3 Ways Stress Takes A Toll On Your Body

3 Ways Stress Takes A Toll On Your Body

Did the latest challenge at work bring on a tightening in your stomach? Does constant worry about a loved one’s health make you physically ill yourself? Everyone at some point feels the effects of stress. Not everyone deals with stress in the best way, though.

4 Ways To Give Yourself An Energy Boost

4 Ways To Give Yourself An Energy Boost

Do you ever feel like you just don’t have the motivation to get up and get things done? You’re not alone and a lack of energy is something that affects a lot of us. There are all sorts of reasons you might be struggling with your energy levels from your diet to your schedule. Whatever the cause, you need to do something about it. These are some of the best ways to give yourself an energy boost.

Lock 1.7

Lock 1.7

As William was escorted from the room, he could see Marilyn running towards the room as the constant buzz from the monitor sounded as Lock drifted off.  He could see the fright in Marilyn's eyes as she also heard the nurse from the nursing station repeat, "Code blue in room 531." She dropped their drinks as she ran down the hall. The fear in her eyes was undeniable. William sank to the floor as she stormed past him trying to enter the room when the nurse stopped her and said, "We need to help her. Please stay out!"

The Ultimate Guide To Relaxation

The Ultimate Guide To Relaxation

Life gets hectic - and fast. So fast that one day you sit down and notice that you’ve been completely neglecting yourself. You look in the mirror and notice how tired you look, how dull your skin is and how much you’re totally in need of a fresh hair do. At times like these you need to begin thinking about ways in which you can relax and begin to feel like yourself again.

Respecting Your Body Will Always Be The First Step To Improving It

Respecting Your Body Will Always Be The First Step To Improving It

Respecting your body will always be the first step to improving it. This means that you focus on a range of important health benefits that are tried and tested, and you manage to do so with the conventional wisdom you are already aware of. It’s easy to fall into the overly corporatized efforts towards fitness and health, and to be suckered into the promises that your personal trainer or gym class makes.

A Few Painful Months of Marriage

A Few Painful Months of Marriage

I was perfectly fine with my decision and was prepared to live with it. However, Tim had other plans. He would not give up on me no matter how many times I would ask him to. In my heart I was happy that he didn’t, but my mind was becoming more and more annoyed. 

Stemuderm Reviews Showed How Stemuderm Is Your Ultimate Solution For Wrinkles

Stemuderm Reviews Showed How Stemuderm Is Your Ultimate Solution For Wrinkles

In this post, we would like to take a closer look at Stemuderm, a product that is being promoted to offer the user a professional-strength formula, specifically developed to target common signs of aging that millions of people suffer from. The product features a unique formula and has been designed by a trusted dermatological and skincare company in the United States. It is affordable, easy-to-use and does not cause the side-effects many anti-aging creams and serums are known to cause.

LOCK 1.6

LOCK 1.6

Now I’m laying in what a believe to be a hospital bed and that scent took away all the sadness and fear I was feeling. All of a sudden William began to speak. “Lock, I don’t know if you can hear me, but..."

8 Tips to Protect Your Child from Identity Theft

8 Tips to Protect Your Child from Identity Theft

You buckle them into car seats, make sure they wear a helmet when riding their bikes and keep a first-aid kit on hand at all times. As a parent, you do everything you can to guard your children’s physical safety, but do you know how to protect them from identity theft?

3 Easy Steps To Meal Planning

3 Easy Steps To Meal Planning

To avoid the constant sugar crashes and to management my time better I started meal planning. It became second nature which gave me real energy, better health, and saved me a lot of time and money over the years.  If you are looking to fast start your family meal planning, grab a notebook and follow these three easy steps.

Are You Tapping These Unexpected Sources of Inspiration?

Are You Tapping These Unexpected Sources of Inspiration?

