More Than an Apple a Day

A couple of months ago I had a “health crisis” which had me being able to only eat rice for almost two weeks. It was rough and awful and it’s something I hope to share later in case others come online searching for cures for the problem I had.

After three expensive tests requested by the gastroenterologist I was seeing failed to show anything amiss, I decided to give my diet a total overhaul. If the problem wasn’t something going wrong on the inside, then maybe it was something wrong I was putting INTO my body.

Apples for health

Anyway, what I want to say today is just that I’ve become a vegetarian who doesn’t eat any dairy or gluten. Or you could say I’m a vegan who does eat honey. The vegan camp is pretty militant about the honey thing, so I try not to call myself that lest I get jumped on. ;-)

I found some wonderful blogs that have helped me find meals that are nutritious and delicious. One of those is Deliciously Ella. I have tried several of her recipes and have many more marked to try soon.

In the coming weeks I will share my journey into vegetarianism and how it has affected my physical and mental health. If you have suggestions for blogs or sites that have healthful, vegetarian recipes, I would love to hear about them!

The Basics of Phone Data Usage


If you have teens in your life, it is highly possible that you may be struggling not to go over the data usage on your phone plan. Last month I worked with Cricket Wireless on a Twitter party and recently they sent me a great info-graphic that helps people understand the various usage patterns and which plan best fits those needs. Those who are more tech-challenged, like one of my sisters, this graphic does a wonderful job of breaking things down and making it clear which plan is … [Continue reading...]

Overcoming Challenges

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Do you have a quitter in your home? Or are you a quitter? That sounds harsh, but I don't mean it to be. I mean to speak the truth, and sometimes that hurts to hear. If you or someone you know and love constantly gives up, saying "I can't do it, because...." you have a quitter on your hands or you are the quitter. I speak from experience. I have a quitter in my home - one of my kids. My husband and I recognize it and we have been trying for years to help him become a non-quitter. ;-) If … [Continue reading...]

My Addiction to Lazy Susans

Organizing bathroom cabinets

In my quest for better organization and ease of access to things I need, I have learned the value of the simple but highly effective Lazy Susan. For years I have struggled with my bathroom cabinet. I would weed out things I had accumulated by did not use often. I would move things from one shelf to another. Nothing seemed to help and things were constantly cluttered and knocked over when I reached for items further back on the shelf. A few weeks ago I was using one of the FOUR Lazy … [Continue reading...]

How I Met My Husband


Today is my 17th wedding anniversary. On July 20th, 1996 at 7:00 PM, I married David Padgett and went from being Amanda King to being Amanda Padgett. When I was a teenager I dreamed of marrying an educated country boy and living in a big, old white house in the country. Why the "educated" part? I don't know. Both my parents had masters degrees, so a higher education seemed like the standard. For a long time that dream did not look like it would be fulfilled. I seldom had boyfriends in high … [Continue reading...]