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I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions.
More often it’s a means of setting yourself up for failure. I’m much more interested in treating each day as a means to make things right and start anew.

But New Years Day offers a chance. A chance to create a new life, better yourself, plan your future. Every success starts with a good plan.

If you  FAIL to plan,

                   You PLAN to fail

With long New England winters it’s easy to slip. To slow down, to fall apart. Even if that happened many years ago it’s a great time to begin a new outlook. To attempt to change your life, your mind-set, the state of your health.

Generally I say every day is time to change your life, but what better than a new year? An age-old tradition. Let’s just roll with it.

Here’s my take on New Years Resolutions –

Consider them a new start. A means of making needed change. A plan for your future.

Make a plan with goals. Be sure you have small goals that create the larger ones. And add rewards for each you accomplish.

Don’t make too many. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself. You can always add new ones as you achieve more.

Make them realistic. If you don’t believe you can’t achieve.

Don’t be afraid to fail. All of the best lessons are learned from someones failures.

Pick yourself up when you fall down. Never give up just because it didn’t go as you expected.

Don’t wait until next year. If, as so many do, by March you aren’t hitting that gym every day, start again! And again.

Here are some of the things on my Life Plan of 2012 –

  • Grow new things
  • Train HARDER
  • Take better blog photos
  • Increase my blogs exposure
  • Start the “Back Pack Europe Fund”
  • Deepen my yoga practice
  • Grow my training business
  • Publish one article
  • Meditate daily
  • Participate in a Farmers Market
  • Give private cooking lessons
  • Volunteer
  • Rekindle my collections for the Foster Program
  • Learn and share better ways to be greener and more self-sufficient

…I may be breaking rule number 3 with my own list.

Now that I have the big picture (and this certainly isn’t the whole of it, but let’s avoid getting too personal just yet, shall we) I can take each one and create steps to get there. If you want to run a 5k determine which one, when it is, how many weeks you have to train and what that training looks like.

I use a note-book for this. I make my list and then in the pages following, work out each plan individually. Once I have an idea of how I want things to look and put some kind of time line to it, I use my Outlook calendar and set reminders for myself. These pop up on my iPhone as gentle cues to stay on track. You can put them on a calendar somewhere you will see it daily too.

Under train harder I have add an inch to my thighs, put on 4 pounds of muscle, increase my cardiovascular endurance. Bulking up in the winter is easiest because you aren’t as worried about those 6 pack abs…. and a little extra insulation in New Hampshire doesn’t hurt. So I will start that cycle now and continue through the end of February. But once March comes I will start the shredding phase and work on my cardio. By the time Summer comes I will have both goals achieved and be ready for swim suit weather. It’s a plan! Then I take each of those smaller plans and break them down further. How many days will I train, what will my diet look like and so on and so forth. This is why I need the whole notebook, but it really doesn’t take as long as it sounds. And really, if I only meet half that goal I will be satisfied. I still have the rest of the year to finish. I can begin again, and again until I get there.

I have also made vision boards in the past. Photos of all the things I wanted to achieve throughout the year. Then hung it somewhere I would see it every morning like my closet. I would also tape pictures of things to my day planner so I would see it multiple times a day. Find a way to keep your goals front and center throughout the year.

Have you heard of the Day Zero Project?

“Day Zero is a place to record your goals, discover new challenges, and gain motivation to achieve them.
Build a list of 101 things you want to do – then track your progress over the next 1001 days. Get ideas and inspiration from thousands of other participants and start your new productive life today. “

Why people so often fail?

Because they didn’t have a plan.

Most resolutions have something to do with health and/or weight. And this is where people fail the most. They just said I’m going to start going to the gym. They never took the time to figure out just how they would do it. They never got the help they needed. They just picked a weight they thought they wanted to see on the scale and often, an unrealistic date to finish by. They didn’t determine if this was realistic. They didn’t break it down. They didn’t have support. Then they got frustrated, beat them self up and decided it couldn’t be done and quit.

