My Wish For You in 2019

A lot of us are tired. The holiday season is filled with late nights and New Year's Eve is no exception. New Year's Day is always a strange one to me. January is strange if I'm being honest. We wake up to not just a new day but a new month and a whole new year. I always find that a bit more than my tired brain and body wants to handle. I don't want to feel pressure to be awesome and so amazing all at once, but isn't that what so many of us feel? That we need incredible goals and plans and for them to start RIGHT NOW? Quite frankly it is unrealistic. It sets us up for failure. Instead, think of this new month as a pause, if you need to. View today, this week, as a time to reflect without the pressure of resolutions and do the things you need to start the year with intention. … [Read more...]

How to Prepare Your Home for Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season is in full force, whether we're ready or not. And with Americans getting about one billion colds every year, there's a pretty good chance someone in your family will come down with a virus this winter. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to be completely immune to colds or the flu. But to give your family their best shot at avoiding getting sick this winter, consider taking these few simple steps. Focus on Air Filtration When it comes to cleaning your house during cold and flu season, many people tend to just focus on surfaces. Unfortunately, there is one part of your home that can greatly increase the chances of you getting sick: the ductwork. Contaminants like dander, dust, bacteria, mold spores, and viruses can easily get sucked into your HVAC system. These … [Read more...]

Poor Dental Habits Are Causing Health Issues

Dental health is something people often don't take as seriously as they should. And recent reports, including Australia's Oral Health Tracker, find that people aren't taking care of their teeth. According to Australia's Oral Health Tracker, half of adults don't brush their teeth twice a day. And those who do brush their teeth don't brush them nearly long enough. This is a problem worldwide and more dentists are seeing tooth decay in their patients. Poor dental hygiene is a serious problem because dental health has a direct impact on the rest of the body's health. Dental health issues can lead to more serious health concerns down the line if they're not addressed early on. And because not everybody goes to the dentist on a regular basis, dental problems can go undetected until it's … [Read more...]

Thirty Days of Running

  My email pinged, alerting me to the fact that there was something new in my inbox.  A note from 'Map My Run' announced a congratulations.  I had been running regularly for a solid month and had logged over 50 miles. I was pleased and then I thought, "Huh. Only fifty?" Then another voice said, "Seriously!? You are going to put that down? Did you run that much in December?  No, you did not." Not to mention the fact that many of those runs were logged on a treadmill forcing me to tow two kids with me and all their gear up and down three flights of gym stairs before and after each workout.  That is one of my biggest de-motivators right there. It was my first of many goals this year and I made it.  I ran at least three times a week for a month.  I made the goal, I stuck with … [Read more...]