#Stay At Home, Not Stay In Front of the Stove

In these different times we are adjusting to the new norms and hunkering down as best as we can. But, that shouldn’t mean hunkering in front of the stove for hours!!

Being with the family 24/7 means for more quality time. Time you don’t want being spent in front of the stove cooking a homemade meal!

Solution? Try Cucina Antica’s pasta sauces. Rustic, fresh tasting and versatile! You see the ingredients when you open the jar, from chunks of tomatoes to the herbs. Bonus! No added sugar!

Now what to put it on??? How about some pasta! And have I got pasta for you! Fresh pasta, too!!

Taste Republic offers gluten free fresh pasta. So fresh you would think it just rolled out of the “pasta press”. Yes, I did say gluten free! And if you didn’t know, I don’t think you could tell.

Here’s the winning combo

Good sauces I know you’re used to seeing, but I wanted to show you the pasta

Told you, just like you finished rolling it through the pasta maker! Like try fresh pasta it’s a quick dip in the boiling water and you’re done.

Fresh, warm pasta tossed with a yummy is a good to go meal. If you want to go a little fancier add a piece of breaded chicken breast for a hearty chicken parmesan dinner!

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Stay Inside, Still Enjoy Freshness

Prior to all the school closures, social distancing, and self quarantines Spring was approaching with all its pollen glory.

Okay, if you have allergies it’s more like this….

An image we see often when the Season hits.

These days, we have more reasons to stay inside than just battling allergens. Staying in our cozy homes is a serious safety step for our health and the health of our communities.

As much as we love our families, after some time aromas tend to gather in the air. Sprays don’t clean the air, but I know something that does!

The WINIX 5500 Air purifier/cleaned. I know you’ve seen me write about the WINIX purifiers before, and I swear by them. They have helped me breathe easier in the height of Springtime pollen.

At this point you’re wondering why this one? What makes this unit so special?

For one, it’s easy to assemble.

Now, let me back track a minute. There’s one “layer” that really impressed me. The “Washable Advanced Odor Control Carbon Filter”!

Washable Advanced Odor Carbon (AOC) Filter

It may look like any other filter, but take a closer look!

It reminds me of a beehive buzzing with busy worker bees making sweet beautiful honey. Or in this case beautiful clean air! And it’s washable too!!!

Once you pair it with the true HEPA filter it’s a powerhouse of clean!

Is it hard to operate? Not at all!! Looks high tech and is “user friendly “.

The light tells you when it senses air iniquities

When the light is a blue glow you are good to go!! And there’s a remote too!!!

What I’d really like to share with all of you is a discount code !!

Just go to http://www.winixamerica.com and use the code “madefresh” for 20%off your purchase!!

Here’s to good health and clean air! Stay safe!!

A Little Frill, a Little Fancy

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We all need our “space” and it doesn’t have to be an actual room. This little idea came about when I purchased a bed canopy at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bed+canopy+for+girls&field-brand=SELQUAL

I originally bought it thinking it would make a cute “baby” gift. Then, I hung it up by a window to check it out.

The stars are cute, though I haven’t had much look with this style fluorescent stars. Even when I bathe them in the most sunlight I can, short of keeping them outside, they never glow in the dark.

But overall the material falls nicely to the floor. The circumference on top gives the wide material a great tent affect. Which is what led to the mini lightbulb. All this needs is a comfy chair underneath and… Voila! Instant “my space”!!!

Did I mention, the top is like a hoop. The same type of hoop like car sunshades. One twist and it stores easily.

Guess I’m going to need to find a different gift!!

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Because Scrapes, Booboos, and Emergencies Happen

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Each of the four seasons call for different “tools”, clothes and activities. There is one common accessory we should not forget. That’s a first aid kit!

Yes, I carry one of those super mini ones we get at the Health fairs, even the uber basic ones for my kid’s backpack.

I want to share with you the one I recently bought at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TC7B26G

Now when you look at it, it might not seem like much. Or maybe it looks like all the others.

It is waterproof- big plus because that means it’ll be ok in the rain, snow and pool/beach splashes.

So let’s open this pack up!

Very well packed!! Time to dig a little deeper….

