• 15 minute posts,  coffee!coffee!coffee!

    Brenda’s Magic Spice Mix

    I just thought I’d pop in and show you what I’m giving as gifts this Christmas: my magic spice mix! I’m addicted to this stuff. I shake one shake in my coffee everyday and when I run out, I miss it.

    It’s a really simple recipe too:

    • 1 part cardamon (my favorite spice)
    • 1 part turmeric (for all it’s wonderful anti-inflamitory goodness)
    • 1 part cinnamon (because it tastes good!)

    That’s it. I just shovel it all in a bowl and then mix it with a whisk and  pour into my nifty shaker bottles that I ordered off amazon.  So easy, right?

    Then I put on my personalized stickers that I designed and ordered from stickermule and tah-dah! Nifty gift!

    Of course I’m getting people other gifts too (I’m not a total cheapskate) but I like giving this because I think I’m micro-dosing everyone I love with some cancer-protection. Who knows. It might work!

    All for now!


  • 15 minute posts,  coffee!coffee!coffee!,  Slow News Day,  the dogs

    Ball. Ball. Ball.


    You know what this whole “blogging daily” experience has taught me? That I don’t need to blog every day. I know. Sad but true. Hear me out.

    Before I tried this, I was making myself feel so guilty for not blogging everyday. I thought that if I just put the effort in I could have a booming website.  I would beat myself up daily for being such a failure and not even trying. Meanwhile, days and days would go by and this site would get dustier and dustier. BUT! While it was getting dustier I was focusing on other things, like working-out every day or writing books or creating really unique photoshoots for my clients or walking my damn dogs all over the planet. (I do a lot of dog walking…)

    I decided to shut that inner nagging voice up with this blogging-everyday exercise and guess what I figured out?!! I suck at blogging every day! I actually don’t have that much that is interesting to say! Who knew?!! (Probably everyone.)

    Maybe it’s okay not to blog every day. I mean, how much can I ramble and be entertaining? Not that much! Sure, I was entertaining back in the day when there weren’t a million bloggers creating amazing content but now there are and here I am just blowing raspberries into the wind. I have my loyal buddies (Hello guys! I love you!) who love every single sentence I ever write but you gotta admit I wasn’t really showing up with my A-game. Sigh.

    So I might call it off. I know you understand. I think I’m just going to keep doing what I was doing and showing up here when I actually have something interesting to share. But maybe at least try to show up once a week. Even a week round-up post could be fun. Like a list or something.

    All of this is very navel-gazing and meta. So let’s move on to more important things:


    SPRECKLES! Having three dogs has pushed us over the limit of sane dog owners. It’s a circus around here. Have you ever tried petting three jealous dogs at the same time? You have to use two hands and a foot. And if you don’t, one dog will paw at you with her extremely long dog toenails and give you bruises on your legs. The other will bark so loudly it will wake up the whole house and the other will jump up on your lap, lick your nose OR worse, growl at the other dogs, which can be a little scary.

    I know it’s my own fault for spoiling them rotten with petting sessions but I can’t not spoil them! My heart doesn’t work the way a disciplinarian’s should. (Have you seen my kid?) I am the pied piper of the dogs. They follow me everywhere because they know I’m a sucker with a big, fat softie-dog-loving heart. I can be counted on to give them snacks, play with them and have three-limbed petting sessions at all hours of the day.

    I try to play ball with Spreckles, because she is the crazy ball-loving type, but the other dogs do not play ball and insist on interrupting our games rudely. It’s mayhem.


    How could you ignore that face?


    Here, Mom, I haz ball. You can haz ball.


    See ball. It there. Stop all this drinking coffee and focus on ball. I has razor focus on ball.

    Ball. Ball. Ball.