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How to Tune Out Your Inner Critic and Enjoy More of Your Life

 

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” ~Lisa M. Hayes

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a laser-sharp focus on achieving “success.” From the outside, it looks like I’m pretty close to it, too. But on the inside, I wasn’t … Read the rest

The Lost Art of Silence: Get Quiet and You’ll Know What You Need to Do

 

“Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers.” ~Unknown

Last week I was visiting the Scandinave, a Scandinavian-style bath spa, with my mom, when it struck me how rare true silence has become. By true silence, I mean silence in the form of not speaking, but also silence in the … Read the rest

Climate-friendly burgers: fact or fiction?

 

Here’s a crazy idea: What if your love of steak wasn’t a massive environmental problem but part of a solution instead? What if we could suck carbon out of the air and save the world simply by eating beef?

A new study suggests that all this is possible, but … Read the rest

Learn to Grow Fennel for Food, Health, and Pleasure

Growing fennel is easy! Whether you’re growing it for bulb, leaf, or both, it can be direct seeded into your garden after your last frost. You can even grow it in a pot if you are short on space.

 

We’re planting a lot of fennel this year. I’ve been … Read the rest

Meltdowns, waste, and war: Here are the real risks of nuclear

 

Is it any wonder that nuclear power scares people? The word nuclear alone conjures up a parade of terrors: the sinister radiation, the whiff of apocalypse, and the tendency to go boom.

Those are the obvious sci-fi horrors. But nuclear power comes with plenty of other risks that aren’t … Read the rest

Natural Treatments for Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

If you are searching for a natural treatment for tinnitus, you’re in the right place. Several causes for tinnitus mean several approaches to natural treatment.

 

Does the spring mean an increase in ringing in your ears? For many, the time of year that others enjoy the arrival of green … Read the rest

Maybe This Is What Happiness Is

 

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Edgar Guest

I’ve always believed in the adage “actions speak louder than words.” I’ve never … Read the rest

Relaxing Detox Bath with Red Clay and Epsom Salt

After a long day, there is nothing I love more than a relaxing detox bath. I enjoy taking plain baths but I really love the luxury of taking an aromatic detox bath!

 

I use the term “aromatic” to refer to any bath that imparts an aroma. Whether relaxing, … Read the rest

What to Do If You’re Not Passionate About Anything

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Unknown

I’ve always believed in the benefits of having a healthy, strong body.

I admit, as a young adult my healthiness was driven predominantly by fear. Fear of being … Read the rest

The Healing Power of Compassion: I See You, I Hear You, I Feel You

 

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~Dalai Lama.

It wasn’t until my mother died that I was able to feel her love and have that mother-daughter relationship that I’d been craving all my life. It was not until she died that I was … Read the rest

Energizing Mocha Latte Aromatherapy Roller Bottle Blend

I love cold-pressed coffee essential oil. It smells warm and energizing, just like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. So I made this mocha latte aromatherapy blend. Enjoy!

 

Anyone feel like you just can’t get enough caffeine these days?

With a one year old and a four year old, … Read the rest

Why Feeling “Bad” Isn’t Really So Bad

 

“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

From an early age, most of us get the message that we should be happy—from well-meaning … Read the rest

How to Escape the Emotional Eating Cycle and Stop Feeling Lonely

 

“When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart.” Read the rest

Move Your Body, Calm Your Mind: 5 Practices That Help Ease Anxiety

 

“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more.” ~Osho

Do you want to meditate but the idea of sitting with your thoughts for twenty minutes gives you anxiety? Or maybe meditation seems like one more task you have to add to your … Read the rest

Grow Microgreens: A Treat for Frustrated Gardeners

I’ve been growing microgreens here for a few weeks to keep myself sane. The songbirds have returned to Ohio and the fishing worms are popping up on the driveway. It won’t be long now before I’m back outside, but until then I’ll have something fresh and green to eat.

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Be Good to Yourself: 10 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-Love

 

“Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” ~Unknown

It was one of those nights.

I was in a busy New York bar, having fun and enjoying myself. That was, until someone asked me: “So, what do you Read the rest

5 Ways to Calm Your Mind When You’re Exhausted (Without Meditation)

 

“Calm your mind. Life becomes much easier when you keep your mind at peace.” ~Unknown

Let me start with a confession.

If I’m honest with you, even just writing these words actually makes me feel kind of uncomfortable.

