Posts Categorized: Lifestyle

Generations of Avocado Farmers

Article Courtesy of Equal Exchange The avocado is on the weekly grocery list for many American shoppers, but it hasn’t always been that way. Over the last decade, the availability and quality of avocados in the supermarkets has skyrocketed all across the US. This has led to an increased demand in avocados, and therefore many… Read more »

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Here are some fun menu ideas to help you create a great morning for Mom. And remember: she shouldn’t have to lift a finger – especially not to clean up afterwards. Mother’s Day Menu Tea & Coffee w/ honey, sugar, lemon, cream – however she likes it! Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Valencia oranges make the… Read more »

15 Surprising Uses for Bananas

1. Egg Substitute. For an egg substitute in chewy baking recipes, replace one egg with one ripened mashed banana. Great idea for infants and vegans. 2. Shine Your Shoes. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes, wallet or hip jacket. Just wipe away the residue with a lint-free cloth. 3. Clean… Read more »

Coconut’s 25 Best Health & Beauty Uses: Health

Follow enough health and beauty journals, and you could easily find yourself wondering, “is there anything coconut oil cannot do?” If you want the the full story about this miracle fruit, take a listen to our interview with the foremost expert on coconut, Dr. Bruce Fife of the Coconut Research Center. But if you’re just looking… Read more »

6 Natural Tips to Avoid Skin Redness This Winter

The natural flush from cold air on your cheeks can be alluring — and yet too much redness during the winter months can be a bother. Here are some tricks to keep skin redness to a minimum during chilly days, and allow your natural glow to shine like fresh fallen snow. Moisturize! Cold weather and… Read more »

Almond Oil: Makeover Your Bath with One Ingredient

  My bathtub has exactly 5 items neatly organized around the rim: 1. Essential Oil Scented Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse 2. Bronner’s Liquid Soap solution 3. Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub 4. Almond Oil 5. Razor The secret to simplification was the Almond Oil. When I first read about oil washing, I was intrigued – and badly… Read more »

Organic Holiday Dog Treats (and for the rest of the year, too!)

If you like to spread the flavor of the season among your 4-legged family members as well, try this easy, healthy, and inexpensive recipe. Your furry friends will love it! Carrot Apple Dog Treats INGREDIENTS 2 cups chickpea flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 organic egg 1/4 cup organic applesauce 1 cup grated organic carrots DIRECTIONS… Read more »

Carrot Ginger Soup

A recent trip to Berkeley’s Mission: Heirloom, an organic, completely holistic, predominantly paleolithic restaurant, reminded me just how good so few ingredients can be (something our friends at S.W. Basics know extremely well). The big revelation came in a glorious bowl of Carrot Soup, one so simple that every ingredient could be detected by flavor, and they all… Read more »

Safeguard Your Summer: Natural Bug Repellents

As the sun begins to set, our dinners move al fresco, and our children play outside until we call them home, we look for ways to protect our loved ones from life’s little annoyances — insects. Few things can ruin outdoor activities as quickly as bugs. This list will empower you with holistic insect repellent… Read more »

Aloe: The King of Botanicals

Shirley Pinkson, co-founder of W3LL PEOPLE conscious cosmetics, calls aloe vera “the king of botanicals.” Why does this all-star makeup artist adore aloe so? Let me count the ways… 1. Amino Acids Of the 22 required human amino acids, aloe has 20, and 7 of them are part of the 8 essential amino acids our… Read more »