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Hit the Beach for Your Health: 5 Benefits

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

071917b-01As early at the 1500s, people visited the seaside in search of better health. Although therapies such as drinking seawater or being repeatedly plunged beneath the ocean’s surface are (Thankfully!) no longer in vogue, modern science tells us that there are benefits to be gleaned from a day at the beach. Consider these five perks:                                                        Vitamin D. While there are food sources of Vitamin D, the most effective source continues to be sunshine. This nutrient is essential to the health of bones, skin, and more. Just 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure is plenty of time to reap the benefits, after which you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. (more…)

Workout Skincare: Glow in 7 Steps

Posted on: July 12th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

071217b-01Having a regular exercise regimen is an important part of your overall health and wellness – but if you ignore the needs of your skin when you work out, your complexion may suffer the consequences. From pore-clogging cosmetics to bacteria-laden equipment, skincare pitfalls lie at every turn at the gym. Luckily, we’ve gathered the skincare tips you need to keep your skin as healthy as the rest of your body when it comes to exercise:                                                                                    Start with a Clean Slate. Cosmetics and sweat are a bad combination. To prevent breakouts, always remove makeup before starting to exercise. Try Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser for its gentle yet thorough cleansing abilities, with anti-aging benefits to boot. (more…)

Eat Your SPF: Here’s How

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

070517B-01It’s the season for poolside barbecues, afternoons at the lake, picnics in the park, and trips to the beach. It’s also the most likely time of year to seriously damage your skin with too much sun exposure. Even if you’re diligent in slathering on broad-spectrum SPF, wearing protective clothing, donning a protective hat and glasses, and seeking refuge in the shade, there’s one precaution you may be missing: your diet.

While strategic nutrition can’t take the place of a good sunscreen, you can boost your body’s protection from the inside out and even help reverse sun damage by making smart choices at the dining table. Here, we’ve assembled a list of foods that are great for the summer season, and also happen to offer great SPF benefits: (more…)

National Compliment Your Mirror Day

Posted on: June 28th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Mirror, MirrorStop being your own worst critic! That’s what National Compliment Your Mirror Day is all about, observed on July 3 each year. Having self-confidence in your appearance can have a positive impact on all aspects of your life, from success in relationships and at work to your physical and emotional health.                                                                                         Being positive about what you see in the mirror doesn’t mean giving up your health, fitness, and beauty goals, but it does mean accepting and loving yourself just the way you are in this moment. While National Compliment Your Mirror Day comes around just once a year, we think it’s an outlook to adopt every day on the calendar. Consider these ideas for finding peace with what you see in the mirror:


Yoga On The Go

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Yoga on the goIf you’re on the move this summer, you might be struggling with working fitness into your days. Vacations are a particularly challenging time to squeeze in exercise. That’s where yoga can be a powerful tool for wellness. Don’t assume that a formal, hour-long yoga class is required for health benefits – even a single pose here and there can make a big difference in your physical and mental fitness.                                                                                                       It’s true that some forms of yoga require special equipment, but it’s also a fact that you can practice anytime, anywhere, and with no provisions at all. If you want a bit of instruction from the comfort of your hotel room, try one of the countless great yoga tutorials available on YouTube – (more…)

Summer Dates: Top 10

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer date ideasSummer means a relaxed pace of life, which means more time for the fun stuff. It’s the perfect time to step back from the work and school grind and carve out some quality time with your main squeeze – or family, friends, and kids for that matter. Here, we’ve collected our own bucket list of summer date ideas. Add your own unique twists and make this a summer of good times and strong relationships:

Backyard Campout. Have all the fun without the hassle! Pitch a tent, make s’mores over the grill, and snuggle upwith ghost stories in sleeping bags.

Star Gaze. Drive to the outskirts of town for darker viewing, recline on a blanket, (more…)

Vacation and Fitness: Mutually Exclusive?

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Vacation and Fitness

Last time, we mulled over some novel ideas for summer vacations. We’re excited for road trips, mountain getaways, and beach escapes in the coming months, but are always perplexed by this question: Is it possible to return from vacation without gaining weight and losing fitness ground? Further, can a healthy lifestyle be maintained on the road without detracting from the vacation experience?

We did a little research, and the answer to both is a resounding “Yes!” Tuck away these easy tips for your next adventure, and return without, ahem, excess baggage:




Summer Adventure: 5 Inspirations

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer AdventureThe temperatures are heating up and kids are getting out of school. It’s time for summer vacation! If a getaway is in the cards for you this season, why not plan something that shakes up the status quo? Here, we share 5 ideas that are guaranteed to inspire a summer vacation of epic proportions:

Ultimate Road Trip: Love a road trip? Take this great American tradition to the next level by renting an RV. You’ll savor the sights all the more when traveling in your house on wheels, and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. Check out these ideas for great RV routes.

Bike It: Whether you take to the paths of your favorite city or national park (more…)

Edible Gardens Made Easy

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

gardenThe benefits of gardening go far beyond having healthy produce to eat. Studies have shown that gardening can reduce stress and anxiety, decrease risk of heart disease and diabetes, increase happiness, improve sleep, and may even cut Alzheimer’s risk. You don’t have to have a full-fledged farming operation to reap the health perks. Instead of agonizing about digging up your whole yard or building expansive raised beds, consider taking these first steps:

Think small. Try sprucing up your front entry or patio with colorful garden containers that include edibles. Mix summer blooms with your favorite herbs for a beautiful display, or train cherry tomatoes on compact pyramid trellises for ornamental and edible appeal. (more…)

The Minimalist Makeup Bag

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Makeup BagSome recent beauty trends shy away from dramatic transformations and bold looks in favor of accentuating natural beauty. With summer on the horizon, we say it’s the perfect time to pare down to makeup bag essentials and enjoy a simple beauty routine. Here are our top 6 essentials for your minimalist makeup bag:

Moisturizer: Sure, this might be more skincare than makeup, but a good moisturizer is not only beneficial to your skin, but helps provide a smooth surface for applying other cosmetics. We’re partial to Actimoist Booster, a lightweight moisturizer ideal for daytime that hydrates as needed and provides exfoliation benefits, for radiant skin.  (more…)