6 Benefits of Manuka Honey

6 Benefits of Manuka Honey

Winnie the Pooh  and I have one major thing in common- neither of us wear pants. Just kidding (much to the future relief of my children). What we actually have in common is that we both love honey. I always buy local honey and use in my tea, spread it on toast, and add it to my smoothies to make them a bit sweeter. Even though I like honey because of the taste, there’s one kind of honey from New Zealand that I like for different reasons, and that’s manuka honey.  Manuka honey contains active hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxyl...

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6 ways to instantly look and feel more refreshed

6 ways to instantly look and feel more refreshed

Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel…blah? I know that I definitely do, and because I hate feeling that way, I always do a few little things to make myself look and feel a bit more refreshed and energized. Obviously, showering, wearing something cute, and fixing your hair couldn’t hurt either.  After all, it’s hard to feel refreshed while wearing dirty baggy sweatpants while your hair is still piled sloppily on your head- although I’m sure Miranda Kerr still manages to look stunning that way. But since...

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My vitamin and supplement routine

My vitamin and supplement routine

Before I jump right into this post, I need to put up the usual disclaimer letting you know that the pretend Fisher Price doctor’s kit I owned as a child does not make me qualified to dish out medical advice.  However, the vitamins and supplements that I am about to discuss all work well for me.  If you are interested in taking any of them yourself, just run it by your physician first.   Since my medicine cabinet is overrun by lotions, creams, and other girly things, I keep all of my vitamins on my bathroom counter.  It is...

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10 health and beauty benefits of almond oil

10 health and beauty benefits of almond oil

Last weekend, my friend Karen and I were raving about how much we love coconut oil (because that is what health obsessed people talk about, right?).  During our conversation, she asked for my thoughts on almond oil, and I thought that would make great material for a post. (Thanks for the inspiration, Karen!) I’ll get right down to it and let you know that I am definitely a fan of almond oil.  It has many amazing health and beauty benefits, and like coconut oil, it is extremely versatile and can be used externally or taken...

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8 healthy habits you should start today

8 healthy habits you should start today

I’ve never been much into using a journal to write about my day-to-day life (that’s partly why I blog).  However, I do keep a gratitude journal (though not as consistently as I should), and I also like to keep a health journal (not to be confused with a food log). My health journal is just a place where I record my health and fitness goals, new supplements that I want to try, and where I make note of some of my “healthy habits” to make sure that I stay on track.  When I am diligent about practicing certain actions, I...

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5 reasons to unplug from your electronic devices

5 reasons to unplug from your electronic devices

I’m going to sound like a little old lady today, but I remember a time when I couldn’t be reached 24/7, when I didn’t see constant updates about the health condition of my former Kindergarten classmate’s cat, and when I didn’t receive breaking news on the relationship status of a girl who I maybe sat near once in a study hall a decade ago. Yep. Somehow I muddled through and lived to talk about it. Believe it or not, the memories that I have of my childhood (where owning a monster-sized computer that only allowed...

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