Need help with social media and your kids? SIGN UP for Arlene's monthly tip sheet.
What If You Don’t Like to Drink Water?

What If You Don’t Like to Drink Water?

You know you are supposed to drink more water, but you don’t like the taste.  Or maybe you can’t seem to remember to drink water throughout the day. There are a few things you can do to tweak the taste of water.  Try adding: Lemon or lime wedges Sprig of...
Are You Getting Enough Exercise Each Week?

Are You Getting Enough Exercise Each Week?

How do you know if you are getting enough exercise each week? According to the US Department of Health, you want to shoot for 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate intensity aerobic activity.  There are many ways to get these life-enhancing minutes in: – 30...
My Favorite Weight Loss Strategy

My Favorite Weight Loss Strategy

Without a doubt, my favorite weight loss advice is: Get a good night’s sleep. Now that’s something I can embrace!  It doesn’t have anything to do with counting calories or adding a workout (although both are also effective).  It has to do with...
5 Ways to Use the Muffin Top for Good!

5 Ways to Use the Muffin Top for Good!

The holiday parties are pretty much over now.  You may have a few leftover treats in the house.  Chances are, your pants are feeling a bit snug and you’ve got a little muffin top action going on. If you’ve got a little muffin top peeking over the waist of...
One Thing You Must Do Before 2013

One Thing You Must Do Before 2013

There’s one thing you must do before 2013. It’s very easy yet extremely important. You can do it right in the comfort of your own home.  Or even when you’re driving or talking to your children. It’s to REMEMBER what God has done for you in...
How to Set Goals for the New Year

How to Set Goals for the New Year

When was the last time you wrote down goals?  Maybe you’ve gotten discouraged in the past with goal setting – you barely have time to read your emails, let alone accomplish new goals. Yet I have found that setting goals every year has been a great way to help me focus...
Thank You Zig Ziglar!

Thank You Zig Ziglar!

Zig Ziglar set the gold standard for motivational speakers.  He taught millions not only to be better in sales, but to be better in life.  An authentic Christian who shared his faith naturally and frequently, Zig Ziglar is a hero in our family. Zig died on Wednesday...
5 Ways to Maintain Your Weight This Christmas

5 Ways to Maintain Your Weight This Christmas

Okay, on my last post I promised five ways to maintain your weight during this tricky, delicious, calorie-laden Christmas season.  Believe me, I will be using these tips myself to keep Christmas weight gain at bay! 1.  Do not go shopping when you are hungry.  You know...
Can You Maintain Your Weight in December?

Can You Maintain Your Weight in December?

If you are like me, every Christmas season you gain weight.  One can only eat so many cookies, dinners with all the trimmings, pies, and chocolates without consequence. So here we are…about to enter December. I don’t know about you, but my pants are still...
Why Mommy Can’t Talk

Why Mommy Can’t Talk

A mom with no words? A wife who can’t talk? Yep, that’s been me for the past four days.  I have laryngitis and a cold. It’s been a dream come true for James.  A wife who doesn’t talk his ear off! I’ve learned a few things in these past...
I Made It to Boot Camp!

I Made It to Boot Camp!

The alarm clock rang at 5:25 am. I hit the snooze button and laid there, motionless, for 5 minutes.  The point of decision.  It could go either way… Then out of bed…the morning miracle! My husband James says, “For such a happy person, you are so...
Slacking with Your Exercise?

Slacking with Your Exercise?

Several weeks ago, I blogged with great enthusiasm about boot camp at my local 24 Hour Fitness. Yes, I love the class. No, I don’t like waking up at 5:30 to make it there by 6:00 am. I’ve been exercising three times a week, but I haven’t been back to...
Trouble Getting Organized?

Trouble Getting Organized?

This shoe, as innocent as it looks, has been giving me the fits. As you can see, there is only one shoe. I bought these adorable sandals for Lucy at my favorite consignment sale Trunk Treasures.  These pink babies are going to get my growing girl through the summer. ...
Cure for Worry

Cure for Worry

Here’s Lucy at a recent BBQ.  She found a watering can and it became a quick favorite. Who needs toys when you have a watering can? Last night, I had trouble sleeping.  I wasn’t particularly stressed or upset, but as I laid on my bed, my mind was spinning....
Welcome to Boot Camp!

Welcome to Boot Camp!

I’ve discovered a new class at my 24-Hour Fitness:  Boot Camp. Goodbye boring workout.  Hello soreness, sweating, and sleep deprivation. I was invited to the class by a couple probably in their 60s that I met in the gym.  I think that’s a pretty cool way...
How to Create a Birthday Milestone

How to Create a Birthday Milestone

I was talking to a friend who is turning the big 5-0.  She was considering a half-marathon to celebrate. I am not a runner so this didn’t have any appeal to me, but I thought, “How cool to make such a great goal and memory to commemorate a birthday.”...
The Day After the Daniel Fast

The Day After the Daniel Fast

Our 10 day Daniel fast has come to an end.  Eating was fun today and so was drinking a cup of coffee! My son Ethan was so conscious during our fast saying things like “Mom, you can’t eat that pasta.” So when I told him last night, “We’re...
Day 9 Daniel Fast – One More Day of Green!

Day 9 Daniel Fast – One More Day of Green!

Wahoo!  It’s wonderful to be on Day 9 of eating only veggies, fruits, nuts and beans.  We’ve drank a lot of green this past week. After the fast is over, will my family continue juicing? James thinks juicing is overrated and a whole lot of effort.  Why not...
Daniel Fast – Day 6

Daniel Fast – Day 6

Here’s a typical meal during the Daniel fast.  Veggies and brown rice, kale chips (I’ll tell you how to make these) and fresh juice. There have been many wonderful things that have happened in my life during this Daniel fast so far.  Here are two: When...
Jack La Lanne Juicer – Pros and Cons

Jack La Lanne Juicer – Pros and Cons

When we decided to juice more veggies and fruits, we considered buying a juicer.  Our garage sale treasure from 13 years ago – the Champion juicer with the killer engine – was inconvenient to use.  It has a small spout so you have to cut all your fruits...
Spa Day for Cents!

Spa Day for Cents!

  I’ve only been to a spa a few times in my life – partly because of cost and partly because I’m pragmatic (I don’t have time for spas!). Yet I cannot deny the value of relaxing and pampering.  We can get so stressed that we’re just...
Daniel Fast, Juicing – Day 3

Daniel Fast, Juicing – Day 3

The day before we began our Daniel fast, we filled two shopping carts full of veggies and fruits at Sprouts.  The bill was $60 – I’m interested to see how long it will last and will keep you posted.  So far, it’s pretty economical because we still...