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Surprising Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin

Surprising Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger As the leaves turn into rich colors of red, gold, and orange, cool breezes prompt us to finally take our sweaters off the hook. Even before you feel the morning chill, the details of fall are unmistakable. One of the most noticeable (and most welcome) additions to the season is […]

How to Host a Vegan Dinner for Meat-Lovers

How to Host a Vegan Dinner for Meat-Lovers

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger The American Heart Association recommends we eat 4.5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day, so why not help your family and friends reach this goal by hosting a heart-healthy vegan dinner once in a while? Although many people welcome the opportunity to try a new cuisine, there are […]

Vegan Recipes: Blueberry Banana Muffins

Vegan Recipes: Blueberry Banana Muffins

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger When it comes to delicious, versatile vegan recipes, this one for blueberry banana muffins can’t be topped for its sweet, moist, and ample healthy ingredients—including fruit and whole wheat. When I bring these baked treats to brunches, baby showers, and backyard BBQs, they’re always a hit with someone. They also […]

Safe Humane Chicago: Giving Back

Safe Humane Chicago: Giving Back

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Last year through their 50 States for Good program, Tom’s of Maine provided over $500,000 in funding to some incredible non-profit organizations across the country. One of the recipients was Safe Humane Chicago, an organization that aims to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and […]

Three Fresh Vegan Recipes for Dip at Your Summer Fiesta

Three Fresh Vegan Recipes for Dip at Your Summer Fiesta

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Summer is the best time of year for gatherings, but it can be tough to create a menu that satisfies multiple tastes while being mindful of your guests’ dietary restrictions. I find that Mexican cuisine is always a big hit with large groups, because there’s something for everyone to enjoy. […]

How to Enjoy the Benefits of Pilates as a Beginner

How to Enjoy the Benefits of Pilates as a Beginner

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Pilates is a fitness method that strengthens your core while giving the rest of body the tone of a nice, long resistance workout. The benefits of Pilates? Aside from increasing mental focus, you’ll engage many aspects of your physical strength through six principles: breath, centering, concentration, control, flow, and precision. […]

Marathon Training: Staying Cool While Getting Fit in the Summer

Marathon Training: Staying Cool While Getting Fit in the Summer

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Marathon training, primarily for fall events like the Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon, or Marine Corps Marathon, lands right smack in the middle of summer. In order to beat the heat while logging your miles, you need to have a plan to stay hydrated, healthy, and safe when the temperature […]

Vegan Recipes: Lemon Rosemary ‘Pasta’

Vegan Recipes: Lemon Rosemary ‘Pasta’

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Lemon rosemary pasta is one of my favorite vegan recipes; it’s fun, filling, and incredibly flavorful. The bright-green zucchini and beautiful, yellow spaghetti squash make for a visual treat that promises a healthy, hearty meal. You eat with your eyes first, as they say, and this vibrant dish provides a […]