Consider a New Years Ritual –

I was discussing this subject with a friend/client while training the other day. Her New Years tradition includes spending the first with friends, drinking champagne, and eating at a great restaurant. It also includes taking down the tree and throwing it out the door as a means of saying good-bye to the previous year and hello to the future! I love it.

I am considering this as a new ritual myself. On New Years Eve perhaps and burning the tree in a bonfire. Spending the day cleaning and clearing out the old. Celebrating the completion that evening with a fire and starting the next day fresh and clear. Let’s just hope there isn’t a wind chill of 20 below like there was last night. Because no matter how much I plan, nothing will make me suffer that nonsense.

What are your plans for the New Year?

Live Well!
~S

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Christmas Traditions

I don’t know what it is about me and traditions lately, but I love them. Love.

Maybe it was realizing my kids were nearly grown, or that the years have passed so damn quickly. But I have been on some kind of mission to create the very best memories that I can. While most of my friends are still dealing with diapers and first days of school, I am getting ready to start the next phase. And all I want is to tell them “Make it count!”

We have a few Christmas traditions that we have been celebrating for a number of years and some that are quite new.

Here are our Christmas traditions….

  • Every Christmas Eve we get to open one gift. Many years ago the mister and I decided that new Christmas pj’s would be the perfect gift. Of course I molded that one a bit and now… we get matching ones! Totally corny and completely ridiculous. And it’s just perfect. This year we all get black and white plaid bottoms, the kids get red thermal tops and the mister and I get green thermal tops. And we will get a picture in front of the tree for all to see. My kids actually go along with this!
  • This year I am starting a new Christmas Eve tradition. My kids are both in high school now, and although I hardly see them rushing off to be on their own right out of school, the time will come sooner than later, when they will have their own tree. I want them to take a piece of home with them. So every year we will buy each other new Christmas ornaments. The kids and I pick out dad’s. Dad and the kids pick out mine. And Dad and I get to pick out theirs. How sweet, right?
  • Another Christmas Eve tradition… the kids go to their rooms fairly early allowing the mister and I an evening together, sipping wine by the light of the tree, listening to our favorite Christmas music, wrapping last minutes and tucking gifts in just right. It started as just bedtime and a means to get things done, but it’s a time that has become very special to us. A celebration of what we have built.
  • Every Christmas morning starts with coffee and Bailey’s for mom and dad and the kids get to start on their Christmas stockings while they wait.
  • We open one gift at a time and share the experience with each other. It’s helped teach my kids patience and understanding.
  • We never leave home on Christmas day! Never.
  • We always put on ‘A Christmas Story’ the moment the gifts are done.
  • We eat a very large, very traditional Christmas dinner at 2 o’clock every year… and generally do a whole lot of nothing for the rest of the day!
  • We always decorate the tree as a family. Always.

I really love hearing about so many different holiday traditions this time of year. People get so creative!

Here are some traditions that are not mine, but I really like….

  • Newlywed 12 Dates of Christmas – Each person picks 6 small dates, writes them down, they get mixed up and turned into an Advent Calender. Each morning on the days leading up to Christmas one is opened. That will be the evenings date or activity.
  • Homemade Advent Calender –  I have seen some really great ideas…. homemade chocolate and other small treats, crafts and other projects to perform on that day, paper chains to count the days. One even used paper bags with bits of clues like pine cones on the day the tree was to be picked out. How fun for small children! Big ones too.
  • Pie Day – A few weeks before Christmas everyone assembles and bakes pies for the holiday and for friends. I’ve seen this done before Thanksgiving too. The extras are frozen and there are enough for both holidays.
  • Cookie Day – The same as Pie Day, but with cookies. The cookies are packaged and delivered to neighbors, friends, retirement homes. What a great way to teach kids about giving.
  • The Holiday Letter – Every. Single. Year. I say I am going to do this and fail. A year in review. A nicely written letter to family and friends telling of all the things your family has done this past year. Full of stories and photos. Maybe next year.
  • Family Walks around the neighborhood or through the woods on Christmas Day.

