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5 easy & healthy foods to pack in your carry-on

5 easy & healthy foods to pack in your carry-on

I have a vegan daughter so traveling is always a challenge, whether we’re looking for a local restaurant or facing a long-haul flight. We were recently faced with a 16-hour flight to Australia and were challenged to come up with healthy foods for travel that […]

My Orthorexia story: Why bloggers need to provide balanced information

My Orthorexia story: Why bloggers need to provide balanced information

UPDATE: Larry King is hosting a show on Orthorexia and he has asked us to appear based on this article. Click here for the link. You can read my daughter’s story here.   I’m going to say some things in the post that will not […]

Should you quit your job to freelance: 6 questions to ask yourself

Should you quit your job to freelance: 6 questions to ask yourself

One of the biggest questions I get asked is how to get started and become a freelancer. I took that leap of faith long before this whole gig economy became a thing. I was working in the corporate world when my son was born and […]

9 free ways to break a “meh” mood to find happiness

9 free ways to break a “meh” mood to find happiness

When I’m in a funk, I find that even the littlest things can perk me up and help me find happiness. When I worked in Washington, DC and was having a bad day, I would go to one of the upscale furriers and try on […]

Booking Hotels: How to Avoid Hotel Nightmares

Booking Hotels: How to Avoid Hotel Nightmares

I’ll never forget arriving at a luxury hotel in Napa to celebrate our 20th anniversary only to find that half the hotel was under construction and that the gym and spa were undergoing renovations. It was a hotel booking nightmare. I’m pretty thorough when researching […]

Blogging Tips: How to Better Organize Your Time as a Blogger

Blogging Tips: How to Better Organize Your Time as a Blogger

1. Use a timer – I bet I’m not alone in saying managing social media is the biggest time suck in being a blogger. I have my list of tasks – liking, following, commenting, responding – and I sit down with my coffee each morning […]



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