Making community count

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  There's nothing like thoughtful, committed citizens working together to change the world, and no volunteering opportunity is too small. I love making a difference, whether it's locally with a bunch of fun kids and adults, or here, … [Read more...]

Daikon Radish

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The Daikon Radish   The Daikon radish goes by a number of names depending on where it is being grown. The term "daikon" comes from the Japanese and literally means "large root." It is also called the Japanese radish, Chinese Radish and lo … [Read more...]

The treadmill desk and my new balance

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I have a serious love affair with my treadmill desk. Having lost 100 pounds since the end of last August (7 months), I’m now trying to walk at least five times per week for an hour while working, to work those slow twitch muscles regularly. It's … [Read more...]

A brand new lease on Spring

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With winter becoming a slow, distant, shivery memory, I'm ready to tackle some of my old obsessions and hobbies that have been (sadly) neglected for a while, like gardening and design (above). What hobbies will I re- indulge in this Spring? … [Read more...]

Healthy food, healthy body

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    How can cooking healthy meals make me healthier? I can speak from experience: It's taken me from 90 pounds heavier in late August of 2012 to where I am now--a slimming, sassy work in progress. I love that I not only can share … [Read more...]

Vitamin A and healthy eating

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Vitamin A is a not only a vitamin, but an important antioxidant. Fighting damage from free radicals, which are oxygen molecules with unpaired electrons (the molecules grab electrons from other molecules and damage them), Vitamin A is one tough cookie … [Read more...]

Swiss Chard

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Swiss chard is probably the perfect vegetable for people who don’t want to mess around with spinach.  … [Read more...]

Beauty from the inside out

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Mornings I'm usually scrambling more than my eggs. Four kids, a husband, a dog that thinks the neighborhood needs to be monitored, and a cat with an extreme case of ambivalence--it's a lot to manage. … [Read more...]

Heads up: A few reasons to love cabbage

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Cabbage. … [Read more...]

5 ways to fight cold and flu germs

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It might be cold outside, but it is in here, now, too--so to speak. With germs bombarding your living space from everywhere, your family is coming home with more than you bargained for: germs. Whether post nasal drip is finding its way to sleeves, … [Read more...]

Make a healthy pledge for National Vitamin Day

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Did you know today, January 29, 2013, is National Vitamin Day? It's the day when the Amino Fairy comes out and sprinkles good wishes for immune system health under the pillows of good boys and girls who--Wait. What do you mean there's no such a … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Quit Clutter

Pictures: top: My mother's buttons and some of her special meaningful items that were sitting in a jewelry box gathering dust I framed and kept. The skeleton key actually works an old lock to my husband's mother's house. bottom: More frames with … [Read more...]

Back to school: Making the grade with a healthy lifestyle

What can the educational institution, with its share of cooties and hand sanitizers, crayons, crashes and crushes, teach us in terms of living the best lives that we can? Follow along, and put your own luscious lesson plan together, based on these … [Read more...]

Beating the Winter Blues the Low-Carb Way

Salmon salad is a delicious, healthy, feel good food. sourceToday's guest post comes from the delicious, vivacious Katie Brind'Amour, a phenomenal freelance writer and food aficionado eating her way through Columbus, Ohio, one delicious dish at a … [Read more...]

Preparing for winter months and holidays

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Winter begins its creep, and thus days become shorter and colder. Your body likely thinks famine is coming. And thus the holidays come in wearing big, bad boots, ready to kick your metabolic butt up one side and down the other. How can you prepare … [Read more...]