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5 Easy Volunteer Ideas for Giving Back in under an Hour

5 Easy Volunteer Ideas for Giving Back in under an Hour

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Every year, life seems to get a bit busier. Between work, family obligations, and making plans with friends, it’s difficult to find time to give back. The good news is easy volunteer ideas are everywhere in your community. Even if you only have an hour of free time, you can […]

Three Healthy Uses for Licorice

Three Healthy Uses for Licorice

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger It can be difficult to limit our intake of sweets. But did you know that some popular treats, like licorice, are actually derived from the root of a plant—the uses of which transcend confectionery traditions? The liquorice plant has been used as a remedy to treat several issues for thousands […]

How to Build a Root Cellar for Winter Storage

How to Build a Root Cellar for Winter Storage

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Learning how to build a root cellar may start with one thought: “What the heck is a root cellar?” Long before refrigeration, root cellars kept carrots, beets, potatoes, and other root-based vegetables fresh throughout the winter using the cool temperatures and low humidity available underground. Root cellars are still a […]

How to Compost throughout the Winter

How to Compost throughout the Winter

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger With cold weather, damp snow, and limited sunshine, you may be wondering how to compost in spite of the conditions. But the importance of reducing food waste is a year-round commitment. “Food loss and waste is the single largest component of disposed U.S. municipal solid waste, and accounts for a […]

Healthy Holidays: Three Guilt-Free Tips for Parties, Dinners, and Events

Healthy Holidays: Three Guilt-Free Tips for Parties, Dinners, and Events

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger One of the best parts of the holidays is that it is peppered with opportunities to get together with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. And although these gatherings often include decadent meals and delicious desserts, it is still possible to eat healthy this season. The key? A game plan that […]

Mindfulness Techniques to Help You ‘Navigate’ Holiday Travel

Mindfulness Techniques to Help You ‘Navigate’ Holiday Travel

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger Mindfulness is a state of living present in the moment, but what if that moment is comprised of stressful holiday travel? There are several calming mindfulness techniques that can help you cope with the added anxiety of your voyage as well as ensure that you get the most out of […]

Best National Parks to Visit in Fall and Winter

Best National Parks to Visit in Fall and Winter

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger As any fan of Game of Thrones knows, “winter is coming.” Instead of locking yourself inside (and binge-watching your favorites), get out to a National Park to enjoy the best fall and winter have to offer. Although it is undoubtedly delightful to experience nature hikes under the rays of the […]

How Calming Essential Oils Can Relax You with Just a Natural Scent

How Calming Essential Oils Can Relax You with Just a Natural Scent

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger If it’s one thing calming essential oils and natural aromas are good for, it’s distracting you from recurring family tasks, pressure at work, and financial worries that are typical to every home. It can be difficult, though, to find a moment to decompress. Scheduling an hour for a massage or […]

Meatless Meals: A New Holiday Tradition

Meatless Meals: A New Holiday Tradition

Posted by Laurie Fanelli, guest blogger The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, creating new memories, and honoring past traditions. Meatless Meals are a great way to treat guests to a healthful gathering that is also a gift for the environment – according to PETA, “A staggering 51 percent or more of […]