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Helllllllo Fresh!

My Mom can cook.

My Dad can cook.

My Sister can cook.

Of course both of my grandmothers and great grandmothers could cook well too.

OMG, I so miss those authentic southern dishes.

But me?

I don’t know what happened, but all of the people in my lineage so hogged the cooking genes!

Enter Hello Fresh.

I honestly cannot sing this company’s praises loud nor long enough.  And the packaging is simple and sweet, which I love.

Give me the healthiest and tastiest, as well as the top of the line ingredients PLUS an easy to follow recipe AND…. Hello (Fresh), I can and will put any of my relatives to shame.

Sorry guys (not really), but mama can cook when Hello Fresh is in the picture.

I am a bit lazy when it comes to cooking.

Being a party of one, I am ok with cooking what I know how to cook – chili and spaghetti being two of my specialties which to date have been well received (for the record).

But Hello Fresh opens the door to a much bigger culinary world.

I have used this service in the past, and now in the present.

I learn so much when cooking these meals, things I can carry over into my norm day to day cooking.

And when I make a Hello Fresh meal, not only does it taste great, but my home smells heavenly.

I bet you a million dollars anyone who walks into my home after I have made one of these meals…. their stomachs will 100% fall in love with me due to the lingering aroma alone waffling throughout my home.

I fall in love with myself when I pull off preparing one of these meals!

I truly enjoy cooking.  I did not know that about myself.

But I do need someone else to select the produce, meat, fresh herbs, as well as provide me with one of these blows your mind tastes like a chef prepared this recipes.

If you are in the market to try something new, or you want to add a skill or two to your cooking repartee, try Hello Fresh.

I cannot guarantee it, but I do think you will enjoy the experience of learning and sharing and eating something totally new and great.

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There is a New Girl in Town!

I have been making some major changes in my life.

However, my motto is (working on this one daily) …. simple, slow and steady wins the race.

When I get super excited about the progress I am making…I pull it back in, back up and remind myself…simple, slow and steady wins the race (grrrrr).

Every day I have made a tweak (And we are on day 12 of 2019 people.  I have so totally out done myself as far as New Year goals go)!

I am not making changes because it is a New Year, but to be honest, that does help encourage me.

I am making changes to improve my health because of my job and my family and my friends, before AND during tax season, and that just happens to coincide with a/the New Year.

Yay. Me.

I am making changes for real because several people I care a great deal about (read: the two most important men in my life, and a very close family friend) have had or are battling cancer in one form or another, among other things.

So far, all are/have kicked c’s butt!

But one’s battle is far more serious and harder to overcome, and yet that person still wows everyone (including doctors) with their resilience and bounce backiness.

I am pretty sure I am not capable of that, so I need to try to right my wrongs now.

For me personally, the damage might have already been done, but I am at least going to try to get my natural healer/course correction on.

I have so much to share regarding the journey (granted it has only been 12 days, but still, this is a journey people and I am off to a pretty good start)!

Things going on in my world that I hope to share with you soon, but keeping in mind tax season is now unfolding….

Floating tank experience.  (I so totally enjoyed it, but afterwards due to my toxicity levels due to not exercising/sweating out my toxins like the good ole days, I became very nauseous later in the day, and to be honest for a couple of more days that followed.  BUT.  When I am on track again, the totally exercising and sweating, I WILL do this again).

Daily Harvest Smoothies (By far one of the BEST things I have done)!

Healthy fresh chef made meals delivered to one’s door step completely prepared…. via Real Eats (simply boil pouches in water for 6 minutes.  I am getting ready to try my third meal and I am not sure I am sold on this one yet).  Soon I will try Freshly in February (to be heated in the microwave, but I prefer the oven, so that is how I will roll).

Hello Fresh deliveries…. meals that I personally cook with the ingredients and recipe delivered to my door.  I have enjoyed this set up (past and present) greatly.  I may need to pause this when things heat up for tax season, but alongside Daily Harvest, I really enjoy this one – cooking healthy meals that are so totally yummy!

I signed up for these options with “New Year” coupons and have saved a boat loads of money.

I also placed my first order for each and then promptly put things on hold (aka skipped a week or two for each) so I could figure out what I like and wanted to continue.

