Healthy Lifestyle

Wednesday wants 9.30.14

I want.….to thank my mom ONCE again for letting me “unload” on her.  That poor woman must suffer through all my rants, raves and anxieties. She helps me get through all my food questions and thoughts and helps me put things in better perspective for myself.  My mom listens.  Thats all I need and want.  I need to unload out loud. It is the ONLY way I feel better.

I love my mom beyond words. She is my best friend in the whole world and I'm so lucky to get to call her my momma...quotes for moms from daughters | Parenting (Moms and daughters

I want.….to share my students HARD work from today.  They completed our space story, typed it AND made covers! Wow, what a productive bunch!



I want..…to thank my assistant.  I see SUCH a difference in the students since she has arrived.  She is patient, kind, and so amazing with the kids.  They all love her. She is firm but fair and has won ALL of their hearts. Even mine!   I am VERY lucky!


I want.….to know why Lily strategically hides places her chew toys ON the carpet.  It never fails. I step on a bone or something of hers DAILY.  My poor feet!  Thanks Lil!

Lily “I’ll place this RIGHT HERE and see if she trips……hehehehehe”

Oh yeah????? Paybacks…….

I want..…to learn patience. I have so much at times, and yet so LITTLE at other times.  I want more consistent patience.

I want.….to live in the moment.  I let the future overtake my thoughts.  I obsess.  I want to obsess less.

I want… say HOW excited I am to learn about all the travels and likes of a new friend. I am enjoying our walks so much and getting to know her more and more…..she really is an amazing person!

Wichita, Kansas……..definitely on my bucket list!

I want… surround myself with healthy people……and let go of any judgements I may have of those that may be leading “Unhealthy” lives.  I want so badly for people NOT to judge me, yet I need to remember to not judge others myself.  It’s hard.

I want … go apple picking and spend a fall day baking some apple goodies, apple sauce, apple butter….

I want.….to find TRUE balance.  Life, work, love, friends, family, me….

I want.….to know why some days I feel so great and others I feel so tired.  I can NOT figure out what I do differently.

I want.….to let go just like this

I want.….to share this about eye contact, SINCE I just wrote about it!!

 I want..mediterranean baked sweet potatoes

AMAZING 30-minute Dinner | Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes #vegan #glutenfree

I want… eat more often so I am not STARVING by the time I get to my meal. I want to really focus more on MINDFUL EATING!

Also, are you eating for emotional reasons?

(I do not agree with all points in this article. Take what you personally want from it)

(For the NEXT time)  I want.…………red wine

Fave inexpensive red wines

I want.… make this FUN tossing game with my kids next week

Press Here Tossing Math Game

and want to make these cute little guys !!

Perfect Halloween Craft for Preschoolers! (Spiders made from mini pumpkins!) ~

I want.….those that are suffering watching a loved one with an addiction to READ THIS please 


Your Turn

1.  What is one material item you currently WANT?

2.  What do you want to do for someone?

3.  What do you want someone to do for you?

Healthy Lifestyle

Ten For Tuesday 9.30.14

Wow. It is the LAST day of September!

I can NOT believe it!!! The month really breezed by!  I am excited to begin pumpkin and Halloween activities in class, bake some spooky treats and maybe even go to my cousin’s Halloween Party!  🙂

Here are ten things I am digging the LAST September day!

1.  Cheese and yogurt making class

I use so much, it may be worth finding out!

2. I was nominated for the blogging LIEBSTER AWARD!!

 (To help discover new up-coming blogs!)  

THANK YOU to The ‘Pen’lightenment   for nominating me!!   Check out her awesome blog (she is a teacher as well!!)

This made my day!  I have to:

1. Link and thank the person who nominated you

2. Answer the questions they asked you

3. Pick eleven awesome bloggers to nominate ( preferably those with less than or around


4. Ask them eleven questions

5. Let them know by commenting on one of their posts


  1. Give one word to describe your blog.  Spunky
  2. What is that one quality that makes you different from other bloggers.  Sometimes I “type” before I think…..I just let it all out!
  3. Which is that place , in the entire world , that you would want to visit before you die?  Fiji
  4. Name three things that inspire your writings or pictures.  My students, my eating, my family/friends
  5. What according to you is more important or memories ?  memories 
  6. Which is that one place , close to your home that always makes you take out your pen or camera?  Downtown Haddonfield
  7. What is that one quality you look for most ,in a friend?  space
  8. How did you start with blogging?  When I started taking responsibility to and admittance about my eating disorder
  9. Which is you most favorite holiday destination till date? ( a place you have been to )  Santorini
  10. What is you favorite hobby ,other than blogging?  crafting, traveling/exploring. coffee tasting
  11. Which is your favorite movie and why ?  I don’t think I really have a favorite!! Im a sucker for kids movies though (pixar) and I do LOVE Elf  lol 🙂


1.  What is your favorite thing about the state you live in?

2.  Do you like to talk on the phone?

3.  Do you prefer coffee or tea?

4.  What is the best place you have ever visited?

5.  Name one place you would LOVE to visit?

6.  Do you have any unique/interesting hobbies?

7.  What made you start blogging?

8.  Have you met any bloggers in person?

9.  Do you belong to any clubs? (book clubs, running club, etc)

10. What is your favorite season and why?

11. Do you have any pets? What kind and what are their names?

3.  Oh my, SAVE THE DATE!  November 8-9

Coffee & Tea Festival!! 

