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  • How to Make A Jalapeno Margarita

    Posted on October 20 2017

    HOW TO MAKE A JALAPENO MARGARITARecipe by Angel Quintana   Jalapeno Margarita Join me for a cocktail! It's the weekend... it's 5 o'clock somewhere... and you deserve it!WHAT YOU'LL NEED:Pulse 1...

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  • 2 Simple Ways to Banish Stress

    Posted on April 26 2017

    2 SIMPLE WAYS TO BANISH STRESSArticle by Lyn Delmastro 2 Simple Ways to Banish Stress Do you ever feel like you have 10 hours worth of work to do in...

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  • Learn to Read Tarot Cards in 30 Days

    Posted on April 13 2017

    LEARN TO READ TAROT CARDS IN 30 DAYS!Article by John Scardina Many of us in the Holistic realm enjoy the potential of added senses, intuitions, and a higher level of...

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  • How to Cope with the Loss of Your Pet

    Posted on April 10 2017

    HOW TO COPE WITH THE LOSS OF YOUR PETArticle by Cinthia Singleton How to Cope with a Loss of a Pet Unconditional love. Utter need. Loyalty. Devotion. Humans are certainly...

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  • How to Get the Right "Fiber" in Your Diet (not what you think!)

    Posted on April 07 2017

    HOW TO GET THE RIGHT "FIBER" IN YOUR DIET(not what you think!)Article by Cinthia Singleton How to Get the Right "Fiber" in Your Diet Everyone needs a little fiber in...

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  • 2 Superpowers Every Practitioner Needs to Possess to Be an Exceptional Healer

    Posted on March 30 2017

    2 SUPERPOWERS EVERY PRACTITIONER NEEDS TO POSSESS TO BE AN EXCEPTIONAL HEALERArticle by John Scardina How to Be an Amazing Healer Some of the fascination of the Holistic arts come...

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  • 100% Guilt-Free Organic Chocolate Recipe

    Posted on March 22 2017

    100% GUILT-FREE ORGANIC CHOCOLATE RECIPEArticle by Kate Burkett 100% Guilt-Free Organic Chocolate Recipe The raw chocolate recipe that everyone can enjoy all of the time.Many holistic beauties don't actually know...

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  • How to Create a Sacred Space

    Posted on March 17 2017

    HOW TO CREATE A SACRED SPACEArticle by: John Scardina How to Create a Sacred Space There is nothing better than creating a scared space for yourself, your thoughts, your decisions...

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  • How to Tap into Your Mystical Powers

    Posted on March 16 2017

    HOW TO TAP INTO YOUR MYSTICAL POWERSArticle by Priscilla Wainwright How to Tap Into Your Mystical Powers You are glorious and powerful beyond measure, and created for greatness by virtue...

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  • 4 Ways to Keep Your Cool

    Posted on March 06 2017

    4 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR COOLArticle by Antiqua Lisha Libbey How to Keep Your Cool What would it take to have your life fall apart around you while you feel...

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  • How 3 Minutes a Day Can Literally Change Your Life

    Posted on February 16 2017

    HOW 3 MINUTES A DAY CAN LITERALLYCHANGE YOUR LIFEArticle by Cinthia Singleton How 3 Minutes a Day Can Literally Change Your Life We wake up.  Our heart’s intent for the...

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  • Weight Loss Rituals For Women Who Can't Get Motivated to Work Out

    Posted on February 02 2017

    WEIGHT LOSS RITUALS FOR WOMEN(Who Can't Get Motivated to Work Out)Article by Stefanie Dawn Weight Loss Rituals for Women Who Can't Get Motivated to Work Out One of the biggest...

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  • A Spell for Breaking Ties with Someone from Your Life

    Posted on January 30 2017

    A MAGICK SPELL FOR BREAKING TIES WITHSOMEONE FROM YOUR LIFEArticle by John Scardina     Photo: Lauren Aletta A Spell for Cutting Ties with Someone from Your Life Magick is...

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  • Bell Pepper Eggs and Smoked Salmon

    Posted on January 20 2017

    BELL PEPPER EGGS AND SMOKED SALMONRecipe by: Yetunde Shorters     Photo: Yetunde Shorters INGREDIENTS2 eggs1 large yellow bell pepper1 ounce smoked salmon4 cherry tomatoes1 small red onion1 tbsp. vegetable...

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  • The Secret to Setting New Year's Resolutions

    Posted on January 14 2017

    THE SECRET TO SETTING NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONSArticle by Cinthia Singleton     Photo: Joicy Muniz The Secret to Setting New Year's Resolutions New Years resolutions. Who doesn’t think about making...

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  • 3 Ways to Create Sacred Space While Taking Over The World

    Posted on December 26 2016

    3 WAYS TO CREATE SACRED SPACE WHILETAKING OVER THE WORLD Article by Maha Jai "Ahja" Touré     Photo: Flea Market Fab     Issue#41As Entrepreneurs, Visionaries and Holistic Change Makers, we...

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  • How to Reinvent Yourself with a Bucket List

    Posted on December 15 2016

    HOW TO REINVENT YOURSELFWITH A BUCKET LISTArticle by Camille Ditele     Photo: Lauren Aletta HOW TO REINVENT YOURSELF WITH A BUCKET LIST The best way to wipe out the pain...

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  • How to Use the Chakras to Attract Abundance

    Posted on December 03 2016

    How to Use the Chakras to Attract Abundance HOW TO USE THE CHAKRAS TO ATTRACT ABUNDANCEArticle by Marialuz Jimenez   Photo Credit: Lauren Aletta      Issue #19You are a wonderful and...

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  • How to Get What You Really Want Without Ever Apologizing

    Posted on December 02 2016

    HOW TO GET WHAT YOU REALLY WANTWITHOUT EVER APOLOGIZINGArticle by Eliza Ceci    Photo Credit: Halley Howard How to Get What You Really Want Without Apologizing Ever think about who...

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  • The Most Precious Gem in The World (and it's not what you think!)

    Posted on November 23 2016

    THE MOST PRECIOUS GEM IN THE WORLD(and it's not what you think!)Article by Erin Harvey    Photo Credit: Lauren Aletta Become Your Own Gem Who says what the “perfect” body...

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  • Overpower Your Shadow Self to Set Positive Intentions

    Posted on November 14 2016

    OVERPOWER YOUR SHADOW SELF TOSET POSITIVE INTENTIONSArticle by Jentana Lee Dabbs     Photo Credit: Marinna Rose Have you ever been in the process of changing your life for the better?...

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  • Destress the Mind with Breathing

    Posted on November 12 2016

    DESTRESS THE MIND WITH BREATHINGArticle by Jo Ann Bellistri   Photo: Halley Elefante“What day is it?”It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.My favorite day,” said Pooh."-A.A. Milne Stress related diseases are huge. Our daily...

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  • How to Be More Radiant in Your Own Skin

    Posted on November 11 2016

    HOW TO BE MORE RADIANT IN YOUROWN SKINArticle by Anitqua Lisha Libbey    Photo Credit: Lauren Aletta What is you knew without a shadow of a doubt, that your life makes...

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  • HOW TO GO GREEN, ONE SHEET AT A TIME

     Going Green One Sheet at a Time

    Going Green One Sheet at a Time

    Authored By: Cinthia Singleton
    Photo Credit: Carley Page Interiors
    Featuring: Jennifer Harrison

    According to The Energy Co-op, the average American uses approximately 45 pounds of them per year. Yes, it’s true, and even in an age when everyone says they want to live a more Earth-conscious, ‘green’ life. How ‘bout we start by thinking about using fewer paper towels, people

    Check out this ‘green,’ albeit old-fashioned alternative to paper towels: cloth.  

    1| Stop setting a roll of paper towels on the dinner table. Instead use vintage napkins that you keep in a basket on the table. Personalize the collection by seeking design styles that speak to you. Chicken images. Shabby chic embroidery. Days of the week. 60s mod. When the supper dishes get picked up, the napkins go into a soak bucket then get run in the next wash. [Soak bucket / sōk buck•et / noun / a bucket filled with sudsy detergent, bleach and water. Otherwise known as Ask Your Grandmother.]

    2| Dishtowels. Now here’s where older can be better. Cotton or linen, vintage dishtowels are fabulously absorbent and soft, and generally lint-free. Calendar, travel themes, novelty prints… Quite a many are adorable too.

