Ready for a Clean Swap

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Are you ready to make a clean swap?

My initial thought was to update the Healthy Switches blog I wrote a year ago, but because I have learned a lot in the past year—and have started using some other clean, safe products in our house—I decided to write a whole new post about what I’ve learned. This is a journey, and I am constantly discovering as I go!

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Let’s All Make Reading Books Cool Again

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Not sure what’s gotten in to me—it must be the new year. Instead of goals and resolutions, I’m putting out my intentions and making a few small changes. Big goals and big resolutions are overwhelming me, so instead I am just starting with some small tweaks to my daily life. One of these tweaks involves reading more books this year.

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Changin’ It Up In 2018

Changin’ It Up In 2018 #YOLO

Happy New Year!

We just returned from an amazing few days of fun in the sun in Florida. It was a very last minute decision to make this trip. We were supposed to go skiing in northern Vermont, but Mother Nature had other plans with extreme arctic record low temperatures in the forecast. So, we decided to switch gears and plan this spontaneous trip to Miami with our family. We called it our #YOLO trip!

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Christmas came early…lessons from my husband


This is an emotional post. There are many reasons why I want to share this journey with you all. Mostly, I want to help others, I want to inspire others, and I want to motivate others.

I’d like to start by saying my husband is one of the most amazing people I have ever known. Lucky for me, Jeff fell in love with me, and has been by my side since 2000. (Y2K!) We had a big epiphany about three years ago that he needed to look for a new job. He worked so hard and loved what he was doing, but it was time to move on from his current situation.

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Q&A with Jeff Clarke: His Wellness Journey

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Although summer has come to an end, I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful, hot months with friends and family!

We had lots of beach time and lots of quality family time, but now we are ready for the school year to start (as I’m sure many of you are too).

Throughout the summer, people have been asking me and my husband how he is losing weight, and what exactly he is doing. He really does look so great, and I could not be prouder of him. That was the main reason for this blog post—to share his success, and to share what is working for him.

I hope this helps others on their own journey. Cheers!

xoxo NBC

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Sun Safety in Style + Bonus Savings Offer!

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Happy summer 2017!

With summer comes lots of fun times outside with friends and family. And since we live on the beach in coastal Connecticut, we spend most of our summer outdoors.

As I have shared with you all before, I have skin cancer, so I need to be extra careful when I’m in the sun. I am always looking for stylish but safe UPF clothing brands to protect my skin from further damage. Although I’ve tried several different types of UPF clothing brands, one of the brands that I love for myself and for my kids is Cabana Life.

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Tricks for a Sun-Kissed Summer Glow

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It seems we have fast tracked into summer with sunny and hot days already here.

Since I am a skin cancer gal, I am NOT able to lay out in the sun or get any color from the sun. Basically the sun hates me. But the problem is I love having color and getting a “tan” or a summer glow. The good news is I can get that whole look from some of my go-to’s from Beautycounter. Here is my triple threat for a faux glow: Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer, Glow Shimmer Oil and Color Contour Matte Bronzer.

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The Gratitude Attitude


Having gratitude is such an important factor in our lives. Finding a few moments where you can reflect and focus on what you are grateful for can be so helpful. If we can all focus more on what is going right in our lives, we can see all the good that is happening even if there are some twists and turns along the way. This helps us stay positive and keep moving froward with our head held high—it’s one of the best ways for us to reach our goals, no matter what they may be!

It’s a good idea, right?

Making lists has always worked for me! Try creating a list of what you are grateful for, either once a day or once per week. Writing it down and seeing it in print can have such a positive result.

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Simple, Healthy Switches in the New Year: Here is My List

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Are you looking to make some healthier decisions in the new year?  Simple, healthy switches are important, and if you haven’t started yet, now is the perfect time! The new year gives all of us a chance to start fresh and new. And if I can do this, so can you!

Progress not perfection is my mantra. Making small changes in your house can make a big difference when it comes to how many toxic chemicals are coming into your home.

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What You Didn’t Know About Beets

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Have you been hearing all the latest buzz about beets? Those small, red, earthy and sweet vegetables seem to be everywhere. And it’s no surprise so many use it to make beet juice or beet salad (or even lip balm!), given its many benefits—from boosting the immune system with vitamin C and minerals, to supplying the body with fiber, manganese and B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. And that’s not all, beets have amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxification and energy-boosting benefits as well!

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