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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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 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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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 Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts!

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When I think of the many gifts I’ve been blessed with over the years by my children, these are the ones that come most to mind and have been the most treasured. Over the years, my friends will say that the gifts of time and heart stay with them, as well, often longer than the store-purchased goods that retailers push us to buy.

 

Let’s remind our children that their presence (when possible) and heartfelt creations make for the best presents!

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Please Schedule this ASAP!

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Self-care is now being taken seriously and you hear about it everywhere! It’s not selfish, but rather essential to one’s overall health.

All it takes is 5 minutes, yes 5 minutes and bingo, you’ve done it! What I want you, my dear reader, to promise me is to take 5 minutes to pick a date this week and book yourself a massage! And no cancelling!

Christy Begien | Christy's Non Toxic LifestyleTop 5 Benefits

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Powerhouse Pumpkins!

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It’s officially autumn and with this season I always think of pumpkins! We carve them, decorate with them and best of all, we eat pumpkin in many delicious ways! Loaded with vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is low in calories, so indulge! In today’s post, I’m going to share the health benefits of eating real pumpkin (not to be confused with artificial seasonings) along with one of my favorite recipes and links to beautiful, easy-to-make table centerpieces!

Did you know that pumpkin:

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The Best Present for New Year’s Day!

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As you ponder the subject of “best present” what would that mean to you?
 
Would it be leaving behind the rough patches of 2016, 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 ...

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A Holiday Message!

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In the past several weeks I’ve been inspired by those who are “choosing” to lead a more intentional, simpler and healthier life.

This being said, I hope you find JOY and GRATITUDE in the gifts of this season! ‘Tis enough!

 

Peace and Good Health!

Christy Begien | The Non Toxic Lifestyle
 
 

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