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Take a Hike Day: November 17

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

take a hikeFall is possibly the perfect season to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature, so it’s no wonder that this Saturday, November 17, is Take a Hike Day. If you’re ready to take to the trails, but aren’t sure where to start, never fear – below, we’ve collected the nuts and bolts you need for a successful hiking expedition in your neck of the woods:

Get Inspired: Okay, so maybe you won’t be jetting off to Patagonia to take in awe-inducing vistas this weekend, but it doesn’t hurt to dream! Here, National Geographic has collected 15 epic hikes to inspire your local wanderings.


Get Into Fall: 9 Ways

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

FalltasticWe’re in the thick of fall, and with crisp temperatures, colorful leaves, and a bounty of heart-warming foods in season, it’s no wonder autumn is America’s favorite season. It’s a fleeting time of year that will soon give way to winter, so get out there and enjoy everything this ideal season has to offer. Need inspiration? Here are a few ideas to get you started:



Timesaving Hacks

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Timesaving HacksDaylight savings comes to an end this Sunday, November 5, when clocks are rolled back an hour at 2 AM. Whether it’s time to fall back of spring forward, it seems that the change always comes with its adjustment challenges. Why not use the shift as an opportunity to brush up on your time-efficiency skills? Here are some ideas to get you started. (more…)

Deskercise for Your Health

Posted on: October 25th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

102517b-01Humans simply weren’t designed to sit at desks for 8 to 10 hours a day – and yet that’s precisely what 8 out of 10 modern workers do. While you may associate work injuries with heavy-lifting industries, office employees run the risk of health consequences over time. Sitting at a desk for extended periods can lead to long-term problems, including neck, back, and shoulder pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; obesity; stress; and a range of musculoskeletal disorders.

Even if you do have a career that keeps you tethered to a desk for hours every day, there are measures you can take to prevent ill effects. Consider the following precautions:


Easy Fall Soups: 3 Classics

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Fall SoupsColorful foliage, cozy sweaters, and the comfort of beloved seasonal foods – when it comes to the latter, nothing says fall like a delicious, steaming bowl of soup. While we may have our cool-weather favorites, it’s always fun to add something new to the rotation – especially when the recipe is a tried-and-true winner. Even better, all of these recipes are designed to be time savers for this busy time of year: (more…)

Around the World: Massage Origins

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Around the WorldWho doesn’t love a good massage? It’s a relaxing and therapeutic practice that has been popular globally for centuries. Many of the techniques we enjoy today have ancient roots in Asia, with some of the earliest recorded information about massage dating to China in 2,700 BCE. In more modern times, the Western world has contributed to the evolution of massage with differing styles. Take a look at just a few popular massage methods, their geographic origins, and a bit about them: (more…)

It’s National Taco Day: Oct. 4

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Taco DayYou’ve heard of Taco Tuesday, but this week the love extends to Wednesday. That’s because today, October 4, is National Taco Day in the United States. Americans have reason to celebrate – last year, we ate more than 4.5 billion tacos! That’s 490,000 miles of tacos, or 775 million pounds of the Mexican favorite.

If you’re looking for a taco bargain today, many national chains, including Taco Bell, On the Border, and Rubio’s, are offering specials – click here to see these deals and many more.  Of course, we’re partial to building our own, healthier taco, and it’s easy to do this at home. Just start with corn or whole-grain tortillas and layer on some of these favorite flavor combos: (more…)

In Season: Butternut Squash

Posted on: September 27th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

092717b-01If you’re hopelessly obsessed with all things fall, here’s another must-have to add to your list of seasonal favorites – butternut squash. This orange-fleshed veggie not only delivers a delicious savory flavor that embodies autumn, but it packs a wallop of nutrition.

Butternut squash is loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants, including zeaxanthin and lutein, which help protect vision. All those compounds also help the body fight inflammation, which is beneficial to the health of your entire body. It’s loaded with Vitamin A – one cup offers 457% of the recommended daily allowance. It also contains nearly half of your daily dose for Vitamin C. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (more…)

Essential Oils and Your Skin

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Essential Oils and Your SkinIf you haven’t discovered the essential oil phenomenon for yourself, you probably know someone who utilizes them for a variety of health and beauty purposes. However, using these extracts is not a new concept. People have revered the properties of botanically derived oils for at least 5,000 years, starting with the ancient Egyptians.
At Actifirm, we believe in the power of natural ingredients for effective skincare. In fact, we use dozens of plant-based extracts and oils across our skincare line! Here, check out just a few of the essential oils we use in our products, along with some of the reported skincare benefits: (more…)

Getting Motivated On an Off Day

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Get MotivatedIt happens to the best of us – we wake up one morning lacking our usual pep to get things done. The problem is that life doesn’t stop just because we’re feeling tired, lazy, or otherwise unmotivated! Whether you’re dodging a work project or avoiding exercise, what you need is a bit of quick inspiration to power through and get the job done. Take a look at these helpful hints for finding motivation on an off day, and try one that strikes a chord with you:

Make a list. If you have multiple nagging tasks to conquer, making a list can help you visualize what lies ahead – and can also offer satisfaction and encouragement as you check things off. (more…)