Did you blink? Are you like me, wondering where the past few months went? Before going headlong into winter (and the holidays!), I continue to take a cue from writer Emily P. Freeman, who encourages her readers to “pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future.” I enjoyed reflecting on Summer 2017 so much that I wanted to do it again for September, October and … [Read more...] about What I Learned in Fall of 2017
If you've got a soda habit you can't kick, try crowding it out. It can feel overwhelming, depressing, and impossible to think about giving up your favorite soft drink altogether. So start with a smaller change. Add different, healthier beverages to your routine. And find some new-to-you beverages that nourish your body, leave you feeling better, and reduce the number of times you reach for the … [Read more...] about Got a Soda Habit You Can’t Kick?
Imagine retreating to a spa, spending the whole day breathing deeply, taking care of yourself, and rejuvenating your body and spirit. But time and money can get in the way of that reverie, so we also need quick and inexpensive ways to create our own mini-spa experiences at home. One of my favorites is to combine simple ingredients into a sugar scrub that can be rubbed on hands, elbows, knees … [Read more...] about Making a Simple Sugar Scrub for a Spa Experience
Many of us reach for a sports drink when we exercise, work in the yard, or just spend a lot of time outside in the summer. We know we're going to sweat. But sweat isn't just water and salt. It's a mix of vital nutrients that our bodies need. If not replenished, our systems can become unbalanced, and our health can be compromised. The effects may be sudden, in the case of dehydration or heat … [Read more...] about Want a Sports Drink that Works as Hard as You Do?
April 1, we all know, is April Fool's Day. It's also my friend Judy's 65th birthday. You might expect she's been the victim of a few birthday pranks through the years. This year, Judy already has made her birthday wishes known. It's for everyone to complete a Random Act of Kindness. That's #RAK, if you post to social media and know what a hashtag is. She made her request on … [Read more...] about Instead of an April Fools Prank, How About Acts of Kindness?
If you’ve ever enjoyed a McCafe Shamrock Shake at McDonald’s, you’re likely well aware that it’s back in season. Only available for a few weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, the shake has developed a cult-like following since it was introduced in the 1970s. But something seemingly so straightforward as a milkshake, which should just contain a few ingredients, isn't as simple as it first … [Read more...] about Make Your Own: A Healthy Take on the Shamrock Shake