55589253_256253825258000_866034426721599488_nYou know you are having a good week when someone you admire, respect and look up to honor’s you with a nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  I am so touched and flattered that my friend Amy Lynn Kennedy of Your Favorite Chapter and IG @yourfavoritechapter, even considered me for this wonderful award given from bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire creativity and positivity by bringing sunshine to the blogging community.  Continue reading “THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD”

Create a Holiday Dinner Like a Pro

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I’m  more at home hiking mountains than I am in the kitchen.  Preparing to cook for  large groups gives me anxiety, at least it did until I got some serious pointers from my good friend, Heather Schlueter.  Heather is a lifelong friend, literally! I met her the day she came home from the hospital.  Over the years, I have been amazed at how she can do anything and I mean anything she puts her mind to.  From being a championship diver to successful litigation attorney to CEO of a large medical practice. She has mastered the art of entertaining all while raising five children.  She is now a bestselling author of two cookbooks for Instant Pot!

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A Pharmacist’s Advice on how to have a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season

Lisa King

I love the holiday season.  If you are like me, it is full of family, friends, shopping, eating and germs.  As much as I enjoy this time of year, I always end up getting a bad cold or a tummy bug that seems to occur at the worst time.  Luckily, this year I have a secret weapon and thanks to my friend, Lisa King sharing her insider tips, so do you!

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A Beginners Guide to Hiking Gear

A Beginners Guide to Hiking Gear
This lightweight backpack is perfect for day hikes

During the last few months I have gotten a number of messages asking me questions about what kind of gear is needed to start hiking.   The simple truth is not much!  When I started I really had no idea what I was doing and  managed to wander around some local trails with just my regular sneakers.

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Havasu Falls, A True Treasure of the Southwest


Havasu Falls Turquoise Canyon Oasis
Havasu Falls plunges into a deep blue-green pool, with Cataract Canyon behind lit by the morning sun, on Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon.

Hiking to see the waterfalls of Havasu was one of the toughest yet  most amazing experiences of my life.  The waterfalls are located deep in the Grand Canyon and are part of the Havasupi Tribal Lands.  Havasupi is  translated as “people of the blue-green water.”  The water is a beautiful turquoise, unlike anything I have ever seen.

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My Own Episode Of Fear Factor!


A few years ago I remember watching the T.V. show, Fear Factor.  I thought the contestants in the show were insane.  I couldn’t figure out why anyone would ever put themselves in such stupid, dangerous and disgusting situations.

Last week I survived my very own living episode of Fear Factor.  Hiking in the Arizona Desert during the summer heat is scary enough.  Add to it some poisonous snakes and wild animals and you have a show. 

Beware Rattlesnakes Sign does not encourage hikers to explore off trail
They aren’t kidding!

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