October 14, 2014

October 8, 2014

Meet Ashley . . .

. . . the star of a new book I illustrated for author Haley Hatch Freeman.


Haley is an anorexia survivor with a message for girls and women:

She wants them to gain the peace and freedom that comes from knowing
the truth about food, media messages, body image, self-worth, and real beauty.

Real beauty.

The kind that radiates from within when we as women
realize our value is not the sum total
of how we do our hair or makeup, or what we wear.

That it's not determined by our body size or social media status.

Or how many shoes we have -- or don't have -- in our closet.

Or if boys and men pay attention to our bodies or tell us that we're beautiful.

Real beauty is something we know and embrace for ourselves;
it's loving ourselves for who we are right now.

I've never suffered from anorexia or other eating disorders --
but I have numerous friends and relatives who have.

Many women dear to me have taken their own lives
because they didn't think they measured up to what
they saw on television, in magazines, or in photos
plastered on social media sites.

I've navigated my own share of debilitating self-doubt.

Fueled by those who, when I was a child, should have supported
and loved me, I've frequently walked a tightrope across
a chasm of despair and depression, mingled with deep feelings of inferiority.

Haley has navigated her own hardships, 
including a near brush with death.
Yet she's determined to share her strength and courage with others. 

She wants to help girls and women make
life-saving changes so they can embrace the peace, joy, 
and happiness they deserve.

I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to play a role in her efforts.

Look for Haley's book, From Head to Tummy: The Simple Truth
About Food, Media Messages, Self-Worth, and Real Beauty 
later this month wherever books are sold.

Or order it now on Amazon.






October 7, 2014

October 6, 2014

Joy Jars Featured on Familius.com

If you missed them a few weeks ago, instructions on how to make a Joy Jar are now featured on Familius.com along with my full article -- click on the link or the photo.

Joy Jar

If you make a Joy Jar, please drop me an email. I'd love to hear your feedback! Let me know how it has impacted your life and or the lives of those you love.







October 2, 2014

72-hour Kits: Three Ways to Make Sure Your Family is Prepared

Fall is the perfect time to reassess your 72-hour kits. When compiling your family's kits, don't forget menu cards, emergency ID cards, and seasonal items.


A menu card, detailing at what intervals food should be consumed, is vital to ensuring supplies are rationed appropriately. In a disaster, following a prewritten guide will be much more effective then attempting to make decisions midcrisis.



Likewise, an emergency ID card (free printable emergency ID cards here) can aid those too stressed to remember important details. Record name, blood type, birth marks or other distinguishing features, medical history, needs, and allergies, immunization dates, address, phone number/s, other pertinent family names (like spouse and children living in the same home), emergency contact numbers (including out-of-state), and Social Security number. Also add the addresses of two location options your family has designated to meet at after an emergency. Add photos and fingerprints to the card, which can then either be laminated or enclosed in a Ziploc bag and attached to 72-hour kits. Including a recent family picture can assist aid workers in knowing who to look for to reunite your family.



Since disasters have no regard for season, plan accordingly. Each spring and fall, reassess your family's kits. For winter, add thermal clothing, warm hats, gloves, and socks. In the spring, add bug spray and replace winter clothing (depending on where you live) with items intended for more moderate temperatures. For year-round use, include sunscreen, lip balm, hand warmers, and bandanas. Hand warmers not only warm extremities in the winter but also provide comfort for aches and pains year-round. Bandanas can serve as coverings for the head, hot pads, signal flags, washrags, and first-aid helps (tourniquets, slings, or bandages).


All it takes is a little advance planning to help keep your family prepared for emergencies. To help you out, we've designed a free printable emergency ID card for you. You can find it here on the Free Printables page.







October 1, 2014

October: Simple Things . . .



. . . This month, rediscover and redefine who you are and what you stand for.



Deseret News Review of The Pear Aficionado

Sincere thanks to the Deseret News for their review of 
The Pear Aficionado

I love that they included my recipe for Pear Meatloaf --
it's one of my favorites!

Read the review and get the recipe here.