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Vanilla Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

Nielsen Massey sent me some vanilla sugar so I decided to make cinnamon rolls. They were delectable. I tweaked a King Arthur Flour recipe to create these. One person is going to win some N-M vanilla sugar along with a 2 ounce bottle of vanilla. If you’re a vanilla lover, this is for you.

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ShiftCon: Make a Shift Toward Better Health

What happens if you bring together brands, bloggers and non-profits for a conference billed as “the first eco-wellness social media conference?” Shift. Shift is what happens. At the inaugural ShiftCon event this past weekend, hundreds of people came together to further the national conversation about the way we eat and live, and how that impacts our health and the environment.

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3 Santa Barbara Walks Only Locals Know

No matter where you live, walking outside is beneficial. And the nice thing about where you live is that your town has a few hiking paths that only locals seems to know about. Santa Barbara is no exception. We’re going to share three that will put you “in the know” for the day you come to town: one on the beach, one at a lake, and one in the mountains.

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Breathe Life Into Yourself

Want to reduce anxiety? Beat fatigue? Minimize stress? Lose weight without eating less or exercising more? Be more at peace with yourself? Click now to find out how.

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Get Smarter: Learn New Skills

In a feeble attempt to increase her brain power, Alexandra signed up for a photography class. This gave her a new understanding of the benefits of the RealPad that AARP and Intel designed for the 50+ “technologically shy” crowd.

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Travel to Tucson

I went on a road trip to Tucson in the middle of August and managed to find some benefits to summer sightseeing. And yes, you can even go outside, if you’re willing to wake up early.

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How Will You Celebrate Your Next Birthday?

Exercising My Birthday Rites (of Passage) at Rancho la Puerta. Travel, fitness, good books (and their authors), great friends, healthy food – who wouldn’t have a special birthday?

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It’s My Boomer Birthday and I’m Becoming Less Visible

I’m turning 56 in a few days, right on the heels of attending the IDEA World Fitness Convention. I don’t care either way about tacking on another year, yet I have noticed a trend over the past few years. I seem to be becoming less visible. Or maybe just less desirable. Let me explain.

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What Do You Enjoy About Aging?

How will you make the most of your second half of life so you can say that aging has certain benefits? Do you agree with our list of the Top 3 Things midlife women love about being “older?”

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Optimists Walk Faster: Pessimists Die Younger

Feeling optimistic? If you want to live longer, happier, healthier, and maybe even wealthier, then take a look at these Fun Fit Facts drawn from recent studies and surveys. Age actively knowing the benefits optimism brings.

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