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6 HEALTHIER Tips to Beat End of the Day Energy Zaps

Last week was a busy one. Days started early and ended late and by the afternoon, I was completely exhausted. I have never liked the flavor of those so-called “energy drinks” and drinking coffee late in the afternoon usually throws off my regular sleeping schedule so I needed a few ideas to avoid the end of the day energy zap. You know that when you’ve got so much more to do and not enough energy to power through. Whether it’s working all day and then having to get ready for afterschool activities or meetings with the teachers or in my case trying to get everything done before heading away for a weekend social media conference, there are days when I’ve got more to do than energy to do it with.

Over the years, I’ve learned some tried and true tips to help beat the end of the day energy zaps.

1. Get some fresh air
Nothing like a breath of fresh air to energize you mind, body and spirit. Now that the chill of Autumn is in the air, that cold air is sure to give you a little boost.…
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Quick Last Minute New Year's Eve Party Ideas

Can you believe 2020 is almost here!
Happy New Year!

I have been a little under the weather since my return from Atlanta but I couldn't let the day go by without making at least one traditional New Year's Day dish.

I remember my great grandma soaking black eyed peas, pork chops and greens.  These were traditional dishes meant to bring good luck and prosperity all the year through if eaten on January 1st.  I've often shared the story of my great grandmother coming to visit us from November until March.  She lived in West Virginia and the winters were harsh so each winter we drove to West Virginia to pick her up and she stayed with us until her birthday in early March.

She was a lady of few words.  I can't recall every hearing her say "I love you" but I have very fond memories of watching her work magic in the kitchen. She was the best cook ever.  

Funny thing she would make something and it was delicious.  I'd have the same dish somewhere else and I would gag. …

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! Coming to a City Near You

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! playing the Paramount Theatre in Oakland December 28-29, 2019 and San Jose Civic January 4-5, 2020!

We love Sesame Street and take the kiddos to Sesame Street Live! whenever it's in town.  I grew up watching Sesame Street, my kids grew up watching Sesame Street and now my nieces and nephews enjoy it as well.  It's hard to believe my favorite Sesame Street characters are also THEIR favorite Sesame Street characters.  
Be sure to check out Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! when it comes to a city near you.  S.F. Bay Area family and friends heads up as Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! is coming your way.  Playing the Paramount Theatre in Oakland December 28-29, 2019 and San Jose Civic January 4-5, 2020.
Use code INF1 and save 25% on your purchase of tickets to the show! Who's YOUR favorite character?

Perfect New Year's Eve Party in 5 Steps

Looking to throw a New Year's Eve party without a lot of fuss? 

Okay, I've got everything you need to do it in 5 easy steps.  Seriously, it doesn't take much to host a party that will wow your family and friends.  

First things first.  Create a guest list.  Just a few of your favorite gal pals or family and friends.  Don't go overboard.  This is a last minute gathering so you want to minimize YOUR stress.  

2.  Send invitations.  Be sure to include the time, location and if you're feeling really fancy include a theme.  Not feeling all that creative, no worries, choose a template that reflects YOUR style.  Again, no stress.
3.  Create a signature drink.  It's always best to have both an alcohol and a non-alcoholic beverage for your guests.  Champagne Punch is always a winner for NYE celebrations.  Just a bottle of champagne, fruit juice and some fresh fruit and you've got a banging punch.  For the non-alcoholic version just switch the champagne and vodka with a …

Truth Moment: Mammograms

I couldn’t let the year go by without sharing at least one post about breast cancer. I’ve always been pretty vocal when it comes to encouraging loved ones to get their annual mammogram. Let’s be honest mammograms can be uncomfortable but truth is they don’t hurt. So when I stood crying uncontrollably at my recent mammogram, shortly after the tech snapped the first image and the plates lifted form my smushed breast, the tech assumed I was in physical pain. However, my tears were for my dearest friend who lost her battle with breast cancer.

FirstWords October Book Releases

October has come and gone but I would be remiss not to share some of the inspirational October releases from Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Group.  I have been swamped with volunteer activities and a new puppy.  As I mentioned a few months ago, our beloved doggy of 13 years passed away over the summer.  After some careful consideration, Hubby and I decided we wanted to have another doggy.  He's keeping us pretty busy and we love it!

October was a rollercoaster of emotions for me.  I attended not one but TWO amazing social media conferences.  Lots of volunteer activities with our church youth. I won a 2nd place ribbon at the State Fair for one of my poems.  Go me!!!  It was my first time participating so not too shabby huh?  I volunteered for the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure and had my annual mammogram.  This was the first time in a long time I didn't walk the race.  It was too emotional for me.  So much so that while I was getting my annual mammogram last week, I b…

Easy 3 Ingredient Halloween Sugar Cookies

My sis and I were talking and out of the blue she says "Remember when we were little and you used to make those sugar cookies?"

I can't believe she remembered.  My sis and haven't baked cookies together in years.  She laughed when I told her I still bake those cookies.

The recipe was simple: 1 stick of butter, some sugar and flour.  
Sometimes we would get all fancy and mix in some of the flavored extracts my mom kept in the pantry or top the cookies with sugary sprinkles or a dusting of sugar.
Nothing compares to the smell of cookies baking in the oven and it's one of my favorite ways to spend quality time with the kids. I always enlist the aid of my three boys and little lady when I'm in the kitchen.  

Funny seeing my kids whipping up stuff in the kitchen on their own, making their own snacks or following along a recipe from one of my cookbooks. 
What makes this recipe so perfect is that it's only 3 ingredients and even though the first batch rarely turns out…