Thursday, July 22, 2010

I had dinner at the little door last night with my favorite girls. We had reason to celebrate!
sitting at a round table we all held a wishbone in both hands, made a wish and broke. I was the only one left with two short ends... go figure. I like the idea that everyones wish comes true.

One of my favorite things to do is create travel kits (which basically are combination of scavenger hunts, missions and loving child like shenanigans) for loved ones on their travels. Let's talk if you would like me to create a travel activity kit for you and a loved one. You can e-mail me at

Thursday, July 15, 2010


12 principles for surviving and thriving at Work, Home and School

In June, visiting my father in Portland we made a Stop at Powell's Books, one of my favorite bookstores. I highly recommend it, next time you're in Portland. It's not much of a secret, taking up an entire city block. Personally, I am not much of a fiction book reader. I found myself wandering through the cognitive science section and I picked up "Brain Rules" by John Medina. He makes some excellent points about how unique each of our brains are and highlighting topics such as...

...Exercise improves cognition. Every brain is wired differently. We are designed never to stop learning and exploring. Memories are volatile and susceptible to corruption. Sleep is powerfully linked with the ability to learn. Vision trumps all of the other senses. Stress Changes the way we learn.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010


1 Cup of ground oatmeal
1/2 cup of dry lavender flowers, flower stripped off stalks (optional)
1/2 cup of powered milk (whole or non-fat is fine)
2 tsp cornmeal
Filtered Water

Step one: Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl before transferring to a sealable container. Step two: To use the scrub, combine 1 tbsp of your scrub with enough filtered water to form a thick paste. Gently massage in circular motions over your face and neck. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry.

Yields: approx 12-ounces of scrub
Application: Use three times a week
Storage: 16-ounce plastic or glass container 6 months.