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Sleep. It should be the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. Lie down. Close eyes. Wake when refreshed. Except sometimes it’s not. Forget illnesses, nightmares and insomnia. Sometimes, it’s that your mattress is old and messing with your back. At least that’s what happened here. Until last week we had an old memory foam [...]

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I have heard about the benefits of spirulina for a while now, but never had the guts to try it out. Recently, a company that makes spirulina-enriched cookies offered to send some my way. The cookies haven’t arrived yet, but in the meantime, I figured I’d post a Q&A with Brittany Riggs, COO of Everyoung [...]

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Today I posted a link to a new study on my Facebook page. (Did you like my page yet? If not, please do!) Anyway, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study, which was covered by ScienceDaily, detailed the fact that phthalates found in plastic products can disrupt pregnancy hormones. Here’s the summary: [...]

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Sometimes I work late. Really late. Like 3 or 4 a.m. late. I like writing at night. I pay for it the next day, though. Sure, I feel tired, but I am also starving. It’s like I can’t eat enough during the day. I always thought it was a coincidence, but I recently found a [...]

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Pros: Inexpensive; no petro chemicals or chemicals of any kind, actually; biodegradable; hypoallergenic Cons: Slightly messy; some prep work; no suds A few weeks ago I posted on a Facebook thread about soap nuts. In the post I said I’ve wanted to try them for a while, but haven’t had the chance to sit down [...]

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We went to Big Girl’s 10-year-old well visit. To quote my doctor, “There’s nothing going on at all,” on the puberty front. She really didn’t have to tell me that. (Although, yes, I asked.) The kid is skinny and tall and as flat as a board. There’s no hair anywhere except her head. Thank goodness. [...]

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A few weeks ago a letter came home from school. Our school, like most others, uses pesticides on its lawns. Yes, the same lawns that kids run on at recess and gym. I wasn’t surprised, although I do think it’s really stupid. Who cares if there are dandelions and crabgrass where kids play? Not me, [...]

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This week I took Big Girl for a haircut at my favorite salon. We went inside and she went to the sink to get washed. When I was walking over to the other part of the salon — the area where she would be sitting — I noticed a pretty scary sight: a woman sitting [...]

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There are a lot of reasons why I exercise. I have said it many times before: It’s the best antidepressant out there. I always feel better mentally and physically after hitting the gym. It also helps me stay in my skinny jeans, shrinking my body whenever it gets a little bigger. However, exercise is probably [...]

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This weekend my husband got mad at me. The kids wanted to bring two juice boxes each along to the beach. I said no, substituting one reusable water bottle for one of the juice boxes. “What are you worried about,” he wanted to know. “Our kids are so skinny. I will be pissed if you’re [...]

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