Apple Cider – Fall’s Delicious, Variable, Healthy Beverage!

Warm Apple Cider a favorite fall beverage for many of us. The natural apple flavor is often seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and other fall-type seasonings to make a cozy treat. First, let’s answer this question: What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? Basically, apple cider is unfiltered and contains some pulp or sediment, leaving it appear cloudy rather than clear. It also has a shelf life of 7-10 days. Beyond that, it… Continue reading

Fall Spices: Tasty and Good For Us Too!

Fall and certain spices just seem to go together – we use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves in many favorite fall drinks and foods. But they offer more than great flavor – they have health benefits as well. Spices have been used for centuries; in recent years we are rediscovering their health/healing aspects in addition to the taste enhancements. Here are some ways to use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves and the health benefits they… Continue reading

The Scents of Fall – Create Your Own Projects

Ah, the scents of fall! If you are a big fan of essential oils, fall is a great time to incorporate them more into your life. Body/beauty products are a great way to start. You can make your own blends using cinnamon and ginger, or adding more woodsy scents like fir and eucalyptus. These products are easy to make yourself and have a lot of room to be customized. Here’s an expanded list of scents… Continue reading

Using Planners and Journals to Make Fall/Autumn Most Enjoyable

Now that we are into a new season, it is a good time to reflect on your regular routine and what you anticipate in the coming few months. Even if you have not used a daily planner before, now is a great time to start creation a fall journal and planner routine. Fall truly is the season of comfort and change. The weather gets cooler, and you want to get warmer and cozier in your… Continue reading

The Benefits of Elderberries Throughout the Year

During the flu/cold season, I posted “What are Elderberries and What Can They Do for Me” . The focus was on how they help during the winter. For many people, elderberry is their go-to to ward off or shorten flu and colds. But there are many other benefits of elderberries. The benefits of this unique fruit can be gained all year-round. Before I get into that, I must tell you why elderberries have come to mind… Continue reading

Need More Clarity, Creativity and Focus?

I am finding this time of the year, end of summer leading into fall, particularly overwhelming. The year is more than half over (can that possibly be?) and my intentions and goals are way behind where I wanted them to be. There are multiple events and of course the usual fall holiday anticipations to consider and prepare for. What about you? If you ever experience times of overwhelm – when you have so many things… Continue reading

Does Perfection Slow Down Accomplishment?

As I look at the early framework of my business plans for the 3rd quarter of the year, it looks exciting. When I look at the individual projects on that list and what it will take to get them done in a high quality way (perfection), I am overwhelmed! Am I crazy to think I can really do all of that and do it well, along with the rest of my life? Is accomplishment of… Continue reading

I Celebrate Books for Opening Vistas

(Get your Reading Journal here: http://carolbrusegar.com/Reading Journal for Book Lovers) I LOVE to read! Do you? Reading has always been a favorite pastime for me. As a child, I attended a rural one-room school and we had one large bookcase of books to read. What I remember best is reading each of the biographies – a series of books with orange covers. The stories of people in different situations and historical periods fascinated me. We also… Continue reading

How About a Midyear Check-in?

If you are anything like me, you are amazed to realize that the midpoint of the year is upon us. It’s a great time to do a check-in with ourselves. It can be about personal goals and situations, family or groups in which you are involved, work, business or any other area of life. As the days, weeks and months seem to whiz past us – or we whiz through time on a roller coaster… Continue reading

Day Trips: Including Getaways and Mini-Vacations in Your Plans

Day trips are often scheduled into a vacation week in a distant location – you spend one day at a location away from your primary base for the week. But day trips can be a year-round adventure right from our homes. We often have more time for them during summer when there aren’t as many regular activities scheduled on weekends. In fact, they can augment summer vacations, or even substitute for them when there are… Continue reading