Slide 1


4.  I am totally loving and ALL about this new style. Will you be sporting sneaks??

Sneakers_trend_fitness fashion

5. We had a blast writing our own space story!


We took turns and each added a bit to our story. This was part one. We will finish the ending tomorrow. Also we will make covers and type and “publish” our story. What a fun way to learn on out story elements!



anddddddddddddddd more yoga 🙂



6.  Stop, just stop.

Everywhere I look facebook, instagram, newspaper, emails…..advice on diets. What to eat, what NOT to eat, what is good for you, what is bad for you.

I have an eating disorder. I am working on getting healthy and approaching food in a healthy way.  I want to have a healthy relationship with food and am realizing how many people have such an UN-HEALTHY relationship with food. Whether they restrict, over indulge, they are using food as some sort of control.  I use my blog as a place to store ideas for the recipes I like and I want to try.  If you choose to try them as well, that is wonderful, if not, that is wonderful as well!

So many people try to “convert” others to live their lifestyle, try their foods, try their diets, etc, etc, etc. The bottom line is that every person has to do what is right for them. Please do not force your thoughts or food beliefs/values onto others. You are the only one that has control over yourself. You do not have to justify to anyone why you choose the choices you do, you only have to admit those reasons to yourself and decide whether they are healthy for you or not.  You do not have a right to give advice to anyone on food and what they place in their bodies.  You DO have the right to eat what you want, when you want, without feeling judged by others!


I know personally, for me, MY GOAL is to eat good food most of the time, not be afraid to try new things, not be afraid to eat in front of others, and most importantly to not have to spend most of my day thinking about food, food situations, or how to fool myself into thinking I am “not” hungry.  I want to LIVE MY LIFE.  I want food to enjoy and to keep me healthy and alive. I do NOT want food to run and control my life.


7.  Tina, this ones for you ❤

Raising Your First vs. Your Second Child
By Jason Good, father of two

First Kid: All homemade in special baby-food processor. Quinoa! Spinach! Sweet potatoes!
Second Kid: Crackers.

First Kid: Crib that Daddy put together himself while Mommy yelled at him.
Second Kid: Mommy’s bed. Daddy now has his own room with a mattress on the floor surrounded by dirty socks.

First Kid: One hundred percent organic cotton. Some even made of bamboo?
Second Kid: His brother’s old clothes.

First Kid: In our backyard with a piñata hanging from the Japanese maple.
Second Kid: Pizza on the floor.

First Kid: Every night in a special bathtub that’s just the right size. Hand-washed with a soft cloth or silky sponge.
Second Kid: Twice a week. Swimming pools count.

Nighttime Routine
First Kid: Swaddled in a Miracle Blanket. “Baby Beluga” sung to him. Asleep by 7:30pm.
Second Kid: Falls asleep on the sofa with mom’s boob in his mouth at 10:30pm.

First Kid: Playgroups, mommy and baby get-togethers in the park!
Second Kid: His brother’s friends.

First Kid: All handmade out of wood. Mostly Swedish.
Second Kid: The boxes his brother’s toys came in.

TV Rules
First Kid: PBS/Sesame Street only. Two 23-minute shows per day.
Second Kid: Has his own Netflix account.

First Kid: Something European with an umlaut in its name.
Second Kid: Old muddy shoes with faded umlaut and missing sole insert.

Potty Training
First Kid: Diapers, then some kind of training underwear, then underwear.
Second Kid: Might crap in a diaper until college.

First Kid: A wonderful woman named Sarah, whom he loves and will cherish for the rest of his life.
Second Kid: Doesn’t have one. We never go out.

8.  The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Yes it is a children’s book, but it is just so……..perfect!!

“As all the other leaves float off and fly past, Little Yellow Leaf thinks, I’m not ready yet.
As the seasons change all around, Little Yellow Leaf holds on to the tree. Still not ready.
Will Little Yellow Leaf ever be ready?
This is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid of facing the unknown—and a celebration of the friends who help us take the leap.”

9. One of my avoidance’s this week:  Fixing my toilet.

I need a new toilet.  I need to hire someone to come out and replace it.  I need to do this ASAP. I have been lifting the top of my tank up to flush my toilet for that past few months………seriously, I need to make that phone call and get this done!


10.  Saving money this month!

  •  I have subscribed to have the newspaper delivered = save $7
  • I have been brewing my own coffee (instead of driving to wawa each morning for coffee and a paper)  Total savings this month :  $1.80 x 30 = $54

  •  Not bad, and the best part. I am ENJOYING my extra time. The convenience of my paper, my coffee (the smell of it brewing is fantastic)and knowing that Lily gets a little “extra” in her morning walk!  Less time driving = More time for Lily to walk!


How can YOU save this month?