If you’re in a creative industry, then there’s nothing worse than hitting a bout of what writers would describe as “writer’s block.” Sometimes, it feels like we’re full of ideas; at others, it can seem like no matter how hard we try, just nothing will come. However, it’s important to remember that there’ll always be ways to bring yourself out of your slump. And while sitting down and just creating something, anything will sometimes jolt your brain into action, that’s not the only avenue you have at your disposal. There are many places where inspiration lives, and not all of them are instantly obvious.

Create A Home & Life You Love

Create A Home & Life You Love

We want to lead beautiful, joyful, meaningful lives. We want our homes to feel organized, functional and inviting. We want to raise our families lovingly and intentionally. We want to invest in ourselves and continually grow as people. All of these things are good. But that doesn’t make them easy.

Can You See Yourself Investing In Stocks?

Can You See Yourself Investing In Stocks?

If you are keen to try and improve your overall financial situation, then one of the things you might want to consider is investing in stocks. Even if you don’t think that you could do it and succeed at it, chances are you are probably mistaken. The truth is that anyone can get into trading in stocks with the right kind of understanding and approach. In this article, we are going to look at some of the first things you should try to wrap your head around if you want to invest in stocks at some point in the near future. Learn these concepts first, and you should be well on your way.

Lock 1.5

Lock 1.5

"Was this it? Was my life ending?" is what went through my head as my eyes shut. "I am not ready." I thought as my eyes opened to my best friend Marilyn pleading for me to fight as hard as I could. I could hear the ambulance's sirens as the paramedic flashed a light in my eye. “She looked at me! She looked at me!" is what I could hear Marilyn say as my eyes became heavier and I drifted off.

Freedom of Working From Home

Freedom of Working From Home

Maybe you’ve already tasted the freedom of working from home, but you’re struggling to juggle work and family responsibilities. Or maybe you want to work from home, but you’re just not sure how to get started. Either way, we totally understand. In fact, we’ve been there. That’s why we’ve gathered 37 tools to help you find dream opportunities (or start something of your own), do work you love, be more productive, and enjoy the flexibility you crave… all while keeping your freedom and being home with your family.

Lock 1.4

Lock 1.4

The cab driver repeated, “143 22nd Boulevard?” I said, “Yes.” although my eyes were glued to what I left behind. I was looking out the back window of the cab as William and his companion seemed smaller and smaller. “Ms. Ms. Fasten your seat belt!” the cab driver repeated several times, but I couldn’t look away. I saw the young woman rub William's head as they turned and walked away. 

The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for your Next Big Move

The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for your Next Big Move

The process of moving house will take place over a couple of months and in most cases, everyone’s experience will be different. With that being said, it does help to make sure that you are prepared and that you are doing everything you can to make sure that you are ready for what lies ahead in terms of your packing and preparation.

The Weddings That Weren’t

The Weddings That Weren’t

I was a twice-married woman to the man of my dreams however, I had not had a wedding. Today, as I sit here writing down these memories, I wish I could be describing my wedding as a tear falls from my eye. These past years with Tim are full of good, bad, joyful and painful memories that I look forward to sharing with you all. But the thing that breaks my heart nearly every day is remembering the weddings that weren’t. 

Diet Supplements That Aren’t Hard To Swallow

Diet Supplements That Aren’t Hard To Swallow

Detoxing is something we schedule in from time to time to make sure we’re never feeling too sick on the inside, and we look forward to them. Similarly, there’s so many natural fruits and vegetables out there that make our skin glow when we actually make the effort to eat 5 a day.

LOCK 1.3

LOCK 1.3

I laid quietly and tears fell from my eyes as I thought about the words that made breathing unbearable. I could see him as he uttered those words, “Lock! Baby, the cancer is back. We beat it once and we will beat it again!”  I could not believe what I heard. I saw so much in his eyes. I saw sadness, disappointment, hope, and fear.  

5 Ways To Achieve A Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

5 Ways To Achieve A Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

Many parents find it hard to find the time and motivation to stick with their workout regime when working the typical 9-5. Though it is a challenge, it is possible to fit in exercise amongst a busy workday with a few lifestyle changes.

