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MARCH 07, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day

March 07, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day

“I’ve been female for a long time now, I’d be stupid not to take my own side.”  Maya Angelou If there’s a woman in your life you’ve admired, been mentored by or been inspired by, Thursday, March 8th would be a great day to celebrate by acknowledging her with a big, fat, heartfelt Thank You. March 8th is International Women’s Day, when many IWD events will be held globally, celebrating contributions of women and goals for the future. This year’s theme, #PressforProgress, is a call to action to make progress in gender parity.  It’s a day to reaffirm we cannot be complacent about women’s rights...

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MARCH 05, 2018

2nd Annual Be Kind To Your Skin From Within Workshop Recap

March 05, 2018

2nd Annual Be Kind To Your Skin From Within Workshop Recap

Big thanks to Naturopathic Doctor & Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Emily Passic and Nutritionist, Jeannie Oliver for leading our 2nd Annual Be Kind To Your Skin From Within Workshop. We covered a wide range of topics, including the following: Being kind to your skin from within by choosing skin-loving foods  The importance of the lymphatic system and skin health   Ayurvedic wisdom as it pertains to water intake An easy lymphatic facial you can do at home  Learn more about the speakers, download the handouts, and listen to our conversation.   Listen To The Whole Workshop [widgetic-audio-playlist id=5a95fc4decb2a1e5208b4569 autoscale=on width=438 height=168 resize=fill-width] Handouts & Guides:...

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FEBRUARY 25, 2018

"Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living a Better Life" - Gabrielle Bernstein

February 25, 2018

"Judgment Detox:  Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living a Better Life" - Gabrielle Bernstein

How would it feel to let go of judgment in your life? In her book, “Judgement Detox”, Gabrielle Bernstein explores this question. She defines judgment as separation from love and believes it’s the number one reason we feel blocked, sad and alone. Her theory is simple: judgment is our defense against fear, feeling unsafe, vulnerable or inadequate. Naturally, all of us judge, frequently, every day. In this book, she outlines a series of six steps and practices to help you detach from judgment and return to your natural "sense of oneness, peace and inner harmony.” (After the divisive, turbulent events...

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FEBRUARY 19, 2018

CHOCOLATE, BELOVED CHOCOLATE!

February 19, 2018

CHOCOLATE, BELOVED CHOCOLATE!

Here’s a “sweet” post from Jeannie Oliver.  It’s all about chocolate: what’s good for you..and not so great. Chocolate is a big topic for my clients this month, with many of them suffering from post-Halloween blues …not-so-thankful memories of Thanksgiving desserts … and the temptation of holiday goodies strategically placed on store shelves and throughout workplaces everywhere. While candy makers would have us believe that all chocolate (and more chocolate) is good for us, not all chocolate is created equal! Before the frenzy of the festivities carries you away, let’s bust some common chocolate myths help you separate fact from...

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FEBRUARY 15, 2018

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF YOURSELF BY LEO BABAUTA

February 15, 2018

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF YOURSELF BY LEO BABAUTA

This article was shared with permission from Zen Habits as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance.  ******************************* Many of us are familiar with the idea of loving our spouses, children, or parents unconditionally — and we might even try to practice that unconditional love, though imperfectly. But do we try to love ourselves unconditionally? Consider...

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FEBRUARY 12, 2018

A BOUQUET LOVE NOTES FOR YOU

February 12, 2018

A BOUQUET LOVE NOTES FOR YOU

Love is all around us – especially this time of year. Some people think Valentine’s Day is just a Hallmark holiday meant to sell greeting cards and chocolates. But it can also be a good time to take a moment to be grateful for those you love in your life, and to let them know how you feel. If you’re looking for something to get you in the mood, here are some expressions of love that may inspire you. Whether you want to celebrate it or ignore it, we wish you a sweet February 14th!

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FEBRUARY 08, 2018

Heart Healthy Red Pepper Hummus

February 08, 2018

Heart Healthy Red Pepper Hummus

The garbanzo beans and olive oil in this recipe both help with blood fat regulation, including lowering levels of LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol), total cholesterol, and triglycerides. The red pepper is rich in lycopene and vitamins A and C, all of which are fabulous for heart health. Ingredients: 1 can organic garbanzo beans (chickpeas) 1/2 organic red bell pepper 1/3 cup organic tahini (usually found in the nut butter aisle) 2 Tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil 2-3 cloves organic garlic, peeled and minced Juice of 1 medium OR 2 small organic lemons  1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp ground coriander...

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FEBRUARY 04, 2018

How the light gets in: Alexa Robbins

February 04, 2018

How the light gets in: Alexa Robbins

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Alexa Robbins is a clairvoyant Tarot card reader with 30 years of professional experience. Alexa began her career as a professional actress. Her intuitive gifts became pronounced after a skiing accident in 1980. She now guides an international clientele to navigate every facet...

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JANUARY 29, 2018

Winter Sports Enthusiasts Guide to Skin Care

January 29, 2018

Winter Sports Enthusiasts Guide to Skin Care

Wintertime isn't a season we often equate to increased sun exposure. It's often cold and overcast during this time of year so rarely do we feel the need to lather and protect our skin with sunscreens. When we're out in the snow or on ice so much of our attention is on staying warm and avoiding turning into a snowman, but the real danger is UV light and we are exposed to it year-round. If you thought winter weather would save you, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80% of the suns ultraviolet rays are able to penetrate...

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JANUARY 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

January 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

We know all about the hazards of too much sun exposure - premature aging, skin cancer, and sun spots, to name a few.  Most of us slather ourselves and our children with sunscreen to protect ourselves from the sun, but what about the chemicals in all of those sun care products? Our skin is our body's largest organ and what we put on it can have a major effect on our health, both good and bad. I talked about this in my monthly Healthy Bites Newsletter but thought it was an important enough subject to address in multiple forums. Many...

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