Yogi or not you need to stretch…

I look at my phone too much. Period. Can’t put it down, even while I am also watching TV. It’s ridiculous. Yoga helps me make up for the horrible habit. Even if you are not a yogi this is a simple stretch called the fish pose (modified) from my friends at Yoga Journal (follow them on Instagram). If you are a yogi and have blocks you can use those, if not use a foam roller or bolster (or a rolled up yoga mat). Arms out to your sides or folded up above your head, legs bent our straight. Try it out!

Save your phone…


If you like to keep all of your electronic devices safe from moisture make sure you have some resealable plastic bags around.  Use ‘snack’ size bags for cell phones and quart or gallon bags for tablets and phablets. Cheap, reusable and easy. Now you can read your ebook in the pool or at the beach. 

The IRS will NEVER initiate contact by phone…


Do not fall for any phone calls, recorded or otherwise, that come from the IRS. The IRS will NOT initiate any audit, review or communication by phone. The IRS uses the US Post Office. 

Link to IRS about scam calls

Making recipes healthier…

Quite a while ago I had a friend tell me to swap unsweetened applesauce for sugar in a recipe. For those of you that follow along you know I don’t really bake so I really have no idea if I would’ve made the recipe correctly using sugar. What I can tell you is that I made the most moist cookies I had ever made in my life. My family loved them and I didn’t even tell them what I had done. They were just crispy soft and absolutely perfect. 

Here are some more awesome recipe swaps from Greatest!

Check it out!

Don’t go thirsty while you travel…

One of my big pet peeve’s with the TSA line is that you have to throw away your beverage as you pass through. I have learned, over my many years of traveling, that the smartest thing me to bring to the airport is an empty reusable water bottle. I prefer one that seals, holds a lot of liquids and has a great lid. TSA will allow you to bring an empty bottle through security and you can fill it on the other side. My airport of choice is Midway in Chicago and there are water bottle filling stations as soon as you enter the concourse. I like this 40 ounce CamelBak.

How to pack a hot (warm) curling iron

Take an inexpensive, square pot holder with a pocket. Place the curling or flat iron inside the pocket, fold in half and wrap the cord around the pocket. Secure by pulling the cord end into the loop. It’s DIY with no ‘do’!