Happy Sunday! I have a little giveaway for readers this week: the grand prize winner will receive a $50 Sephora eGift Card and two runner-up winners will each receive a $25 Sephora eGift Card! (I wanted to spread the love around a bit more with three winners instead of two!)
One of the reasons behind the giveaway is to continue to drive awareness of Temptalia’s new Color Story tool, where you can create and share your own color combinations (for a makeup look, whether that’s a full face of makeup or just an eye look), custom palettes (like your go-travel eyeshadow palette), or even a collection of products (like your favorite coral lipsticks).
Of course, the first entry is just simply logging in (which minimizes robots and quickly verifies entrants!), and there are other ways to enter that do not require signing up to be a member. Good luck!
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The Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s Longevity Project, Striking a Conversation: Mental Health For All Ages, continues Sept. 3 with a micro-session featuring Sonja Linman.
Linman works as a prevention specialist with the Roaring Fork School District.
Free and open to the public, Tuesday’s micro-session will occur at the Glenwood Springs Library, 815 Cooper Ave., in the second floor classroom.
Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the event begins at 5:30 p.m.
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On vacation, having too much fun to realize that nothing has been planned for meals, fridge mostly empty, remembering that uh-oh, I’m the one in charge of feeding my friend’s children that day.
Open the refrigerator door, see half a dozen eggs, half a carton of milk, some cheddar cheese, leftover sausage from biscuits and gravy the day before, a little broccoli, a leftover ear of corn (cooked).
Open the freezer and see half a loaf of sliced bread. Saved!
Whew. I won’t have to reach for the boxed mac and cheese.
What is a breakfast casserole?
Have you ever made a breakfast casserole?
The basic ingredients are eggs, cheese, milk, and bread. It’s the easiest thing in the world to put together. We have a sausage breakfast casserole on the site that is one of my favorites.
The great thing about a breakfast casserole is that you can add almost anything you want to the base. Italian sausage is my all-time favorite, but bacon or ham will do, too. Or make it veggie, with zucchini, broccoli, basil, and onions.
The first time I served this to the kids they insisted that it had to go on the website. The name they picked was “Open Fridge Breakfast Bake” because basically that’s what I did—opened the fridge, put everything I could find into a casserole dish, and baked it.
How to Make a Breakfast Casserole
To make a breakfast casserole you beat some eggs, add milk and cheese, add cubed bread, add “mix-ins” like mushrooms, veggies, sausage, and herbs, put it in a casserole dish and bake.
Easy, right? The ingredients basically all come together in one big casserole pan, but there are a few steps I would recommend first:
- If you are using a lot of mushrooms, sauté them a bit beforehand to release some of their moisture.
- You can add cooked, sturdy veggies such as broccoli into the casserole, or put them in raw. If using raw veggies, cut them into smaller pieces and know that they’ll be crunchier if you put them in raw instead of cooked.
- If you are adding sausage or bacon, cook it first before adding it to the casserole.
The proportions of ingredients are adjustable. If you add more eggs, it will result in a casserole that is more firm and less likely to deflate.
Day-old or stale bread works best for a breakfast casserole, but if you don’t have any, just leave slices of fresh bread out on the counter to dry for a few hours, or put the slices in a low oven (200°F, 10 min) or toaster for a minute (just enough to dry them a little).
What to Serve With a Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast casserole is truly a meal in itself! It has starch (bread), milk, cheese, meat, and vegetables. It can be made for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Serve it with some sliced fresh fruit on the side for breakfast, or if making for dinner, a green salad. If you omit the veggies in the casserole, consider serving some sautéed vegetables on the side. Or if leaving out the meat, some crispy bacon or cooked sausages.
Make Ahead Instructions
Breakfast casseroles are almost designed to be made ahead. You can assemble the whole thing the night before, put it in the fridge (covered), and bake it the next morning. It’s minimal work when you wake up and a low stress breakfast if you have a group of people to feed.
How to Keep and Reheat a Breakfast Casserole
This breakfast casserole will keep for a few days in the fridge, covered. You can microwave it until it’s hot, one serving at a time, or you can reheat the whole casserole in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes until it’s heated through.
Do you have a favorite breakfast casserole combo? If so, please let us know about it in the comments.
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Updated September 1, 2019 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle! No changes to the original recipe.
