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Rainy Day Journaling Prompts

It’s hard to think of a better pairing than a rainy day and some time reflecting inwardly in your journal. (Ok, maybe chocolate and caramel is an even better pairing, but you get the idea.) Because of that, we thought we’d continue our journaling prompt series by doing a roundup of our favorite rainy day […]

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Do you follow and enjoy all the great recipes and mindfulness tips we share here on the Plum Deluxe blog three times per week?  Then please consider supporting us with either a purchase from our online shop, or joining our tea of the month club (gift subscriptions and caffeine-free options available.) Not only do your […]

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Free up time and energy by making a list of things to let go.

4 Things To Let Go Of in the New Year

The new year brings with it a lot of intentions and resolutions, many things that you want to do/have/experience in the 365 days ahead. I’d like to take a moment to encourage you to spend some time on things you want to stop doing in 2018. I encourage you to use the language of “let go” because what […]

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It’s always a good time to step back and focus on the humans around us, especially those who need a bit of extra love and care. Here are ten ways we can all be good to each other.

10 Ways to Practice Being a Good Human

As beautiful and inspiring as the holidays can be, they can also be a time of loneliness, pain, and grief for many. As Human Rights Day approaches, it’s a good time to step back and focus on the humans around us, those who need a bit of extra love and care. Here are ten ways […]

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How to be More Emotionally, Physically, and Spiritually Flexible

Be more flexible. Loosen up. Don’t take things so seriously. Our cultural vernacular is full of phrases related to being more flexible. And if you haven’t noticed, most modern health theories show a strong correlation between being physically flexible and having good health and longevity. I’m not aware of any research proving this, but I believe […]

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5 Unconventional Ideas on How to Relax

Everybody loves the idea of some good, old fashioned R&R — rest and relaxation.  But when it comes to actually relaxing, are you… doing something relaxing?  I find that it’s easy to sit and watch TV and work/do “stuff”/scroll social media mindlessly on a tablet, all in the name of relaxation, but honestly that stuff […]

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When, Why, and How to Say No

Are you a “people pleaser” or a “yes man” (or yes woman)? Love to say yes to any and every opportunity that comes your way? There’s something  to be said to being open to new things; a lot of wonderful opportunities in my life have come along when I said yes to something that I […]

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Gardening Themed Journaling Prompts

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow?” We’ve all heard this little rhyme. But, have you considered the metaphors that gardening provides in life? When we moved recently into our new house, it had a garden and it was the first time I had a garden since I was a child. I started […]

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Be Your Own Valentine (Emotional Self Care, Because You Deserve It)

Valentine’s Day comes around each year with much fanfare — in the typical form of pink and pastel papers, sweet and sugary chocolate treats, flowers and more. Regardless of what you put in the box on Facebook for relationship status, I’d like for you to consider making sure to give yourself some Valentine’s treats this year. […]

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5 Ways to Turn Over a New Leaf

We recently launched a new year-long experience, Have a Plum Year, where you receive quarterly care packages in the mail customized to suit supporting your goals and dreams. The program was inspired by the idea of turning over a new leaf… and being tea people, we know a lil’ something about leaves!  (This turn of phrase […]

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Why (And How) You Should “Practice Retirement”

While on a recent leadership retreat, I listened to a fellow attendee talk about how he is “practicing for retirement.” We’ve all heard the quotes and thoughts about how you shouldn’t wait until the end of your life to do the things you want to do. But, I’ve never heard retirement framed as a practice. […]

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How to Wish Good Health with the Right Gift

Sometimes we want to give gifts that encourage healthy living. As Count Rugen so wisely said in The Princess Bride, if you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything. Whether they’re planning their country’s 500th anniversary or just want to feel better in the new year, here are some gift ideas for wishing good […]

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3 Things To Do If Your World Feels Apocalyptic

We will all encounter times in our lives when it feels like everything comes crumbling down around us.  Recently, emotions have run high as many of us have been torn apart due to politics and fears of an unknown future. Whether it’s due to a political scenario, natural disaster, or personal crisis, I’d like to […]

