Namely You

Dreamy Almond Chocolate Pie

It's time to dip my toe back into the sugar pond and the best place to start is with this Dreamy Almond Chocolate Pie. Sweet, but not overly so, and with the added value (and flavor) of a simple (and gluten-free) Chocolate Almond Crust, this pie has become one of our family favorites.

Your Free Square

In the game of life we all have a Free Square. Is it a stretch to find life lessons from Bingo, a game of chance? I don't think so, and hopefully you'll agree after reading this post.

A Walk in Beauty

An early morning photography expedition with my hubby left me feeling inspired by the beauty of nature.

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I was also reminded of the poem, She Walks in Beauty. "She walks in beauty, like the night; Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright." Oh, that we could all walk in beauty today.

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A Word for Moms

Did you know the word for mom begins with an "M" in the majority of languages? There's madre (Spanish), mère (French), mater (Latin), mama (Italian), mer (Vietnam), and mutter (German), to name just a few.

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Whatever the foundations of the word itself, it's also a name. And it's one of the proudest and happiest names I have. From the moment I heard my daughter utter the first syllables remotely close to mama until today, I have been in love with the sound of it.

Name Interview: Karen Walrond

My latest Namely Marly podcast is with celebrated author and photographer, Karen Walrond. She authors a blog, Chookoloonks, where she parallels her stunning photography with her powerful words of insights about life. She is a contributor to the book Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart. And she’s even appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show talking about motherhood. She recently wrote a book called The Beauty of Different. Some come sit with me in a talk with Karen Walrond about names and living an inspired life!

Don’t Give Up!

Do you ever have one of those days where nothing seems like it works? For me that sometimes leads to throwing my own personal pity party.

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On those days, what I want is chocolate. And to be left completely alone!

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But I'm learning that what I want and what I need are entirely different.

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Here are my tricks to surviving those bad days.