LOCK 1.2

LOCK 1.2

As Marilyn got comfortable in bed, Pawl rested neatly between us. Although I was happy to see my best friend, I wasn’t sure if she could get me through the days ahead. As Marilyn and Pawl feel asleep, I laid quietly and tears fell from my eyes as I thought about the words that made breathing unbearable. I could see him as he uttered those words, “Lock……………”

Pizza Night

Pizza Night

My mom was cooking the ground turkey while I was chopping tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, and onions. Zyan was placing all the chopped vegetables in a clear glass bowl as they became available. I think her favorite part was when I asked her to toss them lightly with her hands. Zoey sat at the counter. She placed the baby spinach on one leaf at a time from a clear plastic measuring cup adding them patiently until they reached the second line. I remember her smiling and clapping her hands and yelling, "I made it!" once she reached that point.

Lock 1.1

Lock 1.1

Tears fell from my eyes while reading of a "Very Emotional Valentines." It was a beautiful story with a twist and a tell of true love. It totally drew me into her emotions and for a moment my troubles were out of mind. I thanked her in the comments for such a great read. I placed the tablet on the nightstand and turn off the lamp. Suddenly, there was a knock on my door......

Is It Time For A Stress Detox?

Is It Time For A Stress Detox?

Stress is only supposed to be a short-term survival mechanism – in a life-threatening situation stress can help us get out of danger by making us more alert, making our muscles tenser and making our blood pressure higher to keep antibodies flowing around the body. Long-term exposure to stress is not healthy. It can wear down our mind and body, resulting in insomnia, muscle fatigue, and heart disease. Taking steps to detoxify your body of cortisol (the hormone that causes stress) can be much needed to prevent burnout or worse a heart attack. Here are just some of the ways to give your body a stress detox.

Baby Steps: Simple Ways To Boost Your Confidence After Having Children

Baby Steps: Simple Ways To Boost Your Confidence After Having Children

Even if you’re a naturally confident and outgoing person, there’s a good chance that your external shell hides some insecurities. When you become a mom, there’s a lot to take in, and it’s very common to experience a crisis of confidence. If your self-esteem has plummeted or you don’t quite feel yourself, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some baby steps you can take to feel more confident after having children.

Become a Better You: Five Ways To Get Out of a Rut

Become a Better You: Five Ways To Get Out of a Rut

As beneficial as it can be, doing the same things day in day out can become incredibly tedious and before you know it you feel trapped. Life loses its excitement, and you’re so exhausted by it all you don’t even know where to start to make a change. If you’ve been feeling like this lately, here are a few ideas to help you become a better you, get out of your rut and start embracing life again.

Health Doesn’t Have to be Hard: Simple Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle

Health Doesn’t Have to be Hard: Simple Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle

when it comes to our health there really is no excuse, we only get one body and so it’s imperative that we treat it well. If we want to see our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow up and live a long and fruitful life then we have to take control. Even if you already live a healthy lifestyle, you might still feel terrible due to mistakes you’re making- are you fit sick? Perhaps you’re just sick in general, and are sick and tired of, well… feeling sick and tired? Here are some of the simple changes you can make in your life to live more healthily and start feeling better.

The Twenty-Second

The Twenty-Second

According to my journal, it all started June 22, 2001. I was fresh out of college and starting a new career. Business was slow so I was journaling about how much this fellow had control over my thoughts. I found myself doubling his name. While my boss was giving me the rundown of my duties for the day and I couldn't help but anticipate my date with Tim.

6 Months Blogging Update

6 Months Blogging Update

I have been blogging for six months now and I love it. Don’t get me wrong, to build a following is a lot of work, but a like or a comment from you makes it all worth it! I want to thank you all for reading & especially for being vulnerable with me and sharing your thoughts and feelings when you feel inspired to. I really appreciate your support, comfort, and love. I read every single comment and it helps to shape LavandaMichelle.com into the best blog possible.

