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"BUFFALO ZUCCHINI BOATS" - by Brittany Hobson, Salon Stylist & Esthetician

Here's what you'll need:

2 zucchini's
1 pound cooked chicken, diced
2 TBL flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 carrot, shredded
1 rib of celery, chopped
3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
1/4 c. blue cheese, crumbled (OPTIONAL)
3 TBL buffalo sauce
3 TBL blue cheese or ranch dressing

Preheat oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking oil.  Set aside.

Cut each zucchini in half horizontally.  Scoop out center, reserving 1/2 - diced up for filling. 

In a bowl, mix together chicken, flour, salt, pepper, carrot, celery, 1/2 c. shredded cheddar,
blue cheese crumbles (if using), buffalo sauce and dressing.

Place zucchini hollow side up on baking sheet.  Fill boats with filling until heaping.  Sprinkle with
remaining cheddar cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes or until zucchini achieves desired softness.
 

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"A Smile Is The Shortest Distance Between Two People" ~ by Diane Anlauf, Client Services

The above quote by Victor Borge is so true ~ a smile IS the shortest distance between two people.  When we take the time to sit back and think about our lives, we might wonder how to be happy and make it better in the future.  It doesn't always have to be a big plan with goals and results.  The easiest way is with a smile. Even if you're feeling a bit down, you can start smiling and you'll begin to feel better.  

It's interesting that we are born with this ability; smiling is not something we have to learn.  It's part of that universal language that everyone knows.  It not only makes others feel comfortable, welcome and happy, it makes you feel that way too. This is one of those contagious things that is actually really good and healing for us.

Smiling is a generous gesture of loving kindness.  Share all your smiles today.  You can be a day maker for others, and yourself! 

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WELLTH (not wealth) by Deb Singh, Client Services

Like many of you, I love to read.  Just the thought of holding a book makes me happy!  One of my favorite new books is WELLTH (How I Learned To Build A Life, Not A Resume) by Jason Wachob.  If accumulating toys and money is no longer satisfying to you ~ this book is for you.  Make the shift.  Find your wellth.

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"HAPPY PEOPLE" by Deb Singh, Client Services

What do happy people do differently?  It's more than looking at a glass as half full...it's being CONTENT and GRATEFUL that the glass is half full, and it's also being hopeful that it can be refilled.  :D  We really DO choose our attitudes.  We choose each day to think positive or negative thoughts.  The world can be viewed as a very cruel place with so many sad and frightening stories on the news, but there are soooooooo many good news stories out there if you look for them.  There are websites dedicated to GOOD NEWS!  Surround yourself with people who are happy and you'll find yourself feeling happier.  Read about good news and the world and your surroundings will look brighter.  And here's some incentive to think happy thoughts:  Studies have shown that happy people live longer!  Let your focus this year be about creating more happiness in your life and you'll be surprised by the end of 2016 how bright the future is!

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"Massage Therapy for Pain Management" by Tamara, Massage Therapist

Massage is very effective at helping to manage pain, anxiety, stress and difficulty sleeping.  Have you ever noticed your shoulders burning or neck feeling fatigued while sitting at your desk?  Do you experience headaches?  Is your back sore?  There are many techniques massage therapists utilize specific to your aches and pains that encourage and assist your body's natural pain defenses: endorphins!  Massage is a natural and effective way to target the root of muscular and soft tissue problems which will help to relieve symptoms ~ and regular massage will help to keep NEW problems from arising.  People who suffer from chronic muscle pain, headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia have benefited greatly from massage.  Don't mask your pain with pain medications that provide only temporary relief.  Try massage along with physical therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture care.  Remember that you are increasing your ability and longevity to do the things you love - you are investing in your overall future self!

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"SLEEP" by Brittany Hobson, Salon Stylist, Massage Therapist & Esthetician

Sleep is an important part of being healthy.  While you sleep your body repairs and resets itself for a healthy and successful next day.  Having ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to all sorts of terrible health problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure and stroke.  It's important to get your Z's - so let's look at ways to improve your sleep:

Quit the caffeine at 2 pm.  It takes five to seven hours for half of the caffeine in your system to dissipate after having a cup!

Nice, clean sheets can make you more comfortable.

Avoid blue light - all electronics emit blue light that messes with your body's natural clock.  Avoid all electronics a few hours before bed.  Most importantly: keep the bedroom an electric-free zone.

Pay attention to temperature.  We get our best sleep in a cool room; usually around 65-72 degrees is ideal.  Although keeping your feet warm is a good idea, having cold feet will keep you from falling alseep.  So, cool room-warm feet.

Aromatherapy can help.  Certain essential oils have been shown to help with falling asleep.  Anything with lavender helps.  My personal favorite is Aveda's Stress Fix oil.

