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Simplifying and Finding Balance

I am focused on simplifying my life and on finding balance. While streamlining the ridiculous amounts of crap that I have collected over the years despite not being very materialistic is something I do often, finding balance has never really been something that I have been able to accomplish. I’m forty, and I have ADD […]

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Happy Anniversary (and a Jerk Chicken recipe)!

Old Post reposted: Sunday, August 30, 2016: I celebrated my birthday (38 and Great!) and my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary! We decided to spend the day cooking together and having fun as a family. One of the things I miss about NY is the easy access to Jamaican (and other West […]

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Congee for Gut Healing

Congee will be a staple on our menu for a while. When I eat homemade meals, I’m a much happier person. When my family eats homemade meals, they are much happier too. Our attitudes are better, we are more active, and my daughter, who we homeschool, is much more attentive. So why would we ever […]

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Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

I love chicken and dumplings. My mother never really made it so I am not at all sure why I have such fond memories of this dish, I just do and I’m chalking it up to the made-up childhood that I write about in my short stories. The one where my mom was emotionally supportive […]

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Bedtime Routines

Getting a handle on sleep requires a routine and a plan. Here’s how I’m getting a handle on my insomnia and over-active brain.

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Quick and Easy Paleo Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I have a dirty little secret: we’ve eaten out a lot since moving to Arizona. In fact eating out is such a large portion of our budget that sharing how much is actually embarrassing. There are so many restaurants, and the days move too quickly. Unfortunately, I haven’t really enjoyed a meal that we did […]

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Finding Happiness WordPress.com

5 Tips for The Happiness Engineer Application & Trial

My husband pointed out that in my first post I promised that the next one would give insight into the trial but I wrote about my family instead. What can I say? My family keeps me interested! I completed my first official day on the job today as a Happiness Engineer and all I can […]

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Finding Happiness WordPress.com

All in the family

I spent today helping my husband set up his brand new WordPress.com blog. It’s not the first time that he has stepped into the blogging arena, but hopefully, this will be the one that sticks. His writing makes me smile and, of course, having him on this platform is a win for me too. #wordpressforlife […]

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The obligatory “Welcome”

Hello World! I’m Kristina (with a “K” and not a “C”; never Kris or Tina). On November 22, I was offered a chance to join the team at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com et al. I accepted almost immediately and decided that I needed to document everything I could. This, is Yet Another WordPress.com Blog! […]

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Gather the Wind Zine

The “Gather the Wind” Zine is my effort to focus on my creative writing. I have wanted to be a published author ever since I was a child but perfectionism has kept me frozen. Nothing is ever finished or good enough for me to publish. In fact, while I have had many personal essays published, […]