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New WELLNESS WELL PACKAGE at Las Catalinas

Dedicated to creating a way of life that is healthy, sustainable, fulfilling, and fun, Las Catalinas is pleased to invite guests to experience it as a Wellness Well with a new package by the same name that will undoubtedly deliver a remarkable sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation while enjoying Las Catalinas and all that this seaside gem of a (car-free!) town has to offer.

This 4-night package includes fresh green juice daily from Copper & Stone Gourmet Market;  a $100 credit at Pots & Bowls Food Truck, which opened this year and offers a fantastically fresh, healthy new twist with true farm-to-table cuisine and extensive raw vegan options; an all-access pass to CORE by ChakFitness, which also just opened and offers an exciting array of classes, including Beach Boot Camp, Bosu Boot Camp, Core Conditioning, Flinstones-esque free weights in the “Sand Box” (literally on the beach) and more; one complimentary matcha latte (almond and soy milks available) with all bike, SUP and kayak rentals at Pura Vida Ride; and a $50 credit at Wake Day Spa, which offers some of the best spa services on earth and also features an especially lovely boutique.

The Wellness Well package also includes a day trip to a secluded and magical farm surrounded by the lush Costa Rican rainforest and waterfalls on the slopes of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, where you can wade in the remarkable “blue lagoon” whose spring water comes directly from the volcano and is naturally tinted an electric turquoise. During the farm visit, taste delicious homemade cheeses, traditional tortillas and Costa Rican coffee, and finish the day with lunch at a beautiful restaurant nestled in the middle of the jungle beside the lagoon. Rates for the Wellness Well Package start at $1500, including airport transfers and private accommodations with breakfast daily at the Santarena Hotel and all else noted above. All Las Catalinas reservations can be made via its preferred travel partner, Beach Town Travel; to book this package please visit Beach Town Travel.

Las Catalinas is designed to be a place to maintain or regain one’s physical and mental equilibrium and provides an ideal environment for feeling comfortable, healthy and happy. It is a place to rediscover the freedom of one’s own two feet and the joy of exploring. Whether wandering the streets, hiking through the forest, or strolling the beach, it’s easy to connect with nature, oneself and others in Las Catalinas. The beautiful natural world and charming town provide ample opportunities to ease the body and mind: Set out in the early morning mist on a paddleboard or kayak; engage in sunrise or sunset yoga on the beach; enjoy hiking and mountain biking through stunning coastal terrain. In conjunction with Pura Vida Ride, Las Catalinas offers one of the best playgrounds in the world for water sports and trail fanatics. Specializing in the rental and sale of standup paddle boards, mountain bikes, kayaks and other ocean and mountain sports equipment, Pura Vida Ride is located on Playa Danta in the heart of Las Catalinas and not only offers lessons and expeditions, but is also a full service bike repair shop and general store serving coffee, pastries, drinks and snacks. Las Catalinas together with Pura Vida Ride provide a special and truly unique place where people can enjoy first class sporting activities with ease.

About Las Catalinas

The conscious community of Las Catalinas is taking shape as Costa Rica’s newest desirable beach town. This highly walkable destination on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Coast is well underway with 21 acres of land under development, a Beach Club and several full-time residents. When complete, there will be approximately 180 residences, 10 restaurants (four currently operating), several thousand square feet of office space, a town hall, over a dozen plazas and various other merchants. The town’s core values and beliefs include environmental stewardship, connection to one another and to the rhythms of nature.

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Happiness Days

By: Thara Prashad

“These are happy days. I’m hoping that the happiness stays. I just wanna be in this state, I’m tryna feel the sun on my face, yeah”. My husband, Jay Sean, recently wrote and released this beautiful song, “Happiness Days.” During quarantine as we listened back, he was pushing our daughter on the swings and we immediately knew that the music video for this song needed to be different. In a time of so much heartbreak, loss, fear and constant emotional ups and downs, he wanted to put out a song that would make people feel good again. Something to make them happy. Something to make them smile.  

