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Hi. I wanted to check in, because I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog and Facebook lately. I’ve been adjusting to yet another new way of life. I was offered a full time graphic design job at a local print shop, and another position with a small newspaper. I also was working on a freelance design project for a long time client, while also working on divorce paperwork, taxes, dodging calls from bill collectors, and trying to have an actual family life.

These things happen. We all go through times when we feel like it’s getting heaped on us too thickly. Sometimes these phases come with health problems and deaths in the family as well, yipeee!

Well, I managed to breathe through it, and am now left with a healthier balance. A full time job, a part time Etsy shop, still some divorce and tax paperwork, the ability to pay bills, rather than dodge calls, and a thriving, extremely cuddly family life.

You may have noticed that the Etsy shop was in vacation mode recently. That was due to an extreme need for sleep. Now sleep’s been had, and I’m back in biz. Bring it!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. xo

Tennis – a great way to keep fit

The usual mistake people make when they decide to get fit is to go in for some punishing aerobic fitness regimen such as cycling, running or swimming – or they decide to go to the gym and mix things up a little.

Now this is great exercise and good for anyone who really enjoys the choice. But for those who don’t – it’s a bad choice as they’re setting themselves up for failure because the exercise regimen is a chore.

Instead, it’s a much better idea to try and make the exercise either incidental to your everyday life, or enjoyable – or a little of both. So, for example, if you can walk vigorously to the shops, or walk or cycle to work for all or part of your journey, this will soon become your norm and you’ll be boosting your fitness whilst hardly realizing it.

But perhaps an even better way is to make the exercise itself fun. To achieve this, you’ll have to pick out a sport you enjoy – or one which you can learn to enjoy as you improve. And there are few games which are as much fun as the racket sports for many of us – things like tennis, squash and badminton. These are all fun sports to play and all are great for overall fitness.

Of the three, tennis is perhaps the best choice. It’s physically grueling requiring more strength than the other two sports – but doesn’t cause quite so many injuries as squash. Once you get good at tennis, you’ll really look forward to the matches. In particular, it’s a great way of sharing a sport with children – and getting them into tennis at an early age is a good way of setting them up for fitness for life, if it’s something the come to really enjoy.

Watching tennis on TV can be quite inspirational too – particularly for younger children. This sets up a yearning to play the game and imitation of good players is one of the best ways to improve. Ask any coach and visualization is where it’s at.

For adults, meanwhile, a small tennis bet can be a good method to “force” a little interest in the game. Pretty soon, you’re really rooting for one player and watching the sport really makes you feel like playing it yourself.

With Betfair, you can both back and “lay” (accept bets) on players – and, therefore, change your mind during matches. This makes a small bet really interesting, particularly as you get a feel for tennis. Anyway –it whets the appetite for the game and anything to get yourself exercising whilst having fun is a good idea and, for many of us, tennis is really the answer.



Time out online for busy moms


Whatever you do in life, whether you’re in an office from 9 to 5, at home with the kids as a SAHM or at home with the kids as a WAHM, everyone needs a break now and then.

To say that because you don’t work, you don’t need any time out, is just not realistic. Moms are the worst at undervaluing what they do, and not recognizing that raising kids counts just as much as the stereotypical image of work that we’ve all grown up with.

Having a few minutes of time out from your usual routine can do you and the people around you the power of good. If you work at a computer in an office, a five minute break will allow you to come back to your desk being more productive and effective, and it’s the same if you’re at home with the kids. Taking some time for yourself will allow you to recharge your patience levels and you can then continue being an enthusiastic and loving mom, rather than one who’s getting to the end of their tether as they’re rushed off their feet all day.

Imagine how tedious life used to be for moms. Previous generations didn’t have all the time-saving gadgets we have that make running a house so much easier, and they didn’t have the internet to provide them with different forms of entertainment.

How you spend those five minute moments is down to the individual of course, but there are some great options for downtime online. Take the amazing choice of games you can play at a site like 32Red online casino. With more than 500 different games in one place, each one ready to start whenever you are ready to play, you have more entertainment than you’re ever likely to need on just one site.

And the great thing about sites like 32red is that many of the games can be played for free. You don’t even have to put any money down to start playing games as varied as blackjack, roulette or slots. This is because you can play in practice play mode, where none of the bets you place are real as you’re playing with demo chips. So if you just want to experiment with those classic casino games that you’ve never had the chance to try, it’s the perfect solution.

Although the times when you can sit and relax undisturbed are few and far between if you have young kids at home, a bit of online gaming is ideal as none of the games last very long. So even if you just want something to do while you have a coffee, the games you find on a casino site are ideal. You can dip in for a few minutes and then log out again. On the other hand, if you feel like having a bit of a longer gaming session, you could save it until after their bedtime when you know you will have a couple of hours to yourself.

