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Holiday Express: Stress Free

elax anywhere...

Part 3

Insta-calming-pure essential oils-aromatherapy-is one of the easiest and most effective ways to chill out in a fast paced life.

Easiest way-especially when not at home is to sprinkle 2-3 drops of a soothing USDA Certified Organic essential oils - on a lightbulb or in a bath (with muscle soothing Epsom salts).

Calmers include lavender (our pick for soaks=non-irritating for the skin)-or aromatic fruity orange, sweet mandarin, spice-y frankincense, florals geranium, rose and cleansing spearmint.
Find travel sizes of essential oils (10ml, 20ml,30ml)- pretty much anywhere one can shop-online or brick+mortar outlets. Inexpensive too.
Our pick- the single essential USDA Organic oils from Wyndmere Naturals.

On the road help and just beautiful to look at... Minnie Park's limited edition candle infused with calming lavender essential oil and pieces of clarifying amethyst stones. Light one to make any not home-impersonal room, more cozy

AT HOME-kitchen help-simmer aro…

Holiday Express Tips: Part 2

Better Snacking PDQ Nick the hunger with tasty fun functional ingredients-plant based- ready to (h)eat ...

NEW: yummy Garden Lites new Frittatas are flavor loaded-with loads of accolades earned-like being mini muffin shape-portion controlled- individually wrapped-ready to devour-without utensils- after  only a minute (microwave) or maybe like 18-25 minutes-in a toaster or regular oven-straight out of the freezer.

Delicious and appealing to kids-even with the adult pleasing flavors of mildly spiced veggie bacon and potato- or in a spinach  egg white + mozzarella version.

As snacks-or a main meal entrée ...trying Garden Lites Frittatas are a lot easier now that this brand is becoming widely available  in grocery store freezer sections-including where we shop -Tops Market ($4.19/box).

IMO: Heat up ahead of time-store in fridge and eat up at room temps-as in lunch box worthy.

Is there a plant based vegan protein salty (ish) puffy bites that are crispy addictive (as) without staining your …

Holiday Express: Tips

From Black Friday- Lunar New Year -adds up to around a lucky 13 weeks of celebrating something.

Time for everything? Of course not.

Some tips on speeding up parts of life without compromises.

Part One

Beauty Time Busters

We've covered imPress Nails since the company sponsored fashion runway shows. Though digital scrolling  Instagram has taken over that role...the variety of press on nails still are the best for fast manis with creative flair, including trendy limited editions like the ones pictured- the Alice+Olivia by Stacy Bendet collection.

PLUS...imPRESS press on manicures are so easy to put on-one could apply while commuting on mass transit.

Hint: Nail beds are shaped differently-if yours run a bit flatter-nail glue can help achieve a long lasting adhesive.

Hair shines with hold less the sticky stuff. Ecru New York... has a new multi-tasking TEXTURE Setting Spray that works -on wet or dry tresses.

Silk proteins thermally protect and provides for a lightweight frizz f…

De-Stress Cosmetics

A predictable theme for the holiday seasons is to de-stress..and a whole bunch of CALMing cosmetics and ingredients ( like soothing multi-tasker calamine) aims to minimize "nature's alarm system" cortisol's negative impact on skin.

PLUS-the latest in hydration, topically.

Best Fall/Winter Totes

"IT' bags for Fall-no longer seem relevant ...because what most people really end up carrying-most of the time-are either spacious tote bags-or smaller back packs -the size that don't scale Mt. Everest.


For cooler temps-swap out the white/beige canvas classics for more weather tough textiles and darker tones...

TOTAL HOME Open House Highlights

Sure...why not rent a $1800/night Air BnB (or $30,000 month furnished) -stunningly restored 4 bedroom/2.5 bath-3 terraces(!!!)  former Synagogue-to make some observations  about rental/home insurance.

Our hosts-the congenial married couple- Chip Wade of HGTV acclaim -and plenty of other ventures...including digital and a multi-tasking furniture collection,  Pauli Wade-a real estate broker in Atlanta area,  Liberty Mutual Insurance and partner Solaria Labs-and the cutest 'guy' in the room-Samson.

The night clued us in on millennial insurance matters.

Liberty Mutual Insurance imo-smartly targets that massive demographic-where the older folks (30+) -are buying homes-coupled with the majorities' urban renter's lifestyle-(though multiple generations of families living together is def a growing phenom too),

Interesting-the company's backed Total Home Score-a new API based analytics service that can impart live-ability info like noise (Quiet Score), traffic -and vehicle …