A New Old Way…

Posted January 28th, 2015 by Lisa

…of connecting.

(Zachary Germain and April Geyer at the Manhattan Amateur Classic Dancesport Competition , Dancing the Swing – Placing 1st in Pre-Champ)

I have found a new way to my “Happy Place”:

Ballroom Dancing!

I give credit to my Mom who encouraged me over and over again to give ballroom dancing a try.

I give credit to my husband, Eoin, who has supported me no matter what I tried. It is wonderful learning something new together.

And I give credit to Zachary Germain, my dance instructor from Karen’s Ballroom Dancing and Fitness, who has made dancing more fun than I could imagine.

Zachary is a talented ballroom dancer who has been competing for 10 years. Next Stop for him is the national competition to become a professional dancer. He makes dancing a reality for everyone he teaches. I highly recommend him for private or group lessons – or both!

Here is Zachary Germain and April Geyer again performing a Rumba in the recent competition:

Now doesn’t that look like fun!!

Karen’s Ballroom Dancing and Fitness offers group and private lessons. You can check out their schedule here.

While I have danced all my life, there is something special about dancing with a partner. In this world where we all want to connect, there is nothing quite like dancing to connect! It’s way better than texting or Facebook!

Give it a try! Just dance to a happy place!

Some places to partner dance:

Rockafellas – Latin Dancing Wed. Nights, Salem

Havanas Salsa Club, Cambridge

Karen’s Ballroom Dancing, Peabody – Social Dance Every 1st Saturday of the Month

MIT Dance Club – Social Ballroom Dance – Cambridge

Gotta go practice ….any excuse to DANCE:)

XO Lisa


A Mission to Gain Better Health

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Lisa

I was sitting at Family Car Care in Gloucester one sunny morning and opened up the latest issue of North Shore Magazine to find an article about Nourish Health with Food For Life.

I read the article and immediately called her:

Dr. Mona Sigal

Dr. Mona Sigal of Nourish Health with Food for Life

I was surprised to hear her heart warming voice answer the phone! She had a more than a full class, however, she didn’t turn me away. She just said “as long as you don’t mind cozy!” I knew I was in the right hands and heading in the right direction.

I have had a rough past 12 years. If you saw my medical chart you would see nothing but an upward tick in all the wrong ways, i.e., weight, blood pressure, bad cholesterol. My joints have become inflamed. This is all due to a stroke that I experienced 12 years ago. I have been put on medication after medication for this problem then that.

I knew in my heart that if I could prevent some of the problems through what I ate, then I would be healthier and happier. And hopefully be able to get off some of my medications.

The classes with Mona are fun and packed full of wonderful information on health and what we eat.

My last class is next week, and I am already having the “Sunday Blues” about it.

I will just need to join Mona for her monthly free round table to get new ideas and tips along with recipes that will continue me on this new lifestyle.

Wonderful Vegan Cookbook by Terry Walters

Wonderful Vegan Cookbook by Terry Walters

You can check out more on Terry Walters and her blog here.

Great read and recipes by John MacDougal, MD

Great read and recipes by John McDougall, MD

At my first class with Mona Sigal, MD, I was handed this new book The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall. He has a health program in California and a lot of terrific free information on his website


So how hard has it been? Not very. I haven’t been as excited about cooking as I am now. There are so many things you can do with plant based meals. It’s a challenge I am happy to take on!:)

If you have any questions about my experience, please do pop me an email.

XO Lisa




Yard Sale This Weekend!

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Lisa
European Style butter dish

European Style butter dish

Hand Knit Sweater

Hand Knit Sweater

Art Books for Sale

Art Books for Sale

Nesting Bowls

Nesting Bowls

Vintage Wicker Chair

Vintage Wicker Chair

Vintage Brambly Hedge Plate Set

Vintage Brambly Hedge Plate Set

This Weekend – Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm AND Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 6 Meadow Road, Rockport, MA.

HUGE yard sale under two tents!

Rain or Shine!

Pottery at ENORMOUS discounts. Must make room to create more!

Vintage books, china, furniture.

And for your YARNING….moving loads of yarn! Quality yarns at amazing discounts!

Hope to see you this weekend! If all goes as planned, I will be bringing my wheel out to show how my wheel thrown pottery is made.

Looking forward to a sunny, fun weekend!:)

XO Lisa