We’ve been there before: tobacco, lead, DEET and now Picaridin! Big Box stores along with Big Pharma are selling lethal poison to consumers wrapped in sweet and shiny marketing. In recent years awareness of the health and environmental dangers caused by chemical pesticide DEET has increased dramatically and it has led to a dramatic decline in sales of the insect repellents containing the poisonous pollutant. The chemical industry had to synthesize something fresh, new and cheap, so they did: marketed as a “safer alternative to DEET” pesticide Picaridin has become a staple in chemical insect repellents. Turned out, Picaridin not […]
Upgrade your space without breaking the bank (BPT) – Whether you rent or own, a happy home means finding distinctive ways to continuously improve your space. A full renovation or re-design can be pricey, but making your home feel fresh and current doesn’t have to be. We’ve thought through cost-effective solutions to make your home a place you love. 1) Measure your moolah Understanding the budget is a crucial first step to any home project and money can be a sensitive subject. To conquer the awkwardness, download a finance app to get a sense of your spending habits. This will […]
Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Max & Dino Two weeks ago we were running around in t-shirts and celebrating Summer, but not on this beautiful yet crisp Saturday afternoon. Everyone knows that humans are the creatures of habits, but not everyone wants to face the truth. We are trying though! Things are more-less settled after our move to Kingston and we are finally squeezing some time to have actual “normal people’s” weekends when we can do something more laid back and less business-oriented. So, we (mostly I 🙂 ) decided to get in a habit of exploring nearby hiking trails, […]
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How to design your kitchen like a Millennial – Kitchen Design Trends – Hudson Valley Style Magazine by Designer Maxwell Alexander, Editor in Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine Ah, Millennials, it warms my heart writing about Us – the most consciously awaken generation humans produced so far. We literally design the world around us in sync with Nature and the Universe. So what does it means to design a kitchen like a Millennial? Kitchen is the new Living Room As Millennials are awakening to the wisdom of the Cosmic Intelligence and taking into account the experience of the previous generations, we […]
5 tips for upping your game watching party (BPT) – You’re looking forward to the big game, and you’ve invited all your friends for what should be an exciting day. But now the big questions persist: Do you have enough food? Is my menu going to make everyone happy? What more do you need for a successful game day party? Here are a few simple tips to up your game and make it a day to remember … win or lose. 1. Make space for a big crowd Take a good look at your living room, den or wherever you’re […]
Indoor survival guide for guys (BPT) – The winter months are known as a leading cause of indoor stir-craziness. Colder temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and shortened daylight hours all mean we spend more time inside than we would like. This poses a particular challenge for guys, who after months of hibernation are surely climbing the walls. The male head of the family needs some creative outlets that will keep him from driving the rest of the house — not to mention himself — crazy. Here are some outside-the-box ideas to support inside pastimes for guys to help maintain sanity. B.Y.O.B. […]
Real estate insight: Green home improvements boost value, shorten sale time (BPT) – Are you thinking of selling your house and want to know some of the best ways to boost your home’s value, demand top dollar and potentially inspire a bidding war? Whether you’re selling in a few months or a few years, there is one strategy that gets noticed in real estate markets across the United States: green home improvements. Green homes can sell faster and for more money than comparable houses without eco-friendly features. Better yet, green homes are increasingly in demand. More than half of people […]
Winter is a great time to make your home come to life with these Plantscaping Tips – by Designer Maxwell Alexander, Editor in Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine Plants are a powerful but underused tool in interior design. Their green, leafy bodies can add life to even the coldest rooms and they are versatile enough to be able to be included either as a major feature or as a last minute detail. But as living creatures they are, plants can be tricky to work with since they need good lighting, settings, and the right planters to look their best. So […]
Dr. Erik Brower (Innate Chiropractic) – The Gift of Health Interview and Photography by Maxwell Alexander Max: Hi, Erik! Thank you for the cover story in our first holiday issue! It was a life-changing experience for both Dino and me to find out about Innate Chiropractic. Please tell our readers about yourself, what you do and the role your practice plays in the local community. Dr. Erik: Innate Chiropractic was founded in Newburgh, New York in November of 2010. Our mission is to assist individuals and families in gaining victory over their health and having better lives through neurologically based […]
Bria Tavakoli: Wellness is the New Beauty. Interview and Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander Max: Hi Bria, thank you so much for the opportunity to shine the light on your life! I’ve known you for years, but please, tell us about yourself 🙂 Bria: I’m Bria Tavakoli. I have been leading yoga retreats in the Hudson Valley for nearly 8 years now. I teach yoga full-time in New York City. I also offer Reiki healing sessions and more fitness-oriented core/Pilates sessions. Max: This is our wellness issues. What is wellness and beauty to you? How has your definition and understanding […]
5 Smart Technology Upgrades to make the Bathroom the Brainiest Room in the House (BPT) – Smart technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs. In fact, thanks to innovations like sensor-operated, self-cleaning toilets, moisture-sensing ventilation fans and digital shower controls, it’s possible to turn an ordinary bathroom into the brainiest room in the house. If you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom with the latest smart technology, here are five elements to put at the top of your must-have list: 1. Smarter shower From […]
Create Your Own Natural Fragrance / Aromatherapy Mist with Organic Essential Oils! DA Aromatherapy Collection gives you the power to be your own natural fragrance & aromatherapy designer at your fingertips. Select Your Top Notes These are the first and most noticeable notes when you first smell the fragrance and include fresh, clean and sparkling citrus and herbaceous, grassy and minty essential oils. Select Your Mid (or Heart) Notes They open up your natural fragrance’s true character, last longer, make a bigger impression and include floral, fruity and spicy essential oils.) Select Your Base (or Dry Down) Notes They are Earthy, Woodsy, Musky and […]