Did you know April is Stress Awareness Month?

I didn’t until yesterday. It’s fitting because let me tell you, this spring has been a little rough and April proved to be a trying month. I’m kind of glad to be saying goodbye to this month.

March ended with a bang in the form of a heart attack.My mother suffered a coronary spasm that she first thought was an allergic reaction. Here’s the thing about heart attacks, you never rarely expect to have one… until you do. Continue reading

One of a Kind {Million Dollar Diamond Event}

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Brad’s and my anniversary had me remembering a lot about our wedding and the planning that went into it. For our 5th anniversary dinner, I wore my wedding shoes and jewelry. It was a special occasion. The thing from our wedding that we both wear every day are our rings.

When Howard’s Jewelry Center told me they were doing a designer jewelry event for people to customize their own pieces, I thought about the rings I wear every day. My rings aren’t “designer” but they are custom. Much like people will be able to create at Howard’s during their Million Dollar Diamond Event (June 17-25), we picked the diamonds for both my engagement and wedding rings, selected the settings and had them made. My rings are a very classic style that we could probably gotten many places, but mine had to be custom made since my fingers are super small.

It’s nice to know that what I wear every day is really one of a kind, made just for me.

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Brad’s and my rings

If you recall, Howard’s Jewelry Center is a local and family owned jewelry store, with four locations in the Greater Cleveland area. Howard’s is dedicated to giving customers beautiful pieces for an affordable price. Howard has been in the business for more than 40 years and is part of the largest diamond buying group nationally. In fact, Howard and his entire staff are GIA certified to provide expert, personal service. Continue reading

Eatwell Bingo

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Eatwell Bingo: Your Path to a Healthier You

With so many health conditions on the rise, the concern for healthy eating continues to grow, but as many people who have tried and tested a vast number of diets, it takes a lot of discipline to limit your cheat day to one day a week. And in this world where we’re brainwashed to believe that a pill can make us immune to sickness, we’re less inclined to change our lifestyles and rely on medications to treat us when we’re ill. The secret to longevity is not in the pills; it’s in the food that we eat, according to the New York Times best-selling author Dr. Mercola.

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Healthy eating is not only a safer alternative to those fad diets endorsed by celebrities, but it’s the most realistic option for mental and physical improvement in the long run, decreasing dependency on medications which may only provide short-term relief. Although chowing on balanced meals can sound rather drab and discourage you from starting better eating habits, there are certain ways to add some enjoyment to this new, nutritional endeavor, one of them being bingo. Continue reading

A Short Birthday

I got a little disappointed this week when I noticed that my birthday falls on the dreaded “spring forward” day light savings. I will have a 23 hour birthday. I will lose an hour of sleep on my birthday. Poor me, too bad “pity” can’t be a party theme.

In all seriousness, the fact that my birthday falls on a clock-change day is in no way a big deal. It isn’t even a little deal. The actual deal is that my birthday falls on a Sunday and I like having weekend birthdays.

The 23-hour birthday is only fair because one year I had a 27-hour birthday!

I what magical, mysterious, scientifically impossible way did I ever have a 27-hour birthday?

Well, I happened to be in Seattle on my 22nd birthday. So when my birthday first started in my own time zone, it was 3 hours ahead of me. Then my birthday ended in the time zone where I was, I’d been turning 22 for a whole 27 hours.

Bring on the 23-hour birthday!