With many of my summer celebrations now over, it’s time to get back into sustainable healthy habits. Food seems to be the easiest way for me to start fresh. These five cookbooks are in a sea of billions, but their focus on guilt-free healthy living caught my attention.
Last fall, I felt a fire under me that wanted to explore, wanted to wander, wanted to do the thing I was dreaming of doing. As you read here, “the thing” was spending some time in one of my favorite cities, Washington DC. So, I departed on my first solo vacation and never looked back.
Everyone should make a habit of traveling solo–to the movie theater, the local market, or a place many miles away. The experience was all I imagined it would be, both exhilarating and centering, exhausting and liberating, but resulted in a few lessons learned along the way.
Keep reading for some tips on planning before, during and after your best trip ever!
Every holiday that involves planning a gift for my mom has usually started with me asking what she wants. Which is a terrible tactic for someone who has often said something along the lines of, â€śnothingâ€ť or â€śeveryone to be good.â€ť My siblings and I havenâ€™t always been able to be good agree to disagree when weâ€™re together, so weâ€™ve often had to overcompensate with presenting a slew of gifts, each one different than the last, and usually painted, cut, glued, cooked, wrapped and/or delivered.
While â€śbeing goodâ€ť comes more naturally the older we get, the unique and worthwhile gift ideas start to wane after many years of birthday celebrations, Christmas mornings and Motherâ€™s Dayâ€™s have come and gone. While I’m definitely not one to hate on a fresh bouquet of flowers or a new candle, those things usually end up in the same place. The trash.
And how terrible is that?!
Making memories will warm the heart for a lifetime. If youâ€™re still piecing together the perfect Motherâ€™s Day for that wondrous woman in your life, look no further than this list of (last minute) non-traditional gift ideas.