Top 10 Best and Worst Christmas Gifts

art Christmas scene with tree gifts and fire in backgroundThey say it’s better to give than receive.  Sure.  But lets not fool ourselves.  There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t dig getting a really killer gift.  They also say it’s the thought that counts.  My theory is a little different.  If you thought things out, every gift would be a success.  And holidays prove that it’s possible to get some real turds.  So what are the best and worst gifts to give for Christmas?  Here are 10 steadfast tips for present purchasing. Read more

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9 Tips For First Date Success

first dateFirst dates can make or break a potential relationship.  And while some people might speculate that you’ll know in moments whether it’s meant to be, I’d guess most of those people are still single.  A relationship goes beyond a fleeting gut feeling or a momentary physical attraction.  It begins with a quick judgement (we’re human and we can’t help it), but thrives on positive experiences.  So even if you’re not into somebody in the first few moments, there’s no reason to shut the door and throw away the key.  And certainly no reason to be an asshole.  Create a positive experience, so there is opportunity if you choose to pursue.  Or even a new friendship or connection.  Here are a few simple tips for a successful first date. Read more

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8 Ridiculous Things To Be Thankful For

phoneTomorrow, I’ll get sentimental.  But today, I wanted to share my favorite ridiculous things to be thankful for. Read more

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5 Minute Fryer

burpeeThere’s always time for a little fitness in your life.  I have 2 kids and a crazy schedule, so I totally understand being limited on time.  But if you get creative, you can always knock out something quick at home and even get the kids involved!  This 5 Minute Fryer will get your heart rate up, your brow sweaty, and your body thankful you made time for movement.   Read more

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I Have Fake Boobs, and I’m Not Ashamed

implantsWhen I announced my plans to get implants, most of my friends and family frowned mildly upon the decision.  There was a bit of a stigma attached to the idea of fake boobs.  Only the most vain women would dare cut their chest open to insert bags of silicone, right?  Breast augmentation is expensive, and came with some risks, not to mention the maintenance of the suggested replacement period of 10 years.  But for me, after years of consideration, it was the right choice. Read more

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10 Things To Do Before You Have Kids

Young Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top CarI adore my children, but with their births came drastic lifestyle changes.  Now unless you’re a celebrity or something, there are often limitations to your time, finances, and helpful resources like cleaners, nannies, chefs, etc.  So if you’re a non-parent, considering the plunge into procreation and child-rearing, be sure you tackle this list of things first.  Because once they arrive, your selfish endeavors will be put on hold.  For an extended period of time. Read more

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3 Steps to a Booty-ful Bum

bumMost folks aren’t in love with their backside.  But if you work at it, that bum might just become your best physical ASSet.  If a strong, bubbly butt is what you desire, I offer 5 steps to a damn fine derriere. Read more

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8 Habits of Happy Couples

happy-coupleIt could be said that no relationship is perfect.  It’s inevitable that throughout life challenges will befall you, conflict will arise, and and obstacles will present themselves.  So it’s less about the pursuit of perfection and more about perfecting how you pursue happiness with your partner.  Establishing habits that nurture the love between you and your significant other takes conscious effort.  Practice these 10 healthy habits on the regular for a happy romance.   Read more

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First School Day Thoughts

photoSo my son started Kindergarten this week.  Despite the fact that I thought I’d be a-ok and he’d skate right through these first few days, we both had some weak moments.  Having said that, everyday when he gets home, I remind myself that regardless of drop-off anxiety and perpetual momma-bear tendencies, he’s totally fine.  So today, I compile a list of likely first school day thoughts. Read more

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Friday Favorites

excited-girlNormally I talk about food on Fridays.  So although I’ll still incorporate some food into this post, today I feel compelled to share a few other things too because they rock my world.  So a few Friday Favorites. Read more

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The Thursday 3′s Workout

push-yourselfToday, we venture into Thursday with a workout based on 3′s.   Read more

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Quick Fix Grocery List

groceriesSometimes, you’re in a rush and need to grab some quick and easy options.  But that doesn’t mean you have to opt for the unhealthy aisles.  Here are some grocery store ideas when you’re in a pinch. Read more

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Rampant Running

A female road runner runs down a road at dusk at Independence Pass.I hate running.  Which is why I should put a little more effort into improving it.  So I’m stealing part of a workout from our CrossFit 8035 programming, because it’s a pretty badass option that can be done on your own at home!   Read more

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Nude Beach Know-How: Guidelines For Skin-Bearing Success