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Self Care Journaling Prompts

I’m loving that we’re celebrating self care month here at Plum Deluxe — it’s such an important topic to me, I hope we celebrate it every year! But, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what self care means to you. You need to uncover what you need, but also get clear on what you want. […]

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How to Find Quiet

Noise. noun: a sound, especially one that is loud or unpleasant or that causes disturbance. Continuous exposure to noise can lead to physiological changes in blood pressure, sleep, digestion, and other stress-related disorders. But, here’s the thing: noise is not just the jackhammer on a construction site (which is, indeed, noisy). Here are some other […]

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4 Ways to Date Yourself

Making time for you is an important practice. Often, we fit everyone else into our crazy schedules, but forget to set aside time for Numero Uno. Allowing yourself to be the priority, and creating space for self-care, re-energizes your mind, body, and spirit. One way to show yourself some love is to have a selfie-date. […]

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Tea Before Bed, and 5 Other Bedtime Rituals for Mindful Sleeping

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Everywhere I turn, I seem to find someone talking about their morning rituals — miracle mornings, mindful mornings, how to be a morning person… the drumbeat of the sunrise power hour is strong! I think mornings are important. But, being happily not a morning person, I am more focused on my bedtime evening rituals. Tea […]

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How to Spend More Quality Time with Family, Friends, & Yourself

I recently posted this image quote in an edition of our weekly newsletter, The Blend. It has, by far, been the most commented on quote I’ve authored recently. (If you aren’t a subscriber, you should be – I share an inspirational quote + message every week!) When we talk about the Plum Deluxe mission of […]

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How Otters Are Living the Good Life. (You Can, Too.)

If you’ve spent any time on Facebook lately, you no doubt at some point encountered the cutest-picture-ever of a pair of otters holding hands while asleep. It’s a real photo — it’s called rafting, a practice which ensures the otter family doesn’t drift apart overnight. If only our world’s problems could be as easily solved […]

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6 Slow Summer Self Care Practices

I do adore summer. I really do. Wearing sandals or being barefoot in the grass, eating outside, the seemingly neverending supply of daylight, bountiful pitchers of iced tea and lemonade… it’s truly dreamy stuff. One would then assume that summer is basically built for self care. And in a way, it is, as we can […]

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Why (And How) You Should Be Keeping a Commonplace Book

Could you imagine a world without books? You might not have to, if the internet information revolution keeps pace. But think back… In the 16th century, knowledge was handed down from elders and apprenticeships. An invention called the printing press appears, and suddenly, the world’s knowledge could be sitting in your house. (Remember the first time that […]

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Maintaining Your Center When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed with Life

It has been widely (and accurately) reported that we live in the most peaceful time period in modern history. But for many of us, life often feels rather unsettled, and frankly, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed with life. Unrest seems to be the word that comes to mind — and while there are places […]

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The Art of Wabi Sabi: Examples of How This Japanese Philosophy Can Make Your Life Easier

The Zen philosophy of Buddhism suggests that words get in the way of enlightenment. But since this is a blog post, I’ll have to be forgiven for the moment as I try to pen the words to tell the story of wabi sabi. Wabi, loosely translated, means simplicity (in the sense of elegance or rustic) […]

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The Gratitude Dinner: Mindful Conversation Starters for Your Next Small Gathering

We’ve been loving hearing your stories about how you are using our Mindful Moments “Questions Cards” Deck for your tea parties, dinner parties, and journaling prompts. If you’re hosting a small gathering and our questions cards aren’t nearby or aren’t convenient (pool parties, backyard bonfires, or walking parties come to mind), I’ve got some mindful […]

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How to Survive a Loved One’s Chronic Illness

We’d only been together for a few years when my husband was diagnosed with a severe case of Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune condition that affects every day of our lives. It is estimated that up to half the adults living in the United States deal with some form of chronic illness, which means that there […]

