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Free Wallpaper to Reduce Depression

No, not like the wallpaper mural we installed in our new hallway. Although that does make me smile.

Longtime readers of this blog (hello, bloggy friends!) know I've struggled with depression on and off since I was a teenager. Funny enough, people who know me in real life usually have no idea. Ah, the things we share online.

One of my New Year's resolutions for 2019 was to improve my diet. Sayonara, sugar! Bye bye, Burger King! The intention behind this goal was to lose weight, and I have, but there was also an unexpected benefit.

Healthy Food = Healthy Mood (surprise, surprise)

Since reducing (not eliminating - I'm only human) the junk food in my life, I've had more energy and have not had even one day where I've felt the slightest bit depressed - unheard of for me. Studies show that certain foods can help alleviate the symptoms of depression. While reading articles on the best foods to improve your mood, I even came across a story about a woman who was able to success…

Trivia Tuesday: The Simpsons

Hey there, Professor Frink.

Here are 11 quiz questions to test your smarts about the longest-running scripted series on primetime TV. You'll be saying 'd'oh' or 'woo hoo'!

Enjoy this quiz? Please share it.

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Southwest Flights

For years, I've hoped to earn enough Southwest miles to receive the glittering holy grail of travel rewards, a Southwest Companion Pass. This nifty little card entitles you to a Buy 1, Get 1 Free discount on every Southwest flight you take, even ones booked with points. Half price weekend getaway to Las Vegas? Yes, please!

Actually, scratch that. Half price trip to sunny Hawaii! Southwest expects to be flying there soon.

My husband travels exclusively with Southwest for work and he is always away on a business trip, so you'd think if anyone was going to earn a Companion Pass, it would be him. He has received A-List Preferred status with Southwest, which doubles his points, Platinum Premier Elite status with their partner, Marriott, and whatever the top rewards tier is with Southwest's rental car partner, National. Still, no Companion Pass.

To earn one, you've always had to fly 100 flights with Southwest per year, excluding flights booked with points (with only 52 week…

Oh Deer! 7 Decorating Ideas for Nature Lovers (Bambi-Approved)

Confession: I think it's creepy to hang the head of a dead animal on your wall. There, I said it. Maybe you shot it humanely and it fed your family and the deer were overpopulated in the area anyway or, heck, maybe you just hit it with your car by accident. (Or it hit you - I recently had a very close call with a spooked deer nearly running into the side of my Volt! Apparently, that's a thing.) That's all well and good, but doesn't it seem even the slightest bit icky to have the now-deceased deer inside your home...watching you? Plotting its revenge? You sit at the table eating venison and it stares at you, unblinking. Can you imagine sitting alone in a room during a thunderstorm, surrounded by the heads of deer, and the power goes out?

I would scream.

I just don't get it.

This blog post is off to a gruesome start. Let's try this again.

I love nature and have been incorporating deer decor into our new mountain home. We've learned firsthand at our annual ex…

A Comedy of Errors (Happy Fifteen Year Anniversary, Sexy Nerd!)

15 years ago, my life took a happy turn when I went on a date to the China King buffet in Albuquerque (still our favorite) with the best guy ever. It would have been 15 years ago yesterday, but he couldn't make it because he was taking his Grandpa to the Natural History museum. (See? Best guy ever.) At his insistence, he even paid - my only date to ever do that!

We were just kids when we met. I wasn't even old enough to drink. Sexy Nerd received a word of warning from his Grandma before our first date, insisting he be cautious and make sure I wasn't just after his money. It gave both of us starving college students a good laugh. What money?

We're not actually able to see each other at all today, as Sexy Nerd left on a business trip yesterday and won't be home until tomorrow. I contacted the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park about this and they are going to arrange for some nice anniversary surprises. I'm not sure what will be a surprise to…

Bananas Are On My Diet

As part of my New Year's resolutions for 2019 (yes, I still do those, old soul that I am), I've been treadmilling daily and trying to make healthier food choices. The treadmill part is easy, as long as I don't overdo it and kill my feet again, because I can use my laptop the entire time - online shopping and fitness combined! The food part is more of a challenge. I looove sugar. Oh, and salt.

Now I want to whip up a chocolate cake and binge on pickles while it bakes. So not the point of this blog post!

Another resolution is that I'm going to invest more time into this site. Stay tuned for big improvements! You know how all (successful) bloggers swear by the rule of having a clear topic for their site? Yeah...I have not even come close to doing that. This blog is just like my mind - all over the place.

Kitty Deschanel, 2019 = more beauty, more sleep, and less nonsense. Recipes? Get the heck out of here, recipes.

In the meantime, here is a post from 5 years ago that help…

Tuesday Trivia: Favorite Holiday Movies

I've been working on some fun holiday Facebook posts for our pediatric dental office. I originally published all of the quotes at once and was disappointed when no one reacted or commented. Then Facebook kept suggesting that it was such a great post, I should pay to turn it into an ad and I realized no one had responded because no one had seen it. Well if that doesn't get your tinsel in a tangle...

Reconfigured repost later (from home, on Sunday, past my bedtime, for free - BEST employee ever right here), our Albuquerque patients are loving it.

Christmas Movie Trivia
Can you name all of these movies with only a quote from each? Bonus points if you can also tell me which character said each line.

Guess as many as you want. Or just enjoy my silly Christmas photos. Working in a children's office is the best!

We all get into the Christmas spirit (even my boss, who is Jewish), but no one takes it quite as far as my coworker, Marie. She encouraged our patients to wear her hat, bu…

About Kitty Deschanel

About Kitty Deschanel
I'm a freelance writer who believes in infusing all topics, from Jessner peels to chronic insomnia, with a dose of humor. Thanks to their endless shenanigans, my Sexy Nerd (SN) and our "children", Pica and Biscuit, make frequent appearances on my blog. I have written for major brands including Dove, Anheuser-Busch, and Jimmy Dean and my work has been featured on Huffington Post. Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @KittyDeschanel.