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    Self-Love, A Touchstone To Rock A Life You Love

    I don’t care who you talk to or who you ask, if it’s a ‘she’, there’s a chasm between who she sees herself as and who she wants to see herself as. We, women (yes, I’m including myself in this description, because I was once like that) are riddled with self-doubt, self-imposed limitations, and dare I say even self-hatred. Having raised both girls and a boy, I can say that I noticed it very clearly and distinctly by middle school. I can go on and on about mass media, the role of women in society, the difference in reactions...

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    Natural Remedies for Bumps and Bruises and Knowing When to Call Your Doctor

    It’s finally summertime and the kids are outside biking, hiking, swimming, at the playground, and playing sports. With these activities can sometimes bring the unpleasant bumps, bruises, cuts, scrapes, and head injuries. Some of these injuries can seem pretty scary as a parent. Knowing how to appropriately treat them and when to call the doctor can provide you with much needed comfort. Bumps/Goose Eggs (Hematomas) and Bruises (Contusions) What is a goose egg? A collection of blood and tissue fluids that pools under the skin that leaks out of damaged blood vessels following an injury. What are bruises? A...

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    Digital Photo Overload … What’s a Person To Do?

    Who remembers the days of using rolls of film that we placed inside our cameras, shot 24 or 36 pictures, removed the film, had it developed (probably duplicates) and placed them in a pocket photo album? Those days are long gone. Buying a roll of film? I don’t think so. Now with the technology of digital photos, we have a tendency to shoot away not even realizing that we just shot hundreds of photos at an event or gathering. When we used rolls of film, the average family shot about 12 rolls of film a year. That’s an average...

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    Find Your True North at the White Stallion Ranch

    Have you ever walked into a resort or hotel and felt so relaxed you thought you were at home? That’s the immediate feeling I got when we arrived at the White Stallion Ranch. It’s probably because the True family has owned and operated the ranch for almost 50 years and they know what true (no pun intended) hospitality is and make sure each guest is treated that way. Surrounded by unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and the most beautiful and unique species of cactus you’ve probably ever seen, sits the White Stallion Ranch just outside of Tucson. It is a...

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    Naturally Sweetened Dairy-Free Frosting Using Maple Cream

    Summer is just around the corner! With this change in season, there is the arrival of beautiful fruits and vegetables. In Connecticut, we are very lucky to have an abundance of Community Support Agriculture (CSA) farms or co-op farms that we can belong to. Two examples are Holcomb Farm in Granby and Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain. Often at these farms, you can pick up specialty items. One particular favorite of mine is maple cream. Maple cream (also known as maple butter) is when maple syrup is heated, cooled and stirred to create an amazing and delectable...

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    Strong Like A River

    River paddling is a full-body workout with a mighty partner. You can go down to a river purely for peace of mind if you like. Fish, drift on a raft like Huckleberry Finn, or sit and watch morning mist rising. The river offers a break from everyday pressures, a sojourn in a simpler world. In fact the whole ambiance is a bit different from, say, your typical fitness facility. But don’t be fooled. Take to it with a canoe or kayak, and a river will put you in great physical shape too. It’s free. It’s low-impact. And it accommodates...

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    The Healing Benefits of Olive Oil

    There are many different kinds of fats: saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated; and our body needs a mixture of healthy fatty acids in the diet in a harmonious balance of 30% saturated, 10% polyunsaturated, and 60% monounsaturated. One such healthy fatty acid is olive oil which is extracted from the fruit of the evergreen tree, Olea europea. This golden color oil which has been consumed since 2500BC, has been used for a multitude of things such as lamp illumination, a body cleanser, a natural medicine, and an aphrodisiac. Olive oil, a monounsaturated fat which is primarily composed of oleic acid,...

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    The Vitality of Movement

    “I know I need to exercise more. It’s just so hard to find the time.” I hear this in my office every day – and I totally get it. So many of us are overextended at work and overwhelmed at home. There’s always something or someone else to take care of, and so often the first things that fall away under times of higher stress are those that keep us feeling good in the first place – the activities of “self-care” – exercise, eating well, and generally making time for those things that bring joy and peace of mind...