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Kelli Ann Wilson

Writer & Photographer

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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

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Health & Wellness

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2019's Herb of the Year: Meet Anise Hyssop

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.

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Stress Less This Holiday Season

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.

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Fall Allergy Relief

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.

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Adaptogen Herbs for Stress

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.

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Bone Deep: Nourish Your Body with Bone Broth

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.

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Bring on the Bugs!

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

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Raise the Bar with Sports Nutrition, Protein Bars & More

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.

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Boost Your Workouts & Recovery with Amino Acids

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.

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Get Moving! Help Your Family be More Active in the New Year

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.

Beauty

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Consider Collagen

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.

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Thinning Hair?

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.

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Nature's Fountain of Youth

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.

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Care for Your Hair

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.

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Winterproof Your Skin

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.

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Herbs for Natural Oral Care

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.

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Help is at Hand for Nice Nails!

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.

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3 Ways to Protect Your Skin This Summer

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

Stay Work Play New Hampshire
05/22/2018
Going Green at Distant Hill Gardens - Stay Work Play New Hampshire

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.

Stay Work Play New Hampshire
04/19/2018
Spring Garden Dreams - Stay Work Play New Hampshire

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.

Home & Family

Stay Work Play New Hampshire
01/15/2018
Cabin Fever Cure: Crafts to Beat the Winter Blues - Stay Work Play New Hampshire

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!

The Homely Hours
03/20/2017
There's a Prayer for That

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.

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