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We Go Bananas for Natural Banana Beauty Treatments

We Go Bananas for Natural Banana Beauty Treatments

    Famed as an excellent source of potassium, the banana’s health and beauty benefits are rich and plentiful. If you have a bunch of bananas on hand, in addition to munching on them, you can use them to make an excellent moisturizer for your dry or cracked skin. Bananas assist with healthy circulation and […]

What is in my kitchen green smoothie surprise

Whatever is in My Kitchen Energizing Green Smoothie

  Does this scenario sound familiar? It’s  morning. You’re hungry. You’re not fully awake. But you are in desperate need of nourishment. You haven’t shopped in a few days. You wonder: what do you have in the house to eat? Will you be able to satisfy your energy needs this morning? Or will you just […]

Vegan in a Carnivore World Grab a $3 Falafel at Pita Grill

Vegan in a Carnivore World Grab a $3 Falafel at Pita Grill

As I strolled up 7th Avenue the other day, those all too familiar lunchtime hunger pangs went off — alerting me to my sudden “need to feed”. Looking around for a low-cost, vegan-acceptable snack, a bright green “$3.00 falafel” sign caught my eye and drew me into Pita Grill.   You are What You Eat […]

Tart Your Day with an Alkalizing Lemon Detox

Tart Your Day with an Alkalizing Lemon Detoxification Drink

  I feel good! Want to know why? Because now I start my day with a glass of water water with lemon juice! Plus I drink water with lemon slices all day long! It certainly helps me drink a lot more water each day than I was drinking before. Lemons are an amazing multipurpose health […]

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What Should I Have for Lunch? Curry Lentil Mushroom Soup

Here’s my favorite recipe for a hearty, healthy, warming savory lentil soup. It’s great for cool winter days, but I love lentil soup any time of year. This hearty, satisfying soup is great to carry in a thermos for lunch, accompanied by a  mixed green salad and flaxseed crackers. But the best thing about this […]

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7 Steps to Your Own Organic Harvest

7 Steps to Your Own Organic Harvest

I love eating organic fruits and vegetables but it is not always possible to find them. Or to track down what I need for a specific recipe.  And sometimes when I do find them at my favorite organic shops and markets, the prices are too high for my pocketbook that week. Have you ever encountered […]

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  What is the best place to start changing your life and your diet? It’s in the kitchen, of course. You don’t necessarily have to give up all the foods you’re used to eating to become more healthy.  However, eating more organic, locally-grown, whole foods, reducing exposure to toxic products — coupled with healthier food […]

A thrifty way to decorate, donate and support the arts.

A Thrifty Way to Decorate, Donate and Support the Arts

  As an amateur home re-decorator, I am always on the lookout for just the right recycled, extra-seating-solutions, eye-catching artwork, textured pillows or intriguing accessories — to add a bit of punch to some room in my home! Plus, it feels so good to transform someone else’s carefully-chosen ‘trash’ into a satisfying, homey ‘treasure’. Local […]

Turn off the lights please! 4 ways to get them to do it.

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  “Turn off the lights, please!” How many times have you found yourself saying (or yelling) just that to your children (or your husband)? Have you looked at your utility bills lately? If your bills are like ours, they are still often much too high. You’re trying to save money, and the environment, but you […]

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5 Easy Steps to Start Living a Little Greener

  We all want to do our part to protect the environment, but without the right information, that can seem difficult, if not impossible, sometimes. But doing your part doesn’t have to be hard. Small steps add up to a big difference, you just have to know which ones to take. Here are a few […]