The Luxury of Sleep: How We’re Shortchanging Ourselves

Health Tips

SLEEP. For many, sleep is something we only dream of (no pun intended). When did this happen? We used to know for a fact that it was important to get 8 full hours of sleep in order to be healthy. Now, we treat the activity of sleep as an option. A luxury that we are not always worthy of.

Rockstar Doggie Mama: Betty Makowski (aka Grandma)

Health Tips

Each week I’m going to be featuring a special, inspiring story about a fabulous, fearless woman and her best buddy. To kick off my series I decided to pay tribute to one of the most remarkable, beautiful and courageous women I know my Grandma and her beloved Bella. Grandma was the kind of woman we could all only aspire to be: loving, intelligent, witty, hard-working, and fiercely loyal to her family and friends.

Sugar: A Potential Update to Food Labeling

Health Tips

Mention reading food labels and most people would rather talk about…. well…just about anything else. Food labels are a helpful tool that we love to hate. While some of the information is straight forward and easy to read; some requires a more intense thought process in order to obtain the info.

Turkey Meatloaf and “Southern Slaw”


Heat olive oil in a sauce pan and sauté the onions and parsley until the onions are translucent. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the ground turkey, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt and pepper. Mix and combine into a loaf. Coat a loaf pan with olive oil cooking spray and transfer the meatloaf. Drizzle ketchup over the top, sliced onions, salt and pepper.

My Golden Gatsby!!


Many of you may have wondered why I named my golden retriever Gatsby. After all, it’s not very traditional, but it suits him perfectly. As a high school teacher my all-time favorite novel to teach was The Great Gatsby, which truly illustrates the American dream, particularly the symbolic green light at the end of Daisy’s dock.

Health & Wellness: Beyond Diet and Exercise

Health Tips

You would be surprised (or maybe you wouldn’t) to know the amount of people who feel that the words “health” and “wellness” are synonymous with “diet” and “exercise.” Mention the words health and wellness to someone and watch their body language change, look for the eye-roll, and expect the conversation to change pretty quickly. Call me weird, but I love health and wellness because it is so much more than changing your eating habits and developing an exercise routine.

Reflections from My European Adventure

Health Tips

As many of you know I just returned home from a fabulous holiday. I hope you all enjoyed my travel posts from England and Italy. I’ve been doing some reflection and I thought I would share a few life lessons I learned along the way.

Unplugged: Disconnecting and Connecting in 3 Easy Steps


Recently, a friend of mine was packing for a trip. Along with the usual necessities of clothing, shoes, and toiletries, she also had her carry-on bag. In her bag was her laptop, Kindle, iPod, tablet, and cell phone. Of course that also meant 3 different chargers and 2 sets of ear-buds. She was going to be gone for two weeks.

Stay Slim on Your Summer Vacation

Health, Health Tips

Summer is in full swing and the month of August is prime vacation time. If you’re getting ready to hit the road, you may be wondering how to keep your figure in check on your travels. I’m about to embark on a fun European adventure, but I’m still committed to keeping up with my lifestyle and you can too.