Keeping Dinnertime Light

It happens every night. We gather at the table and eat dinner. There may be days when it resembles an episode of Wild Planet, but other days, it’s a marvelous opportunity to connect with each other and spend time together.

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The only dinner I’ve ever taken a picture of seems to be Thanksgiving!

Growing up, dinnertime was an important part of my family’s day. All seven of us tucked in around our trestle table which filled the entire dining area. Our conversations were everything from intellectually stimulating, to uproariously funny! I have fond feelings about those times with my family. And when I had a family of my own, I knew I wanted that kind of dinnertime. Continue reading “Keeping Dinnertime Light”

How I Make January Light

While we don’t get snow here in Northern California, much of my winter looks like this. Cold and dark. It takes a bit of effort, but I’ve got a few ways I make my January light.


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January is just a month, right? A month like all the others? Except that in the northern hemisphere it’s cold. And dark. Both things that I am remarkably sensitive to.

Over the many Januarys of my life, I’ve come up with a few tactics for getting through this cold, dark month. Meaning, I don’t spend all 31 days under both of my down comforters eating nothing but dark chocolate. Which is what I feel like doing. Continue reading “How I Make January Light”

Winter Health

I realize that part of being on planet Earth is interacting with all of the other organisms. But there are some that sure slow you down when you come in contact with them! Here are a few ways to fight back.


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For me, it usually starts with a tickle in my throat. And then the aching body. When I feel these symptoms, it’s time to step up my game and throw all the weapons in my arsenal against that army of viruses that are trying to beat me down. Sound familiar? Continue reading “Winter Health”

Using Christmas Time Well

In order to make December “the most wonderful time of the year” I need to do a little planning first. Being deliberate about what I choose to do with the time I have this month can help lighten up our Christmas time!


What is Christmas? I have to start there. If I remember why I am celebrating Christmas in the first place, it helps me make all of the other decisions for my time this holiday.  Continue reading “Using Christmas Time Well”

Streamline the Kitchen

Whether you spend hours in the kitchen or just a few minutes, taking a bit of time to streamline the space will maximize the time you spend there… and possibly make your time there a little lighter!

I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen. And I don’t want to spend that time digging through clutter or searching for something that I know must be in there somewhere… I’ve got some systems in place that have helped me streamline all things meal-related and it’s made a huge difference!  Continue reading “Streamline the Kitchen”

Lighter With Gratitude

I know. It’s the topic on everyone’s blog and podcast right now! But there is good reason for that. Gratitude genuinely has a positive impact on our mental and physical well being. 

Sometimes when I hear something over and over again, I stop listening. Or I tell myself, I already know it so I don’t need to listen. But every time I hear about how gratitude can make me happier and healthier, I stop and listen. Continue reading “Lighter With Gratitude”

Eating Light

One thing that helps me the most when I choose what to eat is to remember why I eat in the first place. Food is fuel. And what I choose to eat for fuel makes a big difference in how light my body feels.


With one sugar-filled holiday down and two more to go before the end of the year, I felt like now was a good time to talk about eating light. There is no question that what we eat either makes us feel physically and mentally light or very, very heavy. Continue reading “Eating Light”

Yosemite’s Light

The way the sun peeks over the granite cliffs and casts its light over the Yosemite Valley is nothing short of majestic. Time spent in this magnificent national park is soul-lightening!

The breathtaking El Capitan. 

I was lucky enough to grow up about 2 hours from Yosemite National Park. Day trips into the park to see it’s natural beauty happened often. Continue reading “Yosemite’s Light”

Ancestor’s Day

We’re all in a flurry over celebrating Halloween… but what about the holiday that Halloween used to precede? I think it’s time to bring back a celebration.

My great-grandfather and his family who immigrated from Russia in 1907.

Do you know the history of Halloween? How it was originally called All Hallows Eve, because it was the day (or evening) before All Hallowmas? It’s interesting how the evening celebrations have been kept, but the original holiday has been all but forgotten. I’d like to bring it back! Continue reading “Ancestor’s Day”

When the Lights Go Out

It’s been an interesting week here in Northern California. I’m writing this post in between power outages. We just went through 48 hours of no power and we’re waiting for the power to be shut down again.

The power company has shut down our power. Don’t get me started on the “why”… it’s not pretty. Suffice it to say that the power company has some work to do. Continue reading “When the Lights Go Out”