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Challenge yourself to try new things and have fun too!

CHILLY TEMPERATURES HAVE ARRIVED MAKING IT EASY TO HUNKER DOWN and dive deep into movie marathons and lazy weekends at home. We agree a weekend of relaxation is well deserved, but we think it’s more fun to

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Sign up for a Pilates or yoga class with a friend. Take time to focus on you. In the hustle of the holidays and new year, it’s easy to focus on everyone else. Take time to reset, refocus and find your inner-balance while your friend motivates you to keep up the good work.

Knit a scarf. Maybe you don’t know how knit. It doesn’t matter because nobody ever said a scarf has to be perfect. It just has to be warm…and cozy. It will immediately become your go-to favorite piece of clothing.

Start leading a “fiberful” life. 9 out of 10 Americans don’t get enough of their daily value of fiber (25grams)! Try to hit that goal by adding more fiber-rich foods to your diet, and thanks to Fiber One you can easily get the fiber you need with the taste you love.

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Start a “Read and Wine” book club. Schedules tend to settle after the holidays, making it easier to coordinate a monthly book discussion. Whether you actually read the book or not, it’s at least a great excuse to gather your friends together and enjoy each other’s company.

There are many new and amazing activities waiting for you, this is just a start. Build your own list, recruit friends and family to join the fun, and make the most of your time!

3. Go for a nature hike (when it’s not too chilly). There’s something so refreshing about exploring a new trail and taking in all that winter has to offer. Challenge yourself, your kids or grandkids to find as many different birds or critter tracks in the snow!

6. Create a “Better Year Bucket List”. Resolutions come and go, so why not challenge yourself to simply have a better year? Use this list to help you create an exceptional year.

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES DON’T HAVE TO BE BORING. This candy crackle idea will get your family excited to try a new spin on a classic dessert. The best part is, you probably already have these simple ingredients in your kitchen!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP CANDY CRACKLE Makes 1 8×8 pan Prep time: 10 minutes Bake time: 3-5 minutes Freeze time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients 1 bag Mrs.Thinster’s Chocolate Chip cookie thins, whole 1 stick of butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips Directions • Preheat oven to 4250 F. • Line pan with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray. • Arrange cookie thins to cover the entire bottom of pan. Set aside. • In sauce pan combine butter and sugar. Stir on medium heat until an even caramel consistency occurs.

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butter mixture over cookie thins evenly and bake in oven for 3-5 minutes or until it bubbles. • Sprinkle chips letting them melt slightly. Optional: spread chocolate to smooth appearance. • Place pan in freezer and let chill for 15-20 minutes. • Crack the candy into any size pieces.

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WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE U.S.A. HONEY BEE, you support American agriculture. You might ask, “How important is the U.S.A. honey bee to American agriculture?” More than you may know!

attributed to the U.S.A. honey bee and other pollinators. In fact, without U.S.A. honey bees, many of the foods that consumers buy and love would disappear. You may be asking, “How can I help support the U.S.A. honey bee and American agriculture?” Consumers may not know that foreign honey is stocked on grocery store shelves. When suppliers opt for using foreign honey, it puts a tremendous strain on American beekeepers by limiting their opportunities to market honey, maintain their colonies and pollinate U.S. crops.

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PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BITES Ingredients 8 oz. cream cheese 1/2 cup peanut butter 3 packets SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips, unsweetened Directions • Combine cream cheese, peanut butter, and SweetLeaf until mixture has a light consistency both in color and texture. • Stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, save rest for dipping. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. • Scoop the cheesecake mixture onto a cutting board or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. • Place bites in refrigerator for 20 minutes or until hardened. • Melt chocolate chips. Using a fork, dip the cheesecake bites into the melted chocolate, covering them completely. • Place bites back onto the parchment paper and refrigerate to harden.

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SweetLeaf gives you the taste you want without artificial ingredients. So, go ahead and make desserts and recipes at home. Add SweetLeaf to all of your favorite winter foods and beverages and enjoy delicious taste without sacrificing the sweetness you crave. Stevia is a shrub with leaves that are 30 times sweeter than sugar. It was first discovered more than 1,500 years ago, in the rainforests of Paraguay. SweetLeaf is a sweetener with zero calories or carbs. It is also sugar-free, non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher, with a non-glycemic response. When you want to add flavor and sweetness to any food or beverage, the uses of awardwinning SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener are endless. It’s easy to reduce or eliminate added sugars from your diet. Taste the SweetLeaf difference and you’ll see why SweetLeaf is the world’s most trusted stevia brand, with remarkable flavor that can take your recipes from bland to wow.