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Springtime Journaling Prompts

While there are no rules when it comes to journaling, we couldn’t help but notice how much you enjoyed our previous feature: 4 Writing Prompts to Help You Live the Good Life. Thus we continue our seasonal journaling prompts series — this time with a few conversation starters that center around the season of spring. […]

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6 Yoga Poses to Boost Your Immunity

Yoga asana, or postures, carry a tremendous number of benefits, and a gentle practice can help to support the immune system all year long. Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and lowers stress hormone levels. It gives a boost to the circulatory and respiratory systems, and supports the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins. All of […]

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How to Bring Celebration into Everyday Life

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New year’s resolutions are notoriously thorny; we make them and break them as if they’re nothing. More often than not, they’re not even representative of what our hearts truly want. What if, instead of making resolutions that feel crummy, we took the time to celebrate? I’m as guilty as anyone of forgetting to pause. I […]

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How to Get Back In Your Flow: A 3 Step Process

Whether it’s the holiday rush, family drama, work travel, or other circumstances, sometimes life knocks us off track. It might show up for you in how you’re eating and drinking, or maybe your sleeping patterns/habits, or it could show up in your work/productivity space. I usually call this “in the flow,” but you might be […]

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Wintertime Journaling Prompts

While there are no rules when it comes to journaling, we couldn’t help but notice how much you enjoyed our previous feature: 4 Writing Prompts to Help You Live the Good Life. So, we’re going to release more writing prompts; like our tea, they’re paired perfectly with the season. Pour yourself a hot cuppa — […]

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How to Create Your Own (Tea Time) Rituals

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Here at Plum Deluxe, you know that we’re really into tea. And we’re really into mindfulness practices and ritual. There is a proven positive emotional impact of rituals and traditions. Carrie has shared with us the most traditional of tea time rituals: the tea ceremony. But, the best rituals are personal; they’re customized to suit […]

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6 Self Care Practices for Changing Seasons

That fall to winter space can be tough for me: my Ayurvedic type is vata (ruled by wind and space elements), and I experience seasonal affective disorder. It can be a challenge to move into darker days, colder weather, and the stress of the holidays. These are my very best practices for how I support […]

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Autumnal Writing Prompts

While there are no rules when it comes to journaling, we couldn’t help but notice how much you enjoyed our previous feature: 4 Writing Prompts to Help You Live the Good Life. So, we’re going to release more writing prompts; like our tea, they’re paired perfectly with the season. Pour yourself a hot cuppa — […]

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HALT In the Name of Self Love: A Guide to Keeping Your Sanity

It’s another busy morning. The kids are fighting in the bathroom, the dog’s scratching at the back door, and the school bus is honking at the curb. After you finally get the big kids out the door to school and buckle the baby into his car seat to head to daycare, you turn the key […]

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How to Deal with an Overloaded To Do List

It’s a rarity to come across someone who is truly bored, 24 hours a day.  We live in a world that prioritizes and cheers on the overachiever, a world that promises that you’ll feel better by putting more and more things on your calendar and to-do list and checking those things off.  Oh, the sweet, sweet […]

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Be More Successful by Visualizing Your Previous Triumphs with a “Jar of Success”

When I talked about being more lucky last month, you probably noticed a key component of that exercise was visualizing luck coming into your life.  I’ve got another visual exercise that can help you be more successful, thanks to my friend Kari Chapin. She made for me a ‘jar of success’ and I’ve found it an amazing practice to acknowledge […]

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How to Take a Self Care (“Mental Health”) Day

Sometimes, you just need a break. Some folks call this a “mental health day,” but I like to keep things in a positive light (and out of respect for those who do have legitimate mental health diseases), so let’s rename this concept a self care day. A day dedicated to you. Regardless of what you […]

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3 Meditation Myths Getting In Your Way

I’ve reached the point where if I don’t get my daily meditation routine in, I’m cranky. I don’t feel as grounded or centered the rest of the day. I know that I am in the minority (although you would be surprised at how many CEOs, actors, and famous figures swear by a meditation practice). I […]

