An Update and the Plot Overview of Little Milestones – Coming Soon

Right now, my beta readers are looking over the draft of Little Milestones. I am reading the manuscript again, as well, for the hundredth time. As well, I’ve started to create some of my marketing materials for the book. For those of us in the trenches as independent authors, it’s a never-ending cycle of book…

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe To Simplify and Change Your Life

Okay, ladies…I think I’ve finally had the epiphany I’ve been waiting for. I am ready to streamline and downsize my work wardrobe. Who wants to do the same? Those pictures of me above are from three years ago when I attempted this endeavor the first time, but then fell off the wagon. I’m ready to…

Recipe of the Week: Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts, Grapes & Onion

This week’s recipe is a quick, yet tasty, and is a somewhat light meal that’s perfect for summertime. The surprise ingredient in this recipe is the grapes, and how they taste alongside the other ingredients after roasting in the oven. YUM! And the added bonus is that it’s really easy… Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts, Grapes…

Fashion Friday: Summer Maxi Dresses & A Versatile Duster

* What is STYLE? 👠 How do you define the word? Here’s my take, for what it’s worth. Style isn’t about what you wear, it’s about how you feel about what you wear. Style also isn’t about labels and expensive clothes: you can look good in inexpensive clothes if you learn what cuts work best…

Recipe of the Week: Chip’s Zucchini Bread

  Yesterday, when Leeanne, Chip, and I got together to work on the second edition of our textbook, Chip presented both Leeanne and me with homemade zucchini bread. When I got home last night, I made a cup of tea and sliced myself a piece of this bread. I still had a lot of Weight…

Recipe of the Week: The 3-Ingredient Ice Cream Cake

Do you have friends popping by for a quick visit? The kids want to host their friends after dinner for dessert? It’s a hot summer day and you just need something cool, but the Carvel store doesn’t have your favorite flavor? No worries, my friends. I’ve got you covered. In the summertime, you should always…

Scientists Say This Helps You Look Sexy

What’s the last book you’ve read cover to cover and LOVED? If you can’t answer this question, maybe you’re not reading enough. And if you’re not reading enough, you may not be getting the benefits of reading, which include these scientific facts below. Reading makes you more empathic Reading helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease Reading makes…

Writing About Women + Friendship in Little Milestones

For the past several years, I’ve watched a PBS show called Call the Midwife. It’s a series based on the memoirs entitled Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End by Jennifer Worth, a district nurse and midwife who was living in the East End of London during the 1950s. The show intermingles…

A Little Teaser for My Upcoming Novel: Little Milestones

*** Well, I’m officially getting excited! As I posted a few weeks ago, I finally decided upon the name of my fourth novel, LITTLE MILESTONES, and I have a first draft of the cover. When it gets to this point, it begins to feel as if things are coming together. I’m sharing the first cover…

Treating Your Hair To A Day Out

I have a few complaints about the middle-aged years, such as my bad back and newfound wrinkles, but one additional item for the list is how your hair changes as the greys come in. So today I DID A THING! I got the Keratin treatment on my hair and it’s amazing! Nancy at Park Salon…

Stay Positive, Writers!

It’s the first day of summer break for me, and that means it’s time to dust off my work in progress and hunker down. I’d really love to have this novel done by the end of summer. However, in doing so, there are challenges. It’s really easy to tell ourselves that our work is mediocre…that…