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Lifestyle By On February 4, 2017

‘Flower Power’ is a real thing

In the past year, I’ve realized how powerful fresh flowers can be. They’re not only beautiful, but can boost happiness as well. A study published in this article found that “patients in hospital rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and tired, and generally were…

Dogs / Travel By On January 9, 2017

Roadtripping with dogs: The essentials

Traveling with dogs can be both a wonderful adventure and a pain in the butt at the same time. My two dogs, a black lab/setter mix and a chihuahua mix, travel with me a lot, and it isn’t always easy. Here are some products that I’ve found made trips in the car a little easier. A seat cover I use…

Hiking / Travel By On January 2, 2017

2016 was filled with adventure

It’s natural to reflect on the year as we head into a new one. While a lot of people feel that 2016 was one of the worst, I thought it was a pretty good year overall. In 2016, I tried a lot of new things. I went new places. I met new people. One of the coolest things about 2016,…

Hiking / Travel By On December 27, 2016

Planning a multi-day hike

In 2017, I’m making a pretty hefty list of places to visit, and a lot of them are hiking trails. We’re planning our first mutli-day hiking trip, and I’ve spent a lot of time researching gear, trails, tips and more. Here are some of the things we’ll be taking in to consideration while planning our trip: 1. Picking a trail Right…

Lifestyle By On December 19, 2016

De-stressing with a pre-holiday staycation

For being the “most wonderful time of year,” the week or so before Christmas is always stressful. Between last minute-shopping, gift wrapping, holiday parties and other activities, there’s hardly any time to relax. This year I was lucky enough to be able to take a vacation day and have my work schedule conveniently allow for a four-day weekend, and it…

Lifestyle / Reading By On December 17, 2016

What’s on my reading list: Winter 2016

If the weather is anything in your area like it has been in western Pennsylvania this week, there’s no way you’re getting outside to go on any adventures. Here, we’re currently dealing with over an inch of ice on the roads, snow on the ground and constantly changing temperatures. Instead of venturing outdoors, I’m spending my time off curled up…