Archive for the ‘How to Take Care of Yourself’ Category


I had the privilege of recently traveling to Sneem, Ireland with a group of Marywood University and Robert Morris University students. We encountered one or two trials during our otherwise idyllic trip, and here is how my colleague, Lindsey Wotanis, and I worked to overcome this challenge. If you ever find yourself in a situation with swarms of midges, I believe our strategies will be key to your well-being and survival.

Of course, as one YouTube commenter mentions, seeing Don the Chemist for Jungle Spray might also be worth your time. But that solution is not quite as creative as what Lindsey and I have come up with….

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I’ve done it, you’ve done it, we’ve all done it–gone for the high five only to end up swinging through air, barely making hand contact, or accidentally slapping someone and ending up getting charged with simple assault. But with these simple instructions, our inept and jailbird days will be over. Well, they’ll be over when it comes to high-fiving, anyhow–the rest of it we’ll have to figure out on our own.

Here’s a tip my hairdresser (Laura at Pizazz Salon) taught me, and it seems worth sharing with the world. If you want to be a swimming fool but are avoiding the pool with the fear of green hair, this video is for you.

PS It’s not Laura’s fault that my hair looks lame at the start of this video. The kids and I were playing soccer, so I was victimized by major sweat and humidity, and I think I had been all about the ponytail right before filming. But I try to avoid too much vanity in my vlog posts or I’d never actually post anything. I’m sure you don’t usually notice. Ha!

I know–I could hardly believe it either. But you don’t need tweezers or pins or needles or any other prickly-sharp instruments to remove a splinter. Instead, you can avoid the pain by using glue. My husband saw it on TV somewhere, and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to try it out–sorry for the lack of appropriate credit. Anyhow, it’s such a cool technique, I almost want to get splinters stuck in my skin on purpose. Almost….

If you’d like to make your arms or stomach look more lean in pics, look no further. Two quick tips are provided that anyone can do. Well, actually, the stomach advice may work only in a limited number of situations, but if it seems inconvenient, just ask the photographer to keep the camera above the abdominal area. Or do more crunches. Or forget about looking thinner because physical diversity is where it’s at, man.

Girls on the Run is a cool organization for pre-teen girls, and my niece Madi shows how to do some of the awesome cheers. “Boom. Boom. Girl Power!”

This planking trend is relatively new to me, but I’m all about doing things just because everyone else is doing it. Okay, not really. But I am all about random stuff, and planking falls neatly into the random category. (Yes, I do know it’s oxymoron-ish to make a category of random stuff. But thank you for pointing it out.)

Anyhow, apparently someone in Australia died while planking, so the Prime Minister wanted to ban the activity altogether. But why throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater? Clearly, a lesson in planking responsibly is needed. If it saves just one life, it will have been worth it.

If somehow my video doesn’t make planking clear enough to you, or if you’re just taken with the idea of it and want to find out more, please check out the FB page on planking.