    3| Instead of cleaning up spills and messes with several winds of paper towel, use a vintage towel. Terrycloth is super absorbent and comes in various sizes. Can’t say that about a paper towel. Keep ‘em on hand for when pups track in mud or kids drop juice boxes. Tip? Don’t just use some old towels but fun, colorful ones you pick up at estate sales. Just because they’re for “mop wiping” doesn’t mean they can’t be a cheery hot pink or groovy damask pattern.

    4| As the cloth items get thin and worn they can then be used for other household projects (i.e. painting or washing the car) instead of the paper towels.

    But aren’t vintage linens hard to clean? Nope. Got a bucket or laundry sink, water, Oxy and/or Shout, and a washer/drier handy, it’s EASY. Treat any stains and toss items in the soak bucket for the next wash load.  For specific types of stains there are many ‘how to’ tutorials on the interwebs. 

    Doesn’t this create extra laundry and, in the process, more gas, electricity, and water consumed? Not really once the habits are in place. It will create conscious thought about one’s paper towel habit and, in the process, some new and ‘greener’ ones.  

    How hygienic are vintage linens, really? Quite. Hot water wash cycle and they’re sanitized, clean and ready to be used again.  

    What about bacon? Ah, yes, and what about BACON? Whether swine or vegan rice bacon, there’s gonna be grease, and you know what? There’s no better way to sop up and soak grease than with a good old-fashioned paper towel. Use paper towels as needed, of course. Just as needed.

    How to start this ‘new’ vintage linens consciousness…

    1 :: Bring out Aunt May’s linen napkins or the tea towels your mother inherited from her mother. They were meant to be used and loved.  Pick up pretty linens at yard or estate sales, eBay or Etsy.  Remember that vintage doesn’t have to be dowdy.  Look at vintage Vera table linens, for example - as fresh today as they were in the 1960s.  

    2 :: Keep linens in handy, easy to reach places.  Basket of napkins on the table.  Mop towels in a drawer by the back door or hand towels in the glove box.  

    3 :: Stop keeping the paper towel roll in the most convenient places, i.e. on top of the counter near the sink. Force the household into new habits, drawers or glove box.

    In time - one square at a time - you’re keeping some of that 45 pounds of paper towel from hitting the landfills.

    Use it up.  Wear it out.  Make it do, or do without.
     

    How to Go Green, One Sheet at a Time

    Posted on October 11 2016

    HOW TO GO GREEN, ONE SHEET AT A TIME Going Green One Sheet at a Time Authored By: Cinthia SingletonPhoto Credit: Carley Page InteriorsFeaturing: Jennifer HarrisonAccording to The Energy Co-op,...

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  •  Are You Intuitive? Own it!

    Are You Intuitive? Own it!

    HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE INTUITIVE

    Authored By: John Scardina     
    Photo Credit: Dasha and Mari

    I’ve been working on personal intuitive abilities for several years without taking ownership of them, I have always no matter how slight had these abilities and was just never confident in them as a reality. I wanted to share a story of a recent event in my life that proves that you can be in tune with your intuitive side, only by relaxing and paying attention (listening) to the little signs that surround us every day. 

    Recently on my way to work, my full time job I grasped onto one of these signs. Admittedly it was a bit stronger than usual but I listened and it read like a book. I’ve worked in the same business park for two different companies for over 20 years and have always taken the same boring route to work every day. I only live about four or so miles from this business park, there is really only one right turn and a left to get there the quickest. 

    Without knowing why on this particular day I left for work as normal I decided to turn in a different direction and go around the back way (a little further in distance), again I have never have taken this route. Something in the universe had something to say and I listened. As I continued on this short route I drove about one mile and looked left and noticed a dear friends house. Thinking to myself their house looks different, not the sturdy brick structure that it is. There was nothing actually wrong with the house, just my feeling. I thought to myself “I haven’t been keeping in touch with this friend for some time”. Maybe today is the day I should contact them, then it hit me much stronger than usual a feeling that there was something not right with my friend. 

    I began to get a bit nervous as I continued to drive a feeling of crying and fear was beginning to overwhelm me. It was not me crying it was different, I felt tears. As I pulled into work I was certain that I really needed to contact my friends but is was still early, so I decided I would wait. 

    Only being at work a short time I received a phone call from my wife asking if our friends still in the States or their home in Italy, and she proceeded to tell me that Italy had an earthquake about five hours prior. I had quickly told my wife my change of route and that I had seen their house and felt energy like never before and we both knew now was the time to call their cell. 

    After calling and leaving a message, not the connection I wanted! This only helped my now overwhelming feeling of tears, somewhere there was tears. This was freaking me out a bit because I do not always listen to the little messages. A short time later I received an email from another friend that they were in fact at their home in Italy. They had spoken with them and they were both well, their house in Italy not so much, a complete loss.

    When I did finally connect on the phone, I was so relieved to hear the crying voice of my friend. Once this happened my energy shifted and I felt no crying, no tears. I knew they were well!

    The reason I’m sharing this is to allow those with gifts, with intuition, to pay attention to the little voices, the shift in energy, there is a story of knowledge being created that only you can feel and understand if you only listen. Take ownership of your intuition!

    How to Know if You're Intuitive

    Posted on October 09 2016

    Are You Intuitive? Own it! HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE INTUITIVEAuthored By: John Scardina     Photo Credit: Dasha and MariI’ve been working on personal intuitive abilities for several years without taking...

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  • HOW TO BE TRUE TO YOURSELF

    Written By: John Scardina     Photo Credit: Joicy Muniz

     How to Be True to Yourself

    How to Be True to Yourself

    As entrepreneurs we wear many hats in order to create our brand, our ideal client, and become successful by whatever means. We also sometimes lose sight of who we are and what we have become along the way. It becomes so easy to lose track of the actual reason why we all created a business plan and started on the entrepreneurial journey. 

    As business owners we take on so many tasks, each one that brings us into multiple directions daily. Let’s be honest here, these tasks happen every second everyday repeatedly until we drain ourselves of all good energy within us. This is the moment when we change who we are, and become someone or something else if only for the need to acquire clients or take a shortcut to get approval in business. 

    I have seen so many entrepreneur’s and practitioner’s get frantic and try to become something they are not. This at first might seem the path to follow but in the long run becomes an overwhelming venture that creates stress and will actually reduce your business income. I’m speaking about business owners that offer multiple programs, products, or classes similar to a restaurant that has a 27-page menu. You do not need that large of a menu, you need to provide what is that whole part of your being.

    If you are a practitioner whatever modality, be that practitioner, be a Reiki Master, be an Iridologist, or be that one thing that you are the best you can be at. If you are a coach, then coach, if you are an artist, then create, and if you are just plain crazy (but recognized for that) then just be plain crazy. Be who you are remain your true self, after all you are not the practitioner or coach that you see on the other side of town, you are you! Stay the course and do not deviate from who you are, you are the one with the knowledge, the drive, and stamina to get things done in a manner the resonates from you and spreads a positive energy throughout your business. You started off as you and should remain your true self, your clients deserve this!

    I have seen many practitioners and business owners become so many things that clients have difficulty trying to figure out who you are or what you have become. Don’t let this confusion lead to clients searching for other practitioners or coaches. I have done this; I’ve spent many years trying to become something I’m not due to the fact I never felt good enough to provide just one modality or service. I felt the need to be like others. I went bat shit crazy trying to offer all and everything to my clients and my business suffered completely. We all learn as we grow, and we all grow in different ways. 

    Stay who you are, be the best you can be as you are, your clients will appreciate the fact that they can trust in you as your true self. Your energy will be well accepted and loved if you maintain your true self!

    How to Be True To Yourself

    Posted on October 04 2016

    HOW TO BE TRUE TO YOURSELFWritten By: John Scardina     Photo Credit: Joicy Muniz How to Be True to Yourself As entrepreneurs we wear many hats in order to create...

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  • SO I'M AN EMPATH, WHAT'S THAT?

    Article By: John Scardina
    Photo Credit: Chanelle Sladics

     So I'm an Empath...

    So I'm an Empath...

    The word “Empath” has become popular in the last few years. I hear it all the time outside of my circle of friends, mostly at events, gatherings and alike around those who do not know about my background in energy work. Almost of these people have just heard the word empath or have been labeled an empath or a sensitive and just accept this label with little or no knowledge of what they are accepting. It’s new, everyone is talking about it, so let’s just agree that we are all empath’s and just join the newest club. This troubles me a great deal as an energy worker and a lifelong empath. “We are all sensitive to something fully or at least during one point in our lives”. “Not everyone is and Empath”. “Being an Empath does need to be a curse, as many today claim”. And yes, “There are those who possess Empathic abilities full on 24/7”.

