Archive for February, 2013


Spring, Hello are you there?

Well, March is right around the corner followed by the warm months of Spring. If you’re suffering with a little bit of Spring Fever, here are some great ideas on how to bring Spring into your home now.

Bring some green inside:

These simple Terrariums are an easy way to get some green indoors. Start with a large glass bowl, add some cactus potting soil, decorative stones, and tiny succulents.

Tulips also make great indoor plants. Just fill a decorative glass with marbles or decorative rocks and water and set your bulb in a sunny window. If you think this is a great idea, here are some step-by-step instructions to get you started.

Get some Nature inspired artwork:

This limb artwork from is a nice way to bring in some of nature’s natural beauty indoors. Maybe this will inspire you to try some of your own limb creations.


Moving Day Meals

We all know that moving day is a challenge with planning, logistics and the physical (and emotional) strain. Planning meals is one thing that may slip through the cracks.

Finding their way

Be sure to identify restaurants in the area. This is particularly helpful if you’re  moving across country. Useful apps like and urban spoon can make this easy. While you’re at it, look up the address of a local grocery store.

Open first box

You’ll want to pack a “first opened” box. It does not get packed into a moving van and is the first one moved to the kitchen where it is easy to find. Inside will be the essentials: first aid kit, medications, toiletries, trash bags and the items necessary to make the first meal in your new home. Don’t forget that utensils and plates to serve the first meal should be added to this box.

Keep it simple

The first meal at a new home should be easy to make and served without a lot of hassle. One of the easiest things to make is pasta. Sauce in the jar doesn’t have to be refrigerated. Dry pasta is easy to transport and store. The best thing is that it can be made in one pan.

For lunch or for summer days, you might suggest making sandwiches or hoagies, which do require a quick trip to the grocery store.

Having the first meal in the new home is one of the best ways to transition to a new area. Having a planned meal, with all the essentials to make and serve it, will help to ease the stress.


5 Habits To Keep You Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

Whether you’re inArizonaorMinnesota, it’s cold and flu season around the country. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy this winter.

1. Wash your hands

Wash your hands often, especially after you’ve been out in public areas or in contact with other people. Cleaning your hands with hot water and soap for at least 30 seconds is best — if you’re not near a sink, an alcohol-based germ rub is your next best bet.

2. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth

Keeping your hands — which no matter how often you clean them, are your number one germ carriers — from the mucus membranes of your eyes, nose and mouth can help reduce your chances of spreading germs.

3. Get enough rest

Plenty of sleep is the best defense against the common cold — a well-rested body is a well-defended body. Studies have shown that if you get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night, you are three times more likely to catch a cold.

4. Disinfect your sinks, tubs and trash cans

Some of the germiest places in your home are, not surprisingly, where you spend most of your time. Disinfect your kitchen and bathroom sinks, bath tubs and showers and trash can lids and rims regularly. And don’t forget that kitchen sponge! Throw it in the dishwasher or microwave at least once a week.

5. Keep moving

Take a 20-minute walk once a day. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly get fewer colds than people who don’t — and the colds they get tend to be milder.

For more tips on staying healthy this winter, check out these sites:


3 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Make Your Diet More Anti-Inflammatory

Why we care about anti-inflammation

From alleviating or preventing Alzheimer’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, acne, joint pain, several heart diseases, and some cancers — the potential positive impact of an anti-inflammatory diet on your health is significant.

Whole-body inflammation (sometimes called “silent inflammation”) has been linked to mild joint pain, like your knee aching after a long walk, to skin issues, like acne or eczema, as well as to diseases linked with inflammation, usually ending in “itis,” like pancreatitis and arthritis, as well as to longer term ramifications such as cardiac disease and cancer.

How does what we eat make a difference?

Research has shown that diet can have an enormous impact on causing or eliminating silent inflammation:

  • Too many processed carbohydrates — refined sugar, flour and other foods that raise insulin and glucose levels increase the production of pro-inflammatory elements in your body
  • Too much Omega-6 — increases the production of inflammatory compounds. Corn, sunflower, safflower, peanut and soybean oils are all high in Omega-6 fats
  • Too little Omega-3 — decreases the production of certain anti-inflammatory elements. Foods high in Omega-3 fats include fatty fish (like salmon, sardines and anchovies, etc.), walnuts, flax seed, avocados, olive oil, and flaxseed oil.

What is inflammation, exactly? And how is it bad for us?

Inflammation is how your body attempts to defeat infection or injury, by increasing nourishment and immune activity to the afflicted area (think about how swollen your ankle becomes when you twist it). When a part of your body is “inflamed,” it is because more blood and plasma and other bodily fluids are being re-routed to the scene of the crime to target, break down and destroy damaged tissue and pathogens before attempting to rebuild healthy tissue.

The inflammatory response is meant to be a short-lived crisis reaction — like using a fire extinguisher to put out an oven fire. When the inflammatory response in your body becomes a low-grade, constant thing, it means that at some level, there is a constant effort by your body to break down your tissues, your healthy tissues. Imagine a slow, steady stream of fire extinguisher goo seeping into your oven, corroding the interior and tainting your food. Not good.

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Diet More Anti-Inflammatory

  1. Switch up your regular baked potato — sweet potatoes are a great source of anti-oxidants and dietary fiber

Tip: Throw some greek yoghurt on your potato instead of sour cream.

2. Go green instead of black— green tea is packed with anti-oxidant flavonois

Tip: Add a little honey and unsweetened almond milk to green chai tea for an after-dinner treat.

3. Spice it up — certain spices and herbs, including cinnamon, oregano, thyme, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne have been shown to contain significant amounts of anti-inflammatory compounds.

Tip: Toss a teaspoon of cinnamon into your ground coffee before brewing.