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The Present of the Present
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I didn’t really plan to start my day with an exercise in staying in the present moment, but that’s what happened! You and I both know that the present is really all we have. To live in the past is to live in regret, confusion, or repetition of thought patterns that need changing. To live in the future is to live a life just...

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Stand in Your Truth
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Don’t be afraid to stand firm in your truth! Consider it a privilege. God endowed you with specific passions and purpose. He created you as a unique individual. The word individual itself sums it up. A distinct, single thing, according to my dictionary. Don’t let anyone sway you from what you know to be true. That’s between you and God. People will pop out...

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Fowl Play
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Fowl Play

Jan 26, 2015 by

My husband and I were vacationing in Scottsdale, AZ last week. What a pleasant break from snowy, cold Montana! We stayed at a beautiful resort, The Phoenician. We were enjoying a delicious breakfast (scrambled eggs with sliced avocado for me – yum!) outside on the patio our first morning there. The sun and arid climate felt so fantastic on my skin. We noticed a...

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Green Tea’s Amazing Benefits
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There are some supplements that I make sure I take on a very regular basis, and green tea is one of them! Some of my supplements appeal to me on some days, and other days, not so much. What I’ve learned about green tea is that it has the ability to clear nasty toxins from the body, as well as to help with weight...

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What Is Your Pet Saying?
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Maybe some pets communicate loudly and distinctly, but my little dog, Rosie, is pretty quiet and reserved. She’ll be 14 this March, so we’ve been together long enough that we are pretty well in sync with each other. She is such a great companion for me. I got her as an 8-week old puppy. It was at the same time that I was recovering...

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How Do You Choose Your Friends?
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I remember about 15 years ago, a new neighbor moved in next door to me and I felt an immediate kinship with her. She felt it too. She was (and still is) an amazing person and a fantastic friend, although we now find ourselves on different continents, making our conversations fewer and further in between. But I will always treasure her as a friend....

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GMO No!
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GMO No!

Jan 7, 2015 by

An excerpt from Ronnie Cummins’ article:  Consumer Self-Defense This is a lengthy article, but well worth the read.  As consumers, we need to be informed and Mr. Cummins does an excellent job of sharing information on GMO labeling, how to look out for our families’ well-being when choosing food, and actions we can take to help in this effort to stop the big chemical...

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Pollination
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Pollination

Dec 30, 2014 by

Growing native plants adds beauty and important habitats for wildlife, especially pollinators, like bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and bats.  Even a small backyard garden can make a BIG difference!!  Gardening connects us to nature and helps us to better understand how nature...

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Healthy Skin Is In!
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I believe we would all say that we want healthy skin. We want our skin to look good. Good heavens, we spend a fortune on skin care products! But, there is so much more to having healthy skin that I want to touch on. Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? It seems to me like too often we take our...

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Purify Your Skin With Clay
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Last night I decided to pamper my skin a little bit. My husband and I had been out of town for the weekend, and I wasn’t as thorough with my skin care routine as I am when I’m at home. So, I felt the need to do a little something extra. I had a clay mask in my bathroom that I haven’t used in...

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The Healing Effects of Massage Therapy
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It’s funny how a lot of people think of scheduling a massage for themselves only when they feel they deserve to be pampered. I have learned over the years just how therapeutic massage is for the body. And also that all massages are not created equal. Because I am not a big fan of pharmaceuticals or doctors, I have dedicated my quest for health...

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Spicy  Cranberry Relish with Brie
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My favorite things about the holidays are fellowship and family!  I love to cook for my family and friends.  On our Christmas Eve gathering, this is always a favorite.  I like the combination of the tangy, spicy sauce with the creamy brie cheese and the nutty flavor of the toasted nuts.  Click on the link below to view and/or print this recipe! Download your...

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Stop the Madness!  My Christmas cookie predicament!
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Stop the madness! Well, obviously my husband and I have been watching too much Shark Tank! “Stop the madness” is a favorite catchphrase of Shark Kevin O’Leary. And it is the first thing that popped into my head today as I was trying to figure out what has changed in my diet that is causing me a slight sinusy feeling. Many years ago, I...

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Fresh Air and Sunshine
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The sun feels so good!  It also has many health benefits.  The sun can help heal several skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and fungal infections.  Sunlight exposure helps our bodies make Vitamin D, which is vital for bone health and immune system strength.  Sunlight can help erase depression and increase the oxygen content of our...

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The Alkalizing Effect of Lemons
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A lot of people I talk to think of lemons as quite acidic in the body.  It would seem like they would be because they are chemically acidic, however, lemons have an alkalizing effect on the body because of their high concentration of sodium and potassium bicarbonate salts.  They also contain an abundance of oxygen! We want our bodies to be in an alkaline...

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Trees
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Trees

Dec 13, 2014 by

  Are you a tree lover? Trees help clean the air, provide shade, help prevent soil erosion, provide oxygen, help prevent water pollution, and provide food for us!  What’s not to love about...

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Is there merit to natural, organic, raw foods?
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I sometimes reflect back to the days following the intensive radiation therapy I underwent. That was almost fourteen years ago, but it left a distinct imprint in my memory. Following a diagnosis of cervical cancer, I was sent to an 8 week course of radiation therapy. Nothing could prepare me for the ill health I would suffer due to this barbaric treatment. I had...

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Wine Corks…coming to an end?
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I was out to dinner with my husband the other night, and while we were waiting for our friends to join us, the owner stopped by our table and suggested we may like a red wine he had recently enjoyed. The wine was Inkblot Cabernet Franc, a big bold wine, which we tasted and chose to accompany our dinner. I asked the owner what...

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What is non-GMO?
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And what does it mean? From our friends at the Non-GMO Project: “GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.” Food that is genetically engineered is made...

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Magnesium
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Magnesium

Nov 14, 2014 by

Magnesium is very important to health!  A whopping 75% of Americans are deficient in this vital mineral.  There are several reasons for a deficiency in magnesium, which can include:  a diet high in processed foods, digestive disorders, use of diuretics, kidney disease, diabetes, and chemical exposure. Also, some medications can deplete magnesium stores.  Those include:   digoxin (used to treat atrial fibrillation and irregular...

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