CHOCOLATE! Share the “Yum” this Valentine’s Day!

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With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I was thinking about how we might “share the yum (and love)” to include everyone, not just children and those in romantic relationships. Don’t most of us love chocolate in some form? I indulge only for the health benefits. (yeah, right!)

So for today, here are some health benefits, some ideas for more inclusive Valentine’s Day celebrations, some chocolate fun facts and a few of my favorite local chocolate companies!

Proven reasons Chocolate, especially ...

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Five “Touchdown Healthy” Super Bowl Snacks!

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According to Healthline News, roughly 11.2 million pounds of potato chips and 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips will be consumed, packed with fat, carbohydrates and sodium on Super Bowl Sunday. The Calorie Control Council, a trade group representing the low-fat and sugar-free food and beverage industries projects that the average Super Bowl watcher will scarf down 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat in snacks alone. And then there’s the alcohol and soda. Think about it: A four hour ...

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The Best Present for New Year’s Day!

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As you ponder the concept of the “best present,” what would that mean to you?

Would it be leaving behind the rough patches of 2019, hoping to scratch that winning lottery ticket, or finding out you may have a new job offer coming your way?

So many of us spend so much time reflecting on the past year and planning for a new year full of opportunities.

How much time on January 1st do we spend reviewing, hoping, planning? Is there a better ...

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How did I get PERC on my party dress?

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“Tis the season…” of holiday parties and getting dressed in our finest clothes, often clothes that can’t or shouldn’t be just tossed in the washer and dryer. Is traditional dry cleaning safe? I don’t think so. Heard of PERC? Read on….

What is PERC?

It’s an acronym for tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene. (If you can pronounce these you’re a rock star!) PERC is the primary solvent used in 85 percent of the approximately 35,000 dry cleaners in the U.S. (Green American)

According ...

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How to Have MORE money, LESS Stress and MORE Fun this Holiday Season!

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Experience Vs. “Things”— Your presence is the present!
Yesterday, I was sitting next to a lovely thirty-something mother at the nail salon. The conversation turned to the holidays; with a sigh and slumped shoulders, she proceeded to lament the burden of holiday shopping. Her annual shopping experience that not only includes her family also includes her circle of friends, all of whom she adores. I suggested that perhaps her group of girlfriends might celebrate their friendship AND the holidays together ...

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ABGs for my BFFs!

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Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It’s simple. And it’s about remembering our Abundant Blessings, and being Grateful for all that is good in our lives. For many of you too, it’s about family, friends, food and connection.

 
 
 
 

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about thankfulness and blessings. I hope you enjoy these too!

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
– Thornton Wilder

“As we ...

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Thank You to the Healers in Our Lives!

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“Regardless of whether our focus in healing is on the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level, all levels are invariably touched by the process, and none can be separated out from the rest.” — Mary Maddux (Meditation teacher)

As I reflect back to November 2003 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my healing journey began from a physical place that included a wonderful surgeon, followed by the referral to an extraordinary oncologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute ...

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How Healthy Is Your Self-Cleaning Oven?

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Okay, so as the days turn darker earlier and we get ready to hunker in for the holidays and winter to come, I don’t know about you but I’m getting in baking mode. Let the baking begin! My friend Karen’s pumpkin bread is first on the list! However, as I open my oven after many months of non-use, I am reminded that it’s time for a good cleaning. Many of us have self-cleaning ovens, but wait, what’s that nasty smell ...

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Art Meets Non-Toxic!

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Don’t you love art shows? Like many of you I love supporting local artists and have picked up their work a special gifts for friends and a few for us. Of course, I’m always on the lookout for products using non-toxic materials. This past July I was beyond delighted to stumble on a beautiful collection of handmade felted, super soft merino wool bags that are totally toxin-free and with a minimal impact on the environment. And they’re made here in ...

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My Hair Trip!

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Okay, so who wants organic hair “color worthy of whippin’ your hair back and forth”? I love this description on Paul and Nicole’s website!  For months I’ve promised you all that I’d speak to healthier hair coloring! In the past three months I’ve had two “Aha Moments!”

First, I found a salon here in Denver that offers an amazing line of healthier hair coloring products!  And they’re available at other salons throughout the U.S. What I really liked was that this ...

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