Share2 Pin5 Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 7Can you believe it’s spring? Actually, I can’t since Mother Nature pulled a belate April Fool’s trtick today by dumping a few inches of snow in Happy Valley. Yet, just the day before, we had crocuses in full bloom, so I’m still holding out hope that spring will soon arrive. The upcoming transition to spring and recent over-indulging during Easter (for me, baked ham, not Cadbury Easter eggs or candies) are excellent reasons to… Read more »

Up Your Spring Cleaning Game: 5 Nontoxic Recipes

Share2 Pin5 Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 7Spring cleaning this season will  be different in my house. Living in central Pennsylvania, I know better than to take the sun and temporary temperate temperatures for granted. Faster than you can say spring break, we could be back to snow and winter temps. Yet, as I was listening to the delightful airy melody of happy birds (not angry, lol) singing, my rêverie was interrupted by the nagging thought that spring cleaning is around… Read more »

The Art of Relaxation

Share Pin99 Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 99Are you a recovering Type A personality (like myself) perpetually in search of zen? If so, you might consider aromatherapy. Two years ago, I realized my health was in jeopardy when my family doctor gave me an Rx for what he characterized as ‘anxiety attacks.’ Just the thought of taking prescription drugs to manage my stress was stressing me out!! Taxing Work (Pun Intended) After a taxing day at work (oh, the irony….I worked… Read more »

Share Pin Tweet Share +1 StumbleShares 0One of my favorite memories of childbirth in Japan was a postpartum aromatherapy massage. I had a c-section and in Japan, the hospital clinic insisted that I recuperate for a week. (This could be the subject of another post!) Post-Partum Massage On the morning of my hospital discharge, I had my very first (and to date, best) massage. The lavender essential oil used by the massage therapist helped me relax. Despite not having had… Read more »