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Winter Skin: 5 Get-Ready Tips

Posted on: December 7th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Winter SkinIf you haven’t had a taste of winter weather already, you know that cold, dry conditions are just around the corner. Winter means a different strategy for skincare, and the sooner you implement changes, the less your skin will suffer ill effects. To avoid dry, red, flaky, chapped, and irritated winter skin before it starts, make these simple tips a part of your winter skincare routine:

Change Up Your Moisturizer. Your winter moisturizer should contain natural ingredients that protect, soothe, and hydrate like olive fruit oil, shea butter, and jojoba. Actifirm Renovation Cream offers all of these – delivering rich moisture to parched winter skin with the addition of Mucor Miehei mushroom extract, which gently exfoliates away dead skin for better (more…)

Celebrate Holiday Cookies: Healthy Baking Tips

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Cookies!

As if you needed an excuse to eat cookies this time of year, National Cookie Day is December 4. Cookie-like wafers have been around for thousands of years, due to the fact that they traveled well. However, sweet cookies did not emerge until 700 AD in Persia, when sugar began to be commonly used.

The English word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koejie”, which means “little cake”. It is said that Dutch bakers used to test their ovens with a dollop of cake batter, and soon discovered that these morsels were delicious in their own right. Cookies arrived in America in the 1600s – macaroons and gingerbread varieties were among the most popular.

The holiday season is synonymous with baking cookies for family and friends. (more…)

Small Business Saturday: 4 Reasons to Love It

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Small Business SaturdaySandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a true gem of a retail event: Small Business Saturday. Officially adopted by Congress in 2011, the event has gained momentum as shoppers have come to appreciate a local shopping experience. Here’s why we love buying from local small businesses:

Boosts the local economy: For every $100 spent at a local business, $68 will stay in your community, compared to $43 at chain stores and virtually nothing for shopping online. According to the U.S. Business Administration, small businesses create 65% of new jobs. Check out this infographic for more details. (more…)

Making Time For You: 5 Ways

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Take time for youCarving out a little “me time” can be a challenge no matter the season, and becomes even more difficult with the holidays upon us. Responsibilities and commitments to friends and family may pull us in all directions, but it is possible to take time for you in the midst of this hustle and bustle. While a day at the spa may sound like bliss, you don’t need to clear your schedule for the day if time won’t allow – you can take steps to feel refreshed and reinvigorated in as few as 10 minutes. Here are some of our favorite ways to take “me time” when life gets hectic:

Take the night off. If you tend to fill your weekday evenings with picking up around the house, folding laundry, or catching up on work emails, commit to taking off at least one night each week for yourself. (more…)

America Recycles Day: November 15

Posted on: November 9th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

RecycleFeeling civic minded? Then America Recycles Day on November 15 may be just the ticket for you. The recycling rate among Americans is currently at around 34%. That’s an all time high – even during World War II, when conservation on the home front was key, recycling rates hovered around 25%.

We’ve come a long way since the 1960s, when recycling rates dropped to just 8%. Today, there are more than 10,000 curbside recycling programs in the United States, and more than 60 million tons of waste are recycled each year. The Environmental Protection Agency has set a goal for waste recycling of 35%. As individuals, we can help make that happen by following the 3 Rs: (more…)

Voting: It’s a Beautiful Thing

Posted on: November 2nd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

VOTING

Think your vote doesn’t matter? With red and blue lines shifting across the country, every voter can make an impact this election year. We think Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams says it well in this public service announcement. Regardless of your political affiliation, your voice in the democratic process is significant.

Early voting is already underway, so it’s not too soon to cast your ballot – click here to learn more about early voting in your state. Don’t know where to go to vote? This website can help you find your polling place. If you haven’t yet registered, there are just a few states that allow registration at the polls. Click here to find out about the possibility of last-minute registration in your location.

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Halloween Yoga: 5 Poses to Try Now

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Halloween YogaHalloween fun typically revolves around unhealthy eating – candy, candy, and more candy! Why not infuse this spooky holiday with some active, wellness-based fun? These Halloween-inspired yoga asanas will get you and your family moving, and might even help you burn off some of that Halloween candy:

Black Cat: The traditional cat pose is just perfect for your Halloween yoga practice. Get on all fours, tuck under your chin, keep the tops of your feet flat on the ground, and arch your back like a spooky black cat.

Crooked Tree: A.K.A. tree pose, this involves standing (more…)

Amazing Apples: 6 Reasons to Eat this Superfood

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Amazing ApplesFall is apple harvest season here in the United States. Apples are grown in all 50 states with more than 2,500 varieties, although only around 100 types are produced commercially. Apples top the charts when it comes to rankings of foods by nutritional profile – considering their high antioxidant, vitamin, and fiber content, that’s not a surprise.

So whether you buy your apples at the grocery store, from your local farmers market, or pick them off the tree yourself, take time to indulge in this crunchy and sweet superfood – and if you need further convincing, consider these roles apples can play in your health:
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4 Ways to Make Fall Fitness Fun

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Fall Fitness FunThe time to make New Year’s fitness resolutions will be here (again) before we know it, but that’s no reason to slack off until January rolls around. In fact, fall just might be the ideal time to take up a new fitness routine. It’s a time of transition with school starting, temperatures moderating, and turning back our clocks, and starting an exercise regimen now may help you stave off holiday weight gain. Take a look at these fun and creative ways to embrace a new fitness routine this fall:

 Get hooked on TV. Now that’s not a fitness tip you hear every day – but if you catch up on your favorite series while on the treadmill or elliptical, you can binge watch guilt free! (more…)

The Worst Skin Care Advice Ever

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Well that was BAD ADVICE!The world of skin care is certainly no stranger to old wives’ tales and offbeat home remedies – but most skin concerns are best addressed with professional advice and a bit of common sense. Here, we count down the top five worst pieces of skin care advice we’ve heard, and offer more fact-based solutions for each skin challenge:

Moisturizers just don’t work on super dry skin. It’s true that sometimes, very dry skin does not respond well to moisturizer – but only because skin needs to be exfoliated A build up of dead skin cells can prevent moisturizer from effectively penetrating the skin. Try Actifirm Z-Peel before moisturizing, followed by a rich moisturizer like Actifirm Renovation Cream. Much better!  (more…)