Summer Picnic Essentials

Summer Picnic Essentials

Since this past weekend was Memorial Day, that means the summer barbeques and picnics have officially begun!  Praise the Lord our 3 months of warm weather is FINALLY here!!

Summer is my favorite time of the year for many reasons, but one of the things I most look forward to is parties with friends at the beach.  While this is super fun and an awesome time, it can be a little taxing on some of us with our health goals. Having pasta salad and hot dogs is great in May and then mid- July comes and you’ve already eaten 10 hot dogs over the recommended ‘1 hot dog a year’ limit, and it feels that if you just look at another pasta salad your shorts may bust open.  Or at least this is how I feel…

To keep myself on track with my healthy lifestyle during the summer party sessions, I make sure I always come prepared.  I come with healthy food options. I offer to bring foods and side dishes to share so that I know that I will always have healthy choices.   Continue reading “Summer Picnic Essentials”

The Best Present You Can Give This Holiday…

The Best Present You Can Give This Holiday…

… is your full attention, and presence.

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. People are buzzing about putting up decorations, buying gifts, planning meals, going to parties, hosting parties, and making holiday goodies. And that’s just in their spare time! In many cases, this is ALSO many companies’ year-end or quarter-end. This added deadline puts an additional stress on people to close out business and get those last revenue dollars in by the end of the year. It’s a lot, to say the least. Continue reading “The Best Present You Can Give This Holiday…”

My Holiday Non-negotiables

My Holiday Non-negotiables

We’re currently smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season: many of us have holiday parties, cookie swaps, Secret Santa events, holiday happy hours and other  events to help celebrate the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. And it really is the most wonderful time!… There’s a buzz of excitement in the air and everyone seems to have more pep in their step. Not to mention all the deliciousness that comes along with this time of the year. Peppermint Mocha everything, Christmas cookies, warm baked brie, homemade Chex Mix, rice pudding, antipasto, and lots and lots of wine… That pretty much sums up our Christmas and the foods that always seem to make their way to my plate during a holiday party, having NO idea how they got there… Continue reading “My Holiday Non-negotiables”

Home for the Holidays

Millennials celebrating the holidaysI LOVE the holiday season and everything about it: the decorations, cookies, food, parties, holiday traditions, seeing friends and family… it truly makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, as cheesy as that sounds. Yet, as I grow older, I’ve noticed how it has changed for me and many others in my generation. Sadly, some of these changes have turned the Christmas spirit into dread, with a side of anxiety. Continue reading “Home for the Holidays”