Meal Planning, Food Tracking, And Accountability: One day I woke up and made a decision to change everything.

  You ever look at yourself in a picture or in the mirror and think: Whoa? Is that really what I look like? Or found yourself sluggishly weaving your way through each day without energy? Yeah, me too. I’ve been struggling for some time now. When my husband had a health scare in 2015 it really rocked our world. So I decided to take a conscious step back on my personal priority list and instead focused all of my energy on him, relieving his stresses and rearranging our lives. I changed jobs and stopped most of the activities I previously enjoyed. And, quite frankly,…

5 Things You Need To Know About Lady Face Shaving

  Because I did it. I shaved my whole entire face. Well, most of it. And I know you have questions. Like, “Why would you shave your face, Amanda?” And, “How did you shave your face, Amanda?” AND, “JUST WHAT EXACTLY WERE YOU THINKING, AMANDA?!” But, hear me out… I have struggled recently with acne, particularly along my jaw line. And, if I’m honest, I have noted that my facial hair has gotten a little more, um, engaging with age. Not are-you-doing-Movember-this-year engaging, just slightly-thicker-and-more-resistant-to-going-unnoticed-in-places engaging. It’s not that I have what I would consider an actual mustache, per se,…

A slow cooker beef roast dinner that's ready to devour when you get home from work? Yes!

  A slow cooker beef roast dinner that’s ready to devour when you get home from work? Yes! I use my slow cooker and Instant Pot® throughout the year for a variety of things: chicken stock, tomato sauce, and other kitchen and cooking hacks. I’ll never buy chicken stock again — especially when I have a recipe that calls for cooking it overnight in a slow cooker, or in an hour with the Instant Pot. You can hardly get any easier than that. The overnight slow cooker chicken stock recipe ends up yielding 12 cups of stock, so I typically keep…

  As the resident self-improvement geek of the Pursuit of it All gang, I like to wax poetically about all things inspirational. If there’s a new book out there, I’ll read it. New podcast? I’m on it. Crazy new technique? I’ll probably give it a whirl. But friends, I’m feeling like I might have fallen down on the job with you. How is it that I’ve never shared with you my obsessive love commitment to vision boarding? Geez. It’s, like, “Inspiration 101.” For those of you who are new to the concept, vision boards (sometimes called “dream” or “inspiration” boards) are…

So this week a thing happened in my "hometown social media world" ... a tweet between @FCPSMaryland and a student, about the weather.

  So this week a thing happened in my “hometown social media world” that got a lot of people me fired up. It started with the threat of inclement weather and a student tweeting to the school district’s Twitter account asking for schools to be closed the next day. Not a big thing … except … the student spelled “tomorrow” as “tammarow” in his tweet. In a brilliant move, the school district’s Twitter account wrote back: “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”     And suddenly the internet exploded with two things: 1) virtual high-fives (and…