I researched all these options, plus so MANY others, all of December before taking the plunge.

I watched youtube reviews on each of my current picks, along with at least 6 other company options that I may try should I want to cancel and try something new.

Bottom line – I want to be healthy. 

Especially during tax season when soon enough one will care less about anything else but tax season.

When cancer is “out there” it is on your radar, but when cancer hits close to home with those you love…. Hello.  And not in a good way.

I don’t know about you, but I seriously need to make some changes to better my own odds.

And that is what I am doing by taste testing, cooking or blending, and tweaking daily.

PS – So far – by far – Daily Harvest is a Slam Dunk Winner!

I have tested and shared my smoothies with others and this line/company is a BIG hit.

I am not a breakfast eater for the most part and these smoothies allow me to drink my (organic) fruits and veggies, as well as replace my daily Starbucks fraps as a bi-product, to start my day off on the right note.

Side note – I have felt great and well satisfied on my smoothie days thus far.

And like all the youtube reviews I have watched for all say….

I bought these products with my own money and I was in no way influenced by Daily Harvest (nor any other company I am/have reviewed) nor do I  receive anything from anyone should you try any of these options/companies.

Although, our receptionist at work keeps encouraging me…. Dude, with all that you share from all the plans you try, you should SO be making money for inspiring others to try it/them!


My First Vacation Day in 2019…

Was such an epic fail.

I was on tap to experience my first floating tank appointment (see previous post if interested) at noon on Friday.

Supposedly, from all I have read for at least 1+ years before trying, this modality could/can help me completely detached from everything (due to complete sensory deprivation).

This experience could/can supposedly also help me delve into my own psyche/subconscious mind to receive clarity on what truly matters to me, because what else are you going to do for an hour when totally isolated and detached from all of your senses?

I called the establishment at 7:30 am on Friday morning to reschedule my appointment and was very surprised when the owner answered.

I was able to successfully reschedule the appointment for Saturday, January 5th in the morning.

I really need this experience both physically and mentally.

But at the same time, I also felt the need to complete a couple of things for work.

Hence the rescheduled appointment.

Here I was taking a day off from work, prior to tax season, to ponder and think about and maybe even hopefully start planning what I hope to achieve by my 50th birthday (becoming 50 still totally blows my mind, um, I am almost a half of a century old, what the what??).

What skills and/or education do I still need?  And more importantly, what exactly is my end game now?

But I failed and I worked from home.

No one asked me to do this, nor was it required.

I simply logged into my work computer to complete a couple of things that really needed to be done but I hadn’t had the time to complete yet….and that turned into…..just one more thing…and that turned into… just one more thing….and that turned into 6 hours.

Afterwards I found myself asking, really?  This is how you spend a vacation day, Lisa? Dude, something needs to change.

Along side of wanting to do well at work, someone I love and care about is battling cancer.  I, nor anyone else, saw this one coming.

This experience alone has been the biggest eye opener for me in the last 6 months and it has me pondering…am I on the right track?

Thankfully, I have a little bit of year-end bonus money left to invest in myself.

And that is what Saturday’s floating session will be all about…checking out, detaching, letting go and getting centered.

I know first hand that mind, body and spirit modalities work, and why it has taken me so long to get back here….short answer, I got lost.  I have been focusing on the wrong things (for me).

Before tax season becomes prominent again, I really need to know what I hope to happen by this year’s end (Hello 2019) so I can stay focused and keep refocusing when needed.

In 2018, I did well on several levels.

However, as for my health in 2018, that too was an epic fail.

That must change, and that one is well within my control.


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Hope Floats

I finally did it.

I made an appointment to experience a floating tank.

Tomorrow at noon (Friday, January 4th, 2019), I am so going to finally experience something I have been researching (and longing to try) for months, if not years.

Ok, maybe only ONE year.

But still, although it may have taken me a while, I DID finally act on it.

I have been studying this technique forever.

I swear…I am a mermaid in hiding, as in water, especially salt water, enlivens me like nothing else.

Even in the bathtub.

Me and salt water = HELLO!  Life is good.  I can do this (whatever this may be).  Hell.  I was born to do this (whatever this may be).

