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Two Ways to Make More Money

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like the older you get, the faster the world moves?  Just when I think I’ve got it figured out, I run across someone or something that’s better, faster, newer or more slick.  If you work in marketing or social media, or if you maintain a blog, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  If you want to make more money (or if you just want to survive), you’ve got to invest in your career, so you can keep learning and keep up with the world around you.

SO,  I wanted to share 2 things that I use and love. One and can help you get better at blogging, and both will help you to earn a little more money.

Not like “I’m rich” money, but more like “hey I just had a new pair of shoes” money deposited into my checking account.   Every little bit counts, right? Continue Reading..


Boozy Mocha Nice Cream

Mocha “nice cream” with a shot of Irish cream liqueur is a quick and cool, grownup dessert.

Hello my friends!  Today is a good day to try a new dessert, doncha think? – and this one’s a grownup take on “nice cream”, the faux-soft-serve ice cream that’s made with frozen bananas instead of cream.  The Recipe ReDux is celebrating it’s 6th Birthday this month –  and everyone’s bringing bite-sized desserts to the party.  That way everyone gets to satisfy their sweet tooth, and try a few samples!  Hmmm…That actually sounds like a fun idea my next party.

Truth. I can easily go overboard with dessert if there’s a whole cake sitting around, but these individual, mini-sized desserts are just perfect.  It would be really awkward if I started digging into everyone else’s portion, wouldn’t it?  Plus, they’re kind of healthy, since they’re made from bananas, and a secret ingredient – avocados – which make this Nice Cream really taste like super-creamy soft serve ice cream. Continue Reading..


1 Minute Tuscan White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Need a quick appetizer for those lazy summer evenings?  This healthy white bean dip literally takes a minute when you use Dorot pre-portioned, frozen herbs

Hooray for summer, right?!  I’m fortunate to live in a place where we only have “winter” for about 5 days a year, and when I say winter, it really means the high temps are in the high 50s or low 60s.  It was always my dream to live in a winter-less place when I got old-er and yep, that time is here!  The downside to living in the desert, of course, is summer – when the daytime temps hit the 115 degree range, and the weatherman informs me that it’s still 99 degrees at 10pm.  Yikes!  At least it’s a dry heat…


I have to confess, I don’t do a whole lot of cooking in the summer.  Salads rule most days, and any cooking takes place outside on the grill.  My favorite dinners are when I invite a few girls over, and we float in the pool, sip wine from my Govino wine glasses,  (Hello – they float!) munch on snacks and appetizers, and call it a meal.  Being an empty nester has LOTS of benefits! Continue Reading..

What Really Goes on Inside Your Gut?

There’s a lot of work  going on inside your gut, and those bacteria need the right nutrition and a healthy lifestyle too!

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive tract unless something’s not working right.  Like when you’re on a vacation in Mexico, and you realize you ate or drank something that you probably shouldn’t have.  Or when you have a stomach bug and have to be on that banana, rice, applesauce and tea diet because everything else is going right through you.

Our gastrointestinal tract (AKA – gut) is an amazing thing. No matter what we put into it, it digests it, absorbs what it needs, sends the nutrients off to the right places so that we can keep on going, and gets rid of the rest.  That’s not all it does though! Continue Reading..


How to Make Pretty Refreshing Infused Water

Infused water – full of fresh fruit and herbs is not only pretty to look at, it’s super-refreshing as well!

First, I have absolutely no idea how a full month has gone by all of a sudden!  I’m so sorry for the lack of posts, but I guess I’ve been really busy, friends! Second, how about these gorgeous infused waters?  It’s getting hot out – the forecast here in AZ is calling for our first stretch of 100+ degrees this week.  Every year I try my best to hold off on turning on the AC until Memorial Day… Stay tuned to see if I break down this week.

Today is a Recipe ReDux post day, and the theme is cocktails and mocktails for spring and summer parties, but I’m keeping it really easy and refreshing by sharing some tips and my favorite combos for infused waters.  They’re a great way to stay hydrated and get your 64 ounces of water in, without adding any added sugar or calories at all. Continue Reading..


Cool Cucumber Celery and Avocado Soup {Recipe ReDux}

Don’t throw away that limp celery!  Do your part for Earth Day by reducing kitchen waste, and make some soup.

Happy Earth Day AND Recipe ReDux friends!  In honor of earth day, this month’s Recipe ReDux post is all about ways to reduce food waste.  While I was thinking about what to write about for this post, I sadly realized that I kind of, sort of, might be guilty of wasting some food.  And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Continue Reading..

Spring Egg and Chickpea Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

The creamy avocado dressing with fresh lemon and tarragon makes this egg-topped salad a springtime favorite.

