Speaking at Sibley’s – Hiking for the Couch Potato

Come by Sibley’s West in Downtown Chandler Friday night – March 14 – for a book-signing from 6 to 8 pm. Four Arizona authors will be speaking and signing books at Sibley’s West – the shop at 72 S. San Marcos Place that features Arizona-made gifts, including my Hiking for the Couch Potato books – with the theme Read More …

Overcoming hiking fears

Yesterday at my book signing (Great event – met a lot of interesting people!), I met a man who said he was really afraid of hiking.  He kept hearing about people having to be rescued. Overcoming hiking fears can be an easy thing if you use the following suggestions: 1) If you are new to Read More …

Bird builds nest

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Healthy Living, Kids Blog, Nature Sights | No Comments

We feel fortunate that nature has made its home on our patio.  A bird has chosen to build its nest on a grill gadget.  Two eggs are in the nest and the beige-colored bird has been nesting for days now.  It is a very inspiring and nurturing sight.  We saw a father bird briefly come, Read More …

Book signing for Couch Potato

Couch Potato – alias Shelley Gillespie is pleased to announce that she will be hosted for a book signing for both Couch Potato books at the new Book Warehouse at the north end of the new Phoenix Premium Outlet in Chandler, Arizona.  Come by between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The Read More …

Couch Potato Kid gets active

With today’s inauguration, you may be thinking it’s time to begin things for the future that can make life better for you and your family. We had some feedback that reinforces the view that one book, one parent, and one child CAN make a difference. Our kid’s book – Hiking for the Couch Potato Kid Read More …

Visiting Bob’s Red Mill

Visiting Bob’s Red Mill recently was a fun experience! Since the Couch Potato likes to learn about healthy food and activities, we took their hour tour of Bob’s Red Mill and even met Bob!  (More on that later.) We were able to see how Bob’s Red Mill processes their grains and how very clean their Read More …

Couch Potato, Heathman Hotel & 50 Shades of Grey

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Couch Potato Events, Healthy Living | One Comment

Couch Potato, Heathman Hotel  & 50 Shades of Grey converged for two evenings - for “Health at the Heathman Hotel,” in Portland, Oregon, the setting where bestseller, 50 Shades of Grey, is purportedly set. During the evening when Gillespie was available to speak about health, people asked the Heathman Hotel’s librarian if the room we were Read More …

Recovering from Hiking Injuries

Recovering from hiking injuries took me months.  How did I, the “Original” Couch Potato, get a hiking injury? Just like everyone else, I tend to overdo things if I am enjoying what I’m doing.  As a result, I wound up with plantar fasciitis, a very painful injury that results from tiny tears in the tendon Read More …

Hiking Hats: Don’t leave home without them!

What the well-dressed hiker will wear As a Couch Potato hiker, I would be remiss if I did not remind everyone to wear a full-brimmed hat on hiking adventures. The current trend to wear baseball caps is just not enough protection. I can attest to that, as my husband has become a red-necked hiker far Read More …

Enjoy healthy hiking in the heat – and other options for healthy activities

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Healthy Living, Motivation | No Comments

Summer season starts with Memorial Day weekend and it is oh-so-easy to indulge in the many feasts with the extra calories and poundage that can add. In the heat of summer it is still possible to have a healthy hiking experience! What can you do to preempt the pounds? 1) Get up a little early Read More …