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?

Live Well and Merry Christmas!
~S

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I wish I could take credit for that lovely title, but the credit goes to Sandor Ellix Katz. Sandor wrote a wonderful book holding the title “Wild Fermentation” containing a slew of valuable information. In it he describes his love of fermented foods and how he believes they have assisted in his battle with AIDS. Check out his site and his book.

Let’s talk a little about fermentation….

Our bodies are small ecosystems. We function most efficiently and effectively when populated by a more diverse range of microorganisms. These microscopic organisms surround us. When we utilize them properly we can then increase our susceptibility to disease. By fermenting foods yourself you are then using those microorganisms present in your environment to build a healthier being. Becoming more connected to your environment and thus better able to fight off infection and disease.

Furthermore, fermented foods contain probiotics, a term you are probably familiar with. Probiotics are beneficial to the digestive system. A healthy digestive system is vital to a healthy body. When the digestive system is unhealthy things like diarrhea and gastrointestinal ailments can occur, but so can things like weight gain, allergies, fibromyalgia, poor immune response, depression, eczema, asthma, even ADD/ADHD. You can read more about poor digestion and healing the gut here.

Did you know…  Bread, Cheese, Wine, Beer, Mead, Cider, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Miso, Tempeh, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Yogurt, Kefir and Kombucha are all fermented foods?

Now let’s talk about fermenting YOUR OWN foods….

Fermenting is an ancient process. It is simple and requires little equipment.
You can do it yourself!

The basic concept of fermentation is so easy you will wonder why you have not been doing it all along. And once you taste how alive your food is when you have fermented it yourself you will be hooked.

Vegetables. Salt. That is pretty much it.

Seriously.

The basic recipe for sauerkraut is cabbage and salt. Nothing else. You do not need starter culture or special tools. Now, you can create your own recipe. You can add any vegetable you like. Well, eggplant doesn’t seem to work so well, but the majority of vegetables AND fruits work quite well. And you can add seasonings like garlic, rosemary and my favorite, celery seed.

Here is how it works…
You layer shredded vegetables with salt in a large bowl, massage it in, put it in a crock or some kind of glass or ceramic container with something to hold everything under the developing liquid and allow it to do its thing for about 2 weeks.

Now, to many this sounds like rotting food, but IT’S NOT. The salt acts as a preservative. As long as you have the vegetables fully submerged you will not develop any mold. And if you do, you really can just scrape it off and everything else will be just fine. But do it right and you shouldn’t have to worry about that.

Here is my recipe for sauerkraut –

1 medium green cabbage
1 medium onion
2T finely ground sea salt
1t celery seed
2 large cloves garlic

*I find that when making this in the fall/winter the cabbage gives off less liquid, allowing for mold growth on top because there just isn’t enough to keep it fully submerged. I remedy this by using 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of sea salt to add extra brine.

Slice the cabbage and onion in about 1/8 inch slices
Place a layer in the bowl with 1/4 of the minced garlic
Cover it with a large sprinkle of salt and celery seed
Massage well for about 1 minute
Repeat the process 3 more times using the remainder of the ingredients

Now layer into a glass or ceramic container
Being sure to press each layer down tightly

Now use something to help hold everything down
A plate, lid to a canning jar, whatever fits your container
You really want something glass or ceramic
Plastic can leach toxins and metal will probably corrode
Then put a weight on top – I used a glass filled with brine here
At this point you can add brine if you choose
(I say yes, especially on your first try)
You want at least 1/4-1/2 inch of liquid above the vegetables
Although, this can take a day or two to develop


Now cover with something that will allow air flow but keep anything else from getting in
Cheesecloth, coffee filter, that sort of thing
You can make this by closing the container completely
Then opening every day to allow for gases to be released
But I prefer to allow all those microbes the ability to get in there
Plus this way it’s pretty worry free

fermentation, wild fermentation, sauerkraut, pickles
Now you wait
Typical fermentation takes 10-21 days
Start tasting yours after about a week and see what you prefer
You will find that the flavor changes almost daily

 Some of what I have learned about fermenting….

