Natural Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing Natural gas has been used as a source of light and heat for more than 100 years. Historically natural gas been touted as one of the best eco-friendly fuels for wide-scale use. Relatively this may be true, however we are also beginning to see a darker side to the future of the industry. Natural gas is considered the cleanest fossil fuel but because it is a fossil fuel it is also a finite resource. The natural gas industry developed new drilling techniques, ... Continue Reading
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Want straight hair? Learn how to blow dry it at home (no stylist required).
If you’re blessed with anything less than stick-straight hair, you likely have a full-time relationship with your blow dryer. With my thick, wavy hair, blowouts are my vice. I often pay $25+ for a professional straightening before big events. However, the salon bills can add up - especially for something that lasts only a couple of days - so I’ve spent time learning how to get the look at home. Here’s how you can perfect your blowout too (no stylist required): 1. After shampooing ... Continue Reading
Keep winter skin from getting dry and flaky with these five simple tips.
Dry, heated indoor temperatures and cold outdoor air can wreak havoc on your skin. Add in rigorous hand washing and antibacterial cleansers (it is flu season after all) and you’ve got yourself a moisture emergency. Even if you live in a climate with a mild winter, your skin care routine still needs to be switched up. Brush up. Dry air means parched skin. Help minimize flakiness and encourage cell turnover by exfoliating at least twice a week. If your skin is oily, you can use a mild ... Continue Reading
Pregnancy cravings? Opt for a healthy weight gain with these nutritious snacks.
Pregnant, again. It really amazes me what women go through to have children. It is very easy to forget about all the negative things in pregnancy once you hold your baby for the first time. This was the case for me, at least.This being my second pregnancy, I am yet again reminded how long 9 months really lasts. I have dealt with morning sickness, fatigue, round ligament pain, ovarian cysts, and more recently heartburn, constipation, and sleepless nights. I've also noticed that my baby bump ... Continue Reading
It’s nearly time for spring cleaning – here’s some help with those hard-to-reach spots you may be forgetting.
Spring is almost upon us and with it comes that joie de vive (NOT!) to do our annual spring-cleaning. And, though we all know to clean the tried and true, high to low; betwixt and between there are those overlooked areas, rooms, spots, and items in our homes that also need our TLC. So Rachael Ray asked me to join her and had her studio audience ask a few questions to make spring cleaning less of a bore chore that bores while tackling some of those 'forget them not' spots. I've also included ... Continue Reading
Steps for adding semi-permanent bright colors to your hair, and maintaining them for several weeks.
I've had bright streaks of color in my hair for almost six months, and I get complimented on it nearly every day. It's fun to play around with, and because the colors are semi-permanent I can change them around as I feel like it. But, while it may be fun, it's definitely a lot of maintenance. Here's the process I go through to add and maintain semi-permanent hair color (I do all of it myself except for the bleaching): Bleach Blonde Unless you have very white hair naturally, you will want to ... Continue Reading
Incorporation Svadhyaya philosophy into exercise, and thinking about your motives when it comes to exercise.
In yoga there are many principles for healthy living. One of these is called "Svadhyaya" - which translates to self-reflection or examination. While the New Year is an excellent time to reflect on the past year and look at ways we want to improve our selves, Svadhyaya should be done regularly, even seasonally or in the natural course of life. Exercise and health are often at the top of many “resolutions”, and often the first ones broken. While many people have different reasons for ... Continue Reading
A variety of ways to make your day a happy one.
How often do you end your day feeling completely warn out, irritated, depressed … just plain done? Before you know it you can’t even remember the last time you had a little pep in your step or a song in your heart. I’ve been there. And being there is no fun. So I decided to start doing something, anything, every day to make me happy. I began to research blogs, books, websites for inspiration. I’ll admit I found a wealth of great advice but I finally realized, there is no one ... Continue Reading
Small changes can lead to a big difference in your health and fitness goals this year.
When I was a mother of a newborn, I remember thinking I could eat anything I want. That included iced mochas, pumpkin pie, cookies, whatever. I was always athletic, but had a healthy appetite for food. I thought working out gave me the okay to eat whatever I chose. Wrong. My daily iced mocha added up to 350 EMPTY high sugar calories a day. That was an extra pound every week and a half. My children are now 8 and 5, so I’ve had plenty of time to make every mistake in the book as far as ... Continue Reading
Learn new ways to de-stress from the holidays through getting outside, relaxing, and yoga.
Ever wonder how other moms make it through the holidays seemingly unscathed? They always look completely put together, they work full-time, and there are multiple kids afoot? Personally, we can all put up the “fake it till we make it” face. We may not be or feel put together, but, we know how to act it. Although, my good friends can see through my “happy face.” The truth of the matter is we all need to learn how to de-stress from the holidays, just so we can enjoy life. Giving ... Continue Reading