Beef with Broccoli 9

My husband loves red meat, and we don’t eat very much of it at our house. I finally caved and bought some red meat and we celebrated with this recipe: beef and broccoli. It was truly simple and delicious. The meat and broccoli cook so quickly, you can have this on the table before your […]

Beef and Broccoli 30 minute meal Yum!

Blackberry Cheesecake Tarts individual servings!

Individual Blackberry Cheesecake Tarts with a Sweet Surprise 7

I came across a great deal on blackberries and was wanting to make something delicious with them. I love cheesecake but didn’t want to bake them, so I made these individual no-bake cheesecake tarts! There is a small surpise inside! So yummy! I must admit that I would have liked my blackberry topping to be […]


Strawberry Banana Bread with Streusel Topping 20

So I had some brown bananas hanging out at my house and my little one kept asking for some banana bread. I decided to try something a little different and when I saw I also had strawberries, I thought: banana strawberry bread! I must admit that it turned out better than  my banana bread typically turns […]

Strawberry Banana Bread Recipe

Fear not for they that be with us are more than they that be with them

There Be More with Us 8

I don’t know how many of you have kept up with the story of Baby Lily this week, but if you haven’t, it is powerful. 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck was trapped in a car partially submerged in a Utah river for over 13 hours. Her mother was tragically killed in the accident, and the car wasn’t […]


Snickerdoodle Sunday with Spring Features 4

Welcome to Snickerdoodle Sunday! I am so glad that you are here!! Here is what happened on the blog this week:   I must admit that I didn’t wholly follow my advice about saying no this week, but life is a learning process, right?? Let me know what you said no to this week in […]

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Learning to say NO

Learning to Say No, Nah, Uh-Uh, Nope! Version 2.0 16

 I actually wrote some of this post a little less than a year ago. Because of it, I found a few people made some changes in their lives. Someone mentioned to me that it was great that people were learning to say ‘no’, but it was sometimes a little inconvenient for them! I had to laugh. […]


The Science of Happiness: 10 Ways to Choose Optimism 18

The other day, I sat listening to five children giggling in my basement. They were “camping” with a pretend fire, roasting pretend marshmallows and having a joyous time. The thought crosses my mind, “How would it be to be a child again? To laugh without reserve, to create make-believe worlds, and spend much of your day […]

10 Ways to Choose Optimism Today

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Snickerdoodle Sunday Link Party with St. Patrick’s Day Features

Welcome to Snickerdoodle Sunday! Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day? With that in mind, doesn’t this no-bake pistachio dessert look yummy?  If you are new to the party and would like a cookie, here’s one for you! <div align=”center”><a href=”http://balmtomysoul.com” title=”Balm to My Soul”><img src=”http://balmtomysoul.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/snickerdoodle2.jpg” alt=”Balm to My Soul” style=”border:none;” /></a></div> Last week’s party […]


Snickerdoodle Sunday 11

Welcome to Snickerdoodle Sunday! I finally made it back to blogging a little bit this week. Here is what you will find on the blog this week:        I’d love it if you would stop by for a read!   If you are new to the party and would like a cookie, here’s one […]

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9 Essentials Moms Need to Teach Our Daughters About Body Image

The 9 Essentials Moms Need to Teach Our Daughters About Body Image 28

I watched my little one dance the other day. She set up the living room, shut out almost all the lights and said: “Mommy, watch me.” For several minutes, I watched. Her hair spun out around her, and she freely and openly danced around the living room. There was no formal dance training or classical […]