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You’re going to love these caramel apple recipes THIS WINTER, WHAT BETTER WAY TO INDULGE THAN WITH DELICIOUS CARAMEL APPLE TREATS. Here in the Werther’s Original kitchen, we’ve got a selection of mouth-watering recipes for you to try out at home. You can select from classic caramel apples, desserts made with caramel and small caramel delicacies made with delicious Werther’s Original. Enjoy!

CARAMEL DRIZZLE APPLES Preparation: 25 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Number of portions: 6 apples Ingredients 50 pieces (11 oz.) Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels, unwrapped 4 pieces Werther’s Original Hard Candies, unwrapped 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon water 6 medium Golden Delicious, Red Delicious or Fuji apples 6 popsicle sticks 3 ounces white chocolate 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

Directions • In heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine chewy and hard caramels, butter and water. • Melt mixture over low heat, stirring very often, until smooth. Insert popsicle sticks into bottom center of apples. Dip each apple into thickened caramel, using an extra spoon to apply melted caramel mixture to top as well. • Place on a foil lined cookie sheet to cool. Refrigerate to harden. • Meanwhile, melt white chocolate in top of a double boiler and stir until smooth. Transfer melted chocolate to pastry bag fitted with small writing tip. Drizzle random strips of white chocolate over each caramel apple. Repeat melting and drizzling with semi-sweet chocolate. Serve or refrigerate to serve later. • Serves 6

CARAMEL APPLE BITES Preparation: 20 minutes Cook time: 3 minutes Number of portions: 4 apples Ingredients 20 pieces Werther’s Original Soft Caramels, unwrapped 3 tablespoons milk 4 apples, washed and sliced Pick your favorite toppings, we used: 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate 1/2 cup of chopped pecans 1/2 cup of sprinkles 1/2 cup of shredded coconut 1/2 graham crackers, crushed Directions • Place caramels and milk in a 1-qt. microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high, stirring frequently until smooth, for about 3 minutes. • Prep toppings and place each topping in a small bowl. • Dip and swirl apple slices in melted caramel mixture, then immediately dip caramel apple slice into the preferred topping. Place on wax paper until caramel sets. • Serves 4 M

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SIMPLE SOUTHERN PECAN BUTTERBALLS Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Servings: 24

Ingredients 1 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for coating) 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/8 tsp. table salt 1 1/2 cups pecan chips

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START WITH THIS EASY BASE DOUGH RECIPE AND JUST ADD MIX-INS AND IMAGINATION TO MAKE IT YOURS! This Country Crock® recipe allows you to make delicious cookies with different variations of mix-ins, like chocolate chips or s’mores. The possibilities are endless!

MAKE IT YOURS™ COOKIE RECIPE: Ingredients 1 cup Country Crock® 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 large egg yolk 2 tsp. vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1 to 2 cups of your choice of mix-ins Directions • Preheat oven to 375° F. Mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, Country Crock® spread, egg, egg yolk and vanilla into a large bowl until well mixed. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until blended (dough will be soft and creamy).

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Easy snacking solutions for busy families FROM AFTER-SCHOOL PLAYDATES AND WEEKEND ACTIVITIES, TO FOOTBALL GAMES and road trips with the family, busy schedules can be stressful. As you jump back into the school year (and everything that comes with it), it’s important to have a few simple, wholesome and convenient snacks packed to keep everyone happy and healthy.

TIME AND TIME AGAIN, GoGo squeeZ has proven that it is possible for on-thego snacks to be made with simple, natural ingredients that are nutritious and delicious, allowing kids to squeeZ more goodness into each day. Not only is GoGo squeeZ the leader of squeezable, all natural, 100 percent fruit applesauce and yogurt in a pouch, it is the perfect on-the-go snacking solution and offers more than 25 flavors of squeezable applesauce and yogurt to provide happiness for everyone.

Here are a few tips and tricks to keep the fall season full of GoGo-goodness, no matter what is on the schedule:

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY Fruit and vegetable consumption is essential at all ages, but is most crucial in young children. Between school, playdates and afterschool activities, kids are up against endless germs and need to keep their bodies fueled. Be sure they are receiving all the

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elements of a nutritious, balanced diet including snacks like GoGo squeeZ, the leading squeezable applesauce, made with real fruits like apples, strawberries and berries.

Wherever you are traveling this year, don’t forget to prioritize some physical activity into the day. Whether it’s taking a walk around town with the kids, soccer practice or raking leaves as a team it’s important for the whole family to keep it moving. Activity time also leads to quality family time!

PACK SHELF-STABLE SNACKS Children’s appetites can be so unpredictable, so make sure to pack a variety of healthy and delicious snacks that can come back home after school or the football game. Try packing a designated snack bag with healthy goodies that travel well, like apples, small crackers, seaweed strips, dry cereal and GoGo squeeZ Applesauce and YogurtZ pouches. At GoGo squeeZ we source the best quality ingredients and use the highest standards to ensure top quality, so you can be sure our shelf-stable YogurtZ are delicious at any temperature!


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T  rue Citrus, instead of soda. If you’re constantly tempted by the soda machine at work, you’re probably craving the sugary-sweet flavor and quick kick of energy. However all that sugar is pretty darn terrible for you, and there are better ways to get the flavors you crave! Try these delicious True Citrus drink mixes to satiate those taste buds without sacrificing your health.

T  ortilla pizza, instead of ordering delivery. Sometimes after a long day, pizza is the only thing you want to eat. If you’re crazy about pizza, try making it at home on a wholewheat tortilla! You’ll save money, and you can eat the whole thing by yourself without feeling the guilt.

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POPCORN Perfect Host a gathering or get cozy at home with these Pinterest-worthy popcorn recipes THE PERFECT CAKE FOR YOUR NEXT FAMILY GATHERING. This recipe is adaptable to all occasions, seasons and tastes. Add in your favorite sweet or salty mix-ins and have a creation all your own!

MARSHMALLOW CAKE Ingredients 1/4 cup vegetable oil One (1) 5.5oz bag Wise Reduced Fat Sea Salt Popcorn 2 cups candy coated chocolates 1 1/2 cups lightly salted peanuts 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 lb. marshmallows A TASTE OF CAMPING FROM THE COMFORTS OF YOUR HOME. Do you love being at home? Do you love popcorn? Do you love s’mores? If you answered yes to all three then you are in for a treat.

S’MORES Ingredients 1 cup Brown Sugar 16 ounces Mini Marshmallows 1 cup Unsalted Butter One (1) 5.5oz bag of Wise Cinnabon® Popcorn 1 cups Chocolate Chips minis 2 cups Teddy Graham Crackers

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CLAM CHOWDER A simple spin on the “Perfect Potato” soup mix. Just add 1 diced red potato, 2 cans of minced clams, and 7 cups of milk and cook at a slow boil for 25 minutes. This makes half a gallon of creamy clam chowder!

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a large skillet, brown 1 lb. of steak cut in strips. • Then add Cugino’s French Onion Soup Mix and 3 cups of water. • Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour (or 4-8 hours in a slow cooker). • In the last 15 minutes, toss in 4 oz. of frozen

peas (optional) and 8 oz. of sliced mushrooms. • Remove it from heat and mix in a scoop or two of sour cream to reach your desired color and texture. • Serve over freshly cooked egg noodles and enjoy! • If you’re feeling fancy, you can garnish it with parsley and a dollop of sour cream as well.

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Lend a Helping Hand An easy DIY tablet stand for your kitchen

I LOVE MY TABLET. BUT I NEEDED A STAND FOR MY TABLET FOR WHEN I COOK IN MY KITCHEN. I found a package of 2 bamboo cutting boards at the store for about $7. I held them in my hands and it was like they were whispering to me… ‘make me into a tablet stand for the kitchen’. Who am I to deny a cutting board from being useful for my tablet? So I set out to make one and I put together this tutorial for you!

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BORN IN ITALY, MADE IN VERMONT This sauce was created by an Italian grandmother named Filomena who was born in 1895 in the Campania region of southern Italy. The flavors you can choose are: Original, Spicy, Sweet Basil & Garlic, and Artichoke & Capers. Dell’Amore uses vine-ripened plum tomatoes, 100% extra-virgin olive oil, fresh garlic with little added salt, no added sugar, no tomato paste, and no water.

