Monthly Archives: January 2015

5 Lessons from a Fluffy Kitty | Caturday

Shade, our new fluffy kitty, has lived with us for about 5 weeks now.  He is like toddler.  I lost count of the number of things he’s broken or stolen.  Muffy, the dog, has really taken to him.  They are best friends already. Shade’s favorite toy is an orange pipe cleaner.  Muffy will pick up the orange pipe cleaner with her mouth and shake it in his face.  They can play for hours with that dirty, bent, disgusting pipe cleaner. […]

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Fun Friday Photo

Yesterday was my 45th birthday.  I’ve spent the past 8 months battling Bertha. The fight is almost over.  Make no mistake, I have already won.  Today, is the second day of the best year of my life! Fun Friday Photo When she arrived home from school, my teen daughter hid away in her bedroom.  At one point she calls out “What’s your favorite color?” “Blue,” I answered. About 15 minutes she calls out again:  “How old are you?” “Forty five.” […]

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Happy Birthday to Me | My 3 Words

Today is my 45th birthday.  Happy birthday to me! I was inspired by Chris Brogan to choose three words to define my 45th year. Three has been a recurring theme this past year.  The number three pops up all over the place. If you are into numerology, which I am not, the number three is all about creativity. Choosing three words for 2015 just makes sense. In fact, I believe I will implement a new birthday ritual and choose 3 […]

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Quick Fitness Tips for Work at Home Moms with Lynda Davies | Podcast Episode 27

Lynda Davies is an ISSA certified Elite Fitness Trainer located in Conroe, Texas. She holds specialist certifications in exercise therapy, strength and conditioning, and sports performance nutrition. Listen in as Lynda shares quick fitness tips for work at home moms. (Click the play button in the black bar below the image of Lynda.) Quick Fitness Tips Some of the fitness topics Lynda and I discuss include: Fitness Training vs. Gym Membership Energy Bars What to eat after you exercise Does […]

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How to Flush a PICC Line with Saline and Heparin | Battling Bertha

If you have a PICC line, it needs daily flushing with saline and Heparin to keep the line clean and prevent blood clotting. A couple of months ago, with the help of chemotherapy nurses Renne and Kim from Greater Houston Cancer Clinic, we created a video with step-by-step instructions on how to flush a PICC line with saline and Heparin for my husband so that he could do the needed task at home.  Kim did a great job filming while Renne […]

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Better Blog Graphics with Canva

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. I’ve been using Corel Paint Shop Pro (affiliate link) for years. Fifteen years. I was an ardent believer that it was the only graphic program I needed. My husband and daughter, both artists, prefer Adobe Photoshop (affiliate link) and a few months ago I finally broke down and tried it.  After getting over the initial frustration of learning a new program I decided I liked it better than PSP. Honestly, though, […]

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Coaching Storytellers

One of my biggest passions is teaching people the art of public speaking.  Public speaking is storytelling.  Great speakers tell great stories. As I mentioned in my dreidel post last week, I had the honor of attending the holiday celebration for Texas Familias Council. Two summers ago I spent a Saturday afternoon mentoring in the art of public speaking an incredible group of Latina leaders working with Texas Familias Council.  My objective was to help each of the ladies craft […]

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Lesson in Shading | Caturday

Last month my daughter turned 16. Most girls her age want cars, or the latest iPhone, for their 16th birthday. Not my daughter. The only thing my daughter wanted for her 16th birthday was a fluffy kitty. She was rather specific. Not only did the kitty need to be fluffy, the kitty must also be black. My husband, Shane, and I were a bit concerned about adding a new kitty to the household.  You see we already have two geriatric pets. […]

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Fun Friday Photo | Hang Out With Groovy People

I am typing this on Thursday night. I love being able to “schedule” my blog posts in advance.  Friday mornings I like to hang out with groovy people.  More on that in a bit. I recently installed WordPress Editorial Plugin to ALL THREE of my blogs because it makes scheduling posts so easy.  Since I am currently doing a 31 day blogging challenge, scheduling is a necessity.  Today is day 9.  So far, so good! Curious about what else I […]

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Two Meditations for Breast Cancer Patients Who Don’t Meditate | Battling Bertha

During our podcast on natural cancer therapies, Ann Fonfa mentions meditation as a breast cancer therapy, and then admits she does not meditate, as it is hard for her to slow down. I have the same issue with meditation.  I want to do it.  I know I need to do it.  My brain just doesn’t want to turn off. My friend Melissa Moog is the owner of Itsabelly Baby Planners in Portland, Oregon.  She suffered a stroke around the same […]

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