Protect Your Lungs from COPD and COVID-19

Woman breathing

Never take breathing for granted. It’s a gift that should be protected. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Do you ever feel short of breath, or find yourself wheezing or tired when you attempt to exercise? Perhaps you have a chronic cough you just can’t seem to shake. Have you ever noticed that your fingernails or lips turn blue? Or maybe you’ve noticed that your legs, ankles and feet swell? Although these problems are common with asthmatics, they can also be indications that you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition which puts you at risk of contracting the new coronavirus. Read more of this post

Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History [Guest Post]

Assorted women

What type of woman do you think makes the most impact? (Photo courtesy Canva)

There is a large debate about the origins of the quote “well-behaved women seldom make history” and more specifically who said it first. Was it Anne Boleyn? Marilyn Monroe? Eleanor Roosevelt? Or Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in a 1976 academic paper? Whoever the history books select, the truth of the statement cannot be denied. Read more of this post

6 Pet Safety Tips to Keep Your Furry Friends at Home

Cat and dog

Keep your pets from disappearing forever. (Photo courtesy Canva)

We love our dog Henry, but every now and then he has a tendency to pull a Houdini and escape. Once, while I was cooking, I left him napping by the back door only to get a call from a neighbor who found him playing with her daughter down the street. Another time, I was washing laundry and left him napping on the sofa. Twenty minutes later I get a phone call from a different neighbor saying that he was sitting patiently by the entrance to the dog park awaiting entry. So what can we do as pet parents to keep our furry children at home? Here are six tips that might just keep them from getting lost for good. Read more of this post

Enchilada Sauce [RECIPE]

Enchiladas with enchilada sauce

Why buy canned enchilada sauce when it is so easy to make it at home? (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Although you can purchase ready made enchilada sauce at the grocer’s, it is helpful to know how to make it yourself for those times you can’t get to the store. It is easy to prepare, tastes great, stores in the fridge for up to a week and even freezes well. It also isn’t only for enchiladas. I use it when making other recipes too when I’m looking for a tomato sauce with a bit of zip, like with my beef and bean burritos. If you make the sauce in advance, just be sure to warm it before adding it to your recipe. Read more of this post

Refried Beans [RECIPE]

Refried beans

A big pot of refried beans are the perfect complement to any Mexican or Tex-Mex meal. Best of all, they’re easy to make! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Is it possible to serve Mexican food without a big pot of refried beans (aka frijoles)? Well, I guess it’s possible, but not recommended! Not only are they delicious, but they’re nutritious and a great source of fiber too. Plus, they just mix well with a side of Mexican Rice and the left overs are perfect stuffed inside a great big burrito. Best part is, they are easy to make and you can let them cook away while you get other things done. So stop buying that stuff in a can, and make up a batch today! Read more of this post