My first experiment with sauerkraut was a disaster. Well, only because I got scared and threw it away! I made it with purple cabbage, put it in the pantry and forgot about it…. until one day about 2 weeks later my husband opened the pantry and said “WHAT is that smell?”

I had tried this pretty method that used a full cabbage leaf folded just right to fit on top. Not realizing that I would still need a weight to hold it down. The result, a moldy, smelly leaf. Now, everything underneath was really just fine but because the leaf did not have any salt to preserve it and was above the brine it started to smell funky. I confess, I am a bit squeamish when it comes to food and mold. I wasn’t taking any chances and surely could never have brought myself to actually try any of it.

DO NOT FORGET THE WEIGHT. Period.

I have found that I really like a young ferment, but absolutely love it aged as well. When you find it is at the point you want, put it in the refrigerator to stop the fermenting process. It will stay for a VERY long time. Although it will probably still develop its flavor.

I start a new batch about every two weeks, maybe a bit less. By the time the first batch is gone, another is ready! But I have another confession… The first batch rarely makes it to the refrigerator. I just can’t stop eating it! My mouth waters every time I enter the kitchen.

Just scoop out a serving and be certain to press everything back down.

Be sure to try other vegetables!
Everything takes on a different taste. And when you mix them you can create a heavenly array of flavors.

A few more things about fermenting….

  • Serve cold or at room temperature. Heating can kill the healthy bacteria.
  • The amount of salt you use can vary. Some ferment salt free (this results in a very soft vegetable). Use more salt in warmer climates/seasons and less when it’s cooler. Experiment with salt levels and find what works for you.
  • Did you know TRUE pickling does NOT include vinegar? Fermenting food is actually pickling. The use of vinegar is a short cut.
  • Fermenting increases vitamin levels
  • Fermented foods contain numerous helpful enzymes, lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide and small amounts of benzoic acid
  • Fermented foods have antibiotic and anti-carcinogenic substances
  • Fermenting prolongs the life of food
  • In the 1770’s Captain James Cook saved his crew from scurvy and death when 60 barrels of kraut lasted them 27 months and provided them with ample nutrients

What’s not to love? Start fermenting your own foods today!

Live Well!
~S

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Here we go again…
Cold and snow, long days inside, kids and families and friends crammed into closed up spaces. It’s inevitable. We will share our germs along with our spaces. I can’t lie, I do occasionally enjoy an excuse to snuggle on the couch all afternoon without worry over the dishes stacking up, phone ringing or other various items on my to do list.  But there is little I like less than a runny nose or hacking cough. Ick.

Now, everyday there are endless commercials raving about the effects of day-this or night-that, but did you know that while these products can make you temporarily feel better and help you trudge through your day by masking your symptoms, the very act of masking or suppressing those symptoms, can make you sick longer? Eeww. Not to mention the fact that you are adding more toxins to your already compromised immune system. Take a fever for instance…. A fever is a sign that the immune system is under attack. But it does more than that. A fever assists the body in producing interferon, an antiviral substance. Interferon is necessary for fighting infection. A fever also increases the activity and movement of white blood cells. By suppressing a fever, you are suppressing your bodies ability to fight off the virus. Certainly there are exceptions, but for the most part, a fever is a natural and welcome part of the healing process.

*If a fever reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or above and lasts more than 4-6 hours or for a fever in infants under 6 months of age seek professional advice.

Obviously,  a fever, and many of the other symptoms of the common cold or flu are rather uncomfortable and certainly can and should be treated, however, you can fight that cold naturally instead of reaching for those over the counter products full of chemicals. And many can already be found in your kitchen! And the best remedy for staying healthy is prevention. Add some of these to your daily regimen and you can beat those colds and flu.

