This DIY lotion for dry feet is full of oils and butters that are highly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. It can be used on any dry, cracked skin.
Guest post by Lisa Grace Byrne, MPH Oh, winter! If you are living in the Northern hemisphere (particularly the areas where winter means cold), easing into the winter season with warmth and grace can feel a little challenging. Songs fill the airways touting that this is “the most wonderful time of the year!” and … while there is a lot of wonderful in winter, this is also a season that brings busier-than-usual schedules, excess sugar, heavier foods, and an increase in colds/flus. Of all the […]
By Andrea, Contributing Writer By February, I am tired of winter. Living in Colorado, the winter means crops are dormant. Any fresh fruits or vegetables we get are usually trucked in from a warmer part of the country. This is the time of year when I am so thankful for frozen berries. Nothing speaks to me of the promise of spring quite like the taste of berries. The burst of sweetness from a frozen berry can transport me to warm summer memories. Using frozen berries […]
By Jami Balmet, Contributing Writer In these rainy cold months of being stuck indoors all the time, I start to get in a slump. I get the winter blues and long for the days of bright flowers and sweet springtime sunshine. But until then, I’ve found that with just a few plants (and some intentional planning) I can drastically brighten up and improve my home and my mood! If you have never gardened before, then it can feel overwhelming and intimidating to start. As you begin […]
By Kelly, Contributing Writer With all this extreme weather, it’s no wonder that some are feeling a little blue. But even mild winters can cause a legitimate condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a.k.a. the Wintertime Blues. In fact, as many as 20 percent of Americans are affected by SAD each winter. The condition is most often characterized by moodiness, depression, cravings for simple carbohydrates, weight gain, fatigue and melancholy. SAD can range from simple “wintertime blues” to full blown incapacitation. Interestingly, this condition […]
There is nothing like the sweet combination of pumpkin and spices for the perfect winter breakfast. Not to mention the fact that pumpkin is a seasonal winter veggie extraordinaire, boasting large amounts of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E, and plenty of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids (which gives pumpkin its deep orange hue). Finding more ways to get pumpkin or any form of winter squash into your cold-weather diet is a definite plus, and when it happens to be this delicious, it’s downright […]
Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer It’s winter time (already! I’m still in denial!) and we’re in the thick of the “sick season.” In fact, we’ve just gotten over our first round of “major” colds. That’s no fun. We choose not to use any form of over-the-counter or other pharmaceutical products in our home — at least not without an excellent reason (and we haven’t found one in the last three years). Certainly we don’t for the run-of-the-mill winter blahs, like colds, flu, stomach viruses, […]
Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer I’m from Minnesota. It isn’t exactly the North Pole, but it’s getting awfully close. Most of us up here are well acquainted with the dry skin woes, including eczema, cracked and bleeding knuckles, flaking facial skin, cuticle cuts, chapped lips and rough, hard, dried out feet. It’s not pretty. To make matters worse, women are sorely tempted to soak in the sun during the few weeks of summer, reaping more skin trouble down the road as their sun baked […]