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5 Life Lessons I Learned Watching Robert Irvine on Restaurant Impossible

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You don’t have to turn the television on long before coming across one of the many “fix my business” concept shows. Restaurant Impossible has been one of the recent successful ones, assuming you don’t mind the loud and outrageous personality of the host, Chef Robert Irvine. If you’re not familiar, the concept is simple: failing […]

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One Simple Trick to Create More Luck in Your Life

Do you wish you were more lucky? Who doesn’t! Luck (or, synchronicity in some cases) is one of those things that makes life feel easier and makes the path ahead feel smoother. I’m a firm believer that luck requires two ingredients: mindset and elbow grease. You need to put yourself into situations where luck can […]

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Wisdom of Mom: 3 Ways to Show Your Support of Others

One of the greatest gifts my Mom ever gave me was her belief in me.  Regardless of what I was doing or saying at any given moment, she saw my highest, best self.  She was critical for sure –- and never feared telling me the truth — but she made sure I knew that anything […]

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4 Simple Experiments to Help You Be More Comfortable with Change

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” – Karen Kaiser Clark We are told early and often in our lives that change is constant. Our friends change, our family changes, our living situation changes, the world changes, and even if we don’t acknowledge it right away, we change. But we’re also told that change […]

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10 of Our Favorite Ways to Commit Random Acts of Kindness

What does it mean to be kind? Many of us have a sense of what kindness is — a sweet confection of good, nice, attitude, and action. That’s a good start. Some may mix in generosity or a dash of humility. But the signature ingredient of kindness is sympathy. We’ve all had a taste of […]

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How to Invest In Yourself

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There’s a lot of talk lately about investing in yourself. Unfortunately, we almost always seem to obsess focus on the financial act of investment, not the overall concept of investing in yourself. Here’s the definition I use of invest: devote (one’s time, effort, or energy) to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile […]

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Spring Cleaning for Body, Mind, and Spirit

When we think about spring cleaning (which can happen any time of year, not just spring), we tend to thing about our homes and offices and those places that we spend our time. But how about the body and brain that we also carry around with us, day in and day out? Our body, mind, […]

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Take Your Time: How to Slow Down and Why You Should

Remember that Alka-Seltzer jingle from the 90s? Nobody likes to eat and run, they’d rather take it slow. But the way this life is going, you got to get your food and go! If all that runnin’ round catches up with you at last, Get yourself some Alka-seltzer and you’ll feel better fast. You have […]

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6 Ways to Practice Fitness for the Soul

If you asked most people why they exercise, they would probably tell you one of two things: either because they have to or because they are training for something. Both of those are perfectly good reasons to exercise. We do need to move our bodies in order to be at our healthiest, and choosing and […]

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The Best Diet You Could Ever Go On

When I get questions from readers who are working through our making moments matter worksheet, my first piece of advice is suggesting people focus on what you can delete from your life that isn’t serving you. And I’ve long noticed a disturbing problem: People are binging on negative news media — and just like junk […]

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How To Make 2015 Your “Richest” Year Yet

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I love life and love living it to the fullest. I want the richest life possible. — Richard Branson We each have an amazing opportunity to make 2015 our “richest” year yet, a life not only filled with monetary abundance, but an abundance of love, joy, laughter, and experiences that allow us — like Sir […]

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Bust Winter With the Balm Squad

Feathery snowflakes, crystalline patterns made by skates upon ice, and white-smothered landscapes that shine in the moonlight — winter is a time of wonder. But it is also a warzone. Dry, cold air that chaps the nose, winds that wind one’s hair into snarls, and moisture-sapping heated air forced through every available vent are this […]

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Best 15-Minute Self-Care Rituals to Get You Through Busy Times

Winter holidays can be one of the busiest, most stressful times of the year as we dash from parties to concerts, family gatherings to nativity pageants. It can be difficult to carve out chunks of time for self-care with so many delightful activities on offer, but self-care need not be lengthy or involved to have […]

