How to Prepare Your Car for Fall

Unsplash.com: Patrick Tomasso Now is the perfect time to prepare your car for fall.  The season is just beginning, the weather is still warm and that winter's chill has not crept in enough to make it a hassle to head outdoors.  Think of this as getting ahead of the game.  Prepare now and you won't have to do much to get your car ready for winter. 10 Steps to Prepare Your Car for Fall Check Your Tire Pressure.  When the temperature dips just 10 degrees your tire pressure is often changed by 1-2 pounds.  I know my car already did this over the weekend. Check the pressure and fill your tires accordingly. Check Your HVAC System.  Frost will begin to cover your windshield on cold mornings, the chill will seep into your car interior.  To ensure proper heating, defrosting and cooling … [Read more...]

Cycle And Vacation At The Same Time By Visiting These Bike-Friendly Cities

Vacations are an opportunity to get away from your normal life and daily routine, but that doesn't mean you have to slack on your fitness routine while you're away from home. Cities across the United States are cyclist-friendly and some even offer bike-sharing programs and trails that are specially designed for bikes. In 2015, the bicycle industry in the United States earned $6.2 billion in direct sales. In this large of an industry, there are many opportunities to cycle across the country. Palisade, Colorado In Colorado's famous peach-growing region and developing wine country, the small town of Palisade holds the Fruit and Wine Byway. This 25-mile loop sits in the shadow of the Grand Mesa, an 11,000-foot natural structure, and the Book Cliffs, iconic sandstone cliffs. This loop leads … [Read more...]

How I Made My Health the #1 Priority and Everything Else Fell Into Place

Girl, you better work. That phrase played in my head on a constant loop this last year. I wasn't talking about sitting at a desk or improving my career either.  It was all about working on my health and healing and treating it like a job. "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties." Between starting with yoga, then walking, adding in light weights,  progressing to running and then moving onto HIIT workouts once I was strong enough, exercise was one of the things I have done consistently this last year to help me battle my chronic Lyme disease. Sweat. It does a body good. You know what?  I'm in the best shape of my life.  I even decided to help others to get there too. How Did I Get Here? Part of that motivation came from thinking of each day of the week as a … [Read more...]

Aging Gracefully: Slow Down, But Never Stop Moving

You're young, full of zest, and ready to live a balanced and enriched life; it can be hard to imagine that time will continue to drudge ever onward (usually too quickly), that you won't always be young and able-bodied, but it's true. Before you know it, your body will start creaking as bad as your grandparents', with aching knees informing you of coming storms and bad backs that threaten your sleep if you so much as look at something heavy. Luckily, you don't have to just sit and let it happen -- which, ironically, is the problem. If you sit on a couch for 30 years, you're not really allowed to suddenly be shocked when walking more than a mile causes pain to radiate out of your hips and lower back. Motion is lotion: the sooner you start moving, even if it's just a little, you will age … [Read more...]

Do You Want to Transform Yourself?

I have a confession to make.     🌱Transformation doesn't happen overnight. The last year of my life is pure proof of that.  There were days I thought I had beat the diseases running rampant within my body only to fall a few steps backward and have to rebuild again. Now there are more good days than bad.  Now I see a future and it looks wildly different than I ever imagined.  I'm full of more joy.  I see more wonder in the world.  I think that was all part of the plan too. One of the best things I did to heal was to KEEP MOVING no matter how unmotivated I felt there was always a walk, yoga or something gentle until I can build strength again.  Today?  My body may not be in remission but it is STRONGER than it was before I got sick. How Crazy Is That? My doctor is amazed … [Read more...]

Back to School for Moms Means Wardrobe Refresh

We go back to school next week.  I'm wavering between ecstatic joy that the endless sibling arguing will be over and then feeling sad that our carefree summer is coming to a close. Who Doesn't Love Fall & Back to School Time? Back to school shopping is when my early bird personality has us finishing up our back to school supply and clothes shopping in early August. Honestly, I do most of it online to avoid in aisle fighting, crowds, lines, all of it. Ask me how I buy clothes for my tween? I let her fill up store carts online and then we go through the carts together with our budget in mind and make choices together. It's way less stress in the store, issues in the dressing room and it actually makes it fun for her and me to work together.  I started doing it with the younger two this … [Read more...]

Charcoal: My Beauty Favorite

If you are into beauty products and skincare is kind of your thing then you know all about the charcoal beauty trend.  Twice this summer the Wall Street Journal has published articles on the charcoal black substance and its popularity.  For me, charcoal is something I have used for years and I love that now it is even easier to obtain. My two charcoal beauty favorite products are Beautycounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Charcoal Mask and Shamanuti Charcoal Cleanser.  That Beautycounter mask is the BEST way to detox your skin once a week.  Not only that but it absolutely works wonders as a spot treatment for acne.  I put a dot of it on a blemish that is coming in or already taking hold and it shrinks it almost immediately. AMAZING! Shea Moisture is another beauty favorite of mine when I … [Read more...]

Seniors: Don’t Buy a Car Without Considering These Innovative Safety Features

An estimated 20% of the U.S. population will be over 65 by 2030. While more and more public transportation options are being developed and implemented in various parts of the country, many senior citizens still rely on their own driving abilities to get around safely. That being said, senior citizens often face a unique set of challenges that make it more important than ever to invest in a car that's safe and reliable. Here are just a few safety features all seniors should consider when shopping for their next vehicle. Advanced Airbag Technology There are approximately 6 million car accidents in the U.S. each year, and airbags have saved countless lives during these accidents. For extra safety, however, it's ideal to invest in a vehicle that has not only front airbags, but side, … [Read more...]

Everything Your Car Needs Before Your Summer Family Road Trip

It's summer! With constant sunshine and a few weeks of vacation, there's no better time to pack up the car and head out on a sightseeing adventure with the family. Once you've planned your route, packed your bags, and selected a suitable mixtape for the journey, there's one last thing you need to take care of: your vehicle. It may be a hassle, but it's definitely worth it; a recent survey discovered that an estimated 77% of cars are in need of maintenance repairs, and you really don't want to be stuck in a broken down car on what was supposed to be a fantastic summer family vacation. Adventure comes in the form of the open road and exotic destinations, not in a sweaty, overweight mechanic named Bud. Start with the basics. Your car generally needs an oil change every 5,000 to 7,500 … [Read more...]

Here’s How Some of the Most Common Summertime Beverages Help (or Hurt) Your Teeth

According to an AACD survey, virtually all adults (99.7%) surveyed believe a healthy smile is socially important, but it's medically important as well. While most people are aware of the ways that certain foods affect our dental health, not everyone stops to think about how beverages can do the same. This summer, maintain your healthy smile and be more conscious of your oral health by staying hydrated with the right beverages. Here's how some of the most popular U.S. beverages affect your teeth. Energy Drinks Many people consume sports drinks and/or energy drinks throughout the day to keep their energy levels up. While neither is great for your teeth, energy drinks are definitely worse. As much as sports drinks are harmful to your teeth, researchers found that exposure to energy drinks … [Read more...]