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Living Life in Full Color , Image: Madhuri Mohite/Pexels.comLiving Life in Full Color

Nature concludes each day with a fiery mural, never again to be exactly duplicated and missed if we look away for a moment too long. “What color is in a picture, enthusiasm is in life,” said Vincent van Gogh, and to live with passion is to...

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Top Supplements for Dogs and Cats   

The market for pet products is awash with supplements, so it’s not surprising that it can be challenging to figure out what a dog or cat really needs. The foundation of any healthcare program for dogs and cats, regardless of age and breed, is...

Conscious Consumerism, Image: Image courtesy of AshevilleToolLibrary.orgConscious Consumerism  
The Rise of Sharing and Reselling  

Tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville is a DIY kind of community, attracting artists, musicians, yoginis, homesteaders and other folks looking to live a simpler life. When they garden and undertake home repairs, Ashevillans find it easy to...

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How to Help Children Navigate Through Loss  

Adults often want to shield children from suffering, but that isn’t always possible or advisable. Loss and grief are natural parts of life. Acknowledging and expressing uncomfortable feelings are necessary lessons in being human, and while there is no right way to grieve, adults can provide...

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Top Eight Essential Oils for Anxiety Relief  

Essential oils are highly concentrated compounds extracted from aromatic plants that are used in aromatherapy for a variety of conditions. These fragrant oils have been incorporated into wellness practices for thousands of years, and decades of research confirm...

Sustainable Shellfish, Image:  jabiru/AdobeStock.co,Sustainable Shellfish  
Superfood of the Sea  

The perfect food may not be underfoot, but rather, underwater. It’s delicious, fast-growing, nutritionally dense, sustainably produced, locally available from coast to coast and comes in nature’s own sturdy...

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DIY Recipes Even Kids Can Make  

Many of us have fond childhood memories of cool confections from the neighborhood ice cream truck on sultry summer days. By creating homemade, hot-weather treats with our kids, we get to...

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Tips for Walking Mindfully in Nature   

Silent hikes offer an opportunity to be immersed in nature and quiet the internal chatter that too often consumes our daily routine. Wesley Trimble, communications and creative director of the American Hiking Society, has observed a...

Change Your Words, Image: Madhuri Mohite/Pexels.comChange Your Words  
Change Your Life  

The words we speak are never neutral, because language doesn’t simply describe reality. It creates it. With every word we utter, we’re either speaking into existence a reality we desire or actively creating a...

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the Healing Power of Our Superconsciousness  

For 40 years, nutritional therapist and quantum energy healer Mark Mincolla, Ph.D., has integrated ancient Chinese energy healing techniques with emerging nutritional science in what he calls Electromagnetic Muscle Testing, an approach that...

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Best Ways to Praise Kids and Boost SELF-confidence   

Giving ample kudos to our kids is an everyday part of parenting. To motivate youngsters to excel in school and activities, we pat them on the back repeatedly in ways that were unimaginable a century ago, when even kissing babies was frowned upon by...

Preventing Dog Dementia, Image: FS-Stock/AdobeStock.comPreventing Dog Dementia  
Five Strategies to Preserve Cognitive Health  

Among the many traits that dogs and humans share is the potential with aging for progressive cognitive decline, which canines can experience as early as 7 years of age. Clinical signs of cognitive decline appear in...

The Greening of Packaging, Image: Iryna/AdobeStock.comThe Greening of Packaging  
Cleaning and Personal Care Products Go Eco  

Health-conscious consumers have been purchasing home cleaning and personal care products with nontoxic ingredients for years. Now they’re demanding these products come in environmentally friendly packaging that...

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Strategies for a Plastic-Free Outing  

Summer is the ideal time to break bread with loved ones, toss a Frisbee and celebrate the great outdoors, but too many of us believe that picnics require single-use plastics. In the name of convenience and easy cleanup, we...

The Healthy Food Movement, Image: Prostock-studio/AdobeStock.comThe Healthy Food Movement  
Pandemic Trends are Shaping Better Local Food Systems  

Like so much else on the planet, the two-year coronavirus pandemic turned the health food world upside-down. “I found myself thinking real dystopian and wondering if people would be able to survive if grocery stores crumbled,” recalls Diana Mondragón, of Rockford, Illinois. “That scary thought train...

Flower Power, Image: photo courtesy of Marie ViljoenFlower Power  
Edible Blooms Add Flavor and Color to Summer Fare   

Fruits, leaves, stems and roots are commonly eaten as part of a plant-based, farm-to-table diet, but until recently, the only flowers on the table were in a vase. Today’s health-conscious foodies are finding edible flowers to be...

That Natural Glow, Image: denis_vermenko/AdobeStock.comThat Natural Glow  
Radiant Skin with Fewer Health Risks  

For basic hygiene and improved appearance, we wash, slather, hydrate, scrub and cover up, often forgetting that our skin is our largest organ and much of what we expose it to can be absorbed and accumulated in the body over time. If we are using products with...

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