    Empathy, much different from sympathy is the energy or feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions. The ability to share someone else’s feelings, whether or not you want to! Empaths feel more deeply on a physical, spiritual, and emotional level for good or bad. An empath takes on these events as their own.

    A few traits of a true empath (I’m not going to cover all of them here) are as follows:

    1. Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings. The more attuned you are, the stronger this knowing becomes.
    2. Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums where there are large groups of people will provide an extreme amount of emotions that an empath will take on as their own.
    3. Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable. Sometimes this will progress in no longer watching TV or reading newspapers.

    Empath’s have many more traits that all play a large part in who they are. There are several things that only empath’s will understand. Being an empath is not just a generalized statement, there are many types or combinations of types of empath’s. The top three types of empaths are:

    Telepathy: the empathic ability to read other people’s thoughts.
    Mediumship: the empathic ability to feel the presence and energies of spirits.
    Physical Healing: the empathic ability to feel other people’s physical symptoms in their own body.

    Empath’s unknowingly make the best healers or light workers. Knowing this information and having worked with empathic abilities is where my concerns arise when I hear people talk about these events. There is so much more to it than just being labeled an empath, and it is an amazing gift once you know who you are individually! I have been working with clients that possess empathic abilities for over two years and nothing is more rewarding than helping those who possess these abilities to thrive and become attuned to their own healing energy. You are not “just an empath”!

     

    So I’m an Empath, What’s that?

    Posted on September 16 2016

    SO I'M AN EMPATH, WHAT'S THAT?Article By: John ScardinaPhoto Credit: Chanelle Sladics So I'm an Empath... The word “Empath” has become popular in the last few years. I hear it...

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  • 3 BENEFITS OF DECLUTTERING YOUR LIFE

    Article By: Darlene Dunn
    Photo Credit: Dasha and Mari

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    Recently I needed to de-clutter my house to sell and in the process, I realized how much lighter I feel with less ‘stuff’ in my life.  Three benefits that I have experienced by simplifying and decluttering:

    1.       My mind is clearer. I am spending less time considering my junk and more time considering my business and my vision. 

    2.       I have had more time to work my business since I am not distracted by things that are not vital to my vision

    3.       Bonus - it is easier to keep my space clean and functional

    If you are feeling burdened and stressed, consider simplification.  Don’t become stressed about it, start with a drawer or a closet and build up to whole rooms.  It is absolutely, positively amazing how it frees up our spirit person to be more creative and productive!

    3 Benefits of Decluttering Your Life

    Posted on August 15 2016

    3 BENEFITS OF DECLUTTERING YOUR LIFEArticle By: Darlene DunnPhoto Credit: Dasha and Mari Recently I needed to de-clutter my house to sell and in the process, I realized how much...

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  •  Thai Green Curry Chickpea Salad

    Thai Green Curry Chickpea Salad

    THAI GREEN CURRY
    CHICKPEA SALAD

    Feature by Ella Suihko
    Photo Credit: Ella Suihko
    Magazine: Issue #43

    It’s hard to find a light vegan salad dressing since most are cream or mayo based. Adding a dollop of store brought dressing can also easily turn your healthy salad into something not-so-healthy. Eating a plain salad however might not be the tastiest way to get your greens in, that’s why we came up with the dressing in the first place, right?

    Trying to figure out a way to add extra taste to my big bowl of salad, I came up with this thai green curry chickpea salad dressing. Combining two of my favorites: chickpeas and green curry paste, this dressing will take your everyday salad to a whole different level. Natural yogurt makes it creamy, yet light and sunflower seeds add a crunchy factor. The preparation will only take you two minutes. I think it’s time to level-up your salad game!

    Thai Green Curry Chickpea Salad
    (makes 3-4 servings)

    250g canned chickpeas
    4 tbsp natural non-dairy yogurt, e.g. oat or soy based
    3 tsp thai green curry paste
    a big handful of sunflower seeds

    Rinse the chickpeas with cold water. Place into a blender/food processor with all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and even or pulse just a couple of times to leave a bit more structure. Serve with lots of fresh and/or cooked veggies, enjoy!

    FEATURED RECIPE AUTHOR: (MORE RECIPES BY ELLA INSIDE THE CLUB!)

    Ella is a plant-based foodie and recipe maker. Studying medical biochemistry and clinical nutrition in the university of Eastern Finland, health and whole-body wellness is close to her heart. Hoping to inspire people to make healthier food choices, she’s sharing vegan-friendly and gluten free recipes on her website. When not cooking or studying, you can find Ella from a yoga class, running in the nature, exploring the home forests or travelling the world in search of inspiration. Learn more about Ella at EllasExperimentalKitchen.wordpress.com

    Thai Green Curry Chickpea Salad

    Posted on August 04 2016

    Thai Green Curry Chickpea Salad THAI GREEN CURRYCHICKPEA SALADFeature by Ella SuihkoPhoto Credit: Ella SuihkoMagazine: Issue #43It’s hard to find a light vegan salad dressing since most are cream or...

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  • 3 SECRETS TO FINDING YOUR INTUITIVE VOICE

    Written By: John Scardina
    Photo Credit: Dasha & Mari

     Secret to Finding Your Intuitive Voice

    Secret to Finding Your Intuitive Voice

    Admittedly we do have voices in our head, we do not like to admit this and most certainly have been told at some point in our lives not to listen to them. In dualistic existence we know good and evil exist, but before I get too crazy over this I would like to bring to light that this is about your personal intuition. I’m not talking about wild psychotic voices in your head, I’m talking about that one voice in your head that knows you best and always knows the right answer for you at every turn. “Your intuitive voice”.

    Those in science will tell you that intuition is created from experience and repetition, allowing one to make decisions based on these beliefs. This belief allows us to take shortcuts in our decisions which can work for and against us. But that is science and I will just leave this bit alone. Intuition is so much more than what science will tell us. In a spiritual existence your intuitive voice is the one and only one, that knows you, guides you, and never lies to you. This is the voice you need to reach and ignore all others.

    I truly do believe that this voice is in all of us and if we search, meditate, and incorporate “that gut feeling”, we can reach our maximum potential with intuition allowing us that perfect trust in our decisions as entrepreneurs. Now for the fun part, how do you tune into this voice and learn to make decisions that you know are already right without questioning each decision. It will take only a bit practice in order to connect to your intuitive voice.

    Practice one: Energy Method. Trust in your sixth sense. Imagine that your whole existence, emotions, and intellect could stretch outward and forever to capture sensations, information, inspiration, knowledge, and wisdom like waves of energy. Let yourself walk through your day sensitive to all of these energies.

    Practice two: Meditative Method. Find a place to sit comfortably and quietly. Focus on your breath, taking several deep breaths until your mind is clear. When you are relaxed, identify an event or that you'd like more insight about. Focus on the event for a few minutes. Connect with your inner voice and listen to what it has to say in regards to your event. It is also helpful to keep a journal next to you, so when you are done you can write down any memory of this intuitive conversation.

    Practice three: Question Method. Ask yourself questions. Such as what is it I am most concerned about or most interested in growing now, relationship skills, personal growth, career. Create a question and ask it internally as often as you can. Listen to your inner voice and receive your answer.

    These are just a few practices that you can utilize in finding and listening to your intuitive voice. Remember to practice often and build a “perfect love and perfect trust” relationship with your one voice that guides you to a more intuitive lifestyle. I hope these practices allow you a healthy long lasting relationship with your intuition.

    

    3 Secrets to Finding Your Intuitive Voice

    Posted on August 03 2016

    3 SECRETS TO FINDING YOUR INTUITIVE VOICEWritten By: John ScardinaPhoto Credit: Dasha & Mari Secret to Finding Your Intuitive Voice Admittedly we do have voices in our head, we do...

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  •  Prebiotics. Probiotics' Sexy Older Sister.

    Prebiotics. Probiotics' Sexy Older Sister.

    THE MAGIC OF PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICS

    Article by Jacqueline Rizk
    Photo Credit:
    Carley Page Interiors
    Magazine: Issue #42

    What’s the big deal about bacteria? 

    Everywhere we look, every time we consult Dr. Google we get the information that probiotics are the cornerstone to health and wellness. Remember, probiotics are the “good” bacteria.

