When You Just Need Some Good News

I don’t have to tell you that the world is in a quagmire of chaos right now. But I might have to remind you that there are still good things going on in the world today in the midst of all this. I do a weekly post for a platform I contribute to, targeting trendingContinue reading “When You Just Need Some Good News”

DIY: Scalp-Soothing Homemade Shampoo

DIY isn’t really a hobby of mine – much as I’d love it to be – but I have been getting more and more into natural, homemade everything. Specifically, I’m eliminating shampoo because I have a very sensitive scalp. For about a year, I had a store-bought shampoo I could use, but it’s recently beenContinue reading “DIY: Scalp-Soothing Homemade Shampoo”

Why I Take Both a Morning and an Evening Walk Each Day

Even though I’m a runner who hits the gym most nights at about 8 or 9pm (or at least I did until lock-downs), I take walks twice daily whenever possible. When I first get up and right before the sun goes down, I’m out there, stalking through the snow or meandering a sun-kissed trail throughContinue reading “Why I Take Both a Morning and an Evening Walk Each Day”

Creating a Fairy Garden on My Balcony

Chicago weather seems to finally think it’s just possible that it could be spring. Yes. We’re late to the game. But we usually are. During the Stay-at-Home orders, a lot of us are finding different things we can do to keep creatively busy while still getting some fresh air and not exposing ourselves or ourContinue reading “Creating a Fairy Garden on My Balcony”

Rekindling an Old Love and Finding a New Hobby in Coronavirus Times

My mom grew up on a farm. Here, she learned to identify flowers (thank you boy scout leader Grandpa!), bird songs, and many other interesting natural things. Both of my parents were outdoors people and we often went camping, even survival camping when I was very young. Since becoming an adult, I’ve lost this knowledgeContinue reading “Rekindling an Old Love and Finding a New Hobby in Coronavirus Times”

Budget Travel Tip: Motivation to Run on the Road

I’m someone who needs a specific goal to keep me training. If I want to run loads to improve my overall health, the motivation of “feeling better” isn’t enough. I need a race – something I can’t get out of to keep me running. Otherwise, I get bored and stop training.

How to Add Some Humidity To the Air in Your Home

Recently, I wrote about us working on improving our immunity fighting skills by taking special care to do certain kinds of cleaning, etc. One of the items was adding more humidity to the air in our home, especially because ours is so dry and dusty. These are the ways we’re doing that.

How I’m Fighting Our Poor Immunity In the Home

Lately, we’ve been getting sick. A lot. And I’m the girl who never used to get sick at all, until I wound up working as a nanny for a family that appears to have had a very similar immune system to my own. We constantly passed illnesses back and forth, despite me only being inContinue reading “How I’m Fighting Our Poor Immunity In the Home”

A Sabbath for Caregivers

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.                                                                  – Hebrews 4:9-10 There are some days when helping those we care for just plain hurts. We’re exhausted, cranky, have physical pain or illness, and we justContinue reading “A Sabbath for Caregivers”