• Health

    The Value of Magnesium

    Magnesium is an important mineral, playing a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the human body. Its many functions include helping with muscle and nerve function, regulating blood pressure, and supporting the immune system. In the western world, it has been shown that the majority of people do not get enough magnesium through their diet. Magnesium is one of seven essential macrominerals. These macrominerals are minerals that people need to consume in relatively large amounts — at least 100 milligrams (mg) per day. Microminerals, such as iron and zinc, are just as important, though people need them in smaller amounts. Magnesium is vital for many bodily functions. Getting enough of…

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    Lose Weight, Curb Your Appetite

    For thousands of years, people have touted the healing abilities of essential oils for everything from minor aches to major depression. Although research on the efficacy of these oils is often limited, there’s evidence to suggest that certain oils do have medicinal properties. Essential oils are distilled and pressed from plants and left in their purest, rawest form. Because of this, they’re often seen as a natural alternative to traditional medications. If you’re trying to lose extra pounds, you may want to consider adding essential oils to your weight loss plan. Essential oils may be able to provide you with a number of complementary benefits. Using Essential Oils Although essential…

  • Crafts

    Why Crocheting is Better than Knitting

    There will always be the argument of whether crocheting is better than knitting or if knitting is better than crocheting. Personally, I love both but there are reasons why I do lean more toward crocheting. So for those who disagree with me, that is fine because it is about the creative journey and this post is simply a subjective one. Here are my reasons why crocheting is better than knitting: This is obvious, crocheting is faster than knitting. The stitches tend to be bigger so you can grow your project faster. Many garment patterns can be completed in a week or even a weekend. Compared to knitting that is super…

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    Ridding Negativity with White Sage

    Traditionally white sage smudging is the process of burning dried white sage often wrapped together in twine. This has been practised by indigenous cultures for thousands of years. The smoke has a direct effect on reducing our stress response and has also been proven to contain antibacterial properties which keep infectious bacteria and viruses at bay. Since smudging is an ancient and ceremonial practice, it’s best to do so with awareness and in a mindful manner. The burning of white sage is not practical in many circumstances for example in an environment where a person is allergic to smoke or has a respiratory illness, in an office or very confined…

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    Funky Needlepoint Kits by Jennifer Pudney

    If you are into crafts then the Jennifer Pudney range of postcard size needlepoint kits are perfect. Unlike larger needlepoints that can take months to finish the small size of these really funky designs will make each design fast to finish. What I love is they are fresh and fun. I have always shied away from needlepoint as the designs have been so drab, old fashioned and chocolate box. Because these are so much fun to do I am suddenly finding needlepoint incredibly relaxing. Currently, I am completing the one called Catnap. I plan to embed it into a cushion. When it is done I promise to post the photo…