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Enjoy a Lavender Mocktail when alcohol isn't an option. A non-alcoholic beverage made with lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, cranberry juice & ginger ale. 0

Lavender Mocktail {and a Hot Mama Cocktails Intro}

I’ve been making a lot of yummy beverages with my new lavender simple syrup. Even though I’m typically going to be using it in my home bar crafted cocktails, I knew I wanted to make some sort of Lavender Mocktail with it, too. About 10 years ago before I knew that “mocktails” were an actual thing (and trending), I came up with what I called “Hot Mama Cocktails.” I had 2 friends unexpectedly become pregnant at the time. We were a group of friends who went out to bars a lot, for karaoke or a game of pool. Although we...

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Women Being Well Facebook Group

Overrun. Overextended. Overwhelmed. Exhausted. These are words that have described my life at times. Sound familiar? We all get caught up in the daily grind of things, trying to forge some sort of routine to make life a little easier. Inevitably, self-care tends to go by the wayside pretty often in my life. If you’re anything like me, maybe you used to do a good job taking care of yourself. Spending time on a regular basis to feed your soul, rest and rejuvenate your tired mind, and pamper your body. And maybe now you’ve got a bigger family to attend...

If I could take a mulligan on my first pregnancy, there are a few things I’d like to take a second shot at doing better. 0

If I Could Take a Mulligan on My First Pregnancy

If I could take a mulligan on my first pregnancy, there are a few things I’d like to take a second shot at doing better. Setting up the reasons for a second shot at my first pregnancy My first pregnancy resulted in a c-section. The possibility of going through a cesarean came as a total shock to me at 32 weeks when my third diagnostic ultrasound revealed that my son had found himself in a comfortable breech position. I was totally unprepared for that news, despite the fact that a friend of mine had just gone through the same experience...

Losing weight is a common New Year's Resolution, but chronic failure can undermine one's sense of self worth. It's time to start rethinking resolutions. 0

Rethinking Resolutions: Losing Weight

Losing weight is probably the New Year’s Resolution I hear most frequently. In fact, I’m pretty sure that losing weight has become a permanent objective for many people in the American culture. It’s like it never quite goes away. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no different. Although my thinking about losing weight has changed since I was in my twenties, I’d still like to cut a few extra pounds out of my life. Since it’s such a common resolution, losing weight is also a goal that we tend to fail at more often. From my perspective, it’s...

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May 4-8 is National Small Business Week

This week, May 4-8, is National Small Business Week. It might not be quite as relevant to the content we typically publish on Dish-y.com, but this year it’s a little special for us. That’s because Renee and I are currently in the process of officially becoming a small business. For over a year, we’ve been building Dish-y.com and learning the ins and outs of the blogging world. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we can see it growing and becoming something much bigger than this down the road. A few months back, we started discussing next...

Renee Larr is not defined by her search results 0

Renee Larr is not defined by her search results

Type Michelle Williams into a search engine, and the last thing you’ll find is me. Depending on your perspective, that could be a really annoying problem or an incredible relief. My friend Renee Larr would probably consider it a miraculous blessing at this point in her life. Three months ago, I published an article about my friend Renee Larr’s story. Almost two years ago, she was the innocent victim of a malicious cyber-bullying attack that left some parts of her life in ruins. → Also Read: The Silver Lining for Renee Larr Turns out that sometimes the most lush and...

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7 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

I’m now 12 weeks into my pregnancy with our second child. Even though I learned a lot being pregnant with Cooper, I’ve been thrust into the discovery mode again. I’m realizing new things about being pregnant every day! Goes to show that there’s always something to learn. I wanted to share some advice about preparing for pregnancy that I carried with me from the first time around. And I’m throwing in some bonus tips that I wish someone had shared with me leading up to this pregnancy (or even the first). It’s amazing to me how different separate pregnancies can...

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The Silver Lining for Renee Larr

Renee Larr, my co-editor at Dish-y.com, has been one of my best friends for more than half my lifetime. It was a little over a year ago that my dear friend suggested to me that we work together to start a blog. We share similar interests surrounding food, entertaining, and the like. We thought we could turn some of our experience into advice, inspiration, and encouragement for women going through life’s transitions like getting married and having babies. Writing a blog struck us both as a refreshing idea, particularly since we were each facing some personal struggles and needed a...

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What dish-y means to me

That’s so dish-y. OK, so what exactly does that mean? Dish-y can describe a lot of things. It’s a certain kind of awesome quality. When something strikes me as being dish-y, it usually has a great ‘feel good’ factor. It’s the kind of thing that makes me stop, enjoy the moment and forget about anything that ails me. And in some lucky cases, it lasts more than just a moment. I think we all strive to attain as much of that feel good factor as we can get. It’s human nature. Maybe it sounds a little selfish from a simple...

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Why I Love Pilates

Why I Love Pilates Michelle’s recent post about why she loves to cook got me to thinking about all the things I enjoy doing besides cooking. Hear me out before I write this next sentence. I enjoy working out. There I said it. I used to hate people that said that but I have really started to enjoy the mental benefits along with the physical. I lift weights three times a week and do cardio four times a week. Nothing crazy just walking on the treadmill for 30-45 minutes. I was starting to get bored with my routine and needed...