More Quiet, Less Grinch

Do you love this time of year but also find yourself feeling frazzled? Me, too.

Join me over at Faith & Family LIVE! as I try to reclaim the peace that is supposed to be at the heart of this season.


Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

App, App Hooray!

(Forgive the corny post title. A former supervisor/editor of mine used to say I that I perhaps had too much of a knack for coming up with puns.)

I’m working on a future health column for Faith & Family magazine,* and I’m looking for some good Smart Phone/iPad/iPod apps that help to keep you healthy. I’d also love to hear about any other forms of technology – whether it’s a website, nifty pedometer or food scale, or a computer program – that helps you stay fit and healthy and/or makes it easier for you to keep tabs on your own and your family’s health. Feel free to leave a comment, or shoot me an email at kmwicker[at]gmail[dot]com.

I personally love having a pedometer on my phone to keep track of my steps during a given time frame (0 steps lately given my slug status due to bed rest, but that all ends Saturday! Woo-hoo!). I also love the Locavore app that helps make it easier to eat local, fresh food. I have lots of other favorites, but you’ll have to stay tuned for my health column slated for the fall issue of Faith & Family.

Oh and so long as I’m asking for help, I’m also in need of some of your family’s favorite fish/seafood recipes for another article. The recipes either need to be family originals or adapted somehow. If you’ve adapted the recipe from a website, cookbook, etc., please include its original source.

Thanks for your help! I look forward to seeing your recommendations.

UPDATE: I totally forgot to mention that I’d also like to see if anyone has any apps, websites, etc. that they use to assist with NFP. Thanks!

*What’s that you say? You don’t subscribe to Faith & Family yet? Well, get on it. It is the quintessential magazine for wives and mothers looking to live a Godward life while managing a home, staying healthy, and raising happy, spiritual kids. Subscribe here (and while you’re at it, gift a friend with a subscription, too!).

Writing Elsewhere

You can read my latest column at Fathers for Good: The Home-Cooked Advantage – 5 Steps to a Happy Meal at Home. The article features Fr. Leo of Grace Before Meals (you know, the priest-chef who dueled it out with Bobby Flay on the Food Network and won!).

I’m also honored to have a guest post over at “Dialogue,” a blog where writers (including bloggers!) are invited to share ideas, tips, news, market leads, and more. Patricia Punt founded the the site, and I have to tell you how wonderful she is. I met her several years ago at the online Catholic Writers Conference. I signed up to take her online class on writing devotionals. Her instruction and wisdom were very valuable, and I still hope to carve out some more time one of these days to purse the devotional market. But it wasn’t just a professional relationship that took root after I completed her online workshop. Through various email exchanges we connected on a spiritual and emotional level and became friends. Since that time Patricia has always been extremely supportive of my writing and been a faithful friend who offers her prayers for my family and sends me kind emails out of the blue. I’m very thankful for our friendship.

At any rate, my guest post is called From Blog to Book Deal and offers some tips for bloggers who may not have published anything outside of their posts on how to possibly catch the eye of an editor or a publisher.

See you over at Fathers for Good and “Dialogue”!

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