The most precious resource we have is time

My Word of the Year for 2015

Each new year for me begins with one word or phrase chosen specifically to guide me through the next 365 days. Those of us who practice this annual effort know that usually it is not difficult to find that word or two. That word finds us. It is a gift from our inner voice. The word expresses what we want to accomplish in the coming months, or perhaps fill a space where at present there is a void. Whatever the reason, the word arrives and then suddenly it all seems very clear. Heading in … [Read More...]

#TwinHillsSanta, Giving a Christmas to Deserving Kids in Alaska

When Bloggers and Brands Pay It Forward Together

This is the time of year when there seems to be a little extra magic in the air. As hectic as it may be, people are ready for a celebration. Kindness and generosity abound, towards people we may know and towards those we may not. Tis the season, as they say! Yet for some people, the holiday season is just like any other. My friend Colleen of Souffle Bombay had the idea to reach out to other bloggers as well as some of our collective contacts to pull off a fantastic holiday surprise for … [Read More...]

Adopt US Kids

Let There Be No More Unfound Families

I distinctly remember when she said that, in her opinion, the most selfless act anyone could perform is to adopt a child. She was a representative from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and an adoptive parent who followed that statement by saying that adoption is also the single most rewarding, momentous, fulfilling action she had taken in her lifetime. The reason why I remember that statement so clearly is that at the time, it seemed that adoption may have been in my future. After … [Read More...]

Aventura Clothing Lachlan Infiniti Scarf

An Aventura Clothing Holiday!

Still not sure what to get for the holidays? Or perhaps maybe you really want to get a little something (or two) for yourself? Well, then do yourself a favor and head over to Aventura clothing. I am honored to be a brand ambassador for this company. It is now my go-to brand for value, quality, and comfort. I have fallen in love with their comfortable fabrics as well as their mission, and I became an ambassador for their brand. Aventura Clothing is a family owned lifestyle apparel brand that … [Read More...]

Live longer and heathier with a Mediterranean diet

The Diet that will Help You Live Longer and Healthier

If you are trying to eat healthier for yourself and perhaps your family, it’s time to take a trip to the Mediterranean. (Well, in your kitchen, at least.) Dark leafy greens, … [Read More...]

What we get when we give, the benefits of giving back

10 Benefits of Giving Back to Others

Each morning in our home, news stations are usually on the television. My children are not ever impressed by this, repeatedly saying that all the news does is report tragedy … [Read More...]

Coping with Loss during the holidays, tips from a psychic medium

8 Ways to Deal with the Loss of a Loved One During the Holidays

You know when you chat with someone for the first time but it feels so comfortable that it almost seems as if you have known him or her for years? That person with whom you … [Read More...]


7 Great Ways to Give Forward on #GivingTuesday

Last week we ate in abundance. Then we had not one, but two days for getting deals. Now it is time to give. Today is the third annual #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to … [Read More...]

Peppermint Twist DIY Body Scrub

Peppermint Twist Face and Body Scrub

Indulgence abounds with this amazing DIY body scrub. Not only will you love it for yourself, it makes a fabulous gift for friends, teachers, and others on your gift giving … [Read More...]

Gluten Free Lemon Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies – with a Giveaway!

  This season, 10 fabulous bloggers have gathered together to stock you up with real food cookie recipes for your holiday season in a #RealCookieSwap! Whether you're … [Read More...]

Mister Rogers Neighborhood

10 Random acts of Neighborliness

  A home is not just the four walls inside which you live. Your home is also your neighborhood. Saying this out loud means that I am outing my age, but I clearly recall watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with much the same interest at young children today watch Thomas the Train. He opened every show with his well-known theme song. Mister Rogers tried to give us a daily reminder that in reality we are all neighbors, and that neighbors help each other. Building a sense of community … [Read More...]

Dangers of Triclosan

Is Your Soap Harming Your Health?

What about your toothpaste? Depending on what brand you use, it certainly might be possible. A new study out today from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is focused on triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Researchers found potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to triclosan. So if you have been loyal to the same brand of soap, for example, over much of your life, you may … [Read More...]

Giftts that give back holiday gift guide 2014

The Gifts that Give Back 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

  Welcome to the 3rd annual Gifts that Give Back Holiday Gift Guide! This curated list has become one of my favorite posts of the year. Why? Because gift giving is fun, and giving a gift that gives twice is even better! So let’s get right to it. Shall we? Here it is, the 2014 list of gifts that give back: At Gift of Happiness, a portion of your purchase gives back to charity. You can search the site by item, category, or by charity. The site also has an entirely eco-social … [Read More...]

Peace sign

In Celebration of World Kindness Week

Today begins World Kindness Week, a topic that has been covered immensely here over the past few years. Whether you choose to call it acts of kindness, paying it forward, or giving back, it is all about lifting someone else up. An act of kindness does not have to be anything elaborate or planned out. It does not take an act of great skill. Kindness can be as simple as extending a hand, or giving a compliment. All you have to do is be a little more generous toward others than is necessary. … [Read More...]

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