Some foods are really good for gearing up for bedtime.  Trying having one of the following: warm milk, bananas, cherry juice, turkey, almonds, honey or herbal (caffeine free) tea.

Get more in touch with nature!  People who experience early morning sunlight on their skin tend to have a better nights sleep.  It helps reset the body's internal clock, similar to how avoiding blue light at night does.  Also doing something like "earthing" or "grounding" can help - which is simply taking off your shoes and socks and putting your feet directly on the ground (weather permitting, of course).  

REPAIR ~ RESET ~ SLEEP 

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LESSONS I'VE LEARNED THROUGH TRAGEDY - by Angie Pearson, Massage Therapis

Over the past year I have experienced great tragedy.  I have lost three very important people in my life ~ all unexpectedly.  It's very easy to fall into anger, sadness, grief and confusion.  Life can throw you some pretty hard curve balls.  My heart hurts and my spirit feels broken, however, I have learned a valuable lesson through tragedy.

Life is short; you have to make the most out of each day.  So often we hold onto anger towards one another; so often we mean to do this or that, to call or visit someone, but we never get around to it.  Life gets busy and we get into our routines without reaching out to the ones that are important to us.

I've learned there is no going back.  I've learned we HAVE to make time for those we love.  I've learned to let go of anger and live each day as if it's my last because we just never know; it may be the last time we have to say, "I love you," or "I'm sorry," or "I forgive you." 

Take time for the ones you hold dear.  Find the beauty in each day, hold peace in your heart, breathe in the good and let go of the bad.  Most importantly, make the most of each and every day.

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"FEAR" by Nicole Peltz, Salon Stylist

"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." ~ George Adair.

Have you ever wondered what your life would look like, who you would be today, if you never let fear control your life?  To me, there are two types of fear; one helps preserve your life and is extremely important to heed to.  The other suffocates you and keeps you from living life.  The sad part is, the later one, usually gets confused with the former - and we, as humans, end up missing out on truly living.

So let's talk about this.  Ask yourself, "Why don't I do certain things in my life?"  Like:  dancing, speaking in front of people, trying a new food, trying a new hobby, wearing a new outfit, being spontaneous, singing karaoke, the list goes on.  I think if we're honest, the answers to those questions are pretty obvious.  We don't want to be made fun of, or look stupid.  It's a fear of MAN.  But this question can go even deeper.  Why don't you do your best at work?  Maybe because you don't want to look like a 'brown-noser'. Why don't you take the time to care about your health and actually do something about it?  Perhaps because you're afraid that if you care about yourself some strong emotion of past issues may arise.

You see, fear is a tricky thing.  It makes you believe whatever you fear...is...reality.  The TRUTH is that fear is FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL.  If you don't catch fear trying to choke you out, a time will come that you will realize that you're no longer LIVING life.  Even if it's in a small degree - fear robs you of living.  I don't know about you, but I'm DONE with being afraid.  I'm done being afraid of succeeding.  I'm done being afraid of looking stupid, or like a suck -up, or an over achiever, or a letdown, or a bad mom, or a bad wife, or a bad Christian.  I'm done fearing new adventures, or extreme hobbies.  I'm done fearing what people think of me.

I have committed to living a life that is not just fear-less, but FEAR-FREE!  Join me!  Choose to live life with me!  Sometimes what you're most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free!  I want to be set free.  I want you to be set free.  Let's do this! 

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"Are You The Kind of Person You Want To Meet?" by Deb Singh, Client Services

Saw the titled quote and had to think about that ~ am I the type of person I would want to meet?  While I have some good qualities, there are also areas where I fail.  But it has made me more determined to remind myself of this quote whenever I am out-and-about.  What a difference a smile can make to someone.  I think about the kinds of people that I DO like to meet:  friendly, honest, fun, spiritual, thoughtful, reliable, optimistic, kind, respectful and passionate.  I think about the businesses I return to and why; it's because they offer something of quality and are friendly.  Being mindful of this quote each and every day will hopefully make me a better person, and, a better employee.  So, ask yourself the question:  are YOU the kind of person you want to meet?

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"The Amazing Benefits of Facials" by Jade Holmes, Esthetician

You may love the pampering and relaxation you feel when receiving a facial, but there are a multitude of other benefits your skin is getting during your treatment that offer you health and wellness!  Some facial treatments are designed to deep clean the skin, while others offer moisturizing benefits, and still others help to relieve stress.  Be assured that with each type of facial, you are increasing circulation and increasing oxygen to skin cells which gives your skin that healthy glow and helps to plump up the skin reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  You're also relieving stress through this soothing treatment with aromatherapy and oils that encourage peace of mind and contentment.  And while there's no way to stop the aging process, technology shows that regular facials SLOW the skin aging process and offer you more youthful, supple skin.  Don't wait!  Get on a regular skin care regimen that includes facials - you'll be surprised at the results!

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