Self Care: Tips To Help You Sleep Better

Sleep is one of the most fundamental acts of self-care.  When we get overwhelmed or stressed, sleep is usually the first sacrifice. For adults 18 – 60, 7 hours sleep is recommended, but according to the CDC , more than one-third of Americans don’t get enough sleep.  Lack of sleep is not only related to how well we think but also increases our risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, depression, and death. Sleep deprivation weakens our immune systems. One study has even shown that people with chronic insomnia have a three times greater risk of dying from any cause.

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Nautical Blue Coastal Tablescape

When I was a teenager, I fell in love with spring outfits with nautical colors like navy blue with white, red or even spring green accents.  I was 19 when I bought my first navy and white set of jacket, skirt and pants. I’ve never lost my love of nautical blue motifs even though my retirement wardrobe includes no nautical suits. Today’s post is a nautical coastal table with blues, whites, pops of red,  and rustic touches of jute.

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Quick & Easy Cheesy Baked Tomatoes Gluten-Free

Whether your garden is exploding with fresh tomatoes in the summer or you bought winter tomatoes at the supermarket, a simple and yummy dish is cheesy baked tomatoes.  My recipe does not use bread crumbs and is gluten-free and grain-free.  Even in the winter, baking tomatoes brings out so much flavor. This is a perfect appetizer or first course and also makes a delicious side with many entrees.

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5 Steps For A Butterfly Garden, Help Our Pollinators #2

The flower doesn’t dream the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.
– Mark Nepo

The 2nd of a two post series on pollinators. If you missed it,  catch up here: Part 1, Make Your Garden A Bee Haven.   Even though some of the plants and garden care are the same for butterflies and bees, I feel it’s important to consider their specific needs. Updated 6/23

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