Things I’m Loving Lately #11

I never got around to recapping our Christmas and now 4 days after the fact it seems too late, but I did enjoy a nice Christmas with Craig’s family. We feasted (I had way too many desserts!), opened gifts, listened to Christmas music, and my sister Snapchatted pictures of my family opening gifts in Minnesota, so I kind of felt like I was there. It was so fun seeing Cullen get excited to open gifts and play with all of his new toys.

Cullen riding his “rocking moose” (instead of a “rocking horse”) and playing with his light sabers.

Monday Craig was off of work, so we got to spend the day together as a family of three. That doesn’t happen too often since he works all week, and I work on the weekends. We worked out in the morning and then ran a few errands around town. That afternoon we went for a nice long walk between Jewel Lake and Sand Lake. We pulled Cullen in the sled, and Sadie had a blast running around.

Along with everyone and their mother, I finally got sick too. Luckily I just have a stuffy nose, so while it is annoying (and I don’t sleep well because I wake up with a dry mouth every couple of hours), I know it could be worse. So I’m resting on the couch and writing this blog post about some of my favorite things I’ve recently discovered.

New Balance Zante

I had been looking for a pair of casual athletic shoes, and when I saw these New Balance Zante shoes with a neutral color and a hint of rose gold on the side, I knew they were mine. Originally I wanted a pair of retro shoes, but I was having a hard time finding a pair I loved. They are very comfortable, but they don’t have a great arch, so I like to wear my FORM inserts with them.

Lululemon Top Knot Toque

Both of my Christmas gifts from Craig were from Lululemon. (He knows me too well!) Cullen actually helped pick out this Lululemon Top Knot Toque that is a hat/headband/neck gaiter all in one, and I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it. I don’t always love wearing my hair down or in a low ponytail while running, so this is a nice alternative. Plus it can be folded into a ear warmer or worn around my neck as a neck warmer.

Beauty Counter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer

Teri at A Foodie Stays Fit is my make-up guru and my go-to for my make-up/fashion questions. When Teri raved about Beauty Counter’s tinted moisturizer, I was excited to try it myself. This was the first time I have tried a tinted moisturizer, and to be honest I didn’t love it at first. I was used to more coverage from my foundation and powder. However, when I used it with my beloved Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, I liked it a lot more. Surprisingly I find myself applying this tinted moisturizer a lot. It seems to give my skin the perfect glow, and I love that it looks so natural.

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream

My skin has been so dry this winter. I usually have pretty oily skin, but this winter it has been so cold and dry that my cheeks are always flaky, so I was glad when this heavier moisturizer came in the sample Origins pack I ordered. I love that this Origins Renewal Cream is heavier and perfect for night-time wear, absorbs so well into my skin, and smells amazing.

Fresh Rose Face Mask

Along with the Origins night moisturizer above, this Fresh Rose Face Mask has also been giving my skin some additional hydration. I love how soft and toned my face feels after using it. I also love that I can use it every day.

Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream

When I want a quick hair-do, I will use this Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream in my hair and attempt to add some “curls” to it. I have pin-straight hair, but with the help of this cream,  it actually gets wavy, and I can then throw it up in a bun better.

Earth Balance Coconut and Peanut Spread

This Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Spread has become a staple in my pantry. I love the combination of peanut butter and coconut flavors. It is super creamy, and I especially love eating it with my oatmeal.

This are a splurge item. I had never heard of Tim Tams until our Australian friends introduced us to them this summer. They sent us some more for Christmas, and it so hard to only eat one. I especially love the double coated ones. Yum! I’ve seen them at Target here in town.

Tiesta Tea

When we started dating, Craig got me hooked on tea. At first I thought it tasted like dirty water (ha!), but now I love it. This Maui Mango loose leaf tea from Tiesta Tea literally has chunks of mango and oranges in, which at first was kind of weird, but it tastes so good! It is a great afternoon tea when the sweet tooth kicks in. The folks at Tiesta Tea were kind enough to send me this package to review, and I can honestly say I love it! For those of you who live in Anchorage, you can find this tea at Costco. I found it next to the coffee and the big roaster in the store.

