March 18, 2015

 

Every year, without fail, nature wakens from her icy slumber. She may tease us with warm breezes one day and snowflakes the next but inevitably spring arrives.  Birdsong, a rare treat through wintry months is now more prevalent. Tender shoots poke their heads through...

March 18, 2015

 

Throw open your windows.  Let the wind and sun flow through to every nook and cranny and fill your house with light and fresh spring air.  Put on some music, grab a rag, the 'green' cleaner you made yourself (see below) and clean the winter out of your house....

June 12, 2014

It's the time of year when mosquitoes, ticks and sand flies are abundant. It's much more comfortable for all of us if we can avoid getting bitten by these annoying insects. Aside from the fact that an insect bite can be incredibly uncomfortable, some of the insects car...

April 15, 2014

I saw this the other day and it struck a chord with me.  How often do I parrot what someone else has said simply because it's easier than taking the time to research or think critically on my own.  I'm not positive Oscar Wilde actually said this although it is often at...

February 18, 2014

Here in northwest Pennsylvania, we’ve been feeling the effects of the extreme winter weather of 2014.   I vacillate between the desire to burrow in with a good book, play outside in the snow and wishing that winter would mellow out and leave quickly.

I actually do...

November 12, 2013

Temperatures are dropping and static electricity is waiting to attack you. These harbingers of the approaching winter season prompt me to list some tips for maintaining your and your family’s healthy skin during the winter. Now is the time to start a winter skin regime...

June 15, 2009

Newborn skin is delicate -- and so is the baby's immune system. Chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in clothing, detergents, and baby products can cause newborn skin irritation, dryness, chafing, and rashes. However, there are measures you can take to protect your baby fro...

June 8, 2009

Massaging your baby stimulates his/her central nervous system, which makes the brain release more serotonin, a chemical which produces a feeling of well being. It also depresses the production of cortisol which is secreted in response to stress. This gentle massage can...

July 2, 2008

We've all heard about the evils of plastic and plastic bags ad nauseam. However, plastic bags have such an adverse impact on us and our environment that this message should be stated over and over again until we all take action. The time to reduce our usage of plastic...

March 17, 2008