Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian

I changed my diet to a mostly vegetarian diet many years ago.  It’s not easy and I so wish this book had been available when I made the change.

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian byRrachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN is geared towards teens and young adults, but the information is GREAT and is good for all ages.

smart girl's guide to going vegetarian

I love the way the author approaches it, going vegetarian is such a personal choice for so many people.  Everyone has different reasons to change their diets:  health, compassion for the animals or even just being curious.  This book addresses all aspects of vegetarianism.

Since I changed my diet, I’ve been vegetarian, vegan and now I am a flexitarian……  This basically means I occasionally eat meat, but mostly stick to a vegan diet.  My body just responds better to this way of eating so I am sticking with it for now.

There is a quick little quiz at the beginning of the book to help you decide what you are ready for, going full on vegan or flexitarian or just following Meatless Monday’s.  Then the book goes into all the nutrients you need to make sure you get into your diet and examples of meals for the day to show you how easy it is to get it!

The book is easy to read, easy to follow and is accepting of all forms of vegetarians.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and like I said before, really wish I had a book similar to this when I changed my diet so many years ago!!!  I love the section on what to order at my favorite restaurants!

Big Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookie:

Makes 6 cookies

1 large banana, mashed

1/2 cup natural peanut butter, crunchy

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Mash the banana well in bowl.  Add the peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix.  In another bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, coconut, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir the oat mixture into banana mixture until well combined (use your hands).  Roll about 1/4 cup batter into a ball and flatten slightly onto cookie sheet.  Lay each cookie 3 inches apart.  Bake for 12-15 mins or until lightly browned on the bottom; allow to cool for at least 15 mins before eating.

If you are VegCurious, check out the book and also check out these movies:   Forks Over Knives,  Hungry for Change or Food, Inc.

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It’s a Nick Day!

It’s another “9” day in January and that means it’s another Moritz son birthday!

Nick is 25 today!

Nick is:

A wonderful husband

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An amazing, loving Uncle

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A terrific brother

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A fantastic son

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Nick loves to play video games and being silly!

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Happy Birthday sweet boy, love you much!

Chase’s Day!

Ten days have gone by since Jake’s day so another birthday is here.  Chase, my oldest son is turning 29 today!

For the first time ever is 29 years, Chase doesn’t live in the same town as we do.  I guess I am not counting when he was in college at OSU.  It will be different this year because we are celebrating at his house!  Normally, I prepare their favorite meal and favorite cake.  This year I get to attend his party!  I could get used to this 🙂

Chase is:

A wonderful husband

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An amazing father

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chase and emma

A terrific brother


A fantastic son

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Loves to fish and loves sports and a runner

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Happy Birthday to my baby!  Hope you have a wonderful day!  Love you!

Still Working on Those Resolutions?

My P90X3 challenge group is going well!  We are on week 2 and boy have we been sore!  Yesterday was one of the hardest workouts of the week – The Challenge.  It is push-up and pull-up hell!  LOL!  I do feel that I am getting stronger, thank goodness and the soreness is starting to get a little better!  We are having fun, eating healthy, working out hard, and getting fit and healthy!  All of this with friends, doesn’t get much better than that!

Beachbody has a new program coming out soon and I can not wait to give it a try!

It is a workout and nutritional program all in one! The best part? It’s affordable!

21 day fix

This 21-day program gives you workouts and a meal plan to follow (with vegetarian and vegan options), as well as food containers that teach you portion control. People in the test group lost 10-15 pounds in the 21 days and said it helped them with their biggest struggle….. nutrition

Shakeology is now available in Strawberry and not only can you purchase it NOW, they also created the neopolitan package.  Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla in one package!  YUM!  I got mine ordered, so hoping it gets here soon.  I will let you know what I think about it as soon as I give it a try!  I’m pretty addicted to my chocolate, so it will be hard to beat that for me!

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If you want to check out all things  Shakeology just click on the link at the top of my page for more information.  Brian and I drink it every single day!

It helps me to stay healthy so I can run around after those darling grandbabies!  Emma was here Wednesday and she is just darling!

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What are you doing for your health and fitness?  Did you make a resolution?  Are you sticking with it?

I’m more than happy to help you!  Message me and I can help you get started today!


Hollywood Holidays!

As I have told you all many times, I love to read.  I read for many reasons, mostly either to learn or just to read for pleasure.  I don’t know that I have a favorite genre to read because I read them all.  I have to thank my Mom for my love of reading, she was always reading and got me hooked early on.

I get asked to review books from time to time and sometimes I ask to review them.  Either way works for me.  So, I recently got the opportunity to read Hollywood Holidays by D. D. Scott.  I have read some of her other books and really liked them and was excited to read this one.  I giggled my way through this story and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Hollywood Holidays

This book did not disappoint.  I enjoyed the story, the characters and quite honestly was a little upset when the book was over, I wanted to read more about them!  The book is set during the holidays, but that isn’t the theme of the book.

Socialite Harper Cantwell wants more out of life than being Briar Creek, Tennessee’s philanthropic queen. Her husband Grant is a financial stud, but he’s also an emotional dud. Tired of being nothing more than his glorified event planner, she leaves him. Hoping to find herself in the creative excitement and sizzle of the holidays in Hollywood, she meets Jake Benton. One of Tinsel Town’s ultimate players, Jake doesn’t waste any time letting her know he’s interested—very interested. In spite of Jake’s hot advances, it’s Grant she can’t forget. But sacrificing herself for any man is no longer part of her party plan. 

