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Laugh with Nazareth

Laugh with Nazareth

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking in Houston at the Preschool Teachers Adventure Conference (PTAC). That day, I got to meet a very nice person who also happened to be the comedian keynoting the last session of the conference. He has a name that’s very...
Book Review:  The Names of God Bible

Book Review: The Names of God Bible

Looking for a beautiful Bible for yourself or to give as a special Christmas gift?  I recommend The Names of God Bible (Ann Spangler, General Editor).  This Bible inlcudes more than 10,000 names and titles of God restored to their Hebrew equivalent.  Have no fear. ...
Legoland Jump for Joy!

Legoland Jump for Joy!

My kids have two days off from school this week for Veteran’s Day, so we were able to enjoy a quiet day at Legoland yesterday before the official holiday.  We had a BLAST!  Look at Ethan and Noelle – they look so sweet!  Hard to imagine the cat and dog...
Silly Hat Day

Silly Hat Day

Two Sundays ago we had Silly Hat day at our church.  The kids got to decorate hats and everyone who participated got a prize.  Plus there were prizes for the most creative hats.  Ethan was so happy to get 3rd prize.  He made a racetrack on his hat with a “Race...
My Weekend Highlight

My Weekend Highlight

The highlight of my weekend was a wonderful brunch/workshop I attended on Saturday.  It was the San Diego ChristianWriters Guild Spring Fellowship Event.  I have enjoyed going to the guild’s fall writers conference at Maranatha Chapel but I’ve never...
Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Of course my favorite Mother’s Day gift looks like this: I am confident your mom, your grandma will enjoy it.  Why not make a “younger you” gift basket and include: 31 Days to a Younger You Dark chocolate Exercise DVD Jump rope or resistance band...
Hubby Turns 40!

Hubby Turns 40!

My sweet James turned 40 this month.  We celebrated in a sweet (James’ famous ice cream cake) and active (ultimate frisbee) way!  Here’s what we served that was healthy at the party.  Impressive right?  Thanks to my awesome parents who don’t know how...
Encouraging Others, Encouraging Myself

Encouraging Others, Encouraging Myself

This morning I went to a fantastic moms group at Shadow Mountain Community Church.  The group is called “Moms Inc.” – incorporating moms of all ages.  I love that name!  I went to encourage those ladies – to tell them they are beautiful and...
Stay Young – Hang Out with Kids!

Stay Young – Hang Out with Kids!

I had a GREAT time today at a childrens pastors conference in San Diego! No, I am not a childrens pastor, but I wanted to stop by the Harvest House booth and greet my publishing family!  And I’m so glad I did because I got to buy some great books from Harvest...
Your Day to Glow!

Your Day to Glow!

What a blast we had on Saturday at the San Diego Kroc Center!  It was “Your Day to Glow” with my mentor, speaker and bestselling author Pam Farrel.  More than 75 ladies came out – comfortably dressed in tennis shoes and workout clothes!   Forget the...
Friday Funny

Friday Funny

I was on facebook yesterday and had to laugh at what my friend posted.  Now I have to tell you that this friend is a teenager and she’s skinny.  She wrote:  I figured out why I’m fat! The shampoo I use in the shower that runs down my body says “For...
Video – Behind the Scenes of Home Made Simple

Video – Behind the Scenes of Home Made Simple

Many of you have asked, “Is there a way to see the show if I missed it?” Unfortunately, Home Made Simple doesn’t put their past episodes online.  Our episode is titled “Start Your Engines Bedroom” and you can find photos of our projects...
How to Resist That Cake

How to Resist That Cake

Okay.  You won’t be able to resist this cake if you stare at it too long.  But here’s a tip I read in Parade magazine a few weeks ago in case the piece of cake sneaks up on you. To help you pass on that first (or second) piece of cake, you should: A.  Vow...
Photo Album from “Home Made Simple”

Photo Album from “Home Made Simple”

Hope you had the chance to see our family on Home Made Simple this Saturday on TLC!   We were laughing and glued to the tube for sure!  Here’s a sample of our photo album when the crew of Home Made Simple came to our house in November!  Here is Lucy’s last...
Listen to Arlene on the Debbie Chavez Show

Listen to Arlene on the Debbie Chavez Show

I had the pleasure of being interviewed this week by Debbie Chavez.  Her radio show, The Debbie Chavez Show, is found at www.faithplace.org We talked for 30 minutes about my book 31 Days to a Younger You.  She had great questions and I really enjoyed chatting with...
San Diego Book Party This Friday!

San Diego Book Party This Friday!

Calling all ladies in San Diego!!! We are having a Girls Night Out Book Party this Friday.  It’s free (great price right?) and will include: Dessert (maybe just tonight, it will make you look and feel younger?) Fun games Worship A message by Arlene Plus a few...
Our TLC “Home Made Simple” Airdate is Feb 12

Our TLC “Home Made Simple” Airdate is Feb 12

It’s almost time to set your DVRs! You may remember back in November, the TV crew of Home Made Simple which airs on TLC came to renovate a room in our home.  The crew was here for 4 days – think total invasion by friendly people with lots of equipment!...
My First Book Table

My First Book Table

Okay, being an author can be glamorous, but allow me to give the other side. 🙂 I had my first opportunity to sell my book at a San Diego Professional Women’s Fellowship Christmas luncheon and bazaar (PWF is great if you live in San Diego, check it out!).  The...
THE BOOK IS HERE!

THE BOOK IS HERE!

God is so faithful!  My dream of becoming a writer came true today when boxes of books arrived at my home!  31 Days to a Younger You: No surgery, No diets, No kidding is here! In 2006, I made a goal to write a manuscript. In 2007, I met writer Pam Farrel who has...
Send a Note of Thanks

Send a Note of Thanks

Isn’t it wonderful when you’re thumbing through your mail and you see a handwritten return address from a friend?  You open up the note and voila, it’s something personal.  It’s not a bill, advertisement, or catalog.  It’s something...
Home Made Simple – It’s a Wrap!

Home Made Simple – It’s a Wrap!

We just finished 4 days of shooting with the TLC show “Home Made Simple.”  The show will air sometime in 2011, maybe March-ish (of course I’ll keep you posted).  I cannot divulge any juicy secrets about what is behind this door, but let me just say...
Sisters Who Really Need My Help!

Sisters Who Really Need My Help!

(Click on the image to watch the video) Do you know someone who looks like this?  Well, when she’s not acting like a “sister,” Kathy Meek pictured above is the amazing Women’s Ministries Director at Faith Chapel.  I was their women’s...
My Visit to Harvest House Publishers

My Visit to Harvest House Publishers

Do you know when you instantly like someone?  You feel comfortable, you laugh easily, you connect?   That is exactly how I felt meeting the wonderful people at Harvest House Publishers.  They treated me like family!  Pictured above is the superb marketing team. VP...