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A Promise to Do Better

I don’t “do” New Year Resolutions. I have almost always failed at them, and frankly, I don’t need to add to my list of shortcomings. My one “resolution”, if you want to call it that, I mentioned in my comment on Katie’s New Year post: Do Better. I’ve been in a slump, professionally and personally, … Continue reading

Five on Friday: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Flavored Water

As we enter the dog days of summer, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially with the recent spate of record-breaking high temperatures. But let’s face it–while drinking water is the easiest and most efficient way to stay hydrated, it’s also the most boring. Short of drinking your water from a cool reusable bottle or cleverly-designed … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Protect Those Bones

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. I don’t know about you, but I always associated osteoporosis with frail old ladies who didn’t get enough calcium when they were younger. The fact is everyone is at risk for developing osteoporosis–young or old, male or female. And some people are more prone to osteoporosis than … Continue reading

Y is for YEEEOWCH!

I was struggling a little with what to write for Y today, so I decided to work on the basement. Organizing and cleaning helps clear my mind. I bent down to pick up a box of Legos and YEEEOWCH! I have seriously messed up the lower left side of my back. I pulled a ligament … Continue reading

I is for Infertility Sucks

Infertility sucks.  I could end the blog post here and most of you would understand. Those two words encompass everything there is to say… About the inability to get pregnant—or, like me, stay pregnant longer than three months—and give birth. About the tears you shed every month along with your useless uterine lining. About the … Continue reading

E is for Eating a Rainbow

Close your eyes for a moment and think back to when you were a kid. Recall the dinners you ate with your family. Now, what color or colors are most vivid in your memory? Chances are, the colors you see on the table when you’re remembering these dinners represent the foods you were most commonly … Continue reading

D is for Depression

What images do you conjure up when someone says they’re depressed? When I was first formally diagnosed with it, I fit the stereotype. It was the height of the barren womb years, when I easily got pregnant and then just as easily miscarried every one. I was a crying, hormonal mess. I couldn’t focus on … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Forbidden Foods

I’ve mentioned that I read Jen Hatmaker’s new book “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” after reading some of her blog posts and identifying with her shock and frustration about how materialistic and self-indulgent we are in our everyday lives. Reading this book in the new year was a great way to get motivated to do some … Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day! (and a public service announcement)

February is American Heart Month. Although Valentine’s Day marks the halfway point of February, there’s still plenty of time to focus on our heart health, as we should be doing all year long anyway. As the leading cause of death in the US, heart disease is bound to touch all of us at some point in our … Continue reading

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