So, I love the mini scissors and the safety pins. Would have never expected the tourniquet!! Wouldn’t have even thought about it if I was going to create my own kit. Let alone have it this compact and handy. The clip is a bonus!!

Glad I bought this, and I’m probably going to grab another one too…. just in case.

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It’s a Lifestyle, Not a Resolution

We all want to live more purposeful lives, be healthier and more active. And every to start to the New Year rings of resolutions made world wide. Then comes week two I to week three and the fading begins .

Why? Well, many factors- the biggest is “life happens”. So I want to share this great article that was sent to me not to preach, but to help find solutions to stumbling blocks we may encounter.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!

5 surprising mistakes that may
prevent you from living to 100

Make these smart lifestyle changes to help increase
your lifespan as well as your healthspan

What separates physically active, mentally sharp people in their 80s and 90s from the rest of us? While good genes certainly play a role, our lifestyle may be even more important to our health and longevity than our DNA. For many of us, just making a few simple changes to our daily routines could influence whether we’re still around to play with the great grandkids. 

Top health experts now talk about the term healthspan as opposed to just their lifespan. “A person’s healthspan is the length of time that the person is healthy: the length of time they will spend on this planet in optimal health, not just alive,” explains Functional Medicine Practitioner Bryce Wylde, BSc, DHMHS.

Nutrition Mythbuster Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, adds, “Our goal should be to postpone the age-related decline in health so we can enjoy an improved quality of life. We don’t just want to live longer, we want to be stronger, smarter, more energetic and more resistant to disease.”

Join the “live to 100” club

While most of us know we should be exercising frequently, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating more fruits and vegetables, there are some surprising ways you may be sabotaging your efforts to live a long, healthy life. The good news? There are simple fixes to each of these. 

Mistake #1: Not making your happiness a priority.  

“It’s easy to get sucked into the negativity of social media, the nightly news and people who view life as a series of problems,” says Wylde. “These things can shorten your lifespan and your healthspan. Our attitudes influence how fast or slow we age, and happiness is linked to achieving old age with optimal health.”  

The fix: “Become more aware of the people and circumstances that are robbing you of your happiness. Dump some toxic relationships. Spend more time around happy people. If necessary, take a vacation from Facebook and Instagram a few days each week. And find something to be grateful for every single day,” Wylde advises. “At first, having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ may seem like a lot of effort. But it will soon become a habit.” 

Mistake #2: You’re still eating a low-fat inflammatory diet.

“The low-fat diet craze led millions of us to get used to filling up on carbs,” says Bowden, the author of “Living Low Carb.” But now there’s overwhelming evidence that dietary fat is not the enemy to our health. Restricting fat has not helped us lose weight. In fact, obesity rates have skyrocketed since low-fat diets have become popular. A recent 12-month study out of Malaysia evaluated the diets of 577 healthy people who were non-drinkers and non-smokers. The researchers found that a high-carb diet is far more inflammatory and far more likely to increase heart disease risk factors than a higher fat diet. Fat had very little impact on risk factors,” stresses Bowden. 

The fix: “Add healthy fats back into your diet,” advises Bowden. “Toss the pro-inflammatory canola, soybean and corn oils. Instead, use chia oil or extra virgin olive oil for cold applications such as salad dressings. For high heat cooking, palm oil is ideal. It’s cholesterol-neutral and rich in heart-healthy vitamin E tocotrienols. Because there have been some concerns about palm oil and the environment, always choose Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, which is environmentally friendly.”       

Mistake #3: You aren’t monitoring your health while it’s still good.  

 “Most people don’t want to run to the doctor for wellness tests that may or may not be covered by insurance. That’s how some illnesses can creep up on you,” says Wylde. “Pay attention to symptoms while they’re still whispers. Don’t wait until your body starts yelling at you.”  

The fix: “Here’s one free test you can take every day: Ask yourself how you feel. That’s the biggest “tell” of all. How’s your energy? Are you waking up feeling tired and toxic? Does that change if you take a walk? What happens if you cut out sugar for a week? Start paying closer attention to those things,” Wylde advises.


Mistake #4: You’re not taking heart-healthy omega-3s because you don’t like fish.

