Introducing a new series: Beauty Without and Within

Society has its ideas about beauty, but it is ever changing. Eyebrow trends go from pencil thin to full. (Too bad you’ve been plucking them for the last few years!) Tanned skin. Sunless. Glossy. Matte. Dramatic smoky eye. Au naturel… There is one beauty trend that will never go out of style and that is being […]

Nature’s Bounty: An elegant dessert

Company’s coming over and you have worked tirelessly on all the details. Menu, place settings, mood music, decor, you have it all planned out. But time, that ever-present cage that restricts our creative genius, forces us to choose between making a creamy, yet time-consuming, mushroom risotto to go with dinner or chocolate crepe cake for dessert. […]

Beat the Bugs With These DIY Blends

Summer might be drawing closer to an end but that doesn’t mean the backyard barbecues and parties are winding down yet. While those backyard get-togethers are oh-so-fun, they can be with their nuisances. (No, I am not talking about all of Uncle Frank’s “When I was a kid…” comments) Are you one of those sweet people […]

Surprising Uses for Orange Oil

Orange essential oil is harvested by pressing the rinds of the fruit.This oil is so wonderful and versatile. It’s an effective addition to homemade cleaners, thanks to limonene, a compound found in the essential oil that is also a natural ingredient in many commercial cleaning products. In addition, orange essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal and […]


Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes. The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional […]