Donna's Blog
  • Ahh the holidays, a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate, share traditions, presents and lots of good food. I love this time of year, a chance to have our children and grandchildren over for gift giving, stocking stuffing and family dinners. Over the years however, as our children have grown and […]

  • Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect? It is based on the theory that a small change in one place can result in large differences in another. An example would be when a butterfly flaps its wings in Colorado, a hurricane happens in Miami.The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from […]

  • I started writing BellaSparks for a Monday with the intent to send out a personal message every week. Perhaps you’ve noticed I’ve been a little lax. First it was our annual fundraiser Kristi’s Big Night Out and Golf Tournament that took all my time, then it was wrapping up the fundraiser, then deadlines for the […]

Foodie Corner
  • By Jordan Danz I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence, but my BellaSpark columns seem to center around major life events and this installment is no different. It’s actually kind of nice for me. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and feelings on these major events in my life and the most recent development is probably […]

  • By Alan Roettinger I’m a man who feels most at ease in sandals and a sarong. How I wound up living at 7,400 feet on a mountainside in Colorado, where summer is all too short and winter seems to grind on for decades, is one of life’s imponderable mysteries. Yet here I am. In the […]

  • By Alan Roettinger In all my books, cooking classes and presentations, I try to emphasize that the whole point of being alive is joy — to enjoy life. We face many challenges daily and even occasional traumas, but it never takes long to turn them around. My best argument is actually the worst case scenario: […]

Green Living
  • By Donna Mazzitelli 1. Reduce your use of paper or plastic shopping bags. Instead, bring along your own reusable cloth bags, whether going to the grocery or department store. 2. Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper or create your own with upcycled items. Save and reuse wrapping paper and paper gift bags. Even […]

  • By Donna Mazzitelli When you enter the bathrooms at Asti d’Italia, a restaurant in Westminster, Colorado, you immediately notice the eye-catching bathroom countertops. To the right of the faucet is a sign with the header, “Do you like the countertops?” Asti’s sign continues, “The United States of America generates an average of 246 million tons […]

  • By Donna Mazzitelli Suggestion #1: Simmer a scented brew on your stove. Use cloves, orange peel and cinnamon sticks in a pot of simmering water to create a lovely aroma and provides moisture in your home. Be sure to keep the water level up at all times while your mixture is simmering. Simmer for a […]

New Perspectives
  • By Dianne Bischoff James, author of The Real Brass Ring Often times it’s hard to find inner solace and elation when the Holiday to-do list is runs amuck. When the house is strewn with unwrapped gifts and you haven’t had time to hang the stockings over the chimney, the season can seem more like an […]

  • By Lee McCormick & Mary Faulkner The Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag draws on Native American and shamanistic traditions, Eastern practices, universal spiritual pathways and a medicine bag of other heart-opening methodologies. The following exercises are highly transformational. You will be awakening aspects of yourself that you have possibly been out of touch with for a […]

  • By Michael Cotton We all want to have a deeper understanding of how our brains work; after all, the brain we are born with is the brain we must use. So it behooves us to understand what this thing in our head does and exactly how it does it. Let’s take a look at some […]

Spirituality
  • By Cheryl Parker People are not only going to churches and spiritual centers to receive spiritual sustenance for themselves, but also to receive support for their animal companions. A growing number of communities serve pets in a myriad of ways. These pet or animal ministries focus on supporting the animal owners or they offer programs […]

  • By Cheryl Parker What is bright red, ice blue, lime green and electric orange all over? In this day and age, it is probably someone who has been to a Holi event. Holi began originally as a Hindu festival to celebrate the arrival of spring, the triumph of good over evil and as a day […]

  • By Sarina Baptista We have many celebrations this time of year. It seems we are busy from the end of October until the first week of the New Year. For most of us, these two short months get wrapped in a very messy, overstuffed package, looking something like the presents my children would wrap when […]

Wellness
  • By Katrina Pfannkuch Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums, with the added benefit of whitening teeth naturally. It also improves the condition of the gums and removes harmful bacteria that cause gum disease. The name comes from the benefit it offers: “pulling” bacteria out […]

  • By Katrina Pfannkuch Would you know if you are deficient in magnesium? If you aren’t actively looking for ways to add it to your diet, you are most likely lacking the recommended amount of 400 mg per day. Widespread deficiencies of magnesium in the typical diet start with the food supply. Processed foods, water purification […]

  • By Ellen Wood We all need nourishment in the form of food; we just don’t need as much of it as some of us eat. Especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukah/New Year’s season, we tend to stuff ourselves, stretching our stomachs so more food is required to be satisfied after the holidays are over. That’s […]

Monthly Horoscope
  • What is Vibrational Astrology? by Kimmie Rose Zapf We live in a universe of energies where everything is purely vibrational. Kimmie Rose channels her astrological messages this way. Through the vibration of each sun sign, she is able to predict the energy of what will manifest weekly. As each sign travels through specific vibrational frequencies […]

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