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melissa

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2011-04-03

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As a freelance writer, life coach and perpetual student, I have an appetite for exploring fresh, new topics. I have written extensively about many subjects including psychology, parenting, relationships, personal development, history, nutrition, cooking, and gardening.
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  • Centenarians: Genetics or lifestyle?
    on Jan 25, 2014
    Centenarians: Genetics or lifestyle?
  • This Day in History - December 8: The Murder of John Lennon
    on Dec 8, 2013
    It was on December 8, 1980 that John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in New York City.John Lennon was part of the most popular group of the 20th century - The Beatles.  Along with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr...
  • Communicable diseases: An overview of norovirus
    on Dec 6, 2013
    Communicable diseases: An overview of norovirus...
  • DIY Christmas Gifts: Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
    on Dec 4, 2013
     If you are looking for a perfect gift that you and the kids can make, look no further.  Sugar scrubs are very easy to make and everyone loves them.  They are perfect for exfoliating and moisturizing dry winter skin.Here is all you nee...
  • Health news: Is Exercise Really the Key to Longevity
    on Dec 2, 2013
    Health news: Is exercise really the key to longevity...
  • Holiday recipes: Making your own pumpkin spiced latte
    on Nov 10, 2013
    Holiday recipes: Making your own pumpkin spiced latte...
  • Healthy living: Exercise can benefit your brain
    on Nov 6, 2013
    Healthy living: Exercise can benefit your brain...
  • The Ancient Origins of Halloween
    on Oct 19, 2013
    Modern Halloween traditions have origins that date back thousands of years to ancient Celtic civilizations.  The Celts flourished about 2,000 years ago in the regions now known as Ireland and northern France.The Celtic New Year was November 1.&n...
  • Health News: Brains Size May be Linked to Anorexia
    on Sep 2, 2013
    There is now conclusive evidence that teens that have anorexia nervosa also have bigger brains than teens that do not suffer with the disease.  Scientists have found that specific areas of the brain – the insula and the orbitofrontal cortex...
  • Are You Allergic to Wine?
    on Aug 24, 2013
    It's official. Drinking a moderate amount of wine can be a healthy choice. Not only does a good wine pair nicely with beef and fish, but wine is chock full of heart-healthy antioxidants. But it's still not for everybody. Researchers in Germany hav...
  • How Paula Deen Lost Over 30 Pounds
    on Aug 10, 2013
    The news has been abuzz over Paula Deen's weight loss recently.  And there is good reason for that.  The celebrity chef has lost a ton of weight and improved her health - despite being diabetic and in her mid 60's.  All in all, she...
  • Healthy Recipes: Pasta with Parsley Walnut Pesto
    on Aug 10, 2013
    This easy pasta dish uses parsley pesto for sauce instead of the traditional basil pesto.  And did you know that parsley is chock full of healthful nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K?  Give this easy recipe a try and see if it doesn't b...
  • Healthy Recipes: Cucumber Basil Lemonade
    on Aug 10, 2013
    Need a way to beat the summer heat?  Try this instantly refreshing beverage using seasonal produce that is easily found in local supermarkets.Ingredients:1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves1 cup sugar (you can use sugar substitute or honey if de...
  • Healthy Recipes: Watermelon Lemonade
    on Aug 10, 2013
    Here in Houston, it's just hot!  So why not take advantage of the beautiful ripe produce flooding the grocery stores and farmer's markets and make some refreshing watermelon lemonade?While it may have a little sugar in it, watermelon lemonade...
  • Taking Care of Aging Hair
    on Aug 10, 2013
    As you add decades to your life, your hair does a number of strange things.  Fluctuating hormones, the environment, and normal aging can cause your hair to become dryer and grayer.  It can even change texture, becoming finer or more coar...
  • Using Meditation to Enhance Creativity
    on Jun 9, 2013
    While having many therapeutic applications, meditation is a wonderful tool for boosting creativity.  Often meditation creates room for greater levels of creativity by increasing clarity and focus as the mind slows the endless flow of thoughts.To...
  • Valentine's Day: Easy Cards that Kids Can Make
    on Feb 9, 2013
    It’s Valentine’s Day and crafters of all ages will love making these homemade Valentine’s greetings for friends and loved ones. Thumbprint Heart Card Who knew that tiny thumbs could make such cute heart shapes?  Here’s what you wil...
  • 5 Keys to Losing Belly Fat
    on Jan 13, 2013
    Many people struggle to lose excess weight – especially the stubborn fat that accumulates around the belly. Some approach weight loss by changing their diet but are not that interested in stepping up the exercise. Others are willing to spend hou...
  • Time-Saving Workout Tips for Busy Schedules
    on Jan 13, 2013
    One of the main obstacles many people cite for not getting fit is the lack of time. How great would it be to be able to tone your muscles in just a few minutes each day? The good news is that the latest studies on the affects of exercise reveal th...
  • Cold and Flu Season: Getting Your Home Prepared
    on Jan 11, 2013
    Did you know that the average person gets about three colds each year? And the statistics are higher for people who live and work around young children. But the good news is that you can protect yourself by employing some precautionary measures ar...

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