Sugar Paper Planner

I still keep track of my life in paper form. I did go to an electronic grocery list, but I still love writing down my schedule and to-do lists on paper. I don’t buy any fancy planner. This one is from Target, and I usually pick the smallest size, which is sufficient for me.

Despite my cold, running has been quite well! I ran 11 miles last Saturday with no hip pain, and I’m hoping to hit 40 miles this week. I need to do a post about where I am at with my hip and surgery versus no surgery, so stay tuned!

A Yearly Recap – 2016

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Thanks for reading this little blog and following along with my adventures.

2016 was a good year for our family. We traveled a little, explored Alaska, and enjoyed our time together as a family.

Cullen and I spent most of June in Minnesota to visit family and so I could run Grandma’s Marathon. Then we all went back to Minnesota in August for my sister’s wedding. (Which is where this picture is from.)

Running had some big highs and a big low this year. The high is that I was in the best shape of my life this spring and early summer. I hit 95 miles in April, a PR in the 5K, and a sub-1:25 half-marathon in May. If you have been following along, you know my big, dream goal is to run a sub-3 hour marathon. After a nearly flawless build-up last winter and into the spring for the marathon, I was confident I would run a sub-3 hour marathon at Grandma’s Marathon. Unfortunately, the race didn’t go the way I had anticipated as the weather was too hot. I did my best, but I could only manage a 3:12 finish time. (You can read a full recap here.) I still am trying to figure out what my running plans are for 2017, but I’ll be sharing everything here, so keep following along.

Craig kept busy with work and enjoyed going caribou hunting a couple of times. We had friends visit us from Australia, so he had fun playing tour guide and showing them around. He is my biggest fan when it comes to running, so I appreciate all of his love and support–and willingness to watch Cullen whenever I need to train.

Cullen has been so fun this year as he has learned to walk and talk with several words put together. He kind of, sort of started sleeping through the night at 18 months, but I’m still up with him a few times a week. It isn’t fun, but it isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be. These days Cullen loves to help me in the kitchen, go for car rides, and be outside. We definitely have some “terrible two” behavior going on–mostly in the form of him wanting to do everything himself (and cries if I try to help him) and only certain people (usually mom) can do things for him (read a book, cut his pineapple, etc.), but I just remind myself he is learning to become an independent person and is trying to figure out his emotions. I still can’t believe how much love you can have for your child, and I will do almost anything to make him laugh and smile (i.e. dance around like a crazy person, make the silliest noises, and sing off-key).

As with anyone, we feel optimistic as we move into 2017. We don’t know what the future holds, but there will be highs and lows, which is all a part of life. I am looking forward to running as much as I can and doing better to live in the moment and not stress about the little things.

I hope your Christmas weekend is filled with a lot of family time, good food, and a reminder what’s important in life.

An Overview of Home Care

There are lots of reasons why families need to start taking into consideration the choice of senior residence take care of their senior loved ones. The development of elderly house treatment services, care home senior preschool nowadays ensures us that aging is now coming to be a less complex process for the senior. Lots of people do not consider the option of home care for their older adults because they feel that it might be as well expensive. This is not the case, as care at home can be extra cost-effective compared to a treatment house – as well as the advantage it has for your loved ones and also the household overall. In this write-up we will be having a look at the reasons that every family members need to think about senior home look after their senior relatives and also loved ones.

There are a great deal of senior home treatment solutions that can use a wide range of care services, consisting of: break treatment, live-in treatment, specialist take care of dementia, strokes, Parkinsons as well as end of life care. Good care firms, will be dignity champ fans, working hard to guarantee that each private customer is treated with dignity as well as respect. Their top concern is to ensure that the individual is protected from harm, comfortable as well as is supplied with an environment that helps them maintain their independence, appreciates their option and individuality along with keeping them risk-free. These house care solutions provide you and are distinctly tailored, as well as if you are uncertain just what solution as well as care best suits you or your loved one after that don’t worry due to the fact that the Care Manager will certainly meet you to analyze as well as review your demand as well as requirements. There are some care providers that are offering night time services, mental deterioration and also Alzheimer individual services, end of life solutions, stay in services etc. with so many solutions being provided by these various home care solutions, there will be a great service for you and also your loved ones to get the best possible care to fulfill their demands.

