Practicing Self Care


By Estelle Hayes I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of self care. Those things that only we can do for ourselves. Sleep, exercise, clean food choices, etc. In my 20s self care meant frequent workouts and a lot of journal writing. (I was that girl). In my early 30s I discovered mediation and practiced nightly. It was often the only private moments in my day and I savored the ritual. In Emerson’s first year of life, self care was all about survival sleep. Now that I’m four years into having a child, Read More →

Garden to Glass Cocktails and a Guest Post


By Estelle Hayes I few weeks back I mentioned this story in the Wall Street Journal about garden-inspired cocktails. It just so happened my husband and I had just tasted a couple of Manresa’s creations that use herbs and honey from their farm to infuse their signature drinks. I’ve been experimenting ever since. Some with alcohol, some with club soda and some concoctions have simply been frozen in ice cube trays in preparation for our next heat wave. My hands-down favorite has been a combination of fresh mint, lime and blackberries all muddled together for Read More →

Sunscreen Safety Zone: What to Avoid

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Staying safe in the summer sun is easier said than done. I have very fair skin and together with my sunburn-prone husband we made one of the whitest, redheaded babies in the Western world. So, skin protection is sort my thing. The Environmental Working Group recently published their 2012 Sunscreen Guide and it’s a must read for anyone who plans to leave the house this summer. Seriously, they do the research so you don’t have to and their Skin Deep data base is filled with brands that have vetted so you can comparison shop at Read More →

Cheers to Your Health ~ Lemon Thyme Ice

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  By Estelle Hayes Infusing chilled water with a hint of fruit, herbs or veggies is the easiest and healthiest way to flavor H20. There’s nothing wrong with some citrus slices floating in the pitcher, but I love the beauty of the fresh ingredients captured in an ice cube. They look like miniature works of still life filling up my glass. This past weekend, I experimented with lemon slices and a handful of lime thyme from the garden. As well as a tray of blackberry and mint that I plan to set aside for a Read More →

Sunday Thoughts on Change

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By Estelle Hayes “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anais Nin Change is good. I hear that all the time. Change is good, change is good, change is good. Say it with me. Except when it’s not. Except when it’s uncomfortable and everything feels shifty and weird, right? I find the change of seasons to be a double-edged sword. There is that opportunity to start fresh, set new goals and make plans. But along with that excitement and Read More →

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