• Movement Monday: Standing Abs Challenge Check In & Green Beans

    When the garden knocks…you answer…immediately. The best time to preserve anything – whether canning, freezing or drying – is 24-hours within picking. Or sooner, if possible. Waiting means the freshness and quality of the food is being compromised (tomatoes has been the only exception to this rule that I use simply because you want them to be as ripe as possible and that sometimes means having to wait a touch). And what’s the point in putting in all the work if you aren’t going to have a high quality and fresh final product? Yesterday before it warmed up I got out into the greenhouse and did a harvest. Tomatoes and…

  • Why We Sleep Clock

    The sleep clock entered our lives a month or so after our foster kids came bursting through the door like the whirl-wind you might imagine (and a whole lot more I promise you couldn’t dream up — because we didn’t/hadn’t/couldn’t — which is probably the reason the chaos hit us so hard. Emotionally and Physically). Among the lengthy list of “stuff” (i.e. behaviors) we had to navigate with these two little ones were sleep issues. MAJOR SLEEP ISSUES. Issues that differed between the two. For one (9 months old) it was a matter of waking in the night and then holding us hostage the remainder of the night because he…

  • Movement Monday: 10,000 an Arbitrary Number? And, Fitbit

    I’ve always wondered where this rule of 10,000 steps per day came from. Because we, as humans, are not robots and come uniquely, wonderfully and specially made. How on earth can we expect a simple rule of 10,000 steps to fit for everyone? This is the same for the rules of “8 hours of sleep”, or “2000 calories per day” and so on. The simple truth for these simple rules is that this is not a “one size fits all”. Some people need more or less sleep than 8 hours. Some people need more or less than 2000 calories. And 10,000 steps seems like a shot in the dark as…