Here are some of my favorite cold fighters-

Astragalus –

Astragalus root has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to strengthen the immune system. It has antiviral and antioxidant properties. Take Astragalus root in capsule, tea or tincture to fight an existing cold or regularly during the cold and flu season to help prevent infection. You can also add the root to your home-made broth. Available at your local health food  or herbal store.
Boneset –

Valued by Native Americans to treat cold and flu, boneset is primarily used to treat fever. It is native to North America and is a remedy that can be supplied for free through growing your own or foraging. (Of course I don’t need to tell you this, but DO KNOW YOUR PLANTS before foraging or consuming!) Boneset can be taken in tea form by placing 1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb in boiling water and steeping 10-15 minutes. Take every half hour during high fever. Or by making a tincture. 2-4ml taken 3 times a day.
Echinacea –

Echinacea may be the easiest found cold fighting herb. Today it is widely recommended and available in tea, tincture and capsule form. Echinacea helps boost the immune system and helps fight off illness. Although I don’t feel Echinacea alone is the best treatment for a cold, adding it your arsenal is a great way to help beat that cold.
Elderberry/Elderflower –

Oh, sweet Elderberry. This is one of my favorites. I take it regularly to help prevent colds and flu. Elderberry is full of vitamins A, B and C. All essential in staying healthy. It also contains antiviral and antioxidant properties. Studies have actually shown Elderberry to treat/cure the flu faster than Tamiflu. It could even help fight cancer! Although the elderberry is more popular in fighting cold and flu, the flowers are also very beneficial. Both parts of the plant have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. Made into teas and tinctures, syrups and even wine! You can find it at your local health food/herbal store. Elderberries are native to the US and can be easily grown under a variety of conditions.

Do avoid eating the stems, leaves and root.

Elderberry Syrup

1/2c elderberries (1c fresh)
2T fresh ginger (1T dried)
1 cinnamon stick
3/4c raw honey
3c distilled water

Add all ingredients except honey in a small pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Be patient. Turn burner to its lowest setting and gently simmer for about 45 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half, stirring occasionally and breaking up the berries. Strain and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add the honey and stir until fully dissolved. Place in sterilized glass containers. This will store for 2 months in the refrigerator. Take 1 teaspoon a day for prevention and 3-4 daily at the first sign of cold or flu.

You can also add other healing herbs to this recipe like clove, Echinacea and lemon. You can make this with just elderberries and water to flavor foods and drinks!

Garlic –

Garlic is one of the oldest remedies for preventing and fighting infection and colds. It can be taken in many forms – added to broths, teas, remedies and eaten raw. I suggest adding it to your cooking daily. When fighting a cold, increase your intake some. Generally 1 to 2 cloves daily for prevention, double for fighting an existing cold.

Honey –

I love honey. Love it. I use it on my face, in my tea, everywhere I can. It is easily my most favorite home remedy item ever. It is amazing at soothing coughs and incredibly antibacterial. And is another that has been used for centuries to cure a variety of ailments. Try this Lemon Honey Gargle for a sore throat. Read more about my love of honey here.
Licorice –

Licorice root is a very impressive, yet overlooked herbal remedy. It has been known to treat an array of conditions including athletes foot, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, heart burn, HIV and viral infections, menopause. The list is extensive. It also is great at fighting the common cold and flu. It boosts interferon levels, increasing the body’s ability to fight infection. It also contains antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory and expectorant. It even has an asprin-like action that helps reduce pain. Licorice root is easiest taken in capsule. Many do not prefer the taste. It can be made into or added to tea and can be easily found at your local health food/herbal supply store.

Onion –

Believe it or not, onions are great for fighting off colds. I spoke of the many reasons to love onions here. Here is a recipe for a syrup to help fight off a cold without eating a bunch of raw onions. This one is great for kids because of the sweetness. Generally sugars are not good for helping fight colds, however, if it means getting your kids to actually take it… sweeten away.

Onion Cough Syrup

1 medium onion
1T Honey (add more or less to you liking)

Grate or juice the onion. Put the juice into a glass jar. Add the honey and stir or shake well.

