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Culinary Crash Course Series – Comparing Cookware Materials

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo: Cooker King There are many different cookware materials out to consider when buying pots and pans. So where do you start? The 4 main things to consider when buying pots and pans are heat performance, durability, maintenance, and price. Also, depending on what you will be cooking, some cookware materials fare…

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How Exercise Improves Your Mood

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo: Ashley Whitlatch Years of exercising has taught me a few things such as staying healthy, maintaining my weight and probably the most important thing -- boosting my mood. The best time for me to exercise is early in the morning before I go to work and in just those 20 minutes,…

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Beginner’s Guide to Working Out

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo:  Karolina Grabowska  If exercising has never been part of your daily life, starting a routine can certainly be intimidating. There are millions of exercise programs, videos, and apps to get into shape, but where do you start? Why Do You Want to Start Working Out? Ask yourself...Why do I want to…

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Getting Ready for Spring – Gardening Supply Must-Haves

*By: Christi Shingara* Spring is in the air and it is time to start thinking about flowers and gardening. Of course, to have a beautiful garden you need the right supplies such as seed starter kits, containers and gardening tools. We did the dirty work and suggested some products that can help you start or…

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Owning a Pet and the Surprising Health Benefits

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo: Alexis Chloe Due to the pandemic a number of people decided to make their home life more interesting by adding a new member to the family. No, not of the human kind, but a furry friend! According to the Washington Post, dog adoptions have soared to an all-time high within the…

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How to Make Boozy Irish Bread Pudding!

*By: Christi Shingara* Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts and with St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, it's the perfect time to make some! This dessert is also a go-to if you have some day old bread sitting around. You can use any bread that is white-flour based. The types that work…

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Exclusive Interview: Lynann Escatel – Pilates and ELODA Instructor

*By: Christi Shingara* I recently had the opportunity to interview Lynann Escatel who is a certified Pilates and ELDOA instructor. We discuss the specifics of these exercise methods, the health benefits they provide and how they compare to other exercise disciplines. We also dive into the history of these methods. I certainly learned a lot…

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Self-Care: Taking Time for Yourself

Photo: Simon Rae Self-care is anything you do to take care of yourself so you can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Of course, eating healthy and exercising is part of this, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. My interpretation of self-care is doing things that you find enjoyable, all of which…

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Snowshoeing: A Beginner’s Guide

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo: Nicola Poluzzi I recently had the opportunity to try snowshoeing for the first time. if you aren't familiar with the term, snowshoeing is basically a type of hiking that involves walking over snow with the assistance of footwear that displaces weight over a larger area. This is something I have wanted to…

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Exclusive Interview: Cat Pierce and The Wandering Star Tarot Card Deck

*By: Christi Shingara* I recently got the chance to interview the very lovely and talented Cat Pierce who is an accomplished singer/songwriter and half of the sister duo, The Pierces. Their music has been featured on numerous TV shows, most notably the song “Secret”, which is the theme song for the popular TV series Pretty…