We all have them; shoes for work, shoes for play, shoes for those occasions when you need to look at least a foot taller. Last week, I tossed my work shoes. All of them. And you should too. Face it, no one actually likes wearing those impossibly high heels, pointed flats or stiff loafers. It’s… Read More Function over form and why I tossed my work shoes
You’ve done it now. You’ve shaken a few too many hands, or shared a drink you shouldn’t have. Now you regret it. Your head feels a little heavy; your nose is feeling a little stuffed and runny. Is that a fever? Is all this sinus pressure just allergies? It can be hard to tell whether… Read More Getting sick? 5 ways to combat the sniffles
In a few days we’ll “spring forward” and gain an extra hour of sunlight in our day. If your New Years’ resolution (or theme) has stalled, this is another great to time to dust yourself off and pick up once again. About 5 percent of Americans live with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in a given year;… Read More Reboot your routine with Daylight Savings
I’ve been sweating an awful lot lately as a part of my new hot yoga regimen (I ditched the gym a while back and found a new way to be active). I’m sweating tons and I love it only because I’m still staying hydrated in the process. Unfortunately I’ve been having some trouble with breakouts,… Read More Field Test: Matcha mask
Why is lavender so calming? It is because of something chemical, or because we’re told it’s good for relaxation? Things that make you go “hmmm.” Scents can affect our mood–but not for the reasons we may think, according to a report by Rachel Herz, an assistant professor at Brown University in Scientific American. Instead, scents… Read More Five ways to use essential oils
Around holidays and birthdays we struggle to find the perfect gift for our friends and loved ones. What about the perfect gift for strangers? Donating blood helps those who have lost a great deal of blood due to trauma, disease and violence. Every non-profit, political campaign and charity on the face of the earth seeks… Read More 3 benefits to donating blood + tips!
Music has the ability to steer our mood with tempo and lyrics. However, at its core lyrical music begins as poetry. Another term for poetry is “verse,” which we’ve also become familiar with through song. Writing poetry can be a very beneficial therapeutic practice. Here’s three ways poetry impacts you for the better. Poetry teaches… Read More Three Benefits of Writing Poetry
Happy Fall! The weather is finally beginning to cool off and that makes it the perfect time of year to get off your butt and head outside. Yes, this week’s post is a little more self-reflection than how-to, but I’m hoping my experience will motivate you to get out there and fall in love with… Read More Get Back to Nature!
I was desperate one night at my boyfriend’s house. My legs were cramping terribly. I couldn’t sleep; I couldn’t stretch for fear of waking my bedfellow. After two hours I resorted to walking in circles on my tiptoes, the only thing to abate the itching pain. Unfortunately, though perhaps in part due to my rather… Read More Field Test: Restless Leg (RLS) Remedy
When I first passed a Himalayan salt lamp in Bed Bath & Beyond, I laughed at the strangeness of it. I thought if you lick it, would it taste like salt? Was the even a good idea? Soon after I remembered what I’d heard about salt therapy- how it treated allergies, ear infections, and myriad… Read More Field Test: Himalayan Light Salt Lamp