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WANT TO SIMPLIFY YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA LIFE? For heavy social media users, it’s sometimes all you can do to keep up with your various online identities—not to mention the ever-present buzz of online friends (and strangers) clamoring for attention. To reclaim a little sanity, some streamlining may be in order.

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First, take a look at your current online presence. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social or networking sites all represent different sides of you—some of which may be outdated. How necessary is it to keep open that old dating-site account now that you’re no longer single? Assuming you still remember the usernames and passwords, consider pulling the plug.

These days, if someone wants to hire you, date you, or just get to know you, they’ll likely start with an online search. You probably don’t want them stumbling on a version of you that’s no longer relevant—or worse, unflattering—so along with shuttering any dormant accounts, do a preemptive search and target any links that may come back to haunt you. If they’re not pages you have control over, find out who does and ask if they’ll take them down. You’ll feel better knowing there are fewer potentially embarrassing remnants of your past waiting to be unearthed.

The low-level roar of too much social media can be draining. Consider adjusting your Facebook settings to unfollow and/or unsubscribe to some of your more... vocal... friends, pages, or groups. Whether you’re suffering from too many political back-and-forths or an onslaught of cute bunny photos (hi, Aunt Martha), opting out of some conversations can do wonders.

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Kitchens that feature colored cabinets often stand way out, and you can give the whole room an update even if you can’t rip them out and replace them.

A good backsplash is a way to combine design with functionality. One can use various materials for the backsplash. This includes the use of mirrors in order to improve the aesthetics.

2. OPEN SHELVES Open shelves are not only practical, but also provide an excellent opportunity to display your best kitchen items. Choose mono tone shelving units and decorate them with your dishware collections.

3. STORAGE BASKETS Your island storage doesn’t need to be enclosed. Remove some cabinet doors and get few weaving baskets to keep part of your groceries and other small stuff. They will give a nice rustic look to your kitchen.

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5. APPLIANCES WITH NEW FINISH Regular stainless appliances no longer help a kitchen stand out since most of every updated kitchen is featured with regular stainless appliances. For the same reason, major appliance brands have launched a couple of new finishes which are not only bold but also easier to use and clean. Choose black stainless. The deep and rich finish will elevate the look and feel of your kitchen. You’ll be happy in your new beautiful kitchen.

The new Kenmore Elite® black stainless suite offers a bold, yet classical finish that elevates the look and feel of your kitchen design. Whether you prefer rich, dark tones or bright, inviting spaces, the black stainless hue pairs beautifully

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REST Easy Take the stress out of mattress shopping with these 5 sure fire tips

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FIND YOUR COMFORT LEVEL FIRST.

Comfort is subjective and varies from person to person, so you can’t assume that your partner will like every type of mattress that you do. By shopping together, you can agree on a new mattress that you both find comfortable and supportive.

Your local mattress retailer may have a lot of models on display—don’t let this overwhelm you. Start by testing out the different comfort choices (firm, plush, pillow top, memory foam) to narrow down your selection.

TRY AN ADJUSTABLE FOUNDATION.

Your new mattress will affect the quality of your sleep for years to come. Don’t be shy about lying down on the mattresses in the store. Spend about five minutes trying out each mattress in various sleep positions and talking with your partner about what you like and dislike about each mattress you try. Consider taking notes to help you remember what your thoughts were, and don’t be afraid to ask your sales associate if you have any questions.

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RELAX A guide to choosing the right hammock

NOTHING SAYS “RELAXATION” QUITE LIKE A HAMMOCK. Adding one to your home lets you and your guests kick back and get a taste of island life, no matter where you live. This guide will help you sort through the different

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Quilted hammocks are suspended by ropes on a spreader bar, but the seating area itself is one large piece of quilted, quick-drying polyester or Duracord fabric. Some quilted hammocks also come with waterproof inserts that act as cushions. Because of their tight weave, quilted hammocks lie flatter than rope hammocks and can be easier to get into and out of.

This popular type of hammock is made of triple woven rope that forms a net. Each end is attached to a bar so it stays spread out rather than cocooning you. Rope hammocks are available in 100% cotton, polyester, and Duracord fabric. Choose the latter two for more durability. Because of their open weave, rope hammocks allow ample airflow and are perfect for hot days.