If your kids do not like the taste of honey (work on this one by adding it their diets in small amounts and increasing it slowly so they might acquire the taste. It is VERY healthy stuff.) here is a variation on this, however, not my first choice. Sugar can increase mucous secretion.

1 Onion
Organic Raw Sugar to taste
Glass jar large enough to hold onion

Slice the onion into thin rings. Place one layer of onion in the jar, layer with sugar and repeat. Leave over night on the counter. The resulting juice is your syrup.

Store both of these in the fridge. They will last 2 days. Take 1-2 teaspoons every hour.

Sage –

Sage is a natural expectorant and helps calm a cough. Add sage extract to warm water or make a tea from fresh or dried leaves. Use it regularly in cooking and grow it easily in your herb or kitchen garden. It even does well grown inside in a sunny location.
Thyme –

This common kitchen herb is a fantastic healer. Best used to treat respiratory ailments such as cough and congestion. Add fresh or dried to foods, broths and teas. Or make a tincture and store in a dark bottle. Grow Thyme in your garden easily. It produces an ample amount of leaves for use and generous flowers that create a pretty addition to paths and borders.
Yarrow –

Yarrow is of mythical nature! Said to have cured Achilles’ famous heel. Yarrow contains a number of substances shown to cure a number of ailments. When taken at the very first sign of a cold, it can shorten the life of the virus. It can also be used to help prevent infection. Drink yarrow tea daily for prevention and every hour during a cold. It too can be added to syrups, soups and broths and easily grown in your herb or kitchen garden.

What ever you have in your pantry or grow in your garden, what ever you find more comforting, start treating your and your families ailments in the kitchen! And never be afraid of those nasty toxins or that knock out effect of over the counter products.

Do you have a favorite home remedy to treat colds and flu?

Live Well!
~S

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Winter Blues

Are you one of those people who love the drop in temperature, are invigorated by snow and shorter days? No? Me either.

By the time mid-December arrives hibernation is in full effect. And without preparation and forethought,  I scarcely emerge until April. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow days, bundled up with my kids, sipping warm drinks. There is nothing like that first real snow storm. I truly enjoy the holiday season. And there is nothing quite like a stroll in the woods just after the snow. When everything is calm and peaceful. There is a sense of quiet in body and mind that is some how equal to, perhaps greater than, a warm summer morning’s walk on the beach.

But with shorter days and colder nights comes risk. Winter Blues. When being stuck inside creates anxiety. So much dark makes us sleepy and lazy. When lack of exercise turns our bodies and minds to mush. And ultimately we just become Blue. Sullen. We muddle through our days. Long for Spring when everything is new and fresh.

It can happen unexpectedly. Without notice. Even when we try desperately to avoid it. But lack of sun and fresh air eventually depletes our reserves. Thankfully there are things that can help!

Our diet can have a drastic effect on the outcome of our battle with Winter Blues. Foods containing vitamins A & D and fatty acids like cod liver oil, iron and minerals all can help reduce or reverse seasonal depression symptoms.

Here are some ways you can beat the Winter Blues

  • Take a good Cod Liver Oil everyday containing vitamins A & D
  • Add iron rich foods like meats, beans, clams/oysters, morel mushrooms, lemon grass, spinach, olives, blueberries…
  • Bananas are known to help fight anxiety and mood disorder
  • Cook with cast iron to help get more iron in your diet
  • Bundle up and go outside! Just a few minutes of fresh air and limited sunshine will help
  • Get plenty of exercise – find something you enjoy and be sure to do it 3 or more times per week
  • Herbs such as St. Johns Wort, valerian, hops, nutmeg, borage, nettle and skullcap help fight mood and sleep disorder
  • Schedule regular “play time” for yourself. Visit friends, laugh and enjoy company. You will be helping them beat the blues too.
  • Increase your indoor lighting if it gets really bad. We all want to save electricity, so use it as a last resort.
  • For serious cases light therapy devices called light boxes are available for home use. But they can be expensive. Try moving a chair near a window or buying a standard CFL bulb with a color temperature of 4100 Kelvin.
  • Magnesium is powerful in overall health including emotional health. Many do not get enough magnesium.
  • Change things up – redecorate your space, add color to your world, buy flowers. Do something different!
  • Buy snow shoes! You will acquire a brand new perspective of winter while bundled up on a long stroll through the snowy woods
  • Embrace what you can’t change!!!