    In fact, there are thousands of probiotics on the market today. Couple that with the advice that everything you eat and drink be fermented; from kombucha to kimchi, these days it’s all about the bacteria.

    Although I don’t always agree with the injudicious use of probiotics (some strains can actually cause imbalances in the body) there is something everyone can and should do incorporate into their diet to harness the power of food as medicine. Prebiotics can have a profound effect on the health of the gut and even the immune system

    Probiotics may get all the press, prebiotics are the digestive darlings with their soluble fiber that, among other things, feed the good bacteria in your gut and while those good bacteria are feasting on probiotics the byproducts called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria. In fact, there is a lot of research being done on SCFAs which is showing promising results in colon cancer prevention, relief from chronic constipation and even inducing remission in those with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Chron’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

    So What’s a Prebiotic? 

    Prebiotic foods are everywhere. Bananas, chicory root, Jerusalem and regular artichokes, raw greens, leeks, raw onions, raw garlic, tiger nuts, psyllium husks, konjac root, carob and oat bran are great examples of prebiotic foods.

    A few of these prebiotic foods have several other benefits that are great for the waistline, too. Psyllium husks, konjac root and oat bran, for example, absorb water and swells in your digestive tract which aids in the feeling of satiety and fullness. This can help in slower gastric emptying which helps stabilize blood sugar. This also leads to increased leptin sensitivity thus helping you shed any excess pounds.

    Bonus Points for Oat Bran.

    Even though I am not big on most grains, oat bran has a special place in my heart as a prebiotic food. This unsung ‘superfood’ increases mucous production in the small intestine, which, in turn gives bile acids and digestive enzyme a greater chance of breaking down the foods you eat and delays transit time through the digestive tract giving your body the best chance of absorbing the nutrients of what you eat!

    Oat bran is also beta-glucan rich which is important because, as the systems of the body don’t exist in a vacuum, there are always intersections between systems. Oat bran being a prebiotic and beta-glucan rich is where gut health and immunity meet.  

    To make a long story short, beta-glucans have the unique ability to activate and modulate your immune system.

    In short, giving oat bran a place at your breakfast table will boost both the health of your gut and your immune system and, before reaching for a probiotic pill, think about what you might have in your refrigerator right now that can feed the good bacteria that already exists in your gut!

    The Magic of Prebiotics and Probiotics

    Posted on July 19 2016

    Prebiotics. Probiotics' Sexy Older Sister. THE MAGIC OF PREBIOTICS AND PROBIOTICSArticle by Jacqueline RizkPhoto Credit: Carley Page InteriorsMagazine: Issue #42What’s the big deal about bacteria? Everywhere we look, every time we...

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  • TAROT READING:
    SIX OF PENTACLES IN REVERSE

    Reading by Yeshe Chodron  
    Photo Credit:
    Ready Gypset Go
    Magazine: Issue #11

     Six of Pentacles in Reverse

    Six of Pentacles in Reverse

    The message of this month’s card, the six of pentacles in reverse, can be likened to breathing. It calls our awareness to giving out, and bringing in, and giving out, and bringing in. When we breathe out, most of us don’t fear that there may not be enough air for the next breath in.

    We simply use that exhalation to move our bodies forward, to speak, to make room for that next inhalation. We trust. In this way, the shining pentacles (or coins) that appear on this card remind us that they are ours to give out...completely. And we must offer them out, to move our lives forward, to express ourselves, to create a reason or a space for that next coin to come into our lives. We can trust, says this card’s presence. 

    Now, add to this vision, the idea that pentacles or coins on a tarot card represent money--material wealth and abundance. Think of how you give and spend money.

    Do you offer it freely, trusting that the next inhalation will be there?

    Do you spend in ways to move yourself forward, knowing that there is no question as to whether or not there is a next breath of wealth? ...of abundance? Are you free of doubt, to the extent that your joy knows no bounds, regardless of what’s in your wallet? Unless you are able to say ‘YES’ to these queries, the card this month encourages you to address the beliefs that back up your story of why you cannot.

    Employ the assistance of a guided mediation, a coach, a trusted mentor, a wise friend, a divination tool, or your spirit guides. Lift the rug and see what’s piling up underneath. Inner integrity is paramount, here--be honest with yourself about which beliefs are moving you forward and which ones are like quicksand. Moving into the dark corners with the assistance of a light source, removes the darkness; and, reveals the nuggets of gold! So, do what needs to be done; and, move into the darkness to receive your gold. Then you can go ahead and freely exhale. 

    Tarot Reading: Six of Pentacles in Reverse

    Posted on July 18 2016

    TAROT READING:SIX OF PENTACLES IN REVERSEReading by Yeshe Chodron  Photo Credit: Ready Gypset GoMagazine: Issue #11 Six of Pentacles in Reverse The message of this month’s card, the six of...

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  •  Quinoa Oatmeal

    Quinoa Oatmeal

    QUINOA OATMEAL

    Feature by Ella Suihko
    Photo Credit: Ella Suihko
    Magazine: Issue #42

    Looking for a different porridge option? Something as comforting as regular oatmeal but with a little extra protein and good nutrients? I got you.

    I’m an eternal breakfast and especially oatmeal lover. Oats have been my go-to brekkie for so long and I eat them every morning with various toppings, such as fresh or frozen berries and fruits. This time I wanted to try a little different variation and cooked the oats with quinoa. As quinoa is the ‘superfood’ giving you all the 9 essential amino-acids to build up proteins in your body. That magic, grain-like, seed contains also a good amount of calcium and iron. I’d say the perfect power boost to your regular oatmeal, especially if enjoyed pre or post workout.

    Vanilla Quinoa Oatmeal
    (makes 2 servings)

    1 cup water
    ⅓ cup quinoa
    ½ cup almond mylk (substitute to any other plant mylk)
    ½ cup rolled oats
    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    pinch of salt

    + optional: 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

    In a pot bring the water to boil. Rinse the quinoa with cold water and transfer to the pot with boiling water. Reduce the heat to medium and let simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes, occasionally stir.

    Add the almond milk, rolled oats, vanilla extract and salt. Stir well to combine and let simmer for additional 5-10 minutes. Add more almond mylk if the porridge is getting too thick or you like a runnier structure. Serve with lots of fresh fruit or berries and enjoy!

    FEATURED RECIPE AUTHOR: (MORE RECIPES BY ELLA INSIDE THE CLUB!)

    Ella is a plant-based foodie and recipe maker. Studying medical biochemistry and clinical nutrition in the university of Eastern Finland, health and whole-body wellness is close to her heart. Hoping to inspire people to make healthier food choices, she’s sharing vegan-friendly and gluten free recipes on her website. When not cooking or studying, you can find Ella from a yoga class, running in the nature, exploring the home forests or travelling the world in search of inspiration. Learn more about Ella at EllasExperimentalKitchen.wordpress.com

    Quinoa Oatmeal

    Posted on July 13 2016

    Quinoa Oatmeal QUINOA OATMEALFeature by Ella SuihkoPhoto Credit: Ella SuihkoMagazine: Issue #42Looking for a different porridge option? Something as comforting as regular oatmeal but with a little extra protein and...

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    TRAVEL GUIDE: PLANNING
    A TRIP TO LONDON

    Article by Lynne Dominick
    Photo Credit:
    Anum Tariq
    Magazine: Issue #42

    Time to Pack Your Bags!

    Ever the optimist, the morning after the Brexit vote I woke up trying to put a positive spin on the market-shattering news of the “Leave” vote majority.  The obvious choice (and one I am sure that is shared by many of you) was, “I need to start planning a trip to London”!

    Let’s look at the top reasons why this silver lining solution is a really good idea.

    Special Offers
    Many of the airlines are offering great travel packages for the summer, but as the pound will probably not have an immediate recovery, why not take advantage of the situation and take that trip across the pond after the tourists have gone home.  

    September is a beautiful month, the weather is still warm and many of the airline deals are still valid.  There are also very reasonable last minute airline options that will not set you back an arm and a leg.  If you do decide to take advantage of a last minute opportunity, be sure to check out:

    Cheap Fare Guru
    Cheap Fares
    One Deal
    Booking Buddy

    Great Accommodations
    You are never without hotel options in London.  There are many great large, small and boutique hotels in practically every neighborhood.  I recommend the Tablet Hotels site to familiarize yourself with availability, price and services. 

