Cultivating Health, Happiness, and Nourishing Habits this New Year

The beginning of the year marks an exciting and opportune time to reevaluate our priorities, set meaningful intentions, and work on becoming a healthier and happier version of ourselves. Here are some helpful reads full of insights to get your year started off right by cultivating healthy and natural eating habits, making your living space the perfect wellness place, and using natural solutions for cleaning and wellness.  

The Wellness Remodel: A Guide to Rebooting How You Eat, Move, and Feed Your Soul

by Christina Anstead and Cara Clark


In The Wellness Remodel, Christina Anstead shares what she’s learned about the importance of creating balance and prioritizing physical and mental self-care. Divided into three parts focusing on different areas of health–”Gut Rehab” (food and nutrition), “Building a Strong Foundation” (exercise), and “The Rewire” (mindfulness)–the book is an accessible guide to full-body wellness, offering simple strategies anyone can put into action for immediate results. Christina and Cara also share their simple cooking strategies built for the real world of working parents and busy weeknights, including sixty of their favourite recipes, complete with easy-to-follow instructions.

This inspiring, informative, fun, and empowering read will give everything you need to nourish your body, keep it strong, and help it flourish in the new year and beyond.

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The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox: The Essential DIY Guide to a Healthier, Cleaner, All-Natural Life

by Katie Wells


Katie Wells, author of The Wellness Mama Cookbook shares the secret of how she manages six kids, a company, and a career without sacrificing a healthy lifestyle with this step-by-step, comprehensive guide to clean, natural living.

Katie shares tips on how to detox your body with whole foods and natural medicines; clean up your beauty regime with all-natural moisturizers, cleansers, hair products, and makeup; get rid of toxic household products that include bleach, ammonia, and acids; try a digital detox for you and your family; and de-stress by adopting healthier sleeping habits and finding time for yourself.

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Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness + Happiness

by Jamie Gold


Author Jamie Gold has spent years exploring how simple changes to things like lighting, fixtures, storage, and outdoor space can impact our health and wellness. In Wellness by Design, Jamie offers a room-by-room guide to refreshing your space so that it supports your wellness journey.

Some of the things you’ll learn about in Wellness by Design are:

  • Maximizing accessibility and organization in your kitchen for faster, healthier, and more delicious meals;
  • How to make easy fixes to your ventilation system to help ease symptoms of asthma and allergies;
  • How to optimize your home office to eliminate back, neck, and foot pain;
  • How to enhance your bathroom tub and shower spaces to support fitness goals and simplify family life.
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Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness

by Halle Cottis


Transform your house into a toxin-free home with Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness by Halle Cottis. Halle Cottis goes beyond using vinegar and baking soda and provides powerful recipes to clean your entire house from the inside out.

With ingredients such as salt, rubbing alcohol and castile soap, you can create indoor cleaners like the All-Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner, Powder and Liquid Laundry Detergent and Streak-Free Window Cleaner; and outdoor solutions, like Natural Garden Pesticide, Heavy-Duty Grill Cleaner and Screen Cleaner.

Halle also uses turmeric, coconut oil and epsom salt to create concoctions that alleviate common ailments such as headaches and migraines, swimmer’s ear, cough and sore throat, and ease even the more difficult-to-treat health conditions such as eczema, poison ivy and poison oak, digestive system troubles and emotional issues like PMS, anxiety and seasonal depression.

Aside from reducing the amount of harsh and toxic cleaners and medicines in your home, you can rest easier knowing you’re saving both time and money with this wide range of 140 natural solutions.

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