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Why Do Yoga at Home? (+ Free Yoga Pose Guide!)

As we all know well by now, a regular yoga practice has some fabulous health benefits. Yoga has been proven to reduce stress, help relieve lower back pain, increase longevity and deliver a host of other positive and beneficial health attributes.  If you are new to yoga, you may want to get started practicing yoga […]

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Shamanic Dreaming with Robert Moss

Shamans have known for millennia that dreams can open a portal to rapid healing, guidance from the “higher” levels of reality and the wisdom of our ancestors — information that can have an immediate positive impact on your life and even help heal our planet. If you’ve suspected that these powerful healers were right and […]

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Fantastic Family Beach Vacations in the U.S.

Many of the most amazing beaches can be found along the Atlantic and Pacific Coast.  In case you haven’t yet filled up your summer itinerary for your family, here are a few ideas you may wish to consider for your next family beach vacation. Florida:  From Ft. Lauderdale to Miami Beach, Florida is a prime […]

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Short Haircut Tips from Madison Reed

  Whether you already have short hair or you’re looking to go shorter for summer, there are many cuts that flatter many different faces. From ultra-short to shoulder-length, you have a bevy of beautiful options, including these stunning styles: Stacked Bob With Messy Finish This feminine, chic haircut beautifully frames a round face and works […]

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5 Fabulous Scuba Diving Spots to Explore

Although there are many destinations around the world that have been touted as the best scuba diving areas, there are also several scuba diving sites just in the US.  In this post, I am going to explore and include some of the finer places renowned for being hot scuba diving spots, as well as touch […]

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The Importance of Teaching Children Patience

I am sure I am not alone when I say that this is a far cry from being an easy era in which to raise children.  Some days I take pause in order to step back and view the world with a bird’s eye, and wonder how on earth are we all going to make […]

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Fitness & Health

why do yoga at home

Why Do Yoga at Home? (+ Free Yoga Pose Guide!)

As we all know well by now, a regular yoga practice has some fabulous health benefits. Yoga has been proven to reduce stress, help relieve lower back pain, increase longevity and deliver a host of other positive and beneficial health attributes.  If you are new to yoga, you may want to get started practicing yoga […]

Yoga Day Summit

Take Part in the Yoga Day Summit!

The United Nations has declared June 21 the first-ever International Day of Yoga, and I’m inviting you to participate by joining an unprecedented online Yoga Day Summit! Join the event and hear from 40+ saints and sages of India, leading teachers, musicians and modern yogis – including Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Deepak Chopra, Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand […]

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15 Inspirational Gifts for You & the Women in Your Life

This is an incredible collection of books, audios, and videos for women seeking some added insight and inspiration.  At this point I can honestly say that my own collection is quite large and continues to grow.  I have personally collected all of the audios created by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the author of the wildly popular […]

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Benefits and Uses of Ayurvedic Medicine (with Dosha Quiz)

Known as an ancient healing system originating in India, Ayurveda is a holistic medical system that focuses on a spiritual way of life. Highly individualized, the Ayurveda treatment can incorporate a wide variety of methods such as changes in diet, exercise, herbal therapy, massage and meditation.   History: Written between the second and fourth centuries […]

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GREEN LIVING

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How to Use Vinegar as a Household Cleaner

If you are looking for a safe, non-toxic cleaner and overall household helper, look no further than white vinegar. Two of my very favorite things to use for cleaning absolutely everything in the house are vinegar, and baking soda.  This post is going to focus mainly on the simplicity of vinegar – and I am […]

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Are Home Wind Turbine Kits Efficient?

Home wind turbine kits are cropping up all over the place. They can be bought off the shelf at large retail stores and installed by the homeowner or professionally. But how much power do they produce? Are they worth it? Here are some things to consider about home wind turbine kits and their efficiency. A […]

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Earth Day Summit 2015 – Awakening Sacred Relationship with the Earth

In the words of Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green.” For many of us who deeply care about the environment, the challenges we face can feel daunting. It can be difficult to foster sustainability in a culture where the dominant paradigm and systems treat the environment like anything BUT sacred. And it can […]

Medicinal Plants

Medicinal Plants and Spiritual Evolution with David Crow

We’re used to thinking of plants as “things” rather than living, sentient beings that are connected in profound ways to the health of our bodies, minds and souls.  But what if plants — with all their health-giving effects and amazing diversity of expression — hold the key not just to our health but to our […]

Recipes

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Divine Chocolate Flourless Cake Recipe (with free Superfood Chocolate trial)

After a stressful day, our tendency is to reward ourselves with a treat, most often, a gooey chocolate dessert. The problem is, once you’ve stopped thinking “I deserve this, I must have it,” the guilt sets in and start counting calories and sugar, thinking “Why did I do that?” Then, not only are you stressed […]

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Super Bowl of Chili – Three Ways! Beef, Turkey and Veggie

Nobody wants to be stuck in the kitchen during the Big Game. Make the following recipes ahead and keep them warm until kickoff. The use of an all-natural slow cooker sauce made entirely of vegetables and seasonings speeds up prep time considerably. Using lean ground beef, turkey or all vegetables ensures a low-fat delicious meal! Super Bowl […]

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Rustic French Apple Galette Recipe

