Hello everyone, today I want to introduce to you to my friend Dana’s health and wellness business called The Whole Core. Dana shares tips about being healthy and being whole as a person. This isn’t one of those sites that bashes you for eating meat or binge eating on junk food. Dana provides practical tips to make simple yet valuable lifestyle changes. I had the opportunity to take part in one of her Detoxification Journey’s, that in itself was amazing.

For the next 31 days Dana will be providing tips on creating a fresh outlook for 2017 on the The Whole Core’s Facebook page. Be sure to stop by and ‘Like’ her page so you don’t miss out on some great information. Here are some of the topics she will cover.

  • Self Love
  • Loving and Appreciating Your Body
  • Eating without Guilt
  • Exercising and Moving Your Body
  • Learning to Love Your Career
  • Practicing the Art of Meditation


Holiday Aromas

Are you in the holiday mode? Have you started shopping yet? Is your Thankgiving dinner menu ready? Something about Thanksgiving gets me in the holiday spirit. It might be all of the food, the cooking, gathering together with family. My original Thanksgiving plans have been put on hold and I may be going home next week. Being home for Thanksgiving got me thinking about family, fellowship and food.

As I prepare for a weekend filled with fun, food, family and friends I can’t help but think about certain aromas of food that put me in the holiday spirit. The picture above is from Christmas a  few years when I surprised my dad and went home to Massachusetts. I was baking a sweet potato pie and peach cobbler (both of my dad’s favorites and the memories of holidays started coming back. Do you get flashbacks when you smell certain foods? I know I do. A certain smell can bring all types of memories to mind.

The smell of bread pudding reminds me of the many moments I spent in the kitchen with my gramma. She taught me so much about life, marriage and taking care of your family. I’m excited about going back to Massachusetts for the holidays.


Every year my cousin Tiara and I try to make it home for Christmas. This year she won’t be there but I will eat her portion of yams Christmas day. LOL Something about my gramma’ yams that gets us all together in one place. The smell of the sugar, butter and nutmeg reminds us all the time we spend with our grandparents.

What about you? Are there certain foods that get you in the spirit? Tell us about them, we would love to hear it.

10 Tips To Ease Your Thanksgiving Day Meal


It’s the beginning of the month and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. The time has come to start planning out our meal for the big day. There are two weeks to go. There is still time to get all of your ducks in order to have a wonderful and stress free Thanksgiving Day. I will share with you ten tips to help ease your preparation for Thanksgiving.

Plan Your Menu Early – Pick out what you will have for dinner early. You still have time to order a fresh turkey or even pick up a frozen one. Better Homes & Garden even has a printable checklist to help easy your pain. Don’t stress out over what the menu should be, keep it simple, yet tasty.

Scan Ads in Sale Papers – Look through your sales papers. Many supermarkets have started their sales for canned goods, fresh produce, turkey’s, chickens, etc.

Delegate Tasks – Ask your guests to bring a dish to help take off some of the pressure from you. Have someone bring a vegetable, a starch, drinks, desserts, even appetizers. You don’t have to cook everything yourself.

Linens – Pick out what the linen you will use for the day. Don’t worry if you don’t have the fancy lace tablecloth. You can use paper ones, most discount stores have very cute table settings that come with matching napkins and cups.

Set The Table – This can be done a day or two beforehand. Get out all of your place settings and have the kids help you set the table. This teaches them etiquette and it gives you one less thing to do on turkey day.

Centerpiece – You don’t need one but you can definitely have one. Did your kids make something in school that you could use? Add a vase with flowers, marbles or a candle to the center of your table.

Defrost the Turkey – Start to defrost your turkey 2-4 days ahead of time, on Thanksgiving your bird will be defrosted and ready to be placed in the oven.

Prep Sides Early – Most of the time you can prepare your side dishes hours or even a day ahead of time. Getting them done early gives you more time with your family.

Games & Snacks for Kids – Do you want to keep the kids occupied while you work in the kitchen? Give them games to play; board games, cards games, coloring pages. Even set them up with some snacks so they have some food to munch on. This is a perfect time to have them create a gingerbread house, decorate sugar cookies or even make Thanksgiving placemats. Check out these craft ideas from BH&G.

Enjoy Family & Friends – Now that you have done all of your work. Take the time to enjoy your family and friends. You have worked hard for this day, planning and organizing every detail. Now it is time to enjoy those who are closest to you.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips and that they help your prepare for a day of thanks with your loved ones.


Enjoy National Peanut Butter Month with TS!

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National Peanut Butter Month

National Peanut Butter Month 


November is National Peanut Month. Tastefully Simple has some really great peanut butter inspired recipes. Below are just a few.

What are some of your favorite peanut butter inspired recipes?

Can’t believe it’s November already!

Family, Food, Tradition

November: Family, Food, Tradition

I really can’t believe it’s November already. I feel like it was just the beginning of summer. November is here and the weather is wonderful, the leaves have started to change and Thanksgiving is coming up. I’m really excited about the holidays, I love them. It gives me more time to spend with family, reminisce on past family functions and create new memories. For the past few years Thanksgiving has alternated between my house and my aunt’s house in northern Virginia. Since we can’t make it all the back to Massachusetts every year we do something here in Virginia together. This year it’s at my aunts and we decided to not do traditional Thanksgiving dinner, it’s going to be steak and seafood; I’m excited. I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on the menu and will even try to do a video while we’re cooking.

When I think about Thanksgiving I think about the traditions we have as a family, the trips we’ve taken and how excited we get to spend time with one another. Through out the month I will be sharing some of those fall family traditions that we have.

  • Cooking together as a family
  • Creating new dishes with the leftovers
  • Playing board games
  • Going through sale papers and toy catalogs
  • Shopping on Black Friday (there’s an age requirement)
  • Staying home on Black Friday playing with grandpa (if you were under age)
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
  • Parade of Big Balloons in Springfield, Massachusetts

What are some of your holiday traditions?