Stress is the thief that abducts our joy. It pillages our physical and mental energy leaving us weary. Stress is the intruder that lingers until you figure out ways to peacefully deal with this persistent trespasser. There are ways to ease stress with the help of nature’s medicine cabinet and a few simple, soulful practices.…

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spring cleaning

This post contains affiliate links see disclosure for details) Spring seems to be flirting with us here in the Mid-Atlantic. The other day, I noticed that my old-fashioned daffodils poked through the winter soil. Buttercup yellow tulip stalks have gracefully emerged. The advent of springtime outdoors motivates me to welcome the season indoors with splashes…

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herb garden

Mary Lennox, the lonely orphan from Hodgson-Burnett’s The Secret Garden, got it right. She asked not for toys, books, or dolls, but for “a bit of earth… to make things grow—to see them come alive.” The wonderment and satisfaction of watching things grow turned a sallow-faced girl into an exuberant gardener and a mindful steward…

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self-care

{This post contains affiliate links} I am a busy mom who has to be intentional about creating a routine that includes self-care.  Self-care is a vital component of healthy living. Creating an all-natural skin care routine is a simple yet powerful way to practice self-care. The two culprits that stand in the way of creating…

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DIy Christmas

The commercialism attached to Christmas weighs me down like the anchor of a boat. In early October, I walked into a large home improvement chain, and a 14-foot tall inflatable Santa greeted me at the door. Just beyond the goliath St. Nick, shelves of summer clearance begged for buyers. On my way to the lighting department,…

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{This post contains affiliate links} The current brew-ha-ha about the healthiest way to make a cup of Joe prompted me to evaluate coffee making methods for the homespun coffee enthusiast.  Coffee is like magical nectar when you use freshly roasted beans and the right brewing techniques. After making the healthiest and tastiest cup of coffee, you…

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{This post contains affiliate links} If you were marooned on that proverbial desert island with just a few choices of kitchen tools which would you choose?  Before you respond with the supply list to this impending Castaway scenario, you need to consider the indispensable skill of multitasking in the kitchen. Choose essential kitchen tools that…

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