For your health information: #BeautyMadeBetter

Right now, cosmetics companies can put just about anything in their products – even chemicals associated with cancer and endocrine disruption. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced a bill that would require cosmetics companies to prove that their products are safe before marketing them and would give the federal Food and … Continue reading For your health information: #BeautyMadeBetter


Fall fashion looks and faves

It’s time for a style upgrade. Here are a few of my fall faves.

Note from April

It’s that beautiful time of year.

Overcoming Obstacles

Last week I was invited to be a Twitter Chat guest. The topic of the chat was "Overcoming Obstacles and Thriving in Life." Unfortunately, I know a little something about life's big obstacles. Below you'll find the questions along with my answers (the longer versions). A Tweet Chat—also called a Twitter Chat, Tweet Party or Twitter … Continue reading Overcoming Obstacles

What do I say to someone diagnosed with cancer?

It can be hard to know what to say to someone with a cancer diagnosis. In this article you'll find 3 simple phrases that will help you convey your compassion.

Useful Gift Ideas for the Breast Cancer Fighter

3 good gifts for the cancer fighter.

Mental Unwellness Day

Did you know? One in five adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, experiences mental illness in a given year? (National Alliance Mental Health) It doesn't matter where I am or who I'm talking to "depression" usually finds its way into the conversation. The current state of affairs, discord and day-to-day challenges can leave us feeling empty … Continue reading Mental Unwellness Day

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is domestic violence awareness month. #KnowYourFacts

The Health Brief

Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. has gained the F.D.A. approval to market their generic version of EpiPen.

Up Close & Personal: Lesley Barth

Lesley Barth has been compared to music greats like Carole King and Cat Stevens. With her rich voice, vulnerability and relatable lyrics, it’s easy to see why. In this interview Barth talks about why flying solo is so important to her.

under (re)construction

Hello friends! It’s Friday July 27, 2018---I hope this finds you staying cool, and looking forward to a good weekend. To my cancer fighter readers, I hope this finds you on a good day. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. That’s because a few weeks ago I had the final surgery of delayed … Continue reading under (re)construction

Skin Cancer Awareness

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Prevention is our best line of defense.

The Challenges of Blogging: Comparing Myself to Others

Starting a blog can be intimidating all by itself. But it's the plethora of fancy blogs out there that can have you second guessing your ability.

A Few Nice Gift Ideas

Shopping for the perfect gift can be hard sometimes. That's why I like small gifts grouped together.

The Finer Things Club: Jenna Fischer

If you're looking for a fun way to make a difference, you may want to follow Jenna Fischer.

Hugs Have a Therapeutic Effect on People

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that people who experience high levels of social support and frequent hugs may be at a decreased risk for getting sick when under stress.

The Challenges of Blogging

Working from home sounds like a dream. But, in reality, it means you have be on to be on your toes if you want to succeed. Here's a few ways I'm doing that.

Amy Schumer

By now, I'm sure you've heard that Amy Schumer has tied the knot!!

Mood Board

Remodeling can be fun and expensive. Stressful and exciting. But before we start any home renovation project, we need a little inspiration. Here’s some of mine!

Seeking Bright and Uncluttered

Hey everybody! It's Thursday February 1. Where does the time go, right? Wherever you are I hope this finds you having a great week. My week has been pretty tamed. I've had a laundry list of things to do (including the laundry). But since I've been staying home a lot (trying to avoid contact with … Continue reading Seeking Bright and Uncluttered

Warm & Cozy

Baby, it's cold outside! Here are a few of my favorite ways to stay warm.

How to Protect Yourself and Others From Getting Sick

Flu and cold season is here. And they say it’s stronger than ever. What can you do to protect yourself and others?