Why do we find happiness to be so fleeting? It’s here one moment and gone the next? It seems we are all in search of happiness? How do we find it? Where do we find it and most importantly how do we hold onto it? It seems to slip through our fingers so quickly.

As a yoga and meditation teacher, health coach and Karuna Reiki Master, a massive part of my life has become devoted to helping myself and others find their happiness and figure out how to stay in that happy space. One of the greatest lessons that I often share is that our happiness, our peace, cannot be contingent on outside sources. When we begin to understand that, massive shifts can occur. The outside world is always going to ebb and flow. Our family, our friends, they are all going to do things that are outside of our control. So if our happiness is contingent on outside sources, on people, well that leaves a lot at risk. It leaves your happiness in a very volatile state if it can constantly be affected by all of these other sources.  So how do we cultivate happiness from within?  

Here are some of my favorite tips!

  1.  First we have to get really clear on what makes us happy. Spend some time quietly and ask yourself, “What makes me happy? What truly brings me joy?” So often we are so busy running around in the hustle and bustle of life that we don’t even know what truly makes us happy, let alone making time for it.
  2. Make time for things that make you happy on a daily basis. These don’t have to be big things like dinners with friends or a fancy vacation to the beach. It’s really about aligning with the little things. One of my favorite daily moments is my coffee in the morning.  I look forward to the smell and that quiet first sip. I make sure to get up before my kids in the morning so I can have that little moment to myself. That helps me start my day off happy.  I also love starting the day with gratitude. It immediately shifts you into a positive state to receive all the opportunity that a new day brings. Start writing a list of 10 things you’re grateful for every morning. Write it down and watch how you become aware of all the little things in life you have to be grateful for; a warm bed, an invigorating shower, food to nourish your body, your breath… Some of these things seem obvious and we so often take them for granted but when we start noticing all of these little things, everything becomes so much more precious. The more we pay attention to, the more we have to be grateful for!
  3. Create moments of happiness. The reality is that we have jobs, we have commutes, some of us have kids, we have responsibilities and bills to pay.  Of course some teachers would tell you to find joy in ALL of it but I don’t know, sometimes I find that a bit unrealistic. Of course I could sit here and tell you how to find happy in all of those moments, but I will spare you. What I will say is, create your moments. And as you start creating your moments, you will inevitably learn how to create even more moments. So this kind of goes back to #1. Get clear on what your happy moments are. Then find ways to integrate a few of them into your daily life. So I know coffee is one for me, meditating is another, exercise is another, sharing yoga with my kids is another, cooking is another, watching a favorite show with my hubby… So my job is to integrate as many of these moments into my day as I can. Some days there will be more and some days there will be less. But if I can consciously pull these happy moments into my day, making that choice to create happy moments rather than just letting life happen to me, it will make all the difference. Every moment isn’t going to be blissful, but if I can create my moments throughout the day, it will help to keep me filled. And when my happiness bucket is feeling a little too empty, I will know it’s time to refuel and I know what to reach for.   

We’ve all had those days where we wake up feeling grumpy or something happens not to plan or we get that email that just puts us into a negative state. And it’s in those moments that we have to choose. We have to decide if staying grumpy is going to serve or hurt our day? We all know the answer but for some reason we often choose to stay grumpy even though that just leads to more frustrating moments throughout the day. And what purpose does that actually serve?  So instead of staying grumpy or frustrated or even angry, I choose happiness. I choose to reach into my tool basket of things that make me happy and create the shift. Because, well, the alternative just kind of sucks right? And if we have the choice, why would we choose otherwise? 

 Get clear on what makes you happy and commit to creating it each and everyday.  Everyday may not be blissful but you can create your moments that will fill your cup.  And when you find them, stay in that moment and let the good feelings wash over you so you can reach for them whenever you need the reminder. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in and remember that you can always choose happiness. Let your heart swell with gratitude. When your eyes open, let the colors be brighter and the world be just a little bit sweeter. In the words of Jay Sean, “Ain’t life sweet lemonade.”  

