Step 7: Map Your Way Around Roadblocks

Healthy alternatives to treat chronic problems

We’re half-way through our 12 Steps to a Healthier You Journey. The first few steps may have seemed less than impressive, bordering on unnecessary. But the basic habits of choosing water over sugary and caffeinated drinks and improving flexibility through daily stretching, as well as improving posture, are critical to improving your health. If you were […]

Twelve Practical Hacks For An Active Life

Wrapping up Step 6: Move It! Let’s be practical about being more active. You can’t go from zero to sixty overnight. If you sprain an ankle, tear a tendon, or break a hip, all is for naught. Instead, approach a physical change in habits with foresight and planning. Practical Hacks for An Active Life Set goals. […]

Consider fun exercise activities to up your game

Exercise doesn't have to be boring

I hope you’ve been looking for ways to add more natural exercise to your days. Get those steps in and start to feel like a boss for upping your activity level. While you’re adding in more exercise, remember your posture. Posture affects good exercise, and good exercise affects posture. The two go hand-in-hand. There are […]

Step 3: Listen to Your Mother and Stand Up Straight!

Good stretching helps improve your posture

If you could do just one thing to look younger, what would you pay for it? Some people pay thousands of dollars to erase their wrinkles with injections or hundreds of dollars for miracle creams to rejuvenate their skin. I have one trick that won’t cost you a dime, and yet many people ignore it. […]

Lemon Essential Oil: What’s Not to Love?

The cleaning aisle is filled with lemon-scented products, from dusting to soaps.  Lemon is the rage.  Why?  Well, because lemon is great.  It rocks the cleaning world. Ever notice that lemon wedge on your glass of water at the restaurant?  It’s for more than decoration. Lemonade on a hot summer day.  Refreshing. If you don’t […]

Mid-Year Homeschool Update…Just Keep Swimming

We jumped back into school today with renewed vigor and determination.  Yeah, right.  Well, my kindergartner did, anyway.  I heard her screaming because her older sister said she was going to get her books ready.  The K-child flew into a rage demanding to go first.  Why couldn’t they all have her desire to “do school”?  […]

NOT Normal #1: Searching For Health In Alternative Places

My first NOT normal decision this year is to seek alternative medical advice and help.  I’ve had a number of health challenges over the last five years.  Some have resolved on their own, but most of them have stuck around and gotten worse.  I’ve seen doctors, had tests, had surgeries, taken this medicine and that, […]

Christmas Gift Idea: Make Your Own Gifts, No Crafts Needed

When I shop, and especially when I Christmas shop, I search high and low for gifts that are unique and fit my recipient’s personality.  I want the gift to really make them light up with excitement.  I’m not looking for expensive or big, but fun and out-of-the-ordinary.  My three tenets of gift shopping are unique, […]

Eating Healthy(er) During the Holidays

Our Thanksgiving meal is just about complete, so I’m taking a few minutes to voice a few thoughts about making the holiday meals somewhat healthier.  I know some people successfully transform the traditional meal into something approaching healthfood nirvana.  For the rest of us, it’s about making smaller substitutions.  I thought about this when I was […]

Belgium’s Natural Beauty, French Food, and History Was A Great Start For Our Trip

My dad and I returned from our trip to Europe last Wednesday, and I jumped in with both feet to a work project which lasted through the weekend. So, I’m just now getting back on board with normal life. Or as normal as life can be around here. But before I get too far away, […]