Don’t Let Baby Weight Become The Bane Of Your Life

Don’t Let Baby Weight Become The Bane Of Your Life

You’ve probably heard horror stories from other moms who have found it impossible to shed their baby weight, and you are terrified that the same thing will happen to you. However, the fact is that if you are mindful of your weight from the get-go, and make a conscious effort to take care of yourself, you shouldn’t find that baby weight is too much of a problem for you.

Focus On Fitness: What To Do When Your Motivation Is MIA

Focus On Fitness: What To Do When Your Motivation Is MIA

We start a fitness regime with great gusto only for our interest to dwindle a few weeks later. Suddenly, that energy has drained from every fiber in our bodies, and the last thing we want to do is hit the gym. If this scenario sounds familiar, and you’re struggling to stay on the exercise bandwagon, you’ve come to the right place. If your motivation is MIA, I'm here to help get you back on track.

A Very Emotional Valentine’s

A Very Emotional Valentine’s

As the nurse wheeled her next to me and helped me raise my bed, she asked if I wanted to hold her. Before she could complete that sentence I had my arms stretched out for my baby. I pulled her next to me and gave her a gentle hug and kissed her head covered by a pink cap. I laid her on the bed and unwrapped her blanket so I could pull her cap off. I said to her, “You have all your toes, and fingers and a head full of curly hair.”

Valentine’s Day 2005

Valentine’s Day 2005

As I sang, tears fell from my eyes because Tim was not there with me. My brother had gone and Zoey looked so much like him and he was also my sunshine. Then the phone rang to my room and it was Tim. His first words to me were, “I love you.” My voice cracked as I uttered, “Then why aren’t you here?” Although I knew the answer, my heart was broken. I couldn’t believe I said those words because my heart screamed, I miss you and I love you too. But my mouth betrayed me and expressed words that I didn’t mean to say.

How to Survive the Emergency Department During Flu Season

How to Survive the Emergency Department During Flu Season

Bringing a sick child to the ED can be stressful, especially this winter with hospitals nationwide reporting record-breaking admissions.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there have been 30 flu-associated fatalities in children since January 13 of this year. For parents who find themselves making a trip to the ED during the winter flu season, CHOC Children's has these pointers:

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

According to my journal, it was Wednesday, February 13, 2002. I was finishing lunch with two of my gal-pals who had given up on Valentine's Day. They both had reasons and I didn’t want to argue. Out of the three, I was the hopeless romantic.

5 Good Habits to Instill in Children

5 Good Habits to Instill in Children

Childhood should be full of care-free fun and happy memories, but that’s not all it is. The job of a parent is to make sure that their children are well-rounded, productive members of society. And while that might seem like a daunting task, most of it comes down to following a few simple habits. If these are instilled in your child from an early age, they’ll be able to stride out into the world the best they can be - and if they’re happy and confident, it’ll be all the more straightforward to take care of all the important tasks in life.

Raising Healthy Babies

Raising Healthy Babies

There are plenty of things that you can do to protect their health, but it is important to make sure you’re not being overprotective. They need to make their own mistakes and find things out for themselves, it is a natural part of learning. But as a mother, this just becomes so hard to do. Don’t be too overbearing, but don’t take too much of a back seat. It is important to remember that there are going to be things that will happen out of your control as well. So if you’re wondering what you can do to make sure you’re raising healthy babies, I’ve created a guide for you outlining some of the best things that you can do.

SunShine Blogger Award

SunShine Blogger Award

Fast forward a couple of decades or three, and I find myself a blogger. As I hear the chimes coming through my computers notifying me that I had a new follower, like, and/or someone commented on my post. I was surprised that one of my newly beloved blogger, Lambam,  had nominated me for the SunShine Blogger award. I humbly smiled and shared the news with my hubby. Then I told him about her blog.

