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Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

The holidays are a special time of year. There are gatherings and parties with family, friends and coworkers to celebrate the most beloved time of the year. However, amongst all the eating, shopping and partying , we often forget to take some personal time for ourselves. Did you know that the average American gains an extra 3-7 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. For just a short 40 days, that can be quite a lot of weight. If you are … READ MORE

Mindfulness: What exactly is it?

This past year, the practice of mindfulness seemed to be the cool kid on the self-improvement block. Companies like Google and Apple started hosting meditation programs for their employees and star athletes like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant use mindfulness to help them stay on top of their game. Several therapists recommend it to their patients as it has been found to be incredibly beneficial for a host of wellness related issues. It’s the new buzzword we hear floating around, … READ MORE

Understanding Beauty Standards and Lingo

Thankfully, we live in a society that has slowly become more conscientious and aware of the environment and what surrounds us. Thus, there has been a huge surge in green cosmetics and beauty products. It is safe to say that just about everyone has a natural, organic product that they rave to all their friends about. But, next time before you buy, it is important to know the terms and regulations around products that claim to be natural, organic or … READ MORE

How to Keep a Calm Mind During the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, families and friends will come together from all over the country to celebrate the joys of the season. Decorating the house, cooking meals and gathering gifts for everyone may sound like Christmas spirit, but with this season comes a lot of added stressors. With worries such as dealing with the in-laws, anxious and energetic kids racing around the house and crazy holiday party expectations, it is easy to feel not so wonderful at … READ MORE

Reasons to Eat More Pumpkin This Fall

The fall season is quickly approaching, and with it come the classic favorites: cinnamon apple, vanilla sugar and at the top of the list, pumpkin spice. Whether it’s in a scented candle or a hot latte, pumpkin spice has become a staple of the fall season. But what’s so great about pumpkin after all? Well, one thing is for sure – pumpkin aren’t just for carving or making pies. This seasonal favorite actually offers several health boosting properties you may … READ MORE

September is the month’s that’s all about getting back into the swing of things – back to school, back to a routine and back to that cooler weather, well for some of us at least. But did you know that September is also Self-Improvement Month? It’s the perfect time to find new and innovative ways to improve your self worth and grow your self confidence. One area that is often overlooked is the workplace, seeing as that is where we … READ MORE

Find A Deeper Happiness

When it comes to personal happiness, new research shows that winning the lottery or obtaining that promotion doesn’t necessarily cut it. According to a growing number of experts, those exhilarating moments in our lives don’t permanently raise the dials on our day-to-day ‘HAPPY-ometer”. In fact, life coach and sociologist Martha Beck says that “We live in a culture that tells us we’re supposed to be euphoric all the time, but that feeling is just not sustainable. Happiness – and I … READ MORE

A Selfie A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

I’m sure you have all heard the popular expression, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Well, new research studies have come up with a new and improved version of the phrase that is more up to date with today’s times, ‘A selfie a day makes for a happier life’. That’s right, for a word that didn’t even exist a decade ago, ‘selfies’ have made their way into our everyday lives. Humans love telling stories, love connecting, and love … READ MORE

Your Survival Guide To Winter Skin and Hair

Whether or not we want to accept it, winter is here and that calls for colder temperatures and more snow days. However, weather advisories should not be the only issues we are forewarned about. This time of year, our skin and hair deserve even more than just daily apprehension. With the changing of the seasons and the arrival of winter, the main culprits are cold air, low humidity and central heating systems, as they can leave our already dry hair … READ MORE

Start a Gratitude Habit This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. Some families have a tradition of making a “Thankful Tree” where each member writes what they are thankful for and adds their piece to the tree. Whatever your family’s tradition may be, make sure you take the time to remember what matters most. Feeling grateful is good for us, In fact, research has shown that counting your blessings can have many benefits from better sleep to reduced depression. Gratitude helps you connect to others, … READ MORE

Tips For New Vegans

In honor of National Vegan Month, many people may consider starting a vegan lifestyle this month or even researching its benefits. Well, vegan is no longer just a buzzword. According to a 2016 survey, 10{021f9daad68019a956363b993e26935938bf8984b24acec29673767c548feca3} of American’s who were polled consider themselves vegan, more than those who considered themselves a vegetarian. If you are thinking of joining them but are unsure on where to start, here are some tips for First Time Vegans to help make a smooth transition. Play … READ MORE

How To “Fake” The Fall Season

If there’s one thing we all can agree on, it’s that there is so much to love about fall. From the changing leaves and warm designer beverages to the glorious oversized sweaters and pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone loves the authentic classics this time of year offers. But, for those who live in a warmer state, autumn can sometimes seem like a slightly tuned down summer. This version of fall doesn’t look quite like the movies and we are pretty sure … READ MORE

Africa Part 2: Sustainable Tourism

We all love to travel. In fact, tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and is a major source of income across several countries. However, just like other forms of development, tourism can also cause a fair share of problems, such as social dislocation, loss of cultural heritage and even economic dependence. Doing research and learning about the impacts of tourism has led to the growth of ‘sustainable tourism’, also known as nature-based or ecotourism. Sustainable tourism has … READ MORE

History of Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a Western Christmas tradition in which members of a group or family are randomly assigned a person to give an anonymous gift to. This is a tradition that has grown in popularity with several families and businesses in the United States, however, not many people know the true history of its origin. The tradition of giving anonymous gifts at Christmas has its roots in Scandinavia, where Secret Santa is know as “Julklapp”. This word is compound combination … READ MORE

Christmas Party Themes You’ll Love: Part 2

Spirit Of Giving We all know the holidays are a time of giving. If you already host family and friends during the holiday season, why not add in a “giving back” component? Even if you weren’t planning a get-together this could be your time to shine. A giving back theme can liven up any party! And who knows? Your party may even become an annual holiday tradition for years to come. There are multiple ways to throw a giving-back party, … READ MORE