Essential Oils by the Research

The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research — Part Two

In yesterday's post I gave you a wealth of essential oils research listed by ailment. For those who may be curious about particular oils, I thought it might also be a good idea to create a post that shows you the amazing benefits of essential oils listed by oil rather than the ailment it can help. Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. While I … [Read More...]

The Research Behind Essential Oils

The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research

Whenever I talk about essential oils, it occurs to me that we have it all backwards. Why is it that the natural leaves and herbs, the stuff that nature intended to cure us, is considered “alternative,” while products that are developed in a lab and laden with chemicals are considered “mainstream?” With that, it makes sense that some people are just skeptical about natural alternatives such as essential oils. It’s okay. I get it. Living in the pharmaceutical belt of the country, we probably … [Read More...]

Get your workout on with aqua aerobics

Want a New Workout? Give Aqua Aerobics a Try!

Working out is such a personal topic. Some people love to run, getting a high each time they step into their sneakers. For others it may be tennis, spin class (me), martial arts, or hiking. For Kaitlin Gardner, it’s all about the pool. Her new favorite activity is aqua aerobics, which she now does all year round. Here’s Kaitlin’s story, and why aqua aerobics may just be right for you: Aqua Aerobics: Bring the Gym to the Pool A while back, I got burned out on the gym. Part of it was the … [Read More...]

Beware of the Super Bananas

Why You Should Beware of Those Super Fruits

Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables that contain the most vitamins and antioxidants. All the time we see lists in the media of the best of the best, the healthiest of the healthy. Hence the added title of “super” for the overachieving produce, the ones at the very top of the nutrient dense heap. Soon you might even be seeing signs in your local supermarket for “super bananas” as well as other such “super” fruits and veggies. But, … [Read More...]


How Celebrities and WWE Superstars Hope to Stop Bullying

In case I haven’t mentioned it on the blog just yet, my kids are completely obsessed with WWE. Obsessed I tell you. By the way, have I mentioned yet that they are obsessed … [Read More...]

Thoughtful Thursday Linky

Thoughtful Thursday: The Foundation of Girls and Women in Sports

Forty years ago, tennis legend Billie Jean King founded the Women's Sports Foundation, and organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and … [Read More...]

The Light the Night Walk

Why it is Time for Everyone to Light the Night

Put on your walking shoes, grab your family, and get ready to light up the night. This fall, Light The Night walks will be taking place throughout the country, and it is a … [Read More...]

Homemade lip balm using essential oils

My Favorite All-Natural Homemade Lip Balm

This week I had my first ever essential oils party at my home. I know I keep saying over and over again, but the more I learn about the power of essential oils to heal and … [Read More...]

3 Ways to Reduce the Signs of Stress-Related Aging

3 Ways to Reduce Stress Related Aging

Let’s face it. Life can be stressful. There are moments when I look in the mirror and see the sign of stress related aging. There are days I wish I could go back and be a kid … [Read More...]

Evolution Fresh sweet greens with lemon

The Evolution of Fresh, with Evolution Fresh

    I have a confession to make. Whenever I go to Starbucks, especially to hang out there for a while and get some work done, I purchase a package of Evolution … [Read More...]

Be a champion for kids

How to be Champions for Kids

  It seems that once you become a parent, you also become a champion for kids in general. You understand better. You get it. Once I became a parent, my eyes opened wider. I began living a life that is more conscious of others. I paid attention. I listened to stories of children who eat their only meal of the day at school, and don’t even finish their meals because they want to bring a little bit home for later. I began donating clothing and goods to women’s shelters, rounding up at … [Read More...]

The Inspiration Awards at Canyon Ranch

The Inspiration Awards from Canyon Ranch

Who inspires you? I am willing to bet that you can think of someone. Perhaps that person has made a selfless sacrifice, motivated others, overcome adversity, or made a difference in the community. Who makes you want to be a better person? If that someone you know has truly inspired you, how about showing them how much they have done so by nominating them for an Inspiration Award? Mel and Enid Zuckerman opened the first Canyon Ranch in 1979, a beautiful, serene resort that is devoted to … [Read More...]

The Detox Summit

Thoughtful Thursday: The Detox Summit

Some time last year I wrote a post about getting rid of toxins in the body and why it is so important. To date it is still the most read and most referenced post on this site. Since then, however, I have read, researched, and learned so much more about the toxins in our bodies, as well as how they get there, where they come from, and how to get rid of them. This past week I learned about The Detox Summit, a free, online event open to everyone to come learn from the experts how to recognize … [Read More...]

Natural ways to reduce muscle fatigue and muscle soreness #fitness #essentialoils #oilyfamilies

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Sore Muscles

This week I am posting on my friend Lauryn’s site about natural ways to reduce stress, so the natural ways theme has been on my mind even more so than usual. Why use something synthetic to ease pain when your body can thrive from functional, natural behaviors and products? As I get ready to walk the 3 Day for breast cancer in September, I have started thinking ahead about a plan for muscle fatigue. After all, walking 20 miles three days in a row sure is bound to leave us all feeling fatigued! … [Read More...]

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