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

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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

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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

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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...]