The majority of the good house treatment provider use skilled professionals. These professionals are very trained, they will certainly have been CRB checked, learnt safer guidebook handling of individuals, trained in personal treatment, complied with the essential requirements of treatment and also obtained a complete induction by their company. As your loved one grows a lot older, one way or another they will certainly come to a point when they’re no more able to reside on their own. When indications that your aging moms and dads require assistance come to be evident, it’s time to choose for their future.

Assisted living home treatment is a common option. Although seniors receive night and day protection in assisted living home, they likewise know that is often the final area they will ever before remain. Just the idea of leaving their residences dispirits numerous senior citizens, and also this could further weaken the condition of their wellness. This is why it is necessary to recognize that not all senior citizens need to go to taking care of houses. An assisted living facility may be a terrific choice for senior citizens with significant mental deterioration that might harm themselves when laid off. Nonetheless, majority of our seniors does not require such radical changes. Lots of elders just need some aid with the jobs that they could no longer do by themselves and also have a person to visit them as well as make certain they’re doing penalty.

Elderly residence care is a great option for senior loved ones who are not seeking round the clock surveillance and also care. Perhaps your elderly loved one is not unwell but he is not able to do some jobs without the aid of an additional individual. Or perhaps he is recuperating from an ailment or from an operation and just requires a person to help him with personal treatment, light nursing, drug as well as some light psychological or physical therapy. Then registered nurses and also various other high level doctor will visit him only periodically based upon just how much treatment he needs, while still maintaining his liberty and freedom in his own house. With elderly residence treatment, your elderly parent can remain in acquainted environments which could be the very best area for him to recover more quickly. Senior individuals who are able to remain in their very own house have much more self-confidence. On the other hand, those who are positioned in assisted living home often feel depressed recognizing that they could no longer do the important things they utilized to do.

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Moving to Alaska – Revised and Updated

The post: Things I Wish I Had Known Before Moving to Alaska is, by far, the post that receives the most hits. With almost 300 comments from people around the world, a lot of people are curious about life in Alaska!

Since it has been 4 years since I originally wrote that post, I thought it could use a little updating. Most of the content and key points remains the same, but I did update several things here and there.

Hiking near Whittier, AK


It is still true. . . .when my husband (boyfriend at the time) suggested moving to Alaska. I was thinking, “okay, no big deal.” I was ready to get out of the Midwest anyway and we didn’t plan on staying beyond a year. Plus it wouldn’t be that different, right?

It has now been 9 years since I moved to The Last Frontier. All of the things I listed in these two posts: Things I Wish I Had Known Before Moving to Alaska and Part II are still very true. Alaska is very unique and like any place it has its pros and cons. I have spent the entire time living in Anchorage, so some of the things I have listed are specific to this area. I get a lot of questions regarding other parts of the state, but I honestly can’t speak on life in the Interior or Southeast in particular.

Hiking near Hope, AK

1. High cost of living

It is still very expensive to live here. Not only is the cost of housing and food more expensive, but things such as car maintenance, haircuts, dining out, and car insurance also have a higher price tag. I grew up in a small town in the Midwest, where things were much cheaper. Currently our family of 3 (two adults + 1 toddler) spends almost $1000 on food each month. (This does not include dining out.) I do buy a lot of produce and some higher-end products, but I also use coupons, buy things on sale, and meal plan.

2. Anchorage is not a walking-friendly city

Unless you live downtown, there probably won’t be many places accessible by foot from your neighborhood.  Anchorage is spread out and the city was not designed for foot traffic. Over the years, new pathways have been added, which eliminates having to walk along busy, high-traffic roads, but it still doesn’t compare to other big cities. There are several trails throughout the city that people use for biking, walking, and running. In addition, most neighborhoods do have a local neighborhood elementary school within walking distance where kids can go and play on the playground.


3. Dog-friendly city

People here love their dogs. It seems like everyone has a dog. There are two dog parks in Anchorage where you can take your dog off-leash. It is common to see people biking with their dog, running, and even skiing with their dog. (It’s called “skijoring.”)


