Our Nearby Getaway to Annapolis

During the pandemic, so many of us have been struggling with staying put. Of my friends and family, I’m not the most pressed to always be on the go … but I’m not the least, either. So while I have been quite content within the cozy protection of my house, the fact that we’ve essentially…

Pancake Muffins!

The males in my house LOVE pancakes. My husband, Jason, is something of a pancake connoisseur and he is training our boys in his likeness. They would have them every day – or at least every weekend day – if I let them. We occasionally order breakfast out, but I prefer to make pancakes myself…

Breakthrough 100-Day Challenge: Workout of the Week(s)

I love January. It’s such a fresh start and a great time to refocus on wellness. After the holiday season, I’m always ready to eat cleaner and reinvest in fitness. And after the holidays of 2020, where we spent so much time inside and spent a lot of time baking for Christmas gifts – double…

Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude (Even for 2020!)

2020 will not soon be forgotten. I don’t know about you, but this year STRETCHED me in every way imaginable. But through all the ups, downs and curve balls, there was still a lot that was worth celebrating. As I look forward with positivity toward 2021, it feels equally important to shine a light the…

Hip-Hop Fit with Mike Peele: Workout of the Week

When I was a little girl, I was dancing ALL. THE. TIME. My mom enrolled me in ballet, tap and jazz from second through eighth grade. In fifth grade, I started cheerleading – which is also extremely dance intensive – and cheered through senior year in high school. To this day, it’s not uncommon for…

Let’s Make Scones!

We are a scones family. Some families make biscuits, others make cinnamon rolls, but in the Brooks, Catacalos and Whatley households, these warm butteries are preferred. And I’m not talking about those dry, overly sweet behemoths you get from Starbucks. This is my sister Renee‘s recipe. She LOVES tea. So when she’d find a new…

Thoughts on How We Create Change

It’s been just over two months since the police killing of George Floyd, and it’s no understatement to say the world has changed. The public discourse on race in the U.S. is front and center and, I believe, it will be for quite some time. During these last nine weeks, I’ve at times felt completely…

Flowers to Fight the Quarantine Blues

We’re coming to the end of week 6 of quarantine here in Maryland and, like elsewhere, so much about our daily life has changed. One of the biggest changes for me (and many others) is the way we shop. My philosophy has essentially been “stay out of the way.” So I’ve been getting groceries delivered,…