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3 Ways to Squeeze in Holiday Exercise

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

120518 b-01It’s tough enough to hit the gym on an ordinary day – throw in the holidays and making time for fitness can seem impossible. While your athletic club may wonder what’s become of you, there are other ways of keeping a baseline of activity during this busy time of year. Our tip? Get a 2-for-1 punch when you combine exercise with another activity you have (or want) to do anyway. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Spruce Up Your Yard. Company’s coming, and you still haven’t shoveled snow, bagged leaves, orpruned back those sad perennials. Bundle up and get outside to make your home’s façade more presentable –and use new muscles in the process. (more…)

A Peaceful, Productive Holiday Season

Posted on: November 28th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Holiday PrepIt’s crunch time! Whether you’re wrapping up end-of-year business at the office or trying to squeeze in cookie baking between caroling and ice skating, it’s a season where you can truly have too much of a good thing. But with a planned approach, it’s possible to maintain peace and productivity throughout the holidays. Read on to learn how you can not only survive, but thrive right through the New Year.

Use your calendar. More importantly, stick to it! This applies to both work and play; decide what you want (or need) to accomplish and plan accordingly. On that note, don’t make commitments before consulting your schedule and determining if it’s reasonable. And it’s okay to politely say no; after all, we’re all overextended this time of year and (more…)

Welcome Houseguests With Style

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

HouseguestThe holiday season is upon us, and as Thanksgiving draws nearer many of us look forward to hosting overnight guests. But there’s more to graciously welcoming family and friends than simply providing a bed. With a few simple steps, you can make visitors as comfortable as they’d be in a five-star hotel. Ready to become the host with the most? Read on and take note:

Assess the guest room. Many people make the mistake of purchasing a cheap mattress for guests, or retiring a worn-out or uncomfortable master bedroom mattress to the guest room. Have you actually slept on your guest mattress, pillows, and linens in recent history? If not, try them out before guests arrive. This step will also give you insight into other amenities your guest space is lacking, such as extra blankets, (more…)

Fight Holiday Fatigue

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Vladislav MuslakovNovember is here, and that means the ever-extending holiday season has officially begun. It’s a long stretch until New Year’s Eve, and festivities between now and then have the potential to exhaust even the most enthusiastic revelers. Our advice? Be proactive and instill habits now that will renew your energy and serve you well into 2019.

 Rule Out Medical Issues. Is it the hustle and bustle of the season that has you down, or could it be something more? Conditions like thyroid disease, arthritis, anemia, sleep apnea, and many more can cause exhaustion, so if there’s anyconcern, your first stop should be your physician’s office.


5 Great Holiday Dates

Posted on: December 20th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Holiday DatesNo doubt about it – it’s the most wonderful, and busy, time of year. Between meeting social engagements and the needs of family, there never seems to be enough time to squeeze in everything that matters. Take date night, for instance. It can have a proven, positive impact on relationships, and yet when life gets hectic (and we need support of a partner the most) we cast it by the wayside. Never fear! It’s possible to have date night and a little holiday fun, too. We’ve collected some of our favorite dates for this festive time of year – try to squeeze in one or two before 2018! (more…)

Dreamy Holiday Destinations: US Edition

Posted on: November 29th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Dreamy HolidaysSure, being home for the holidays can be a treat – but heading out to explore festive destinations during the season has its appeal, too. While locales in the old country, such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, often top lists for the most magical celebrations, we decided to look a bit closer to home, focusing on the USA. It turns out that America has its own, generous share of quaint and cozy holiday towns – we’ve collected a few of our favorites here for you: (more…)

A Long Winter’s Night: Sleepy-Time Skincare

Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Long Winter's NightDecember 21 is the first official day of winter, which also happens to mark the longest night of the year. Even though the cold season technically begins now, your skin has probably been suffering the effects of the weather for some time – extreme dryness, flaking, redness, and pronounced lines are all skin challenges of the winter months. Take advantage of the long evenings winter brings with some overnight rehab for your skin. Consider these tips for keeping winter skin smooth, supple, and healthy:
Exfoliate. It’s an important step in your skincare year-round, but if you are looking for your moisturizer to work optimally, exfoliating first is a must. The right exfoliation will lift dead skin cells, allowing (more…)

Celebrate Holiday Cookies: Healthy Baking Tips

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop


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…)

Festive Holiday Makeup: 3 Small Changes for Big Impact

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Festive Holiday MakeupThe holiday season is officially upon us! It’s time to deck the halls – and maybe add a little sparkle to your makeup routine as well. The good news is, you don’t have to overhaul your entire makeup look. Just a few modifications here and there can give you unique, standout holiday style. Here are a few of our favorite tips for transforming your usual makeup regimen into something special – pick a single tip for everyday, or go all out for holiday parties and festivities.

Swap out your eyeliner: If you usually go for neutral brown or similar, spice things up with a smoky black kohl, or even a festive sapphire or plum hue to line the eyes. Adding a pop of color with eyeliner is not only in the holiday spirit, but (more…)

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: Enjoy the Season and Stay Healthy

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Avoid the Holiday PoundsThe stretch from Halloween to New Year’s is dangerous for those of us focused on maintaining healthy numbers on the scale. From trick-or-treats to turkey feasts to all-you-can-eat holiday cookies, the temptations are seemingly endless.

Studies show that Americans gain between one and ten pounds during the season, and tend not to lose the weight after the holidays. It goes without saying that added weight can be a factor in many health problems, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer. If that isn’t enough motivation, here’s an appeal to your vanity — cyclical weight gain can break down skin’s elasticity, prematurely aging the skin.