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Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas Children’s Home

Although foster care is gaining momentum in Mexico, orphanages still dominate by a long shot. There are over 700 orphanages — some public, some private — that house over 30,000 children in Mexico. It’s estimated that 400,000 Mexican children are without parents, and 100,000 of these children are homeless. Needless to say, improved housing solutions […]

Tips and Tricks for Designing the Perfect Closet

I love designing a space that is both beautiful and functional. I’d love to share some of my designs with you! I hope you are inspired, and it brings about creativity as you think about your next design project. Have you considered redesigning your closet? Or have you recently purchased a house that needs a […]

Spring Cleaning and New Beginnings

Spring is officially here! This time of year is a time of renewal; the flowers are blooming, the foliage is coming back to life, the clouds are parting and giving way to the glorious sun – as the new season is beginning it feels as though hope is just beyond the horizon for things to […]

Practical Steps to Changing Your Nutrition Habits in March

What would happen if you dedicated an entire month to changing your nutrition habits? March is an incredible month to do that since it is National Nutrition Month. Since this month is dedicated to nutrition, there will be numerous articles, resources, and information out there for you during this time to educate yourself on proper […]

How Does Kindness Affect Your Health?

I believe one of the most important things we need in the world right now is more kindness toward one another. Did you know that there are scientifically proven benefits of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness? This month, there is a whole week dedicated to Random Acts […]

What Do You Need to Let Go Of To Move Forward?

With 2020 behind us and the roller coaster of feelings and events that came with it, January 2021 brings new hope of possibilities and new beginnings. As we start the new year, instead of thinking about resolutions, starting over, or placing restrictions on ourselves, why not think about some of the ways we’ve grown through […]

Gifts That Give Back 2020

I love December! The cold weather, the holiday decorations, the spirit of giving and the general feeling of hope and love is in the air. My favorite thing to write about it giving. Thanksgiving is time to be grateful for all you have, and Christmas is truly the time to give. I love to get […]

Practicing Gratitude During a Season of Thanksgiving

This year has been trying for all of us. Change has been the predominant word on my heart and mind for the year. Changes in the way we do everyday things like shopping, working, school, communicating with loved ones and even gathering with people has definitely changed this year. We will be adjusting to more […]

Keep Your Heart and Mind Healthy with These Foods

  The fire season may be coming to an end, but with the upcoming flu season it is more important than ever to protect your lungs – not to mention, we are still in the middle of a world-wide pandemic that primarily affects the respiratory system. Since October is Health Lung Month, it is timely […]

Recipes to Reframe the ‘Most Important Meal of the Day’

Is anyone surprised that fall begins this month? As we grow older it certainly seems as though the days, months and years go by faster, but this year has seemed to go by with lightning speed! Normally in September I love to give you tips on how to pack a nutritious school lunch for your […]

Remote Schedules and Family Recipes

The new school year is fast approaching and there is still a lot of uncertainty in many school districts. Will school begin online for your children this year? Are you still working remote? This is the case for many people across the country. Do you have a plan in place to keep your family’s nutrition […]

Firework Safety and Watermelon Fun

Fourth of July is a fun time to get together and watch parades, have large family gatherings, and enjoy the excitement of a huge firework display. This year may look a little different in some areas as gatherings are limited, masks are required, parades and firework displays are canceled and you may be wondering, “how […]

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Summer Vacations and Indulgent Sweet Recipes

It’s June, and traditionally during this time we are getting excited for the summer. School is out, graduation ceremonies and parties commencing, wedding season is gearing up, and vacations are being planned. Things in 2020 look a little different. Schools in most states got out early this year as many parents did the last three […]

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Keeping Your Body and Mind Fit

As many of us are entering the second or third month of the stay at home orders around the United States, it is easy to become disconnected. While it may feel the same, being physically distanced shouldn’t mean disconnected. It is important to do some critical self-care during this time. The month of May highlights, […]

Keeping Your Immune System Strong in Times of Crisis

Over the last few weeks, we have all been affected by the recent COVID-19 crisis in our world. Whether we have been affected physically, mentally, financially, or otherwise, in one way or another this virus has impacted our daily routines and the everyday rhythm of life and I’d be remiss if I didn’t make mention […]

National Nutrition Month

This month is National Nutrition Month. As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, you can imagine how excited I am when this month rolls around each year. It’s the one month when The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics pulls out all the stops and has an entire campaign directed toward focusing on the importance of making informed […]

Are You Cooking for Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day?

