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When You’d Rather Leave Home for the Holidays: 5 Nurturing Escapes

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Christmas at the beach

“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays…”

I can hear Perry Como crooning those familiar words now, evoking images of that Norman Rockwell family gathered round the holiday table, turkey steaming, silver gleaming, family smiling … The idea of home for many of us evokes thoughts of comfort, welcome, love and belonging. Or it should, in an ideal world. But the reality of going home, especially during the holiday season, may be very different.

Expectations often don’t match the inevitable reality: while you may be yearning for ‘peace on earth, good will toward men,’ the fact is, those relatives you don’t get along with the rest of the year are unlikely to make a miraculous change for a day or two. Maybe your children have fledged the nest and won’t be home this year. If they’ve married, they may be spending the holidays at someone else’s home. Perhaps this is the first holiday you’re facing after the death of a loved one. The thought of going through the motions in the midst of grief holds little appeal.

Whatever the circumstance, there are occasions when you may not feel like singing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with Bing Crosby. Spending part of the season far from stressful settings may be just the gift to give yourself … Or, you may wish to pack up the family just this once and go some place more restful, without all the hassle and hoopla — at least not any that you have to host and clean up after!

If you’re feeling impulsive, last-minute deals at the holiday season are often available to fill cancellations or leftover space — it’s worth a few Google inquiries, if you’re in the mood to mosey. So, whether it’s this year or another, here are five holiday travel ideas to restore body, soul or both.

‘I Am’ Yuzen

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | March 7th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Girlfriend@Gaiam, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: body care, box of the month, Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs, documentary, eco-friendly, gaiam tv, gifts, healthy, Hollywood film director Tom Shadyac, I AM, Lavender & Lemon Hydrating Lip Balm, life-changing, movie, pamper, personal care, planet, products, spa, surprise, sweetriot, Tilvee, yuzen, Zen

Yuzen

I love Yuzen for the great products and brands it introduces me to. (What? You haven’t heard of Yuzen? Read my review of it here.)

Case in point: These Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs from sweetriot. They’re like a healthy, chocolate-y, antioxidant-packed version of Nerds candy. (Remember Nerds?). Or this Lavender & Lemon Hydrating Lip Balm from Tilvee.

With every new season, Yuzen delivers the kind of eco-friendly-but-also-super-luxurious products that make me wonder, “How did I ever live without this?”

4 Ways to Green Your Valentine’s Day

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | February 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Relationships | tags: cards, chocolates, DIY spa, eco gifts, eco-friendly restaurant, fair-trade, flowers, gifts, holiday, holidays, i love you, jewelry, locally-grown food, love, organic, organic cotton robe, out to eat, recycled paper, reflexology, Relationships, spa, Valentines Day, Valentine’s Day

istock_000005074709smallI’m a sucker for love letters and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise that I look forward to Valentine’s Day. Show a little love for your partner and the planet by having an eco-friendly holiday this February 14!

Here are four ways to do it:

Give Your Manicure a Makeover

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | January 7th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Green Living | tags: beauty, biodegradable, carcinogens, colors, corn, Cosmetics, cuticle, DBP, dibutyl phthalate, eco-friendly, feet, fingernails, formaldehyde, hands, healthy, manicure, nail polish, natural, non-toxic, nontoxic, orange oil, pedicure, petroleum, pink, pretty, Priti, remover, safe, soy, spa, Spring, toenails, toluene, toxins

Priti non-toxic nail polish
Last night I went out with some girlfriends for a little spa treatment and I turned a few heads when I pulled out my own little travel mani and pedi toolkit, packed with all the essentials including my non-toxic nail polish and nail polish remover. After all, an eco-girl doesn’t have to be less fabulous to be eco-chic.