Acceptance, Mindfulness and Vulnerability = Recipe for Optimal Happiness

vulnerable quote

It’s hard to believe I haven’t written in over a year. I still love the idea behind Functionably Happy. Maximize happiness within responsibility, be efficient and productive while connecting with other fellow humans through humor. Anyway…yesterday a dear friend texted “I miss you, I’m struggling, can we have lunch soon!” and after a quick call [...]

No Fat, Low Sugar, Healthy Persimmon Sweet Potato Muffin Recipe!

Healthy, No Fat, Low Sugar Persimmon Muffins

I know that’s quite a title but it’s TRUE! A photography client of mine gave me 6 persimmons. So we ate 1 and then no one wanted to eat another one, over an apple or pear, so I baked them into something! They are better than I thought they’d be… tasting like a bran muffin [...]

Banana Oatmeal Cookie: a Twist on Banana Bread

Oatmeal-Banana-Chocolate-Chip Recipe-Kids-Healthy-Snack-Baked Cookie

I want a cookie.  I want that warm, fresh-baked shape of a snack in my hand.  But I’m a utilitarian mom too, and I have 4 ripe bananas.  I could make banana muffins, but I make them weekly and I’m sick of washing out the pans.  Even on my most deliberate days, I spill batter [...]

Consistence + Friends = Happiness!

Ski trip Parenting Tip: Bring Friends along in challenging situations

I grew up skiing so weekend trips to the mountains were important to me. My daughter was not so inclined to deal with uncomfortable ski boots and cold weather.  There was a lot of whining.  I was frustrated, but not willing to give up the outdoor fresh air, or challenging her to master something difficult [...]

Crying Over Sit-Ups…Literally…

Photo of Parenthood Kristina Hugging Adam

Achieving MORE in the least amount of time is an perpetual concept in the back my mind.  If I don’t adapt to being more creative at fitting in all the fun things I want to do, I’ll feel way less delighted with life.  I know I need to keep my ‘fitness – fun – family [...]

Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio ROCKS!

Debbie Markham finishes Wildflower Mountain Bike Triathlon - May 5, 2012

Wildflower Triathlon has tempted me for 10 years, but this year a friend won an entry and gave it to me!  Since it’s $100 to enter, “free” was the push I needed to actually sign up.  Turns out they have a sprint distance Mountain Bike Tri – perfect since I hadn’t trained much and my [...]