Enjoying the  winter… or just getting through it… can take some effort. But life is short! Don’t waste any of it sulking and whimpering. And be prepared and start before it’s too late.

How do you beat the Winter Blues?

Live Well!
~S

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My dearly beloved, amazingly talented, sweet friend Sandra helped me create a new business card for my botanicals today!!!

What do you think?

I have this thing for shades of teal – sea glass, aegean blue, sunken pool. Martha Stewart has some of the best in her color pallet for paints found at Home Depot. I’ve used a few of them in my house.

Sandra, you did a wonderful job!! Thank you so much!

See my last post for a list of products currently available.

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Do the holidays fill you with you fear?

Large feasts, festive parties and extra pounds packed on with abandon.

Don’t let the holidays get the best of you this season!

For a limited time I am offering reduced rates to new clients
$25 per training session, $45 for full consultations including diet, life and health coaching *Holiday rates subject to change without notice

Email me at WholeLivingWithStephanie@gmail.com for details

I am also taking final orders for products before the holidays!!
Get your orders in now so that I can be sure to have them to you in time.

Here is an incomplete list of those available. I have narrowed it down to those thus most popular and/or already in production.

 Scrubs and Cleansers  –

Lemon Sugar Face and Body Scrub
Pineapple Face Scrub
Coffee Zest Body Scrub
Spicy Sugar Scrub
Cucumber Mint Body Wash
Oatmeal Lavender Face Mask
Peppermint Foot Scrub

Lotions, Lotion Bars and Body Butters –

Lavender Milk – thick, creamy, heavenly body lotion
Cellulite Lotion Bar – infused with coffee
Sacred Moon Herbal Lotion – a blend of heavenly herbs to help nourish the body

Scrubs, Lotions, Butter and Bars can be ordered in the following scents –
Lemon
Grapefruit
Sweet Orange
Lavender
Vanilla
Mint
Mint Coffee
Tea Tree
Coconut
Plus blends and special requests

For the face –

Chamomile Water
Cucumber Water
Facial Cleansing and Moisturizing Oil

Other Favorites –

Honey Kiss Lip Balm
Probiotic Deodorant
Magick Healing Balm – heals irritated, burned or broken skin
Comfrey Wound Wash
Four Thieves Vinegar – for immunity
Athletes Tonic – for recovery and stamina
Herbal Soaks for Sore Muscles
Bath Salts and Snowballs
Grapeseed Body Oils
Massage Oils
Nourishing Hot Oil Hair Treatment
Body Powder
Mind Body Spirit Herbal Powder – overall health and well-being

Teas for-

Love
Well Being
Migraines
Menstruation
Winter Blues
Restful Sleep

Flavors-

Dark Magick – spicy and warm
Passion Flower – floral
Christmas Night
Soothing Lemon Balm
Nourish – nettle
Citrus Grove
Chocolate Flowers
Chamomile Rose

Wait! I’m not quite done….

Infused Sugars and Salt-

Lavender
Rosemary
Rosemary & Lavender
Thyme
Vanilla
Lemon
Orange
Grapefruit
Garlic Thyme salt
Mint
Coconut

Infused Honey-
Lavender
Rosemary
Rosemary & Lavender
Vanilla
Orange Clove

Well….. that’s a good deal of it. They all come in a variety of sizes. Because I have much work ahead of me and limited time, I can’t price everything here, yet. Check back. I will try to update as I can. If there is something you are interested in contact me and I will get you better information. I have everything available in small, holiday gift portions for you. Great for baskets or stocking stuffers!

Live Well!
~S

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