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Tussock Jumper is a wine brand that sources its broad portfolio from eleven different countries. A hallmark of the brand is that all of the wines are bottled where the wine is made. Additionally, Tussock Jumper strives to provide quality wines from a range of grapes and styles at an affordable price, typically around $12. After trying a number of their wines, I am impressed. They are consistently strong value bottlings.
Let’s sample a range of their current offerings.
2017 Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc South Africa – Chenin Blanc originated in the Loire Valley in France but thrives in South Africa, which is where Tussock Jumper’s variety is sourced. Pale straw in color, the wine presents bright notes of guava and stone fruit on the nose, particularly peach, as well as some subtle pineapple. On the palate we again find the fruit notes, but they are coupled with a flinty minerality and a touch of honey. The finish shows generous acidity that promises this will pair nicely with a variety of foods. For the price, this is a really nice Chenin Blanc, and I would love to pair it with some grilled fish and a cold summer pasta. A- / $12
2017 Tussock Jumper Gamay France – This dry wine appears rich purple in the glass. The nose and the palate are both primarily berries, including cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, along with some plum and a touch of earthiness. There is nice acidity here which will help the wine pair nicely with food. This is not an overly complex wine, but it is enjoyable and should be a crowd pleaser. B / $12
2018 Tussock Jumper Grenache Rosé France – This light pink, dry rosé from southern France is a surprise. The nose and palate both start with strawberry, which is common among the rosés from southern France, but then it presents savory notes. The bottle states that the wine presents flavors of olive, coffee, and spice, and I agree. It is an unusual and enjoyable rosé. The finish is long and never turns bitter. This rosé would make an excellent chilled summer pairing to grilled meats or BBQ. A- / $12
2018 Tussock Jumper Malbec Mendoza – Dark, dark purple (almost black) in color and made with organically grown grapes, this wine comes from Mendoza, Argentina. The bottle states that the wine has aromas of “plum, spice, and red fruit” and that is spot on. Very nice. These notes appear on the palate as well, and the wine finishes with the taste of dry cocoa. This malbec doesn’t really show much complexity, but it has a very nice, straightforward flavor and is a fantastic bargain considering the quality. B+ / $12
2018 Tussock Jumper Moscato Rosé Spain – This wine pours bright pink with visible carbonation. The nose offers strawberry as well as some light orange citrus and hints at the sweetness of the wine. On the palate, the wine feels heavy due to the high sugar content, but this is lightened up a bit by the mild carbonation. The notes that appears on the nose carry forward to the palate with sweet strawberries dominating. After a few sips, a slight bitterness appears on the finish. This would make a nice dessert wine for summer (in fact, it could be the dessert), but it is a bit too sweet for me. B- / $12
2017 Tussock Jumper Pinot Grigio Italy – This wine pours a light straw color. The nose offers lemon along with some pineapple and a touch of green apple. The palate is lighter than the nose but has a similar profile, with pineapple notes dominating, followed by green apple and lemon. The finish is medium in length but has a bit of a bitter close. B / $12
2017 Tussock Jumper Pinot Noir France – This dry wine is ruby colored in the glass. The nose is subtle and offers light notes of raspberries along with a touch of black cherries. These fruit notes are more pronounced on the palate, but this remains a restrained wine. The finish is medium-long, dry, and quite nice. The flavors grow as you drink this wine, and it becomes more enjoyable as you finish your glass and pour another. B / $12
2017 Tussock Jumper Sweet Cat Italy – Made with three different grape varieties (merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and corvina), this wine is dark ruby red. On the nose, this wine lives up to its name as sweet berry and raspberry jam notes dominate. On the palate, the sweetness is much more reserved and the fruit plays a bigger picture. The finish on this wine is a bit short and turns a touch bitter, but it would be a good choice for someone that doesn’t like drier wines. B- / $12
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You know the common results of neglecting to follow a healthy oral care regimen – bad breath, potential cavities and irritated gums are problems that are likely to surface. Unfortunately, however, there are even greater risks. Many people don’t realize just how important it is to take care of your mouth, as it’s the door to the rest of the body. Without a proper oral care routine, your immune system is put in jeopardy, which may lead to a number of chronic conditions in the future.
