Do What Works For You

Mike RobbinsIn the spirit of “doing what works for me” I decided to record my very first video blog post (aka vlog) and instead of writing an actual article, I spoke this week’s message to the camera.  I hope you like it and enjoy hearing from me this way, which may be something I do more of in the future.This video message is all about making things easier and doing what works for us, instead of struggling, suffering, and stressing ourselves out (often unnecessarily)....more

Soil...nothing lives without it.

Grow soil--the living skin of non-living mineral, which is the base of earth. Watch this beautiful, meaningful, educational film trailer. It's short.

Improvisational muffins, drawing, and a messy kitchen

Scraping and smearing, squishing and stirring. This is what we do when my 2 year old daughter and I make muffins. ...more

Gluten Free Medications, What is Really Safe?

It started this past Sunday night, I was so incredibly thirsty that it could only mean one thing - I was coming down with a cold. Sure enough, I woke up Monday morning very congested and with a slight sore throat. Luckily this cold hasn't progressed to be too unbearable, but I would love to be able to smell and taste again real soon. I decided to run to the store during my lunch break to find something to alleviate some of my symptoms and grabbed a box of Alka Seltzer Plus, since I've heard it works well. I got back to my computer and decided to look it up online to make sure it was really gluten-free, despite the ingredients not listing anything sketchy. Boy am I glad I did, the company states on its website (mind you nowhere on its packaging):"We do not add any gluten to our products. However, we cannot guarantee that they are 100% gluten free as this product is produced in a facility that manufactures or packages other items which may contain gluten"...more
lazyglutenfree I agree re: "one stop shop" and GFRD. They are a great group all around! And ...more

Taking Back Control!

Bloggers: Do You Have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?

Bloggers who spend majority of their time typing away at home are at risk for many conditions related to inadequate mobility. Paradoxically, if you blog day in and day out, that means you’re also prone to one other condition that’s actually due to repetitive injury: carpal tunnel syndrome.But when you think of carpal tunnel syndrome, you probably think of someone who spends all day typing, right? It turns out that there are many other ways to injure your wrist.You don't have to be a typing genius like Mavis Beacon to end up with carpel tunnel; you can get it playing tennis, playing video games, and even by spending too much time behind the wheel. Carpel tunnel syndrome is also a side effect of rheumatoid arthritis, which means you can hurt your carpal tunnel without even engaging in strenuous activity.Here's what you need to know about your carpel tunnel, and what you should do if you suspect you have this syndrome....more

I Don't Love My Body, and That's Okay

It's hard to keep up with all the health and fitness movements that are constantly cycling in and out of popularity.  Yo-yo diets, Thinspo sites, conflicting reports on which foods burn the most fat where on your body. Diet groups, fitness clubs, television shows coupled with media sensationalized images and stories of extreme weight losses/gains: it's nearly impossible to navigate the path to health without stumbling across something that makes you feel as if you aren't doing it "right." ...more
changesofheartIn a world where only the picture perfect parts are shown/discussed, we need to ...more

How Many of You Practice Affirmations?

 Are daily affirmations something that you practice? Have you noticed any changes in your life by using them?Train your subconscious to back you up not work against you.SarahGirlfriends Are Like Shoes...more

My mother was right, of course...

This morning, my 17-year-old son was up before 7, despite having filmed the varsity football semi final and arriving home late the night before. (Woohoo! The Cougars are heading for the state final next week!) Before I saw him, however, I saw the empty packets of Emergen-C and the kitchen shears strewn on the kitchen counter and knew something was up. Sure enough, this boy is sick.Headache, fever, and "the worst sore throat ever" are plaguing him. (This from a boy who had his tonsils removed at age 5. It must be bad.)...more