Make sure to check out our video for Happiness Days and I hope it reminds you of what makes you happy!

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Tenacious Toys Releases Best Day Ever

Tenacious Toys is thrilled to continue their support of independent creators and manufacturers with a pair of exclusive releases at the end of this week.

This first drop is “Best Day Ever,”  a large scale 10-inch-tall vinyl art toy designed and self-produced by artist Ezra Brown. Best Day Ever depicts Ezra’s character Happy the Clown as he’s walking down the street… about to step on a nail.

Best Day Ever is limited to just 100 pieces as a co-exclusive between Tenacious Toys and Ezra Brown. Packaged in a fun, retro style art box, Best Day Ever will debut on the Tenacious homepage on Thursday August 12th at noon EST for $160 each, which includes free US shipping and a free Tenacious Toys enamel pin.

About Best Day Ever

Brown came up with the Happy character right before the pandemic. At first he was just going to be an ordinary character… nothing special. But as time went on and we entered into a global pandemic, he took on a totally different role. Happy came to symbolize what we all wanted in a time of despair. People wanted to make sense of what was going on around them, and Brown felt that this character could have a much deeper meaning. So that’s how he evolved from just an ordinary character to a whole mood.

He’ll be in everyday situations that any of us could go through, but sometimes we just don’t know how to make sense of them. Happiness is our emotions translated into cartoon form. That’s how Brown came up with the idea for the vinyl toy. Happy is their first vinyl art toy and they felt really good about the whole thing so that’s why I decided to name it Best Day Ever. Yeah he’s happy-go-lucky, whistling, etc, but if you notice he’s about to step on a nail. So “Best Day Ever” is also Brown’s sarcastic play on words… like when you’re having a bad day and you say “Best day ever!”

About Ezra Brown

Ezra Brown’s art is a mixture of pop surrealism and vintage-style lowbrow. He’s a painter, illustrator and dabbles in wood cuts as well. And he is now a toy designer and manufacturer!

About Tenacious Toys

Tenacious Toys has been buying, selling & producing art toys in vinyl, resin, PVC and plush since 2004. The primary mission of Tenacious is to lift up and empower new creators by offering them a retail platform to showcase, promote and sell their artwork in the 3D collectibles space. The Tenacious website is an ever-changing and vibrant selection of limited-edition collectibles that is unmatched anywhere else.

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Tyler Posey

By: Ally Brewster

Tyler Posey is a Santa Monica born, Santa Clarita raised actor and pop-punk/rock musician best known for his roles as Scott McCall on Teen Wolf and the lead role of Aidan the zombie-horror movie Alone (2020). In addition to his successful acting career, he’s been striving for an equally successful music career.

Throughout the last decade Posey has been in multiple bands, including Lost in Kostko (You’re Gonna Need A Towel [EP] 2011), PVMNTS (Better Days [EP] 2018), and Five North (Scumbag [EP] 2020). During the pandemic he made the decision to go solo with his next EP, enjoying the artistic freedom that came from being on your own. Posey has been working alongside the record label Big Noise Music Group, the same label his band Five North (Tyler Posey and Kyle Murphy) worked with, for his debut solo EP titled DRUGS.

Before those two singles for his debut EP, Tyler released the single “This Luv Sux” with artist’s Phem and Audio Chateau. “This Luv Sux” was his introduction to solo music, a song about a bad relationship, the alternative punk sound heard throughout the rest of his music.

DRUGS, to be released later this year, is the EP that is home to the two singles Posey has released so far this year, “Happy” and “Shut Up” (feat. Phem and Travis Barker). The two singles set up the tone and theme of the EP, which is a raw, honest story about Posey’s struggle with drugs and becoming sober in the form of pop-punk songs.

