2017 Resolution

When writing this blog about my New Year’s resolutions, I thought “Well, that’s going to be easy!” My New Year’s resolutions really never seem to change that much from  year to year; lose a little bit of weight, exercise more, get more sleep – the typical, classic resolutions.  I’ve always enjoyed writing down my goals and resolutions, it gives me tremendous satisfaction just to see them on paper and I actually get quite ceremonious about it! However, this year when I sat down, I found it hard to find my focus and writing down the same thing just wasn’t doing it for me.

I’m very blessed that my family life is amazing and my work life is a dream so my resolutions always seemed to end up being about my own personal growth and improvement year after year.  But wait, maybe that was the problem!  Maybe that was the reason why my resolutions always felt so empty and unfulfilling. My goals have always been focused on…me.

After much thought of what really mattered to me, what made my heart feel full, what made me smile every day, what made me feel so blessed, (outside of my family, of course),  I finally figured out what my biggest resolution and focus of 2017 was going to be:


I’m going to start bringing my resolution to life with my absolute dearest friend who has looked out for me since I was five years old. She knows me better than nearly anyone and has been by my side for all the highs and lows my life has experienced so far.  She loves me unconditionally and I love her the same.  From a young age, she instilled within me a discipline and work ethic that was well beyond my years.  She taught me the importance of chasing your dreams, even though sometimes it was hard to keep the dreams in your sight through the fog of the “failures” along the way.  She taught me poise, grace, manners and respect.  She opened up doors of opportunity and helped me to not be afraid to walk through them.  She taught me humility and to always remember where I came from.  She was my comfort as I was losing my mom and reminded me that she was my “second mom” and will always be there for me.  Her name is Judy.  She doesn’t live close to me anymore, so I am committed to calling, texting, and sending her little gifts more just because she is “My Judy.” There really are no words to describe what a force she has been in my life and how I know, without a doubt, that my life would have turned out very differently if not for her.

So there it is, my goal for 2017:

To tell and show my friends that I love and cherish them with my whole heart.

Judy is just the beginning. Gratefully, I am blessed with many more friends who I will show my love and gratitude to as we journey through 2017 together.

It’s going to be an incredible year.

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You Are Sweet Enough Just the Way You Are

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?  Maybe yours is similar to mine.  I resolve to limit processed foods, and artificial sweeteners from my diet.  I have been 60 percent on plan for several months, but the holidays were tough on me.  I’m aiming now to up my efforts and go from 60% to 80% of the time to eat as clean as possible.

Easier said then done.  So I will start with the basics.

 I will try to eat as much “real” food as possible and if I am going to indulge in a sweet treat from time to time,  I will aim to get my sweet fix from fruits, and natural sweeteners like honey and agave nectar.

The good news is that I have found dozens of recipes for naturally sweetened treats.  I have included my latest find.  The most delicious, moist banana bread ever.  It’s FABULOUS!  The recipe is free of all  processed sugar and can be made dairy free and gluten free, if you wish.

I hope you love this yummy bread as much as my husband  and I did.

Here you Go…


  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup of milk, almond milk, or water
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour (gluten free flour if you like)
  •  Optional, 1/2 cup walnuts, pecans, carob chips

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and grease 9 x 5 loaf pan



In a large bowl, beat oil, honey, eggs, mix together then whisk in bananas and milk


Add baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and flour, (and extras if you i.e. nuts) use a large spoon and mix all ingredients together….don’t over stir, leave a few lumps in the batter.20160907_201307

Pour batter into your greased pan, sprinkle the top with more cinnamon

Bake for 55 to 60 mins, or until toothpick comes out clean 

One loaf gives you 10 servings

Per serving: Calories 215, Fat 8.7 g, Sugars 16 g, Protein 4.3g,




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