Benefits of Vinegar- Health or Hype?


Vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and it’s been used medicinally for likely just as long. We've all heard the “wives tales” about what vinegar can do (and seen the crazy claims on the internet). But does it really work?  Vinegar has been researched for a while now, so luckily we do have some evidence of its potential health benefits. Read More »

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50 Screen-Free Activities You Can Do with Your Family

Unplugging for a week:  Crazy or possible?!

How many of you have had that day, weekend or week when you ask yourself “what else can the kids do?”  Not only for their sanity but for yours too!

We all want the same things for our kids:  to stay as active as possible, to eat as healthy as possible, and to keep their brains as alive as possible.  Sure we all love to sit and watch a favorite TV show or movie, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  It’s those days of multiple hours of TV watching or being on an electronic device that we should be concerned about.  Yes I know at times having some of those devices have saved the day, but can we spend our time more wisely? Read More »

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The Amazing Avocado!

I love avocados! The creamy texture seems to go perfect with just about anything! My favorite combo is avocado and egg, they are a match made in heaven! But avocados are great on salads, in sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, soups, and even desserts! Luckily avocados are also a nutritional powerhouse! Read More »

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Choosing a College Major

Most of you probably don’t know this, but my undergraduate major was geography.  That’s right, geography.  Is it because I love maps?  Well, actually, yes, I do, and my friends and family can tell you that my “go-to” present is always the most recent edition of the Atlas of the World by Oxford University Press.  Every family should have one!  But, I digress.

No, I didn’t choose geography just because of my fascination with maps.  I chose it by default.  By the time I hit the second semester of my sophomore year and had to decide on a major, I was in a crisis.  I loved learning and I enjoyed every course I selected.  My advisor looked at my transcript and was baffled.  German, Political Science, American Folk Literature, several social Geography courses, Anthropology, 3-D Design, Beginning Drawing, American History Post WW1[i], and, of course, the requisite Gen Ed requirements in English, Math, and Science.  I had one week to finalize my major.   I went back to my dorm room and cried.  Read More »

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Laughter for Body, Mind and Spirit

IMG_1860A deep-rooted belly laugh can do so much for your body, mind and spirit. Just the other night, my 15 year old daughter was shredding some items for me so she could earn a little spending money. The shredder indicated six pages maximum, but it really should have said one or less. Needless to say this rinky-dink shredder that was buy one, get one was having some difficulties. After it regurgitated paper in all directions, my daughter unplugged the shredder and grabbed the tool box. I love her persistence. She started to remove these miniature screws that held it together. Out of nowhere, an oily substance and glue spewed out. I still find it humorous that fading dollar signs for a task not completed can make a teenager do whatever it takes to get flimsy equipment in working order. I sat down on the floor and watched her meticulously dismantle this device of mangled paper. After grabbing the scissors, she finally got some free. In her anxiousness, she turned it on. Yeah! It magically spit the remaining paper out as she h ad it in reverse. Then a strange thing happened. Read More »

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Good Bye Flu Season! Get Your Healthy On!


Thank goodness, winter is behind us!  Hopefully it took all the germs with it.  I hope you were able to dodge the cold and flu bullets this winter.  If not, now’s the time to give your body, immune system and eating plan a refreshing kick start.  Starting today, build these tips into your daily living for a healthy remainder of 2015. Read More »

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College--Coming Up with a List to Apply To


In a recent essay in the NY Times, Frank Bruni, op-ed columnist and author, exploded the myth that getting into a highly selective school is the key to success later in life. In line with my recent blog, “Parenting and the Sinking of the Essex”, I would like to unpack some ideas about applying to highly selective colleges:

  • Yes, there are several dozen “elite” universities whose admit rate is ridiculously low and even with a perfect looking portfolio should never be counted on.  These schools get bucket loads of press and the drama of the rejection letters is the stuff of movies.  Should you steer your student away from filling out an application?  Well, it depends on your student.

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Walk it out! Starting a Walking Program

CobieI know I’m not the only who feels it’s been an endless North Carolina winter! What could be more wonderful than the emerging spring with its warmer temperatures, bright sun, Carolina blue skies and longer days to spend time enjoying every minute of it!  One of my favorite activities in the spring is to venture out for long walks with my black lab Cobie, exploring the many things our beautiful state has to offer while getting fit at the same time! Read More »

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3 Nutrition Tips to Boost Your Energy for Spring


Ole Man Winter has taken his sweet time getting out of here this year challenging even the most complacent weather watchers. But, last night I finally heard it - the beautiful trill of the Spring Peeper frogs. If you’re not from North Carolina or parts nearby, you may be unfamiliar with this phenomenon. It’s a high pitched chorus of the sweetest sound as it often designates that winter is coming to an end and warm weather is approaching (at least that’s what it means to me). Last night the Spring Peeper frogs performed an extraordinary symphony in high volume as they, along with us, celebrated the melted snow and the warm temps that blessed us the past few days. Read More »

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Just Lift


Dumbbell SmallAs a personal trainer, one of the top comments I hear from clients is that they want to “tone up.” Some even go as far to tell me which area of their body needs said toning. What they’re really saying is that they want more muscle and for that muscle to be defined.  In order to gain muscle (and cut fat, which will give that defined look), you have to get stronger. To get stronger, you need to strength train. Read More »

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