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I am surviving the Fresh Start Challenge!

A wonderful old friend of mine, Linda, and her friend Diane in Buffalo, NY put out a Fresh Start Challenge on Facebook: Welcome to Fresh Start! This group was created to share and encourage organization and healthy lifestyle ideas in the coming year. We're going to start with a "30 Day Organization Challenge." It’s an easy task. Spend 15 minutes each day organizing an item or area and post before and after pictures. Don't know where to start....don't worry, we'll…

My New Year’s Wishes

Happy New Year! There isn't much to say that has not already been said on social media or the news wires. The talk about resolutions and wishes for looking back, looking ahead, making amends, losing weight, joining a gym, or multiple suggestions for drastic change cause me to pause for a simpler wish list. So here is a short list of my new year's wishes for you! I wish that: your hugs are plentiful and strong both in giving and…

Dear Santa, Love Mom.

This year as empty nesters, the Christmas dynamic is slightly different in our house. Chip and I cut the trees down and decorated the house by ourselves. Throughout this process, I have felt a minor loss and a longing for those old days. So, I decided I would write to Santa and tell him what I wish for Christmas as an empty nest mother of two children living out of eye and ear shot. Dear Santa, How are you? I…

Pancetta, Garlic, and White Bean Dip

White bean dip is a multi-purpose concoction. Of course, you can eat this dip with  veggies, crackers, and chips, but for the sheer joy of it, you can also mix it into piping hot pasta. The aroma when it hits the hot pasta is just delicious. Below is my take on white bean dip for the holidays. What you need: 8 ounces or so Pancetta- you can purchase it already diced or get the deli to hand cut a chunk…

Holiday absolution.

Ok let me just admit it for us both. Christmas is stressful. There are such pressures to do what you’ve always done or what you think others want you to do. SO many times i hear people say their holiday was "ok", or "stressful", or in some cases, "awful". That makes me sad so here is your 10 second lesson on holiday absolution. Dictionary.com defines absolution as a noun, “act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from…