4. Function over Fashion.

It is true, Anchorage was labeled as the worst-dressed city in America. In the Last Frontier, is all about function over fashion here. Why would you own a pair of heels since there is snow on the ground six months out of the year?

People need all the layers they can get in the winter, so there’s no showing skin in the winter. And in the summer, it is all about fishing, hiking, camping, and exploring, which doesn’t warrant fashionable apparel.

Popular brands in Alaska: Dansko, Carhartt, Bogs, XtraTuf, and Skhoop.


5. Fitness

It is easy to get outside during the summer here as the temperature rarely gets over 70*F, which means it is perfect for exercising in. You can go for a mid-day hike in the summer without sweating buckets, or you can go at midnight since the sun is still shining.

Since the winters are long and cold, a lot of people hibernate all winter long. Yet at the same time, a lot of people do get outside and do something. Skiing, by far, is the most popular winter sport with downhill skiing, classic cross country skiing, skate skiing, or back country skiing. There are also a lot of people who bike year round, and will buy fat tire bikes or studded tires for their bikes in order to bike during the winter on the icy and snowy surfaces. Some people will ice skate on the local ponds here in town, and a lot of us still run year-round.


6. Endless summer sunshine

Alaska is the Land of the Midnight Sun. During the months of May, June, and July especially, the daylight is nearly endless. In Anchorage, our sun sets for about 5 hours, but during those hours the sky is still dusky. While that has its advantages, it also can be annoying. As a kid, the endless summer sunshine is great because it is summer break from school, but as a working adult, it can be hard to go to bed at a decent hour. I’ve heard many stories of people tending their garden until midnight without realizing what time it is. And don’t think about enjoying a campfire under the stars–it won’t happen. You can’t see stars at night during the summer since it is still light out.

7. People are either very helpful or want to be left alone

There are a lot of people here who would give you the shirt off their back and come and help you in a heart beat. They know what it takes to survive here. Especially outside city limits, the resources can be limited and there is a lot of wilderness out there, so we need each other to survive in many ways.

However, there are also those people who came to Alaska to get away from everyone else. For whatever reason, they knew they could come to Alaska and escape–and rightly so because Alaska is the largest state in the US and one of the least populated. At the same time, this means these people don’t want anything to do with you. There are people who have the mentality of “give me my land, my gun, and leave me alone.”

(My husband pretending he one of those people.)

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8. Alaska feels like its own country

In many aspects, when I first moved to Alaska, I felt like I had moved to a new country. I vividly remember driving around town and feeling so out of place. You are thousands of miles away from the rest of the United States and people have their own way of life here. Of course it is still the United States (US), we still abide by the same national laws, we still pay taxes, the road signs look the same, and it operates like other US cities, but it definitely has a different feel than any other US city I’ve been to.

9. Definition of “The South”

When people say “The South” here in Alaska, they are not referring to southern states of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, etc. “The South” refers to any of the 48 contiguous states. And if you say you are “going outside,” it means you are going outside the state of Alaska for a trip.

10. Airline tickets are expensive

It never occurred to me how expensive it would be to fly out of state. Tickets start at about $600 to other major US cities, obviously depending upon where you are going. Even though Seattle is a “quick” 3 hour flight, you will likely have to transfer to a second–and sometimes a third plane-to get to your final destination. Oftentimes you will spend the majority of the day traveling to your destination. For example, if I fly from Anchorage back home to Minneapolis, I plan on 10-12 hours of travel. If you want the cheapest fare, expect to fly red-eye flights out of Alaska and return back home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.


11. You get paid to live here

Yes, it is true the state government gives each person (who has lived here for one complete calendar year–January 1 – December 31) receives a PFD-no, not a personal flotation device, but a Permanent Fund Dividend. This last year it was about $1000. That is per person, so if you have a family of 5, 6, 7 that really adds up. (Click here to read more about the PFD.)

Also check out these posts:  Things I Wish I Had Known Before Moving to Alaska, Part II and Should I Move to Alaska?

Feel free to comment below with questions or other comments about living in Alaska. I do my best to give my unbiased advice since I know a lot of people wonder what it is like to live in Alaska.

Training Log 12.5.16 – 12.11.16

I can actually write a post recapping my training this past week!