 Your Turn

1.  Are you afraid to take a “leap” into something new?  

2. Do you judge others on how/what they eat?  How can you stop those judgments?

3.  What are you avoiding this week and HOW are you avoiding it?

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I was nominated for the blogging LIEBSTER AWARD!!  It seriously MADE my day! I hope it makes your day too!! Here is what you need to do:

1. Link and thank the person who nominated you

2. Answer the questions they asked you

3. Pick eleven awesome bloggers to nominate ( preferably those with less than or around


4. Ask them eleven questions

5. Let them know by commenting on one of their posts


  1. Give one word to describe your blog.  Spunky
  2. What is that one quality that makes you different from other bloggers.  Sometimes I “type” before I think…..I just let it all out!
  3. Which is that place , in the entire world , that you would want to visit before you die?  Fiji
  4. Name three things that inspire your writings or pictures.  My students, my eating, my family/friends
  5. What according to you is more important or memories ?  memories 
  6. Which is that one place , close to your home that always makes you take out your pen or camera?  Downtown Haddonfield
  7. What is that one quality you look for most ,in a friend?  space
  8. How did you start with blogging?  When I started taking responsibility to and admittance about my eating disorder
  9. Which is you most favorite holiday destination till date? ( a place you have been to )  Santorini
  10. What is you favorite hobby ,other than blogging?  crafting, traveling/exploring. coffee tasting
  11. Which is your favorite movie and why ?  I don’t think I really have a favorite!! Im a sucker for kids movies though (pixar) and I do LOVE Elf  lol 🙂


1.  What is your favorite thing about the state you live in?

2.  Do you like to talk on the phone?

3.  Do you prefer coffee or tea?

4.  What is the best place you have ever visited?

5.  Name one place you would LOVE to visit?

6.  Do you have any unique/interesting hobbies?

7.  What made you start blogging?

8.  Have you met any bloggers in person?

9.  Do you belong to any clubs? (book clubs, running club, etc)

10. What is your favorite season and why?

11. Do you have any pets? What kind and what are their names?

My nominations:

  1. kelzbelzphotography
  2. fairyburger
  3. A dash of Meg
  4. asperkids
  5. autism classroom news
  6. buggy and buddy
  7. chapel Hill Snippets
  8. cooper & thames
  9. love lola
  10. NY wishes chicago dreams
  11. peas and crayons
Healthy Lifestyle

Un manic Monday 9.29









Un-Manic Monday

My weekend was tough.  I had many ups and downs.  I felt a lot of anxiety but was able to turn that around by telling myself I was in control of my feelings, emotions and life.  My Sunday ended up being a very FUN-day 🙂  I am definitely working on making my Monday (and Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri) very Un-Manic this week.  If I was able to change my mind frame TODAY , I know the rest of the week will be a breeze!



So here is how I made my Sunday “Un-Manic”




Morning bike ride with Lily 🙂  I really needed this.  I felt major exercise anxiety today.  I feel that if I do not beat myself up, exhaust myself, PUSH myself, that I am not being productive, getting in a good workout, etc.  I really need to change my thought process. Exercise SHOULD be enjoyable.  All these years I have damaged and abused my body.  It is difficult forming a healthy relationship with it.  Half way through my (short) bike ride, I started to feel better….THEN I began to feel hungry, I was very weak and shaky, and did not bring any snacks, so I ended my ride and went home for lunch…….I hate feeling that hungry.  I really need to start packing snacks (Geez I am like a big kid, can’t take me anywhere without getting hungry or having to pee!)


I was determined to enjoy my day.  I had an awesome lunch, felt full and decided to do something the OPPOSITE of what I would normally do. Eat and cook.  I went to a cooking class!  Sur La table had a French cooking class today. I am so happy I went!  It was so much fun and I learned so much!   Most of all, I did the exact opposite of what my brain told me to do. BRAIN:   “Diana, go run, exercise, exert, abuse!  Go make yourself tired!”

What Diana did “Went to a cooking class, ATE the food and ignored those awful “Ed” voices”.



My mom loves anything French. French books. French food.  French sights.  So I saw this class and thought it would be PERFECT to learn how to make a special meal for mom!  Next weekend I am planning on recreating this meal………because It was beyond amazing!

Here’s the cute cooking area (I absolutely loved that I did NOT have to do any dishes!!  This was the best part LOL)


Do you know the proper way to cut an onion?



I got to chop the carrots 🙂



We started the beouf bourguoguoin (it takes about 2 hours to cook, so we had to get moving!)

The Merlot MADE it, you MUST use a merlot. The stronger the better


We mixed and piped our thyme and Gruyiery Gourgeres (they looked like cream puffs but were savory!)


These were absolutely AMAZING.  To me, they tasted like an adult, BETTER version of Cheez Itz (Lol, hope this is not offensive!)


And prepped the very simple, yet delicious green beans (olive oil, capers, garlic)


While those delicious things were stewing and cooking away, I began our decadent dessert….


Here I just placed my pastry dough in the pan and am pouring the pie weights in (this keeps the edges from lifting from the sides and assures a nice, even baked crust!)


I also was in charge of making/melting the chocolate. Wow, it was beautiful! No lumps at all!


While dessert baked…..we plated our entrees…..oh my….



Up close………this seriously was the BEST thing I have ever tasted.  I can NOT believe how flavorful the beef was, AND am shocked by how sweet and delicate the pearl onions tasted!!



Here is the recipe


And bittersweet ending……….dessert 🙂


Yup. On a day I felt fat, full, lazy, restless, unproductive, I went to………..a cooking class.  I started sweating when it was getting close to “eat” our meals.  I was planning my escape or little white lie “Oh I am a vegetarian”, “No thank you I unfortunately am Gluten free”, “Where is the bathroom I will be right back (run off to car and jet)”  But I am none of those things…..I was scared. What if people looked at me funny, what if they asked why I wasnt eating much , or why I was eating so much? What if it was so good I would NEVER stop eating!?