Is anyone else out there craving something vegetable-y and healthy that’s NOT soup?  Spring has definitely arrived here in Arizona.  The desert is in full bloom, everyone is sneezing like crazy, and we’ve got temps in the 80s, and even low 90s, which means it’s time to pack away the stock pot, ’cause it’s salad weather!   Continue Reading..

10 Creative Ways to Eat Canned Tuna

Who doesn’t have a spare can of tuna in the pantry?  These super-creative and easy recipes that feature canned tuna are proof that it’s not just for sandwiches anymore!

This post was created as part of an ad campaign for Starkist Tuna, but all opinions are my own.

I’ll just bet you have a can or two of tuna in your pantry right now.  Am I right?  Are you a light tuna in oil kind of person, or a chunk white tuna all of the time cause it tastes like chicken gal – or guy?  I could actually go either way, depending on the use.  I have absolutely no research on this, but I’m gonna  guess that canned tuna is perhaps the world’s most favorite go-to protein whether you’re on a budget, need something healthy, filling and substantial, or you just can’t think of what to make or eat. Continue Reading..


Superfoods Smoothie Bowl with Berries Ginger and Basil

Let’s celebrate spring and dive into this Superfoods Smoothie Bowl that’s full of berries, ginger, and basil.

Thank you Dorot for sponsoring this post!  I was compensated for this post, but I do love this product, and as always, all opinions are my own.

Aren’t you so ready for spring?  The birds, the flowers, the smell of fresh mulch and mowed grass, the gorgeous, fresh, colorful fruits and veggies!!  I’m so happy it’s here – and if you’re in one of those places where there’s still some snow on the ground, don’t worry – it’s on its way! Continue Reading..


Should you buy organic strawberries and spinach?

The 2017 list of the Dirty Dozen is out.  Should we be giving up strawberries and spinach, or buying organic?

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is whether it’s worth the extra money to buy organic food.  I’ve written about this in the past, and since the Environmental Working Group just recently published their annual list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, it seems like a good time for a recap.

In case you’re not familiar, The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 are lists of the top fruits and vegetables with the highest, and lowest amounts of detectable pesticide residues.  This year, strawberries and spinach took the top spots. Some strawberry samples tested contained 21 different types of chemicals (including pesticides, fungicides, insecticides) many of which are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems.


The test results on spinach found similar results – 16 types of chemicals were found in some batches. Seventy-five percent of the samples contained residues of the insecticide permethrin.  At high doses, permethrin overwhelms the nervous system and causes tremors and seizures. In one study, children with detectable levels of permethrin in their urine were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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Strawberry Almond Smoothie & a Special Offer for National Nutrition Month...

Celebrate National Nutrition Month and join us at Lightwell Health to learn how to Put Your Best Fork Forward!

This post is sponsored by Lightwell Health.  I am a paid member of the company, but I was not compensated to write this post.   

I think for many of us, March is the month when we think about change. The clocks. The weather. Our winter to spring wardrobe. It’s also a perfect month to change up our diet. To put aside those heavier comfort foods and bring on the colorful, lighter and healthier fare that’s just starting to pop up in the produce department.


So, it’s kind of fitting that March is also National Nutrition Month – a time that I like to remind everyone healthy eating can mean different things to different people, and there is no right or wrong when it comes to eating, or any one-size-fits-all diet.  If you’ve never done so (or if you feel the need for a tune-up), it’s also a great time to work with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) to learn some nutrition basics that will help keep you young and aging gracefully, to learn how to make the most of the foods you like, and hopefully, to inspire you to try a few new foods and change up the way you think about food. Continue Reading..

Skinny Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie

This Skinny, Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie is perfect for when the weather calls for comfort food, but the calendar’s heading toward spring!

It seems like no matter where in the country you live, the winter of 2017 has been full of crazy, wonky weather.  We’ve gone from torrential rain in drought-stricken California, to blizzard conditions followed by 70 degrees in New England.  Is it el niño, or la niña or a definite case of global warming? One thing is certain – it makes for some meal planning confusion!  One minute I’m craving soups, stews and comfort food, and the next minute I’m firing up the grill and craving corn on the cob.

Since it is almost March, I’m feeling like we should start to lighten things up a bit, because shorts season will be her before we know it!  For me, that means more veggies, leaner proteins, and fewer carbs.  This Skinny version of Shepherd’s pie is a perfect blend of warm comfort food, but I’ve lightened it up with turkey instead of hamburger, and I’ve skipped the corn and subbed in some chopped apple and pecan.  It tastes like Thanksgiving food, but it’s light enough for springtime.  Continue Reading..


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