Author Archives: Danielle Smith
I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I was 14 or 15 years old, and there was so much I didn’t know then. In fact, years later, there is still so much I likely don’t know. However, I have learned a few things along the way. One of them is the importance of cleaning the tools I use to apply my makeup (and not to share those tools).
Grocery shopping does not top the list of my favorite things to do, but I’m probably in our local market at least three times a week just for more fresh fruits and vegetables. If you must know, I have to go back every few days just to keep my home stocked with oranges. Each time I buy them, I purchase 15 to 20 at a time. I’m not kidding.
When was the last day you stopped to take care of yourself? Or better yet, to really spoil yourself? Amidst the craziness that is life – taking care of your families, running our homes and for many of us operating as businesswomen as well, we often let ourselves move to the very bottom of the list.
For at least the last three years (and I’m guessing many more), the number-one New Year’s resolution has been some version of lose weight, get fit, or eat healthier. We live in a society that is yo-yo obsessed with fitness, health and appearance. We want to eat healthier, but we love food. We feel better when we exercise, but we are always talking about how busy we are.
By far one of my favorite things to do with my small people is to head outside. Whether we are running, jumping or just enjoying each other in the fresh air, I do love that quality family time and I especially appreciate that the exercise is good for us. But you and I both know the opportunities for this type of family togetherness greatly diminishes as the temperatures drop.
Can you feel it? What that drop in temperature is doing to your skin? It seems like it just happened overnight. One day I felt fresh and moisturized and the next, my skin was tight and dry; my hands no longer looking as ‘young’ as they did just hours before.
You have heard the word “superfood,” right? It’s a food that provides the most nutritional value with the least amount of calories. I’m talking about vitamins and minerals, about antioxidants and all the good-for-you stuff that keeps you healthy and strong.
Yes, it is that time of year again–the New Year. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but think about the opportunity for a fresh start, for a chance to change the things I don’t love. The New Year is my chance to try something new and revamp what needs adjusting.
My small people are pretty good eaters. I say pretty good, because I realize they aren’t perfect. They do eat fruit by choice and vegetables when I tell them they must and always have three balanced meals a day, however, some days ‘balanced’ is relative depending on the day.
I am a fairly healthy person. That’s to say I get a moderate amount of exercise and I eat my vegetables but I could definitely stand to get some more sleep. However my personal kryptonite has always been snacking. I like sweets. And I like salts. In fact, I like them together. I’m the girl who likes a handful of popcorn with a bite of chocolate.