Behind The Scenes With Alicia Silverstone and MyKind Organics

Gifts for the Wine Lover

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope this finds you having a great weekend. But, if it finds you shopping for the wine lover in your life, I hope this helps! Always, April Wines That Rock! In 2008 passionate wine lovers and die-hard music fans came together to launch Wines That Rock creating “Great Tasting Wines Inspired by … Continue reading Gifts for the Wine Lover

Gifts for Seniors

After a certain age it's easy to assume that the older adults in your life have all they need and want. But the reality is that some 6.4 million older Americans live at or below the federal poverty level of $11,800 a year (AARP). And being a woman, a person of color or a person … Continue reading Gifts for Seniors

My Favorite Magazines to Give and Receive

Casual reading has become a luxury that most people can't afford--literally and figuratively. The cost of books and magazines, demanding schedules, shorter days and the never ending to do list can make it impossible to take a break. Sometimes, like children, we need a little nudge in the eight direction. Looking forward to thumbing through … Continue reading My Favorite Magazines to Give and Receive

Chemical Free Lip Liners

Lip liners are the key to maintaining a polished and youthful pout. This line is chemical free.

Myths About Breast Cancer

There are a variety of myths about breast cancer. This posts covers the biggest one.

I Think We Need Adult Drivers Education

Driving 101

Gossip Girl Gets Even

Blake Lively shows the funny side of her marriage.

The Teal Pumpkin Project

Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.9 million children under age 18. That's 1 in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom.


By P.P. On the foggy summer streets of San Francisco, we good Catholic children of St. Thomas Parish gathered daily to choose teams for our favorite games. “Eeny meeny miney mo, catch a nigger by the toe, if he hollers let him go, 1-2-3-4-5.” Our good Catholic parents watched and smiled. Fifty years later, the memory takes my breath … Continue reading Discrimination

Cancer Survival Kit

Wondering what to buy the cancer fighter in your life? Here are a few things that helped me through chemotherapy.

What is DACA?

You've heard about it and you've seen the upset over it, but do YOU know what DACA is?

Fashion Friday

There's no doubt about it; Summer is slowly drifting away making room for fall. And while fall means back to the daily grind for most of us, it doesn't have to mean a dull existence. Color is a good way to brighten the day. This fall I find myself drawn to splashes of red. When … Continue reading Fashion Friday

Alicia Silverstone: School Lunch & Snack Ideas

Looking for healthy lunch alternatives for your little ones? Check out this vegan mama's ideas!

You Can Now Bring Joanna Gaines Into Your Home

Rugs, pillows and throws OH MY! Joanna Gaines is now available at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Ripped From the Pages: Oprah’s Sorbet

Oprah Winfrey has shared some of her favorite recipes with us!

I’m Still Here…

It's hard to believe but it's August. I can hear Target tearing down the summer display ads and replacing their swim suits and beach totes with sweaters, backpacks and back-to-school bargains.

Breast Healthcare Apps, Movies, Olivia Newton-John and Flashback Friday

Health apps to help you teach your daughters about breast healthcare while maintaining your own.

Flashback Friday: Girl Power

It's Friday! Let's dance our way into the weekend with Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, and Emma Bunton AKA The Spice Girls!   End of post

To Joey With Love

This is not your average Cinderella story. But, it is a story about love. Life. Success. Beauty. And, the unthinkable.

What’s Inside Your Breast Implant?

Every woman should see with her own eyes what she puts into her body. Here, one doctor cuts open a silicone implant.

Weekend Mom Moments

Quick note: My apologies dear friends for any issues you experienced viewing this post. It's fixed! Enjoy, and thanks for your patience. Always, April Over the weekend families everywhere gathered together to celebrate their moms. Here are just a few of my favorite publicly shared moments. Hoda Kotb posted this heartwarming, new mama moment. … Continue reading Weekend Mom Moments

‘Nasty Woman’ Teen Shines at Women’s March Washington 

  Nina Donovan is a courageous 19-year-old college student who used her talent as a spoken-word artist (think Hamilton) to rise up against the modern-day Goliath: politicians threatening to trample on equality in America. Talented actress, feminist and strong woman, Ashley Judd, recited Donovan’s poem entitled “Nasty Woman” at the Women’s March on Washington. The poem was … Continue reading ‘Nasty Woman’ Teen Shines at Women’s March Washington