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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou

Succulent WallFeaturedLifestyle

Succulent Wall

I love Succulents. The temperate climate here in California is the perfect weather for them.  I have lots of them planted around the house. They look great in their pots and planted in the ground, but when I saw a beautiful succulent wall at a local restaurant, I knew I…
Michelle Tucker
May 16, 2021
MomAdvocacyFeaturedLifestyle

Why We Don’t Do Summer School

I start counting down the days to summer break as soon as school starts in the fall.Being a parent of school-age children can be exhausting. Being a parent of a child with special needs on a school IEP is a whole different ballgame.  Both of my children are on IEPs.  This…
Michelle Tucker
May 12, 2021
PlumeriaLifestyle

Growing your own Plumeria Tree

Plumeria is one of my favorite tropical flowers.  You can find plumeria trees blooming all over the Hawaiian islands.  It's a simple, yet elegant flower that emits the sweetest of aromas.  I was ecstatic when I first learned that I can grow my very own plumeria tree from just a…
Michelle Tucker
April 25, 2021
OlivedaLifestyle

Oliveda Skincare

*This posts contains products that were kindly gifted to me.I'm always on the lookout for good, all-natural, anti-aging skincare.  A gal like me, who's over 40, wants to soak in all of the anti-aging creams and jellies that I can get.   That's why I was so excited when I was…
Michelle Tucker
April 16, 2021
Happy BirthdayLifestyle

Birthday Celebrations and Traditions

My kid's birthdays are exactly one week apart. I love celebrating their big days, but I am also completely wiped out once they are over. When they were younger I'd combine their birthdays and have a single, giant party each year. Unsurprisingly, as they got a little older they wanted…
Michelle Tucker
April 13, 2021
BikiniLifestyle

It’s Just a Number on the Scale

“Maybe you should buy yourself a slimming one-piece swimsuit."That’s what the nurse told me. I was feeling discouraged after finding out, after a month of working out and eating right, that I had gained weight instead of losing it.  I was told that my hormones and my new IUD were…
Michelle Tucker
March 28, 2021
Tiny BakingEatsLifestyle

Tiny Baking with my Tiny Chef

There are those gifts that end up getting played with once and are never to be seen from again.  Then there are the ones that keep popping up and making appearances all throughout the year.  When my daughter asked for a Tiny Baking kit for Christmas, I assumed it would…
Michelle Tucker
March 3, 2021
SoupEatsLifestyle

Greek Lemon Rice Soup

Greek lemon rice soup, also known as Avgolemono, is one of those dishes that reminds me of home.  The funny part about this is that my family never actually made the soup, nor are we Greek.  Lemon Rice soup is a staple dish at almost all of the Greek restaurants…
Michelle Tucker
February 7, 2021
working on meLifestyle

Working on Me

Did you jump into 2021 wide eyed, bushy tailed, and excited to tackle the new year with a whole set of resolutions?  Or, like me, did you roll into 2021 a bit disheveled, disoriented, and wondering where the heck the holidays went? I did, excitedly, have a few “let’s do…
Michelle Tucker
January 3, 2021