To open your eyes even wider, here are a few of the serious consequences that may develop if you don’t take care of your teeth:
According to the Cleveland Clinic, certain studies have found that harmful bacteria in the mouth that lead to the development of periodontal disease can also move into the bloodstream. This bacteria then cause a spike in C-reactive protein, which can inflame blood vessels and increase one’s risk for experiencing a stroke or developing heart disease.
Did you know that bad oral health can lead to complications during pregnancy? According to research conducted by the Society for General Microbiology, bad bacteria found in the mother’s mouth can move into the bloodstream and transmit to the amniotic fluid of the unborn child. This can lead to premature delivery, premature contraction, an infection to the baby or low birth weight for the baby.
Research led by Peter B. Lockhart from the Department of Oral Medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center determined that poor oral hygiene is a risk factor for developing endocarditis-related bacteremia. Endocarditis occurs when bacteria from a certain area of the body makes its way to the heart from the blood stream, which can cause infection, fever and fatigue.
Other conditions that may be linked to oral health include diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and even certain cancers.
How to Prioritize Oral Wellness
To ensure your oral cavity is always in prime condition, make sure to brush and floss daily, eliminate refined sugars from your diet and visit the dentist regularly. We also recommend taking the extra step by supplementing with our Oral Health Probiotics. Our unique product is made up of beneficial ingredients, including the clinically-proven BLIS K12 probiotic strain, and works its way from the oral cavity down to the gastrointestinal tract, providing the utmost protection for the digestive tract while supporting the immune system. Not only does it build strong teeth and gums, but it also helps to support healthy ears, nose, throat and sinuses and is beneficial for all age groups.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to stop neglecting your oral cavity and start taking our Oral Health Probiotics today.
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Giorgio Armani Matte Nature Collection is an addition of 10 new shades to the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) line-up. I have nine of the 10 shades (one was sold out when I went to buy additional shades at Sephora), which are swatched in this post!
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From 2014 to 2017, the RFDS transferred 2,257 patients for serious mental health problems. (Supplied: RFDS)
Imagine being in the throes of an acute mental health episode and having to travel to an unfamiliar place, thousands of kilometres from family and friends, for life-saving treatment.
- A study has found 2,257 patients were transferred by the RFDS between 2014 and 2017 for mental or behavioural disorders
- Sixty-two per cent of the patients were men and 35 per cent identified as Indigenous
- The average distance patients travelled was 406km, but trips could reach up to 2,000km
This increasingly common reality for Australians in rural and remote communities has prompted renewed calls for more specialist clinicians in the country.
As researchers urge governments to “rethink” their approach, one Indigenous psychologist is leading the charge to address the gap in care.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has long been acknowledged as a lifeline for country people.
But the degree to which rural residents, especially young people, are relying on the service for urgent mental health treatment has not been known, until now.
Lifeline for the bush
If you or anyone you know needs help:
A study by the RFDS has found that 2,257 patients were transferred by the aeromedical service between 2014 and 2017 for mental or behavioural disorders.
Sixty-two per cent of the patients were men, 60 per cent were under 40 years old and 35 per cent identified as Indigenous.
The majority of retrievals were for serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and substance abuse problems.
The average distance patients had to travel was 406 kilometres, but trips could reach about 2,000km.
The number of retrievals grew from 309 per year to more than 1,000 over the course of the study.
Co-author Mathew Coleman, from the University of Western Australia, said the results showed a desperate need to invest in clinical specialists in the regions.
“It’s a call to arms for governments at [state and federal] levels to reinvest in rural and remote communities,” Associate Professor Coleman said.
“There is a huge unmet need for people in regional and remote communities who are not able to access basic services, let alone specialist services.”
Desperate for help
A region crying out for more clinicians is Western Australia’s far north, where the rates of suicide by Indigenous children and young people are among the worst in the world.
University student Nikki McKenzie, from Derby, is on her way to becoming one of the region’s first locally based Indigenous psychologists.
Nikki McKenzie is determined to return to her community to help reduce suicide rates. (Supplied: Alana Blowfield)
After experiencing the loss of relatives and friends to suicide, the 32-year-old said she was determined to make a difference.
“I’m the first in my family to go to university, the first in my family to want to go into an area of suicide prevention,” she said.
“Derby is home, the Kimberley is home and it’s the whole reason why I decided to be a psychologist, to go back home and support my community.”
