Keeping Your Book On Their Minds

Unless your book is becoming a movie, you will most likely see sales fall after the release hype has died off. It’s important to keep people talking about your book in order to make sure the sales don’t forever see the bottom of the cliff. I have picked up a few pointers along the way…

A PUPPY IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY

It has been a while since I have written about dogs. The last post was about losing my girl, Charley, in September 2015. I now have a new puppy, 10 weeks old, a handsome little chocolate English lab. I like to say that I have a good deal of dog knowledge due to having had…

Giraffe Fun Fact Q & A – NONNIE AND I

As many already know, in 2005 I set out to write a story about a girl and her best friend, a giraffe. I wanted to capture the plains of Botswana and a special friendship bond. I spent time researching giraffes to make sure that the words I presented were true. Ten years later it became…

HaPpInEsS iS hArD tO dO?

I recently read an article in the April 2015 issue of Redbook (THANK YOU LIBRARY CARD!) by Stephanie Wood. In the article she reported a statement by Alice Domar, PhD., saying that for most people seventy percent of your life is satisfying and fifteen percent goes to being happy and another fifteen percent goes to…

The Central Oregon Way

Over Thanksgiving I went on a trip to chilly and damp central Oregon to visit my father. According to stories told in the car I had been there before. (Back when I was a skiing fool!) While I remember being a skiing fool, I don’t remember central Oregon. There were a few things I learned…

Weekend Health Tip

I love desserts, and I have a huge issue with snacking well after dinner. However, I find that if I brush my teeth I can’t just go and keep snacking. After dinner I will have dessert, but to keep from it being a long drawn out snack attack I will brush my teeth right away….

Healthy Eating Tip for the Weekend

Don’t do it… Don’t go to the grocery store hungry…or full. I can’t tell you how many things I have bought both healthy and unhealthy because I went to the grocery store when I was hungry. A few days later I would open my frig up and question why I had an item that I…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

While you put together your grocery list for the weekend pick out a fruit or vegetable that you have never had before and incorporate it in one of your weekly meals or snacks. Look through your local grocery ads to see what is on sale that you have never had, or leave a spot on…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

The health benefits to lemon water can fill a grocery shopping list. While it usually mentions warm lemon water, some prefer it cold (or can only drink it cold). If this is the case for you, you might like this tip. Take an ice-cube tray and squeeze fresh lemon into the squares, takes about 3…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

Try substitute your vegetable oil for olive oil. (This worked with two different brownie recipes I tried, couldn’t tell a difference). Try substitute your butter for olive oil. (I use this when the recipe calls for me to butter a pot or pan before adding main ingredient, or when requesting a small amount of butter…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

I’ve recently jumped on the coconutĀ  oil bandwagon to replace all butter. Yet not all coconut oils are the same. A few things to keep in mind that I have realized. Some coconut oil is not the best over other coconut oil because the coconut flavor is too strong. I find Spectrum Coconut Oil is…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

I love fresh herbs! And I enjoy fresh basil on many dishes. But unless I buy it right before I cook dinner it would always go bad (what a money waster!). The frig is too cold (large brown/black spots) and the house is too hot (shrivels up). So…. I discovered that if I wrapped the…