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How to Make Homemade Bug Spray

Have you ever put on DEET and thought to yourself, “There has to be something better?” The answer is an astounding YES! According to Green Your Body: “One of the most widely used ingredients in store-bought conventional bug sprays for personal use is N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known. DEET, which is designed to […]

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Top 7 Ways to Spend Your Time

This month I’m participating in the 21-day meditation experience with Deepak Chopra and Oprah. The theme is Manifesting True Success. It is helping me prioritize and deepen my meditation practice. I even like to re-listen to the guided meditations on my commute to work. Talk about the anti-road rage! Day 13 of the experience really […]

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When I feel like crying…

It’s that time of year when work, family and social obligations pile up. As a teacher, it’s a busy time with report cards, parent teacher conferences, assessments and endless meetings. There are some moments when I can feel the overwhelm creep up and tears want to spring out. Sometimes I just let them. It’s so […]

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Spring in Seattle

I am completely relishing these first few days of spring in Seattle.  After months of grey, drizzle and hibernation, Seattleites are ready for a burst of sunshine, flowers and longer days. The pink cherry blossoms and daffodils signal the change.  They are like messengers from the bright side.  Just taking a walk in the sun today […]

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How Play Can Save Your Life

Watch a little kid.  Then imitate them.  Finding ways to play and add silliness to the day relieves stress and anxiety, the silent killers of all things good and healthy.  That may be a bit extreme, but my point is that we can all use a big dose of fun.  Here is a quick list […]

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Brush Away Yesterday

Dry body brushing is an Ayurvedic practice that allows us to sluff off what we no longer need.  This physical and symbolic daily cleansing can help you process and release experiences that feel “stuck” in your body. The skin is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each […]

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