Your Dog Could Be the Key To Well-Being During Difficult Times

When you find yourself in trying situations, a good relationship with your dog can make all the difference. Read my first article for Southern Living Magazine featuring Meg Daley Olmert author of  “Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond” here.

“It has grown increasingly common to wonder whether experiencing shortness of breath is a coronavirus symptom or a reaction to the ongoing news. Indeed, the resulting worry and stress is undisputedly taking a toll, negatively impacting our mental well-being. I’ve discovered my dog is a special source of calm. The steady hum of her predictable routine and loyal affection helps me balance the drumbeat of these hard times. ” 

 

Aquatic Austin ~ Paddle your way around the capital city

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My latest in USA Today GoEscape~ first time in Texas/Southwest issue! Read in full: Aquatic Austin – Paddle your way around the capital city, USA Today GoEscape Texas/Southwest.

*Note: photo taken from the good ole days when I lived in Austin, Texas. Skyline has changed since!

Mexico Sans Travel ~ Experience Puerto Morelos flavor without leaving home

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Read in full in USA Today GoEscape Florida/Caribbean 2020: Mexico Sans Travel-Experience Puerto Morelos flavor without leaving home.

To attend our daughter’s wedding, we spent 14-days quarantined in Scotland

C2511FD0-6D96-419C-B0DD-7E36293BE8D8_1_201_a“When the United Kingdom announced a strict 14-day quarantine requirement for international travelers, it was understandably an enormous disincentive to anyone thinking of crossing the pond — unless they were mission-driven, desperate or crazy. We — my husband, 19-year-old son and I — fell solidly into that camp.”

Read in full on The Washington Post Travel.

“I make up to $500/month selling macrame!” Featuring Deb Mellema, Macrame Nest

EDB3EC3F-6C3F-43B9-86F0-F57409E2411E_1_201_aDeb Mellema couldn’t have guessed the craft she loved doing as a teen would provide a creative outlet and cash in her 50s.

“When my 30 year-old daughter said she was excited about this cool new thing she’d seen on Pinterest called ‘macrame’ (a crafting technique that uses knots to create various textiles), it made me laugh because I’d grown up doing it!”

Read my latest lifestyle clip,  all about Deb Mellema’s small business Macrame Nest in full here at Woman’s World July 2020 Deb Mellema, Macrame Nest.

Enjoy The Perfect Picnic With These 5 Things

3C109CA4-21A1-44A4-B06F-6B98528AD187_1_201_aThe simple things can be that much sweeter with the right gear.

The grass and food in the great outdoors — it’s a humble concept, and yet Kate Winslet says going on a picnic is one of the things in the whole world that makes her happiest. Curious?

It’s time to heed summer’s soft call to trade your air-conditioned lair for nature and experience the rejuvenation that comes with placing a tasty spread on a blanket under a tree.

Read in full at AARP The Girlfriend.