Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

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Month: April, 2017

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Get a little Hooga!

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Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is all the rage! We’re going to call it Hooga because it just sounds fun! Have you heard about it? In a nut shell, it is best described as a state of coziness.  It is a Norwegian word meaning “well-being” and the term has been given to many people in Denmark.  The Danish people have been studied to be among the happiest people on the planet, and the term refers to many articles and books describing their way of living.  Comfortable, cozy, candles and cocoa.  A fire in the fireplace with stew on the stove, a good book and a storm outside.  A state of emotional peace, safety and warmth.  Funny thing is, we’ve been practicing Hooga for years and never knew there was a word for it!  (We have lots of blogs devoted to wellness, peace of mind, etc. in the archives).  We love Hooga and encourage you to try it!  Happiness for everyone!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Happy Easter!

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This year, we are celebrating with a wink and a nod to our heritage – Greece. While we were not entrenched in rituals and customs from our ancestors growing up, many traditions were passed on including, you guessed it, food! So while we will go to church, color eggs and embrace the season in many ways, we will also be serving up dolmades (vine leaves) and baklava (dessert) along side the Easter ham. Christos Anesti! Happy Easter! We will blog again in two weeks!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease

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April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month. We have a few family members who are fighting the disease, fighting hard, we may add, including our dad. What does it mean to bring awareness to it? Hopefully is brings attention to people who may be able to help in some way. That could be made manifest in many ways such as: fundraising for research, praying for a cure or just in understanding for those afflicted.  Maybe you see someone who has a handicapped sticker on their car and they get out of the passenger side in a parking spot walking, albeit very slowly, and you are angered thinking they don’t deserve that special spot.  Give it a little compassion – their balance is off, they’re concentrating on picking up their feet so they don’t fall and medication they are taking to manage the disease throws off their reaction time.  Like many illnesses, symptoms are not always obvious.  We are hoping to bring awareness through our blog.  There is also an event in NYC this month that may be of interest to you.  If you would like to find out more about Parkinson’s Disease, there’s a lot of information on the internet including the foundation’s web site at pdf.org

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