Another Fun Fall Craft Idea: Candy Corn DIY Coasters

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As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my favorite things about the beginning of the Fall season is the excuse to craft away and spruce up my home with simple, easy, low-cost seasonal decor.

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The Best News Ever

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One of my novels is being made into a Hallmark movie! And not just any Hallmark movie, but a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, just in time for Christmas!

And it has simply been killing me not to spill the beans and shout it from the rafters and the mountain tops!

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Fall Craft Ideas: Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns and Pinecone Door Swags

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There are so many reasons to love crafting.  For example, I love how crafting lets me give my home decor a face-lift without spending piles of cash. (That’s money I’d just as soon spend updating my wardrobe, thank you very much.)

We only moved into our home a year ago, so it really is too soon to be talking about redecorating. Still, especially when the seasons change, it’s nice to change things up and give your home a bit of a decorating boost.

I spent a lot of last weekend doing exactly that.  After a trip to town for craft supplies and a trip upstairs to raid my craft room, I got to work creating a couple of fun, easy craft projects to dress up my home and welcome the fall season.

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Style Over Fifty: The 6 Fall Fashion Must Haves You Need In Your Closet Right Now

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Every year about this time, when the temperatures start to drop a bit, when a hint of crispness hits the air, and the foliage starts flirting with the much-anticipated color change, I get a few dramatic urges. I give in to these urges.

I welcome the warmer palettes, the cozier afternoons, the excuse to wear cashmere, and the flavors and aromas that make up Fall. (pumpkin spice, anyone?)

And maybe it’s because my inner schoolgirl is just programmed this way out of habit,  but there’s a feeling that September marks a time to refresh, to renew, to reassess, to begin again. continue reading

Lemony, Herby, Healthy Egg Salad with No Mayo, No Guilt, and Zero Weight Watchers Points

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A friend of mine travelled to the Willamette Valley recently and was going on and on about this egg salad from Red Hills Market. I kept thinking to myself, surely it can’t be that good? Egg salad is egg salad, right? But then she showed me the picture.

And it took my breathe away.

Heavenly, cloud-like whites with specks of bright yellow yolk, heavily spattered with fresh herbs, sea salt, cracked pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. My friend said it wasn’t saucy, heavy, gooey, or gluey. It was simply perfect. continue reading

Crossing the Finish Line: What I Learned From My First Sprint Triathlon

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Fair warning: this is going to be a long post. I think it’s the longest I’ve ever written. But I’ve got so much to tell you. And at the end of it, there’s something I want to ask you. So, hang in here with me. We’ve got lots to talk about.

First off, I did it! I completed my first sprint triathlon.

No, not in the time I had hoped for. But as a couple of you wisely pointed out, I beat everybody who stayed at home on the couch.

The sprint triathlon didn’t kick off until Saturday but I picked up my race packet on Friday. When I pulled my bib number from the envelope, adrenalin, anxiety, and excitement flush through my veins.  continue reading

Our Journey: What I’ve Learned Since My Husband’s Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

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Two years ago, my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

This is something I haven’t talked about much until today, not online and not on this blog.  There were a couple of reasons for that.

For one thing, though it impacted me as well, it really wasn’t my story to tell.  It was my husband’s and he is a very private person.

Also, in our usual straightforward and efficient way, we handled it.  After talking with doctors and doing quite a bit of research, my husband had surgery to remove his prostate.  The margins were clear and no chemotherapy or radiation was deemed necessary. After a few months of recovery, everything seemed fine and we went on with our lives. continue reading

Three Steps to Start Embracing Healthy Aging (and Why It’s Never Too Late)

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Well, I’ve calmed down a little bit since my last post, the one outlining my anxieties surrounding my upcoming triathlon.

Thanks so much for the words of encouragement that several of you posted in response. It does help to know I’ve got so many people rooting for me.

One message that really got me thinking came from Dayle. She said, “You should be so proud of yourself for attempting such a new challenge. You have already won!

There’s a lot of truth in that.

I mean, yes, I want to do well on Saturday.  I’ve always been a competitive person. Not so much with other people as with myself. I’m someone who likes, and even needs, to set goals and work toward them. continue reading

How to Face your Fears When Self-Doubt Tells You To Give Up

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I’m writing this on a Saturday.  Not just any Saturday but the Saturday that falls exactly one week before September 8, 2018.

That’s the day I’ll be running my first triathlon. It’s the day I’ve been dreaming about for nearly a year. But lately, not necessarily in a good way.

A month ago, I wrote a post on how to train for a first triathlon. Near the end of that post, I recalled all the miles of training and hours of preparation I’ve put in for September 8th.  Though I was nervous, I said I felt confident that I was ready and would finish the race. Not only that, I predicted I would finish strong.

That was then.

Now I’m not so sure. continue reading

The Best Hatch Chile Recipes To Cook This Season

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It’s about this time of year that I start getting mad cravings for that spicy, smoky, and sweet taste of Hatch Chiles. If you have missed the loud ad campaigns from your local grocery store or the Hatch Chile pics flooding Instagram, it’s Hatch Chile Season. Yes, it gets its own season.

Why are these such a big deal, you ask?

Well, for one, they are amazing and unlike any other chile. Stores roll out the red carpet welcome for these suckers every time this year in late summer. While they are more accessible in the Southwest, chefs all over are flying them in fresh just like oysters plucked from the sea. continue reading