    If you can manage without the convenience of a restaurant on site or calling room service, there are some very good hotel alternatives that allow you to avoid paying the premium:

    Airbnb
    The global popularity of Airbnb has provided a vast array of home away from home options for travelers and London is no exception.  You can find many in town availabilities for under $150. a night.

    Alastair Sawdays
    Sawdays has a great array of interesting Bed and Breakfasts in London and throughout the UK and Europe at reasonable prices.

    If you feel that the plunging pound has given you the opportunity to splurge, by all means check out the accommodations being offered on One Fine Stay. Normally, you can find spacious apartments that are great for couples, a small family or a girls getaway weekend. They are currently offering a 20% off special rate through September.

    Fab Food
    London used to be the last place on earth people would want to travel to for good food, but that has definitely changed. The restaurant scene in London is definitely front and center on the global food stage.

    Check out the 40 hottest new restaurants and remember to book a reservation!

    Sights, Venues and Getting Around
    Time Out London enables you to check out upcoming venues and events with one click.  Find out if there is something of special interest on the horizon that will allow you to fine-tune your travel dates.

    Visit London is another ideal site to find out everything that you need to know about the in-town goings on. This site will also give you a great overview of how to get around the sometimes complicated and always sprawling London landscape.

    If you want to be spoiled, Uber fully services the London area, however there are plenty of lower cost options to get around the city including the very fast train from Heathrow to Paddington Station that allows you to avoid traffic and be in the heart of the city in less an twenty minutes.  Once there you can take the Underground, opt for a taxi or request an Uber to take you the rest of the way.

    Plugging In
    One of the most expensive, yet indispensible aspects of traveling abroad is cell phone usage.  It is important to know how to avoid paying exorbitant fees. 

    Money Saving Expert is a comprehensive website that has recently been updated to reflect the most currently accurate information on this subject.

    Odds & Ends
    If you have some time before your trip you might apply for a TSA Pre Check.  It can save you the hassle of spending hour is in airport security lines.  

    Now check to see if that Passport is still valid and member take lots of pictures and share them with the Holistic Fashionista tribe. Cheers!

    Travel Guide: Planning a Trip to London

    Posted on July 11 2016

    TRAVEL GUIDE: PLANNINGA TRIP TO LONDONArticle by Lynne DominickPhoto Credit: Anum TariqMagazine: Issue #42Time to Pack Your Bags!Ever the optimist, the morning after the Brexit vote I woke up trying...

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  • BE HOLISTIC
    BUT PLEASE DON'T BE AN A$$HOLE

     Be Holistic, But Please Don’t Be an Asshole

    Be Holistic, But Please Don’t Be an Asshole

    Article by Kathleen Macken
    Photo Credit: Ready Gypset Go
    Magazine: Issue #41

    It’s been a gripe of mine since I began this holistic way of living, so forgive me if my post comes off as a bit of a rant. The heavy hand of judgement by all the crunchy Judy McJudgeypants is well deserving of a throat punch. Remember my lovely holistic goddesses, we are all humans and therefore imperfect, we all make mistakes, or look for the easy way out, every once in a while. And that’s okay! I’m not going to judge you, if you happen to get yourself a hamburger that isn’t from organic, grass fed, pasture raised, beef. As long as you don’t judge me for being afraid to try the diva cup. Deal? 

    So here it goes, 5 asshole-y things I have seen and heard of, with in the holistic community.  

    1| Calling people “Sheeple” and telling them to, “Wake Up!” Nothing gets my panties in a wad more than these two phrases. Please, call me a degrading portmanteau and call me out for being in a social slumber…I totally see your point now (insert sarcasm and eye roll).  

    2| All you crunchy mamas out there. I love you all, I do, except when you show a graphic c-section photo on Facebook, followed by an infant mortality rate statistic, followed by some other political statistic claiming that big pharma is behind deaths of babies and deaths of mamas, and deaths of vaginas, etc. Ugh. Stop trying to shame women, who ironically share MANY of the same values as you do, but circumstances being what they were, did not have their child blossom from their vagina into a pool of lavender scented rose pedals surrounded by delicate lace and silk, or some shit like that. However you had your baby, wether it was rose pedals, c-section, epidural, adoption, in a hospital, in a home, the fact remains that you sustained a life within your body and you should be really fucking proud of that. If you are a home birth advocate, then educate and promote the amazing benefits of home or natural child birth. When you approach with love, you will find more people willing to receive your message. Spitting out scare tactics and shaming fellow women for something they felt was out of their control at the time, only makes you look like the asshole. 

    3| Scare tactics and statistics. With information so readily available, literally at the touch of a finger, scrolling through FaceTubes, InstaTwit, YouBooks we come across articles, videos, and op-ed pieces that spout statistics trying to scare you into believing one way or another. We can easily believe something that might be true, because we want so badly to believe that it is true, so we are sometimes willing to overlook validity. Please check where the statistic came from, who formulated it, what their agenda is, and who funded it, before you post it! Question the fuck out of everything, until you have exhausted any doubt. You may find that the statistic you wanted so badly to be true, actually isn’t. In which case, own that you were wrong and move on. Unless it’s a statistic that says, if you don’t have a glass of wine at the end of everyday, there is a 50% chance your head will pop off your shoulders and roll away, then that’s a risk I’m not willing to take.

    4| Gluten free. I totally understand if you have a physical intolerance to gluten. I know that for some, it is truly a curse on their health to consume gluten. But when you tell me that you are gluten free but can’t tell me what gluten is, except to say, (please read the next quote in the best valley girl accent you can muster, while twirling your hair), “It makes me fat.” Or my favorite is when someone says, “I’m gluten free” while drinking a beer. Bitch please.

    5| Stop getting your facts from internet memes and info graphs. And while you’re at it, stop saying, “Do your research people!” This shit lights my gut up like chile con carne. I believe it was Abraham Lincoln that said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”  Or was it Mark Twain? There is credible research and peer reviewed papers and text books that back up what we believe and know to be true, wether it’s skin care, the environment, healthcare, food, etc. There is actual data that has been scientifically tested to prove our point.  So…Do your research, but don’t take the easy way out and don’t believe anything Abraham Lincoln says about the internet, you’re an asshole if you do. Okey dokey organic artichokey?

    Look, we live under the same holistic umbrella because we seek alternatives to the status quo. We love to feel good, we are slightly rebellious, and a part of us really loves to give the metaphorical finger to gigantic corporations that promote illness instead of wellness. We are conscientious consumers and strive to make mindful choices that leave the smallest footprint possible. But how can our message be heard if it is through a veil of anger and confrontation?

    The caveat to that question is of course the difference between yelling in anger and or proclaiming in love. Which do you think is going to be noise and which do you think will actually be heard? We are all susceptible to being the asshole, believe me, I wouldn’t be able to write a silly little article about being a holistic asshole, if I wasn’t kinda one myself. But it’s love my friends, if you show up in your space with love, you leave others more willing to receive your message. So to all you assholes out there, I love you, and I want to hear what you have to say, please stop yelling at me though, it’s fucking annoying. 

    With much love and affection ~ Kat

    Be Holistic, But Please Don’t Be an A$$hole

    Posted on July 01 2016

    BE HOLISTICBUT PLEASE DON'T BE AN A$$HOLE Be Holistic, But Please Don’t Be an Asshole Article by Kathleen MackenPhoto Credit: Ready Gypset GoMagazine: Issue #41It’s been a gripe of mine...

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  • HOW TO REDUCE CRAVINGS
    & REVAMP YOUR ADRENALS

     How to Reduce Cravings

    How to Reduce Cravings

    Article by Courtney Hermann  
    Photo Credit:
    Halley Elefante
    Magazine: Issue #10

    When we hear the saying, spring-cleaning, what comes to mind? I think of cleaning out my closet, getting organized, having a garage sale, etc.…Basically just starting fresh. But how about relating that philosophy of a fresh start to your body, mind, and spirit? As a holistic nutrition coach, I know how important it is to detox and allow your body to rid itself of harmful toxins and impurities. And friends, when I say detox I do not mean you should do a master cleanse or juice fast, I’m talking cutting sugar, gluten, alcohol, processed foods, sugar, dairy, excess caffeine, and did I say sugar? 

    By doing so you allow your body to recover, reduce it’s cravings, revamp the adrenals, and give it the LOVE it needs from real nutrient dense foods. Once certain foods are introduced back into your system you will notice how they make you feel and if you have any sensitivities to them. This is called an Elimination diet.

