Cold and Flu Season


As we’ve all been hearing in the news, this year’s flu season is just horrible! It’s widespread and it’s deadly. Be careful and be sure to follow all the recommended tips to both avoid and treat the flu. Here’s the link from the CDC talking about the flu. They provide tips on prevention, symptoms, and treatment. They also talk about the differences between a cold and the flu so that you can treat your symptoms correctly.

There are still lots of other viruses and infections out there that can affect us as well. Aside from seeing your doctor and taking medications when needed, what are some of the other things that you can do to make yourself feel better? Sometimes the only thing we can do is get through it and try to minimize the symptoms that we’re experiencing.

Many times, we don’t have much of an appetite but know that we have to stay hydrated and get nutrients to get better. Some of the popular methods of doing this are to drink water, ginger ale, or Gatorade. Sometimes we’re not able to tolerate much in the way of food so oatmeal, crackers or graham crackers, or soup is tolerated a little bit better.

Please see my post from last year on National Soup Day for more information on the benefits of soup and how to make your own!

What about some of the other things that you can do to just make you FEEL better, like cuddling in bed with your favorite soft blanket, a good book, headphones and music? Anything that makes you feel better at times like this is good for you!

I’m kind of old school and new school. I still believe in the power of Vicks VapoRub and NyQuil. I also use peppermint essential oil on my forehead and temples for headaches and eucalyptus and lavender to make me feel better. I grab my heating pad for muscle aches and an ice bag for head pain. When I have trouble concentrating on a book or television, I scroll through Pinterest or just listen to music. I’m also pretty convinced that chocolate makes it go away faster. What are some of the things that you do to get through this?



Use Your Voice!


I’m finding it very hard these days to keep up with all of the movements and issues that seem to be in our news.  I think that that we are at such a raised level of awareness that it’s overwhelming. Each one of these seems to be creating a new wave of support, a new cause. I can’t decide whether there’s actually more things going on or if we just have an increased awareness of all of them.

After watching Kesha’s performance at the Grammy’s, it made me wonder why some of these people and some of these circumstances resonate more than others. What makes ONE voice, one statement, or one action take off when others don’t? How does timing fit in? None of these things are new. There are millions of us that have things to say, concerns to voice, or causes to champion. Social media is an ever-changing collection of opinions and statements on everything from the mundane to the critical. What makes the difference between a comment that we just read and pass by to one that takes over and becomes a movement? All of these causes are legitimate and many have been around for years and even decades; so why are they getting attention NOW?

We seem to have become a country of people that are automatically inclined to be doubtful, to feel that we’re not being listened to and to feel that we need to fight for what we want. Another valid concern is that many of these issues (inequality and bias) have been around forever and have not been adequately addressed. Any new trigger is enough to re-start the conversation because it’s never been resolved. I think we’re all just so frustrated and discouraged that we’re rising up and fighting back at every opportunity that we’re given.

Still, it doesn’t explain the popularity of one and not another. Black Lives Matter has been around for a long time in an effort to raise awareness to the inequities in treatment between races. Colin Kaepernick had been silently protesting for months before it turned into a huge controversy involving the president, followed by the NFL and people at large. What was it that caused the attention to roll back on him later instead of immediately? Kesha had been battling her abuse allegations for over a decade and came to attention a few years ago and was dismissed. It’s just now that she is being praised for her courage and voice on the issues. Women’s issues and sexual harassment are finally getting the attention they deserve as well, being spurred on by #MeToo and #TimesUp, but which event, comment, or action spurred these movements?

Looking at some of these more recent movements leads me to believe that a lot of different elements can contribute to the amplification of an issue. It can be the political climate, media attention, timing, and how people identify to either the cause or the person speaking out. The thing is, none of these are new issues; many have been with us since the beginning of time. What’s going to change? Are any of these big movements going to change anything? I sure hope so! At the very least, it raises awareness to the problem, it can give people a platform to speak out, to learn more, to volunteer or provide resources to advance the cause. It allows us an opportunity to be part of the solution. At the very least, it gives us a chance to share and identify with other people which, I think, is a huge start to effective change.

