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  • Lunch Today: Quesadillas with Strawberries and Spinach

    by Paula Gallagher | July 6, 2016

    strawberry-spinachI can't get enough of our local strawberries and I am taking full advantage of the fact they won't be around much longer. Although nothing tastes better than a warm strawberry plucked from its stem, the following recipe is close. It combines ingredients you typically would find in a salad, but they also work beautifully in a tortilla as a quesadilla.

    This is an excellent alternative to a sandwich for lunch. High in protein and good fats, this quesadilla will power you through the day. And if you've never tried the combination of strawberries and spinach together, this is a wonderful introduction. Read more

  • 5 Tips for Sun Safety

    by Paula Gallagher | June 29, 2016

    sunblockDespite what we know about being safe in the sun, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. And the incidence rate of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is increasing every year.

    Here are 5 sun safety tips to protect you and your family against the sun's harmful effects.

    1. Keep it to SPF 30: SPF (sun protection factor) ratings are a measure of sunscreen's ability to block UVB ratings (known for causing the most damage). Did you know that a higher SPF than 30 does little if anything to block any more UVB rays than SPF 30? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) actually warns against using higher than SPF 30 because it can give people false confidence on the effectiveness of the product, leading them to believe that they are better protected and can stay out longer without further application. In the end, this increases their exposure to damaging UV rays. Generously apply natural sunscreen products that protect from UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 30 rating. Reapply often and especially after being in water. Read more

  • 3 Tips to Get Your Skin Ready For Warm Weather

    by Paula Gallagher | March 9, 2016

    For the last few months most of us have been covered up from the neck down. With spring coming, the layers start to come off and more of our skin is exposed. Here are some tips to get your skin ready for warm weather!

    1. Brush: Skin has its own life cycle. Every so often, skin cells close to the surface die and should be removed to reveal the younger, newer skin cells below. What better time to focus on this practice than this season of new life? The result will be glowing skin and a vibrant, springlike appearance. There are two effective ways to do this:

    • Exfoliate your face and body with a natural scrub. Choose an exfoliant that has natural, organic ingredients that are gentle to the skin. Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub gently polishes the skin without irritating or tearing the surface. Fruit enzymes further dissolve away dulling residue for ultra-smooth, ultra-soft skin. Read more

  • A Healthy Home – Some Steps to Take

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | February 22, 2016

    cleaning-productsThe decision to start creating a healthy home is not always an easy one. Many people feel overwhelmed and confused by the process. I often hear questions like: What is a healthy home? Where do I begin? What might be toxic for me and my family? Remember, changing to a healthier way of life is a learning process. It does not happen overnight. Each move is a stepping stone toward the goal of healthier living. Be patient. This should be an exciting and positive experience. Here is some information to help you on your journey.

    Most detergents, commercial cleaning agents and personal hygiene products populating grocery shelves contain chemicals that can contaminate our homes, contribute to health complaints, and end up in our environment, affecting plants, animals and our ecosystem. These daily-used products may contain formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, as well as many other chemicals. It is important to educate ourselves about the products we use and understand how they can affect us. By switching to natural home cleaning and personal care products, you can reduce possible harmful exposure, while promoting a healthier home and planet. Read more

  • My 3 Must-Have Natural Beauty Products

    by Paula Gallagher | February 15, 2016

    lavenderWe can easily be seduced by promises of longer lashes, less wrinkles and smoother skin, and then end up with drawers full of useless stuff!

    The three products below are my favorite natural beauty products. They are tried and true, and some may even sound "old school," but they work even without a movie star endorsement. They have multiple purposes, are inexpensive, and are great for your skin.

    Coconut Oil: The current darling of the health food industry, coconut oil does it all. Not only can you cook with it, it can soften skin too. For some it may be too rich to use as a facial moisturizer, but it is an ideal body moisturizer. Massage it into parched winter skin, such as legs after shaving, or dry elbows. Read more


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