transform fears

The Big Leap from Excellence to Genius with Gay Hendricks

Do you ever have the impulse to just stick to what you’re good at… even if it doesn’t truly fulfill you?   In 2009, while we were collectively in the throes of the “Great Recession” and everyone was running around fearful, a very important and popular book was published that continues on the bestseller charts […]

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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 […]

weekly deals

Blueberry, Kale & Fig Protein Smoothie (+ Weekly Deals!)

This week’s Weekly Deals post is a bit of a mash-up, but there is a whole lot of goodness contained within!  I simply could not resist sharing this super delicious smoothie recipe.  It contains three of my very favorite things to blend into a smoothie for amazing taste and power packing nutrition.  Can’t go wrong […]

conscious children

3 Keys to Raising Happy, Conscious Children with Shelly Lefkoe

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 […]

writing to heal depression

Using Writing To Heal Depression

Depression is a difficult problem that often goes undetected in the sufferer. It can have a paralyzing effect, wrapping the depressed person in a fog of darkness that prevents him or her from thinking clearly and getting help.  There are also many circumstances in which the individual experiencing the depression can be unaware of it, […]

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Natural Healing

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 […]

shamanic journeying for community healing

Shamanic Journeying for Community Healing

Even if you avoid television and other outlets for news, I bet if you are like me, you still feel the pain of the world. And because you are so sensitive to the suffering of others, it’s easy to feel depressed, sad, even hopeless and dis-empowered, in the face of it all. But what if […]

ayurveda

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 […]

winter of wellness

Winter of Wellness Telesummit

Are you ready to break through old patterns of struggle, stress and sickness? Then now is the time to create a life of optimum well-being, and elevate the health of your entire being – body, mind, heart and soul. That’s why I want to invite you to The Shift Network’s no-cost, online summit – The Winter of […]

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Recipes

chocolate flourless cake

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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DIY Snowman Snack Mix (plus Gift Ideas Under $25!)

Mix up a bag of fun for the holidays – no cooking required! With just a few vegan candies and snacks, plastic baggies and a festive tag that you can download and print, you can make these cute snack bags that are perfect stocking stuffers, secret Santa bonuses or class treats! Supplies plastic baggies label/gift […]

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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 […]

healthy apple desserts

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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Simplicity Parenting

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 […]

finding peace

Desiring a life of simplicity is the first step in creating one. Although we may recognize the benefits and be determined to make it happen, it is still possible to feel stress when thinking about all that it entails. Maybe you are worried that this is one more thing in your life you are obligated […]

mindfulness

When your mind is careening from one thought to the next, it can be incredibly difficult to focus, meditate or even simply keep your mind on the road while driving! Especially as working parents, those of trying to keep our work and businesses flowing while raising children, we can feel pulled in a multitude of […]

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Home & Style

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Top Hairstyles This Fall (and 50% off Madison Reed Hair Color)

Autumn is fast approaching and it’s all about ease and nonchalant simplicity. According to Madison Reed, top looks this fall include; twisted and fly away top knots; sexy, sixties style bouffants; creative braids; easy, loose mat waves; sleek center pats; and bobby pins galore!   Bobby Pins: Bobby Pins are coming out of hiding! Use […]

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Weekly Deals (March 10 – 17th)

Happy Mid-March everyone!  For this part of the country, we have a very early Spring happening … and this has made way for a tonne load of spring cleaning, clearing out, and making way for some new clothing since the children have outgrown a lot of their things over the winter.  Creativity has sparked as […]

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3 Tips on Finding Fashionable Eyeglasses That Suit You

Have you just been told that you need to wear glasses and are in a little bit of a funk because of it? You are not alone in needing glasses. Just about everywhere you turn, someone is either sporting glasses or wearing contact lenses. Once you have gotten over the fact that your vision may […]

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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

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 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 […]

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Fitness & Health

ayurveda

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 […]

metabolism

There are foods that can actually help you boost your metabolism – in other words, they can speed up the rate at which you burn calories. Here are some of the best foods and beverages for speeding up your metabolism. 1. Almonds Aren’t nuts high in fat? Yes, but the essential fatty acids in almonds […]

crossfit

**Originally posted on my fitness & pregnancy blog, A Mountain Mama’s Epicure. General fitness and heart health are closely linked. Just like your other muscles, the heart is a very important muscle that also needs regular exercise to stay healthy. You may think that its regular function is exercise enough, but, when you don’t exercise […]

hair health for new moms

5 Hair Health Tips for New Moms Disclosure – this post contains affiliate links. These days, it’s easy to find information about hair care. The challenge is how to sort fact from fiction. Madison Reed is here to help! Dr. Jan Hansen, a board certified OB/GYN, explains the science behind common questions and popular hair […]

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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