In the single “Happy,” during the second verse he sings, “Yeah, I know how to nod / Nodding, I’m half awake / With my eyes rolling back, can’t you tеll I’m okay?” Posey told NME that this is a reference to the “drug term called nodding out,” stating the verse is, “a very violent visual of somebody [who’s] really fucked up on drugs.” These types of experiences and feelings are what Posey is bringing to his debut EP, using as a way to explain his struggles and emotions.

Watch the “Happy” music video here.

This Fall Posey will join his fellow Big Noise artists Mod Sun and girlfriends on the Internet Killed the Rockstar Tour. The tour will travel to 15 cities around the US beginning September 5, 2021.

Internet Killed the Rockstar Tour Dates

Sun, SEP 5 – BottleRock Napa Valley 2021 – Napa County, CA [SOLD OUT]

Thu, SEP 9 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA [SOLD OUT]

Fri, SEP 10 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA [SOLD OUT]

Sat, SEP 11 – Popcon Retreat Festival 2021 – Las Vegas, NV

Tue, SEP 14 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN [SOLD OUT]

Thu, SEP 16 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, OH

Fri, SEP 17 – Park West – Chicago, IL

Sun, SEP 19 – Saint Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI

Tue, SEP 21 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA [SOLD OUT]

Wed, SEP 22 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA [SOLD OUT]

Thu, SEP 23 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY [SOLD OUT]

Sat, SEP 25 – Black Cat -Washington DC

Sun, SEP 26 – The Underground – Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

Thu, SEP 30 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Sun, OCT 3 – South Side Music Hall – Dallas, TX

Buy tickets here.

Be on the lookout for Tyler Posey’s EP DRUGS that will be released later this year!

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Ways to Achieve a Positive Mindset To Help You Succeed

A positive mindset helps people make the best choices and decisions for themselves, their jobs, and those around them. Learning to practice having a positive mindset also fosters a strong relationship with yourself and others as it relies on engaging in and maturing your internal dialogue. It helps in building resilience, creating a positive and optimistic attitude and ultimately leads to greater success and well-being.  The good news is that there are things people can do to have a more positive mindset.

“There are so many benefits of cultivating a positive mindset,” explains Katie Sandler, personal development and career coach. “The goal is to learn how to do it and then continue practicing it until utilizing a positive mindset becomes a way of life. It can be done, and when it is, you will be far more successful and content as a result.”

A positive mindset is a mental and emotional attitude – it’s about making the choice to think positively. If we think positively then typically beneficial behaviors and actions follow. Sandler has helped many people to shift their mindset and use the power of it to achieve goals and become more successful in multiple areas of their life. Some of the ways she has helped her clients to achieve a positive mindset include:

  • Practice mindfulness. When you are living in the moment and are aware of what is going on in the present moment with a kind and open attitude, you are being mindful. Many people worry about the past or the future, which tends to lead to symptoms of stress, depression or anxiety. But, when you attune to the here and now without judgement, you are better able to remain positive and achieve your goals. As your mind wanders, which it’s trained to do, simply acknowledge it and gently bring it back to the present moment by focusing on your breath.
  • Have an attitude of gratitude. Being grateful means noticing even the small things in your life that you appreciate. It’s a way to savor the moment, be positive and look for the possibilities in whatever life throws your way. When you do this on a regular basis, it helps to flex your mindset muscles – train yourself to be grateful and express gratitude and notice the good things that happen all around you.
  • Keep it real. Life is not easy or peachy keen. As a matter of fact, it is actually more difficult than it is easy, but no one wants to admit this. So let’s face the facts – we have to work at having a positive mindset, period, and anything worth having doesn’t come easy because life is hard.
  • Engage your internal dialogue. You know that voice you hear in your head? Well you’re not alone, because we all have an inner voice we hear. The thing is, a lot of people don’t realize that you can in fact engage with that part of yourself, and with a loving and kind attitude, you can work with yourself to mature your mindset.
  • Commit to it and keep practicing. People tend to think that knowing what to do is half the battle, but that’s not true. If you don’t put it into practice then it doesn’t do you much good to know it. You have to learn new habits and ways of being, implement them, test them out, and continually work at getting better at them.
  • Define what success means to you. At the end of the day, how we define success varies for us all, but this definition is for sure: To achieve well-being, a state of fulfillment and contentment, and a positive mindset is the type of success we should all hope for – the type of success we all need and deserve.

