Lynnwood Lifestyles: Sticking to your health goals at home

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get healthy? Apparently, you’re part of the 38% of people who make some kind of health-related resolution every year. Sadly, only about 8% actually achieve their goals, despite their good intentions. A huge part of that is a lack of overall motivation or planning. For example, if…

Recommended Reads: You’ll find fast-paced intrigue in ‘Murder at Andaman’

Murder At Andaman, by Bharti Kirchner Idyllic, exotic Andaman. Maya Mallick’s best friends Lee and Rory are on their way from Seattle for a meaningful visit there. Lee has a special secret she’ll share after they arrive. But paradise is not always beautiful and “Andaman can turn things upside down for you.” News of a…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Cleaning up for the new year

We made it. It’s now 2021, the start of a brand new year of opportunity.  With that, comes the chance to start fresh. So here’s our guide to cleaning out all the trash and making your home sparkle like it likely hasn’t since the start of last year. Streamlining daily essentials It doesn’t matter who…

Just Around the Corner: Shoreline’s Black Coffee reopens

Black Coffee Northwest, at 16743 Aurora Ave. N. in Shoreline, has reopened after two days of being closed due to vandalism. This past Tuesday, swastikas were spray painted on the outside walls. Three months ago, Molotov cocktails were used to try to burn the building. The Black-owned coffee house has survived its first three months…

Military Wire: ‘American Traitor’ — fact or fiction?

American Traitor…are we in fact on the verge of another world war? In a nation built on law and order and protocols, both internal threats and external threats seem to be mounting. New York Times best-selling author Brad Taylor’s latest book, American Traitor, seems more fact than fiction as protagonist Pike Logan, a highly-trained elite…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: 5 tips to save big on your weekly grocery bill

Grocery shopping is a stress factor, whether you’re shopping for yourself, or your family of six. Not only do you need to figure out what you’re going to make for the week to come, but also… how to stay at least somewhat healthy or full. That’s not even touching on the budgeting involved, which is…

Looking Back: Shopping—the past and the present

Some changes in my own life inspired me to look at the history of shopping from a different perspective, and to realize that through the years, even though new technology has brought some cosmetic changes, the basics still pretty much remain the same—shopping from home is popular, convenient and sometimes a necessity. Until May of…

Restaurant News: We’re off to a yummy start in 2021

Here’s to a yummy start in the New Year! Introducing The Side Bar at Salt and Iron!  Starting on Friday, Jan. 8, Edmonds’ Salt and Iron will be serving cocktails, beer, wine and small bites on their heated outdoor patio! The Side Bar will be open 4 p.m.-close on Wednesdays-Sundays. ~ ~ ~ ~ Ono…

The Writer’s Desk: Off-beat advice to improve your writing

Happy New Year. Hopefully you’ve adjusted to the new normal, found your rhythm, and are able to write again. Below are some uncommon tips I use when the words won’t flow. Look for ideas on Post Secrets In order for a story to captivate your audience the stakes must be high. Everyone has secrets, and…

Healthy Eating: The perfect time of year for Magic Mineral Broth

I have been working on several different recipes using items from my freezer and pantry. During the stay-at-home situation that we find ourselves living through, I am trying to use the food items that I have in my pantry and my freezer to avoid trips to the grocery store. I head to the grocery store…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Where and how to donate unwanted items in new year

Need to clean stuff out before the New Year? You’re not alone — the new year has always been defined by new beginnings. Letting go of the old to make room for the new.  That goes for habits, vices and, yes, material goods. Only this year, things are a little different. For as long as…

Military Wire: The Art of the Impossible — getting ‘unstuck’ in 2021

It took guts for Dominique to reach out. A post 9-11 Army veteran, highly trained, served honorably, made a successful transition into the corporate world, and was furloughed due to the pandemic. Not once, but twice. A father of a family of seven, he could not wait for the government stimulus checks, so he started…

Playtime: Free meals, tree recycling, park adventure, library resources

Throughout 2013 we added little pieces of paper into an old spaghetti sauce jar with fun or special events or accomplishments written on them with the plan to open the jar on New Year’s Eve. This might have been the only year we were able to fill the Memory Jar, an exercise in gratitude mixed…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Why I’m grateful for 2020

Dear readers: While I’m happy to welcome 2021, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for all the goodness I saw in 2020. For starters, members of our community stepped up to help others. In the midst of COVID-related layoffs and worries about how to pay the rent/mortgage/utilities and keep food on…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Budgeting apps for 2021

It’s almost the New Year, and if there’s anything nearly everyone needs, it’s a good, solid, pandemic-proof budgeting plan. Now, it’s rough out there — landing a job may not be possible. Keeping your job might not be possible. It’s not a fool-proof plan here, but if your goal is to see where your money…

The Writer’s Desk: How to make revisions, part 2 — micro

The Writer’s Desk is a new monthly column providing tips for fiction and memoir writers. You can read the previous column, How to make revisions, part 1 — macro, at this link. “Successes are revised mistakes.” — James Clear The title of this article says part 2, yet revision is an ongoing process. Every time I…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Holiday cocktails made easy

Tis the season of cheer and cocktails — what else are we going to do while stuck indoors?  Just think of the cozy time you could have sitting by a fire, watching a holiday movie, tasty cocktail in hand. Maybe some warm blankets and socks, or a delicious snack on the side to warm right…