Tis the Season for Self-Care

Nicole BrannickSelf-Care, Wellness

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It’s December. Advent Season.  A time to worship and reflect. But for many of us, it also means  shopping, wrapping, cleaning, baking, parties, and otherwise full schedules that can leave us feeling stressed out and even depleted at times. I’m there with you! I’m sure you’ve noticed whenever you fly on commercial aircraft that the flight attendant always instructs us, in … Read More

Progress and Perfection

Nicole BrannickHousehold

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I use drug store shampoo. And conditioner. It’s not organic or all-natural. In fact, it is full of nasty ingredients. When I told my hair stylist that I use these particular products, she looked at me like I had three heads. You see, I have really curly hair that I straighten most days. Add in the Tennessee summer humidity, and … Read More

It’s All About Ambience

Nicole BrannickRecipes, Romance

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A clean house.  A glass of wine.  Candles lit.  It’s just about the best kind of evening for me. I love the way a dimly lit room coupled with a soft fragrance makes me feel.  Add in some music, and I’m a happy, happy girl.  But now we know that those paraffin candles are emitting chemicals (soot, anyone?) and other synthetic fragrances that many … Read More

The Power of Intention

Nicole BrannickNew Year's Goals

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My favorite book is The Noticer by New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews. I read this book during the first quarter of every year because it’s packed full of life lessons that help me keep my own life in perspective. One of my most valuable takeaways from the book is a story told by one of the key characters, Jones, about the power of intention. … Read More