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Rewriting Your Sex Story

His eyes were as dark as night. That should’ve been my sign to run the other direction–the windows to his soul shut tight, forbidding the light to shine in or out–but instead, I ran straight toward this long-time bachelor with my arms (and legs) wide open and my eyes wide shut.  This wasn’t my first…

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Like a Virgin ~ Skiing For The Very First Time

I didn’t want to go. David was going to have to drag me to the mountains, kicking and screaming. Despite growing up in the Midwest, I had never skied before and had no desire to start now. My husband is a world class skier and was hoping I would be as well. He said that he wanted…

Mirror, Mirror ~ Why Are We Mean Girls?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fattest of them all? You’ve done this, right? We’ve all done it. We’re mean girls – to ourselves. Our arms are too flabby. Our ankles too thick. Our noses too big. Our boobs too small. Our hips too wide. Our crows feet too pronounced. The left eyebrow is…

$323.24 ~ What It Costs to Look Oscar Ready

With all the Oscar hoopla this week over who wore what and how much it cost, I was inspired to share my recent fancy, dress up experience with you and how I pulled it off for $323.24. My husband is a member of a social organization in Tampa called Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG)….

5.14 ~ What a Soul Weighs In Pounds

I’m not a cat person. I never had a cat, never wanted a cat, and never loved a cat. Until Minnie. And I never had to put a cat down. Until Minnie. Minnie was born outside David’s office about twelve years ago. Like me, David wasn’t a cat person, but Minnie charmed her way through the…

How to Have a Fun, Sexy, Spiritual Valentine’s Day

What’s your idea of a fun, sexy, spiritual Valentine’s Day? Mine looks something like this: Ok, that’s not really my idea of a fun, sexy, spiritual Valentine’s Day. Well, yes it is. But, I’m happily married so, my fun, sexy, spiritual Valentine’s Day will not include Adam Levine. If I’m lucky, however, it will include…

You Glow Girl ~ Getting a Turkish Bath

Istanbul has been on my wanderlust list for a while. The markets, the spices, and the panoply of colors have danced in my head so much, it’s as if I’ve already been there. My friend, Melanee, returned recently from Istanbul. Over lunch, I made her tell me every last detail of her spirited adventure. While…

Be Kind ~ Silencing the Voice Inside Your Head

Don’t you love it when you need something, and the Universe just hands it to you? That happened to me yesterday. I didn’t feel like it, but I got out of bed at 7:30 on a Saturday and drove my tired ass to hot flow yoga. I’ve been having a love affair with yoga on…

Who Gets Well & Stays Well ~ Supercharging Your Immune System

About a year ago, I felt like hell, and I mean, hell. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t lose weight. I was tired all the time. All of this was confusing and a complete 180 from where I had been my whole life. I used to be energetic and fun loving. I’d go, go, go until…

Seeking Style & Snow ~ Part Deux ~ Lake Placid

So…picking up where we left off, David and I had just spent three amazing days in NYC, celebrating the Christmas holiday and my birthday. On the 27th, we woke up way too early (considering I celebrated my birthday the night before), and hit the road. You’ll probably remember from the last post that the whole…

Seeking Style & Snow ~ My New York State of Mind

I’m pretty much always seeking style. And by the first of December every year, I am also desperately seeking snow. Having grown up in the Midwest, it just never feels like the holiday season unless there’s snow – powdery, crunchy, stick to your eyelashes snow. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the snow, so…

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