A Moment to Rise Up: Body Shaming For Business

December 03, 2017 11 Comments

I am fat. This is not a secret. Aside from the pragmatic fact that I can’t hide this reality, it is something I have accepted about myself. I recognize the health risks, the lack of clothing options – I am painfully aware of weight limits on rides, of my hips on airplanes, how I choose … Continue reading A Moment to Rise Up: Body Shaming For Business

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A Moment to Give Thanks

November 22, 2017

While I encourage everyone to practice gratitude every day, Thanksgiving is specially set aside for us to give thanks, appreciate, and fill our hearts with graciousness for what we have. On this Thanksgiving, I would like to share little moments of gratitude that I have for 2017, hoping it will bring you joy and help … Continue reading A Moment to Give Thanks

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Different Ways to Incorporate Aromatherapy into Your Life

November 17, 2017

You’ve heard the term “aromatherapy” thrown around quite a bit since the resurgence and rediscovery of essential oils in the last fifteen years. I say resurgence and rediscovery because using aroma to create mood and atmosphere has been around for centuries, and using essential oils for various purposes has been around for millennia! “Aromatherapy,” as … Continue reading Different Ways to Incorporate Aromatherapy into Your Life

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Holidays are for Grown-Ups, Too!

November 11, 2017

Today we were vendors at a Holiday Fair geared for children. Santa was there taking photos with all of the kids. LOTS of toy vendors, kids jewelry, arts and crafts for…kids. What we saw: A lot of happy children with parents who were so giddy to make their kids happy that they denied themselves moments … Continue reading Holidays are for Grown-Ups, Too!

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Perfect Gifts for Everyone You Might Forget

October 25, 2017

Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, and as we all know, the older we get, the longer our lists become!  When we have so many gifts to buy, planning can become cumbersome. The worst situation would be to find ourselves forgetting someone we definitely should have bought a gift for, … Continue reading Perfect Gifts for Everyone You Might Forget

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Meditation for Everyone: A Guide for the Less-Than-Novice Meditator

October 18, 2017

In our busy lives of working, learning, care-taking, chauffeuring, cooking…the list goes on, finding an extra 20 minutes in the day may seem impossible. Especially for those of us who may be critical of the idea of meditation – “There’s so much more I can get done in 20 minutes than to sit there and … Continue reading Meditation for Everyone: A Guide for the Less-Than-Novice Meditator

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What it Means to Live a Life of Abundance

October 12, 2017

For those of you who may not know, I am also a high school English teacher. This past summer our department asked rising seniors to read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I’ve read and taught the book before, many years ago, so I saddled up my sunscreen, flip flops, and my trusted copy of Siddhartha not expecting to … Continue reading What it Means to Live a Life of Abundance

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Living Naturally with Breast Cancer

October 02, 2017

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I need to ask you: Have you had your mammography in the last year? Not trying to get in your business, but totally getting in your business. In the last year, I have learned about five women I know who were diagnosed with breast cancer. Turns out that according … Continue reading Living Naturally with Breast Cancer

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One Full Year as a Homeowner

August 15, 2017

On August 17, 2016, Frank and I closed on our first home. It’s in Richmondtown, a beautiful and historic neighborhood of Staten Island. It has three bedrooms, one of which we converted into our lab/office, the other is a hodge-podge of a guest room-meets-storage, and the third is our bedroom. One and a half bathrooms, … Continue reading One Full Year as a Homeowner

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Mindful Moments for the Overly Anxious

August 08, 2017

I am an anxious person. I am consistently riddled with various anxieties. If someone were to open the door to my mind right now, this is what they would see: Must write a blog post Should get to sleep because it’s past 1am Less than a month before school starts Did you even think about … Continue reading Mindful Moments for the Overly Anxious

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Taking a Moment Away from Social Media

July 22, 2017 4 Comments

I love social media. I love reading funny updates from friends and family, watching videos of adorable pets, staying abreast of momentous occasions from people I don’t speak with very often. But despite all of the wonderful news I learn from social media, and the glorious “unfollow” button, I am still bogged with political banter, … Continue reading Taking a Moment Away from Social Media

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The Best Moments Products During Pregnancy

June 29, 2017

  Pregnancy is an amazing time for future moms, but it can also be incredibly nerve-wracking. There are so many rules involved about what you can and cannot ingest, wear, smell, etc.; it may feel like pregnant women should be walking around with a caution label. The Cautions When it comes to fragrances and skincare … Continue reading The Best Moments Products During Pregnancy

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The Six Wellness Alarms You Need to Program Into Your Phone Right Now