It’s not always up to a star or an athlete to carry that burden, but rather it’s each and every one of us that needs to lead and speak up. We don’t know whose message it is that will be listened to, who will make a difference to somebody else, and who will create change. It could be yours and it could change our world, so don’t be afraid to use your voice!

Should We Thank Donald Trump for this Sh*t Storm?

Bear with me; I haven’t lost my mind…yet.

I was thinking about everything last night and wondered if we have, indeed, finally reached rock bottom with this administration. I don’t think we have. We have definitely been sinking since Day 1 but, judging by the way he’s still being defended by his party, we haven’t yet hit the bottom. Given the availability of the political news, it’s hard to ignore what’s happening. The only logical conclusion is that we are in big trouble. This leaves me wondering what, exactly, needs to happen before action is taken and, just as importantly, who is going to take that action? Continue reading “Should We Thank Donald Trump for this Sh*t Storm?”

Christmas Wreaths? Mmmmmmm


I’m not talking about the kind of wreath you hang on your door, but rather the kind that you eat! Christmas wreaths are my kids’ all-time favorite thing to eat during the holiday; well, that and fudge! These are very similar to the Rice Krispie treats that we all love, but for some reason, we think these are even better! I’m not sure why we only make them at Christmas.

First of all, there’s no point making one batch because they will be gone quickly. I always double the recipe and we’re good. That gives you some to eat and some to include with your holiday cookie plates.

Recipe (single batch):

  • 30 big marshmallows
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. green food coloring
  • 3 cups Corn Flakes (or similar)
  • Red hots, sprinkles, decorations

Melt the butter and marshmallows in a double boiler (or in pot over very low heat) until melted. Add food coloring until you get to the desired shade of green. Either add the cereal to the pot or pour the marshmallow mixture over cereal in a bowl. Stir to cover. If too thin, add more cereal (I usually add more anyway because I want it to make more). Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet or wax paper.

Shape into wreaths and decorate with red hot candies, red sprinkles, or anything else that you like!

Couple of things here: I have found that shaping them into wreaths is a skill that requires extreme patience (which apparently nobody in my family has). We basically just drop them by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and leave them or scrape into a ball. We will throw some sprinkles on top but definitely don’t shape them into wreaths. If you can do it, I’m sure they’ll be beautiful! They taste just fine either way.

Also, you will find that your fingers will get very sticky very quickly. When they get real sticky and you can’t do anything anymore, if you wash your hands and get the marshmallows all off, you can start over and get through a bunch more.

On a complaining note, I can no longer enjoy these as I’m gluten-free and Corn Flakes and similar cereals are not. I refuse to pay the going price for small boxes of gluten-free cereals and almost all of them have sugar on them, which don’t taste the same. I have discovered that my regular Rice Krispie treat recipe works perfectly with my Rice Chex cereal. In fact, I made three batches of these within a month. Thank you, Chex cereal!

Oh, one more note! When you add your green food coloring, make sure you move your recipe out of the way or it will look like this.


Enjoy your holiday and your Christmas wreaths!


Feel-Good Moment!


I’m sure that a lot of you have seen the video of the young man saving a bunny rabbit from the wildfires that are raging in California. When I first saw this video on ABC via Twitter, I was so overwhelmed by different emotions, I needed to react to it.

In the craziness of our everyday lives on top of the politics, hatred, and negativity that we’re living with daily, this was so inspiring to me! It’s so easy to get caught up in the things that we’re dealing with, the things that are problems in our lives, that we sometimes overlook the good that we encounter or we just pass it up on our way to get things done.

The video of this young man risking his life to save a rabbit from the raging fires really hit me. It signifies all that is good in our world. Watching him, I could just feel the emotions he seemed to be experiencing. Continue reading “Feel-Good Moment!”