Maui Vacation

Another Typical Maui Vacation – Part 1

I promised to post photos of our Maui vacation so here I am.  This task is taking too long with all the other stuff I’m trying to get accomplished so this will be in 2 parts (maybe 3).  First the beach photos. I posted beach pictures of my Staycation 2 1/2 years ago and we […]

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Thankful Thursday – April 3, 2014

Ok, the last few days have been so busy I forgot to post my Thankful Thursday highlights lastnite.   There’s been so much on my mind plus this is the time of the month when I work both my full-time and part-time jobs, that it gets a little crazy around here.  Next week I will work […]

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Thankful Thursday – March 20, 2014

This week has been pretty ho-hum so my Thankful Thursday highlights are not all that exciting.  They’re just a continuation of my life 🙂  BUT!  Today is the first day of Spring and we had 50+ temperatures so that is exciting! 1.  We had dinner at two of our daughters’ homes on two different days.  […]

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Thankful Thursday – March 13, 2014

This week’s Thankful Thursday highlights are pretty much ordinary.  What with the snow melting and the days seeming to be longer, there’s not all that winter excitement to complain and be stressed about lol 1.  So we turned our clocks ahead and I am now driving home in broad daylight!  Yippee!!!  I love love love it!  […]

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My Typical Maui Staycation

Some of you know that I was born and raised on Maui and eventually wound up where I live now in Iowa. I recently went to Maui to visit family and friends whom I haven’t seen in 5 years (or more). So this is about my typical Maui staycation. Yes, I realize a staycation is […]

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Healthy Families

Words Of Encouragement This is an inspirational story that all parents should read… One of the best benefits of learning how to eat to fuel my body, as a mom, was learning what a healthy plate looks like. At Tony Horton Fitness Camps in the days of old, Tony used to talk about the important […]

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First Empty Nester Road Trip Leads to Fitness Journey Refocus

I have been an empty nester for about 15 months and the last trip I took anywhere was 4 years ago.  I flew three times in 2008 and got burnt out then didn’t want to fly anywhere in 2009.  Our daughter announced her engagement in the spring of 2010 and got married in the summer […]

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Health Tip Discovery

In the spring, I posted about my workout at the dentist.  You know, the one where my heart rate rocketed becos of my fear of the dentist?  I go to the Dental College at a local University where I haven’t visited for about eleven years.  I stopped going becos I had completed the work that […]

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What’s In It For You?

Are you an empty nester who feels lost, lonely and generally depressed about life now that your home is not blessed with the presence of your children or grandchildren or someone you have been a caregiver for for a long time?  Do you feel you don’t have a focus now and/or your days are boring, […]

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Fishing Is Another Empty Nester Workout

If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know that I usually work out to my Beachbody and a few other non Beachbody DVD‘s.  And you might also know that this summer I’ve been taking a bit of a break from them and doing outside activities to get my heart rate up and get my exercise […]

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My Gramma Home Workout

“Gramma, look at me!”  “Hey Gramma, let’s play Hide & Seek.”  “Can the cats come in the house, Gramma?”  These are just a few of the things I heard one weekend when two of my grandsons, aged 9 and 4 came to spend the nite.  We always have a good time…and they expect me to […]

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Death Is Inevitable

Today I received the news of a death. I know we hear of it daily in the news, but this was closer to home and very very sad.  It was the future father-in-law of my nephew.  They are getting married in a little over a month. Of course this is devastating news for everyone concerned […]

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This Empty Nester Has Time to Count

Recently my daughter who made me an empty nester, came home for a visit.  We always talk “nutrition” and about our at home workouts becos she knows my passion for it.  She was excited becos she had met a weight loss, and more importantly, an inches lost goal.  She told me how she had done […]

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Thankxgiving Weekend 2011

I hope that everyone had a very blessed Thankxgiving Day/weekend, filled with fun times visiting and interacting with your families and friends.  What did you do?  My husband’s family is HUGE (he has 8 siblings and all but one are grandparents so you can imagine our gatherings!) so we gathered for several hours at one […]

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