Health & Wellness
Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, photography, and walking in the woods. Kelli blogs at OurCommonHours.com, and shares her family’s faith journey through the seasons of nature and the Christian year at AroundtheYear.org
Health & Wellness
Anise hyssop ( Agastache foeniculum) is an often-overlooked member of the mint family, and has been named the Herb of the Year for 2019 by the International Herb Association (IHA). Since 1991, IHA has been selecting an herb to feature each year based on its culinary, decorative, or medicinal qualities.
There's no nice way to say it-life can be stressful. This is especially true during the holidays. While most of us look forward to celebrating with friends and family, the festivities can compound our stress. Here are some helpful ways to get back to feeling merry and bright.
A fall chill may be in the air, but if you're one of the 40 million Americans suffering from allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever, a change in the seasons doesn't necessarily mean a break from sneezing and other allergy symptoms. Try these herbal solutions to help lessen the severity of allergy-related symptoms, including sinus pressure, runny nose, and congestion.
Our bodies face stressors every day-biological, emotional, environmental, and physical. Staying balanced is a key factor in overall health and well-being. We can find equilibrium with a category of herbs called adaptogens, known to improve the body's ability to function under stress.
The last time you had a cold or the flu, it's likely someone suggested that chicken soup might help you feel better. It turns out that there's a lot of truth in that seemingly old-fashioned idea! When we're sick or stressed our bodies are fighting hard, which can cause us to deplete our reserves of key nutrients.
It seems like summer just started, but before you know it you'll be at the store shopping for back-to-school supplies. While you're stocking up on pencils, paper, and glue, you might want to consider tossing some probiotics in your cart, too! Probiotics contribute to the good bacteria that live in our bodies.
Sports & Fitness
Sports nutrition can be confusing, even for seasoned athletes. There are many products on the market that promise big results... but do they deliver? Let's take a look at the role of protein in sports performance, and how to make healthy choices when shopping for protein bars.
Everyone knows we need protein for energy and growth, but we also need it to obtain amino acids. Our bodies use amino acids to break down food, reduce fatigue, and repair tissue and muscles, among many other functions. Several recent studies have demonstrated the value of supplemental amino acids for athletes.
Regular exercise can help prevent chronic diseases, keep weight in check, improve sleep, and relieve stress. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day for adults, and 60 minutes for children. If your family is falling short, these strategies can help get you moving again.
Collagen is a long-chain amino acid, responsible for giving skin its elasticity, strengthening hair, and keeping connective tissue healthy. Collagen supplements are gaining in popularity, but what does the science say about their effectiveness? Read on. Collagen plays an important role in healthy joints, as all areas of connective tissue in the body contain this protein.
Hair loss and thinning hair can affect both men and women as they age. It all comes down to testosterone levels. While up to a quarter of men see their hair starting to thin by the time they're 30, women have protection from hair loss in their younger years when their estrogen production is at a lifetime high.
The skin takes a lot of abuse during the cooler months, when air moisture levels drop dramatically. The lack of humidity can leave the skin dry, chapped, and cracked. Collagen can help keep your skin soft and supple, no matter the weather. Collagen is a key component of the skin's structure, responsible for keeping it firm and elastic.
There are lots of natural ways to love your locks. The first step to proper hair care is learning what type of hair you have. Hair type exists on a complex matrix of textures, but there are a few characteristics that help narrow it down. Characteristics: Dull, frizzy, and prone to split ends and dandruff.
As winter approaches and temperatures start to drop, it's a good time to consider enhancing your beauty routine with collagen. The lack of humidity in the cooler months means skin can be starved for moisture, leading to dryness, chapping, and cracking. Topical solutions can cover the damage, but collagen supplements can help you fight back from the inside out.
Toothaches, gingivitis, and other oral ailments can be a real pain... literally. Common herbs-and the essential oils derived from them-are surprisingly effective for treating some of our stickiest tooth and gum complaints. Xylitol is a low-calorie sweetener, equal in sweetness and volume to table sugar.
Our hands take a lot of abuse. In the summer they're baked by the sun, and in winter they're frozen stiff by icy winds. Household chores expose our hands to further damage from chemicals and repeated washing. All of this can lead to unsightly nails.
Summer is finally here, and chances are your skin is going to be on display - no more hiding under bulky sweaters. Here are some tips to keep your skin looking its best for the beach, the barbeque, and beyond! It may seem counterintuitive, but water can rob skin of moisture.
Travel & Adventure
The area of Southwest New Hampshire known as the Monadnock Region, where I grew up and still live, isn't exactly a booming metropolis, but it's a wonderful place to live - small towns dot the deeply forested landscape, each one offering unique surprises.
What are the best ways to celebrate the fathers in our lives? Should we gift gadgets? Wrap up some tasty home-baked goodies? It turns out that a leisurely afternoon browsing around our local, independent bookstore was the perfect Father's Day gift for my literature-loving husband.
You may have noticed that spring has finally arrived in New Hampshire! In celebration of the warming temperatures, my husband and I decided to take a Native Plant tour at Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail right here in the town of Walpole, to get inspiration as we enter the gardening season.
Despite having just endured a "wintry mix" in the middle of April, we all know that spring is on its way. One of my favorite things to do as the weather warms is to work in my gardens, and this past weekend I took a trip to Black Forest Nursery in Boscawen to escape from the gloomy weather and to get a head-start on my spring and summer garden plans.
It's that time of year again in New Hampshire-sugaring season! Those of us who grew up dowsing our pancakes and waffles with maple syrup know that there's really no substitute for the "real" thing.
Sometimes, you just need to get away. The sensation first hit me some time back in January and wouldn't let up. My husband and I needed to get away-from the laundry, the dishes, the kids (no offense, kids, we love you!), basically the everyday stress of life.
I'm so pleased to be a new blogger here at Stay Work Play. I love living in New Hampshire, and my roots here run very deep-my family has been staying, working, and playing in the Granite State for almost four hundred years!
Home & Family
Anyone who has experienced a New Hampshire winter-even those of us who revel in the beauty of the snow-covered landscape-eventually get to a point where spending another day cooped up inside can feel a bit like a prison sentence. Whenever I sense the desperation setting in, I know it's time to get crafting!
Thank you to Kelli Ann Wilson for submitting this guest post to our series on Family Prayer. Kelli Ann lives in Walpole, NH with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, and photography.