    I usually recommend doing this for 7 days and keeping a journal to write down how you feel physically, emotionally, and mentally during and after the 7-day process.

    You can infuse a CLEAN plant based meal replacement protein shake (I recommend Vega One), and/or an herbal detox kit (helps to heal from a deeper cellular level) that you can find at Whole Foods or online.

    Now for that mind a spirit part I mentioned, that could quite possibly be the most important aspect of your Spring Cleaning. Now more than ever, I have realized the importance of a clear, positive mindset when setting out to do anything. When cleansing, it is key to focus on mindset and giving your self a break from all of life’s stresses and practicing self-care. I know what you’re thinking, easier said than done right? But the results are in the actions.

    I suggest the following:

    •    Dry Brushing- Brushes off dead skin allowing pours to open for toxin release

    •    Hot towel scrub- Take a hot towel, top to bottom, in circular motion to activate the lymphatic system and loosen fat cells.

    •    Bath time with essential oils, candles and a good book (an uplifting book, no horror/crime)

    •    Incense

    •    Calming Teas

    •    Restorative or therapeutic yoga/meditation

    •    Support-do it with a friend or group

    •    Plan ahead

    How to Reduce Cravings and Revamp Your Adrenals

    Posted on June 29 2016

    HOW TO REDUCE CRAVINGS& REVAMP YOUR ADRENALS How to Reduce Cravings Article by Courtney Hermann  Photo Credit: Halley ElefanteMagazine: Issue #10When we hear the saying, spring-cleaning, what comes to mind?...

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  •  Why You Need a Will

    Why You Need a Will

    WHY YOU NEED A WILL

    Article by Cinthia Singleton
    Photo Credit: Ready Gypset Go
    Magazine: Issue #41

    Write a will.

    You think it doesn’t matter, but it does to those you leave behind. Kin, neighbors and/or friends will be left to sift through the rubble, symbolic or real. If you’ve not said who should get what and what they should do with it, the State will step in, sure, but who wants that, it all possibly sitting in probate where it can’t help a soul? 

    Write a will.

    An attorney has been trained to read the game board box. They know the laws of the land and the legal language required by it ESPECIALLY IF THE ESTATE IS A COMPLICATED ONE. There are also templates online one can use to draft a will.  A lawyer would recommend you go through the template, input the information, then bring that to them but many a person has made their wishes known with only a pen, legal pad and notary public. Either way…

    Wirte a will.

    A will covers many things including:

    1 :: Who will be your executor, the person who will carry out your instructions? This can be anyone from a spouse to a capable friend but who will be the most trustworthy and respectful throughout this tough job?

    2 :: Who are your heirs, the people who would inherit your assets and possessions? If this isn’t clear, the options might be:  the state, a blood relative you haven’t seen in decades, a charity that doesn’t really resonate you as much as another, the dumpster.

    3 :: Are there special instructions you’d like followed? Sis gets the bone china. BFF gets all your Manolo Blahniks. You want your alma mater to receive a little something for the scholarship fund.  Do you prefer a partner get the summer house rather than your blood family?  

    4 :: If there are minor or dependent children, who will be their guardians? The court will appoint one if you do not. Just remember to have the conversation with this person first. Same goes for those pets. The neighbor who’s the macaw’s bestie may have joked joked repeatedly, “If anything ever happens to you…” but make sure they’re on deck for such a responsibility. lol

    5 :: Where do possessions and assets go (the money, IRAs, jewelry, property, car, the artwork, the business etc.)? First assess what you have and make a list with account #s.

    6 :: End of life decisions are important to cover as well. Who will have Power of Attorney to speak for you when you cannot? Some want to donate their organs to science. Many do not want to be resuscitated. There are burial plan options to decide upon. Put pen to page and…

    Write a will. 

    The hardest part is thinking about it. It seems to many to be saying, “I quit, Universe. Take me now.” That’s not the case.  Nothing bad will happen just because a last will and testament sits in the top drawer of your desk. It’s a legal tool to enable YOU to give power to those you feel can handle it. One of the greatest gifts one can give another, besides love, is the time it takes to liquidate the estate, keep the secrets and tell the stories; help them by laying out your wishes.

    Write a will. Write a will. Write a will.

    Then live like there’s no tomorrow.  : )

    In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.— Benjamin Franklin

    Why You Need a Will

    Posted on June 28 2016

    Why You Need a Will WHY YOU NEED A WILLArticle by Cinthia SingletonPhoto Credit: Ready Gypset GoMagazine: Issue #41Write a will.You think it doesn’t matter, but it does to those...

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  •  Organic Skin Care Products

    Organic Skin Care Products

    WHY YOU SHOULD USE ORGANIC SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

    Article by Michelle Celeste  
    Photo Credit:
    Sajas Minrah
    Magazine: Issue #12

    Traditional skincare and cosmetic products contain chemicals.

    The average woman applies more than 200 chemicals to her skin in one day and 60% of these chemicals are further absorbed into her bloodstream!

    These chemicals are often harmful and can cause skin reactions, irritation, allergies, headaches, and other undesirable conditions. These are main reasons that organic skincare is one of the fastest growing areas of the beauty industry. Organic, natural ingredients are also more effective than the synthetic and petroleum derived products that can be found in traditional skincare.

    These ingredients work with your skin to enhance its own regenerative and healing properties and have more nutritional benefits, due to the fact that the ingredients are more potent and effective. This has the added benefit of you using less of the product in order to get the same benefit!

    Because the ingredients are farmed organically, there are no chemicals or pesticides used so it is much better for the environment and the body. Organic products are grown to strict guidelines and must meet the standards set by organic certifying bodies.

    When you move from a non-organic range to a certified organic one your skin will need to assimilate and process any remaining chemicals remaining from your old skincare. Your body will naturally detoxify itself by getting rid of these toxins. Drink plenty of water and continue to cleanse, tone and moisturize your face regularly. It may take up to a month for your skin to fully detoxify from your old skincare.

    Chemicals to Avoid

    In traditional skincare, there are many ingredients that can be harmful to your health. Some of the worst are listed below:

    Formaldehyde

    Found in nail polish as well as some other cosmetics. It is a preservative and can cause reactions in the skin.

    Imidazolidinyl Urea

    A preservative and can also cause skin reactions.

    Fragrances

    These fragrances are often synthetic and are found in many cosmetics and skin products. These are not required to be listed on the ingredients label so it is worthwhile seeking out products that use natural fragrances or essential oils.

    Methyl Paraben

    A widely used preservative and it can cause skin irritations.

    Isopropyl Alcohol

    A petroleum-based anti-bacterial agent.

    Methylisothiazoline

    A preservative that has been shown to cause irritation and allergic reactions.

    Paraffin

    Used in creams, hair removal products, eyebrow pencils, as well as other cosmetics. Paraffin is made from petroleum or coal.

    Propylene Glycol

    A moisture-carrying agent and it is traditionally derived from petroleum.

    Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

    A detergent that can have a drying effect on the skin and cause irritation.

    Why You Should Use Organic Skin Care Products

    Posted on June 27 2016

    Organic Skin Care Products WHY YOU SHOULD USE ORGANIC SKIN CARE PRODUCTSArticle by Michelle Celeste  Photo Credit: Sajas MinrahMagazine: Issue #12Traditional skincare and cosmetic products contain chemicals.The average woman applies...

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    VEGAN EGGPLANT RAVIOLI

    Recipe by John Scardina
    Photo Credit: Bonnie Plants
    Magazine: Issue #41

    If you're craving Italian but you don't want the carbs, dairy, gluten... you get the idea; this recipe is the perfect bite that will satisfy even the pickiest eater...

    Eggplant Ravioli
    1 Large Eggplant
    Cheese Stuffing (optional) or vegan substitute
    8 Tbsp. Fresh Basil, chopped
    1 Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
    1 Cup Ricotta Cheese, part skim
    1 Clove of Garlic
    1 Ounce Lemon Zest, grated
    ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley, chopped

    Vegetable Stuffing (vegan substitute)
    2 Medium Portabella Mushroom, diced
    1 Ounce Olive Oil
    ¼ Cup Fresh Onion, diced
    ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
    1 Medium Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
    1 tsp. Dried Oregano
    1 Dash of Black Pepper
    6 Italian Plum Tomatoes

    Preparation

    Drop tomatoes into boiling water and boil for 30 seconds. Remove peel, seed, and cut into quarters.

    In a blender add tomatoes olive oil and a bit of black pepper. Puree until smooth, add to bowls and add a pinch of salt and torn pieces of basil.

