I started going to Zumba about two years ago. It was back when Zumba was the next big thing and women everywhere were rallying their work friends and mommy group mates to check out the newest way to dance themselves skinny. I fell into it too, because seriously, dancing is fun, working out kinda isn’t, and anything I could do to make moving fast and sweating more bearable I was interested in exploring. Like everyone else on the face of the entire planet, I loved it. I felt good, I got a little bit fitter, and I was having…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Bacon

  Brussels sprouts are one of those “old school” vegetables that garnered a bad rap a few decades ago when housewives (okay, maybe househusbands, too) served them up to their families BOILED. TO. DEATH. Boiling Brussels sprouts does them absolutely no justice. Those little, delicate leaves on the outside of each mini-cabbage-ish bundle? They scream to be roasted or fried, turning into melt-in-your-mouth bite sized packages of yum. Add in a little bacon? Well, let me just tell you: roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon will win over just about any picky veggie eater. If the appetizer and small bite menus of…

Happy Hour at Family Meal in Frederick, MD

  Admittedly, happy hours aren’t a regular occurrence these days. In fact, I’m not sure they ever were. But what I DO know is this: happy hour as a grown-up (versus the happy hours I knew as a college student – whoa) can be really fun if done right. Like happy hour at Family Meal, for example. I belong to a small group of co-workers who have a recurring calendar reminder to meet once a month for happy hour, right after work. Destination TBD, but always somewhere in Frederick, MD, and ideally downtown. The reality? We end up managing one…maybe two…of those meet ups…

  Personally, I am not an amusement parker. I visit them, under duress, to please my thrill seeking family. I don’t like crowds, I don’t do heat, I hate being overcharged for random trinkets, and standing in line makes my back sore. Despite all that, I usually wind up having a blast in between bouts of screaming in real fear for my life and moments of feeling like I may truly barf up every single piece of the delectable funnel cake I devoured for lunch. Because dang it, I love funnel cake. And seeing my kids laugh uproariously at my…

Living Life In The Front Row!

  At this very moment, which row are YOU living your life in? Let me clarify as you ponder. You may recognize the photo below. It’s been circling around Facebook for eons. The caption reads: “How Do you live  your life? Are you in the first row or the third?” I’m such a fan of this pic. Indulge me for a moment and take a long look at it. Clearly no one’s partying in the third row. Which begs the question: In the grand scheme of life, where would you say you currently sit? Or better yet, where would you like to sit?…