It’s the little things that matter

Ms Janets house

Today, I was just arriving home, when my good neighbor, Grandma Janet, as we call her, called me to take a look at her new curtains. I had plans to go straight to my home office and tackle my “To Do List.” I thought I’d go for just a few minutes. She asked if I wanted something to drink and I said; “why not?” We sat, we talked, we looked at pictures and we enjoyed the moment of a rainy day viewed through her breakfast room window. It was time well spent!

I have to say that I love going to her house! Let me tell you why. I once had a Grandmother who loved me very much. I was the apple of her eyes! The thing is that we lived together and even though I have great memories of her, I never got to experience “going to grandma’s house.” Going to Ms. Janet’s is what “going to grandma’s” is. Every time I go to her house, I’m not particularly thirsty or hungry, but she always has something we can sit at the table with. What I love the most is enjoying her cookie jar collection, her “Gone with the Wind” collection and her nursery rhyme characters collection. All these things are proper of a grandmother.

It is easy to talk to someone when you have time, but sometimes we need to free our time to talk to someone. It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.

Those are the little things that matter! Making time to enjoy someone’s company, a cup of coffee or just a conversation on a rainy day.

Never be too busy for the people you love. Never allow pursuits or possessions to become bigger priorities than our relationships.

Why Failing Your New Year’s Resolution is Good for You



It’s that time of year again. The time when you set New Year’s Resolutions that you are determined to stick to this year.  I’m here to tell you that failing your New Year’s Resolutions is one of the best things that can happen to you. Let me explain…

What is a New Year’s Resolution?

A New Year’s Resolution is when you make a promise that you are going to improve some aspect of your life from January 1st, forward, and that it will become a permanent aspect of your life. The hope is that this one day decision will be something that alters your habits and tendencies and you never have to look back again. Pretty accurate so far? Now it’s time to fail.

How Failing Helps You Achieve Success

The best way to achieve this goal, as quickly as possible is to fail and fail often.  The reason is simple, failing is inevitable. If you look at any aspect of your life that others would consider you successful, you would probably tell them you are successful because you persevered through the many failures that life handed you.  Some of the best moms learned through trial and error. They persevered, never gave up, and learned as time went on, and they became better moms for that. No matter how far along you are, when you fail and get back up again, you will end up further ahead than when you started. Learning those valuable lessons are what makes us stronger at what we do.

The Misconception

We often look at successful people and assume they had an easy road to follow. They think that it was always easy for them, that they never had struggles, or they never wanted to give up. Odds are, they faced all of those situations…multiple times. Your trials are going to strengthen you. When you learn to persevere through a trial, you will be stronger. You will learn how to overcome that obstacle in the future, and you will figure out a way to not let it trip you up again. You have a choice every time you face a failure, but if you decide that you won’t let it beat you, you will be so much more successful in the end.

Fail and Fail Often

Fail often, but never give up. When you fail, remember that it is all a part of becoming successful. No matter how hard it seems, you can overcome the tests. In the fitness industry, I see it every February and March. People just give up, and often it is right at the point where they could be successful if they would just push a little harder. Fail, but don’t let it beat you from achieving your long term goals.

“Life’s greatest tragedy is not to fall down, its’ to stay down. The greatest disaster in life is not to fail, it’s to park there, and say ‘What’s the use?'”, Pastor Francois Louw

Are you getting enough?


How much is enough

Okay, get your minds outta the gutter here! I’m talking about water, you know, good old H2O? Whenever I hear multiple messages about the same topic I start to feel like I’m meant to pay closer attention. Like I’m being hit over the head with it. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about how much water you should drink. I get it; most of us don’t drink enough water. In fact, most of us are actually pretty dehydrated and have habitually been in that state for a long time. I figured it was time for me to start paying attention to how much I’m drinking. And I’m not talking about wine.


According to the experts, you should drink at least half of your body weight in water. For instance, if you weigh 200 lbs. you should drink at least 100 ounces of water each day. That means almost 6, 16.9 oz. bottles of water. If you exercise or live in a warm climate, then you should drink closer to equal your body weight in ounces of water. That means 200 ounces of water if you weigh 200 pounds. It seems like A LOT! That would be 12 bottles of water.


Apparently, if you do this, your body will love you! It helps brain function, memory, mood, skin, digestion and all kinds of wonderful things about our body that we expect to miraculously work properly. Okay, I’m game.