Since my hip has been feeling good since the steroid injection I got a month ago, I have been able to log some actual miles. Other than Sunday, I had no pain all week, which makes me very happy. Sunday I did a longer run of 9 miles. It felt fine during the run, but it was sore and tight that afternoon. I knew the effects of the steroid shot weren’t going to last forever, so this might be the end of my pain-free days, sadly.


7 miles | 63 minutes | 9:00 pace

30 minutes of hip/glute work

This was a bitter cold run with the temperature at -4*F. I ran with my friend Kelly, which definitely made me forget how cold I was. I felt good during the run, but the tips of my fingers still hurt later that day.


4.5 mile | 6 x 400 meters @ 6:20 pace | treadmill

45 minutes of weights

I made the mistake of setting the treadmill at my old tempo pace of 6:20. I was going to run at that pace for as long as it felt do-able. Well, let’s just say after 0.25 mile I was dying. I did five more intervals at the 6:20 pace, which was actual kind of tough. I knew I was out of shape, but this workout really confirmed it.


Off – I did do 20 minutes of hip/glute work at home.


6 miles | 6 x 800 meters | indoor track

45 minutes of weights

I was surprised I was able to hit some 3 minute and 3:02 splits on these intervals. I didn’t run all of them that hard as I didn’t want to overdo it. Even during my peak training I’m not doing two hard workouts during week, so I didn’t want to kill myself with too much now since I had already done some faster intervals on Tuesday.


4 miles | 35 minutes | 8:45 pace

I pushed Cullen in the stroller for this afternoon run. It was a clear day, which was nice to catch a little bit of the sun before it went down by 4 p.m. Cullen got pretty cold during the end, so we had to hurry home. I felt fine during the run and pushing him in the stroller kind of made me miss all of our runs together.

During this run I tried out my new Saucony Peregrine Ice shoes that are designed for running on the ice and snowy surfaces. The roads were snow packed with icy patches, so it was a good day to try them out. I liked them when running on the snow, but I didn’t think they gripped very well on the ice. I am going to try them on a few more runs before I do a full review.


Off – I worked all day, and then we went to a Christmas party in the evening.


9 miles | 9:12 average pace

It was another cold run around 0*F. I felt fine during the run, but my hip did start feeling off a few hours after I got done. Bummer! I was really hoping the steroid shot would work indefinitely, but it seems the pain is now back. I have get to get into to see an orthopedic physician about surgery, which will probably be a post in the near future as it has been quite the process.

Total: 30 miles

Getting Back into the Swing of Training. . . for Now

One month ago I had a steroid shot in my right hip prior to an MRI, which diagnosed me with a labral tear and cam impingement. The following three or so days my right hip was sore, but since then it has been as good as new!

I have actually gotten back into the swing of training–for the time being. Unfortunately the effects from the steroid shot won’t last forever. From what I’ve been told, the diminished pain could last 1-2 months but at most 3 months. So for the time being, I’m running as much as I can (within reason) and enjoying every pain-free run and the chance to run faster! Although nowhere near as fast as I was last spring. I made the mistake of trying to run my old tempo pace (6:20 minutes/mile) on the treadmill earlier this week. Yeah, that didn’t go so well; I was dying after a quarter mile. (In comparison, I used to run that tempo pace for up to 20 minutes at a time.) However, I am incredibly thankful I am able to run pain-free right now. I will happily put in the work to get back to where I was if I can continue to run pain-free.

Friday afternoon I went for a 4 mile easy run with Cullen in the stroller. He was excited to go, which made me happy that he still enjoys riding in the stroller. It was pretty cold out with temps right at 20*F. He did okay until the last half mile when his hands and feet started to get cold.

When we got back home, we warmed up on the couch by watching some of the movie Elf and having popcorn–two of his favorite things right now.

As we were running, the sun was starting to set at 4:00 p.m. It was pretty but far too early.

Earlier in the day I had an appointment with Alec Kay at United Physical Therapy. I wanted to get some good exercises for my hip whether I opt for surgery or not. He works with a lot of runners, so I knew I could trust him to give me some good exercises to strengthen my hip in the meantime. He gave me a lot of glute strengthening exercises, which should help strengthen the stabilizer muscles in my hip.

