The Well Ordered Kitchen Planner

Taming Chaos in the Kitchen The Well-Ordered Kitchen Planner could not come at a better time of year–’tis the season for spring cleaning. My kitchen and pantry could use a serious overhaul. Our pantry is still the dumping ground for random ‘things’ without a ‘home.’ Half empty paint cans, two crock pots, and a million dollars. Ok, maybe not…. Pulling my hair out trying to decide what to eat for dinner is a common occurrence in our household. Almost daily… Read more »

The Art of Relaxation

Are you a recovering Type A personality (like myself) perpetually in search of zen? If so, you might consider aromatherapy. Two years ago, I realized my health was in jeopardy when my family doctor gave me an Rx for what he characterized as ‘anxiety attacks.’ Just the thought of taking prescription drugs to manage my stress was stressing me out!! Taxing Work (Pun Intended) After a taxing day at work (oh, the irony….I worked for Bloomberg BNA’s International Tax unit),… Read more »

Do you ever feel like you are spinning your wheels when it comes to your blog? Don’t miss this FREE training series from Elite Blog Academy called Blogging Made Simple–it is a total game changer! Thanks to a conversation with my mom, I learned about Ruth Soukup’s NY Times bestselling book, “How To Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul.” I was hooked — Ruth’s book was a page turner for me. After reading her book, I wanted to learn… Read more »

[Note: This post may include affiliate links.] I love blogging, but I’ll be honest —it can be hair-raising!! For starters, I found it difficult to identify my niche and find my voice. So many ideas, so little time!! Although I consider myself to be relatively tech-savvy — heck, I know how to read a ‘document type definition’ (.dtd) and code in SGML, the precursor to HTML–it can still be challenging to keep up with the latest trends, especially with the… Read more »

Melt Your Valentine's Heart

Stress-Free Valentine’s Day? Do you find yourself stressing out again at about this time of the year, after the whirlwind of the winter holidays and realizing that “Oh, crap! It’s almost Valentine’s Day again” (…and I have no idea what trinket to offer my loved one?) I certainly can relate….balancing your desire to melt your love’s heart and prove your unwavering love and devotion without going overboard on pricey, tacky ‘tchotchkes’ or trinkets. Oh what to do? Never fear, read… Read more »

Citizen Diplomacy Trump’s recent Executive Order banning entry to the United States to citizens of seven countries, even those with U.S. permanent resident status, will go down in history perhaps the most vile action during his first 10 days in office.  Protests spontaneously erupted at international airports across the US in response to Custom and Border Protection’s (CBP) enforcement of Trump’s edict of hate. I won’t belabor the point of how flawed or hypocritical his executive order is–the major news… Read more »

Philadelphia, January 21, 2017 I consider myself to be an arm chair activist. When the Women’s March on DC was announced, I pondered participating. Having recently moved from the DC area to a small town in neighboring Pennsylvania, I thought about whether or not I could deal with having to navigate the DC metro with large crowds. A coworker who lives near Philadelphia asked if I would be marching. I explained that I was on the fence. She told me… Read more »

Carpe Diem

I took a leap of faith last October as a midlife career changer. Leaving a prestigious Fortune 125 publishing company (Bloomberg) for a different kind of giant (a huge public university) meant stepping out of my comfort zone. Years of publishing meant I had built up a significant knowledge base and was the ‘go-to’ person who trained a cadre of Quality Assurance contractors. Moving from go-to person to ‘fish out of water’ takes gumption. During my ‘settling in’ period, I… Read more »

relaxation and lavender

One of my favorite memories of childbirth in Japan was a postpartum aromatherapy massage. I had a c-section and in Japan, the hospital clinic insisted that I recuperate for a week. (This could be the subject of another post!) Post-Partum Massage On the morning of my hospital discharge, I had my very first (and to date, best) massage. The lavender essential oil used by the massage therapist helped me relax. Despite not having had a restful night, I felt completely… Read more »