May 25, 2017
How to Create a Spa-Like Detox Bath
Since May is Mental Health Month, I thought I’d share some tips on one of my favorite strategies for de-stressing and detoxifying: Soaking in the bath tub. Creating a detox bath is hands-down my favorite way to de-stress and unwind after a long day or a busy week. I love filling the tub as full as I … Continue reading "How to Create a Spa-Like Detox Bath"
May 22, 2017
5 Smartphone Apps for Better Mental Health
Not everyone can afford to see a counselor, therapist or psychiatrist for their mental health issues, and fortunately, mental health apps are the next best thing. Not only are mental health apps an inexpensive form of therapy, but they’re easy to access at any time – day or night. Many smartphone apps have been designed … Continue reading "5 Smartphone Apps for Better Mental Health"
May 2, 2017
Mental Health Month: 5 Simple Things I Do Daily To Stay Sane
Mental Health Month is the perfect time for each of us to reflect on the ways in which we can better ourselves and strive to achieve emotional and mental well-being. As a highly-sensitive, introverted, and socially-anxious individual, staying calm, grounded, and sane is a task that I need to work on daily. I have to work hard to … Continue reading "Mental Health Month: 5 Simple Things I Do Daily To Stay Sane"
April 30, 2017
Mental Health Month: Top 10 At-Home Yoga Videos
In honor of Mental Health Month this May, we’ll be dedicating a series of blog posts to mental health, including important Mental Health Month topics such as anxiety, depression, stress and more. If you’re like me, yoga is a major part of balancing your general mental wellness. Even when I’m feeling sluggish and uninspired to do anything, I … Continue reading "Mental Health Month: Top 10 At-Home Yoga Videos"
April 26, 2017
Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie
Mmm, this Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie is simply amazing, and it’s incredibly easy to make. But first, here’s a little bit of a backstory behind the creation of this recipe. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to increase the amount of antioxidants I consume on a regular basis. As a vegan, I always … Continue reading "Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie"
April 19, 2017
Easy Pineapple Banana Smoothie
I don’t know about you, but I love smoothies – especially this Pineapple Banana Smoothie. Even better, I love easy smoothies that don’t require a ton of ingredients, but still taste amazing. And now that spring is finally here and summer is on its way (well, hopefully it is!), who can resist a tropical-tasting smoothie? Just … Continue reading "Easy Pineapple Banana Smoothie"
March 24, 2017
Delicious Homestyle Vegan Biscuits
Biscuits are hands-down my favorite food. I’m just a vegetarian, but these vegan biscuits are honestly better than any non-vegan version I’ve ever tried. My husband (who eats meat) requests these all the time! My favorite thing about the recipe is that it has just 6 ingredients that most people have on hand at all … Continue reading "Delicious Homestyle Vegan Biscuits"
March 20, 2017
The Spiritual Power of Roosters
Hi, my name is Melanie, and I’m an alcoholic. My full time job as an addiction counselor at a world renowned treatment center keeps me on my toes. In my free time I care for my beautiful companion animal family that consists of 11 animals, with my very understanding husband. I have been sober for … Continue reading "The Spiritual Power of Roosters"
March 18, 2017
Quitting Sugar: Reflections On The First 2 Weeks
I decided to give up sugar at the beginning of March. I’m not necessarily religious, but my husband is Catholic and I usually join him in giving up a vice during Lent. Quitting sugar — or at least limiting how much we eat — has been a goal for both of us for a long … Continue reading "Quitting Sugar: Reflections On The First 2 Weeks"
October 18, 2016
Is 23andMe Worth the Hype? + How to Interpret Results
Being that I’ve had cancer, doing the 23andMe genetic testing and analysis was especially important to me, especially after my oncologist recommended that I think about genetic counseling. I decided against seeing an official genetic counselor, but I participated in an iPad study that the University of Minnesota has been conducting. The study is meant to … Continue reading "Is 23andMe Worth the Hype? + How to Interpret Results"