Black Bean Tortilla Soup

This is a super fast vegetarian recipe that makes soup for days!  You can keep it vegan if you leave out the cheese and sour cream too. 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 can diced green chilies 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 T oil 2 t cumin 1 t red pepper flakes 1 family size…

30 Pounds Lighter

This is a big deal to me.  Apart from that time in my early 20s when I lost 50 pounds in 8 months because I stopped working pizza delivery, I’ve never had this much success at losing weight.  I can’t give chronic illness all the credit for pushing me to make the change, but it…

Ready, Set, Hydrate!

As a guideline, the adult body needs about 8 cups of water daily, though the exact amount depends on your physical composition, level of activity, climate, and diet.  As you would guess, people in very hot regions, or those who break a sweat from physical exertion, need to replenish not only the water but the…

Get Well Soon

Last month, I recommitted to my health and invited you on the journey with me, but I haven’t posted much of the progress.  I’ve been nervous to open up about something, because it could be upsetting to the people who care about me, but it has brought out self-discipline I didn’t know I had. When…

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Synesthesia takes many forms; I see letters and numbers in color that isn’t really there.  I didn’t talk about it as a child, because I thought this was how everyone saw things.  I was a teenager when I learned that this was actually a condition with a name.  The initial sense of disconnect from “normal”…

Never Never

Wow.  So much controversy over the new Blue Blood palette from Jeffree Star.  There’s a back and forth debate over who had the idea first.  Was it Jeffree or tarte?  Or was it Laura Lee?  Sure Blue Blood was bigger news and so it looked like tarte was the copy cat (even though they had…