A Rustic, French Apple Galette Recipe It’s apple-picking season, so after you’ve picked to your heart’s content, this tart is an oh-so delicious way to use some of your bounty. Photo by Manuel Rodriguez This delicious recipe comes compliments of the fine folks at One Kings Lane.  It caught my attention immediately, as I adore […]

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Healthy Apple Dessert Ideas

So many apple desserts involve large amounts of sugar, butter, shortening, or white flour – or all four of these! It’s really too bad, since naturally-sweet apples make excellent, healthy desserts without all of the added ingredients.  Here are some recipes for healthy apple desserts that everyone in the family can enjoy.   1. Jellied […]

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Sweet Seed Recipe Ideas

Seeds have all kind of good fats, fiber, vitamins, and health benefits.  So why not include more of these little nutritional gems in your diet?  A great place to start is with tasty snacks and sweet desserts.  Here are some ideas and recipes for using seeds.   Popcorn and Seeds Here is a great snack […]

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Simplicity Parenting

teaching children patience

I am sure I am not alone when I say that this is a far cry from being an easy era in which to raise children.  Some days I take pause in order to step back and view the world with a bird’s eye, and wonder how on earth are we all going to make […]

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My daughter attends a Waldorf-inspired school, and this past year, her fourth grade class embarked upon a drum making project.  I was overjoyed at the brilliance of this concept for the students, and for the further introduction for my daughter into the Native American side of her family roots!  This article about the process involved […]

conscious children

Our children are literally the future of humanity.  And in the face of so many global-level crises, it’s vital that we raise our children well so that they can meet these challenges and forge a future that reflects our highest and best vision for the world. That means going beyond merely “good” parenting and instead […]

discipline

It can be easy to utilize punitive methods when your child breaks the household rules, or otherwise causes frustration.  After all, many of us were parented in a very different way than with the methods we choose to use in disciplining our own children today.  Not to mention, it is not uncommon to feel a […]

baby wearing

Baby slings offer so many benefits for mother and baby. Dad can get in on baby bonding, too, since slings work just as well for him as they do for Mom. Caretakers, babysitters, grandparents, and so forth can use a sling. I used a sling which each of my three, and I don’t know how […]

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Home & Style

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7 Tips for Repairing Summer Damaged Hair

Sunny days lounging by the pool, exploring the great outdoors, and traveling far and wide – all the summer excitement has been harsh on your hair. Here are a few tips to get it back in shape. 1. Turn Down the Heat Your locks have been suffering the heat all summer long. Give them a […]

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Short Haircut Tips from Madison Reed

  Whether you already have short hair or you’re looking to go shorter for summer, there are many cuts that flatter many different faces. From ultra-short to shoulder-length, you have a bevy of beautiful options, including these stunning styles: Stacked Bob With Messy Finish This feminine, chic haircut beautifully frames a round face and works […]

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Better For You Hair Care

There is some wonderful news today for those of us always on the lookout for healthy hair color.  Below you will find a letter from the CEO of Madison Reed Hair Color.   A Letter from Our CEO: “Better for You – Today, and Every Day” When we started Madison Reed, we defined our ‘reason […]

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5 Top Spots to Get Married Abroad

So you’ve decided to tie the knot. Congratulations! While the biggest decision has been made – saying “I do”, there are still many decisions ahead of you. The first of which may be where you’re going to get married. Here are five ideas for worldwide weddings – where to get married abroad. #1 Mexico Mexico […]

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Side Chignon Tutorial (Plus Pro Hair Tips!)

5 Pro Tips for Silky, Shiny Hair Shiny hair often translates to healthier-looking hair as well. Here are 5 tips for achieving this lustrous look courtesy of Madison Reed.    1. Protect from Heat: Be sure to apply a heat protectant product to your hair before your heat styling or blow drying regimen to protect […]

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Natural Body Care

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Known as an ancient healing system originating in India, Ayurveda is a holistic medical system that focuses on a spiritual way of life. Highly individualized, the Ayurveda treatment can incorporate a wide variety of methods such as changes in diet, exercise, herbal therapy, massage and meditation.   History: Written between the second and fourth centuries […]

skin detox

Step #1 Sweat – This is a very effective way to eliminate toxins and poisons through the skin. Walk, run, do Pilates or hot yoga – work up a sweat on both Saturday and Sunday to purge those toxins. Step #2 Exfoliation and Dry Skin Brushing – This removes the dead skin cells allowing the […]

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Hair How To – How and When To Use Hair Gloss At some point, every great beauty secret becomes common knowledge. It begins with a few people who suddenly gain a radiant glow overnight. Friends compliment… and then ask how they did it. More people try the beauty secret and get the same reaction. Rinse […]

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5 DIY Spa Treatments for Your Hair from Madison Reed Disclosure – this post contains affiliate links. Need a new idea for what to do with those turkey-day leftovers? Sneaking in a spa getaway before the holidays is easier than you think. Madison Reed wants you to know about these 5 swanky spa treatments for […]

your optimal diet

In this day and age, we’re constantly bombarded with mixed messages about what constitutes good nutrition, as well as conflicting information about one-size-fits-all diet plans. The result? You end up frustrated and confused when you try different approaches and don’t see sustainable results. You feel hungry, tired and depleted. Your weight yo-yos. You develop aches, pains […]

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