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Bed-Camp is the beginning of, and an important part of, the process of learning how to nurture yourself, of being as kind and attentive to yourself as you are to others, of making every day life easier to deal with, and enjoying it more.

A full day in bed by yourself to clear your head, hear your heart beat and just relax and focus on yourself is just the beginning. Finding moments in everyday life to stop and pause, take care of and appreciate yourself, is the bigger, and more important, challenge. Let us help you.

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Falling for Fall

Poor Autumn, stuck between summer and winter. We spend half the season mourning the end of summer and the rest dreading the approaching dark cold days of winter. What keeps us from being in the moment, enjoying the glories of Fall? There’s so much to do and so much to celebrate. Three months is a long time to waste. Wake up and smell the pumpkins!
 
Enjoy a fabulous fall weekend!
 
 

Hold on to Your Baby Feet

Beach days might be a thing of the past for this year, but it’s still sandal season. Just back from a walk across town and I saw lots of summer sandals. Unfortunately, not as many summer feet! Ugh! It must be hard to relive wonderful beach days in your dreams at night  when the cracked skin on your heels is leaving scratch marks on your legs…or someone else’s.

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We take such care of the little piggies all summer and boom! we forget as soon as the life guard stations are put away. It’s easy to maintain your soft summer feet as well as your summer mindset.

First night you can, plan a Bed Camp tune-up. Run a warm scented bath, put on your favorite playlist, get your favorite book or magazine and slowly ease into the bubbles. Let yourself soak and soften. Before you get out, quickly rub your heels with a pumice stone, rinse and wrap  yourself in your largest fluffiest bath towel. Bit of cream everyday will do wonders to help you keep your summer feet without weekly expensive pedicures! And a warm bubble bath will help your mind anytime!

Summer’s End

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The setting sun now slips away minutes before 7:00 PM. Days are getting shorter. This is the last weekend of the summer. I give in. Done. Squeezed in everything I could. Enjoying some good memories this weekend, making a few more, organizing my pictures and putting my linens away.

There are some bright spots — the humidity is down and there are better ‘hair days’, the air is crisp and great for walking and riding and, best of all, at least for those of us in NYC, most of the tourists have gone back home. Museums and theaters and the streets are ours to enjoy. Well, at least until Thanksgiving when the holiday tourists begin to arrive. But for now, we own the town and should enjoy it. New limited-run plays on Broadway, with marquee talents, have tickets for sale and seats available. Plenty to do indoors and out. Let the Fall begin!

Put Your Phone Away and LOOK UP!

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Running an errand recently in the East Village, I turned a corner and happened upon this glorious sight — reflections of other buildings and clouds on a glass building on Astor Place. Had to stop and just enjoy it for a few minutes, then took out my phone and snapped a picture.

It wasn’t lost on me that if I had been checking my mail or texting, I would have missed it. What a good reminder to be present in the space you’re in.

Don’t miss out on the good things. Leave the phone in your bag or pocket and enjoy the view…a good one will appear when you least expect it!

 

Catalog Clutter

If they haven’t already started, retailers are getting their mailing lists ready for the holiday season. I’ve found a great, free app that will easily get you off the lists you don’t want. With the PaperKarma app on your phone, you just snap a picture of the mailing label that shows your address and the sender’s, hit the ‘Use Photo’ or ‘Retake’ button, then hit the ‘unsubscribe me’ bar at the bottom of the next screen that pops up. That’s it! I’ve been using it all year and have found a noticeable decrease in my mailbox.

PaperKarma is available for the iPhone, Android and the Windows 7 phone. In addition to catalogs, it can also unsubscribe you on lists for magazines, coupons, credit card offers and fliers. It takes seconds and keeps the mail clutter out of your house!

Click here to get started – https://www.paperkarma.com

I Just Don’t Understand This

August is National Ice Cream Sandwich, Watermelon, Oyster, Root Beer Float, Zucchini, Soft Ice Cream and Peach Pie Month. There are also days that celebrate Brownies at Brunch, Catfish, Panini, Peaches and Sandwiches, among many many others. But no tomatoes. NO TOMATOES?!!!

Actually, October is National Tomato Month. That hurts, since the best of the season is over and we’re all searching for that lost fried green tomato recipe, hoping to prolong the season just a bit longer. It’s good but just not the same.

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For me, August is my tomato month. It is on my daily menu at some point during the day – good at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a mid-day snack. There isn’t a better time of the year to enjoy a delicious ripe tomato. Low in calories, rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid and an excellent source of nutrients and antioxidants. Fancy recipes aren’t needed. Eat them raw, mixed with other vegetables, in a fresh summer salad or cooked in a morning omelette. Slice and top with olive oil or basil or blue cheese or just salt and pepper. Rinse and just bite into one. Make your own mayonnaise, or not, bring your best bread to the table and make a sandwich, seasoned with just of bit of salt and pepper and maybe a few slices of crisp bacon. And what’s more refreshing on a hot day than a bowl of Gazpacho?

Having a bowl of ripe tomatoes on the counter will help make your summer meals healthy and delicious and you won’t believe how much time you’ll save. Take it easy in the kitchen. Keep it healthy, light, simple and tasty. No heat required…just lots of tomatoes!

It Takes Me 23 Hours to Awake Refreshed

I have fought my body clock for years and, for much of my adult life, didn’t get enough sleep. I just wasn’t tired enough, or ready, to get to bed at a reasonable hour. And I really didn’t want to. I love the quiet peacefulness of the night. Take away my clock and I will stay up two or three hours after midnight and wake up mid-morning…not at all reasonable for someone who has to get up early in the morning!
Finally, I’ve found a solution to getting enough sleep and waking refreshed. Though it takes me 23 hours of preparation, it’s working for me.
See my latest article posted today on Huffington about How This Night Owl Copes in an Early Bird’s World.
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