I stayed.  I faced my fears. I ate.  

It was all so delicious.  No one said anything to me, they were all busy eating and tasting.  No one watched me, they were watching their plates. I enjoyed my food and stopped.  I feared I would not be able to. I did.  I felt “normal”.  I felt like I fit in.  I felt impressed by how delicious food can be.  I never knew what I was missing!!

Since I was in the area, I HAD to stop at a few of my favorite stores (Anthro!)

I can NOT get enough of Anthropologie’s candles. Unfortunately they are a bit to $$ for me and my budget, so I opt to smell and take pictures of them instead  LOL. I loved this whipped cream and pear!


If it weren’t for the steep ($20) price tag, I would have got this precious little dish towel….



I really need a recipe book/ipad holder. I love this cute idea!


This would TOTALLY make me smile on Monday morning heading out the door to school! cute teacher bag! 🙂



Dotty Doxie Dachshund Tote Bag, Original Art, Hand-dyed


When I am in my new place, I am thinking of transforming my “Yoga” travel map to something more like this. I love the idea of adding my own pictures!


Have a Happy Un-Manic Monday and week!



Your Turn

1.  Have you even been to a cooking class?

2.  Do you have a Fall Bucket list?

3.  Best part of cooking? Worst part of cooking?

Healthy Lifestyle

Weekend Update and Week Ahead

This weekend I…..

Went to bed super early Friday night. I was not feeling great. Sinuses, anxious, blah!  I woke up SUPER early on Saturday (5:30) took Lily out and there was NO NEWSPAPER 😦  I went inside, made my coffee and “boom”………!  🙂  Wooo hoo


About 30 minutes later  BOOM………..ANOTHER PAPER  LOL  Oh well, at least I got it, right!?

Saturday Morning I went for a little run.  The weather was perfect!  BUT for once it did NOT make me feel better……at all.  It didnt make me feel worse, but it did not give me the “high” it used to.  This is actually really GOOD.  It is making me realize that it wasn’t running that was helping me feel better…….I always thought that NOT running gave me anxiety and icky feelings, however I learned today that is not the case.  Something else is bothering me, it is NOT running, and I need to figure it out
During my run, several people passed me……even an injured runner passed me.  Its ok.  really, it was.  I could care less. I was happy. An entire running group passed me………even their slowest runners passed me.  One guy asked me “So what is this your easy run!?”.  I said “No, its just my run”.
 I even STOPPED to talk with my friend, which I would have NEVER allowed myself to do before (What, me, stop?!  No way, I would be a failure!)
After my “run”, I stretched a bit and hit a few yard sales in Moorestown (I ran by them and they looked great)
 My absolute FAVORITE house on Main Street in Moorestown……..the owners are moving 😦 I am so bummed, they always kept it so nice, neat, and decorated so uniquely!  So I stopped, nothing really caught my eye, BUT I loved their backyard patio. I have always been curious as to what the backyard looked like!  Had to take  a pic for inspiration!




Then met mom and dad at the Fall fair in Marlton 🙂  It was my favorite by far.  It was unique, cute and well organized.  I felt like the stuff was different from the “other” festivals I go to……had some great freebies too! I got so many wonderful ideas for school, home, etc 🙂  ( I looked for Denise, but NO luck, it was CROWDED and hot!)


Spotted this for my friend lol


How cute would this be for Lily’s leash!  🙂

Love this !


I am really loving starfish these days


Ok, so I really wanted to get one of these necklaces. They remind me of “OZ”.  Maybe next time 🙂


BEER soap!  Pretty cool!


I want to get some burlap bags and try to recreate these. SUPER CUTE!



Andddddd………convinced dad into getting a chair massage. He NEEDS one. I wish he would splurge and get them monthly.  He works on his feet all day and has so much pain 😦  He really enjoyed it




(Mom got one too!!)

 I did NOT buy anything at the craft fest, BUT did stop at Kohls to use my free $10….It smells amazing



Then I did some cooking!! All these fresh, yummy veggies are in season!  I HAD to! (Polish Chocolate IS a veggie!  🙂  )


Bolognese sauce (for weekly meals/lunches)



Eggplant and chicken dish! YUM


**There was missing something?!?!?! Not much flavor.Kind of bland. It was good, but nothing remarkable. Maybe it will taste better tomorrow?


Organic Wine 🙂




 Thought, reflected, realized………….

Thought about……..things that make me happy 🙂

Reflected on.……my week and HOW I can make it better THIS week



I do not have many close friends. I really do enjoy being alone. I feel like my friends take it personally. This makes me feel guilty. It makes me avoid people even more.  I love friends but in short increments and on my “terms”, right now.  I realize this is not good and that I also need to give a bit more…..I just do not feel like I am ready yet.  I am still in my selfish phase of doing what I want, trying new things, finding my likes/dislikes.  I get bored at times but do not know what to do with myself.  I am restless. Do not feel like seeing anyone but also do not feel like being alone…..I wonder if that is still food related. Am I not satisfied with my food/eating? I seem to always be worried and thinking about food still (What if I am still hungry, what if I just can not stop eating, what if I feel so hungry I am shaky) I am still preoccupied with food.  It prevents me from enjoying other aspects of life (at times)  I hate eating with or in front of people.  I am uncomfortable. I am still embarrassed. I feel judged, even though I KNOW I am not…..I am the only one judging.

