GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOST AND HOSTESS

This is the time of year when our friends, family and coworkers open their homes to us.  It can be a huge undertaking anytime you entertain, so I always make a point to bring the host/hostess a small gift in appreciation for their thoughtfulness. Here are a few gift ideas, all for under $20:            …

FRIENDS CLOTHING SWAP PARTY

I spent a fun Saturday afternoon with girlfriends in our first-ever clothing swap.  My friend Leilah came up with the idea, sent out invitations, made Sangria, and set up tables.         We brought clothing that we could no longer use, along with some appetizers, and got the party started.  It was fun…

TALKING IS HARD, PART ONE: “YEAH, BUT…”

As we all know by now, communication is key in any and all relationships. So why is it that most of us suck at it? Because talking is HARD. We all have different frames of reference and communication styles. However, as human beings, we tend to believe that everyone reasons and communicates exactly like we do.…

MONDAY MOOD BOARD

We are deep into autumn now (last week’s 80 degree weather notwithstanding), and soon my garden will be just a memory until the spring. I add a few plants every year, and my little garden gains a new personality each time.  I also love the flexibility of container gardening.  Just moving the plants around my courtyard…

FITNESS TIP: DEVELOP GOOD HABITS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS

Long-term fitness progress requires a consistent observance to basic habits:  portion control, healthy food choices, daily movement/exercise, and adjusting food intake to your activity levels.   The primary benefit to the portion and habit-based approach is that it will allow room for some Christmas cookies and holiday party fare.  This approach doesn’t force you to restrict…