Month: September 2015

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7 Tips for Combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder

The days being shorter, colder temperatures, less (or no) sunlight and you have the recipe for what many experience as the blahs, seasonal funk, winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  SAD is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year–despite the lack of sunlight with these tips: 1. A Light Box.  Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood, easing SAD symptoms. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions. A light box mimics outdoor light. Researchers believe this type of light causes a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood and eases other symptoms of SAD. Most people use light boxes for a minimum of 30 minutes each morning. …

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Twinkle Light Magic…

…because we all could use some magic. Love this. You can never have enough twinkle lights in your hallway. (Click here to see how Kellie at Nestofposies.com did it.)

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Greige

  Dusty cobblestone, heather dusk, almond toast, golden bear, lion mane, pismo dunes, honey moth… What do all these words have in common? Incomprehensible paint colors names.  I have no idea what color pismo dunes represents.  None. But how about Greige?  Beige and grey. That I can figure out, almost. And apparently, it’s been trending. While the term “greige” is a perfect blend of grey and beige, the word also gets its meaning from the old French and Italian words meaning “raw silk,” (Wiktionary) which sounds very chic to me. I found this glowing review about Thunder (AF-685) by Benjamin Moore—the color above on Pinterest via Hypen Interiors–-I chose this for a client at a recent colour consultation expecting it to be a greige. Once the painter was finished I realized that this is probably the perfect, elusive gray that we are all looking for. There are no obvious undertones that take over as there normally are with gray. It’s deceiving on the chip though because it looks more greige than gray.   If you try it you’ll have …

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Ask Me What I Did–Not What I Did Not

  Malala Yousafzai is pretty amazing. Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen – her “crime”, to have spoken up for the right of girls to be educated.  She was 15 at the time.  The following year she won the Nobel Peace Prize and was named as one of Time magazine’s most influential people.  She says things like, Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up. Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead, he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself… By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born. But …