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Merry Christmas to All!

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Wishing you all a Christmas that is merry and bright! Enjoy a day of family, friends, and festive fun!

Peace be with you all, my friends!








Which Would You Choose: Old Holiday Traditions or New?

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Merry Christmas Eve! I absolutely love the holidays, especially because I spend them with all of my family together. Family is so important to me, and so are our traditions – like having dinner at my mother’s house every Christmas Eve. We also love to have a special Breakfast with Santa each Christmas morning, and we even set a place for Rudolph, as you can see in the photo above!

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Now that I have my own daughter, we’re also bringing in new traditions and new holiday decorations. She absolutely loves having her own tree in her room, and I enjoy putting toys and things she enjoys on that tree with her each year.

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So in your own home, which would you choose: holiday traditions that have been passed down for years, or making your own new traditions? In my house, I enjoy mixing it up with both ideas, and hopefully my daughter will keep handing down the decorations and ideas that she loves!

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From my family to yours, I wish you the very happiest of holidays and all the best for a fabulous New Year!

Merry Christmas, ya’ll!








Gifts for Techies

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It’s Cyber Monday- a BIG shopping day online, and a great day to talk about gifts for techies! I hope Santa is reading this blog post because the gift I’ve put on the very top of my list for this holiday season is the Tory Burch FitBit bracelet! It’s a chic and stylish way to hide your FitBit while you keep track of your fitness routine throughout the day. Much better than that rubber bracelet, right?

The tech world is offering a lot of fantastic ideas for gifts this year, and there are quite a few that I have my eye on! Check out my favorite picks for gadgets to give this holiday season:

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Bose SoundTrue headphones look stylish, and deliver fab sound


The Beats speaker is sleek and small, but gives a lot of volume!


This bluetooth-enabled Iwerkz foldable keyboard helps you type on smaller devices


Mighty Purse recharges your phone in style!


I first saw this Native Pop handset at the awesome 21c hotel! Makes talking and working easy and chic!

Aren’t these tech gifts fun and useful? I have even more ideas on my pinboard – just click here! I’ll bet you might find a few great gifts, and a few things for you!

‘Tis the season! Happy Cyber Monday!










Christmas Here We Come and I’m Rested, Relaxed and Ready! Are you?

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Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have to say that mine was low-key and perfect. I am now rested and ready to take on the Christmas season. And speaking of rest and Christmas, I have a different sort of wish list this year.

Believe it or not, this Work-a-holic REALLY took some days off last week. Shocker, right! Yes, I just had a 6 day reprieve from the hectic schedule I have been keeping all of 2014 and boy did I ever need it!

IMG_5362And though I wasn’t working, I did lots of other things I love, like cooking the Thanksgiving meal with my mom and sister-in-law. Here’s a great Autumn Chopped Salad that I made just before I tossed it.  It was beautiful and delicious!

IMG_5368And I spent a lot of quality time with my family–cuddling with my girl, making Rice Crispy treats, playing games with my niece and nephew and watching lots of football with my hubby, my dad and my brother. Oh the furry family members watched football with us too.


I am so glad that I took the time to remember that these are the important things in life. There have been many holiday seasons that I didn’t. We all say we know what’s important, but how many times do we make excuses for why we can’t focus on the important things?  We have that laundry list of excuses like “I can’t afford to” or “I don’t have time to” or “I have to work” or “there’s so much to do to get ready for”… and the list goes on and on all the while we are missing time and things that we can’t get back. And work will always be there now won’t it? So why not make “the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” really wonderful this year!


The timing  of this week of R & R was perfect to get me relaxed and re-focused so I can finish the year strong and get ready for 2015. The New Year may just be my favorite time of year. I love the fresh start, the setting of goals and intentions and all the excitement that comes with wrapping up one year while celebrating our successes and then moving our focus to the next year full of hope and opportunity for greatness. I was getting a bit over-tired and I needed more stamina to take on all that planning and goals setting that will soon be at hand. Now that I filled myself back up, I am ready to go. Bring it on Christmas and 2015! I’ve got this.

instagramchallengeSo I know this isn’t Self-care Saturday, but let’s make it Self-care Sunday instead. I think it’s important for me to remind all of you that if you don’t take care of Y-O-U, you can’t possibly take care of anyone else. If you don’t get some R & R you may just find yourself in a heap of exhaustion under the Tree. So put those excuses away and work in some time for you this busy time of year. Don’t skip your work-outs. Make time for Yoga. Get plenty of sleep. Spend time with Friends. Get a massage. Drink lots of water. Yes, I sound like your mother but I am speaking to myself too. To help us out, there is even a Holiday Self-care challenge happening on Instagram using #holidayselfcare as the tag.


This is a time to be kind to those we love and who better to love first than yourself. Treat yourself like you are your best friend. Set yourself up for success. Plan self-care in today while you are writing out your Christmas Shopping List. Plan it now before your schedule fills up. There IS time for self-care if you plan it in the schedule and if you believe you have time for it. It’s all a mindset. Taking an hour or two out of your day to take care of  YOU won’t keep you from getting everything done. It will give you the stamina to get it all done. There are lots of tips online for surviving the holidays. Here are a few simple tips for taking care of yourself this holiday season and remembering what’s really important.


And what about being healthy during this super sugary time of year? Just this weekend I was finishing up Tory Johnson’s great book called The Shift. There were many amazing parts of this book. My copy is all marked up and underlined and highlighted. But the biggest Ah-ha moment in the book for me was this…Preference or Priority. I know it may be your preference to just sit around and watch TV after a long day, but if your health is a priority, go to yoga class instead. Preference–eating all those holiday sweets. Priority–being healthy in the New Year so make healthy choices this Christmas instead. I know it may not sound fun now, but come January your blood pressure and your waistline will thank you. You will be well on your way to making 2015 your healthiest year yet.


So there you have it friends, my reminder to you (but actually I’m speaking to myself) that the busiest time of the year is the time that it’s most important not to fall off the wagon of all the things that make us feel joyful, healthy and great. Will you join me in making this Christmas Happy AND Healthy. We can do this together.


Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy Holidays Y’all! xo,

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Today is the day to gather with those we love and to give thanks for everything we have! My life continues to overflow with blessings, too many to count.


I sometimes can’t even get my mind around all that I have – and I don’t mean material things, but things that really matter – health, love, friendship and family.

So today as I give thanks for so many things in my life, I wish you the very best day full of blessings like family, fun, food, and laughter in your life. No matter what we are going through, there is always something to be thankful for.

And today, I am thankful for YOU! Happy Thanksgiving friends!