    Cut 2" strips from opposite side of the eggplant just removing the skin.

    Using a knife or mandolin slice eggplant into 1/8" slices lengthwise. Season both sides of eggplant with sea salt.

    In a large nonstick heated pan cook eggplant slices in a single layer until slightly browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate.

    Cheese filling:
    In a bowl combine Ricotta and parmesan cheese, lemon zest and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. In a small pan warm 1 teaspoon of olive oil and oregano until fragrant. Turn off heat and combine cheese mixture into pan with oil and oregano.

    Vegetable filling:
    In a heated pan add mushrooms, onions, peppers, chopped parsley, garlic, oregano, and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Healthy sauté this mixture with just a bit of water until vegetables are tender.

    To make ravioli:
    Using 1 tablespoon of either cheese or vegetable mixtures.

    Spoon into cooked eggplant slices, roll them up and pinch the sides closed. Repeat this until all ravioli's are completed.

    In a skillet lightly oiled cook in batches all raviolis until nicely browned on both side.

    Place the raviolis on top of tomato soup in bowls and garnish with more basil and mint. Please enjoy this wonderful meal. Makes 4 servings, 399 calories per serving. Well under 200 calories with vegetable stuffing.

    The good: This food is a good source of Protein, Niacin, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

    Vegan Eggplant Ravioli

    Posted on June 24 2016

    VEGAN EGGPLANT RAVIOLIRecipe by John ScardinaPhoto Credit: Bonnie PlantsMagazine: Issue #41If you're craving Italian but you don't want the carbs, dairy, gluten... you get the idea; this recipe is the perfect...

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  • KICK PAIN TO THE CURB:
    3 NATURAL PAIN RELIEVERS

    Article by Darlene Dunn
    Photo Credit: Ready Gypset Go
    Magazine: Issue #41

     Kick Pain to the Curb: 3 Natural Pain Relievers

    Kick Pain to the Curb: 3 Natural Pain Relievers

    Hard-charging entrepreneurs inevitably get aches and pains. Instead of reaching for the Advil or Alleve try some of my favorite natural pain relievers.

    My number one must have is Arnica. I keep both topical and homeopathic remedies on hand at all times. Rub a little arnica on a bruise and it minimizes the bruising. Arnica helps with inflammation and pain. I have been using Arnica gel for years and swear by it. Adding the homeopathic arnica further aids your body in healing from the inside out.

    Another must have is turmeric. Yes, it is a spice used for cooking but when taken in tea form or capsule form it is even more impressive. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can help decrease pain by decreasing inflammation.

    The third must have is ginger. This is another herb used in cooking and it is powerful used this way.  It is another powerful anti-inflammatory herb and can be consumed in tea or capsule form.  

    When turmeric and ginger are combined in tea form they are a powerhouse. I have included a tea recipe that I enjoy for your enjoyment:

    •    4 tsp turmeric and 2 tsp ginger (grated or powdered)
    •    1-2 ½ tsp cinnamon (this is based on personal taste)
    •    Pinch of black pepper
    •    1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp raw honey
    •    ½ cup coconut milk

    Fill a mug half way with boiling water, add turmeric and ginger, cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes, stir in cinnamon, black pepper, vanilla extract and raw honey, then add the coconut milk and enjoy.

    TIP: I purchase turmeric and ginger root at my local farmers market and dry it myself. 

    Kick Pain to the Curb: 3 Natural Pain Relievers

    Posted on June 23 2016

    KICK PAIN TO THE CURB:3 NATURAL PAIN RELIEVERSArticle by Darlene DunnPhoto Credit: Ready Gypset GoMagazine: Issue #41 Kick Pain to the Curb: 3 Natural Pain Relievers Hard-charging entrepreneurs inevitably get...

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  • HOW TO CONTROL YOUR ENERGY WITH REIKI

     How to Control Your Energy with Reiki

    How to Control Your Energy with Reiki

    Article by John Scardina
    Photo Credit: Carley Page Interiors
    Featuring: Jennifer Harrison
    Magazine: Issue #40  

    I’ve been a Reiki master/teacher for quite some time now and have always known that we are responsible for our own energy and for the most part the energies of those near us. But most certainly before being attuned to Reiki I would have never thought that I could control or manipulate my energy for positive results. These results once properly practiced and utilized provide so much positive and healing benefit to our minds, bodies, and souls. The best part is that it belongs to you forever, a lifetime! 

    I grew up in the Midwest in a strong Roman Catholic household. You all know whatever religion you choose or follow, that upbringing where you were taught to pray to an entity that you will someday meet only after death. All this for a promise of an everlasting joyous time in eternity. There is nothing wrong with these teachings but for me and my beliefs it was not a good fit to depend on a single entity for everlasting joy. I chose to find my everlasting joy while still living and this is where my spiritual journey had begun in order to find a path that was more to my understanding and belief system, after all there has to be so much more. This is where I found Reiki.

    Reiki a Japanese energy healing technique that originated from Dr. Makao Usui. Some even believe that this technique may even had origins much earlier in the Middle East, but I’m not here to tell its origin in detail. I just want to explain a bit of what Reiki is and how it helps you control your own energy. Reiki broken down from the Japanese language means “Universal (Rei) Life Force Energy (Ki) an energy that already exists in everybody and everything. We do not need to be scientists to understand that everything that exists, only exists due to the fact that it is all made of energy itself. 

    Reiki being a hands on and distant energy modality makes it most suitable for anyone to be attuned to easily, and yes even from a distance. These attunements can be given to a student on the other side of the world. I at one time did not think this possible but indeed it is through the intent of the master and the acceptance the student. This unusual method of teaching this practice allows the student to practice Reiki and to control their own healing energy for positive benefits. By utilizing daily Reiki practice one can take control of mind, body and spirit. The meditative properties of this practice allow you to be in a relaxed state and we all how well a body heals in this state. To even further positive efforts with Reiki at level 2 you are attuned to several sacred symbols. With these symbols you can now even send Reiki energy into your past to heal long past issues and also send into the future to ease anxieties. There are so many ways Reiki can help you take control of your own energy. Imagine if you will an existence where everyone had control over their energy. Reiki is one of the most relaxing teachings that we can experience.

    I know these few words in this article are not enough to explain everything Reiki can do, but I do hope you explore Reiki and the many benefits it possesses. Be in control of your energy at all times in life, the past, the present, and in business. Take control of your energy now. If ever there are any questions in regards to taking control of your energy, contact me, I love teaching this ability!

    How to Control Your Energy with Reiki

    Posted on June 15 2016

    HOW TO CONTROL YOUR ENERGY WITH REIKI How to Control Your Energy with Reiki Article by John ScardinaPhoto Credit: Carley Page InteriorsFeaturing: Jennifer HarrisonMagazine: Issue #40  I’ve been a Reiki...

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  • BROWN RICE RISOTTO WITH SUMMER GREENS

     Brown Rice Risotto

    Brown Rice Risotto

    Feature by Ella Suihko
    Photo Credit: Ella Suihko
    Magazine: Issue #40

    Basically everything green is always super good for you. Sometimes eating not only enough but also a good variety of different kind of greens may become a struggle. 

    Made with lots of onion, zucchini, carrot, green bell pepper and green peas, this brown rice risotto with summer greens is one way to easily incorporate more green veggies into your diet. Green peas are teeny tiny wonder veggies with an outstanding concentration of protein, fiber and micronutrients. Onions contain a healthy amount of folate and vitamin C which is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen which provides structure to skin and hair. This healthy risotto is also super simple and fast to cook which makes it another great go-to meal for these warm summer nights.

     

    Brown Rice Risotto with Summer Greens
    (makes 3-4 servings)

    1 cup brown basmati rice (uncooked amount)
    1 yellow onion, diced
    1 spring onion, diced
    1 zucchini, grated
    2 carrots, grated
    1 green bell pepper, sliced
    1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
    1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    1-2 tbsp coconut sugar
    2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    2-3 tbsp sriracha sauce

    Start by cooking the rice in two cups of water for about 30-35 minutes.

    In a frying pan heat olive oil over medium heat until just hot. Add the diced onions, grated zucchini and carrot, sliced green bell pepper and green peas. Sauté for 10-15 minutes or until softened a bit.

    Add the coconut sugar, tamari soy sauce, apple cider vinegar and sriracha sauce. Stir well to combine. Mix with the cooked rice and remove from the heat. Serve with fresh lime and enjoy!

