Category Archives : Health & Wellness


Life After Emotional Abuse

I just had an epiphany…. also known as a face-palm… aka an AH-HA moment.  Whatever you want to call it, I’m sitting here shaking my head wondering why it took me so long to have this thought – and feeling the need to apologize to women around the world that I didn’t figure it out sooner. You’ll need some background about my experience with abuse for this to make any sense. Five […]

The Healing Steps

@ChristyStansell Periscope

Is Periscope Just a Glorified SELFIE ?!

A couple months ago, a friend and colleague suggested, “Christy, you’d be GREAT on Periscope!”  I replied with, “Uhhhh, thanks… but what the heck is Periscope?!”  Just like you might be wondering now, too.  Don’t feel bad – it’s only been around since the end of March 2015 (so only a little over six months as of this writing – so if you know what it is, you’re ahead of […]


11 Reasons Why Candy Crush is the Smartest Stupid Game Ever Created

Once upon a time, on a family road trip, my then-5-year-old daughter asked to play a game on my phone.  I had sorta heard of but had never seen or experienced the app Candy Crush – so I thought, hmm, this looks fun for a kid, so I installed it and let her have it.  Then she let ME have it.  “MOM!!! – I don’t know how to do this.  […]

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Dongle by Fitbit

What the heck is a DONGLE – and why should you care?

I consider myself fairly versed in the English vocabulary. I mean, I’ve been a journalist since I was 16, and I love to read, so I’ve seen a lot of words.  But it wasn’t until very recently (yesterday!) that I encountered the term “Dongle” – apparently I don’t work in the technology field – and for those of you who do, please don’t judge me! You see, I am celebrating […]


7 Healthy Do’s and Don’ts for Summer Road Trips

Are you gettin’ ready to hit the road and take a family trip?  One of our favorite summer traditions is the over-the-river and through-the-woods To Grandmother’s House We Go Road Trip.    We just got back from a girls week: my two daughters and I met up with my mom and went south to Six Flags Magic Mountain and then made a big circle through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and […]

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