During “naptime,” I worked on the rest of our Christmas cards and got them all sent out. Cullen is very sporadic with his naps these days. I’m lucky if he naps 2 or 3 times each week. This week he took one nap. He pretty much only naps if he gets less than 10 hours of sleep at night. On the days he doesn’t nap, he’s ready for bed by 7:00/7:30 p.m., and he will sleep 12 hours straight, so it evens out in the end, but I do miss my break in the afternoon. I will have him do quiet time in his crib if he doesn’t nap, but it is not the same as when he does actually sleep.

I had to share a meal that I have been loving lately. After keeping track of my food intake last spring as I worked down to get to race-weight for Grandma’s Marathon, I quickly learned I have a hard time getting enough protein. I am working on it again and focusing on lean proteins at every meal. I had this dish for breakfast or lunch nearly every day this week. It includes: onions, potatoes (from our garden), peppers, caribou (that Craig got this fall), egg, and quinoa. It tastes so good and really fills me up.

If you missed it, you can watch Cullen and I make our Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer on KTVA’s Daybreak as part of their Recipe Box series.

Senior Care & Living

There are numerous things that senior citizens delight in. They often delight in the advantages of their life lengthy job. They also enjoy their self-reliance. As they age, a number of their loved ones bother with their ability to remain in their residence alone. Instead of quit their independence, they will explore the choices of residence healthcare to please their worries. As seniors breakthrough in age, they can occasionally experience age related issues. In some cases they typically aren’t able to do things they utilized to because they don’t have the power to do them. Families do not like seeing their loved ones shed the capability to do things and it makes them question if they have the ability to look after themselves in an adequate manner. Rather than elders acquiescing pressure as well as removaling into a retirement home, they locate a company that focuses on home healthcare and remain to live in their home. When elders planning to discover a residence health care agency, they discover there are numerous agencies that could help them. These agencies have several services available to for them to select from. When seniors are ready to determine, they usually will make a consultation to talk to a representative that could lead them via the procedure.

As the company depictive meets with their possible client, they listen to things that are being claimed. It is necessary for them to obtain a clear understanding of just what the client needs. When seniors are seeking a home health care specialist, not only are they addressing concerns, they are asking many inquiries so they could obtain an understanding of the programs and also advantages. Elders are typically really sincere in the things they need aid with. They want to continue to live individually and to have a residence healthcare professional deal with them will ensure they have the ability to do so for as long as possible. These seniors have to think about many different points prior to they start the solution.

When considering senior treatment, you will intend to establish the needs of either on your own or your member of the family that is going to need a place to live. If you are still extremely mobile and in good health, but do not wish to manage a lot of the duties that include being a house owner, you might consider senior independent living. With this kind of grown-up living, you could have the liberty of your very own house and also room, without the hefty jobs such as caring for a garden. Many elderly apartment or condos range in the degree of care, from no treatment whatsoever to basic med administration and also light housekeeping or laundry task, or to finish competent nursing and 24-HOUR medical care.

No matter which state or country you stay in, you will find senior treatment centers everywhere near you. Lots of senior independent living facilities resemble condominiums or duplexes, and also you will be near a major elderly center where you can enjoy social activities with various other active adults. If you need a little bit extra clinical focus and treatment, you might intend to take into consideration senior homes that use 3 dishes a day and also nursing staff supervision. If you are a youngster or partner of a senior or handicapped individual needing care, you could also discover an agent that will certainly assist you to discover the most effective place for your needs. Above all, take your time finding the best place for your family member. This is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly and also you will certainly want to make the appropriate option!

Truth Benefits of Senior Treatment Services

Older treatment or care for the senior describes satisfying unique requirements of elderly people. Elderly people today suggests our own moms and dads, senior penniless individuals, the homeless and also others of old age who might be infirm or unwell. In many nations around the globe, ‘elderly treatment’ covers an entire area of associated services in the locations of grown-up daycare, aided living, long-term treatment, home-care, hospice care and more. However, these services differ from area to region depending upon societies, ethnic races, areas etc. Unlike lots of parts of the western globe, amongst the eastern countries senior parents remain to be taken care of by children or relative unless there is a details have to make use of elderly care solutions.

