By Kristi Runyan When a new year dawns, words like “change” and “resolutions” are frequently batted about, usually regarding our physical health. But what about our state of mind? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there were an estimated 43.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with a mental or emotional disorder in 2014 …

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At a time when complaints about stress and busyness are as ubiquitous as long drive-thru lines for your morning latte, it’s no wonder that more people — especially women — are seeking spiritual retreats. Whether it’s a weekend steeped in prayer or five days of intensive yoga and meditation, retreats offer a much-needed respite from urgent texts and emails, the d…

Before the advent of Fitbits and smartwatches, most of us probably thought of a fitness tracker as a clunky device that clipped to your belt and counted your steps. Helpful? Sure. Accurate? Maybe. Since then, wearable technology has exploded as an industry. Fitbit reported $506 million in revenue for the third quarter of 2016 alone, and Forbes estimates the entire weara…

Daniel Dorociak Doro Studios Buff State alum Daniel Dorociak’s dedication to the creative process is apparent in his handcrafted concrete pottery, stone art and sculptures. Working with specialized hand tools, Dorociak expertly transforms humble concrete into one-of-a kind items that project a modern/rustic vibe. His line of pottery and home accents includes kit…

The Center for Renewal Retreat & Conference Center at Stella Niagara Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Holy Name Province, the center provides a variety of spiritual enrichment and learning opportunities for adults seeking growth, relaxation, reflection and healing. Spiritual direction and retreats are directed by an on-staff …

A cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, pickleball originated at the home of Washington congressman Joel Pritchard in the 1960s when he and a friend were forced to improvise with random sports equipment. The most widely accepted theory of the name’s origin is that the family dog, Pickles, would often scamper off with the ball. Whatever the source, the name …

When you’re a single mom pursuing a college education – and often holding down a job at the same time – it’s not uncommon to get derailed by the unexpected, like a sudden lack of childcare or a surprise expense. That’s why the Western New York Women’s Foundation (WNYWF) launched a holistic program to help low-income single mothers obtain associate degrees in…

by Jessica Kelly The scoop: One of Syracuse’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Armory Square is home to cozy cafes, notable restaurants and charming shops. Boasting plenty of character via its historic buildings, the neighborhood always held high importance due to its vicinity to railroads and the Erie Canal. There’s a lot to do, buy and taste in Armory Square, so c…

Vacation minutes are precious, especially when you’re seeking a salubrious escape from cold, gray skies and the unpleasantries of polar vortices. Travelers don’t want to waste any time on exhausting airport layovers, chasing lost luggage, rushing to catch connecting flights or missing them altogether when bad weather cripples a stopover city. To save time and avo…

Three years ago we made our first trip to Washington State to explore the region’s wines. We were blown away by the great wines, excellent prices and wonderful people. On that trip we spent most of our time in Woodinville, and wanted to get back to spend more time in Walla Walla, another prime wine region. I researched a fall 2016 trip, setting up visits to 10 wineries t…

What started as a post-workout meal has evolved into juicing as a to-go meal replacement, or a way to get more fruits and veggies into our diets. And many places have popped up around WNY to heed the call. Here are several where you can wet your whistle: • Ashker’s 1002 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo • Meadow & Nottingham, Buffalo Ashkersbuffalo.com • B. Good Ju…

By Tim Fenster Just as Buffalo is shedding its downtrodden image, so too is the local restaurant scene moving farther away from the sort of greasy, artery-clogging pub food that brought the city international culinary fame. In fact, the latest crop of new and recently-opened restaurant are on par with those in much larger and trendier cities: ethnic foods from across th…

Does it really matter what you wear when you work out? Well, sure. As sweaty and gross as you feel by the end of a session, looking good as you go is an emotional lift. After all, who wants to see herself do overheard presses in a ratty old T-shirt? And isn’t it better to catch a glimpse of your muscles flexing in cute running tights? Plus, quality workout-wear …

by Jessica Kelly With the post-holiday dent in the couch – and potential travel to warmer climates looming – it may be time to take stock in your exercise routine. But it can be challenging to find a workout or gym that excites you. Equally stressful is deciding where to invest your money - especially when some workout programs can run up to $100 per month (or more)…

Brandy Dulak and her husband Drew first considered taking in a foster child five years ago. The Grand Island couple has one biological child and, after adding another child through private adoption, the Dulaks felt they had more love to give. “We are a Christian family, and we believe, as part of our faith, that we are called to take care of children who need homes,…