Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home for Your Best Smile

In Which I Discover a New Product: Smile Brilliant So far in life, I’ve avoided the embarrassment of a student saying, “Teacher, your teeth are yellow.” But, I have wondered about teeth whitening systems—especially since I enjoy a cup of coffee (or two) on a daily basis, and drink herb… Read more“Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home for Your Best Smile”

Self-care for Caregivers is NOT an Oxymoron

Caregiver Self-Care is NOT an Oxymoron If you’re deep in the throes of caregiving, you probably hear the, ‘Take time to care for yourself,’ advice from multiple people. It sounds like an oxymoron. Who’s got time for that? You shake your head and let the suggestion roll off your already… Read more“Self-care for Caregivers is NOT an Oxymoron”

The Dangers of Neglecting Self-Care for Caregivers

Neglecting Yourself Can Lead to Weight Gain I learned the lesson the hard way. When my husband had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with central nervous system involvement, I didn’t take care of myself. I spent all of my energies taking care of him, trying to keep up with my job, and parent… Read more“The Dangers of Neglecting Self-Care for Caregivers”

31 Ways to Nurture Yourself for Caregivers

The Importance of Self-Care Increases with Caregiving If you spend time caring for someone else, you need to make sure that you spend thoughtful time caring for yourself. This month on my other blog, I’m writing a series on 31 Ways to Nurture Yourself. So often people tell caregivers, “Take… Read more“31 Ways to Nurture Yourself for Caregivers”

Self-Care for Caregivers Involves Learning How to Breathe

Self-Care for Caregivers Involves Learning How to Breathe To breathe or not to breathe, this is the question. I know, we all breathe, all the time; otherwise, we would be dead. But did you know that HOW we breathe plays a huge role in our health? During Pedro’s cancer year,… Read more“Self-Care for Caregivers Involves Learning How to Breathe”

A Life Plan Retreat on a Budget

My Living Forward Life Plan Retreat It seems appropriate that I spent yesterday and today—Easter Sunday—away on my Life Plan Retreat. I started my adventure yesterday afternoon by learning how to hitch up our trailer by myself and backing it up the hill and around the corner in order to… Read more“A Life Plan Retreat on a Budget”

Peace for Lifetime: The Self-Help Book I Didn’t Know I Needed

Peace for a Lifetime Review This book is the first in a trifecta of books that I really needed to read (but didn’t realize how much I needed to read them). Reading Peace for a Lifetime is like sitting down with a friendly counselor in the comfort of my own… Read more“Peace for Lifetime: The Self-Help Book I Didn’t Know I Needed”

Out-of-focus Caregiving Can Harm Your Health

I learned the hard way what happens when I lose my focus. I opened the box and quickly tore the wrapper from around its contents. Ah. Pure bliss—a thick layer of dark chocolate covered an incredible sweet bar of chocolate ice cream. “How do you spell relief?” I asked myself…. Read more“Out-of-focus Caregiving Can Harm Your Health”

My Weird Word of the Year

It seems as if God gives words to some people in a flash of clarity. To others, the word filters into their conscience and quietly settles into a corner where it gently raises its hand and calls out, “Pick me!” each time one wonders, “What word should I dwell on… Read more“My Weird Word of the Year”

Relying on the God of Green Hope

…continued from yesterday. Every mother’s nightmare involves visions of their child homeless and adrift in a cruel world. While I fretted and stewed about Sarah’s safety after she disappeared that morning, she enjoyed some alone time—but her phone had died and she didn’t have a cable to charge it. When… Read more“Relying on the God of Green Hope”