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The time change struggle is real

The most dreaded time of year for me, and so many that I have talked too, has by far, come and gone.

Spring Daylight Saving.
Unfortunately, even though the day has passed and the time has sprung forward, the mass chaos it left in its wake seemingly will last until fall.  Just in time for the clocks to have to change again.
It’s  hard enough for the average single, working busy woman to adjust to when the only thing they do is work and go home.  Then think about that seriously motivated single person who has an avid daily exercise routine, strict prepping and eating schedule, work, volunteer time and a personal life. Now, take that even a step further, and the person is married (or in a committed relationship) and has kids, fur or human, or both.  Now, they have everything already mentioned above, plus another adult's schedule and meals to tend to, children’s school and extracurricular activities and meals, dog parks and doggie daycare....the list is endless.  
And now there is one les…
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Facing fears and winning at it

The idea of going half way across the country, driving, with just my son and I sounded like such an adventure when I started to plan it.  We planned stops all along the way to visit family and friends.  Little did I know how much he would teach me on just days 3 & 4.  When we started this 23 day journey we decided we would conquer frights and fears at some of our fun stops.  Let me tell you, B has superseded any expectation I could have ever had.  He is not a fan of snakes, and he held one.  Yes, it took some persuasion, of about 4 people, but he did it.  He does not like to be very high, but he conquered a medium sized rock climb at the zoo and even jumped down.  BUT....the most amazing thing he did was go up 7 stories high and seriously smash his height fear by “tackling” a very large and fast water slide. I am just in a awe of his newfound bravery.  
I am 38 years old, and I would never let someone “talk me” into holding a spider the way he decided to hold a snake.  I sure as …

Wool Dryer Balls For The Win

So, I’m a little late to the game. Maybe you are, too. Have you heard of wool dryer balls? I have been listening to friends and family rave about them for months now and I finally jumped on the bandwagon. I don’t see myself ever turning back.

For years I used fabric softener sheets, then I switched to the scent beads you put in with the wash, and then our whole lifestyle started to change when I joined Young Living (YL). So, the swap of nontoxic products slowly started to take over.

My first change was taking a mason jar and filling it halfway with baking soda and adding 10-20 drops of whatever oil(s) I wanted. Then, I would have to fill a giant, empty, glass pickle jar with wash cloths or small pieces of fabric and water and add the soda mixture and stir, stir, stir. But, adding this extra, wet cloth made drying time longer. So, I ordered a mass supply of the Young Living lavender baby wipes and while this fixed the added moisture problem, I would have to add 3-4 for larger loads, and…

How I “Hack” Open My IF Window

I’m still new to IF, at least compared to Carly.  But it’s not a lifestyle I’d change. So on the days I’m not quite ready to open my window, but know I need to, I’ve learned some hacks.  Food hacks that keep me full, energized and still allow me to eat more later in my window.  

Author's Note: Most people practicing Intermittent Fasting do not open their window just because it's time. If they're not hungry, they typically keep their eating window closed until they're hungry. 
I, on the other hand, am not only working on adjusting my window for a future extended vacation, but also, I take certain supplements and medications that HAVE to be taken at the same time each day with food. Plus, I know myself, and I will absolutely start snacking on bad things if I don't eat when my window is set to open. Therefore, opening my window at the same time is an absolute must for me personally.


I pair my IF with a low carb way of life, therefore, I’m a little more restricted than so…

Easter: Celebrating Life; Recovering From Loss

As we are all aware, today is Easter, a day that signifies rebirth as well as the unofficial beginning of Spring.

Today is also a bit more personal for me, as it is also what would've been my cousin Kate's 35th birthday.


I've written before about her untimely death this past October and her impact on my life. Especially with one of her last Facebook posts about wearing your good jewelry.



Not only am I remembering Kate today, but in less than a week, Kate's family and friends will be gathering to celebrate her life and legacy and laying her to rest in our home state of Kansas, alongside our grandparents.

I feel that it's somewhat ironic and cathartic that her first heavenly birthday falls on such a significant occasion as Easter. 

As the days lengthen and the air warms, flowers are beginning to bloom. Kate's favorites were sunflowers. While it might have something to do with them being the state flower of Kansas, they have always brought me joy and comfort, as well..…

This 10 Year Old Girl Was Beaten To Death In School

A fifth grade girl in South Carolina passed away this morning as a result of injuries she sustained in a Monday fight at her elementary school.

RaNiya Wright was a student at Forest Hills Elementary School in Colleton County, South Carolina. According to reports, her injuries were so serious that she had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment.

The news of her passing was confirmed by several people close to the situation, numerous journalists as well as RaNiya's school.



Not only is this a heartbreaking story of a life taken far too soon, but it's also a stark reminder of the bullying epidemic taking place in our schools and the lives of our children...and this isn't a new thing.

Bullying has been in our schools since schools first existed."Kids can be mean" didn't become a saying for no reason, but sometimes just being mean can escalate into even more dangerous behavior.

I was picked on in school, but thankfully, I was never beaten. I never had to go home a…

The Path To Self-Awareness: How A Simple Statement From One Of My Idols Left Me Speechless

As you may have read in my bio, my day job slash other passion is being a radio personality and programmer.

Recently, I've launched a weekly podcast with a "recovering singer/songwriter" (as he likes to refer to himself) friend of mine, Jared "Pete" Gile. The podcast is called "The Troubadour" and focuses on Texas Country and Red Dirt artists.

Currently, I'm editing the episode that's set to drop this Sunday. I love this part of the process because I get to go back to an interview that may have been done months ago and almost be a passive listener while I cut out background noise, long pauses, and anything that might interrupt the flow of the conversation. This allows me to move from the interview chair to the fan stands and just appreciate hearing what these natural story tellers have to share.

Today, however, I came to a part in an interview with a man I could most likely safely call an idol in this genre of "Dancehall Dreamers" that …