I decided to give it a try. Even though I feel like I already drink a lot of water, I had to work my way up to my goal amount. Initially I was afraid that I’d end up spending all of my time in the bathroom due to a pea sized bladder but it actually hasn’t made that much of a difference in the number of trips to the potty. This may be TMI but it’s just increased the output, if you know what I mean. I’ve also discovered that the more water I drink, the thirstier I become. I actually WANT to drink more. WATER, folks! We’re still talking about water here.


Some of the differences that I’ve noticed so far include a bit of a breakout on my face. I know it’s a little unpleasant but it’s temporary. This is due to the toxins making their way out. After the first week, this went away and I feel like my skin is moister now. I’ve also noticed less bloating and a flatter stomach. And like I said, I’m thirsty! For water! I’m only into this about 2 weeks so I’m looking forward to even more benefits in the weeks to come.


Since we are in the holiday season and most of us tend to drink more alcohol, eat more junk, exercise less, have more stress and get less sleep, I urge to join me and do at least this one little thing to help you make it through the next few weeks. When you start thinking about that diet after new years, you’ll be glad that you did. Cheers!


Pumpkin Cheesecake by Chef Michael

Pumpkin Cheesecake


Pumpkin Cheesecake

with a

Pumpkin Spice cream cheese topping



For the crust:


1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

3 tbsp. Sugar

3 tbsp. butter, melted


Mix crumbs and sugar, add butter; press firmly onto bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.


For the Cheesecake:


5 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 – 15 oz. can 100% Pure Pumpkin

1 cup sour cream

3 tbsp. all purpose flour

1 ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground nutmeg


Beat cream cheese, sugar and brown sugar in a large mixer bowl until fluffy. Beat in eggs, pumpkin and sour cream. Add flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; beat well. Pour into crust.


Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until edge is set but center still moves slightly. When cooled, top with cream cheese topping, optional.


For the Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese topping:Chef Michael and Patricia


1 – 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted

¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice


Combine all three ingredients and beat until fluffy.

It’s Time!


Wow! I know we’re all asking ourselves where did the summer go? Everyone is scrambling to get their kids ready to head back to school for another year of growing and learning. Tax-free weekend means it’s time to start grabbing up the last bit of what is needed to go back into the classroom. You’ll inevitably fight crowds in parking lots and malls all over town trying to get everything crossed off of your list. It’s only the beginning of another crazy school year. Many of you are just beginning this journey. Others are looking into the eyes of a mature young adult starting their senior year. I still remember how hard it was to let go that first day of school. In reality, it’s only the beginning of many years of letting go little by little.


My ex-husband used to drive me crazy by always proclaiming from the time my kids were toddlers that before I knew it they would be driving. I couldn’t even imagine that day! But trust me, that day comes so very fast. They are out the door with a set of car keys and you really have to let go. I prayed A LOT! And then before you blink, they are leaving the nest and making homes of their own.


Every step along the way prepares us for our children to become independent and make their own home. We begrudgingly let go of a few hours during the school day, trusting their teachers to take care of them in our absence. We lose a little control, as we are no longer the person making all the decisions for them. This is never easy. Then the next thing you know, they are having sleepovers with friends and they are gone for the night. Again, we put our trust in others to take care of them hoping that our children will remember the lessons and morals that we have instilled in them.


As a parent who has lived through this hectic time and survived to tell the tale, I have a little advice. The older your child, the more responsibility they need to have for their own actions. Resist the urge to rescue them every time they mess up. It’s ok if they occasionally miss an assignment, forget their gym bag, or fail a test. It’s how they’ll learn to do better next time. Allow the natural consequences of their actions to take place. Yes, I know just how difficult this can be and I certainly wasn’t always able to do this. Watching your child suffer is one of the most gut wrenching feelings you can experience.


When they mess up, love them anyway. One of the best things you can do for your child is to let them know that your love isn’t contingent upon them performing well. The love we have for our children is the closest that we will ever come to truly understanding unconditional love. We may not always like the choices and actions of our children. They at times disappoint and hurt us, but as their parent, we love them anyway.


For all of you facing the hustle and bustle of another busy school year, try not to get too caught up in all that you have to do. Appreciate the special moments and the time spent driving all over creation with them. Believe me, it passes in an instant. And pray! Pray for your children, their friends, their enemies, and their teachers.