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About this Blog

Heather Blackmore is a stay-at-home mom with two teenage daughters who keep her on her toes. A former college rugby player, she’s continued her healthy, active lifestyle by focusing on the importance of movement, nutrition and teaching her children the value of hard work. For 20 years, she’s enjoyed writing for national and regional publications on a variety of family and home related topics. Blessed with a wicked green thumb and a determined spirit, Heather tends a perennial and vegetable garden in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She writes about her garden successes, failures and observations on her blog Here She Grows.

December 14, 2017

At some point, most of us will experience the sometimes debilitating and always irritating effects of a headache. But not all headaches are created equal. Learn about the many different types of headaches and headache treatments. Before we get into the nitty gritty of headache who’s who, there are some things you can do now to stave off a headache. Let down your locks. Seriously. Tight pony tails, braids, headbands and even swim goggles can send you down the rabbit hole. And brace yourself... more

November 29, 2017

Have you experienced thinning hair or hair loss? Here are the causes and natural remedies. When did it start? Perhaps you first noticed more hair than usual accumulating around the shower drain, or your hair brush looks as though it was just used to groom the dog. Whatever the case, hair loss can really get you down. The average person sheds between 50 and 100 strands per day. With approximately 100,000 strands on an entire head, the loss is hardly noticeable and is quickly replaced with new... more

November 10, 2017

They’re as common as mosquitoes in summer, and about as beloved. Unfortunately there’s no repellant for varicose veins and spider veins, which affect most people to varying degrees as they age. Here’s more information about varicose and spider vein causes and treatments. What are Varicose and Spider Veins? Varicose and spider veins are similar, but not exactly the same thing. Here’s the difference between them, in terms of appearance: Varicose veins appear as gnarly, ribbon-like tubes that... more

October 20, 2017

Do you often feel fatigued during the day for seemingly no reason at all? Here are some of the most common causes of fatigue—and how to overcome them! Why Am I So Tired? You’ve tossed and turned for nights or, even worse, got a seemingly good night’s sleep, only to awake feeling sluggish and exhausted. Everyone goes through periods of fatigue. Life events and everyday stressors are often to blame. But when those occasional bouts become chronic and interfere with life, it’s time to consider... more

October 5, 2017

A cast iron skillet can last a lifetime—probably several if it’s passed from generation to generation. Here’s how to clean and season a cast iron skillet to keep it in the best possible condition. Cast iron isn’t just renowned for its durability; cooking with it also comes with health benefits. Research has shown that cast iron infuses food with a healthy dose of iron. And take it from me, an anemic gal, cooking on a cast iron skillet is waaaay better than choking back liquid Geritol. It’s... more

September 16, 2017

Fall allergy season is upon us and if you’re one who suffers, you know all too well what this entails. Itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing. Here are 7 tips for fall allergy relief. Mouth breathing becomes the norm at least until a few hard frosts squelch the offenders. Namely ragweed and mold, both of which reach their zenith just as we ready for back-to-school schedules. Hay gets a bad wrap on this one and has nothing to do with what we typically refer to as hay fever, also... more

September 10, 2017

What single ingredient can make or break a dish? The answer is salt. Many readers ask us about the different types of salts—table salt, kosher salt, and so on. Let’s look at six common salts and their best use. Whether it’s used to form a crust around a thick juicy steak, or sprinkled over a chewy chocolate-covered caramel, salt makes food memorable. Too much and you’ve blown it, too little and you’ve missed an opportunity to make taste buds explode. It’s also calorie free. That “salty” taste... more

August 14, 2017

Looking for a natural alternative to common over-the-counter medications? The cure may be closer than you think. Learn more about natural remedies using honey! Honey, that wonderfully sticky elixir, could be the key to righting what ails you. Before you go rushing to the kitchen though, keep in mind that most supermarket honey is processed and devoid of any nutritional or medicinal value. Local, raw, unprocessed honey is the golden ticket. Is Honey Good for You? At 64 calories per... more


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