Like a quilted hammock, but with less padding, most fabric hammocks are made of polyester blends and come in many colors and patterns. Some even have pillows sewed in. They also lie fairly flat for easy entry and exit.

Typically from South America, handwoven hammocks come in three main types: Mayan (usually woven in a diamond pattern), Nicaraguan (known for being more tightly woven), and Brazilian (cross woven on a loom). All three are oversized, comfortable, made of nylon, and brightly colored. They normally don’t have a spreader bar, so they hug the sleeper in a cocoon, making them comfy. However, they can be tricky to exit and enter.

EXPLORE ISLAND BAY HAMMOCKS Hammocks aren’t all built the same. Choose a high-quality option to increase longevity. A Women’s Choice Award winner, Island Bay hammocks are well-made yet affordable. They offer a full line of traditional and exotic hammocks, plus innovative, heavy-duty stands for every space, style, and budget.

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Hammocks can be attached to trees or poles, or you can opt for a metal or wooden hammock stand. Check whether hanging hardware is included before you buy, and be sure to follow installation directions carefully. Here’s a helpful guide for hanging hammocks.

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Organizing 101 Organization is essential to make your home look clean!

ORGANIZATION IS THE FIRST STEP TO CLEANING. As you look around your space it may appear that clutter has overtaken your home. Take control and clean up the clutter with 3 steps:

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Some items need to be displayed. Some items may need to be in a drawer, cabinet or storage bin. Find a home for all items and allow the item to live in its “home”. Communicate to other household members that any one may use any item at any time, but they must return the item to its “home” when they are no longer using the item. AIN

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1. IDENTIFY A PLACE FOR ALL ITEMS IN A ROOM.

2. SOME ITEMS DO NOT BELONG IN THE ROOM THAT THE ITEM CURRENTLY RESIDES IN. Keep a basket for items that need to be returned to other rooms. This activity may be a daily occurrence.

3. DONATE, STORE OR THROW AWAY. As you investigate the items in each room. Some items no longer have the same usage they once had. It is decision time. Is the item still useful and is associated with countless memories? Perhaps it needs to go to long time storage or the items is no longer relevant to your household, then donate to charity or perhaps the item is well worn out and needs to be thrown away. Make the decision that is best for your household. Brought to you by

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SPIN Secrets Find out how to choose the right laundry detergent

DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHAT KIND OF LAUNDRY DETERGENT WE SHOULD BE USING? The simple answer- yes, it does matter which laundry detergent you buy. Finding the right laundry detergent requires a combination of choosing

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D  ETERGENT SCENTS Detergents come with all sorts of scents, so pick one you like—unless you have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, avoid laundry detergents with fragrance because fragrances are common skin allergens. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are loaded with fragrance and should be avoided as well. H  IGH-EFFICIENCY DETERGENT FOR HIGHEFFICIENCY WASHERS

You Need Less Than You Think Many people overuse their laundry detergent, but a small amount goes a long way. If you pack your washer full you run the risk of trapping detergent on your clothing. Regardless of what you pick, don’t overuse it and your laundry will come out nice and fresh. A simple rule of thumb is to always remember to check your machine manual to see what is recommended.

It should go without saying, but if you have a high-efficiency washer you should use a high-efficiency (HE) detergent. HE options produce fewer suds and make it easier for HE machines to rinse out the soap. You can always buy HE detergent for any washer but do not buy standard detergent for an HE washer. Brought to you by

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KNOW ALL THE FACTS Unfortunately, many women don’t know all the facts. Over 85% of women who get breast cancer do not have a family history. Being proactive instead of reactive is critical. The sooner breast cancer is detected, the greater your chance of survival. Brought to you by

B  E BREAST SELF-AWARE Being ‘Breast Self-Aware’ means understanding if you’re at high risk, getting screened, learning what’s normal for you and how to look for signs and symptoms, and minimizing controllable risk factors. First, talk to your family about their medical history, as well as your doctor to understand more about your personal risk of breast cancer. Make sure to keep up with regular screenings and having your doctor perform a clinical breast exam. Ask your doctor to show you how to perform self-checks.

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Take just a few minutes of your day to do this interactive Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment from BrightPink.org.

K  NOW WHAT IS NORMAL Susan G. Komen has a great resource to help you detect abnormal changes and know what to look for.

