Lunchbox Essentials Made Easy

  Many kids are back in school already, but even for those of us who get to enjoy a few more weeks of summer, it's not too early to start getting our lunchbox essentials together. Insulated Lunchbox Long gone are the days of brown bagging it for most of us. The options when it comes to lunchboxes today are as varied as those of us you use them. Shop around for a lunchbox that … [Read more...]

How Much Freedom of Expression Should We Give our Children?

When she was 12 years old, Alexandra told me that she wanted to get her belly button pierced.  She had seen a 15 year old friend of ours with a piercing and thought it was really pretty.  I told her I would consider it, but not before she was sixteen.  I somewhat figured that she would probably forget about it or change her mind between then and now.  No such luck! Every now and then, over the … [Read more...]

The Wonders of Lavender

A few days ago, my six year old Sabrina who is spending her summer in Provence with my parents, shared with excitement that she had discovered the wonders of fresh lavender. "I LOVE lavender, mommy" she exclaimed… and after a few giggles, she added " I love to eat lavender!" Just as her sisters before her she could not resist the appeal of these beautiful little flowers which grow abundantly … [Read more...]

Scrumptious Mom Anne Newsome – July 2013

Anne Newsome, 36, has been married to her college sweetheart John, for over 14 years!  The couple share a passion for food and healthy living and together write a Food Blog, the Saturday Evening Pot,  where she is known as "The Lucky Wife", and he as "Chef John". Anne and John both grew up in North Carolina but now live in South Carolina with their two young children, a son who is 6 years old, … [Read more...]

Learning to Let Go

As I picked up the phone Tuesday afternoon, I heard the sweetest sound ever: the voice of my 6 year old Sabrina! She was safe and sound in the loving care of my parents, 6,000 miles away. A mere 18 hours earlier, I held back tears as I placed her in the care of a flight attendant and sent her off on her first trans-Altlantic flight as an unaccompanied minor. As she crossed security, she turned … [Read more...]

5 Strategies for Fast Fat Loss before Summer Ends

by JJ Virgin Why does winter seem to stick around forever yet you blink and summer’s half over? Oh, I know: you’ve still got that early August barbeque at your in-laws, numerous beach dates, and a Labor Day cookout to wrap up the season. But summer just seems to fly by and before you know it, you’re sending the kids off to school again. Warm weather is unforgiving. Whereas bulky sweaters … [Read more...]

I’ll be on “Foodie Talk with Chef John and Anne” this Sunday, July 7th!

Join me on "Foodie Talk with Chef John and Anne" as we discuss "The Freshman 15 and how to avoid gaining it"' Sunday July 7th, 12 noon Pacific, 3 pm Eastern I am so honored to have been asked to co-host this very special #BlogTalkRadio show. During the show we will discuss some of the most common reasons college freshmen fall victim to this unhealthy phenomena and share simple tricks to … [Read more...]

Scrumptious Mom Souri Sengdara – June 2013

Our June Scrumptious Mom, Souri Sengdara, is a beautiful woman with a powerful and  inspiring story.  At 38 she lives the life of her dreams in the stylish city of Melbourne, Australia, married to the man of her dreams with her two children, 12 year old daughter Jaclyn, and 3 year old son Ethan.  Souri will forever be grateful to her parents who literally risked their lives to give her a chance at … [Read more...]

Scrumptious Mom Lidija Maric Fairbanks – May 2013

One of the things I love about our May Scrumptious Mom, Lidija Maric Fairbanks, is her perpetual enthusiasm. As you'll see from her story, life was not always easy for this 40 year old mother of two wonderful teenage boys, yet she is not one to dwell on illness or obstacles that come her way.  She lives in the moment,  grateful for her blessings and always looking to make things better for … [Read more...]

Try and Try Again – The Practice of Handstands

by Alison Smith When was the last time you intentionally turned your world upside down?? I ask because it's a great practice for when the world gets turned upside down on you! You see, I have this thing with handstands. I remember the first time I did one in a yoga class...  I remember thinking, "If I can do a handstand, I think I'd be able to do just about anything..." Sounds kinda silly to … [Read more...]