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May Cause Joy

Muji Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser… Ever notice how just one simple enhancement has the might to transform the way you experience a room? Consider your office or bedroom - two locations where we tend to spend a fair amount of time and where we might be longing for less distraction, less clutter. No need for a complete overhaul, sometimes just a simple reorientation of content or a purposeful addition has the power to transcend the room’s energy and the way in which you move through its … [Read more...]

Traffic and Commute Reframe

Okay, since when did the 18 mile commute into the city morph into 90 minutes… on a good day? Regularly, I experience this arduous crawl. I know firsthand how this new norm violates, creeps into our already fractured “precious” time. I notice some folks leaning on assorted multi-tasking habits, but “technically” that kind of puts one at odds with the “rules” of the road and in the end probably only furthers scattered energies and feelings of defeat. Here’s a thought. What if tomorrow you were … [Read more...]

Beet-Farro Salad by LYFE Kitchen

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By Chef Tal Ronnen and Chef Jeremy Bringardner 397 calories 425 mg sodium Ingredients: 2 cups mixed greens 1/2 cup farro, cooked and cooled 1/2 cup apples, sliced 1/8" 1/2 cup fennel, shaved as thin as possible on a mandolin 1 tbsp red onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp walnuts, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup roasted beets 2 tbsp dried cranberries 1 tbsp basil, torn 1 1/2 oz maple-sherry vinegar   1) Toss all ingredients together in a mixing bowl to  evenly distribute ingredients. 2) Pile … [Read more...]

Summer Soothers ~ Seasonal Spa Treatments

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  Good times under the sun’s rays can get the better of us sometimes, which calls for some TLC during the summer season. These treatments soothe and heal, and remind us to take extra care of ourselves. By Marina Chetner, Vanessa Harris, and Felicia Tomasko Beauty Balance Scalp Treatment Ona Spa Los Angeles If all signs of tension caused by traffic gridlock don’t dissipate upon entering the calm of this Balinese-inspired space, they will during Ona Spa’s Beauty Balance Scalp Treatment. … [Read more...]

Going with the Flow ~ Escape to The Langham Huntington Spa, Pasadena

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  Set on magnificent grounds, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena feels a world away from the stresses of the city. The hotel’s proximity to Los Angeles’ downtown makes for a perfect day spa getaway. Words by Marina Chetner Photography by David Young-Wolff Over a century old, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is a palatial property set on more than 23 acres. One end of the property is flush with lush green lawns and gardens; the other side is home to Chuan Body + Soul, a spa offering … [Read more...]

Green Splendor: The Quest for Fresh Inspires Restaurant Gardens

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There is a growing awareness across the country about the story of food.  Despite the many failures of our current national food system, there are shining examples of communities that care for the way food is grown, shared, and consumed -- and the public is welcoming this movement with open arms.   By Britta Turner   Throughout Southern  California - in Los Angeles, specifically - you may have noticed many neighborhood restaurants serving locally-sourced ingredients. What … [Read more...]

Vedic Astrology Summer 2013

  by Sam Geppi   The heat of the summer ushers in the intense energy of the warrior planet Mars during a  Mercury retrograde cycle. Stay active, stay cool, write, and meditate to receive the benefit of these energetic forces.   July 4 There’s a high potential for arguments during the next month and a half, beginning when Mars enters Gemini. Mars is a planet of action, and Gemini, a sign of ideas. There could impatient and/or cutting conversations until August 18, … [Read more...]

Horoscope July/August 2013

ARIES This summer there is a focus on your growth and expansion emotionally and relationally--particularly when it comes to family connections and dynamics. With planets piling up in your 4th house and the Grand Water Trine lighting up your other water houses--it is time to turn within and address the past and its impact on your present, as well as tune into your dreams, intuition, and spiritual side. At the same time there is testing about what you really want, especially when it comes to your … [Read more...]

Elixir of Youth: Wine

The key to youth and vitality may be sitting in your own cupboard. Check out how you can benefit from wine and the science behind it. by Svetlana Konnikova, MA, AN Researchers have found that resveratrol in red wine is almost an Elixir of Youth and can help to extend your life.  What percentage of the worlds centenarians live in the United States? You may be surprised to find that it’s 84%. These people are so lucky to live a whole century and see so many changes in life, science, medicine, … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Cut Back on Salt

According to new research, cutting your salt intake may be more important than you may think. A new study reports that if the United States cut its salt intake by just a half teaspoon a day, we could prevent 92,000 deaths and 99,000 heart attacks a year. "The [ heart] benefits of reduced salt intake are on par with the benefits of population-wide reductions in tobacco use, obesity, and cholesterol levels," says Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD. The culprit, says researchers, isn’t the saltshaker, … [Read more...]

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