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I worked 12 hours the other day. I was exhausted and starving when I got home. It would have been very easy to resort to fast food and woof a greasy burger. I wanted too but every time I make that choice because I am ravished, I regret my decision. My stomach was grumbling, I started to get a...
How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
Fall is here and so is cold and flu season.  Last fall and winter, we were hit hard. Our household had five cases of strep and we had both influenzas TWICE. Yes twice. It was miserable.  This year I am doing whatever I can to avoid the germs and sickness.  I am being as pro-active as possible and wanted...
For both children and adults, dental care is an absolute necessity. Most parents know this, yet they're consistently struggling to enforce good oral hygiene habits in their children. Luckily, there are plenty of creative ways to get your children to take proper care of their teeth -- pulling it off just takes a bit of patience and persistence. Worldwide, 60%...
Going on frequent family vacations is no doubt one of the best ways to foster a sense of adventure in your little ones and become more connected as a family. And while 37% of families say that vacations make them most happy, staying healthy is the absolute key to making the most of your time together. But can you...
Both of my kids went away to overnight camp a few weeks ago. This meant, “Me” time and I needed it. One of the first things I wanted to do was get a massage and acupuncture. Unfortunately, there were no acupuncture appointments available but I could get a full body 90 minute massage. Sign me up! It was a great...
Vehicle sales hit an all-time high in the last year, meaning that more Americans are buying cars these days. And with all the cars on the market, it's not surprising that 39% of people are considering at least five different vehicles at the same time. In contrast, many Americans want to reduce their carbon emissions and opt for alternative...
Itchy Ear Relief
I have a confession to make. I have an annoying habit and it plaques me each spring. I itch my ears. No seriously. It’s gross and I feel like my dog but I can’t take it. Can. Not. Take. It. I know I’m not supposed to stick anything smaller than my elbow into my ear but really, who listens to that advice? What about...
You might hear a friend say, “I’m not feeling well; I think I’ll take a swig of apple cider vinegar.” That might make you cringe and even gag should you hear someone say this. I can’t remember the television show I was watching but the reality stars all did shots of the vinegar because they were getting sick and...
A Healthy Lunch for One
I am not a doctor or a health professional but I do know that when I eat better, take my supplements, exercise and get rest, I feel my best. That is a no brainer, right? For years, I’ve taken supplements and my doctors have always recommended that I take a vitamin D supplement to help with season effective disorder. It’s...
Strawberry and Grapefruit Smoothie
I’ve professed my love for all things smoothies many times over. There are so many health benefits, especially if you’re eating clean. If you’re a smoothie fanatic like I am, you’ll love this new grapefruit and strawberry smoothie recipe. It is beyond delicious and very filling because it’s made with plain whole milk Greek yogurt. It’s also very...
Stonyfield Farms Organic 100% Grassfed Yogurt
Did you know that cows were made to digest grass? No, not corn! It makes sense, right? We see a picture of a cow and it is out to pasture, eating grass.  I just recently learned that before World War II, cows were only fed grass and went to pasture to eat. However, to increase the production of milk, farmers moved...
25 Healthy Smoothie Recipes
One of the easiest things to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a smoothie. There are dozens of health benefits too and it’s not hard to get started with adding smoothies to your diet. I’ll admit, there are times I get sick of having a smoothie but if I take a break, I end up craving them again....
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice to stimulate certain acupuncture points to current imbalance within the body.  Acupuncture has been around for hundreds and thousands of years, dating back to 200 BCE. Unless you've actually experienced acupuncture with a trained professional it is hard to explain and though it doesn't work for every symptom or aliment it has been proven effective for...
Should consumers worry about the safety of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners? Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, a chemical that was created in a chemist lab. According to the Calorie Control Council, which is a non-profit established in 1966, aspartame has over 200 scientific studies supporting its safety and regulatory agencies in more than 100 countries have determined that...
We love to grill! Grilling is fast, easy and there are so many healthy ways to make your spring and summertime BBQ delicious.  With your grill cleaned and your utensils handy you'll be ready to grill at a moments notice. Here are 4 healthy summertime tips for the grill: Steam Veggies. Using aluminum foil and melted butter cut your veggies into...
This is the time of year that my daughter always gets sick and comes down with croup. This year isn’t any different but maybe next year will be. I contribute her illness to her allergies and the change in the weather. We are cooped up inside during this time of year because it’s typically cold out. Now I am...
There is nothing like having dinner already ready, just needing a quick thaw and heat! Nutritious and healthy soup is a family favorite around here. The bowls are always waiting to be filled! I’ve posted the last few Thursday some great soup recipes and I hope you’ve enjoyed them, bookmarked, shared or saved them for a later date! This...
Last week I shared my love for soup with the chicken and squash recipe but with the colder weather on the horizon here in Michigan (we’ve had warmer than usual temperatures) I’m preparing my pantry and recipe box for soup season. Here’s another one of my favorite recipes that can easily be adapted for vegetarians... What You Need: 1 onion, chopped 2...
Anytime of the year I enjoy a cup of soup, especially during the colder months of the year. One soup that makes the house smells delightful and warms the belly is a simple chicken and squash soup. It goes perfectly with fresh homemade bread or biscuits and I promise you its filling. What You Need: 3 C butternut squash, peeled and...
Do you use hand sanitizers? Many do but the question is how safe are they and do they really do what they say they do? That is the question the FDA is now looking in to. The FDA is warning consumers not to buy hand sanitizers "that claim to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria...