks and lessons on how make that yarn into something. Over the years I perfected my rows and could always knock out a mean granny square. While I have made little blankets for family and friends newborn babies, I never took the time to make a “large” blanket for just myself. So in late 2016, 30 years after I was introduced to the art by Aunt Sheila, I put myself up to challenge of a daily crochet temperature blanket.
November 14th 2008.
This was the night of the first Book Club. Considering many of us were juggling newborns, toddlers as well as working – we were impressed we pulled off the first book club. We probably weren’t drinking much either. My how times have changed. Back in 2008, we started out with the simple fact that our elementary school required the kids to read 30 minutes a day. If we had to watch them read, what better way to reinforce the importance of reading but to read along side them! Read more
After having three kids I thought the ups & downs with hormonal hair changes were in the past. Boy, did my hair have other ideas. In 2015 I started to experience hair loss & thinning more then I ever had before with no real reason. My doctor did an entire panel of labs to see if there was something that could be the cause. Every lab came back normal. I tired almost everything on the market, including Rogaine, and nothing helped. Then in late 2016 I was introduced to something that finally made a difference – Monat Hair Care Read more
I have spent years studying and working in the field of nursing. While I am aware of holistic and alternative medicine, I really don’t know much on what is out there & the benefits they may offer. A few months ago a family friend invited me to an “oil party”. I was a bit skeptical and thought if I knew more maybe essential oils would something more to offer. When I left with samples, my first experience with essential oils would be unexpected. Read more