“Some men go fishing all their lives without realizing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau I grew up fishing. My family had a log cabin high on the banks of the Brule River in Wisconsin. We would go up there for weeks at a time to get away from […]

Because You Know I’m All About that Bill…


It’s time to start getting a handle on the value of money. After thinking about the purpose of money in your life, it’s time to start looking at your money. Looking your money? That’s right, let’s try it out. Take out some money from your current stash. (We all have a stash, don’t we?) Spread it out […]

Mothers Out of Balance

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This blog is dedicated to my friend, Brandy–a career mom who knows it’s time to make a shift in her life. While this grownUPgirl blog is designed for graduating girls who are ready to leave the nest and create a wonderful life for themselves, I’d like to address some of the changes that their mothers […]

Design Your Day

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“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.” ― Gautama Buddha Do you sometimes feel like the day goes by and you haven’t really done anything productive or fun? Do you have dreams that you would like to fulfill, but you just can’t seem to find time to make them happen? Do you […]

Rolled Oats

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“Wild oats will get sown some time, and one of the arts of life is to sow them at the right time.” Richard Le Gallienne Oats! A plant and grain used in so many ways, from making Scottish oat cakes to energizing horses. Oats are a very versatile staple in my house. I keep a jar […]

The Message is in the Stars

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Hello Girlfriends, One of my favorite things to do at night is to look up at the stars. I imagine how far the stars are from me, how large they really are, and how many of them there are in the universe. (Scientists will probably say infinity.) I then come back down to earth and […]

Do you have Passion?


“Nothing great in the world has even been accomplished without passion.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Lately, I have been reading a lot about “finding your passion”. I read so much about it that I actually took a step back from my life the last few years to see if I could discover it. Do […]

Heaven or Hell

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“I want us to spend the month in heaven, not hell.” — Kathleen Frati As I prepare for my 30-day detox with my husband, I am committed to trying to make this a pleasant experience (if that is even possible). Life is too short for a month of self-induced pain, so I would like spend […]



“Food was my drug, and my body was addicted to it.”  — Kathleen Frati Well, my husband and I are far enough along in age now to have to start working on preserving our health. He has high cholesterol and I have high blood pressure. We both have different kinds of digestive problems, and have […]