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)

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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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Celebrating Five Years!

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Five years ago this month I started this blog. I thought I’d write a year’s worth of posts and see where it went. So here I am five years later with over a hundred posts and hundreds of loyal readers! Who knew? Five years ago, I was a 10-year breast cancer survivor. This year, I hit the 15-year milestone! I’m feeling so blessed!

I’ve tried to cover a variety of topics over the years, as healthy living encompasses so many facets ...

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Magnesium Matters!

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In the past few months, several friends have commented on their insomnia, night leg cramps, depression, migraines and brain fog. Did you know that these can often be symptoms of magnesium deficiency? Did you know that magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body? It truly plays a big part in the health of one’s body.

Even when we think we’re getting enough nutrients through our food, we may actually be deficient. Outside of bone, the highest tissue ...

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These 6 Things: An Experiment

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It’s a glorious, beautiful day, people and the world are out there, and like so often, I had “chosen” to park in front of my computer screen. I often feel guilty for “giving” away my precious time. Do you? What if we could “choose” differently? Could I take trying to “be present” to another level?

I think I can speak for many of us when I say the world is moving fast and some days it’s just plain overwhelming, right? I ...

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