Author Archives: Michelle Karam
Happy Chinese New Year to All!
It’s the YEAR OF THE SNAKE, which means out with the old & in with the new. Shed anything that’s not helping you & move on! BTW, crying on New Year’s Day means you will cry for the rest of the year, and washing your hair signifies washing away good luck. So don’t cry & don’t wash your hair today!
Here’s to a Healthy & Prosperous 2013!
February is American Heart Month!
Which means it’s the month to focus not just on the love in our hearts, but also on the health of this vital organ that’s known as “the seat of our will, our feelings, and our emotions.” So, while visions of heart-shaped boxes of Godiva chocolates and robin blue boxes of sparkly baubles may be dancing in your head, it’s essential that you also focus some attention on valuable steps that you can take TODAY to keep you heart strong and healthy TOMORROW. Read more »
Are you one of the millions of people who, on December 31st, resolved to get fit and lose weight in 2013? Starting a workout regime is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and for those of you who did it, you’re probably in a bit of pain right this very minute. Well, join the club because after my first pilates class of the year my legs feel like they were run over by Mack truck and I can barely stand up without wincing like an 80-year old grandma!
Whether you’re running, lifting weights at the gym, taking yoga, pilates, or simply walking, you need some help to get your weary body through these first few painful weeks and push the excess lactic acid buildup out of your muscles. Here’s my best remedy Read more »
So many people I know are suffering from a cold, cough or flu right now. I know, it SUCKS! Especially when you’re sick and the kids are sick too. Here’s my secret concoction you can make in minutes to combat those pesty germs that are wreaking havoc on your body. Read more »
“Getting More Sleep” is a New Year’s resolution that many people (often tired & cranky people) make. Well, in case y’all didn’t know, yesterday was National Sleep Day! What exactly that means, I really don’t know. Is it a green light to knock myself out with a few Xanax? Probably not. Oh well…
Why, when, and who created this bizarre holiday remains a mystery, but it stands to remind us all of the importance of sleep and the absolute hell that comes from lack of it. How many of us have all too vivid memories of holding a 2-month old baby at 3am feeling like we were going to die?!
Hopefully, your nights have improved, as mine have (thank god), from the tortuous newborn months. Read more »
It’s New Year’s Eve! Whether you’re heading out to an all-night New Year’s rager or staying in to watch the ball drop in Times Square, you’re probably going to consume some kind of festive alcoholic beverage that may leave you feeling less than festive tomorrow morning. And who wants to spend January 1st on the bathroom floor or in bed with a migraine, right?!
So in preparation of a BIG night ahead, here are a few easy reflexology techniques that you can do to prevent and relieve hangovers. I suggest trying them before you have one too many glasses of bubbly so that you’ll know exactly what to do later on, when you can’t see straight! Read more »
Has too much holiday shopping, partying, and all-over running around zapped your energy? Need a quick pick-me-up to get you through these last few crazy days before Santa arrives? Here’s my favorite body treat of the season – an oh-so-easy-to-make Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub.
Peppermint’s refreshingly strong minty aroma will not only wake up your senses, but studies have shown that it has an ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. It may even have the ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. (Pretty good herb, huh?) So open up your pantry today and make this fantastic 3-ingredient scrub for yourself (or for some lucky friends as gifts)! Read more »
Is it just me, or does it seem like holiday gift lists are getting longer and longer every year? In addition to the kids, family, and friends, there are gifts for the teachers, teacher’s aides, babysitters, mailmen, doormen, garbage men… and the list goes on!
To make your gift giving easier, here are my top 10 gifts in both high and low prices. Of course, the men in the above-mentioned list might prefer a bottle of scotch or some good ‘ole cash. But many men will appreciate a scented candle, especially if they think it will bring them a night of romance. Successful re-gifting is always an option for them too!
So off we go, here are my 2012 gift picks (which I’m sure you’ll LOVE for yourself too) … Read more »
Every morning when I stumble out of bed and look in the mirror my hope is that I look rested, refreshed, and ready to face another day. Wake Up!
REALITY: That’s not always what greets me at 6:30am, especially after a late night with too much holiday cheer! I see puffiness, and dark circles, and fine lines… OH MY! I need HELP and I need it quickly!! Read more »