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Alas, but this snowy day is beyond my ability to enjoy (oh, Valerie – snow ice cream!).  Instead of dancing among the flakes, I am shuffling around the house and blowing through piles of tissues, sidelined by a completely soul-clogging headcold.  Despite my voluminous healing tea-drinking, I wound up taking Valerie’s advice over the weekend. …

Here at Fresh Living, we salute the imaginative, word-bending genius Theodore Seuss Geisel on what would have been his 105th birthday. We especially adore The Lorax, of course. I just checked out the video (see below) for the first time in years (woah groovy 1970’s soundtrack!) and got sad/happy chills re-hearing his prescient words, which…

It’s a full-on, school’s canceled snow-day here in NYC. And if you’re anywhere in the snow-zone, you too are seeing scads of the fluff out your window (or in your face). Thought it’d be a great moment to hunt down some snow recipes. Here’s one site with a bunch of great-sounding snow ice-cream recipes made…

Breathe in the loveliness. And have a beautiful day. This photo is from our Green Parenting gallery if you want to poke around some more.

This hilarious, beautiful “chant” is from Sadie Nardini, one of the fiercest, funnest yoginis around.

How gorgeous a video game idea is “Flower?”  In it, you are a flower petal, and the object of the game is to float through an ever-changing landscape of growing things.  There’s no way you can “die” in this game–in fact, there’s no “win” or “lose” at all.  It’s just about being free in a…

Therese Borchard’s fun, snarky collection of fear-busters teaches us that fears will leave you alone if you don’t take them too seriously.  So try some of these out on your fears today and see if they won’t take a hike:   Bully themYell at themLaugh at themScare them (a little ‘back atcha’ technique!)

Holly, I feel you and your sniffles! I’ve caught every little bug this year (thanks, stress!). But, in general how I kick a common cold is the following (oh and I am sooo not a medical professional, so definitely check with your doctor before taking any of my advice). 1) Load up on Emergen-C Lite. I’m a big…

Quick, help!  Sore throat/runny nose emergency!  I need your ideas for how to kick this cold out of Dodge, like NOW. I wouldn’t be so alarmed about a winter sniffle, except that I am scheduled to visit my newborn nephew this weekend, and I’d hate for his first memory of his aunt to be a)…

From Victoria Moran, Beliefnet’s incredibly talented Life Coach blogger: “I don’t always bound out of bed with grand expectations about the day ahead, but when I can hear my grandmother saying, ‘This is a day the Lord has made: I will rejoice and be glad in it,’ it helps. And when I get up at the early…

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Valerie Reiss

Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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