Let Your Light Shine!

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As we roll into another year, I’m furthering my journey of Self-Care. Most of us were taught to think of others first, right? What I’ve learned is that my health, all the aspects of it, function more optimally when I’m not trying to “fix and control” with me being at the bottom of the list. I’ve learned to bring awareness to how I’m feeling.

The body doesn’t lie. We’re all in the same boat, bailing water with information overload and excess ...

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Self-Care Specials

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Christy Begien | Christy's Non Toxic LifestyleI’m sure you, my dear readers, are doing your share of gifting others as we enter the Christmas holiday week. So much of what I try to share with you all is the importance of self-care. That being said, I’d like to encourage you to take a moment and check out these two favorite personal care collections. I love them because they both adhere to organic ...

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Helping Children with Holiday Stress

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Last year I wrote about sensory overload during the holidays, especially for the children in our lives. Since I wrote that there’s a wonderful new book out that could be the early and beautiful gift that keeps on giving. “I AM PEACE – a Book of Mindfulness,” was written by author Susan Verde, who has written several other children’s books including “I Am Yoga.” This amazing book helps children manage their emotions while learning to be mindful, using imagination and ...

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Let’s Talk – BBC and KISS!

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Nope, not referring to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Try this one on – “Before Breast Cancer!” Let’s get serious about PREVENTION!

Okay, we’re all seeing it –“Breast Cancer Awareness” month. Awareness is a good thing, but as a breast cancer survivor it bothers me that PREVENTION isn’t at the top of the list. Research and shopping to support research for a cure is a noble idea but how can we personally empower ourselves to minimize getting a breast cancer diagnosis to ...

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Heal Yourself – Pain Management that Works!

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What would you say if you knew that a pain management program had a remarkably high success rate? And what if the program could treat you without drugs or surgery? What if it’s also simple and involves no heavy equipment?  I’d say, “tell me more!”

While training for a summer week-long bike ride a few months ago, I injured my back. I was in major pain a mere month out from our trip. The fact that I have a childhood scoliosis ...

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Brain Boosting Foods for Kids!

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Most of us are around young, developing children in some capacity so I’m really excited to share this book that I recently picked up. It’s written by an award winning nutritionist and provides wonderful, easy recipes and fascinating facts about providing children the right foods and diet for optimal learning, brain boosting and healthy habits. Read on…

Did you know that a deficiency in good fats like oily fish, eggs, nuts and seeds can cause behavioral problems, learning difficulties, hyperactivity, poor ...

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Set Those Muffin Tops Free!

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Okay, I think it’s fair to say that at some point in time, many of us have been the woman in this picture! We’re lying on a bed, hoping that gravity will force our tummies in enough to be able to button or zip those tight jeans or pants, right? Today’s fashion trend that clothes squeeze and sculpture is a billion dollar industry. We see it from in our everyday clothing to our sportswear. We’re supposed to stuff ourselves into compression ...

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Your Mom Will Thank Her Lucky Stars!

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Hi all! Ever thought of getting your special mom a gift based on her astrological sign? Want to give her something that really speaks to her personality? Maybe this year it’s time to shake it up and try something different and unique!  Though many mothers are not with their families any longer, there are  incredible special women in our lives who bring us the gifts of a mother’s love and warmth. How about surprising them this year?

So, just last weekend ...

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Spring Allergy and Asthma Relief!

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Itchy eyes, sneezing, runny noses… It’s springtime, and the allergies are in full swing. According to Dr. Mercola (mercola.com), “airborne pollen is the most common cause of seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Add to that you may be an asthma sufferer whose symptoms are even worse during allergy season, even life threatening.”

Dr. Mercola also reports that allergy-driven asthma affects 10 million Americans, rates that have doubled since 1980.

Climate changes are being linked to longer and ...

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The ABCs of VOCs!

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VOC? What does that mean? The Minnesota Department of Health states that Volatile Organic Compounds are “a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. While most people can smell high levels of some VOCs, other VOCs have no odor. Odor does NOT indicate the level of risk from inhalation of this group of chemicals.”

I’ll bet most of you have heard of formaldehyde.  It’s a VOC and considered volatile because it emits a gas at room temperature. ...

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