After considering a career in social work, Ms McKenzie decided she wanted to address the issue from the highest possible position.
“Instead of supporting psychologists, I actually wanted to take a lead role in my community.”
Ms McKenzie is one of five recipients of the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship.
Dr Westerman, a renowned Indigenous psychologist, said the key to reducing the level of chronic mental health conditions in regions like the Kimberley was training local people.
“Back-to-back coroner’s inquiries, every report says the same thing — our remote communities have a lack of access to specialist services,” she said.
“You begin to heal the moment you feel your pain is heard … [Indigenous psychologists] don’t have to struggle to understand what it’s like to walk a mile in a black person’s shoes.
“I want to build an army. I want hundreds of Indigenous psychologists under this scholarship so I can mobilise them out to communities.”
Ms McKenzie at a ceremony with Kim Beazley, Tracy Westerman and Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry. (Supplied: Alana Blowfield)
Associate Professor Coleman said the disparity in health care between regional and metropolitan Australia exacerbated patients’ suffering.
“These are lifelong mental health problems that people can recover from, but they need accessible resources at a local level rather than waiting until crisis point where they have to be evacuated,” he said.
“People in metropolitan areas don’t understand how distressing being evacuated outside your support networks can be if you’re acutely unwell.
“Australia has been a leader in the area of youth mental health services, however they largely exist in metropolitan areas.”
The Federal Government announced $1.45 billion in spending on mental health measures in the last budget, including $263 million for Headspace.
A $48-million Aboriginal suicide prevention trial, designed to find community-led solutions in the worst-affected areas, is due to conclude next year.
Model for the future
To bridge the gap in service provision, governments have been introducing Telehealth — a kind of video-conferencing technology allowing city-based doctors to reach patients in remote clinics.
Associate Professor Coleman said his study indicated these approaches were a band-aid solution and could not compare with face-to-face medical attention.
“We were all hoping that [Telehealth services] were going to save the day, but it’s quite clear that the rates of retrievals have been increasing,” he said.
“We need to be training more people in the regions. It’s a brain drain from communities that need a sustainable workforce.”
He said Dr Westerman’s program was “a model for the future”.
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Sugarpill Fun Size Mini Color Palette ($28.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a new, permanent palette that features nine Pressed Pigments. Each shade is 0.025 oz. or about half the size of the average, single eyeshadow (0.05 oz.) but significantly smaller than Sugarpill’s single eyeshadows (0.10 oz.).
NOTICE for all shades in the: Fun Size Palette. All products categorized under “Pigment” carry a warning in the US that the product is “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” Brands in the US typically market these products as “Pigments” (instead of “Eyeshadow”), and there is often a warning on the back of packaging or the label. The product includes color additives that are not approved for usage on the eyes per the FDA. Some color additives in “Pigments” have no usage restrictions in the EU, per CosIng, and can be used on the eyes. We recommend checking ingredients to confirm current safety assessment/restrictions: FDA/CosIng.
Sugarpill Fun Size Mini Color Palette
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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — When Brett Nelson started at the Behavioral Health Center in 2002, he said the shortage of therapists in the state made it difficult for the center to ensure further treatment for patients after they left the facility. The 74-bed center hosts adolescent and adult patients for two-week stays of acute care and sees patients from across eastern Idaho as well as nearby sections of Wyoming, Montana and Utah.
The number of beds and counselors has increased over the years, but the shortage has been pushed to the next level of care: psychiatrists and psychologists, the Post Register reported.
Earlier this year, the nonprofit Mental Health America found that Idaho had the third-highest rate of mental illness and substance abuse in the country and ranked 39th for its access to mental health care. It ranked the state 50th out of 51, including the District of Columbia, for its combined higher prevalence of mental illness and lower rate of access to care.
While some mental health resources are becoming more available in parts of the state, connecting rural patients to them can be challenging. Mental health experts across eastern Idaho say that new collaborations and remote treatment options are helping to close that gap but are still far from providing all the services needed.
“I think we’re years away from getting to the point where’s plenty of every position around here,” Nelson said.
In a 2018 Post Register article, local experts said the state’s psychiatrists shortage will continue to worsen in the next 10 years because the average age of psychiatrists in the state is 53 years old, and there aren’t enough new psychiatrists joining the field.