Why is it so uncomfortable for me to eat in front of people? I would much rather eat alone, focus on the taste, flavor, etc.  Maybe I feel like a little piggy when I eat? Maybe I fear people will think that. I need NOT to care what others think.


I think deep down I am afraid of hearing a comment that will scare me “Oh WOW, you are eating 4 pieces of pizza!!?!?!” or maybe overhear this conversation ” I ran this morning so its ok for me to eat this pizza”, “Oh these chips are going right to my thighs”, “I do not eat x, y or z because it is just so unhealthy”

I am still scared.


Sunday bike ride with Lily at Black Run Preserve in Evesham




Week ahead………



since my coffee filter pumpkin idea FAILED, going to try these 🙂




  • Dentist!! Much needed routine cleaning! You have NO idea how excited I am.  I absolutely LOVE my dentist and hygienist.  I have no fear of ever going. They do SUCH a fabulous job and I love the fresh feeling after a great cleaning!!
  • going to try for yoga again



  • Follow up dr. appt




Try something NEW!!



Try something NEW~~



31 party with Denise!!

Your Turn

1.  What makes you uncomfortable?

2.  What is your biggest fear?

3.  3 things YOU did this weekend?

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Saturday Safes and Saves

SAFE:  Check out these 22 maps and charts. They will REALLY surprise you!!!

SAFE:  Anthony Bourdain. I aboslutely LOVE him as a chef, now I love his travel advice!

Save:  Another party hosting idea (Baked potato party!)  This could NEVER top Ana’s Mac and Cheese Cook Off

Save:  Zucchini Lasagna

Save:  sweet and spicy cold Peanut noodles

cold peanut noodles with vegetables

Save:  Zucchini Ribbon Salad

SAVE:  Zucchini caper and herb linguine (can you tell I am ALL about zucchini!?!) I absolutely LOVE capers ❤


SAFE:  5 signs you are NOT respecting yourself. I want EVERYONE to read this, PLEASE!  It has taken me many years to realize I was doing this….I am slowly but successfully changing and LOVING me ! 🙂

SAFE:  love this new website for recipes!!   They also have a feature “Stump the chef” You can submit 5 things currently in your fridge and she will create a yummy meal inspiration for you!

SAFE:  Love this little chart to Intuitive Eating

SAFE?  Dreams.

Yikes I had a scary dream last night. No, not about monsters, ghosts, goblins, REAL LIFE stuff that could actually happen.  Hmmm, wonder what it means. I DO know that I was relieved to wake up and find out it was just a dream xoxoxo.  Maybe this is an eye opener for me to be “careful”



I had an icky week at work.  I was just very unmotivated, frustrated, stressed, not content, not sure what!?!  I do NOT know why I was feeling that way. I hate that because I KNOW I am the only one that can control it.  I am not going to beat myself up over it, however will try to see HOW I can improve my “mood” next week.  I think my terrible sinuses, weather changes, stress have all added to my feelings. I wish I could pin point my reasons for not feeling content.  Its a very uncomfortable feeling.  I do not know what to do with myself. I have difficulty focusing and I just can not seem to think clearly 😦

SAFE:  Today I begin a NEW chapter in my life 🙂


Get your tickets 🙂


SAVE:  Biltmore Estate – I really want to visit!  UNCLE JIM!! MAKE SURE TO CHECK THIS OUT!!!!

It is approximately a 9 hour drive from my area. From Ashville is it another 5 hours to North Myrtle! Not bad!! This is doable!!

SAVE:  Possibly thinking of doing this

Run the Bridge T-shirt Options sapphire

Run the Bridge. I did it last year. It was fun, for a GREAT cause, something I am very passionate about. I feel strong and confident that I could do this and not go back to my old obsessive ways, but I am scared……..I shall see 🙂

I like that my reasoning for WANTING to do it is more for the cause than a goal for myself.  Right now, I do not care how slow I run, if I take double the time I took last year (which I most likely will and that is OK!) or that I can eat something afterward. I will eat regardless if I run or not, AND the same, delicious thing! (Bagel with pumpkin cream cheese!?)




1.  Best way YOU get out of a funk?

2.  Do you remember your dreams?

3.  Are you cooking/baking/making anything this weekend?


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Friday Faves 9/26

“These are a few of my FAVORITE things….”

I grind my own beans for $4.99. I love this stuff!! ❤ you TJ’s!!

Diana + Trader Joes = TLF! 🙂  

Favorite Fruit (this week)

Favorite Food

I have to admit I really slacked on the cooking this week 😦 Things were crazy, hectic and busy, by the time dinner rolled around I was starving and needed some quick fixes. Lots of omelets, sandwiches and easy prep!  HOWEVER, PB&J is really high up there on my list……It would be a close match between my PB&J and Lobster, just sayin!

Favorite Feelings

Eye Contact

It just feels SO good to finally be able to feel confident enough to look people in the eye when speaking to them (instead of looking down, or shying away because I fear they may think I have too big of a nose, to shiny of a face, too imperfect hair….I DON’T have to care what anyone else thinks but me 🙂  I used a lot of eye contact today at the store, when speaking to people, and with my students!!! (Not to mention I try to get them to look at the person they are speaking to, only if it is just to get their attention, for I know how difficult it can be!)


