Supplementing Your Pet’s Diet

I try to take care of my health as best I can and, since at this point in my life I’m an empty nester, our dog has become an integral part of our little family. It goes without saying that he’s the “other” child and it’s important to me to make certain that he is as healthy as he can be as well.


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How Sweet It Is – The Benefits of Chocolate!

If you’re like us, you get excited every time you read or hear about chocolate being beneficial for your health and wellbeing. Turns out, there is actual science behind this statement.


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Tea for Any Season: 3 Reasons to Drink Up

I live in a world of coffee drinkers. There is a coffee shop on every corner. It is often the main thing I hear people clamor for first thing in the morning, and it comes in so many different varieties that the uninitiated could easily be overwhelmed. I will admit to indulging myself as well (once I figured it all out), but the truth is, I was born in to a tea-drinking family.


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10 Spices to Keep in Your Cupboard

My mother is an excellent cook. Her gumbo, chicken and dumplings, and okra and tomatoes are legendary. What’s most impressive about my mother’s cooking is that she makes delicious meals with very simple ingredients and spices.


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Detox Mania: Worth It or Not?

Everywhere we turn these days, there’s another detox diet or cleanse to try out. But are they worth all the hype?


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Your Recipe for an At-Home Spa Day

I’ve just returned from a fabulous spa vacation at sea! While it was wonderful being primped and pampered in a beautiful setting, it got me thinking that these special occasions needn’t be so special.


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Fresh vs. Canned – Fixing Your Fast Fix Meals

In the course of our busy lives many of us resort to the use of packaged convenience foods, but at what cost? We thought we could show you some quick, easy ways to eat better.


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Meatless Monday: Versatile Lime and Honey Shrimp

In our home, family mealtime is incredibly important, but with everyone’s busy schedules, we don’t have a ton of time to prepare a big meal or to sit together for hours. This, however, has not stopped me from attempting to create quick dishes we can enjoy together.


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How to Find the Right Personal Trainer (and Get Your Money’s Worth!)

The right personal trainer isn’t necessarily the one that came for free with your new gym membership. It might not be the friend-of-a-friend who just received his certification and is willing to cut you a great deal, and it’s probably not the one your BFF spends more time flirting with than actually exercising. Or is it?


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Menopausal Weight Gain

It’s been 20 years since I first began going through menopause. It seems like just yesterday when I was standing by the espresso machine at a local coffee shop, teaching my employees how to tamp and pull the perfect shot of coffee, and found myself covered in sweat. I knew that it wasn’t the high temperature of the steam from the machine; I had been working at that job for years.


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