Adventures in Cimorelli Land

May 22, 2017

Today I'd like to introduce you to my friend Cherie Norton, who leads one of the most fascinating lives of anyone I know, following her heart where it leads, which is often to some rather unconventional places. She has also learned some great lessons along the way, which she shares with us here.

 Cherie Norton

In her own words, "Over my lifetime, my identity has gone through various iterations, from dirt-poor college student working three jobs, to legal secretary, stressed-out coffee-shop owner, home-schooler of three children, reluctant country club socialite (a short-lived diversion), horseman, political campaigner, rural farm wife, prepper, Harley road-tripper, firearms instructor and private pilot. Throughout all, my values have remained the same, but I am not unchanged. Each of these has had a lasting effect on who I am and what goals I choose to focus on in my daily life. Today, I am a little of all of these things, and I am the better for it."

1. Tell me a littl...

May 18, 2017

The fairytale dream is to find your prince, ride off into the sunset, and live happily ever after. If it were only as easy as fitting your delicate foot into a glass slipper like Cinderella! The truth is that with the divorce rate now hovering around 70%, there are many things to take into consideration before you get married, and the ideal time to talk about these is BEFORE you get engaged. Better to find out that a relationship might be on the road to disaster before you send out the wedding invitations, eh? As my mother used to say, "Marry in haste, repent at leisure." Yikes!!

Mike and I have been married for 30 years now. Our church required us to go to a weekend engagement retreat to make sure we knew what we were getting into. At the beginning of the retreat, all the couples in the room had to introduce themselves and say their favorite trait that their partner possessed. Mike and I said things like integrity and loyalty, but about half of the room said that their favorite thing a...

May 15, 2017

I have known Maria's family for many years, and when tragedy struck, I was amazed at how she was able to transform something that for most people would be one of the worst things that could possibly happen into something truly amazing and inspiring! 

Maria Rabaino

1. Tell me a little bit about your childhood and where you grew up. How would you describe your family and your town?

I grew up in a small town named Orangevale (for those who don't know that's in the Sacramento area). My family was very involved with our community by volunteering in any sport my siblings or I were a part of, which was why I was close with my family and the community growing up.

2. What kinds of things were you involved in as a teenager (sports, etc)?

I was a cheerleader from 4th grade until my sophomore year! I also was in my high school's drama club and was "most spirited" in my class!

 Maria as a cheerleader in high school

3. You were involved in a horrible accident that changed your life in a flash. How ol...

May 14, 2017

This is the first Mothers' Day that I will not be able to call my mother and wish her well, as the angels called her home last summer. I miss our weekly phone calls on Sunday nights. She would always ask about how my boys were doing in water polo or basketball and what country my girls would be touring in next. She'd tell me how she cleaned up in playing bridge that week, that she had "played the piano for the old people" (as if she, in her early 80s, wasn't one of them), or that she had written a zinger of a letter to the editor about the latest political hot button. She would tell me about my brother's kids, who lived nearby, how she was looking forward to seeing my sister soon, and when she would be coming to see us next, as we had moved 2000 miles away. 

 Mom with little me

We had a bit of a tempestuous relationship when I was younger, as is common with a lot of strong mothers and their daughters who are trying to figure out their own place in the world, but we fi...

May 10, 2017

This week I am profiling Ash Greyson, who with his gorgeous wife Mindy has a beautiful family of 7 children whom they homeschool. Ash works in the movie industry promoting Faith and Family films.

Ash Greyson—Founder and Chief Evangelist, Ribbow Media Group.

1. Tell me a little bit about your childhood and where you grew up. How would you describe your family and your town?

I grew up in Tulsa, OK, for the most part. It was still booming from oil money in the 70s and 80s. I have a crazy family history! My father died in a car accident while my mother was pregnant; he actually didn’t even know she was pregnant. My grandparents stepped in to help raise me, which became especially important when my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 12. She had one of the worst cases ever documented, which led to many other terminal conditions. They told me and my half brother who is 4 years younger than me, that she would only live 6 months. She went on to live 18 more years, which was a...

May 4, 2017

I met the most fascinating woman while I was doing my laps at the pool. I saw her walk in. I could tell by her gait that she was up there in years, but she was in better shape than 95% of the elderly people that I see coming into the YMCA. She put on her cap and goggles and walked over to the lane next to me.

She said, "I'm trying to get up the nerve to get in."

I answered, trying to be reassuring, "It's not too cold today. It's actually really nice in here."

She said, "I'm not worried about the cold. I'm just trying to get up the nerve to dive in."

A minute later, she was in the pool and doing a lap of freestyle. She had a nice stroke and was a much better swimmer than most. Then she swam a second lap, doing backstroke.

She stopped about 10 ft from the end and said, "I'm just easing back in. I quit swimming 3 years ago when I was 86."

I looked at her in disbelief and said, "You're 89!?!?!?"

She said, "My birthday is next week, yes."

I said, "Happy birthday!" and then she got out.

I ran in...

May 1, 2017

I love smoothies! Smoothies make the world go round. Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but they're pretty awesome. Most commercial smoothies, however, have way too much sugar in them. This recipe is super tasty without killing you with sugar. The secret is in the fruit and the flavoring of the various ingredients. It's also got protein and healthy fats, making it a wonderful post-workout treat.

 My favorite smoothie!

Here's the recipe:

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

1/2 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt

1 scoop vanilla whey powder

1-2 Tbsp MCT Oil

1 cup Organic frozen berries

I use berries not only because I love them, but because their glycemic index number is so much lower than other fruits, meaning they are low sugar fruits. Once you add pineapple or a banana, the sugar content skyrockets. Not to say you can't add them, just use them more sparingly, and be aware of the large amount of extra sugar they have if you are watching your total carbs for the day. 

In this reci...

May 1, 2017

As they say (whoever "they" are), you are what you eat. And it's amazing how what you eat can affect your mind, your mood, your energy levels, your immune system, and basically every system in your body.

As more and more research comes in, it looks like sugar is Public Enemy #1, which is unfortunate for those of us who have been addicted to it for 50 years. Yikes! Sugar causes insulin spikes and inflammation, which in turn cause diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, and arthritis, but also things like exhaustion, cloudy thinking, depression, getting sick all the time, and even early signs of aging like wrinkling! Arrrggghhh! Not fair! And not only is it sugar that does this, but all those other wonderful goodies that turn straight to sugar in the body, like bread and white rice. What's a girl to do?

For me personally, I grew up with the habits of milk and cereal for breakfast, a sandwich on white bread for lunch, and meat and potatoes, sometimes with bread or rolls, plus a veggie for...

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