Ultra-conservative businessman Grant Cantwell III doesn’t completely understand why Harper left. He misses her terribly but is clueless how to get her back. He gets a real wake-up call when Harper’s best, gay friends tell him he’s an idiot for losing her. Under the tutelage of their company Chick Tricks Inc., Grant is soon on their fast track program, “How to Please a Woman.” But Grant needs more than just a few tricks. He must learn to open his heart instead of his wallet, before Madison gives up on him forever and runs into the open arms of Hollywood’s premier gigolo. 

About the Author: 

D. D. Scott is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Humor Author and a four-time Amazon Movers and Shakers List Author. With 200,000 books sold around the globe, including 25 titles in 5 different genres and chart-topping audio books too, she treats her readers to stories with loads of laughs and a bunch of heart. You can get all of the scoop on her, her books, her fabulous Bitchy Sign Collection and her zany adventures as a “Witch on Wheels”—she’s a Full-time RVer and witch-in-training—in her cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville. 

I recommend this book and would give it 4.5 stars!  Don’t let the fact that it has Holidays in the title stop you from reading it any time of the year!

Laundry Soap Day!

Over the weekend I got together with my girls and we all made laundry soap.  We had a blast and I LOVE the way the soap turned out.

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Of course, there was some healthy food and lots of good conversation and fun!

Morgan is so crafty, she whipped up a cute burlap bow for her jar of soap!

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The soap smells heavenly.  We got the recipe from here.

Sunday was a good day too, We always have our family dinner and this Sunday was no exception.  Build your own pizza night and of course we had to bring out game night!  Lots of smiles and laughter.

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Madelyn sent me a picture of herself.  She told her Daddy to take her pic and send it to her Nona.  She’s getting a BIT sassy!  Silly girl!

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One downside to my weekend was the loss of a classmate, Pam.   She had a major heart attack and she will be greatly missed.  I remember her always smiling and laughing and making others do the same.  So sorry for her loss and I pray for her family as they get through some tough days ahead.


This week will be busy with work, exercise and healthy eating.   I’m sure I’ll through in some fun as well!

I got crafty!

Every year I make a vision board.  I find that it sets the tone for my year, helps me to stay on track with my goals  and I just enjoy doing it.

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Brian thinks that I am nuts for doing it each year and even more so for keeping my past years boards.  BUT, it won’t be the last time he thinks I am crazy.  I think I’m okay with that!


I do not think that vision boards come true automatically, I just think it is a good reminder to look at every day to remind you of your goals and the things you are working for.  Yes, you still have to work for those goals, just because you put a few pretty pictures and some motivating words on a piece of paper does not mean that all of those things are going to happen for you automatically.  You still have to WORK!

If you haven’t ever done one, this is how I do mine.  I gather up my magazines that I have hanging around the house ( I usually save the ones I like all year just for this occasion) and then I sit down with a glass of something good to drink and a pair of scissors.  I just cut out  the photos and the motivational statements that speak to me.  After I have them all cut out, then I start arranging them on my posterboard.  I also use scrapbooking stickers just to “pretty” it up!

My boards usually include some travel, family, health, exercise, business and fun things.   Everyone will have different things on their boards, this is just what I almost always include on mine because it is what I am interested in.

After I have it all done, I put it in my frame and hang it over my desk in my office where I can see it most every day!

I think this is the one crafty thing I can do!

If you decide to make one, I’d love to see a pic of yours!

It’s Jake’s Day!

It’s my baby’s birthday.  No matter that he is 23 today, he’s still my baby!

Jake is:

a wonderful husband

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a fantastic father

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a great brother


an amazing uncle

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an avid fisherman/hunter

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and of course a TERRIFIC son!


We certainly love him bunches and think he’s a keeper!

Happy Birthday Jake!!


Time to Catch Up!

Oh so much has happened since I posted last.

Christmas came and went and we had a wonderful time!  I got so many wonderful things, but the best part was my family all here together!  Chase, Meredith and Madelyn were here for almost a full week and we LOVED every minute of it!  I so miss those faces!!



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Oh, and we had a wedding!  Jake and Morgan got married!  They decided to do it before the end of the year!  It was a beautiful day and Morgan looked fantastic.  We had a great time in the photo booth and LOTS of family was here for the event.  It wore us all out getting ready for it, but it was SO worth it!

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Then on New Year’s Eve, we spent it with a friend!  It was supposed to be a LOT of friends, but so many have been sick.  It’s time for this sickness to be kicked to the curb.  It seems to hang on FOREVER!

I started P90X3 last Monday.  So far I am LOVING it!  Although I am pretty sore today.  We have a GREAT challenge group going and everyone is on FIYAH!  Ready to get healthy and FIT!  I’m glad today is yoga day.  I need the extra stretching!

I got my dental appliances out and started with the Smile Tru tray braces!  My teeth have been a little sore, but it didn’t last too long.  It’s almost time to switch to the next trays.  I’m excited for the end!!  One good thing, I can talk much better!

I think I’m all caught up for now!