Archive for the ‘Life’ Category


Creating things with our hands

November 3, 2014

As an interfaith family, I find it important to share Jewish customs with my kids. Like baking challah together #MyInterfaithStory



End of the cleanse

May 11, 2013

So my 21 day cleanse is now over, and though I hated eating like that there were some lessons in the activity.cookbooks

  1. My body responds well to eating just plant based foods.
  2. While eating plant based foods, I pretty much snacked the entire day instead of having meals, my body also liked this and I didn’t feel hungry.
  3. I was completely shocked that I didn’t miss caffeine as much as I thought I would.
  4. I got back into a 30 min of exercise/5 days a week minimum habit that I had fallen off of
  5. I lost 12 pounds

So this morning I’m having a big cup of coffee (BZZZBZZZ) and I wrapped some eggs and cheese in a flour tortilla. Tomorrow I will feast on a Mother’s Day brunch. And Monday? Monday I will work out more and I will eat very similarly to the cleanse food I was eating. I will also do the cleanse full on again in a couple of months. I feel good and not eating sugar, dairy, gluten, most grains, caffeine and eating much lighter than usual in the animal protein department (though I may up this a little and eat slightly more toward paleo).

There has to be a balance. I need to be able to enjoy what I want to eat and be healthy too. And I will. I am at my plateau weight. My body likes to sit here, and it has for a long time. But I WILL break through its grips this time and I WILL TRY to lost 20 more pounds by August 1st (a small/big goal of mine).

So now, armed with new cookbooks that my sweet husband picked up for me at his office, I will listen to what my body said during this cleanse and will try to eat a more plant based diet.

Even if I hate the food (and hopefully I’ll find new recipes so I won’t). I won’t give up.


The food we eat, for health

May 7, 2013

Since last July, I have been on a quest to be healthier. To exercise, to eat well, and to lose weight. Since my heaviest, I aim to lose about 100 pounds.Image

Today I am down 40 pounds.

Good accomplishment, right? Except I’ve been down those same 40 pounds for months. I hit a BIG plateau in November and then never recovered from it. I even gained back 10 pounds.

I’ve since gone on a 30 day “whole health” cleanse (no dairy, gluten, sugar, little animal protein) and have lost those ten pounds plus one. My body is in its comfort zone and I’m trying to force it downward. Everyone has advice, eat more, eat less, don’t eat grains, eat meat, don’t eat meat, count calories, eat fruit, don’t eat fruit, exercise more, exercise less, exercise differently, track everything, don’t worry about it so much.

And its hard. Really hard.

Also? I hate the goddamn food.

Now, I have gotten everyone’s best and favorite recipes following the guidelines and I still hate the food. I’m sorry but cauliflower “rice” isn’t rice and quinoa just tasted like weird little crunchy nuggets in my mouth. Kale chips? Just don’t. I know many people who do enjoy eating like this, or paleo or vegan or juice fasts, even weight watchers annoys me with its math requirement (though it does work).. but I can’t get into the food. After a while I just want a freakin’ sandwich with turkey, bacon and mayo (which, YUM, I haven’t had in a while).

So basically I torture myself, and I deprive myself. Everyone says, oh no, this is a lifestyle change and you will like this lifestyle change because you’ll feel better. And I DO feel good. I even enjoy the exercise (mostly running and some zumba), but even running 3-4 times a week and doing zumba doesn’t seem to help with the weight loss (although I am stronger and not nearly as winded as I used to be).

Bottom line is… I’m frustrated. And I’m not finding a long term solution for myself.

But here I sit. Trudging onward, not giving up. Eating a saffron tofu and cabbage stir fry and its pretty good. But I really wish it was a cheeseburger.



May 4, 2013

308520_10151393528190753_977471703_nWhen spring, springs.. a rebirth takes place. Seeds sprout, flowers bloom and ideas form. Perhaps that is a sign of things to come. Stay tuned.


I have a confession. I want a Tardis.

February 6, 2012

You heard me. I want a Tardis. In my backyard. That we can use.

Maybe as a storage shed? An outdoor office retreat (too small?)? Just a backyard curiosity?

I’m going to make my husband build it.

or maybe by an adorable German school teacher.

Sorry.. I lost my train of thought. Right. A Tardis. Want one.

Do you? Well here is everything you need to build one.

So whatcha waiting for? Daleks?

The UK is way ahead of us in Tardis shed building. Lets get on this. It could be “a thing”


A follow up to children’s eye health

November 20, 2011

A very big thank you to all of you who took the time to click on the pledge I spoke about in my previous post.

VSP Vision Care received the 50,000 pledges needed!

From the pledge page:

We’ve reached our goal of 50,000 pledges! VSP® Vision Care will be donating 50,000 eye exams and glasses to children at Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

There are so many kids in need of these services at Boys and Girls clubs across the country.. 50,000 is a WONDERFUL contribution but so many more need the help.

As a parent of a Boys and Girls Club member who benefits from their incredible after school program, I am asking you to do more if you can.

Volunteer a day. Ask if they need any assistance using your expertise (fix a broken bookshelf, an appliance, a computer or update their facebook page). Donate some books or art supplies. Anything helps.

Me? I’m donating my time and marketing skills to help Boys and Girls Club of Salem with their fundraising ideas. I know there are plenty of you reading with those skills.

So thank you to VSP Vision Care.. this promotion will mean so much to these kids! I hope my local club benefits from the generosity. I was thrilled to take part in the promotion of this cause. Children’s eye health is important.. I should know, I’ve been wearing glasses since the second grade. Adult eye health is important too.. everyone go get your eyes checked!

As for the sunglasses? A winner has been chosen by and will be contacted by private email to receive her prize.


Let the children see clearly with VSP Vision Care and Boys and Girls Clubs of America

November 8, 2011

I’m going to tell you a little story… a story that many working parents can understand. Whether you work from home or outside of home, when you have school age kids you need to think about it.

After school programs


When Alex started school this year we were faced with choices. New and unfamiar places to us and to him and the task set before us was to choose the RIGHT one. Not just what would be the easiest or where he would have the most fun but Where would he be comfortable? Where would he be taken care of? Where would he be safe?

I was nervous. Scared even. But I finally chose the Boys and Girls Club of Salem. This has been among the best decisions I have ever made. The program there is amazing, the people are caring and warm and most importantly, they ADORE my son. I could not have asked for anything more.

So now, I want to do something to benefit them, and the many other kids that attend Boys and Girls clubs and I want YOU to help me do it.

Are you ready?

VSP Vision Care partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of America to provide free eyecare services and eyewear to children most in need throughout the U.S.

Every child deserves to see clearly for school and play. Join VSP Vision Care and Boys and Girls Clubs of America by taking the free online Eye Pledge. For every pledge you and your friends take, a child receives a complimentary eye exam and glasses (if needed) courtesy for VSP & B&GC! The campaign runs through Nov. 18 so help reach 50K children!

Take the online pledge:

Vision Care will donate an eye exam and new pair of glasses to a child served by a Boys and Girls Club. The Eye Pledge is easy to take and doesn’t

cost you a thing! Take the Eye Pledge now and help a child.

Also.. one lucky winner, chosen by random, of course, will receive a pair of designer sunglasses. There are several to choose from. I know it is vague, but roll with it!

Just leave a comment telling me you made the pledge!

I will also be receiving a pair of sunglasses. I will be receiving no other compensation for the writing of this post and will probably donate my sunglasses anyway. This is a good cause. THAT is why I wrote the post.