My Five Favorite Essential Oils

Many of us use essential oils for health and wellness, for massage, and even for cleaning.  I love the smells and the benefits of these oils. There are MANY essential oils, but I have a few that I use often. Lavender oil.  Extracted from the lavender plant, I use lavender oil when I’m cleaning.  Many of…

My Fitness Journey, Part 2

You may recall that I have been on a fitness journey for about 2 years now.  My starting weight in December 2015 was 146 lbs. I had some weight loss by early 2016.  It was 6 pounds that I recall.  My family and I moved in June 2016, and for some reason, we started eating…

A Funny Story About Popcorn

On Friday, I was preparing to make popcorn for my family.  We were going to watch Jumaji, the 1995 version with Kirsten Dunst and Robin Williams.  Three years ago, we invested in an air popper.  I added 2 small scoops of popcorn kernels and turned it on.  After 30 seconds, the air popper cuts off…

5 Ways to Cope With Job Loss

One month ago, I was laid off from my job. It wasn’t because of poor performance.  In fact, my peers always told me about the fine work that I did.  They expressed their compassion as well as their surprise. I was the only person in my department that was affected by this business decision. My…

Ketchup, Ketchup, Where’s the Ketchup?!

Whether it’s ketchup or catsup, it’s a favorite condiment of many Americans.  However, it can contain ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and natural flavoring.  Natural flavoring sounds innocent enough, but at the same time, it’s very deceptive.  When people see natural, they automatically think that it’s healthy, not artificial.  The best option…

Thanksgiving: A Time for Family or a Tradition of Men?

I have many fond memories of Thanksgiving both as a child and an adult.  In school, they taught us that it was a day that the Indians and the Pilgrims ate together for the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621.  It was a time for family, football, delicious food, and days off from work and school….

Why I Stopped Drinking Coffee and Wine

I have been dealing with thyroid nodules for the last 8 years.  Two Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists advised me that I did not need surgery; one recommended that I needed it.  Until last year, they did not irritate me.  I almost opted to have surgery last year; however, a few weeks before I was…

The Dangers of Cosmetics

Women (and in some cases men) use cosmetics to enhance facial features. However, some cosmetics contain chemicals that can be harmful to the body. Below is a short list of those ingredients that can be found in color cosmetics. I’ve also included some ingredients found in nail polish. It’s summertime, and many of us want…

Natural Hair: Getting to the Root of It

At the beginning of this year, I decided that I would stop chemically treating my hair and embrace my natural hair.  I think just about every woman that I know has decided to do this. I admit that I was hesitant about going natural because my hair is very course.  After talking to other sisters…

Alternatives to the Use of Household Cleaners

For those of us that clean, particularly moms (and dads), we may use cleaning products  with very strong odors. Sometimes, the smell is so strong that it makes us cough.  We use it because it works, right?  If we open the windows as we clean, the smell won’t be so bothersome. Well, have you ever…

How I Overcame Pre-diabetes and High Cholesterol Without a Prescription

When I had my annual physical this past January, my doctor was very impressed with my blood work results.  My thyroid functions were normal along with my cholesterol and blood sugar levels.   My issues with pre-diabetes and high cholesterol were no longer a concern for me. In October 2016, I started taking herbal supplements….

Hello Readers, I’m Back

Hi There! I know that it’s been months since I posted my last update. I have been busy with work and family. Yes, I am still working on my fitness and health. I admit that I have been on a roller coaster with the weight loss. Once I lost 10 lbs. this past April,  I…