Niagara Falls and Negative Ions

Niagara Falls and Negative Ions

    When I was in my late teens, I visited Niagara Falls–one of the world’s natural wonders. Since then, I have been drawn back many times. Of course it is no secret that these falls are a sight to behold, but for me it was more than that. I always felt there was something in the air that made me feel better; no doubt it was the refreshing mist spraying from the falls, coupled with the soothing sound of the water crashing on the rocks below. Recently I mentioned this to someone, who informed me that it isn’t just the mist. Niagara Falls produces negative ions in massive quantities. After some.

Lin’s Favs ~ Multivitamin Power Exfoliant by Dermoligica

Lin’s Favs ~ Multivitamin Power Exfoliant by Dermoligica

I have used this natural face exfoliant since before I started my brick and mortar spa and continue to use it to this day. I cannot say enough good things about it. It exfoliates using a non-abrasive formula to slough off dead skin and dirt without redness or irritation. Its formula includes salicylic acid–amazing for fighting pimples–and vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins, along with botanical extracts and essential oils leave skin refreshed, with improved tone and texture. And unlike other peels, there’s no down time! There are no artificial colors or scents in any of Dermologica’s products, making them great for sensitive or break out prone skin. One jar, when.

Healthy Living ~ Smoothies

Healthy Living ~ Smoothies

Smoothies are, if you make them with the right ingredients, extremely healthy snacks or even meals! (We love them for the summer when it’s just too hot to turn on the oven.) But it can be intimidating making them. How do you know you are adding the right ingredients? Here are some tips: Don’t add ice cream or frozen yogurt. Yes, those make smoothies taste great but they also make them glorified milkshakes with too many calories and too much fat to make up for the nutrition of the fruit and veg. Use juice (pomegranate for an antioxidant boost), skim milk, buttermilk, or non-dairy milks like soy or almond milk.

Healthy Living ~ Reading

Healthy Living ~ Reading

When you were a kid you complained that it was too rainy to go outside and play so your mom told you to read a book. You should always listen to your mother. Reading doesn’t just kill time, it helps boost brain power, increase empathy, and reduce stress. Like doing Sudoku or a crossword, reading is a work out for your brain and can help increase brain power while reducing forgetfulness and possibly even staving off Alzheimer’s Disease. Reading books, specifically literary fiction, can help you become more empathetic and understanding of others by exposing you to different points of view. In fact studies have shown that by reading fiction,.

Healthy Living~Avocado Oil

Healthy Living~Avocado Oil

I don’t know about you, but I love making Mexican food during the summer and nothing says Mexican food quite like good guacamole. But did you know that the avocado is actually very healthy? That’s right. Avocados are good for you. Yes, they are fatty, but it’s good unsaturated fats. In addition avocados have more protein than any other fruit (yes, avocados are a fruit) and more potassium than a banana. Eating avocados or consuming avocado oil may help relieve inflammation associated with arthritis and periodontal disease, lower high blood pressure, and protect the body from damage causing free-radicals. Avocados can also be applied directly to the skin to relieve.

Flavors of Tuscany

Flavors of Tuscany

I draw inspiration from many different places when I develop my Signature Design Themes. When creating my Tuscan inspired theme, Essence of Tuscany, I found myself inspired by the landscapes and architecture; the sights and sounds; but most of all, I was inspired by the flavors of Tuscany. Italian cuisine is always delicious and Tuscany does not disappoint. It is filled with fresh flavors drawn from the rich bounty of the region. I have already featured two savory dishes, but I felt that passing references were not enough to do justice to everyone’s favorite food: ice cream! Tuscany’s ice creams, like their savory dishes, showcase fresh flavors. I’ve been scouring the.