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The Body Image Checkup: How to Love Yourself More

For those of you who have been reading along over the past few months, you know that when I was twelve my dad went to prison. You also know that my Christian school wasn’t too fond of my dad being a criminal. They didn’t believe that the daughter of a felon should be the valedictorian,…

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The Year in Review ~ What a Ride!

2012 was good to me. But how good was I to it? How did I say thanks to the Higher Up for the 365 days I was given to breathe in and out? We’re not supposed to sit quietly and wait for the world’s gifts. If you woke up today, that’s  your gift. The rest…

I Still Believe

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was lying in bed with the covers pulled up to my nose, eyes wide, listening for Santa. As I lay there, I was sure I heard him land on the roof with his sleigh, rustle the branches of the Christmas tree, and clink the cookie plate as…

Scents & Sensibility ~ Making French Perfume

“In it’s way, a perfume is an invisible dress, playing on the tension between what is hidden and what is revealed.” ~ Thierry Wasser, Guerlain Perfumer What is it about perfume that makes a woman feel, dare I say, desirable? Between the moment you put it on and the moment a man swoons over your…

Let’s Talk About Sex

“You see? This is how it starts. Next thing you know, we’re only having sex three or four times a week.”  Samantha Jones, Sex and the City. There’s a lot of hoopla out there about the outrageously wonderful benefits of sex. The beloved Dr. Oz is a huge proponent of having sex. A lot of sex….

Wishes ~ My Fun, Sexy, Spiritual Letter to Santa

I haven’t written a letter to Santa in well, let’s just say a long time, which means I am way over due. Since he hasn’t heard from me in a while, I better fill him in on a few things just to make sure he’s up to speed. I mean, a girl’s taste can change…

Your Mid-Holiday Detox Plan

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”                                                                          …

Are Your Cleaning Products Making You Fat?

“Does this tile cleaner make my butt look big?” You probably aren’t asking yourself this question but you should be. The toxic chemicals lurking in your household cleaning products may be throwing your hormones out of balance and causing you to gain weight. From the second we’re born, our bodies accumulate toxins from our air,…

The Power of Affirmations

We’re always looking for a quick fix, an easy way to make our lives more convenient. And in our technology based society, there’s an app to help us do just about everything. Apps that get you from here to there. Apps that convert currencies. There’s even an app to level a picture on your wall…

Gratitude Is a Practice ~ Make It a Priority

On Thanksgiving it’s easy, if not obligatory, to be grateful for your blessings. It’s the one designated day a year that we celebrate gratitude. But what would your life be like if you celebrated gratitude every day? How about abundant, fulfilling and happy? When you are grateful, you affirm to yourself and the universe that…

Patience, S’il Vous Plait ~ The Good, The Bad and The Wonderful About France

J’adore France. With all of it’s charms, interesting history and rich culture it’s easy to fall in love with it. From Paris to the Mediterranean Sea, the country is beautiful and the people are  lovely. Having said that, there were more than a few things about France’s culture that tried this American girl’s patience. I…

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