The Cleantini: vodka makes a great diamond cleaner

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By Estelle Hayes About once a quarter I crave an ice cold vodka martini, dirty with extra olives. But who knew my craving could do double duty? Turns out a little soaking and swishing in a bowl full of vodka will get your diamonds sparkling like they are brand new. After a little boozy soak take an extra soft baby toothbrush to your ring and gently brush the grime of daily life. Finish up with a clean rinse of water. Then mix yourself a jaunty cocktail and admire your handiwork. Do you have any homemade recipes Read More →

Men’s Room ~ All Lathered Up

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Look, my face is my fortune, so to speak, so when it comes to shaving cream I don’t want to mess around with nasty chemicals on my tender flesh or anywhere near my eyes.  Yet, all the popular shave creams that litter the typical drug store and supermarket shelves are chock full of stuff better left for an EPA waste drum.  Read the labels and you’ll find that most shave foam is really a septic smoothie of well known carcinogens, toxins and irritants.  No wonder so many guys I know arrive at work in the Read More →

The Allergy Adjustment ~ A Mom’s Perspective

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{Danielle Copeman has become her family’s expert, as well as her daughter’s advocate, where dangerous food allergies are concerned. She’ll bring us monthly family-friendly recipes – free from egg and nuts. But first, she shares a bit of her story and some important tips for any family learning to live with life-changing allergies. Take it away, Danielle.} By Danielle Copeman  Just shy of two years ago I witnessed a terrible reaction. On her first Christmas my youngest daughter had her first bite of a scrambled egg, at the age of 11 months and went into Read More →

Sunday Thoughts on Meditation

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  I’m a strong believer in the importance of quiet time. Whether it’s five minutes of meditation in your office or a refreshing walk through nature, humans crave physical and mental breaks from the bustle of modern life. It’s good for the mind and body. Even the Western medical community is getting on board with meditation. Check out the Mayo Clinic’s overview. Sundays are the perfect time to find some stillness and rest you need in preparation for the coming week.  I’ve attended mediation retreats, participated in group guided meditations in traditional church settings and Read More →

Weekend Market

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Weekends are made for Farmers Markets. Sure I live in California and have access to outdoor markets all year round, but now that it’s spring those of us all over North America can get out and support our local farmers. It’s a great way to stimulate your own community’s economy, since purchasing directly from the grower eliminates the middle man and means the farmers gets paid directly for their efforts. While you’re there, talk the growers up, find out how their crops are fairing this season and ask them how they like to prepare their Read More →

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