A Pro Guide to Save Enormously on Sportswear Online

A Pro Guide to Save Enormously on Sportswear Online

In today’s society, online shopping is one of the most trending forms of shopping. Now, most of the people prefer to buy things from the online store rather than physical store due to the shortage of time and occupied schedule. Wondering how to save more money on your shopping? From your weekly exercise wear to your next gym wear purchase, here are a few smart, manageable, money saving tips. Here in this post, I have a full pro guide to save big money on sportswear Shopping Online.

The Parenting Super Bundle

The Parenting Super Bundle

It’s Day 2 of the Ultimate Bundles Festival (UBFest) and today’s bundle is the Parenting Super Bundle! Yes! For a crazy low price, you can get eBooks, printables, and eCourses to help you if you have kids, fitness goals, healthy living resolutions, clutter to conquer, or a desire to ward off the winter sickies, stick with me this week.

Your Checklist To Avoid A Stressful House Move

Your Checklist To Avoid A Stressful House Move

You could be moving to a different location, needing something bigger, maybe even looking for something smaller. Either way, you need to sell your home and relocate. This may seem like a monumental task, but don’t worry. Below is your go-to checklist to take you from wanting to live somewhere else to kicking off your shoes and having a relaxing evening in your new home.

The 2018 Bundle Festival

The 2018 Bundle Festival

With this Ultimate Bundles Festival (or UBFest, for short), each day you’ll have a chance to buy one amazing bundle that’s at least 93% off retail value, but ONLY until midnight each day will you be able to snag that day’s bundle.

The Bridge Between A Blog & The Big Time

The Bridge Between A Blog & The Big Time

For a lot of people, being able to make money through something like a blog will probably sound far-fetched. Of course, to achieve something like this, you’ll have to gain popularity, fighting for the top spot amongst loads of other blogs. This will be a long journey, with most people doing it for fun rather than trying to make a living. With this approach, though, it can be impossible to find the next step you need to take when your blog reaches this level. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the common routes which people will take when starting their career as a blogger.

Escape The Snow Travel Gift Guide

Escape The Snow Travel Gift Guide

After a wonderful dinner with my family, I grab the travel guide and I dream of any place to escape the snowstorm we find ourselves in the middle of. Then I sit and write a list of the things I will need for this trip. I also included the picture to help my hubby as he is the one who will receive my finished travel gift guide.

Essential Advice for a Calm and Relaxed Pregnancy

Essential Advice for a Calm and Relaxed Pregnancy

The advice you’re going to find right here will help you to stay calm and relaxed 100% of the time, and that’s something that will benefit your body and your baby. So read on now if you want to start learning.

Stay In Good Shape

Stay In Good Shape

So many people adopt the classic mentality of buying a gym membership that they never use or assuming that “dieting” means starving yourself until you’ve lost weight and then resuming your old diet as normal. Being truly healthy isn’t about achieving quick results; it’s about creating a lifestyle that you’ll be able to maintain on a permanent basis. Sometimes, that does mean you’ll only see results gradually but you’ll be able to maintain those good results forever if you stick to your healthy routine.

Fitness Ideas To Expand Your Horizons

Fitness Ideas To Expand Your Horizons

If you have felt the pressing need to try something new, then trying an outside-the-box fitness idea might be just what you need. Say goodbye to the gym, the weights, and the same old pilates stretches, and embrace something truly different that still provides a route to reaching your fitness goals.

And The Award Goes To

And The Award Goes To

Thank you to Vidya for awarding the Liebster to me! I love her blog and definitely thrilled that she thought I deserve this award. Thank you to my family, friends, and followers as well for being a wonderful support system.

I Love You

I Love You

When I was a teenager, I felt that I would end up meeting this godly, virtuous, beautiful, intelligent, poetic, classy, and funny girl. She would be strong with a little attitude, have an affinity for hip-hop and R&B, and most of all, love God. I was young but my thoughts were old. I wasn't rushing the day to come but I felt in my soul that it eventually would. One day it actually did and I knew it that very same day.