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10 Food to Eat Your Way to Healthy Skin

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Beauty in the since of vanity is not just what we paint our faces with or drape on our bodies. It starts with what we ingest.

Timeless skin. This seems to be the plight of many women these days and although there are many options out there, do you ever find yourself asking “what is really going to work?” Your food intake directly effects your skin’s appearance so you need to make sure you are eating healthy, collagen producing foods on a regular basis. Here is a cheat sheet of foods that can help keep your skin looking and feeling young by assisting in boosting the production of collagen.  

The Ever Growing Thyroid Issue

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It seems like I am hearing about thyroid issues in people more than ever…and it’s happening to younger and younger people. It got me to thinking. Is there something that has changed? Something that we are doing different to cause this increasing and very scary problem?

Americans are always looking for the next best thing, the shortcut. The healthier version, that’s been altered from the way nature intended. Be careful for health buzzwords like gluten free for instance.  That doesn’t mean it’s good for you and whole civilizations survived on natural food that came out of the ground with gluten in it. We take something that should be used in moderation and fall off the deep end. Put down the gluten free cookie, it’s not healthy either! OK I’ll blog about that one later.

So there are a lot of chemicals and household foods and items you can avoid to lower your exposure to potential thyroid problems in the future.

Allergies Anyone??

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With this inclement weather over (hopefully), we are looking at spring moving in pretty quickly. With all of the beautiful things that spring has to offer, there is one thing that many people do NOT look forward to….allergies. With all of those budding flowers and flourishing trees, comes the sneezing and the headaches and the stuffiness. Well, before you reach for that Claritin, try some natural allergy relief. 

"Honey I'm Home" Cornbread

“Honey I’m Home” Cornbread

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Growing up in the south, my mom made cornbread on a regular basis.  I never was a fan of cornbread, especially corn bread and milk; which my brother still loves! Yuck!  I don’t drink milk so that could be the problem and more often when I would try cornbread it would be dry or tasteless.  So after having children and making chili that is way too spicy for a two year old, I decided to make cornbread that not only my children loved but me too!  I am not kidding when I tell you it can be the most moist and delicious healthy version of cornbread you’ve ever had.  With a pot of homemade spicy chili, this slightly sweeter version of cornbread will warm your heart and your insides during this polar winter! Recipe after the jump…

Lead the Way or Follow the Leader

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In your creative mind or your daydreams, I’m pretty sure you’ve carved out an idea of where you would like to go in the next couple years.  Unfortunately, most don’t believe they will ever get there.  My motto is “Better to have tried and failed than to have never tried.”  I will add to that how important it is

Whole Wheat Blueberry Bran Muffins

Whole Wheat Blueberry Bran Muffins

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There is nothing more soothing than the smell of fresh baked bread.  Growing up, I remember that warm, made with love smell, coming out of the oven.  When you would take a deep breath and say “I love when mom makes muffins!”

I am always trying to find a healthy way to make comfort foods that create a quick warm breakfast or a little homemade goodness to add to school lunches for the kids.  Plus, fresh made whole grains are an excellent source of fiber and

Life “To Do” List

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It’s still January and if you’re like me, you’re still thinking of new positive changes you want to make, new goals, new ideas to transform your life and reach a new paradigm.  We can get really busy, I mean REALLY BUSY with the usual, with the every day.  How often do you take the time to design your life? Have you created a Life “To Do” List?  If you do you’ll be surprised how life gets busy with exactly what you intend.  Don’t you find that when you write it down, it somehow makes it’s way into your experience?

How dark should your bedroom be?

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I’ve always been one of those people that are light and sound sensitive.  I am easily stimulated by noise and light and can lie awake if there is a beam of light piercing through a blind or curtain.  But is it just me?  I keep an eye mask by my bed for early morning and have put black out curtains not only in my room but my children’s as well.  Many discussions about sound machines with my husband, should you use them in your child’s bedroom or should they be able to sleep anytime and anywhere? Actually from studies, I have found that it’s not just me! See what research says about light.

Superfood Power Green Salad

SuperFood Power Green Salad

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Okay, my birthday week is right after the holidays which means I am squeezing into my favorite jeans, haha!  Nothing like needing the gym and no time to get there, right?  When I’m feeling a little “fluffy,” I always look at balancing my diet with fiber-filled super green foods.  Raw of course.  I cooked broccoli this week, which meant that I had a few stalks left. I have made a great salad in the past using chopped broccoli stalk, kale and a homemade dressing but I decided to mix it up a bit this time.

Makeup is my job, Beauty is my Passion

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I remember my mom saying “Take a shower and put some makeup on, you’ll feel better,” on those days when I wanted to stay home from school.  Funny thing, then you feel as though you want to go somewhere. Some people think of makeup as a chore and they loath the thought of putting it on their face on a Saturday at home.

Makeup doesn’t have to be work,