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There are also some lifestyle factors that have been found to reduce your risk of breast cancer. These include breastfeeding, having children, and getting enough vitamin D.

CHOOSE WISELYKNOW WHERE TO GO Sadly, being misdiagnosed has and can happen, so reduce your risk of a misdiagnosis by choosing a Women’s Choice Award, America’s Best Breast Center. We’ve done the homework for you, so you don’t have to. Simply visit us now and search in your state for an awarded and recognized breast center near you.

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1. FIND A CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Pediatric care is not the same type of care that an adult would receive. Children need to be cared for by a team of healthcare specialists that work specifically with children, since kids can be particularly sensitive and vulnerable to changes, such as how their bodies respond to anesthesia. A children’s hospital will have pharmacists, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and specialists who are trained to work with children and their families. At a children’s hospital they will also have the correct equipment as well as pediatric specialists who best understand how to diagnose and care for a child. The diagnosis and treatment protocols of serious illnesses and diseases in children can be very different than how it would otherwise be treated in an adult.

2. ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT SUCCESS RATES AND EXPERIENCE When your child is being treated for a serious medical condition or illness, ask about the success rates that

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THERE IS A TREMENDOUS RESPONSIBILITY THAT COMES WITH BEING THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER, especially when it comes to choosing the very best hospital for your child’s medical needs. Here are the top 3 tips to consider when searching for and selecting the hospital that will give your child the best chance for a successful outcome.

3. the hospital and the doctor has had with that particular medical condition. Find out how many ‘cases’ have been treated at that hospital and how those numbers compare to other children’s hospitals. If your child is going to need surgery, ask about infection rates. Also ask about readmission rates and mortality rates for your child’s procedure. How do they measure their success in treating your child’s particular condition? M

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specialists, participation in pediatric health research, accreditation by the Joint Commission, pediatric trauma center accreditation, family sleeping accommodations, and so on. Selecting a hospital that you feel will give your child the very best care can be stressful, but by doing your research and asking the right questions, you can make an informed decision and feel more confident in selecting the best children’s hospital for your child’s needs.

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THE ‘AMERICA’S BEST’ HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS demonstrate exceptional ratings, providing the highest level of care and commitment to their patients’ health and well-being. This Award is the only designation that takes into consideration the preferences of women when selecting a hospital. Now, women can feel confident in choosing the best care for themselves and their families.

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When SKIN hurts, LIFE hurts

HURTING SKIN RESTORED.

Restore and repair hurting skin with these tips AS WE AGE, SO DOES OUR SKIN. In fact, as early as your mid twenties, skin starts to produce less and less of an essential oil, called sebum, that lubricates and waterproofs the skin. As a result, the skin becomes dry. Unfortunately, dry skin is more susceptible to cracking, peeling, and thinning. Thin skin bruises and tears easily. If you or a loved one has had to deal with skin distress, you know firsthand how painful an experience it is.

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gets thirsty too. Drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water or clear fluids each day. Improving hydration will affect the elasticity of skin and help it heal naturally.

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eating, healthy skin. Eat foods that are rich in vitamins C and E.

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counts. Apply a quality moisturizer, like Adāmia® Therapeutic Repair Lotion, to the area frequently. Its dual replacement therapy uses clinically-proven moisturizers blended with nature’s own remedy, macadamia nut oil.

The Best of Science & Nature Adāmia® Therapeutic Repair Lotion is the relief you’ve been looking for. It’s made with macadamia nut oil because it’s most like skin’s own oils. We blend this natural remedy with clinically-proven moisturizers to create the exclusive Promega-7®. The results? Hurting skin is quieted and life is restored. We call that Dual Replacement Therapy. But we’re fine if you call it a miracle, many of our customers already have.

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PURCHASES The castile soap and glycerin that you purchase is going to be enough to make hand soap for the rest of your life! Ok, maybe not that long but serious people it’s going to make a TON.

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap: Vanilla Lemon A DIY soap that’s great in any kitchen or bath

THIS IS GOING TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD because after you purchase a couple simple ingredients and some essential oils, you can make any scent that you want! Of course I made my favorite Lemon Vanilla combination and every time I wash my hands I get hungry…seriously. Check out how easy this is to make as well as all of our essential oils projects from the last few months.

