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America is a nation in which obesity and unhealthy dietary decisions run rampant. According to the most recent statistics published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over 70 percent of Americans are now considered overweight or obese, and approximately one in three children falls into the same category. Relative to other industrialized nations, these statics are alarming and show no signs of stopping. Almost everywhere we turn, we are faced with dietary toxins and temptations. From the fast food restaurants that line city streets, to the processed food items sold on supermarket shelves, our society is a major producer...

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Looking for a unique Christmas gift that won’t break the bank but is sure to get a smile? This year, skip the same-old, store bought stocking stuffers and spread some holiday cheer with a homemade gift your friends and family will love.

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Wash your worries away with this soothing mix of black sea salt and florals.  Relax with an evening bath, surrounded by the scents of lavender, chamomile, and rose. The lavender and chamomile are relaxing scents, and the rose adds sensuality. This bath salt heals and moisturizes too, making it great for all skin types. Use within six months to a year for best results.

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All the materials for this budget-friendly DIY can be found at your local craft store. As an art advisor, I’m normally more of an “art-only on my walls” type of gal, but I’m making an exception for this beautiful DIY succulent wall planter. I put together a how-to that doesn't require extensive building -- because who has time for that these days? -- and calls for materials you can find at your local craft store.

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For an extra special presentation, we took plain paper, which you can buy in bulk, and made smaller pieces super-pretty with little paint and an unexpected tag or bow. PHOTOGRAPHY BY: KATE MATHIS 1. GIVE A SPLASH OF GOLD We thinned acrylic paint with water, then splattered gold dots with a narrow brush. PHOTOGRAPHY BY: KATE MATHIS 2. ADD TEXTURE Use gold acrylic paint and a brush to dab dashes or make stripes across the paper. PHOTOGRAPHY BY: KATE MATHIS 3. USE AN OMBRÉ EFFECT Spray-paint lines across each sheet, or go over some bands again for an ombré effect. Project and Image Credit from: THE MARTHA STEWART 

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