Submitted by Christina on June 13, 2016 - 8:45am
We all know the power and magic of a smile. We have all basked in the warmth that radiates from someone’s grin when directed at us.
A smile…that silent hello as you pass by a stranger leaves you feeling touched by love. A smile signals acceptance, encouragement and gratitude. A smile can calm anxieties and fears. A smile lets someone know that you care. A smile opens the door to your heart.
A smile tells people they’re valued and that you see them…really see them. Smiles are morale boosters and confidence builders.
Submitted by Christina on June 6, 2016 - 8:45am
There's an official day to make life beautiful. The official description of this lovely idea reads: “It is a day dedicated to encouraging and celebrating men and women who are making life beautiful. Whether you’re creating beauty through building relationships or helping others achieve personal success, one small action can lead to a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for those around you, too.” Too bad it's only one day...but does it have to be so?
Submitted by Christina on May 18, 2016 - 1:20pm
The days are longer, the sun higher, the breezes warmer. It’s almost here…the crazy days of summer. Are you ready? I’m sure you’re fit and fine, psyched for sun dresses, tee shirts and shorts and flip flops. I know I am.
But what about your skin? Is it ready to shine? Is it naturally gorgeous?
Let’s face it; we know the deal with chemical additives in our skincare products, but we all want to look as good as we feel and that begins with gorgeous skin.
Submitted by Christina on May 17, 2016 - 10:21am
It seems that each month, we work to create awareness of another illness that is plaguing our modern lives. We host runs, walks and any number of events to raise money for research to find the cure for disease after disease. We struggle and struggle but no answers or 'cures' seem to come, right?
Osteoporosis is a modern plague of both men and women. I know this one. I lived through it with my husband who was diagnosed with the bones of an 86-year-old man at the age of 48.
Submitted by Christina on May 13, 2016 - 2:03pm
When I heard that it was International Mediterranean Diet Month, it made me stop what I was doing and reflect on that for a minute or…10 (as they would in the languidly paced Mediterranean).
When we think of the Mediterranean we think of azure blue seas and leisurely days. I think of robust feasts served in olive orchards on one of our many trips to Italy with family and friends. With the table groaning under the weight of freshly cooked whole grains, beans and seasonal vegetables prepared in wildly simple and imaginative ways, I am transported there.
Submitted by Christina on May 1, 2016 - 2:57pm
What a gorgeous idea had by the UK several years ago when they dedicated this month to dental health. And while the health of our choppers is paramount to our wellness, I think we should also dedicate this month to the act of…smiling!
We see the bumper stickers all the time: Practice random acts of kindness. What if this month, we made an extra effort to smile? What if not one stranger passed us on the street that didn’t receive one our radiant grins?
Submitted by Christina on April 13, 2016 - 12:23pm
Truly warm days of summer seem a distant dream at the moment, but there is a shift in the energy around us. You can feel it if you really pay attention. The sun feels warmer; the buds more visible on tree branches; the nights seems a little less frigid.
Submitted by Christina on April 4, 2016 - 7:53pm
When I was a kid, we “ate out”…in a real restaurant once a year…on my mother’s birthday. It was her day not to cook. We ate at the same Polynesian restaurant each time as she loved what she considered their exotic food.
Otherwise, she cooked. Or I cooked. Or my Nonna cooked. Or an aunt, uncle or cousin cooked. Regardless, we cooked and ate at home.
Pizza night? They made the dough and the pizzas.
Onion rings or French fries? They made them from scratch.
Cookies? Baked in our kitchen.
Submitted by Christina on March 29, 2016 - 8:31pm
Our skin...soft, smooth, dewy—our pride and joy or the plague of our beauty regime. Never is this more obvious than in the spring when our winter-weary skin must face the light of day. For some of us, the thought of going sleeveless is too much to bear as we know our skin will be dull and lifeless, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Submitted by Christina on March 26, 2016 - 8:28am
When I was a kid, my favorite cartoon character was Bugs Bunny. In one episode of Looney Toons, he ran around yelling “I want a Easter egg! I want a Easter egg!” It cracked me up and I ran around our house yelling it all of the Lenten season. You can imagine my mother’s delight!
So here I am grown and mature (right…) and I still love an Easter egg.
I make delicious Easter eggs every season using my favorite Peanut Butter Cup recipe.