Fennel Seed Fever

Fennel Seed Fever

People joke about the crazy things they carry in their purses…well, you know what I’ve got in my purse? A tiny bag fennel seeds. I chew on them all day long. For one reason, I love the flavor—delicate, spicy-sweet, nutty, kind of like black licorice. ...
Safflower Power

Safflower Power

Coconut oil and I have a special understanding. I will loyally add it to my baked goods, homemade skincare solutions, even take a little by the spoon on days when I can’t fit it into my cuisine—and it, in turn, will continue to be awesome. But, our r ...
Spanx, But No Spanx

Spanx, But No Spanx

Ladies, can we talk about shapewear? When I’m going out to dinner with my boyfriend for a special occasion, I usually do break out the Spanx so that I can have a lump-and-bump-free silhouette. I usually feel so trim, thanks to my tummy smoother, that ...
Eating to Beat the “Blahs”

Eating to Beat the “Blahs”

You know how it goes—sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes you’re the windshield. Well, it’s been a buggy summer for me so far. I’ve had a hard time getting out of bed, committing myself to exercise, willing myself to toss a salad instead of having ...
Hush Noisy Stomach, Don’t Say a Word

Hush Noisy Stomach, Don’t Say a Word

A grumbling tummy can be cute. Except when it isn’t. All is fine and well when you and your sweetie are just hanging out Saturday a.m. and then there’s that telltale grrrrowwwwwwl . The two of you might chuckle, “Is there a baby bear under the bed?” ...
The Fiber Follies

The Fiber Follies

A few years ago, when adding fiber to packaged foods apparently was a way to get them added to customers’ shopping carts, I had an incident I will forever remember as The Day I Needed To Find a New Yoga Studio. It started off with fiber-added muffin ...
Greetings from Mrs. Crankypants

Greetings from Mrs. Crankypants

You know who’s got a case of the Mondays? Me, 7 days a week. I love my job, but being at my desk at the crack of dawn is beginning to wear me down and make me irritable. So are my neighbors, who insist on blasting mosh pit tunes from dusk till done. ...