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Herbal Tea Ingredients that Improve Your Health

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t really like reaching for the pill bottle whenever I don’t feel well; it’s kind of strange to go around heavily medicated, and I often worry about the side effects. Now, I do believe in using medication when I really need it, but with smaller, more common ailments […]

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More Than a Beverage: Taking Your Tea to the Spa

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By now, we’re all pretty familiar with the concept of tea as a healthy beverage — the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants are well known for their anti-aging properties. Plus, tea tastes so good! But we don’t just want to drink our tea. Oh, no, we want our relationship to go so much deeper than that. […]

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Feeling Juicy: A Little Love Affair with Juice Cleansing

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You’ve all heard of juice cleansing by now, yes? I first came across the notion a few years ago when my husband was looking for new ways to heal his gut. Not long afterward, I started hearing about all different juice cleanses from all different sources: entrepreneurs, stay-at-home-moms, office workers — everyone was doing the […]

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Everyday Tea Ceremony: Bringing Mindfulness to Daily Moments

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Mindfulness has been defined as an intentional and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts, and sensations occurring in the present moment. In other words, it’s a clearing away of distractions so you can refresh yourself both physically and mentally. It can be a huge de-stressor for those who have daily struggles with […]

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8 Ways to Help Your Community While Getting Fit

From helping you lose weight to preventing chronic diseases, getting fit has many benefits. With the right workout, you can extend the benefits beyond yourself to help the greater community. No matter your fitness level or preference, here are eight ways that you can help others while getting fit. Rebuilding Communities – One Home at […]

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5 Yoga Poses to Help You Live in the Moment

Rushing through the grocery store, I mentally checked off the items on my list: done, done, and done. I checked the time and realized again that it was much later than I wanted it to be. Now to get home and get dinner started. Except when I got to the front of the store, the […]

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How to Start a Yoga Practice: 5 Things You Should Know

It was months before I could get enough courage to attend my first yoga class. I had no idea what to expect, and just knew I would make a fool of myself. When I finally showed up, people were quietly stretching on mats spread around the room. They had obviously been doing this a long […]

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3 Alternative Body Treatments that Actually Work

Alternative body treatments such as Reiki, Kinesiology, and Acupuncture can seem a bit strange when you first hear about them, but with a bit of research it’s amazing to discover that variations of these seemingly modern treatments have been used successfully by different cultures for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Used in conjunction with […]

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Expand Your Social Circle: How to Meet New Friends in Your Area

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Having a strong social circle has been scientifically linked to boosting your health, improving your confidence, and helping relieve stress in everyday life. Not only are they there to celebrate the good in life, friends can also help you get through the not-so-good parts. Once one reaches adulthood, finding new friends can be challenging as […]

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Just Kidding Around: 10 Childlike Activities for a Better Adulthood

Life as a grownup isn’t quite what I expected all those years ago when I looked forward to the days I could wear high heels and stay up as late as I wanted. I didn’t anticipate early mornings following late nights, having to cook my own food, cleaning house, or making time to — ugh […]

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Is Your Wallet Red? How Chakras and Color Can Make Your Life Better

When you’re out shopping, do you find yourself drawn to the same colors? Everyone has their go-to colors, the ones they feel best in. My mom likes coral and lavender. I’m usually decked out in red or aqua, and my partner is happy with anything that’s forest green. Did you ever wonder why you love […]

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I Love You, But I Love Myself More

It’s like being in the front seat of a roller coaster: as you slowly inch your way up to the top, the anticipation builds, your heart is beating faster and faster. There’s no way you’re going to survive this and there you are — reaching the peak; it’s only downhill from here. It’s both terrifying […]

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How to Buy Candles That Won’t Make You Sick

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Who doesn’t love the soothing flicker and warm scent of a candle burning in their home? Unfortunately, for people with allergies or sensitivities, candles may trigger headaches, fatigue, nausea, itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Even if you don’t have these reactions, you should be aware that the candles you use could be polluting your home […]