“One of the most important things you can do in life is to shift your mindset so that you can truly enjoy the life you’re living,” added Sandler. “It will be beneficial in nearly all areas of your life, helping you to become healthier, happier, and more successful. Make this the year that you put positivity front and center.”

A positive mindset can help people experience greater levels of happiness, and being happier helps people to become more positive – it’s a cycle. In an issue of the journal called Canadian Family Physician, a doctor wrote what he called a prescription for happiness. The three things he prescribed to help people be happier are spending time outdoors in a natural environment daily, starting every morning by thinking of three things to be grateful for, and surrounding yourself with supportive people.

Sandler has provided professional support to many people to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. She routinely works with people to help them identify areas to focus on, paths for personal achievement, how to reach their life goals, and more. She also works with companies providing impact trainings and workshops, developing and promoting purposeful and inclusive organizational cultures. Through her efforts, companies have been able to reduce absenteeism rates, motivate their team, reduce stress levels, engage their employees, and create a workplace in which to thrive.

In addition to one-on-one coaching services, Sandler offers impact retreats and corporate impact events. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling, has a strong foundation in mindfulness-based stress reduction, and has worked in hospitals and private practices. She has also spent time as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins. Upcoming retreats include Rest and Renew in Asheville, NC, Mindfulness in Mykonos, Rewire and Renew in The French Alps, and Mindfulness & Mindset in The Hamptons. To learn more about Katie Sandler and her services, or to see the retreat schedule, visit the site: https://katiesandler.com/.

About Katie Sandler

Katie Sandler is a popular impact and private wellness coach. She offers retreats around the world, as well as private coaching and corporate impact coaching opportunities. She focuses on helping people become more successful, overcome adversity, and reach new career goals. To learn more about Katie or her services, visit the site: https://katiesandler.com/.

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Online Communication and Serious Relationship 

Attitude to dating via the Internet is very ambiguous. Some people believe that this is a waste of time, while others celebrate their wedding with soul mates, which they found via the Internet. Only one thing can be said with confidence,  the popularity of dating websites is growing day by day. The explanation for this is simple – this is the way people can communicate with other people from any country, any age, and social status, which means they can increase their own chances by many times to find a person with similar interests and tastes. 

Does Online Dating have a Chance for a Relationship Future? 

Surely many have heard stories from friends about how they found their partners or spouses via the Internet. Many men try to find single women online as really successful men frequently don’t have too much time for searching women in real life. However, not always people use specialized websites. There are many people who have met using social networks or started correspondence in messengers. The Internet has firmly rooted in our lives. People work and relax using the web o why not use it to find a life partner? The effectiveness of online dating is confirmed by a series of experiments. The British psychologist Gavin J. made research. Volunteers, who helped the scientist evaluate the effectiveness of online dating were the young people aged between 19 to 26 who were ready for serious relationships. Their task was to register on a dating website in order to find a partner. At the end of the experiment, 72 percent of the participants continued close communication in real life, and some of them later even got married.

Statistics show that more than one-third of the World Wide Web users at least once used the services of dating websites. Every day, more than one and a half million people spend on such portals for about 4 hours or even more. At the same time, the number of men and women registered on these websites is approximately equal.

Why People Prefer Oline Communication

Why every year more and more people take this opportunity, preferring it to live communication? 

Accessibility – no need to spend time attending any events, just have a gadget and Internet access. 

