Must-Have Cold Weather Remedies 420

Winter weather is in full force and cold, windy weather wreaks havoc on our bodies.  It’s a good time to stock up on simple, handy supplies to help you combat winter illnesses.  Make sure you have everything you need in your home to battle these common ailments.


Chapped Lips:  I don’t know about you but my lips are almost always chapped in the winter months.  There is nothing worse than dry, cracked, chapped lips.   A good lip balm or oil can help protect your delicate lips from the cold.  Products containing beeswax or petroleum work well to hold in moisture. Ointments with coconut oil, cocoa butter, petroleum jelly are all good moisturizing options.  Apply to lips regularly and slather some on before you go to sleep.

We love the cooling sensation of Blistex and Neosporin Overnight Renewal Therapy to lock in moisture while we sleep.  Both of these products can both be found at your local pharmacy or Target.


Dry Skin: The list of culprits that can cause dry skin is a long one, but wicked winter weather almost always wreaks havoc on my skin. The cold and wind are known to dry out to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to visit a dermatologist to heal your dry skin.  Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Also while sweet-smelling herbs and organic ingredients probably don’t make much of a difference to your skin, there’s one key addition that can help: lactic acid. Creams with lactic acid as one of the top ingredients will help you retain moisture.

Products like Vaseline and Aquaphor can really help relieve persistently dry patches, but we recommend using these products mainly at night as they are a little sticky.


Sore Throat:  Some sore throats are caused by a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu, but even sleeping with your mouth open in the winter can cause a sore throat. If you find yourself with a dry, sore throat, having something hot or cold to drink can be soothing. Try a cup of tea with honey or a cup of water. Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties and known to soothe a sore throat.    If your throat is more sore than dry, try sucking on a popsicle or ice cubes to temporarily numb your throat and reducing the pain. Sucking on lozenges or hard candy can help your dry throat because this can stimulate more saliva production and some have analgesic property to aid in numbing the soreness.

Lozenges are the easiest remedy if you are on the go, go for honey, lemon or mint flavor for a calming or cooling effect.  Brands such as Chorlaseptic and Halls have many flavor choices and also offer sugar -free options.


Stuffy Nose: A stuffy nose can be annoying.  Many people think a stuffy nose is the result of too much mucus in the nasal passages. However, a clogged nose is actually caused by inflammation of blood vessels in the sinuses. These irritations are usually triggered by a cold, the flu, allergies, a sinus infection or winter dry air. Using a nasal saline spray can increase the moisture in your nostrils. The spray decreases the inflammation of your blood vessels and helps empty fluids from your nose. Vicks VapoRub can be applied under your nose and on your chest, it will help to open nasal passageways and allow for breathing easier.

Nasal Saline sprays such as the one above and Vicks Vapo Rub can easily be found in local drug and convenience stores.


Body Aches & Pain: Whether its from the cold chill in your bones, shoveling snow or an illness, body aches seem more prevalent in the winter months.   Pain isn’t just a physical sensation, it can have emotional effects too – making us feel slow and tired. There is no one explanation for why dropping temperatures affect your joints. One theory relates to drops in barometric pressure, which causes tendons, muscles, and the surrounding tissues to expand. Because of the confined space within the body, this can cause pain, especially in joints affected by arthritis.

Hot bath water naturally soothes achy muscles, I like to add Epsom salt to assist with relieving muscle pain. If your pain is more severe and you feel it needs to be treated with medication, you may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Motrin.


Generally speaking, it is a good idea to stay hydrated, keep moving and get plenty of rest for these long, cold winter days!  For those of us that suffer during the cold weather, thankfully our winter is only a few months and spring is closer with each passing day!





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Patchogue Welcomes Amulet Arts 394

We were thrilled to be a part of the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening Celebration for Amulet Arts on June 8th.  You can tell as soon as you walk through the door that details are important to owners Michael Cappel and Mandolynne Hopkins.  Every inch of the newly opened shop is designed to create an inspiring experience.  It is truly a unique and elegant boutique.  A family owned and operated shop, with more than 30 years in the industry, Amulet Arts offers piercing, jewelry installation services, microblading and fine jewelry.  Proud members of The Association of Professional Piercers, their staff offers the most current, hygienic and professional services to their clients.  They are one of the most highly credentialed and certified piercing/body art studios in New York State.

Although concerned at first about how they might be received, Mr. Cappel got emotional yesterday when asked about their experience opening in Patchogue.  “I have to tell you that Patchogue welcomed us with open arms, and I could not be more grateful to you guys”.

In addition to body art, Amulet Arts also has an amazing gallery where artists are able to showcase their work.  We met two local artists, Mary Searles (@calicoqueen) and Christie Jones (@swellanchor), who both had several pieces of their work on display. and were thrilled with the space and opportunity Amulet provided.  Make sure to check out their instagram accounts for more of their work.

Scroll down to see highlights from yesterdays event, and visit Amulet Arts at their website or Facebook.

Suffolk Strawberry Festivals 94

Early June is strawberry season on Long Island. This weekend and next you can get out and celebrate one of Long Islands sweetest crops.  Grab friends and family and head out to enjoy one (or both) of these great Strawberry Festivals.

Strawberry Fair at Benner’s Farm — East Setauket
56 Gnarled Hollow Road
THIS WEEKEND:  Saturday, June 8th and Sunday June 9th

Benner’s Farm is a private fifteen-acre family homestead, first farmed in the 1700’s.  Each year the farm provides thousands of people a sense of what it was like to live on a small farm in years past.  The Benner family has been farming organically since the late nineteen seventies and also raise a variety of farm animals for self-sufficient living. This weekend they will celebrate the strawberry by dipping them in chocolate, making them into ice cream, putting them on home-made Strawberry Shortcake, turning them into jam and eating them as they are!  Come out to enjoy wholesome family fun with old-fashioned games and live music.  They also have bunnies and chicks for the kiddies to hold, the big swing, craft and local vendors and a whole Farm to explore and discover!  The farm just announced that they have a new baby calf on the farm and now have three baby goats and a lamb to pet and feed.


Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
1175 Route 48
Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th

On Father’s Day weekend, the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you’re here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you’re in for a wonderful time.  Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music. Then find out what is available for sale from arts and craft vendors. Cheer as the new Strawberry Queen is crowned. Experience the midway rides. Taste foods from around the world. The fun keeps going after the sun sets, so bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Much of the Festival fun is free, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers. When you do spend, you help the Mattituck Lions advance their year-round community service efforts. Admission is $6 per person 5 and older. Pay-one-price ride tickets are available for purchase online. Dads are admitted FREE on Father’ Day when accompanied by a paid child.


No need to be sour if  you are not able to make any of these festivals,  here you can find a list of Farms and Stands where you can get out and pick your own or purchase local Strawberries throughout the season.  




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