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Women-Owned Businesses to Support

March is Women's History Month, so it's the perfect time to celebrate the bold and strong female entrepreneurs who have taken the risk to live their dreams! Below, I've listed a few businesses owned by women from all walks of life who have turned their passion into a successful business. Check them out and show them your support! Buff Chick Supplements Strong women build each other up, both physically and mentally. This is the mission behind fitness trainer and powerlifter Meg Gallagher's supplement brand. The company tagline is, "insecurity isn't for sale," and she makes it clear that her products aren't meant to be gimmicky "skinny teas" or detox regimens. Gallagher's passion for empowering women extends to sharing her own ever-changing strength journey and being real about her...

Spring Gardening: What to Plant Now!

Spring will be here before you know it! That means it's time to stop daydreaming about your garden and start making your dreams into reality. Whether you're a veteran gardener or a plant newbie, the sheer number of seed choices available can be overwhelming. While you will have to do a little research into which plants grow best in your location, I've decided to round up a few of my favorite things to plant in March to get your garden growing. [caption id="attachment_5591" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Image credit: Debbie Hudson on Unsplash[/caption] Shrubs and roses Confession time: I love gardens for their beauty more than practicality. I'm learning how to care for fruits, veggies, and other edibles, but flowers are my first love. If the ground isn't frozen, March is...

3 Water Bottles We Love

Staying hydrated is essential for year-round health, but it's especially important in the summer months. Our bodies need a LOT of water to function correctly, so it's not really practical or sustainable to constantly drink from single-use plastic bottles. I'm pretty picky when it comes to a reusable water bottle. It needs to be easy to clean, convenient to carry and drink from, big enough to hold plenty of water, sweatproof, and leakproof. Oh, and it has to be pretty (of course). Believe it or not, there are lots of bottles that fit my admittedly long list of needs, and they make my water taste great too! Today, I'm going to share my shortlist of top contenders so that you can find your own perfect reusable bottle. ...

My Favorite 3 Ways to Brew Hot Coffee

I'm a coffee snob, and I'm okay with admitting that. I haven't owned a regular drip coffee maker in years because there are just so many other fun and delicious ways to brew hot coffee! If you're stuck in a coffee rut, or you just want to try something different, switching up your brewing method might be exactly what you need to fall in love with coffee all over again. Here are three of my favorite ways to make a delicious cup of hot coffee. French Press The French press has gotten popular over the past few years because you can also use it to froth milk (hello, at-home latte!). I love French presses because they deliver a much richer, more flavorful cup of coffee than a drip...

How to Identify Poor Gut Health, and How to Fix it

Recent studies have indicated that the gut contributes to our health and well-being in more ways than we ever thought possible. If you are experiencing a decrease in mood, nutrient deficiencies, bloating, and irregular bathroom habits, you may be suffering from poor gut health. Stress The most important thing to recognize is the gut is a stress-depleting system. This means that when we are stressed, the gut suffers! This can result in a variety of symptoms such as gas, bloating, and acid reflux. Probiotics can help support your gut during times of high-stress. If you know there will be a turbulent period ahead, consider taking a probiotic supplement. On top of probiotics, managing stress levels should also be a priority. Bloating Feeling bloated is uncomfortable, and can impact appetite. There...

New Season, New Skincare: Tweak Your Routine for the Warmer Weather

When the weather has more mood swings than I do in a week, I know it's time for me to start changing up my beauty routine. I say goodbye to all of my heavy hand creams, thick moisturizers, and rich facial oils and start slowly rotating in my summer staples. It can be hard to figure out the right balance when it's time to transition your beauty routine, so I'm going to share a few of my favorite tips with you today. Switch from rich moisture to light hydration. As it becomes warmer (and usually more humid), even dry skin reaches a point where rich moisturizers are too much. If you notice that you're getting a little too shiny during the day, or your makeup starts breaking...

Adventures in Arugula: 9 Must-Try Recipes

We’ve made it. It’s spring again and that means there is some beautiful and vibrant produce to check out. Enjoying fresh foods in season is a great way to help shake things up throughout the year. Let food spark a memory, honor a tradition, or create a new habit! Now especially seems like a great time to create new traditions for ourselves and our loved ones. Different foods and recipes can shake up a mundane week and keep things interesting. Introducing new flavors could also help you move past the last year by jolting your tastebuds awake with new experiences. An ingredient I’ve been inspired by lately is an old standard - arugula. Arugula is a fun, easy way to spice up the ordinary. It’s got a...

What Do You Really Know About Organic Food?

Since it landed in the aisles of Whole Foods, organic foods’ meteoric rise in sales has been seemingly unstoppable. If organic food was a company on the stock market, you would be kicking yourself for not investing earlier. When asked why they prefer organic, many respond by saying “It’s healthier” or “it’s just better for me”. But what do we really know about the organic foods we eat? Let’s dive into some lesser-known facts about organic foods. What You Should Know The organic standard is relatively young. Before the organic standard was established in the US, any company could slap an “organic” label on its product. The confusion this caused consumers eventually led to an official standard being set by the USDA in February 2001. Is organic food healthier? It’s...

Cycling Trip Tips

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love cycling!!! In all its forms, on the road, mountain biking, cycle touring, and bike packing. For me, being on my bike gives me a great sense of freedom and achievement. I am able to go wherever I want, under my own steam, with the added bonus of it being a very healthy and eco-friendly way to travel. Having just come back from a big trip cycling the length of New Zealand, completing the Tour Aotearoa, my enthusiasm has been fueled even more. What’s more amazing, and makes me very happy, is that I am getting asked by other people if I think that they could ever do anything like that too. My answer of course is YES. You...

5 Food Myths Debunked

Myths and misinformation about food are like the 3-headed Hydra of the diet world — you knock one down and two more pop up! But we’re certainly still going to try and bring you the best information possible so you can make informed decisions about your own health. With that in mind, here are some common myths we’ve routinely seen pop up over the years. Dietary supplements are safe Dietary supplements can be safe, but not all of them are. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is primarily responsible for regulating supplements, but the regulations are such that some less-than-reputable products can find their way into the hands of unsuspecting consumers. The best way to ensure you’re getting a high-quality supplement is to purchase those that...