Timezone Flexibility – no matter how much time is on the watch, customers can get acquainted both day and night. It’s easy to find someone from another time zone. The Internet significantly expands the boundaries of dating. 

Answering Later – messages should not be answered immediately. There will always be some time to consider the best answer and find an approach to the interlocutor. Communication with Several People at once – getting started online is much easier than in real life – a great solution for shy people. Unsuitable people can be filtered out by age, profession, and interests. 

Some Online Dating Disadvantages 

But it is worth considering the disadvantages of dating via the Internet:

  • The user profile not always says true information about its owner. For example, a 45-year-old thrice-divorced lady can hide behind a photo of a young girl;
  • The real communication is indispensable. Even after a long correspondence, the relationship can be broken if a pair will not meet in real life. However, this minus is very conditional: even the shyest people, as a rule, decide to meet;
  • There is some risk to be deceived by criminals – not all users are really looking for a partner, some are in search of victims. This is perhaps the most significant minus of network communication;
  • Never transfer money to new Internet acquaintances, and before the first date, tell someone from your relatives where you are going to go and with whom, do not make appointments in uninhabited places, charge your phone and do not have high hopes of meeting you in order to avoid disappointment. 

A certain amount of humour, elementary caution, and a bit of patience and you will definitely find a partner of your life with the help of dating websites. Stop being single and register already now. 

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, NYC

Here’s What You Need to Know About Relationships After 50

We’ll all turn 50 one day. What does this age mean? A farewell to love? Or a new relationship? According to most psychotherapists and sexologists, this is the most beautiful age for expressing the feelings based on knowledge and experience.


Why is the love of 50-year-olds stronger and happier than that of young people?


According to psychologist Alberto Verbio, people of this age have gone through divorces and healed mental wounds and can analyze the reasons for their failures in the past. This is an excellent basis for building new relationships in the future. At this age, it is not hormonal and physical factors that come to the fore but spiritual and physiological ones where the partner is expected to share the spiritual and moral values of the other partner. Certain sexual components are also important but not dominant. For this reason, love for 50-year-olds is stronger, happier, and more stable than at a young age.
Worried that you won’t manage dating sites and meet your soulmate after 50? Dating for seniors is just for you, then.


Liliana Pecora, the actress, co-author and director of the production “Women in Their 50s,” which has been successfully staged in many U.S. theatres, describes love relationships at this age as follows, “Women over 50 already have different conversations. They have a special spiritual world. They are looking for a person who understands this spiritual world and especially the changes, both physical and mental, that a woman of this age is going through. She adds, “Love after 50 is the same as in adolescence but also has significant advantages in that these feelings have more maturity and knowledge. The shiver that you feel on your back when you are caressed by your loved one is the same feeling that you felt when you were 20 years old.”


What problems can love face after 50?


First of all, it should be noted that at this age, it is very difficult to take the first step because of the impact of the negative experience, which influences decision-making. If you consider yourself too old for love in your soul, naturally, you will try to muffle the ardent feelings in yourself.


Another problem faced by 50-year-olds in love lies in the material sphere. Your relationship may be hindered by adult children who fear that your new spouse will have a place to live. Or they want to see in you only a free nurse for grandchildren but not the newlyweds. We can advise only one thing: fight, defend the right to love. Even if you’re over 50, it does not mean that love for you is in the past. Reread once again the above quotations of experts about love after 50 years and enjoy the full range of feelings that can now open up to you.


New relationships after 50: A man’s and a woman’s look


Getting to know a new person for living together after 50 years of age is a stressful time in many people’s lives when they get excited about many things inside. Therefore, it is very important to understand a little bit about the psychological peculiarities of men and women over 50.


How do men perceive acquaintance with men?


It is important to understand that many men are at a loss from their desires, i.e., what kind of woman they want to see next to. First of all, a man needs to receive emotional care from a woman in the form of approval, acceptance, and support. This applies to his daily habits, starting with waking up in the morning, having a traditional breakfast, planning the day, and ending with positive impressions and victories in the evening. Women must take this fact into account because a man is more difficult to reconstruct to a new lifestyle than a more flexible woman.


