Category Archives: Holidays

Valentines Day Around the World

This month, February 14th marks the day of celebration of St. Valentine, both across the United States and around the world. While the legend of St. Valentine remains a mystery, it is told that he sent the first Valentine’s Day greeting. The legend says that Valentine fell in love while being imprisoned, perhaps with the jail keeper’s daughter who visited him. Before his death, he is said to have written her a letter and signed it, “From your Valentine.” Regardless … READ MORE

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

Kick those End of Summer Blues Away

With summer slowly coming to a close, reality starts to kick back in. School is starting, parents are out shopping for new clothes and school supplies, and college students are preparing for their annual return to campus. While the last few weeks of summer may seem dreary, there are several ways you can end the season on a happy note. Finish what you’ve started: Sometimes we find ourselves procrastinating things that are important because we simply believe, “I’ll have time … READ MORE

Give The Gift Of Healthy Living

From taking us on our first fishing trip to teaching us the answers to some of life’s most difficult questions, our fathers are important to us in several ways. As you prepare to celebrate Dad this Sunday, you may be left with the unsolved question of what to get him for Father’s Day. Often, people tend to look for gifts that provide more leisure and relaxation time for their Dads, however, the gift of healthy living can be a thoughtful … 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

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart

February is more than just a month filled with chocolates, flowers, candy hearts and Valentine’s Day cards. In fact, since 1963, the month of February has been declared and celebrated as Healthy Heart Month, in order to urge Americans to join in the battle against heart disease.  Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the United States? This month, you can give you and your loved ones the gift of a healthy … READ MORE

Become Your Own Best Friend

With all the stress of holiday shopping, prepping for in laws and planning get-togethers, this is the time of year when we are often too hard on ourselves, as we feel as though we are being pulled in several different directions. However, constantly feeling guilty about not doing enough can take a huge toll on our bodies. In fact, experts say that most of our inner guilt comes from within. “Most of the time, we manufacture guilt in our minds … READ MORE

Christmas Around The Globe

People say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. From hanging stockings above the fireplace, to picking out the perfect Christmas tree, there’s so much happiness to celebrate. But the fun part about the holidays that makes them extra special are the smaller family traditions that carry over from generation to generation. Whether your family celebrates a religious festival, like Christmas or Hanukkah, or a more secular occasion, every family is sure to have their own set of … 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

History of Veganism

The month of November marks National Vegan Month, a celebration for both lifelong vegans and those who are beginning to make the transition. For some, veganism stops at food, but for others it even extends to clothing and everyday beauty products. Some people, whether vegan or not, may be wondering, “who the was the first vegan?” or “how did the whole movement of veganism get started?” For those who don’t know, veganism is a stronger form of vegetarianism in which … READ MORE

Vegan Halloween Candy

It’s almost November and that means the start of National Vegan Month is right around the corner. Each year, the month of November marks the commemoration of the coining of the term ‘vegan’ as well as the founding of The Vegan Society in 1944. With Halloween coming up next week, we decided to kick off National Vegan Month a bit early with a blog that focuses on a common struggle most vegans are faced with year after year: Halloween candy. … 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

Don’t Miss Out on Farm Fresh Vegetables

Even though summer may be over, farm fresh produce is available all year long. In fact, late summer and early fall often provides for the greatest abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables to choose from. From pumpkins and butternut squash to sweet potatoes and apples, this is the time of year when you want to incorporate these powerhouse fruits and veggies into your meals. In addition to their great taste, these fall flavors deliver a vast array of vitamins and … READ MORE

Memorial Day Should Be Everyday

This weekend marks the observance of Memorial Day, a holiday that honors the fallen. For many, it also means that three day weekend you have been looking forward to for months. Today, as you are driving back from the campsite, catching that flight back home from your mini vacation or just sipping a cold iced tea after spending the day out in the yard, take some time to reflect on what Memorial Day truly is all about. Today is a day to remember our … READ MORE