But I’m going to say it because it’s true, and some … Read the rest

Why Trying to Feel Good Can Make You Feel Bad

 

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ~Paulo Coelho

We’re bombarded by images of people living apparently perfect lives. They suffer no bereavements or breakups or losses or failures. They look perfect, make perfect choices, and act perfect.

Everyone seems … Read the rest

Soothing Homemade Rose & Oatmeal Bath Soak Recipe

 

One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is with a long soak in the bath. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I wanted to make myself an extra special recipe.

I like to make custom bath soaks based on my mood and skin needs. It is so easy … Read the rest

How We Can Stop Arguing and Start Understanding Each Other

 

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~Rumi

One of the most common sources of conflict among people is in the way we communicate. Often times, conflicts arise because of the variety of our opinions and beliefs, and also from the way … Read the rest

Learn How To Make Your Own Essential Oils

 

If you’ve ever used essential oils you know they can be expensive. And sometimes it can be difficult to find the ones you want.

Did you know you can make your own?

Essential oils are the volatile oils extracted from plants (or other sources), typically through steam distillation. You … Read the rest

How to Pick Your Best Idea (Especially if You Suffer from Idea Overload!)

 

If ideas that I started but never finished were worth money, Id be a billionaire. ~Brian Vaszily

In virtually every human pursuit, from personal growth to the arts to business, ideas and the execution of those ideas is what drives us forward.

And when it … Read the rest

5 Toxic Cleaning Products & 5 DIY Natural Substitutes

 

Every new year, I resolve to live a more natural lifestyle. In some years that means watching what I eat, in other years I try to be more active, but every year I make January my “whole house detox” month.

Basically I go through my closets, cabinets, cleaners, bathroom … Read the rest

The Most Powerful Way to Help Someone Through Emotional Pain

 

“When you can’t look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark.” ~Unknown

I walked in for my monthly massage and immediately sensed something was off.

A layer of desolation hung in the air like an invisible mist, ominous and untouchable, yet so thick I … Read the rest

A First Aid Kit for When Life Falls Apart

 

“What if pain—like love—is just a place brave people visit?” ~Glennon Doyle

It’s one of life’s greatest paradoxes: When life is easy, everything seems easy. When life is hard, everything seems hard.

This one keeps coming back to me and I keep trying to figure it out. Why do … Read the rest

Five Lesser Known Carrier Oils and How to Use Them

 

Carrier oils are often the unsung heroes of DIY recipes.

Recently I’ve noticed that people really focus on the healing properties of essential oils and tend to downplay the role of carrier oils in DIY products like salves, body butters, creams, soaps, and lotions.

While essential oils are wonderful,

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19 Things to Start Doing for Yourself in the New Year

 

“And suddenly you know… it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.” ~Unknown

Did you know that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail?

That’s pretty crazy. Maybe you’re part of that statistic. Feeling eager, excited, and ready for change only to fall back … Read the rest

8 Quick and Easy Meditation Techniques to Calm Your Anxious Mind

 

Have you ever found it hard to motivate yourself to do something that was good for you, only to eventually do it, feel amazing, and wonder why you waited so long?

That’s what meditating was like for me. Even though I knew I could do it for only five … Read the rest

9 Beliefs You Have to Let Go If You Want to Find Inner Peace

 

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense  It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” ~Adyashanti

I don’t know exactly when it happened.… Read the rest

How I Stopped Chasing Happiness and Started Enjoying My Imperfect Life

 

“I want to live my life without stress and worries. I don’t need to be rich or famous. I just want to be happy.” ~Unknown

Have you ever set a goal and then become obsessed with it, making it the center of your life and arranging everything else around … Read the rest

A Simple and Natural DIY Bubble Bath Bar Recipe

 

I love to take baths!

Most of the time I take a shower, just for convenience and saving water, but every now and then I like to indulge in a long soak. I’ve used bath salts, scrubs, bar soap and liquid soap, but I’ve come across a solid soap

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If Your Life Story Depresses You or Holds You Back, Change It

 

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” ~Pema Chodron

Too often we let stories from our past define us. We tell them over and over to ourselves and to others until it becomes our truth. What if, without deviating from actual … Read the rest

DIY Lip Balm for Kids, Also Great on Chapped Cheeks!

 

How to Make Lip Balm for Kids

There is nothing worse than a three year old with chapped lips and cheeks.

Especially when that three year old will lick off anything you try to put on them. That has been my winter so far.

