Basic Vegetable Soup

I was craving a simple vegetable soup…something to use up all the potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes that we keep buying because we forget we have a surplus. I stumbled on this recipe from Alton Brown, and despite the lack of spices, decided to adapt it to fit our family’s tastes. I was initially put off by the lack of spices–my favorite soup, Sweet Potato and Lentil, has... read more

Nutty Breakfast Bites (Gluten-, Peanut-, Dairy-Free)

We’ve gone gluten-free in our house. I’m trying to help manage suspected Hashimoto’s by eliminating wheat, barley, rye, and switching to gluten-free oats and tamari (vs soy sauce), and so far it’s made a big difference in how I feel. No more brain fog. No more required mid-day nap. And the shrinking of my waistline (2 inches in just one week) is a bonus too. If you... read more

Make a Kid Quote Book Using Shutterfly

A couple years ago, I was excited to find a 50% off sale on a fabulous children’s quote book through a company called Paper Coterie. Part photo album, part journal, the spiral-bound volume was the perfect place to record all those giggle-worthy things my young daughter said. The front cover has thick plastic covering the image and the inner pages are very thick paper. I’ve enjoyed using it to... read more

How Much Do You Move? Plus, Fitbit One Product Review

A couple months ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I realize that, in the grand scheme of things and the many debilitating diseases and conditions out there, this is a comparatively minor condition. I have waited to talk about it though, because it’s still not “fixed,” still not resolved, and I quite frankly feel self-conscious and depressed about it. After two months of... read more

Refreshing Summer Bean Salad

I had a ton of canned beans kicking around, so I set about searching the Internet for a good bean salad recipe. Once I did, I adjusted it to fit what I had in my pantry, and this delicious bean salad was the result! We ate this like a salsa, scooping it out of bowls with chips. Even my kids enjoyed it, although they picked out the green peppers. You can’t win em all. I was happy... read more

Where are the female superheroes and action figures?

My daughters, like many kids, are really into superheroes right now. Our dress-up closet is stuffed with Captain America, Batman, Robin, Superman, and Wonder Woman garb. An Aquaman action figure often brandishes his trident at dinosaurs when they play. I love superheroes and the concept of coming into one’s powers and abilities and using them for good. During the past few months, I’ve noticed... read more

40 Reasons I Love Dayton, OH

I tend to gush about the Dayton, OH area. I grew up in the military and then served in the military (and am now back in the Reserves), so I have lived my fair share of places. I still stand by my assertion that you can be happy wherever you live, but the Dayton area (aka the Miami Valley) has been so amazing in so many ways that I am constantly talking about how much I love it. I’ve even begun... read more

Roasted Root Vegetables

Happy Easter! I wanted to try out some new recipes for the holiday, so I made a variation of a Butternut, Leek and Toasted Nut Risotto. It was time-consuming and a lot of work, so I had high expectations and really wanted it to be spectacular. Unfortunately…it wasn’t. I thought it was just good. My husband thought it was okay. The kids tried a couple bites and didn’t like... read more

Vegetable Coconut Curry Soup (vegan and omnivore options)

I’ve sung the praises of Penzey’s spices before, and I’m back to do it again! When I saw a soup recipe in their recent catalog, I had to give it a try because it has spices I love, like curry and Berbere, as well as ingredients like potatoes, bell peppers, and coconut milk. It was a no-brainer! I make this soup using homemade Berbere, because traditional is a wee hot for... read more

Fitness pro, mom of 2 awarded top bikini honors in Helsinki

***I penned the following about a very dear friend of mine, Tiffany Rae. Congratulations, hot mama! You continue to inspire!*** For nearly 15 years, Tiffany Rae has been a presence on the world fitness stage. Although she’s competed in numerous federations and racked up trophies and titles, an international first place finish still eluded her. Until now. The first weekend in March, the... read more

Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

I’ll be making an effort to post more gluten-free recipes. I’m dealing with some thyroid issues and one of the recommendations has been to cut dietary gluten. No worries, though! As I’ve learned since cutting dairy, eggs, and red meat–it’s not about what you can’t eat, it’s about what you can eat. And in my case, there is absolutely no sense of... read more

Product Review: Graze Subscription Boxes

My sister recently sent me a coupon to try out a new box subscription service, Graze. You may remember from my post on Birchbox that I love the “Christmas present” aspect of subscription boxes–the anticipation, excitement, and surprise that accompanies each. So I went ahead and signed up online. When you sign up using your invite code, you can review more than 90 snack... read more

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