BeachNudityI just booked a Caribbean cruise for my husband and I.  It’s not my first rodeo…some might call me a veteran having been on almost 10.  Although I always seek out new experiences, some destinations are regulars on the cruise ship hit-list, and beaches seem to top the list when it comes to traveler desirability.  More adventurous American travelers may be enticed by the luring ideals associated with nude beaches available at the popular French and Dutch islands.  Whether it’s the vision of endless droves of hot bodies, want to check off an item on the ole’ bucket list, or experience the liberation of complete freedom to shed all wardrobe in a public place, visiting a nude beach has a certain appeal.  When it comes to particular Caribbean island like St. Maarten, topless and nude beaches are common, but there isn’t necessarily a rule book when it comes to a concept so foreign to most.   To enjoy your naked stay and play, follow my top 5 Nude Beach Know-How guidelines.  Read more

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Guide To Getting In Your Wife’s Pants

kitchen kissIt’s common knowledge that with most long-term relationships comes a lull in sexual escapades.  A couple develops a comfort level with one another, they move in together, they watch one another pee and put on deodorant, and suddenly that ravenous sexual appetite you initially experienced fades into early bed times and excuses.  So from a female perspective, I write to you with an almost-guaranteed guide on getting into your wife’s pants.   Read more

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Dear Dad: A Father’s Day Feature

dad2From an early age I was a daddy’s girl.  There was an unexplainable and urgent need to please my parents; the first-born curse.  I had to be certain my father was proud of me in all endeavors.  And amidst my venture to claim his never-ending approval, I provided him many pain-in-the-ass moments.  I was not an easy child to deal with.  I got fantastic grades, excelled in sports, and never got in much trouble.  But I was mouthy, opinionated, and picky.  My flighty imagination ran about a thousand miles a minute, at 6 I thought I knew it all, and my sometimes questionable choices had the potential to threaten my future in ways I couldn’t recognize then.  But my parents never wavered in their support for me as a person.  Although it didn’t always feel like a favor, and although they weren’t my best buds, and although I challenged anything remotely beneficial to my future, they persisted in raising me the right way.  So as Father’s Day approaches, it seems only appropriate that my father know exactly what he means to me. Read more

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Benefits of Booze

boozeTomorrow, I turn a year older.  Which means tonight, there’s reason to drink.  Over the years I’ve had my phases of UV and Hawkeye (college), fancy beer (mid-twenties), and liquor (a child-rearing induced choice).  So as I make my way to Bar Louie this evening for some cocktails, I’ll bear in mind my experiences and knowledge on what booze is best. Read more

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Healthy Grilling Go-Tos

grillGrilling out is commonly cause burgers smothered in cheese and ketchup, excessive amounts of chips and dip, and cold sweet treats in the form of ice cream or sugary popsicle.  Those items can certainly make for a backyard barbecue, but if you want summer grilling satisfaction without the unhealthy repercussions, try out some of these tasty alternative options. Read more

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Ode To At-Home Moms

motherhoodI do not stay home with my children.  Nor do I have any desire to.  I realize that sounds calloused, but here’s the thing…I love my kids and the time I spend with them fiercely, but I think that fact that I’m able to step away during the day and commit my passions to my career helps me appreciate them more than I might otherwise.  I have a selfish streak, and dedicating endless amounts of time to my babies wouldn’t be enough for me.  Now some women are born with a commitment and passion for family.  This has nothing to do with their IQ or ambition, they simply have strengths that lend themselves well to child-rearing.  They love babes and selflessly make a career of motherhood.  And that’s no small thing. Read more

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Mexican Corn Dip

Mexican Corn Dip

A get-together gotta-have!


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Ingredients
  1. 2 blocks (8oz) cream cheese
  2. 1 can creamed corn
  3. 1 can corn (or 2-3 ears of fresh corn)
  4. 1 can Rotel
  5. 1 bag shredded Mexican cheese blend (optional)
Instructions
  1. Microwave 2 blocks of cream cheese until soft enough to mix
  2. Add 1 can creamed corn, 1 can corn (or 2-3 ears of fresh sweet corn), 1 can of Rotel (I prefer hot), and 1 bag of finely shredded Mexican cheese blend (optional)
  3. Mix ingredients, and chill for at least 1 hour before serving
Notes
  1. This is the perfect addition to a backyard barbecue. It’s quick and simple, cost effective, makes a large portion size, and tastes heavenly. Your guests will go back for more and more. Mix up your chip selection by trying Doritos, sweet potato tortilla chips, regular tortilla chips, or Fritos.
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