Whole30 Check in – Avocado Everything

It’s a curious first world problem to stand in front of your well-stocked pantry and think, “There’s nothing in here I can eat.” To see cans of black beans and garbanzo beans, oatmeal and peanut butter and shake your head mournfully before closing the door. But that’s Whole30 for you. Despite the deprivation and the world seeming to conspire against me, I … Read More

Whole30 Test Run. Who’s with me?

For a few months now, I’ve been tempted to try Whole30, the nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. According to program creators Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, it’s like “a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune … Read More

Prom Dress Life Lessons

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of helping my niece Emmi shop for a prom dress. I say pleasure because we ended up with a dress she loved. Finding it, however, was … a bit challenging. Ok, excruciating. Our journey involved 6 stores, 2 meltdowns, one grumpy grandpa and, in the end five life lessons that can … Read More

Home Gym on a Budget

Oh to have the home gym of a Hollywood starlet. Not to mention a hot personal trainer to go with it. Unfortunately, limited space and limited funds mean you have to be a little bit more strategic when putting together a home gym of your own. And yes, a home gym is a must, because working out is a must … Read More

So You Want To Be A … Music Therapist

I’m a big fan of therapy. And as someone who survived her teen years with The Cure playing non-stop on her Walkman, I can attest to the therapeutic powers of music. But I’ve never really understood how a music therapist works with her clients until my friend Jessica explained her job to me. Whereas I used to think music could help you express your feelings … Read More