Senior home health care has actually developed into an extremely favored option and also is being progressively approved in the majority of the nations having a largely expanding elderly populace. Given the selection the optimum elders desire to spend their twilight years within the familiarity and also convenience of their very own wonderful home. The bright side is today with the easy availability of senior care solutions an elderly person no more need to change to a medical facility or assisted living facility. Nowadays these solutions are available in different kinds ranging from nursing, standard help with everyday living to medication administration.

Elderly treatment can be a really difficult principle particularly if the person who needs the treatment is resistant or unwilling to look for assistance. The secret to offering sufficient and wholesome senior care is to comprehend exactly what lies underneath the ‘resistance’ to make sure that an atmosphere of co-operation is developed. Among the major factors for resisting assistance is the hesitation to giving up personal privacy as well as changing oneself to new approaches as well as regimens. This makes them feel careful as well as susceptible and also at the heart of the concern is the sensation that they will ultimately end up being a burden to those around them as they grow older and older.

One of the most preferred types of older treatment homes is the nursing home, which is additionally called as elder treatment facility. Assisted living facility vary in kind and size. The two kinds consist of knowledgeable nursing homes and also ideal assisted living facility. Generally, the knowledgeable nursing homes are the ones that give physical and also work therapy that includes therapeutic workouts as well as training in day-to-day tasks such as pet grooming, dressing, and also bathing. The most effective assisted living facility additionally give corrective services, where a restorative aide carries out very easy workouts as well as aided ambulation with elderly individuals.

Helped living facilities are likewise excellent choices. These centers provide care for elderly that are a lot more independent compared to those who are in the assisted living home. These generally have private apartment-like setting where the senior can be sensibly independent. However, unlike the assisted living facility, these do not provide workout tasks, physical treatment, as well as corrective services. And also finally, you could also pick grown-up foster homes. Much like the various other 2 choices, these additionally provide a home-like environment. They have trusted personnel that cares for the local’s requirements such as home-cooked dishes as well as activities that are inning accordance with their passions. Although these specialize in older treatment, people of any type of age can be admitted in these centers.

These are the various sorts of elder treatment residences that you can check out for your aging parent. Whatever you pick, see to it that it can supply your moms and dads or relatives with the help and care that he or she requires.

Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer

I had the privilege to be recorded for another edition of Recipe Box through KTVA Channel 11’s morning show Daybreak! (Here was our first TV segment.)

Sierra and Rick, her “camera guy” came out to my house this morning to shoot some footage for an upcoming show. Sierra said she wanted me to make something holiday-themed, and my mind immediately went to an appetizer I’ve made multiple times over the years. I can’t say it is too healthy, but it is definitely delicious and a hit every time I bring it to a gathering.


Cullen was right there to help the entire time! This was a good recipe for him to help me with because there were quite a few things he could do, plus it was quick and easy. He was definitely more talkative this time around and kept saying, “Mama sing ‘Baa Baa Sheep.’” (That’s “Baa Baa Black Sheep” for those of you who don’t speak Cullen.)

Christmas Tree Veggie Appetizer

Serves: 16

Time: 20 minutes


2 packages (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls

1 package (8 ounces) Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon dill

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup broccoli florets, chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Open crescent rolls but leave dough as a roll. Cut each roll into 8 pieces, for a total of 16 pieces.
  3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place rolls cut-side up in the shape of a Christmas tree with one roll at the top, 2 rolls under neath that, followed by 3 pieces, 4, and finally 5 rolls on the bottom row. You will have one roll leftover for the stump of the tree.
  4. Bake crescent rolls for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. While the rolls are baking, add Greek yogurt cream cheese and sour cream to a stand-up mixer. Stir until combined and smooth. Add dill and garlic powder until incorporated.
  6. Cut broccoli, celery, and red pepper into small pieces.
  7. One the rolls are done baking, allow them to cool for several minutes. Once cooled, spread cream cheese-sour cream mixture over entire tree. Sprinkle veggies on top.


I did try to add a healthier component by using Greek yogurt cream cheese to save on some calories and grams of fat. I have also used the reduced-fat crescent rolls and reduced-fat sour cream. Either way it is a festive-themed food to bring to your next party!