Dr. Cristina Sanchez-Jaquez is one of three psychiatrists treating patients at Pearl Health Clinic in Idaho Falls, which specializes in outpatient meetings and therapy sessions. Her schedule includes 10 or more patients per day, the majority of whom are recurring clients. The clinic sees more than 150 people each day.
“My schedule is usually completely full. There’s an incredible demand around here,” Sanchez-Jaquez said.
Sanchez earned her degree in the Dominican Republic and had worked in Texas and Connecticut before coming to Idaho in 2016. That’s a fairly normal journey at Pearl — the majority of the psychiatrists and psychologists at the center are not Idaho natives.
The lack of schools for mental health providers in Idaho caused a dilemma for Idaho clinics. Many small clinics cannot offer the salaries to consistently attract top talent away from other places around the country and the lack of medical schools makes it difficult to provide in-state doctors to all the patients who need it.
Pearl Health Clinic is attempting to combat that by launching a partnership with the state’s first medical school, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Pearl Executive Director Zak Warren said the clinic will begin hosting residencies for doctors from the Meridian-based school later this year.
“We’re working to connect the dots that will keep those experts local. The hope is that doctors who have their training here can find a career path for themselves in southeast Idaho,” Warren said.
Getting people in the middle of a crisis to an inpatient room across the state isn’t easy. Idaho Falls-area patients who had used public transportation or medical routes to attend meetings lost a resource when Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority closed earlier this year. Dave Holcomb, a therapist for Lemhi Valley Social Services in Salmon, said his organization usually relied on off-duty police officers and ambulances to get patients to Idaho Falls.
“They’re pretty much treated like a criminal and kept in the back of a police car if and when we can get the sheriff’s department to go,” Holcomb said.
Nelson agreed that many rural patients are brought to the center in emergency vehicles and rely on friends and family members to take them home once their two-week stay is completed. Many of those families choose to pay for a hotel and spend the night rather than trying to drive back to central Idaho or western Wyoming in one day.
Telehealth technology has continued to expand its reach in many mental health clinics, allowing doctors to treat patients remotely. The Behavioral Health Center has as many psychiatrists who teleconference into their appointments from Arizona or New York as actually work in the building.
Over the last year, Sanchez-Jaquez has started using telehealth to meet with more of her patients remotely. All the initial appointments at Pearl still need to be done face-to-face, but allowing for remote evaluations makes it easier for patients who live as far away as Salmon to schedule and attend their follow-up meetings with her.
“If we have clients that literally can’t make it into a city easily and have a crisis, they can still get help. We can still find ways to see them,” Sanchez said.
Pearl Health Clinic requires at least one meeting every six months for a recurring client, and Sanchez-Jaquez said most of her patients come back around once a month.
Sanchez-Jaquez also is a certified child psychiatrist, a field with an especially dramatic shortage across the state. There are 22 child and adolescent psychiatrists in Idaho, a tenth of the rate recommended by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
The distribution of those resources is also uneven. In Idaho, there are no inpatient acute care centers for children younger than 13 further east than Meridian and those programs can be especially demanding for the families of the children who spend their time there.
“Typically, the programs they would go to require parents to be there in-person every other day. That’s very taxing for families that live hours away from the hospital,” Nelson said.
Some rural areas of eastern Idaho have worked to organize and expand their mental health resources. Launched in 2009, the Teton Valley Mental Health Coalition is a nonproft collaboration between the therapists and counselors near Driggs to improve their ability to help the county’s mental health patients.
Teton County currently has one psychologist and no in-person psychiatrists, but the coalition’s Executive Director Adam Williamson said he was happy with the resources it has been able to provide over the years.
“At some point, we’re going to saturate the community with resources and meet the need. That hasn’t happened yet,” Williamson said.
One of the biggest tools the coalition has launched is a series of subsidized counseling sessions. Every county resident can attend at least one free counseling session, regardless of what medical coverage they have, if they’re feeling suicidal or in any other crisis. Residents have increasingly taken advantage of that service — the coalition had 92 subsidized counseling sessions in 2015 and 255 last year.
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From the Archives: Muscles, the Nervous System, and Mechanical Advantage
by Mark Rippetoe | September 01, 2019
Mark Rippetoe gives an introduction to the basic mechanism of muscle contraction and how muscle operates bone during the squat lecture at the Starting Strength Seminar.
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