LEMON VANILLA FOAMING HAND SOAP Ingredients 3 tbsp. castile soap 1/2 tsp. vegetable grade glycerin 1/2 tsp. vanilla 5 drops lemon essential oil Foam soap dispenser Directions Place all the ingredients into the foaming soap pump. Fill the rest of the way with water. Use the foaming hand soap to keep clean and smell fresh! Yes, it’s just that easy to make! Why wouldn’t everyone just make their own soap? It’s fun, easy, and you can use any scent that you’d like to change things up.

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REPLENISH Maximum Moisture Four skin and body care tips to get you winter weather ready

REMEMBER, SKIN IS THE LARGEST ORGAN OF THE BODY AND DESERVES TO BE TREATED WITH CARE. Properly taking care of it on the outside and inside is essential

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for optimum health and hydration. So during winter, or any time of the year, follow these simple healthy tips to help keep even severely dry, dehydrated skin smooth and restored.

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LOTION UP LAVISHLY. After washing your hands and after showering, apply a rich cream while your skin is still moist to thoroughly hydrate and lock in moisture. Look for formulas with full-spectrum Vitamin E to restore maximum moisture and replenish extremely dry, overworked, weather worn hands. Other ingredients to be on the lookout for include antioxidants such as olive oil and green tea to help defend against environmental aggressors like harsh winds and cold temperatures.

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GO OVERBOARD ON OILS. In the evening, apply a thin layer of nourishing oils rich in essential fatty acids such as argan, kukui or jojoba oil to your hands and face for an overnight glow. Not only will this type of treatment deeply penetrate to help resolve rough, cracked, itchy, red skin, but it will also deeply condition dry, brittle nails and cuticles. Turning on a humidifier at night is also an excellent way to treat all your skin to a healthy blanket of hydration. MO

Due to the harshness winter can bring, you’re probably noticing more visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Luckily, vital nutrients can easily be replenished to maintain, as well as boost, healthy collagen levels with the assistance of nature’s skin-firming nutrient, DMAE. This antioxidant powerhouse will help to keep your skin looking flawless while feeling soothed, calmed and most importantly, healthy. Especially in the colder months, treat yourself to this essential ingredient to help your skin appear visibly firmer, smoother and lifted.

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This time of year, it’s no surprise when skin looks dull, dry, or dehydrated. A great way to boost the amount of moisture your skin gets is by using products rich in hyaluronic acid which helps to create a moisture reservoir that replenishes and restores skin hydration over time. Make hyaluronic acid the first thing you reach for this season to transform dry, thirsty, aging skin into fresh, healthy, youthful skin that glows today and all year round.

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FITNESS Tracker Personal trainer at your fingertips

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED A PERSONAL COACH OR SOMEONE TO MOTIVATE YOU TOWARDS A FITNESS GOAL? New fitness trackers have the technology to provide you the motivation you are looking for.

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OPTIONS GALORE There are many options fitness trackers offer to help motivate you as you work towards your fitness goals:

Fitness tracker brand leaders Fitbit, Garmin, Apple, Samsung and Misfit all provide different options to make your fitness experience your own.

Activate your very own virtual personal coach. Develop customized exercise and meal programs that fit the health and wellness lifestyle you are striving for.

FASHION-FORWARD ACCESSORIES Smart Buddie, a leading brand of fitness and smartwatch accessories encourages Americans to keep their fitness commitments by offering fashion-forward accessories for today’s popular activity trackers

Smart Buddie offers a wide range of replacement bands for Fitbit, Apple, Samsung and others. Carefully crafted by fashion-forward experts in design and technology, their products can be found at leading retailers including Target, Kohl’s, Amazon and Meijer. Smart Buddie encourages Americans to keep their commitment to health and wellness by turning mundane trackers into beautiful fashion accessories. Now you can exercise and look great while marching towards your fitness goals! Visit SmartBuddie. voguestrap.com for more details.

The great thing about it is that you are the one that chooses how much you want the tracker and software to participate in your life.

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including Fitbit. It encourages people to wear their trackers more often by integrating fashion into the mix – and let’s face it– we all want to look good, especially when around others.

All have their unique way of looking at fitness and how they allow you to bring activity into your lifestyle. As you consider starting a fitness program, it is prudent to research the various brands of devices. Each brand has devices and programs for different levels.

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