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3 Ways to Master Your Resolutions

January 2015
?I will lose weight,? ?I will exercise,? ?I will drink more water,? ?I will quit smoking,? ?I will pay off credit cards,? ?I will go to bed earlier,? ?I will schedule more family time,? ?I will schedule me time.? Do any of these sound familiar? It must be resolution time! The year 2014 is now a thing of the past. As we begin 2015, we reflect on the previous year and look forward with enthusiasm to making this one even better. After all, we look at the New Year as a fresh start, a new beginning, a time to break bad habits and set new goals, or a year of trying new things and re-analyzing past goals. Whatever we choose to set our minds to, we all want the same thing: Results.

Green Holiday Decoration Ideas

December 2014
I love the holidays. I love everything about them. As a native New Yorker, going to New York City during the holidays is the best! From the Thanksgiving parade to ice skating under an 85 foot Christmas tree in the middle of New York City, I have experienced it all!

Preparing For A Healthy Fall Season

November 2014
The fall season is one of the busiest times in my home. I am putting away summer items, storing all the patio furniture, getting the inside of the house ready for the cold weather and I am preparing myself mentally for the upcoming holidays. Whew! Just writing it makes me exhausted!

Small Things to be Thankful for in A Big Way

November 2014
"It's the small things in life that count." People have said this to me my entire life, and you know what? It?s true. In two days, people all over the country will be celebrating Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on our lives, to be grateful for the things we usually take advantage of, and for our families and loved ones that fill our hearts with joy and laughter throughout the year. For some of us, it is a time to "let go" and re-group, and for others, it is a time to think positive and move forward. Whatever path you decide to follow, be thankful for the little things that got you there in the first place.

Health Begins in the Kitchen

October 2014
When we talk about ?living healthy,? most of us think about eating right and exercising regularly. But healthy doesn?t stop there. Take your home, for instance. Is your home clean AND healthy? What about your kitchen? Germs and bacteria are mostly found in the kitchen since it is one of the most used rooms in the home. The kitchen is where food is prepared, children do their homework, and family and friends gather together, which is why the kitchen is an important place to practice good hygiene. How do you keep your kitchen healthy AND clean? Start by going green!

Staying Healthy This School Season

September 2014
The new school season has officially begun! The excitement of new teachers, new classes, and new school clothes fills the air, but unfortunately, so do the germs. With all this talk on the news lately about the EV-D68 enterovirus affecting children, I can't help but think about what germs are lurking around school hallways, classrooms and cafeterias. As a nurse and a mother of three, I am hoping the only thing my children bring home from school this year is homework!

Colleges in America Are Going Green

August 2014

Let’s face it.  Going green is in.  Not only are more Americans changing to eco-friendly ways at home and work, but schools are getting in on protecting our planet.  In fact, many of America’s colleges are not only inspiring students to learn about caring for our environment, they are taking initiatives in changing the colleges themselves to be more eco-friendly.

Get Fit This Summer

July 2014

Welcome summer! I love this time of year. Summer is such a great time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and the gorgeous outdoors for the next few months. Here in New York, we learn to appreciate the hot weather because we only have it for a short time. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we try and do as much as we can outdoors, whether it is traveling, camping, going to the beach, working on the garden, or even exercising, we enjoy every minute of it.

Ten Ways to Power Clean Your Home So You Can Enjoy Summer

June 2014

Summer!  A perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and catch up on family time and relaxation!

But what about the house cleaning?  If you’re like me, house cleaning is not on my priority list during the summer months.

But it has to be done….and done right.  So what should you do?

The answer is simple.  Learn how to power clean your home quick and efficiently so you can enjoy the lazy days of summer!



Easy Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

May 2014

Allergens are all around us.  They are substances that are foreign to the body and can trigger allergic reactions in some people.  Some familiar allergens are pollen, mold, and food.  My three children and I all have allergies.  

Appreciating Earth Day

April 2014
Did you know that the first Earth Day was April 22, 1970? Earth Day started because a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson was concerned with the environment after the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Twenty million people celebrated that first year.  Today over 500 million people participate in Earth Day events.
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