Today's moms are choosing more frequently to work from home. They opt to stay home to raise the kids but are still looking for something they can do part-time to contribute income to their families. I know the feeling. It happened to me when my first son was born in 2000. I turned to direct sales to enable me to earn money without leaving my baby. Direct sales is a great option for many women. According to the Direct Selling Association census, over 81% of direct sellers are women. There are ... Continue Reading
Learn what hormone disruptors to avoid and how to keep your family more healthy.
Worried about plastic and chemicals leaching into your skin and body? You're not alone. There is a lot of controversy surrounding hormone disruptors - those chemicals found in skin products, soaps, make-up, water bottles, and cans lined with BPA. They are suspected to affect or harm our health in several ways, especially when used daily. Recently Dateline NBC did an investigation into hormone disruptors. As with most stories, there are 2 opinions and 2 valid arguments to whether we can still ... Continue Reading
Add a bit of spice to your next dish – for taste and health benefits too!
It seems everywhere we turn, there's another article touting the health benefits of spices. They've been around for thousands of years but the recent popularity of more "natural" health remedies and whole foods has made the health benefits of spices a subject on shows like Dr. Oz and in health magazines and internet articles. Not only are spices loaded with health benefits, they are tasty and can add a gourmet flare to any meal. While they aren't known to cure illnesses, science and ... Continue Reading
Learn the health and taste benefits of using a variety of oils.
Growing up, oil meant my Mom's basic vegetable oil she used for everything. Nowadays we are lucky to have the options of so many healthy oils to use for cooking and dipping - and even for our skin and hair. But with so many choices it's hard to know what to buy. It helps to know the benefits and uses of each type. Having a variety on hand is a great idea, since some are best on salads and others for high heat cooking. Below we'll explore nine of the most popular oils. Olive Oil - The Queen ... Continue Reading
Be smart about your skin care and make-up purchases by looking for key items to avoid.
Buying skin care and make up is confusing enough what with the vast amount of choices between brand names and generic options. And now there's controversy surrounding skin care products and their ingredients, making it challenging for us to know just what is safe and what is not. Labels tend to make it even more confusing and overwhelming when we aren't sure what we're looking for. Sometimes we are tempted by the lure of labels reading "younger skin in 30 days". But knowing the safer choices ... Continue Reading
Make small changes in your home decor with new accent pieces, rearranging furniture, or painting a single wall.
Tired of the same old style in your home but can't afford to buy many new things? With a small budget, you can make some big decorating changes without buying big pieces. Simply adding in different accent colors, different accessories and even rearranging can make a room feel almost newly decorated. Develop Your Accent Start with changing your accent colors. If you're bored with the current colors of your vase, candles, and knickknacks, wrap them up for another year. Then it's time to ... Continue Reading
Get your kids exercising and having fun, even when it’s cold outside.
With winter weather upon us, and the sun setting earlier each day, it's likely many kids could spend an entire weekend, or school break, lounging on the couch watching TV or playing video games. So much of the time, it's up to the parents to give the kids a little nudge in the direction of, say, the back door, or get them involved in activities to keep their bodies in motion. Here are 7 ideas to get kids moving and the blood pumping! 1. Plan family walks for the daytime. As long as ... Continue Reading
Five steps toward making New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them this year.
Every year millions of people start off the new year with at least one resolution, or commitment toward better change in their lives. It could be losing weight, quitting smoking, taking up a new hobby , going to the gym, starting a long-put-off project or doing a daily random act of kindness. Unfortunately, just as many people give up their resolution while still snow on the ground. Still others don't even make resolutions for fear of not sticking with them as they've done in the ... Continue Reading
Try balancing your hectic, plugged-in life by balancing it with elements from nature.
Learning to embrace a more natural lifestyle, and living a healthier life in all ways, is as simple as getting back to the basics. In a crazy, very plugged in world, it's imperative to balance your life with as much nature, passion and healing as possible - and slow down to enjoy the pace of simpler days. Here are some ideas to get you started; Get in Touch With Your Earthy Side This means getting outside! Get your hands dirty. Walk barefoot. Plan a long hike or family hikes. In order ... Continue Reading