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Treat Yourself to Dinner for One

The kitchen may be the last room of the house you think of when you have a night to yourself, but with a little planning it can become a scene of relaxation, inspiration, and some precious You Time. Set the Mood Plan ahead by getting your kitchen clean and tidy; nothing distracts like piles of […]

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Staircase Wit: Snappy Comebacks for Uncomfortable Conversations

Upon finding themselves on the receiving end of a critical remark or even a simple (but uncomfortable) question, most people falter under the pressure. Without a staff of screenwriters from, say, 30 Rock, one is more likely than not to find himself victim to what the French call l’esprit de l’escalier. The phrase, which translates […]

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Put Down the Pill Bottle: 5 Healthy Ways to Manage that Migraine

We’ve all been there before: severe headaches accompanied by nausea, indigestion, sensitivity to light, a lack of appetite, and chronic fatigue. With full-time jobs, school, family, and our social lives, migraines will slow us down and that extra cup of coffee is just not enough. For many, migraines come and go. For others, migraines are […]

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6 Dates to Grow Your Relationship

Anyone who has been in a long-term relationship knows that it is easy to fall into a rut. Weeknights seem to follow the same old routine: come home, have dinner, talk about work, watch some TV, go to bed. After a while, even date nights can start to look a little too cookie-cutter: out to […]

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Spa Weekend: Proven Aromatherapy Techniques to Try Out

The essential oils of many plants have medicinal effects when inhaled or applied to the skin. You may be skeptical of the idea of aromatherapy, but with the right products and the right scents, you can treat many common ailments — or simply treat yourself — with a spa day this weekend! The Basics The […]

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How to Cut Sugar From Your Diet Without Going Insane

Comedian Jim Gaffigan said it first about bacon bits, but I also believe sugar is the fairy dust of the food world. From donuts to strawberries, sugar helps make great things awesome. Problem is, a diet high in sugar has many consequences, whether that’s diabetes, heart disease, or weight gain. Why is it that the […]

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Beat the Afternoon Slump

Got “that 2:30 feeling”? You’re not alone. Our mid-afternoon energy drop is largely a result of our bodies’ natural sleep/wake rhythms. However, proper nutrition and exercise (or lack thereof) also play a big role in whether we can function through the afternoon. At bedtime, our bodies secrete a hormone called melatonin, which is what makes […]

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How to Plan the Perfect Sabbatical

If you are fortunate enough to live in Europe, you get a sabbatical every year; it’s called August! If you hail from the US, sabbaticals are not as common. Thankfully, I work for Intel, which offers eight weeks of paid time off every seven years. So, I’m here to guide you through the key things […]

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Lessons Learned from Life in an Italian Piazza

Have you wondered if today’s teenagers engaging in marathon texting sessions ever speak to each other? Or if people out to dinner have conversations? It seems that texting, emailing, and checking phones constantly has become the norm — and that the art of connecting in person is becoming a thing of the past. But there […]

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In Praise of Ginseng: Health Benefits Worth Singing About

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For a long time, I have been a lover of ginseng. This magical, medicinal herb, in my experience, is worthy of all the praise hung on it. It’s said that ancient Chinese emperors regarded the “man-root” as more valuable than gold. I can believe it; it really does need poetry written about it. I was […]

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Vitamin D: Hip or Hype?

When it comes to nutrition and health, there are a lot of messages to sift through in our media and community. It is often difficult to determine what is accurate when it comes to popularized information or if something is just a passing trend. Vitamin D has been catching the eye of a lot of […]

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Confessions of a Fan Sleeper: The Need to Sleep with White Noise

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I have a confession to make, something very few people know, but it accounts for around 7-8 hours of my day.  I can’t sleep without a fan on. I’m not sure where my habit started; I kind of remember it being a habit in college, but it suffices today I’ve been at the fan habit […]

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