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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3 Ways to Green Your Closet

If you’ve been working hard at living a sustainable, eco-friendly life, then you know how wonderful the benefits make you feel, right? You’ve been eating organic, using green cleaning products at home (and maybe even at work!), and your family has become a crew of professional recyclers and composters — so what can you do next? If you’re feeling like you want to take your eco-friendly lifestyle to the next level, it’s time to take a peek in your closet!


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10 Great Vegetables for Grilling

In Texas, there are four basic food groups: beef, sausage, beans and tortillas. But while these items are great for a Texas-sized BBQ, they don’t make for a balanced diet. Whenever I’m barbecuing, I like to throw a few of my favorite vegetables on the grill.


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VIDEO: Exercise

Puritan’s Pride Healthy Perspectives Bloggers explain how they incorporate exercise into their healthy lifestyle, and keep it fun! From the flying trapeze (really) to a game of catch with the kids, here are ideas for you.


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