How do women aged 50 and over perceive acquaintance?


A woman needs to receive signs of admiration from a man for her appearance because they experience their imperfection more deeply compared to the young years of her blossoming beauty. A woman after 50 has usually the material economy and the style of its organization.

Therefore, a man will have to get acquainted during the dates in the pleasant household and leisure traditions of the woman and try them on to their comfortable foundations of life.


The general purpose of acquaintance of men and women after 50 is to create, first of all, a friendly relationship, so it is important not to overstate your requirements to the applicant to be your second half when choosing your companion.

7 Things To Give Up To Help You Get Pregnant This Year

by Mary Jane Minkin, MD, Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at Yale University

Unfortunately, a simple do-it-yourself plan doesn’t exist, but fertility specialists and women’s health experts agree that certain measures can create the best possible chances for fertilization to occur. So, without ironclad guarantees, here are 7 things to give up to help you get pregnant this year:Every couple mired in infertility, every woman who has ever spent hours scouring the Internet for new breakthroughs and conception tips has had the same wish: For a clear-cut, easy-to-follow program that would guarantee a healthy pregnancy. 

    • Alcohol. Studies focusing on alcohol’s effect on conception have produced mixed results, with some indicating that pregnancy is more likely if women give up drinking entirely and others suggesting that those who drink moderately might increase their chances of conception – perhaps because an occasional glass of wine makes them more relaxed. But experts agree that women who give up alcohol will increase their chances of a healthy baby once conception does happen, and that alone is reason enough for most women to quit.

 

    • Tobacco. Unlike alcohol, the data smoking’s correlation to pregnancy is undisputed. Both primary and secondhand smoke are detrimental to a woman’s chance of conceiving and to a developing fetus as well. Quitting is never easy, but resources and support to help you find a plan and stick to it.

 

    • Caffeine. As the daily substance of choice for most Americans, dependency on those morning cups of coffee is difficult to break. Try cutting back on your intake if you drink multiple cups a day- a recent study confirms ACOG guidelines that one standard 12 oz. cup of regular coffee (200 mg of caffeine) is safe for pregnancy. 

 

    • Your Spot on the Couch. In other words, get up and move around! Couch potatoes aren’t helping any aspect of their health, but women who are trying to conceive have an extra-compelling reason to kick it into high gear. Experts agree that women who stay within their ideal weight have a better chance of becoming pregnant, and a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that women who exercise 30 minutes or more a day had a reduced risk of ovulation disorders, which often lead to infertility.

 

    • Junk food. Generally speaking, any change that moves you toward a healthier lifestyle will promote fertility. But when it comes to diet, advice seems to fall all over the map. Specific fertility diets advocate for eating foods like oysters, garlic and yams, but an extensive 2009 study advised women to follow simpler guidelines – healthy fats, selective proteins, whole grains and plenty of iron and other vitamins. It’s important to start taking supplemental folic acid to help prevent birth defects. The sooner you can start taking a prenatal vitamin with sufficient folic acid like vitafusion, the better! You should begin taking prenatals even before you begin trying to conceive. And, obviously, putting down the potato chips and the candy bars is an excellent first step to take to help you get pregnant this year. 

 

    • Excessive Stress. Granted, this step is easier said than done, especially when the chief cause of the stress is the infertility itself. But if external factors are causing undue anxiety, a woman’s chance at conception can decrease, and the stress of waiting for that positive pregnancy test month after month could be the last straw for her emotional health. Give up extra responsibilities whenever possible, talk to your boss about reducing your job stress and work in regular “mental health” days to be refreshed by activities and people you enjoy.

