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Best Practices for Cleaning the Home, Body and Mind

by Elizabeth McMillan, MS, CNS, LDN Toxins are unfortunately all around us.  From the air we breath to the chemicals we ingest—and there is no way to avoid them unless living in a glass bubble.  Per a 2009 study in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, the average home may contain as many as 400 chemicals and many of ... Read More »

Spring Cleaning Doesn’t Have to Be Daunting!

Spotlight on Maid Brigade How will you wash the winter blues away while also feeling free to enjoy the beautiful spring weather on the horizon? Local Maid Brigade experts offer solutions. They know that spring cleaning is a thorough top-to-bottom deep cleaning of your home that often includes efforts to declutter your space…but it can be a daunting annual task. ... Read More »

Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy by Kathleen Barnes Ever since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential ... Read More »

City Homesteading

Creating Sustainable Urban Living by Randy Kambic Homesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban ... Read More »

A Free Talk: Why Are My Joints and Muscles Hurting?

Many people suffer with insomnia, muscle and joint pain, inability to exercise because of pain and fatigue, depression or lack of motivation, memory problems, brain fog, nervous and emotional problems without any hope of relief. Dr. Serena Satcher, M.D., has an approach that can get at the root causes and is offering a free talk that will help participants to ... Read More »

Maid Brigade’s Commitment to Cleaning Your Home the Green Way

by Samantha Hudgins Maid Brigade, in business since 1979, made a commitment to green cleaning in 2007 and has been a Green Clean Certified business ever since. In every aspect of the business, Maid Brigade takes their commitment seriously to create the safest indoor environment for their client’s families, pets and homes. To become Green Clean Certified, a company must ... Read More »

12 Happy Holiday Tips

How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James Feelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amuck. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness. ... Read More »

Awake Parenting

Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig One of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in ... Read More »

Creating Positive Change by Outsmarting our Brains

by Alexis Sullivan Why is change so hard? We frequently say that we want positive change in our lives. Yet, when we try to transform ourselves for the better, we struggle. We know what we want, but when we try to put it into practice, we get stuck. It turns out that change actually is hard. Humans are hardwired to ... Read More »

How Stress Affects Us All

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar You’ve likely heard that stress is the biggest culprit and it runs havoc on your body. But how does stress do that? It’s important to understand the mechanics of stress and how it truly affects our bodies. When the body is stressed your muscles tense up, which is a reflex reaction to stress. When the stress ... Read More »