I am finally hearing and seeing things clearly. Before I was too obsessed, preoccupied with getting my “workout” in for the day, I really had so much anxiety and hate, that I was not really able to listen and “hear” people clearly.  I have slowed down. I take things in, I really listen.  It really is an amazing feeling. I feel like a whole new person…….its freeing!  I used to feel like my thoughts were ALL over the place. I still have anxiety. I still have a million thoughts at a time. However, I can control it and tell myself to slow down and focus 🙂


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I am finally free from so much. People, feelings, food …..I am free

I am also almost free of weekend lesson planning…..I hope to finish up tomorrow so I can “free” up my weekend!

Loving this lip gloss find!

Favorite Focus’s for Fall

Food – I really want to make lots of new recipes.  I am beginning to think more of food as FUN instead of fearing it.  I am ready to start experimenting and having FUN!  Maybe even taking a cooking class , something I have always wanted to do!

Planning ahead :  I really want to focus on planning ahead for school/work.  I like to have a guide/outline and then modify it or change it along the way. This would make me feel much more accomplished and leave me more time to plan for my students needs!

Fun:  I really want to start doing some fun (free) stuff on the weekend!! Festivals, food, painting, bike rides. Tons of ideas in my head. I just need to organize them now and not let them overwhelm me

Some FUN things to do this weekend:

Cape May Sea Glass Festival (This looks so wonderful! I love sea glass!!)

New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival

Manyunk StrEAT Food Festival ( I went last year and this was really neat!! Tons of food trucks lined up and down the streets with all kinds of goodies, def worth checking out if you are a “foodie”)


FREE admission to 16 museums in Philadelphia!

Penn Museum

Fashion:  I want to get a few fall staples. I really am going for casual comfort this year 🙂

Facing my fears:  Yup.  I have faced and overcome a lot this year.  I still have a lot to work on and a lot ahead of me. I am finally facing life and reality.

Fessing up Friday:  ok, so I have been about honesty lately.  I feel terrible about something. I want to get it “out”.

I ordered the newspaper and got a coffee maker (and some fresh ground coffee!)  last night.  I have been wanting to change up my Wawa addiction each morning.  I want to save some time, money, etc….Today was Day 1.  I brewed my coffee, took Lily for a walk and was about to grab my newspaper WHEN I realized……It was NOT there 😦  I was going to run out to Wawa but I already had coffee brewing and it would just be silly to go for the paper (sometimes its not even there yet bc I go so early!)

So.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I took my neighbors paper.  I carefully unfolded it and read it.  I made sure not to “mess” it up….I finished it, finished my coffee, folded it up , placed it back inside the orange water proof baggie and ……placed it back on her step (This was THURSDAY)

Wow. I can not believe I am admitting this

***FABULOUS FRIDAY UPDATE***** I took Lily out for a walk this morning and GUESS what was on my doorstep!!! YUP! The paper!!! wooooooo hooo. TGIF!!

Would you have a “Coffin Party?”

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A nasty virus invaded my computer a few days ago, basically wiping out its contents.

That’s what I get for clicking on

But even though the bug devoured my musings for today’s column, I’m not concerned. In a pinch — OK, deadline pressure feels more like a death grip — I simply turn to the newsroom’s constant flood of press releases for inspiration.

And sure enough, here’s a great candidate: A gleaming casket, converted into an entertainment center.

It’s the Party Coffin, of course.

Just picture the guest of honor at any burial. Now, replace the dearly departed with, oh, a cooler and a minibar.

Hey, did someone just put the fun in funeral?

“Every person we run into says, ‘Wow, what an amazing thing!’ ” asserts Doug Dawson, an Illinois businessman who launched about a month ago.

The venture reflects Dawson’s undying passion for two fall activities — Halloween and tailgate parties.

“Over the years, I’ve accumulated all sorts of Halloween items,” says the 46-year-old, who plans to marry his girlfriend/business partner on Oct. 31. “We have three or four coffins and a hearse.”

Dawson, who created his first party coffin “for personal use,” saw a sales opportunity in the response from fellow tailgaters.

“Sometimes, tailgating is about the shock factor,” he explains. “Every tailgate we went to, we had 100 to 200 people taking pictures with the coffin.”

His fledgling firm offers two models, priced from about $1,900 to $6,000 and also available to rent.

“They’re real coffins,” he assures me. “We take them down to the bare bones and strip them out.”

A base model offers a cooler, mini-bar and power outlet. Top-end features include a flat-screen TV in the lid and surround-sound speakers built into the coffin.

Dawson, now promoting his product outside college football games, acknowledges sales have yet to take off.

“We’re starting to get inquiries,” he says, adding three potential buyers are meeting with his designers.

“We’re also seeing interest in areas we didn’t expect, like getting coffins for 40th, 50th and 60th birthday parties,” he adds. “We had a fraternity ask about putting kegs in the coffin and replacing the handles with taps.”

And don’t think the Party Coffin was my only choice. Like a bear swatting at salmon, I could have grabbed any number of delicacies from the mail stream here.

For instance, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority promoted “the great untold story” of Atlantic City’s progress toward a balanced economy.

“From sandals to stilettos and foie gras to funnel cakes, Atlantic City offers something for everyone,” it claimed.

And if you crave a private, secluded setting, there are all those deserted casino-hotels.

Another release, from a North Jersey importer, touted Wyborowa Wodka as “the pride of Poland.” Take that, Frederic Chopin.

