October Oasis

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Between two typically busy seasons, October is like an island. The month before October has all the back-to-school energy, hype to get organized, and grasping at the waning days of fair weather. For many people, it’s the months after October that are really full and stressful (even if filled with delights). It’s too soon to talk about them just yet. …

Forest bathing and changing seasons

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In spring, there’s always that one day when you notice the first mown grass and relax, knowing that bright days are ahead. But what is the smell you connect with fall in the Willamette Valley? It might be warm cider from a local farm stand, perhaps the tang of rain on summer-parched soil, or the dusty fun of a corn …

5 summer skin hydration tips

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Every time the seasons change, your skin must adjust. Our guests have been telling us how dry their skin feels lately. If you’ve noticed this too, we have some tips and suggestions to make your skin feel healthy and look radiant this summer. Hydrate: Even if you’ve heard this a million times, drinking a cup of water per hour during …

The secret to a refreshing night’s sleep

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You might usually think of blue as a “cool” color, but blue light sparks your brain awake, increasing your alertness, heart rate, and cortisol (a stress hormone). As the sun comes up each morning, its natural blue light comes causes you to rise and shine. But at night, blue light is not your friend. Artificial sources of blue light are …