June 14, 2017

I was at dinner with some friends when my phone alarm went off at 8:00 p.m.; it has rung at the same time for the last 14 years. People look at me strangely, and sometimes it has been awkward, but that alarm has saved me from myself, reminding me that I have to take an … Continue reading The Six Wellness Alarms You Need to Program Into Your Phone Right Now

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Introducing Twenty Paws Rescue: Our New Charity Organization

May 30, 2017

Frank and I had been thinking about adding a dog to our family for a long time.  We were waiting for the right moment…pun intended.  When we first got married, we lived in an apartment that wouldn’t allow pets, so it was out of our hands. But when we finally bought our house this past August, … Continue reading Introducing Twenty Paws Rescue: Our New Charity Organization

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When You Need a Moment to Step Away

May 21, 2017

I haven’t blogged in two weeks. I haven’t made soap in over a month. I only stepped into my lab twice in the last two weeks. I haven’t even logged into my business social media accounts to maintain them. The normal joy I feel from crafting was, strangely, just non-existent. Luckily, since the business is … Continue reading When You Need a Moment to Step Away

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Secrets to Feeling Younger at Any Age

April 23, 2017 5 Comments

I’ve felt incredibly old these last few months. Not because of my age, but my general well-being. I’ve felt extra tired, overworked, and this extraordinary guilt anytime I wanted to do something fun because there was either some responsibility I should be attending to, or I couldn’t justify spending the money because of some bill I should be … Continue reading Secrets to Feeling Younger at Any Age

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The Power of Positivity: Fight Off Toxic People

April 07, 2017

In the natural beauty world, there’s an overwhelming fear of “toxic” chemicals. The more I learn and grow as a chemist and person, the more I have discovered that chemicals are not the toxicity to fear, but toxic people are. A toxic person is someone who draws out your positive energy. They’re always negative and they … Continue reading The Power of Positivity: Fight Off Toxic People

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The Chemistry and Creation of a Facial Bar Soap

March 26, 2017 2 Comments

Our faces are the first introduction we have to the world. Before people look at anything else, they look to our faces. Our faces offer a vast array of information: Our age, our disposition, our mood, our history. Because of how much is attributed to our faces, it’s clear why we need to take extra-special … Continue reading The Chemistry and Creation of a Facial Bar Soap

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Bring Spring into Your Home and Spirit

March 20, 2017

The calendar says it’s spring today. The heaping mounds of snow sitting outside my window demonstrate differently, but I won’t let that stop me from letting spring into my soul. By birth, I am a winter baby, but I absolutely hate the cold, dreary days of winter. Nothing brings me greater joy than to sit … Continue reading Bring Spring into Your Home and Spirit

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Take a Moment to Slow Down

March 13, 2017 3 Comments

I work two full-time jobs and one part-time job. For most of my life, I have thrived on deadlines and pressure. I unintentionally built my reputation around my ability to get-the-job-done. When someone wanted it done precisely and fast, I was called in. I took great pride in this acknowledgment but after nearly twenty years of this … Continue reading Take a Moment to Slow Down

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: A Short List of Influential Women

March 05, 2017

March is Women’s History Month and I am especially proud to celebrate this month as a woman entrepreneur. Women have made incredible strides over the course of history, despite the continuous influence of global misogyny and patriarchy. Fighting our way to every career path, showing our strength, intellect, and fortitude, we have not allowed stereotypes to make … Continue reading Celebrating Women’s History Month: A Short List of Influential Women

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A Mantra Moment: You Are Enough

February 20, 2017 1 Comment

I sincerely believe the universe listens to us. Whether this intervention is cosmic or divine, maybe both, I don’t know, but over time, I have realized that somehow we are given the right messages at the exact moments we need them if we just listen. In the last week, the mantra “You Are Enough” happened to arise … Continue reading A Mantra Moment: You Are Enough

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A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Moments

February 17, 2017

Pick up your cell phone and scroll through the pictures. You’ll find your pets, your kids, your selfies, your friends, your family, more selfies, some incredulous screen shots of “I can’t believe its.” What if you could relive each of those moments through scent? Capturing moments through scent has always been our passion, and now … Continue reading A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Moments

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Understanding the Value in Little Moments

February 12, 2017 7 Comments

In Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire, Louis, the self-loathing vampire narrator states: “What does it mean to die when you can live until the end of the world?” He hauntingly echoes the same nihilistic voice of the omniscient Dragon in John Gardner’s Grendel who eventually tells Grendel that all life is pointless so he might as well just “find … Continue reading Understanding the Value in Little Moments

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