Finally, a Morris County provider of human growth hormone noted an upcoming event will feature “bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini contests.” It’s being held, quite appropriately, in The Thoroughbred Center of Lexington, Ky.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to shake out grandmom’s urn and fill it with dip.

Jim Walsh’s column runs Fridays. Reach him at or (856) 486-2646. Follow him on Twitter jimwalsh_cp.


TGIF! I received a FREE $10 promotional gift card for Kohl s! I think I am going to buy a new fall scented candle 🙂 Or maybe some pumpkin spice K cups 🙂

Pumpkin Cheesecake….

Look what I spotted on my walk with Lily today………….Absolutely beautiful, and unafraid. I have never seen a fox that close, in the day…..rabies? Sick? Hungry?   😦


Your Turn

1.  Fess up to something of your own!

2.  Are you going to enjoy this ((Possibly last)) beautiful, warm, summer like weekend by going somewhere special? 

3.  Did you receive any compliments today? If so, SHARE!

Healthy Lifestyle

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for SO much this Thursday. Most of all, I am thankful that tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!   I think most of us are, from the consensus!  This rainy,dreary weather makes me sleepy! However I was productive (as can be) and was able to have a great day!!


Here is my crazy mix of things I am thankful for this week 🙂

1.  I am thankful for loving MYSELF enough to be good to my body and let my body enjoy good, delicious foods that I have denied myself for so many years.  It is fun to cook and taste new things!! I am finally finding out my likes and dislikes!

One Pot Peanut Sesame Noodles and Veggies

One-Pot Peanut Sesame Noodles & Veggies

About 10 years ago on my honeymoon, I had the BEST thai food.  It was a squid ink black pasta with the most incredible Asian peanut sauce. I am looking for a recreation!

Healthy Salad dressing

So many possibilities!!

 Pumpkin Nut Butter (OHHHHH MY!)

low fat pumpkin dip


eggplant one dish dinner

2. I am so thankful for my classroom assistant this year. She is beyond WONDERFUL!  She reminds me of things, especially the important little things I FORGET (Like making pumpkins for our bulletin board) Seriously, what would I do without her!?! !? 🙂  Now if I could only remember to bring in the coffee filters from home……

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3.  Fall….and sweaters/jeans!

Love this! Looks so comfy!


4.  This is just GORGEOUS and makes me REALLY want to throw a dinner party!

The perfect dinner party


5.  I am thankful for having my own style and not caring too much what others think.  For example. I love wearing black with brown. I know its a big no no for some , but I love it

Love Everything About This! CAbi Ponte Moto Jacket and Moto Jegging with nutmeg boots and a black scarf.All black with brown boots. Fall outfit-oversized sweater, leggings, riding boots

6.  other teachers!

I love these counting/number ideas!


7.  The opportunity to travel!

I absolutely LOVE traveling and explore on my own (Aka alone!)  So I think I am going to invest in a “Selfie stick” LOL, I am serious though


Your Turn


1.  Which pumpkin craft do you like BEST?

2.  What are you thankful for this week?

3.  Did you start decorating for fall/halloween? 

4.  Weekend plans?

Healthy Lifestyle

Wednesday Wants

I want..…to try to watch the new Survivor tonight.  I really want to have a “show” that I look forward to watching.  I miss the excitement, the anticipation, the conversation.  I have not turned on my television in months, maybe even a year?  Not that I want to have a TV addiction, but it would be a nice way to de-stress and unwind occasionally!

Survivor San Juan del sur

I want… try parsnips! I want to try this recipe!

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creamed roasted carrot parsnip soup

I want.….to feel full and content like this guy.

I really look up to children.  They eat what they want WHEN they want. I want to get there too!

I want… hug Lily for making me feel better when I need it most

14 overwhelming moments pets help us

I want.….to make this PUMPKIN PLAYDOH!!!

Fall Play Dough

I want… check out Collingswood restaurant week this year.  Its featuring Root vegetables!! My favorite!

Collingswood Restaurant week Oct 19-24

I want..…to admit that I did something dishonest today. I feel terrible now about it and am going to go make it right.

I want… wear my fall boots but am NOT sure if it will look silly right now?!

too soon?

I want.….to admit that things in my life are going really well. I am feeling better, feeling positive and hopeful. I am scared things will change, BUT I must remember that I am the one who determines my mood, life, future 🙂

I want… say I am proud of myself for telling my dad that he SHOULD stand up for himself. I really hope he takes my advice

I want.….to thank my Uncle Jim for all his messages, texts and quick responses to my questions!! I know I am a pain in the butt!

I want..…to take Lily for another walk tomorrow. This weather is just beyond perfect!  Plus I love seeing all the other pups and people along the way!

I want..…my newspaper delivery to start tomorrow!! It is supposed to, I am super excited (wow, I am a real dork!)

I want.….to hug my therapist. I feel like she has helped me bring out so much I love about myself!

I want…..a glass of red wine

I want.….people to STOP dieting and start living healthy.

I want.….everyone to be “real”.  I have a hard time trusting people. I feel like many people have ulterior motives, BUT I am starting to see good in more and more people. I am so happy and love the feeling!’

I want.….to brag about our FIRST published article that Lindsay and I created for Kidsville News. We saw the proof today and its super cute! I am looking forward to sharing it with y’all soon! 🙂

I want…..YOU to answer my questions 🙂

Your Turn

1.  What do you WANT to be known for?

2.  Do you want to go anywhere special this weekend?

3.  What do you WANT to do after work/obligations tomorrow?

Healthy Lifestyle

Ten for Tuesday (9.23.14)

1. Squash!!

Butternut squash skillet

2. Crock pot time!

Peach BBQ pulled pork sliders

Pulled pork sweet potatoes


Un stuffed cabbage rolls


Check em out for yourself
100 days of crock pot recipes


“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” — Stephan Hoeller

I will never be sorry for any of my mistakes, they truly opened my eyes, taught me SOOOO much and got me to the much healthier place I am at today………I will only keep getting healthier!!

4.  I posted yesterday about not being sure how to handle the “bread” situation during dinner. I talked about it in therapy tonight.  Turns out…….I made the RIGHT decision!! I am so proud of myself!!!  My eating habits have been so disordered for years, I do not know what is “normal” anymore.  The fact that Sunday night, I truly did not have a desire for the bread (sure it looked ok, but I was not craving, wanting, DYING for it…..other things seems more appealing PLUS I did not want to fill up and feel bloated. I wanted to save room for my meal and taste all the other wonderful, exciting, new things. Bread is nothing new. I have had it before…….olives, on the other hand, are something I am experimenting with 🙂

This is NOT to say I will never want to try bread, I just didn’t Sunday night. I often crave bread and bagels, etc and DO eat them! 🙂


5.  feeling accomplished.

I did a lot of things today. A lot of productive things. A lot of things I was avoiding.  This made me feel better. As painful as it is to face reality, its better to get it done and over with, like a “band-aid”.  This allows you to keep moving forward…..It is worth it!


6.  Quick thinking.

What a GREAT center for a busy little guy in my classroom! He is having difficulty with his letters and also had a lot of extra energy today! SOoooo I had him match letter cards to my “Gumballs” on the carpet!! He loved crawling under the table to find the letter Q, R, S  🙂  He was MUCH calmer and focused after too!


(We will work on the letter J and G 🙂  )


I (and my students) absolutely LOVE Mr. Potato Head. Here are some great ways to incorporate it in the classroom!

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7.  I feel my BEST in the morning. I feel happy, alert, productive, awake, full of hope… the day goes on I lose that little by little. I am currently trying to find ways to make it last all day and night 🙂

(This is how I feel in the morning!!)

8.  Standing up for myself and believing in ME.

The past week I have had two situations that I stood my ground and kept my decision. The “old” me would have easily been “guilted” or swayed, but I stayed firm.  I made a decision and stuck with it, no matter what anyone else said.  Just when those guilty, unsure feelings arose, I fought back and am proud that I did. I know I did the right thing. How do I know? Because I am happy. I have a smile right now. I feel good!

9.  Horoscope


Pluto shifts in the sky on MONDAY, turning away from the past financial or sexual matters that have held your attention. You are now ready to move into new territory, make new changes or evolve current situations.

You will have two major themes then playing out this week: communications and third house matters including your writing, meetings, offers, sales, agreements, short trips, vehicles, electronics, siblings, neighbors, and decisions, and what is going on in the home, with family, real estate, moves, renovations, parents, or roommates.

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, and SUNDAY will be about the first group of topics. MONDAY the Sun moves here putting a spotlight on those ideas, talks, offers, the writing, agreements, sales, siblings, neighbors, vehicles, electronics, short trips, and decisions. This begins a 30-day cycle that is about you stepping into these matters on a personal or physical level and taking the lead, followed by the New Moon on WEDNESDAY that opens up your best 2 week window of the year to launch into new territory or take things to the next level here. FRIDAY is an open door to these matters while SUNDAY asks for some adjustments here involving sex, divorce, finances, or third parties. Your other home, family, real estate, move, renovation, and roommate area will be in focus on TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY. On TUESDAY you can earn money, make purchases or deal with possessions while THURSDAY marks the Eclipse Trigger date and something being ‘eclipsed’ out to open up the portal for that big new start. FRIDAY it all aligns harmoniously with the financial, sexual, divorce, mortality, birth, or third party situation, while SATURDAY amps up the information flow and any agreements, sales, writing, meetings, offers, or decisions here.

The only other major aspect this week lands on THURSDAY between lucky Jupiter and change oriented, Uranus. This should be about something big for you that involves travel, legal, educational, media, marketing, publishing, broadcasting, wedding, religious, or political interests, be in the moment, think big.

Wow. I absolutely LOVE my horoscope.  It is so positive and exactly the reassurance I need to stay strong.  Do I believe that a horoscope will make or break me? No.  Do I feel I can make or break myself? SURE DO! It is all about your attitude and they way to look at life and deal with it. If you want positive things to happen, you need to BE POSITIVE!!!

10. Top 10 Most Lovable Dogs

Lily! ❤  She made the top 10! I knew it!! Did YOUR dog make the list?



Top 10 Most Lovable Dogs in the World

Breed # 2

Dachshunds were originated in Germany.They are also considered as one of the smallest dog breed and can be only 9 inches tall.They are ranked as 2nd most Lovable Dog breed.

Your Turn

1.  When do you feel best during the day?

2.  What excites you at home/after work?

3.  One food you could ALWAYS eat?  

4.  Do you check your horoscope daily?