Watermelon

Happy Independence Day weekend to all! This all-American holiday always reminds me of picnics and gatherings of family and friends. By association, there are few foods that say SUMMER to me more than watermelon. I have loved the taste and juiciness of it since I was a little child. My grandmother used to make watermelon… Continue reading Watermelon

Pesto

What do think of when you think of pesto? Probably a beautifully thick, green, intensely flavored mixture of basil, garlic, Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, olive oil, salt, and pine nuts. For me, pesto is both a magical foodie ingredient and a fabulous way to preserve herbs and other fine greens. I hope that this post… Continue reading Pesto

Hydrogen Peroxide

A friend recently asked me if I recommend using hydrogen peroxide. This post is the answer. Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound with the formula H₂O₂ (i.e., water with an extra oxygen atom). In its pure form, it is a very pale blue, clear liquid, slightly more viscous than water. Many consider it a non-negotiable… Continue reading Hydrogen Peroxide

Dandelions

Robins and dandelions are among the very first signs of spring here in western Pennsylvania. This past winter, mild temperatures even encouraged them to flower in unusual months. But certainly by March, they are showing up as the first pollen providers for the growing season ahead. They are an amazing plant and definitely not the… Continue reading Dandelions

All Hail the Queen!

A rose to the living is more than sumptuous wreaths to the dead.      ~ Nixon Waterman Lately I have been completely overtaken by a desire to use Rose essential oil on my skin on a daily basis. I had already been adding rose water to my refreshing skin spray (borax and filtered water) for many… Continue reading All Hail the Queen!

Rosemary

Spring is in the air in western Pennsylvania! One of the very happy surprises I have experienced this spring is to see my rosemary bush alive and well after the winter season. Although a rosemary bush always thrives during the regular growing season in the spot where I plant it, it usually dies in the… Continue reading Rosemary

Essentials for Men

This post is for men and everyone who knows and loves them (so, for everyone!). Making personal colognes and beard balms is very simple but not something that many people think to do. The fragrance industry focuses on pleasing scents. What this post offers is a way to combine every man's desire to present a… Continue reading Essentials for Men

Healthy Hair

Throughout history, both men and women have taken great care to maintain healthy, shining hair. If you have concerns about the condition or appearance of your hair or know others who do, take a few moments to read this post for tips and encouragement. Be sure to comment back if you have tried or are… Continue reading Healthy Hair

Confessions of a Food Addict

This week's guest post is by Raquel Branchik, an independent health coach who is on her own journey to overcoming food addiction, obesity and poor health.  At the time of this writing, she has lost 72 lbs in 7 months and is feeling better than ever. She is paying this gift forward to help as… Continue reading Confessions of a Food Addict

How to Avoid Career Burnout

This week's blog post is a guest column by George Mears, a brain fitness expert, educator, and counselor. One of his primary areas of study is neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change and improve over one’s lifetime. He believes in the power of games, puzzles, memory activities, and other brain boosting practices to encourage brain… Continue reading How to Avoid Career Burnout