JANUARY 2017

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Winter is here in the Pacific Northwest and it has been a cold one so far! I am always trying to find ways to chase away the dark winter blues...how about you? I would love to know how you do the same with these long dark days.

Here are a few of my tips:

  • I love lighting fragrant candles to brighten up our home and enjoy the warm light and fragrance.
  • It's nice to connect with nature by taking my dog Poppy* for a walk. Even if its raining, the moisture is good for the senses. * my four-legged therapist
  • Taking a nice hot bath with renewing bath salts is great for removing toxins and letting your skin breathe. Add some nice soothing music and you have your very own spa experience!
  • Fresh flowers; George loves flowers in our home and since he has an Ikebana class each week, we have lovely fresh flowers to delight our visual and sight senses.
  • Invest in good skin care products. I just had a significant birthday (aren't they all!) and my BFF Diane, gave me the wonderful gift of Paula's Choice Skin care regiment. I am also in love with CeraVe Hydrating Body wash. The ceramides activate with water. Once you try this terrific product,  you will be hooked!
  • Bake: Research has shown that it is quite therapeutic to make something with your very own hands.  Here is the link for a cake I recently whipped up and it was delish! And it starts with a Duncan Hines (my favorite) cake mix! As Ina says "How easy is that?" https://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cakes/applesauce-walnut-cake/
  • Last and not least: Hug someone you love! The power of touch, well in my opinion, it changes everything!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015! If you are anything like me, we have overindulged during the Holidays....... Wasn't it fun!?! Now, time for health and an investment into ourselves. My commitment (rather than a resolution) to myself, is to get up and move, everyday! At least some kind of movement. Thankfully, my darling 4 legged gal pal Poppy, is happily encouraging me to walk her as well.

Here is a photo of Poppy with her Dad as they take their daily walk to the mailbox and back, rain or shine! Aren't they an inspiration to us all! I wish you all the best in achieving your health goals too!


Spring is here! Or is it?

After a long and hard winter, I am sure you are all looking forward to the renewal process of Spring! I know I sure am!  We are now busy cleaning up the garden and getting it ready for spring beauty and blossoms. It's such a treat to see the crocus sprouting up out of what was once " frozen tundra". Poppy is loving the thaw too and so enjoys frolicking thru the shrubs and such.