 

  • Lubricants Containing Glycerin. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) “Guidelines for Optimizing Natural Fertility”, several leading vaginal lubricants (e.g. K-Y) may decrease fertility based on their observed effects on sperm survival. Another study showed that lubricants containing glycerin had an adverse effect on sperm motility. Fertility experts recommend using a fertility friendly lubricant like Pre-Seed that is specially formulated without glycerin that will not harm sperm and allows sperm to swim freely. 

Like we said, there is no checklist you can complete that guarantees a healthy pregnancy, but giving up these 7 things can help you get pregnant. It’s all about creating the ideal environment for the pregnancy to happen; a healthy, happy and active lifestyle is a solid base and giving up the aforementioned things will get you there.

HOLIDAYS × FREDERICKSBURG, TX

Tenth Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony set for Friday, November 23, in Fredericksburg

Experience the unique mix of German Christmas traditions and warm Texan hospitality this holiday season in Fredericksburg. In partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau will begin the season with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Christmas Pyramid on the evening of Friday, November 23, at Marktplatz.

The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the East side of the Vereins Kirche with entertainment throughout the evening by The TubaMeisters, The Low Brass Project band, the Fredericksburg Chorale and the Fredericksburg Akkordeon Klub. The countdown and lighting ceremony will take place at 7:00 p.m.

Following the lighting ceremony, the entertainment will continue until 8:00 p.m. with more holiday favorites as Santa makes his way to the Oktoberfest Halle at Marktplatz, where free cookies, hot chocolate and bottled water will be available.

Cookies will be provided by a number of local businesses and hot chocolate will be prepared by the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Children are invited to take free photos with Santa (bring your own camera or phone), and groups are encouraged to take photos at the holiday selfie station, also at the Oktoberfest Halle.

In case of inclement weather, the entertainment and countdown will be relocated under the Adelsverein Halle at Marktplatz.

Lighting ceremony attendees can also enjoy outdoor ice skating until 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, at Eisbahn in the Kinderhalle Pavilion at Marktplatz (for a fee). All day skating and skate rental is $15 per person, and tickets are available at the gate.

The German holiday spirit is most apparent with Fredericksburg’s 26-foot tall wooden German Christmas Pyramid that was hand-crafted in Germany in 2009 specifically for Fredericksburg. Considered staples in German holiday decorating, Christmas pyramids are wooden carousel-like structures (normally table-top size) that have several levels depicting Christmas motifs, such as angels and manger scenes.

Fredericksburg’s Community Christmas Tree, also part of the lighting ceremony, stands 30 feet tall and dons hand-crafted ornaments donated by Hill Country artisans. The beautifully lit Christmas tree and Christmas pyramid are the centerpiece of the holiday magic in Fredericksburg and will be prominently displayed at Marktplatz through January 6, 2019.

Make plans to attend the lighting ceremony with your family, friends and neighbors. To learn more about all of the holiday events in Fredericksburg and to download a free 2018 Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide, log on to holidays.VisitFredericksburgTX.com.

Simple Secrets For Boosting Your Health

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy because of how busy you are and all the responsibilities you have on your plate. The good news is there are simple secrets on how to boost your health and happiness starting today.

Commit to the following activities, and you’ll quickly notice how much more relaxed and joyful you become. You have to be willing to change a few of your habits if you’re going to be successful at altering the way you live. It’s worth at least giving these ideas a try, especially if you haven’t had much luck improving your behaviors in the past.

Set Daily Wellness Goals

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Connect with Others

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Focus on the Positives

Boost your health today by starting to focus more on the positives and being grateful for another day. Stop allowing your brain to see the negative side of a situation and begin to fully embrace all that’s going right in your life. You’ll be a lot happier person overall when you don’t let small obstacles set you back from reaching your goals. Sit down and make a list of all of your blessings and review it regularly to help train your mind to be more positive.

Conclusion

Immediately boost your health using these simple secrets to change your life for the better. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at the uplifting outcomes you experience from doing so. Stay optimistic in your journey to discovering a more peaceful and relaxed existence and continue to do more of what’s working for you.