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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter Two ~ The Whole 30 ~ Days 1 – 10

By: , February 11th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

Eating whole foods doesn't have to be scary, lonely, or expensive.

I was first introduced to the Paleo way of eating about 10 years ago, while researching how to effectively manage my fibromyalgia symptoms without medication.  Proponents of ‘eating Paleo’ touted benefits …

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Build-A-Bear Workshop For Jerks

By: , February 10th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Musings, Parenting

Parental Happiness Costs You Your Cynicism

I’ve been a cynic for most of my life, and that part of my personality has not been a terribly positive attribute.  I have a conflict of conscience buying in …

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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter One

By: , January 25th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

As a 42 year old mother of two young children, I have a clearer perspective on the importance of feeling better, and I have a more desperate and intense desire to prolong my life.

Over the years, while navigating life with fibromyalgia, I’ve put in a fair amount of time and effort learning what it takes for me to achieve optimal health.  After much …

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100 Happy Days Challenge: Complete!

By: , December 31st, 2015. Posted in: 100 Happy Days Project

For 100 days I've been mindful of life's daily joys. The experiment has truly changed my perspective.

When I reached the ninety day mark of the 100 Happy Days Challenge, people started asking me (mostly in jest) what I would do after the 100 days were over.  Would …

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Day 100 of 100 Happy Days – Holiday Express

By: , December 30th, 2015. Posted in: 100 Happy Days Project

Making a conscious effort to recognize daily happiness for 100 days.

Day 100 – On the final day of the “100 Happy Days” challenge, I took LB to see the model trains and Lego displays at Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Express. …

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Day 99 of 100 Happy Days – Sledding and Cocoa

By: , December 29th, 2015. Posted in: 100 Happy Days Project

Making a conscious effort to recognize daily happiness for 100 days.

Day 99 – LB and I got bundled up this morning with the intention of building a huge snowman, but the snow wasn’t quite wet enough so we walked to …

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Day 98 of 100 Happy Days – Tinker Toys

By: , December 28th, 2015. Posted in: 100 Happy Days Project

Making a conscious effort to recognize daily happiness for 100 days.

Day 98 – Today was the first snow and ice storm of the season, and I was very thankful to be at home (and not on the road).  It was …

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Day 97 of 100 Happy Days – Family Holiday

By: , December 27th, 2015. Posted in: 100 Happy Days Project

Making a conscious effort to recognize daily happiness for 100 days.

Day 97 – We gathered at my mother-in-law’s for a delicious meal and round four of gift opening for the kids.  The picture shown was taken at the end of …

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Day 96 of 100 Happy Days – My Brother Lives On

By: , December 26th, 2015. Posted in: 100 Happy Days Project

Making a conscious effort to recognize daily happiness for 100 days.

Day 96 – Because the whole point of these daily posts is to focus on happy moments, I initially planned to leave out the fact that today is the eleventh …

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Day 95 of 100 Happy Days – Christmas!

By: , December 25th, 2015. Posted in: 100 Happy Days Project

Making a conscious effort to recognize daily happiness for 100 days.

Day 95 – Becoming a parent has multiplied my already abundant Christmas spirit.  I love creating magic and memories for our kiddos.  I love immersing myself in togetherness with family …

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