Shopping Cart Envy

Shopping cart in front of cold cases

What you’re about to read is based on a true story… About 2004 or 2005, I was shopping at my neighborhood grocery store (the new Harris Teeter in Wesley Chapel, NC) for the week. List in hand (well duh–I’m the Dinner Diva!), I had conquered the store and my cart was filled with all I […]

Tea or smoothies? (special herb for both)

Fresh mint is a common sight in the summertime and today you’re going to get a tip, a trick, and a recipe featuring this pretty little leaf! I have mint growing in my garden and let me tell you when you plant mint, you have mint for life! Really. Mint can take over so you […]

How to Find a Great Local Butcher

Find a Local Butcher

There are many reasons why you should seek out a trusted local butcher rather than shopping for your meats at the local big box store. This is especially true if the most popular local source for groceries is a Wal-Mart Super Center. (Please don’t buy your meat from Wal-Mart because it has almost certainly come […]

Raise the Barre for Weight Loss

Before I even start with today’s blog post, thank you to each and every one of you who has commented on my new silhouette. It has taken lots of work, but I feel wonderful. Your compliments and words of encouragement really do mean a great deal to me. And because you’ve asked, I want to […]

New Year’s Revolution

Dear Friends, Every year, we make New Year’s resolutions with the hopes that THIS year will be different. We are zealots on a mission to become thinner, more organized and more financially successful, among other things. But stop and think for a moment. Who makes these New Year’s resolutions, anyway? Yes indeed, it’s perfectionism is […]

Easing into a cleaner lifestyle

During the holidays, it’s perfectly fine to savor one of your favorite desserts or to have an extra glass of egg nog or two, but you shouldn’t use the whole season as an excuse to overindulge. Tens of thousands of Americans will resolve to lose weight and to get healthier in 2020. I have weight […]

Natural Ways to Fight Colds and Flu

Winter is here! There may be snow on the ground, there is colder weather, lots of soups and stews, and then of course the stuffed up noses. It all sounds great until you’re blowing your nose every two seconds and your throat could pass for sandpaper. And if all that wasn’t enough, your lungs have to fight […]

Countdown to Christmas Dinner: Get Your Checklist

saving dinner christmas countdown blog

It’s only a few days until Christmas! Are you ready for your next big feast? With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that we could save ourselves a lot of work the day of by doing more prep leading up to the event. Frankly, I think we […]

Guilt-Free Winter Sips

Hot chocolate being poured into a white ceramic mug surrounded by a teal tea towel and little bits of chocoate

Winter is here, and baby, it’s cold outside! Everyone enjoys a cup of something warm but you know the drill–most of the time, these things are calorie bombs in a cup! So how do we navigate this desire for warm beverages vs. the stuff out there that will pack on the pounds and make your thighs […]

Four Free-Range Holiday Decorations

Today we’re not talking about food. Don’t worry— as we approach the holidays, there’s going to be plenty of food talk. But, there’s more to the holidays than food . . . like the decorations! And I don’t know about you, but factory-made plastic doesn’t really say Christmas to me. Now, we all have our […]