Simple Date Ideas For Married Couples

Simple Date Ideas For Married Couples

I used to think that people who had been married for 30 years were really old. After all, my parents celebrated their 30th three months after we got married. At the time three decades seemed like a lifetime, but today it seems only like yesterday Robert and I were married. That said, I realize that not all marriages last as long or beyond, but I know it’s possible even in this complicated world which we live in today. We started our...

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Living With Multiple Food Intolerances

Living With Multiple Food Intolerances

“Here, have the last of the chocolate milk!”  Me: “you know I can’t drink dairy” Her: “Seriously, if you’re not going to finish it then I will, I just don’t want to see it go wasted”. This conversation took place between me and a real close family member not too long ago at a family party. The last four years, I have lived with a strict diet of not eating over dozen of the most common foods,...

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Understanding Leaky Gut

Understanding Leaky Gut

Today I want to try to explain what it means to have a leaky gut or intestinal permeability. The great Greek physician Hippocrates that lived about  400 B.C, said “All disease begins in the gut”.  Many consider him as the Father of modern medicine. I find this very interesting, since over 2,000 years later, some in the modern medicine profession still question much about gut health.   Alternative vs Conventional It is really...

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How to Have a Merry Imperfect Christmas

How to Have a Merry Imperfect Christmas

Last night as I was watching one of my many Hallmark Christmas movies (more about that later), one of the characters in the movie made a comment that hit the nail right on the head. She said ” The problem with the holidays, is that the good stuff is always better than what it is and the bad stuff is always worse than what it is”. Now, before you start thinking Hallmark movies are cheesy and predictable, let’s look at how...

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Multicultural Christmas Celebration and Decorations

Multicultural Christmas Celebration and Decorations

What child would not like to celebrate Christmas twice in one year? Growing up in a multicultural home and environment was often very rewarding. Such was the case during every major holiday. I grew up in a home that had their roots in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The traditions and customs of my forefathers were ingrained in me at a very early age. Once I got to be older, and started school, I discovered another world outside. This was the...

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My Hate and Love Relationship with Technology

My Hate and Love Relationship with Technology

My eyes are hurting, my brain is dead and I am still trying to figure out this “Thing” called technology!!! How can I love something, that gives me so much headache? Yet I can’t go a single hour without it.  Can I live a simple life with technology?   Good Old Days I remember not to long ago, as an example, going to a concert was really simple. All I needed was to come up with some cash to buy my ticket. We would walk up to a booth and receive...

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Earning Extra Cash

Earning Extra Cash

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. I love the music, the food and all the decorations. But when our children were young, Christmas was also a very stressful time. One of the big stress factors was money. I wanted to buy so much for our children and yet we never seemed to have enough cash. My husband and I did not have the habit of buying gifts on credit, so we become very creative. Some years I helped Robert  to make all the...

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Celebrating with Light During the Darkest Months

Celebrating with Light During the Darkest Months

As a child my favorite holiday was Christmas. It wasn’t the Christmas gifts and Santa, but truly, it was the fuzzy feeling I got in preparation for the holidays. My sister and I would watch our aunt start with few traditional decorations, long before December and the decorations were really simple. Even during my elementary and middle school years, there was one tradition which I grew to love, and since then, I have tried to keep this custom...

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Just in these past couple of months, I have been in touch with friends and family members, whose lives  have been turned upside down in a very short period of time. Some of them have and are going thru life changing events, while others are going thru some rough patches that hopefully will get better. Either way, these are some hard challenges such as illnesses, death, abuse, dysfunctional relationships and job loss. My heart has been broken...

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Healthy and Frugal Grocery Shopping

Healthy and Frugal Grocery Shopping

Years of cooking and shopping these are few things I have learned…… NEVER shop when you are hungry! How many times have I heard that? I still do it. I seem to buy “junk food” much easier when I am hungry or grab quick solutions for meals (weird how the brain works). Make conscious decisions in the store how much and what treats to pick up. Decide how often you want to treat yourself in front of the TV to avoid daily munching after dinner...

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