“Omega-3s are probably one of the most important nutrients you can get from food,” says Wylde. “For example, ALA is the only omega-3 that is considered biologically an ‘essential’ fatty acid because the body can’t make it on its own. Historically, fish oil has been the largest source of omega-3. But, not everyone wants to take fish oil or eat fish several times a week.” 

The fix: “The health community is excited about newer plant-based sources for omega-3s, specifically ALA. But be selective and choose the most nutrient-dense options,” Bowden advises. “For example, of the best-known ALA options, flax contains only antioxidants and polyphenols. Hemp and borage oils have only antioxidants. SunChia naturally has the largest range of bioactive components: antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamin E tocopherols and sterols.” 

Mistake #5: You’re barely getting by on poor-quality sleep.  

Wylde says sleep is one of the most restorative things we can do, yet most of us still aren’t getting enough. “It’s not just clocking eight hours on the pillow that’s important. It’s getting deep, restful sleep. All kinds of essential things happen during sleep. Neurochemicals are replaced, bones and joints are repaired, waste products are washed away. Yet too many of us have trouble calming our minds so we can fall asleep more easily.” 

The fix: “Avoid drinking caffeine after 3 p.m., including energy drinks,” Wylde advises. “They can interrupt your REM sleep cycle, which is the dream state and is imperative to waking up feeling refreshed. If you have trouble falling asleep, take a product 30 minutes before bedtime that contains Suntheanine, a pure form of the amino acid L-theanine. Suntheanine does not induce sleep. It’s not a tranquilizer or a sedative. But it will put you in a calm, relaxed state so that you can enter sleep more rapidly, sleep deeper and wake up without grogginess.” 

Reaching old age as a healthy, active adult requires making smart choices that work with your body to help slow the aging process. Bowden and Wylde acknowledge that some of these fixes may require stepping out of your comfort zone. That may feel unsettling at first. But the more you stick with them, the stronger your new, healthier habits will become.

Biography: Bryce Wylde, BSc, DHMHS, Homeopath

Bryce Wylde BSc (hons), DHMHS is a leading health expert specializing in integrative and functional medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, and supplementation. As associate medical director at P3 Health in Toronto, and director of My Health Report, he blends the latest in science and technology with traditional and ancient remedies. Wylde is the author of three national best-selling books, previous host of CTV’s Wylde on Health, and regular guest health expert and medical advisor on “The Doctor Oz” show. 

Biography: Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster” ™ is a nationally known board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition has contributed to articles in The New York Times, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Men’s Heath, Prevention, and dozens of other print and online publications. 

Dr. Jonny is the best-selling author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb (now in its fourth edition), and is the co-author, with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, of the controversial best-seller, “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan that Will”.

Baby it’s STILL cold outside!

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Been one of those winter seasons again. My area may not have snow…..yet. But we do have the low chilly temperatures.

We bundle up and we later to stay warm. But does that mean we can’t be fashionably fun? Of course not!!

Which brings me to this cute long, faux fur coat that I found at https://backnear.com/collections/women/products/super-warm-faux-fur-hooded-long-coat-8?variant=31216441294959

Yes, purple!! Not to fret, they do have other colors. From the universal beige to a fun orange or teal!!

I have to say, it is super soft!! Comfy and warm, too. It does have side pockets that are deep enough for your phone and keeping your hands warm. The inside is a quilted lining, while the hood is lined with the same material as the outer coat shell- great at keeping your ears warm.

How comfy is it? Comfy enough for my daughter to say she likes the way it fits her!!!

Oops! This one is mine!!! Will she get her own? We’ll see….

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Second One?

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Yup, had to get another message board!


I fell in love with the lighter background and the fancier stand. Okay, so maybe that isn’t the best of reasons to purchase another message board.

I wanted to add a little more creative touch to places that I wouldn’t have ordinarily.

We all love reading those cute inspirational messages. So why not share them in different rooms of the house, like the kitchen or family room.

Maybe post a chore request or reminder… so versatile that you can use it for many purposes.

Thinking it could make a great gift? I going this one at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JMLDKHP/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1576507722&sr=1-10&keywords=felt+letter+board&m=A2DY0FRTQEDIN3&

Let your imagination and creative juices flow……

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