How much do you love chocolate? I think if we all really knew the power of chocolate and the health benefits we could receive from it, we may even love it more. Is that even possible? I’m not talking milk chocolate – although, yes, it is delicious. Dark chocolate is the way to go. Did […]

Resolutions or Intentions?

2020 is here and the closer last year came to a close, the words like change, intention, resolution and new beginnings were being talked about. Does the idea of making ‘resolutions’ stress you out? Maybe it’s because most of our resolutions don’t stick!   If the majority of resolutions are broken, then the irony is […]

Gifts that Give Back

On Thanksgiving, we have a tradition of going around the table and saying what we are thankful for. During this time of reflection, you can really see how incredibly blessed we are to have the things and people we have in our lives. The season of thankfulness and gratitude doesn’t have to end in November. […]

Planning Your Thanksgiving Dinner

It is the month of the year where we all start thinking about the blessings we have and becoming increasingly aware of how thankful we are for the people and things we have in our lives. It is officially November! You may want to start preparing your list for Thanksgiving dinner. It is never too […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.” — Stephen Graham Jones Which type of person are you? Do you love the spooky atmosphere and costumes of Halloween? Are you excited for Trick-or-Treating and The Great Pumpkin? Or are you simply counting down to mistletoe and tree trimming? […]

Fall is Almost Here!

You can feel it in the air; the weather starting to shift just slightly, the days getting shorter and the nights creeping in a little sooner – fall will be here soon. At the end of the month, we will officially say “goodbye” to summer and “hello” to fall. With that salutation comes the introduction […]

Christine’s August 2019 Newsletter

We are in the last official month of summer (already). And although the warm weather continues until October for some areas in the United States, most of us will be saying goodbye to the summer weather toward the end of the month and the days will begin to get shorter and the weather much milder […]

Celebrating Summer and Freedom

The Fourth of July is a very special day for our country, and it is also a special day for family and friends to get together and observe long-held traditions together. Some traditions like fireworks, parades, and cookouts have been consistently associated with the Fourth of July since the country’s founding in 1776. Here is […]

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Christine Avanti’s June 2019 Newsletter

June is here with its long days and warm nights. Some of the best things about June is all the fresh produce and sunshine – oh, the wonderful sunshine! I am looking forward to using all the fresh local produce from my Farmers Market this summer to make some amazing dishes and enjoy some laid-back […]

Christine’s May 2019 Newsletter

We are one month away from summer and I have already been thoroughly enjoying the sun! Have you been getting your daily Vitamin D? I love the next couple of months because the Farmer’s Markets start making their way to the downtown streets and fresh farm produce is readily available in just about any neighborhood […]

Spring Recipes and Easter Alternatives

April is an important month for awareness. In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of the month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. In the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence […]

Lower Your Health Risks During National Nutrition Month

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the third month of the year is National Nutrition Month. At this point, we’ve all gotten our feet wet and have acclimated to the new year. Those of us who have made resolutions have either stuck with them and developed good habits that (hopefully) will last the whole […]

Christine Avanti’s February 2019 Newsletter

There is almost a palatable feeling of love in the air when February begins. Stores begin a bit early with their displays, marketing all the Valentines in mid-January. Have you completed your Valentine’s Day planning or are you stumped on what to do? There can be a lot of pressure to buy the right gift, […]

Christine Avanti’s January 2019 Newsletter

It is the New Year and the perfect time to reflect on the year past and set your intentions for the year to come. As we ring in the new year, take some time this week to journal and reflect on the year past: What were your fondest memories of 2018? How was your year […]

Gifts That Give Back

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” ‘Tis the season for giving and it’s my favorite newsletter of the year! Every year I dedicate my December newsletter to finding the best “Gifts that Give Back” and I have found some excellent ones this year! We all do a little bit of Christmas shopping, why […]

Christine’s November 2018 Newsletter

I have seen, for a few Novembers now, a trend of gratitude journals circulating on social media. I think it is important to take time out to express gratitude to those around you and for the things you have been blessed with. Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on these things with […]

Christine’s October 2018 Newsletter

“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.” (author unknown) Fall’s official beginning was September 21st. October is really where we begin to see changes in weather and it really kicks off the holiday season, starting with Halloween. The next few months are definitely busy, full […]