The colder it gets, the

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Herbs For Depression, Anxiety, and General Sadness

 

The holiday season is upon us, and for many this means happy memories and time with friends. For some, the holiday season is not so happy. It can be a strong reminder of those who are no longer with us. It is often a time that amplifies feelings of

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Cultivating Beginner’s Mind: Adventure Lies Outside Your Comfort Zone

 

“The don’t-know mind… doesn’t fear, has no wish to control or foresee, steps off the cliff of the moment with absolute trust that the next step will land somewhere, and the next step somewhere else, and the feet will take us wherever we need to go.” ~Byron Katie

I … Read the rest

Train Your Mind: Overcoming Negative Thoughts Is Half the Battle

 

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

I could not find the bottom of the pool.

The task seemed simple enough: Wearing no more than twenty pounds worth of gear, swim to the bottom of an eight-foot pool, remove your gear, and swim back up.

My feet … Read the rest

A Conditioning DIY Beard Oil Recipe Men Will Love

 

Our Other DIY Beard Oil Recipe

In addition to the recipe below, we also have this DIY Beard Oil recipe. Enjoy!

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About a year ago, my husband started growing his beard.

I’m not sure if it started because of hockey season or just because he was tired

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Seeing Rejection As Redirection: What We Gain When We Lose

 

“Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” ~Steve Maraboli

Rejection hurts. Whether it is from family, friends, co-workers, or a new company, when we experience rejection it hits us right in the heart—the control center to our … Read the rest

A DIY Whipped Hot Chocolate Body Butter Recipe

 

There is nothing better than a hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day. Something about the depth and sweetness of the aroma makes me feel warm and cozy.

That is exactly why I created this easy, four ingredient Whipped Hot Chocolate Body butter recipe. Originally I was attempting to

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3 Tools That Can Help You Calm Your Mind and Let Go of Anxiety

 

“I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh 

I’ve struggled with anxiety throughout my life. A difficult childhood and my highly sensitive personality meant I grew into an anxious kid—there was just too much pain and emotional … Read the rest

7 Things You Need to Know to Live Your Best Life and Make a Better World

 

You know those “moments of truths”?

When what you hear, or come to realize, turns your world around. When one or several things turn out to be exactly what you needed to hear at the exact right time. Bo-boom.

For the past couple of years, I’ve had several ah-ha … Read the rest

20 Things to Remember When You Feel Anxious

 

Your heart races. Your body temperature rises. Your hands may shake. Your stomach may churn.

Your thoughts start spiraling to the worst could that happen, and suddenly you feel so unequipped—like everything’s going to fall apart, and you won’t be able to handle it.

It can feel so powerless … Read the rest

40 Ways to Create Peace of Mind

 

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” ~Brian Tracy

There was a time when I thought peace was a destination, in much the same way I imagined I’d eventually arrive at happiness or success.

It seemed like something I needed to chase … Read the rest

Why We Feel the Need to Explain Ourselves and Justify Our Choices

 

“You are responsible for your intention, not your reception.” ~Amy E. Smith

I’ve realized that I put a lot of energy into trying to explain my decisions. Sometimes those explanations are an honest attempt to connect with another person or to step a little further out of hiding. Often, … Read the rest

If Only I Knew My Worth…

 

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein

Looking back on my past, I see that I have spent most of my precious time striving to improve … Read the rest

How To Be Open-Minded When Others See the World Differently

 

“Most disagreements are caused by different perceptions that created different realities.” ~Unknown

When I was thirteen, I experienced a monumental change in my young life.

It wasn’t a big move, no one close to me died, and although puberty was rocking my world in the worst way, it was … Read the rest

How to Make Anxiety A Lot Less Painful

 

“You are not a mess. You are a feeling person in a messy world.” ~Glennon Doyle Melton

Anxiety can be hardwired and genetic. It can be passed down from generation to generation. It can be a result of trauma and high-stress scenarios, including divorce, moving, and death. These things … Read the rest

5 Reasons You Should Be Growing Herbs Indoors

 

Indoor Herb Garden

I’ve wanted to start my own indoor herb garden for years. Time, inexperience, and lack of opportunity prevented me from trying.

However, a few weeks ago I was at my local health food store and found organic, non-GMO herbs. I had to buy them!

I brought

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We Can Choose Different Ways Without One of Us Being Wrong

 

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Many of us are committed to a journey of change and personal growth. While these are traits to be admired and celebrated, … Read the rest

3 Empowering Ways to Reframe Anxiety: Work With It, Not Against It

 

“If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life—and only then will I be free to become myself.” ~Martin Heidegger

If you are a lifelong anxiety warrior like me, you’ve been … Read the rest

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