One of the many blips I came across…

The Crazy Thing That Happened When I Tried Floating in a Soundproof, Lightproof Tank

My main take away from all of the things I have seen and read is –

“It’s the ultimate way to detach.”

Right about now, I want to completely detach and reset.

I want to figure out what I want.

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Floating Benefits

I really need some hope that floats…

And to totally detach…

If even for only an hour.

Mind + Body + Spirit = Balance, Self-Care and Health.

And health, as I near my half century mark, is SO MUCH MORE valuable than wealth.

Don’t believe me?

Good luck with that.





Christmas 2018 in Pictures

Holy Bleep!  I am a Princess, a Real Life Princess!

I have not watched a Royal wedding before.

Not start to finish.

I did not watch Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding even though I thought/think they are a great match and are very much in love.

In the past, I have been more than happy to watch the highlights on the nightly news shows.

And I did not set out to watch Harry and Meghan’s wedding today either.

I woke up at 5:30 am, like normal, and turned on the TV.

And there it was – streaming live.

I thought I’d have it on in the background and go about things on my computer.

I was wrong.

I was sucked in like almost everyone else, and happily so.

I didn’t get a thing done on my computer because I was hooked to my TV for 4.5 hours.

4.5 hours!

At times, I had tears streaming down my face, and I even found myself thinking….I want to get married.

Um.  That is unheard of in my world.  I am not the marrying type.  At least that has not been a “goal” of mine to date.

And that thought didn’t just pop into my head (and maybe even into my heart this time too) because of today’s ceremony and all of the regal and “royalness” going on.

It stemmed from the connection Meghan and Harry share.

These two people together are very special on so many levels, in my opinion.

I think they are going to do a lot of good in the world together.

I have never been married, so I am not sure I really have a wise say in the matter, but, I really do think that getting married in your 30s (or later) is perfect.

In doing so, each person has had the time to “live a life” on their own, as well as define who they are.  And in doing so, each person really does have something to share with the other.

The fact that Meghan and Harry are in love, for real, wow, that makes this union just about perfect for/to me.

Not to mention the fact that I would love to date (and/or marry) an English or Australian man just to hear him talk! hahaha

Now that really has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember, not the marrying part, but the being in a loving relationship with an English or Australian man. hahahaha

For real.

I could listen to him talk about…just about almost anything,…and I could do so for…um, just about forever.

Meghan and Harry are changing the British monarchy without even trying.  They are changing it by being who they each are, and by being in love and uniting.


I could not help but to think on many occasions during the event, Meghan and her mom, at some point or another (or many), had to have the thought…

Meghan: Holy Bleep!  I am a Princess, a Real Life Princess!

Doria (Meghan’s mom): Holy Bleep!  My daughter is a Princess, a Real Life Princess!


I am sure they don’t cuss, but that is how it played out in my head.

Meghan walking herself down the aisle was priceless and powerful.

You go girl.

For Real.

If I ever get married, I am walking (or rolling) myself down the aisle.

I  really do wish them the best of the VERY best in their life together.

I look forward to seeing what they create together in the years to come.

PS – Her mom has a nose ring, teaches yoga and is a social worker….um, that totally rocks.  Plus some!

Another PS – Meghan really isn’t a Princess.  She has become…Her Royal Highness Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

But still.

She is now royalty, and that is absolutely amazing!

There is NO way she or her parents, back in the day, ever really thought….You know, one day I think (my daughter) I will straight up become royalty.

God Bless America.

God Bless the Queen.

But in all seriousness, God Bless us all (as in the world, all religions, all colors, all anything).  We all could use it.

Best Wishes, and then some, to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex…






New Beginnings


I dismantled my entire blog.

4 years worth of posts gone.

No big deal.

I’ve done it before.

I think I have been blogging under this website for 8 or 9 years.

I have dismantled before.

What can I say?

I go all in when I do New Beginnings.

Inna, since you are one of my two readers (Ok, maybe I really have about four or five since my family and a couple of friends read my posts), thank you for calling tonight.

It was just what I needed!

I am so happy for you and proud of what you have accomplished (for those who don’t know, and care to know, she passed the 4 exams one needs to become a CPA!).


Here’s to New Beginnings.

Inna, I wish you the best, and mama is coming to Canada this year!

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