Christine’s September 2018 Newsletter

Labor Day is on Monday, September 3rd – that is just a few days away! Can you believe that Fall officially begins this month? Where did summer go? Most people celebrate Labor Day, but do you know exactly why (other than getting a 3-day weekend and a good excuse to BBQ)? According to dosomething.org, the […]

Back to School Lunches

We are down to the last month of summer and at the end of the month most kids will start going back to school. Do you have a nutrition plan for your child’s lunches this school year? Packing lunches can certainly be a challenge, especially for picky eaters and sending the same ‘ole sandwich and […]

Red, White, and Blue Recipes

With the month of July comes beautiful sun and warm weather; it’s no wonder this month is observed as National Picnic and Parks month! Make sure you get off your devices and go outside. There are so many incredible parks you can explore, and don’t forget to pack a nutritious picnic lunch; you can stop […]

Grilling Tips and Recipes

June is one of the best months for breaking in the outdoor grill. It’s just warm enough for outdoor gatherings and it’s not too hot to be unbearable yet for those sensitive to the heat. Memorial Day was just earlier this week and that normally kicks off the official grilling season. How was your first […]

Mother’s Day Recipes

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, and that is perfect because in just two short weeks, it will be time to celebrate Mother’s Day and flowers will definitely brighten her day! Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May, and people world-wide will be making a special effort to show their […]

Embrace Your Voice in April

April is a month full of hope; spring is officially here! Spring can represent so many things: hope, new life, reflection, transformation. There is a beautiful quote from Harriet Ann Jacobs that says: “The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Easter also represents that […]

Go Further with Food in March

I am so passionate about educating people in proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. March is recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as National Nutrition Month and 2018’s theme is Go Further with Food. This is an important theme for many reasons. The foods you prepare at home have a positive impact on […]

Get Heart Healthy in February

February is American Heart Month and tomorrow, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day, in hopes of raising awareness for Women and Heart Disease Prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” around the same number of […]

A Year In Review

It’s a New Year! Last year went by so fast! It was filled with so many things, both challenging and exciting. I was blessed to be able to be part of so many incredible things with the Jonathan D. Fischer Foundation. If you don’t already know what JDFF is, A number of years ago my […]

Gifts That Give Back

Every year in December, I love to dedicate my newsletter to “Gifts that Give Back” and this year is no exception! Christmas is especially significant; gift giving, family getting together, Christmas dinner, and the feelings of love and joy are even more vivid this time of year. When gifting, I think it is even more […]

Christine’s 2017 November Newsletter

The end of the year is almost upon us, and just as yesterday came with loads of candy, the holidays will keep coming, and with them, a never-ending supply of yummy food! It is understandable to have some anxiety with the holidays; big family gatherings, planning, financial stress – but if you stick to your […]

Nutrition Tricks and Treats

It is officially sweater weather! But don’t let the holidays coming up let you slip back into unhealthy eating! Fall into healthy eating, and feel good all year round. This month, Halloween sneaks up fast with all the yummy goodies. Since Halloween is the kick-off to the holiday season, it is a great time to […]

Back to School Nutrition

The biggest question I get when everyone goes back to school is “how do I make healthy, quick meals for me and my family during the week?” That is an excellent question!

Grilling Tips for Summer

We are in the last month of summer (and more than half way through 2017, can you believe it?) and if you haven’t yet, this month is the perfect time to fire up the grill. You can grill almost anything. What I love about grilling is that you aren’t using a ton of added fat […]

Are You Ready For Summer?

Men, have you had your yearly checkup? June is Men’s Health Month, and it is pretty important that there is a month dedicated to Men’s health – do you know why? According to Everyday Health, Cleveland Clinic surveyed more than 500 men ages 18 to 70 across the United States and found that only three […]

Tips for a Healthy, Confident Body

Bikini season is just around the corner and I know a lot of people start frantically finding the fastest way to lose weight to get ready for summer. STOP! Don’t jump on the fad diet bandwagon. The truth is, every body is bikini ready – you simply have to put on a bikini to have […]

Christine’s April Newsletter

While reading though a recent issue of Women’s Health, a few things really spoke to me and I wanted to share some thoughts with you. There is still a lot of misleading information about what gluten is, what it does to your body and who should be avoiding it. I am not a fan of […]