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7 Foods to Boost Your Mood

7 Foods to Boost Your Mood

As we enter the October/November/December months, it’s the perfect time to think about our health and make some eating decisions before the onslaught of tasty treats comes our way! You know what I mean, right?  October brings Halloween candy into my home. ...
God is Smarter and Stronger

God is Smarter and Stronger

I saw a t-shirt the other day that read, “My Coffee Needs Coffee.” If we’re counting on coffee or personal confidence to get us through the day, we won’t get too far for too long.  Instead we must count on the God of Israel who never sleeps!...
What will you reset in 2018?

What will you reset in 2018?

The change of the calendar year brings promise of the new. But discouragement can settle in when everything seems to go back to normal. It does not have to be this way!  You can decide what you are going to reset in 2018.  One thing the Pellicane family is resetting...
No More (Food) Exceptions

No More (Food) Exceptions

Peppermint Oreos.   Homemade Sugar Cookies.  A Box of See’s Chocolates.  Need I write more?  A little of this and a little of that and if you’re like me, January has you weighing in a few pounds heavier.  Six holiday pounds for me. Every year, it’s...
Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

About now, you may be a little discouraged about the weight you gained at Christmas.  Like me, you may need a little pep talk.  So pull up a chair and let me tell you about my friend Cynthia. After her son was born, she was disappointed at her 6 week checkup.  She had...
Bring Your Weary Feet to Jesus

Bring Your Weary Feet to Jesus

Strangely, my family has a thing with feet. This month, James jammed his toe in between the mats at our martial arts studio.  It’s not broken, but it’s sprained.  The doctor told him to stay off it for one month.  So my usually handy husband is on crutches...
Your Prayers Like Popcorn?

Your Prayers Like Popcorn?

When was the last time you were still? Remember the words of Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among all the nations.  I will be exalted in the earth!”  You may not be able to sit on a rock overlooking a stream today (most...
Three Ways to Act Like a Kid

Three Ways to Act Like a Kid

This past weekend, I had the honor of speaking at a women’s retreat in Wisconsin.  The ladies at Breakaway were amazingly open and warm hearted.  The Holy Spirit was so present.  And there was much laughter!  As I described a few things to my kiddos, my son said “That...
When You Are Out of Gas

When You Are Out of Gas

February was a busy month. With 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife releasing on February 1, there were many things to do.  Radio interviews.  Guest blog posts.  Speaking engagements.  Reaching out to wives about the book.  And working with my (wonderful) editor on my...
Who’s Coaching You?

Who’s Coaching You?

Nine years ago, I needed help losing weight.  I was forty pounds up, thanks to a little baby named Ethan! My ever-helpful husband James told me to try a spin class that a neighbor, who just happened to be a personal trainer and body builder, was having in her 3-car...
Love Keeps No Records

Love Keeps No Records

Are you old enough to remember a record? You know, a big vinyl disc that played music long before iTunes came along? I remember my first record was Grease.  My husband James had The Village People with “YMCA” on one side and “Macho Man” on the...
31 Days to a Younger You:  $1.99 Sale

31 Days to a Younger You: $1.99 Sale

Have you ever wondered, “If God cares only about the inner life, why bother with makeup, haircuts, or weight-loss programs?” My husband James has an answer…and if you know James, you can imagine him saying this.  He refers to the passage in 1 Samuel...
Shutting Out Distractions

Shutting Out Distractions

Ding.  New text. 15 new emails. Look at that headline! Mommy! Honey, can you make me a sandwich? The day begins and the sounds, requests, and digital stimulus come pouring in all at once. No wonder we often start the day, well, grumpy. Here are a five things I have...
Stressed Out?

Stressed Out?

Stressed out this week?  Feeling like you need a break, a maid, a chaffeur, or a twin to get all your stuff done?  Dealing with stress is a reality for most of us. Take a deep breath.  Forget stress for a moment and check out this drawing by my second cousin who is a...
Indulge Smart on Valentine’s Day

Indulge Smart on Valentine’s Day

When it comes to temptation, nothing packs a punch like chocolate.  For centuries, chocolate has been loved by the people of the world, from drinking it in cocoa to eating it in bars.  So what is a woman who is trying to lose weight supposed to do about the delicious...
Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Snacks

It’s the biggest chow fest of the year, Super Bowl Sunday.  With millions of people gathered around their televisions, there’s only one thing to do, snack all day!  Surrounded by chips, dip, pizza, buffalo wings and soda, what’s a person supposed to do who is trying...
5 Ways to Celebrate a Weight Loss Goal

5 Ways to Celebrate a Weight Loss Goal

Perhaps you have read about my family’s chocolate covered popcorn contest and how it’s motivating us to lose weight and exercise.  I am happy to report that I have reached my goal to lose my Christmas weight and am now eligible to eat the championship...
3 Things to Do Right Before Grocery Shopping

3 Things to Do Right Before Grocery Shopping

I must confess.  If something unhealthy and yummy is in my house, I will track it down and eat it.  The war of weight loss is often waged in the supermarket, in the grocery aisles, at the end caps, and finally at the checkout stand! So…here are three grocery...
Best Five Reasons to Exercise in the Morning

Best Five Reasons to Exercise in the Morning

You know what I love about mornings? Turning around in the fetal position after I hit the SNOOZE button. Just ask my husband and he will go on (and on and on) about how much his baby (me) loves to sleep.  He loves to make fun of my love of sleep. So please understand...
My Favorite Five Weight Loss Snacks

My Favorite Five Weight Loss Snacks

This January, I’m blogging with tips to help you lose those post-Christmas pounds.  I hope you have found the tips helpful about how to know if you are exercising enough and how to drink more water throughout the day. Today I’m going to tell you my current...