Online gaming has revolutionized the possibilities of how to unwind and chill out without having to book a sitter and leave the house. It’s not the only way to take five by any means, but for something that’s entertaining and easy; a few online casino games always fit the bill.

Peace, good luck and good health in 2014 ♡


Hi, how are you? How have you been? I know I’ve been super out of touch. 2013 was the strangest year, wasn’t it??? While I haven’t posted very much of late, I certainly have not forgotten about this blog, and was waiting for the right moment to pop my head in and talk about some interesting stuff.

As you know, Allie’s been working hard on her pretty blog; Baking a Moment, And I’ve been busy running my Etsy store; Mere’s All Natural.  I cannot believe how incredibly happy that job makes me. It’s also very scary and stressful at times, but ultimately I am blown away with gratitude and encouragement because of how my customers have helped it to grow.

I also had a very big life change, I am in the process of getting a divorce, which if anyone has ever done this before, please can I get a witness… is this not the most crazy roller coaster ride of emotions EVER?  Though, what we’re going through is about as amicable as can be, thankfully.

But I didn’t come here to depress you, I came to give you news, and reflect on how amazingly strange and magical life can be if you let it, in the midst of comfortable and uncomfortable changes.

Also, I came here to tell you that I have a new blog with a focus on natural products, personal empowerment, art, parenting, and news related to new Mere’s products and goodies like that!  You can read this blog at  



So, I will still pop in over here from time to time, but be sure to come on over to Mere’s (blog) for some good convo and fun goodies. See you soon, I’ve missed you!

(PS: be sure to enter the giveaway, I’m giving away a Free Mere’s All Natural Lemon Rosemary Combo – Whipped Cream Body Balm and Deodorant in the  2 oz. size!  Click Here to read that post and enter to win!  Good luck! ♡)



Guest Post – P&G Everyday

I’ve been fortunate enough to be picked to write two pieces for P&G Everyday, which is a fantastic mommy-blog! Feel free to read my posts, and don’t forget to explore the whole site, because there’s so much good info there!

Here are the links:

3 Common Relationship Myths

Mom Confessional: I’m Not a Perfect Mom, and That’s OK


True ForgivenessI recently posted about self-forgiveness, which is something that has contributed greatly to any iota of mental “health” that I may be experiencing in this time of my life.  I believe it’s truly something that is one of the keys to nirvana (or even just simple happiness and fulfillment).

Recently, I’ve learned that gratitude is possibly another one of those keys. With our unbelievably busy lives, rife with expectations, goals and failures, sometimes it’s really hard to feel grateful. It’s not even something that crosses our mind, let alone our to-do list.

So, knowing this, I decided to do a little experiment, and I decided to sit still, close my eyes, give my busy monkey mind permission to go play on the swingset, think of passing thoughts as passing clouds (that go unnoticed), and focus on the word gratitude. Say thank you, to myself, my home, my shoes, the sounds of passing cars, anything I was conscious of in that moment, but MOSTLY, thank you to ME, for being me, the me that got me here, the me that keeps me happy.

And you know what happened?  I became overwhelmed with a feeling of euphoria.

I think these feelings are catching.

Please, if you have a chance, try this exersize.  Maybe if we all do this every day, we’ll all see more magic happening all around us.

What’s Working

I haven’t posted anything about health in a while.  When this blog started back in November, I was in the throws of having recently lost my job, and 6 days later, starting symptoms of thyroiditis.

Thyroiditis was dominating my thoughts at that time, and with good reason, it was causing a deafeningly-loud whooshing sound in my right ear.  It was enough to drive a person mad, and I began clamoring for an answer to what was causing it, and more importantly, how to make it stop, IMMEDIATELY!

That began my journey, which eventually led me to read a book, and now I’m in a pretty good place with it all.  It went away, for the most part.  And it happened so gradually that I almost didn’t even notice.

Today I began to really think; out of all the things I tried (and I did a lot: working out, going sober, elimination diets, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage) what were the ones that really WORKED?

The answer?  The most effective thing was to stop working on it.  I pretty much just stopped thinking about it. I also worked hard on eliminating any negative feelings about anything. ANYTHING.  So no worrying.  No brooding.  NO BLAMING (the key).

When a friend complains about work being boring, my first thought was to get annoyed at my job, because yes, it sucks sometimes!  Instead I’d put a good spin on it and say, yes, work is a great place to catch up on your daydreaming and web surfing.

It just makes me feel lighter to laugh at the crap that sucks, which relaxes my muscles in my face and neck, which allows my ear to drain more freely (ew).

I also give some credit to my HerbaSway teas.  There’s a lot of antioxidants in those, it’s gotta be helping. :)

I still drink wine, eat cheese, sometimes forget to eat, and drink coffee.

I do those things when I feel like it.

I don’t hold back if I don’t want to,
because I trust that my body will talk to me when it wants me to stop.

And then I’ll rest until I feel better.

And everything will be fine. Always. :)