    FEATURED RECIPE AUTHOR: (MORE RECIPES BY ELLA INSIDE THE CLUB!)

    Ella is a plant-based foodie and recipe maker. Studying medical biochemistry and clinical nutrition in the university of Eastern Finland, health and whole-body wellness is close to her heart. Hoping to inspire people to make healthier food choices, she’s sharing vegan-friendly and gluten free recipes on her website. When not cooking or studying, you can find Ella from a yoga class, running in the nature, exploring the home forests or travelling the world in search of inspiration. Learn more about Ella at EllasExperimentalKitchen.wordpress.com

    Brown Rice Risotto with Summer Greens

    Posted on June 14 2016

    BROWN RICE RISOTTO WITH SUMMER GREENS Brown Rice Risotto Feature by Ella SuihkoPhoto Credit: Ella SuihkoMagazine: Issue #40Basically everything green is always super good for you. Sometimes eating not only...

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  • WHAT IS A HEALTH COACH?

     What is a Health Coach?

    What is a Health Coach?

    Article by Jo Ann Bellistri  
    Photo Credit: Halley Elefante
    Magazine: Issue #12

    A health coach serves as the vehicle that drives a person to the health destination they desire. The person has to set their mind and commit to that destination, while the health coach chooses the map, plots the route and navigates the trip, always ensuring a safe ride.

    The journey can take many months or years, and along the way bumps in the road and detours are handled by the travelers together. The traveling is where the magic happens and the desired destination turns out to be minor compared to the experience of the journey itself.

    Health coaches are different from nutritionists, therapists and doctors. Nutritionists will give their clients lists of foods they should and should not eat. Therapists do not provide an end in sight, and there’s no linking of food and mood. Most doctors do not work on the root cause of a symptom; instead they prescribe a medication to treat the symptom. Health coaches begin a process of discovery by using a positive and practical approach. They work with their clients and are present, engaged and gentle while they guide them toward uncovering the root of the problem

    The traditional approach to treatment of chronic disease is to diagnose and prescribe. Unfortunately, most medical doctors do not see the connection between food and disease. A health coach sees that connection and also the other factors that are contributing to poor health. Stress, lack of exercise, bad relationships and lifestyle habits are discussed and considered. A health coach touches on many different areas of a client’s life and empowers that person to identify the unhealthy behaviors that need to be changed. There is cooperative communication between health coaches and their clients. Health coaches realize that every person they work with is different and needs to experience a journey that is set up only for them

    What is a Health Coach?

    Posted on June 09 2016

    WHAT IS A HEALTH COACH? What is a Health Coach? Article by Jo Ann Bellistri  Photo Credit: Halley ElefanteMagazine: Issue #12A health coach serves as the vehicle that drives a person...

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  • HOLISTIC HEALING OPTIONS:
    BODYTALK TO HEAL THE HEART

    Article by Lyn Delmastro  
    Photo Credit: Spell Designs
    Magazine: Issue #13

     Holistic Healing Options

    Holistic Healing Options

    Single was my state for many years no matter what I did. Networking, online dating, speed dating, and even working with a matchmaker.  I was convinced “It just isn’t easy to find the right guy”. Life appeared destined for dating despair until February 2013 when I started receiving BodyTalk sessions. 

    BodyTalk is a powerful, gentle, and effective healing modality that is based on the idea that our bodies have the ability to heal themselves. Through neuromuscular feedback, a BodyTalk practitioner uncovers what areas in the body, mind, and spirit are not in balance. Then it uses gentle tapping over the head and heart to help the bodymind self-heal. After my first session in February, I began receiving regular BodyTalk sessions. Gradually I released old belief systems and energetic patterns that blocked me from finding love. I wasn’t consciously aware of many of these beliefs that impeded my ability to attract love.

    How did BodyTalk help me do this? 

    From a very early age, we all are conditioned to believe certain things. These belief systems come from our families, our friends, religious institutions, and popular culture. When we hear our parents say things like “You have to work hard to get what you want” or we watch them go through challenges in their relationship, we come to believe certain things about how the world operates. Some of these beliefs are conscious and we aren’t even aware of some others.

    BodyTalk helps to surface these belief systems and any active memory traumas associated with them. An active memory simply means one that has an emotional charge to it. BodyTalk works to actually release these active memories from the body, particularly the connective tissue. 

    To clear these beliefs and traumas, a simple hand position on the face is used to connect three energy areas. The practitioner guides the client to move her eyes in circles to stretch the eye muscles and activate the brain centers involved. Concurrently, the practitioner gently taps over their head and sternum which stimulates the brain to disassociate this active memory. Many times all that is necessary to release the charge of these memories is to simply trigger the subconscious mind into clearing the emotion without having to surface it as a painful memory. Many times only one session is needed to achieve this.

    In my case, beliefs about it being unsafe to be loved, thinking my single status was permanent, and active memory traumas of past romantic rejection in relationships surfaced and were released in a year’s worth of sessions. Once they were gone, finding the right partner happened with ease.

    Holistic Healing Options: BodyTalk to Heal the Heart

    Posted on June 08 2016

    HOLISTIC HEALING OPTIONS:BODYTALK TO HEAL THE HEARTArticle by Lyn Delmastro  Photo Credit: Spell DesignsMagazine: Issue #13 Holistic Healing Options Single was my state for many years no matter what I did....

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  • SUMMER MUST HAVE: BRONDE HAIR COLOR

    Article by Gina Marie DeAngelis
    Photo Credit:
    Victor of Valencia
    Featuring: Chanelle Sladics

     Summer Must Have: Bronde Hair Color

    Summer Must Have: Bronde Hair Color

    We all know that everyone likes to have their luscious locks a little lighter for the summer. However, the current trend is actually “Bronde.” What is Bronde, you ask? It’s the amazing middle ground in between blonde and brown. Why not try a subtle combo like Bronde to enhance your natural beauty?

    Summer should be Care Free and when it comes to the hair world, there is a perfect solution for the Ultimate Traveler. Meet the Ombre’! From subtle to drastic, this versatile look allows you to have less maintenance this season. The best part about it is that it looks great on long or short hair and in every hue. 

    Feeling on fire this season? Why not join the copper red family? Bust out those summer shades – orange hues are definitely here to stay. The perfect combination of reds and copper tones will brighten your look all around. 

    Summer dresses and bright colors are great… but why not add pastels to your look too? A simple hairstyle can be switched instantly with some temporary changes. Have your Stylist strategically bayalyage your favorite hue! From rose gold to strawberry, this range of color is in high demand this season. They allow you to tap into warm tones without the crazy fade of red. This is definitely my personal favorite for the season. 

    Time to go behind the scenes at the Kim Vo Salon in Beverly Hills

    Summer hairstyles should be a direct reflection of the laidback vibe that summer gives us all. With the right cut, a tousled look will have you at ease from day well into the evening. If your hair has a natural wave, luck is on your side. Spray in some sea salt spray or curling cream and let your hair air-dry. At night, for a more drastic look, simply wrap your beachy waves around a curling iron, taking one-inch sections at a time. Don’t forget to use your favorite hair spray and brush out your curls slightly after your hair has cooled down. 

    Advice from Beverly Hills Stylist Ramsay Mclean

    “The current trend this summer is effortless. Keeping the hair above the shoulders with long layers and always having some texture or bounce to the hair. A messy fishtail braid is an easy way to keep your look on trend and also keeping it off the face. I typically choose a side to angel it. I also create many up do styles by making looser areas and wrapping it up in a bun.”

    The look created for me that is pictured below, was collaborated by Celebrity stylist Kim Vo, Stylist Ramsay Mclean, and Makeup Artist Mara Rouse. Photos were taken by Cory Graves. The look given to me is very versatile and can look great smooth and straight or with curls and a beachy texture. It’s lightweight for summer with long layers and facial framing to accent the color. 

    Advice to all you Fashionistas out there from the Kim Vo Salon

    “Find a look that is appropriate for you. Factors include lifestyle, skin tone, face shape, age and the amount of effort that you want to put into your appearance. Find a look that you can make subtle changes to so you don’t get bored.”

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    Summer Must Have: Bronde Hair Color

    Posted on June 04 2016

    SUMMER MUST HAVE: BRONDE HAIR COLORArticle by Gina Marie DeAngelisPhoto Credit: Victor of ValenciaFeaturing: Chanelle Sladics Summer Must Have: Bronde Hair Color We all know that everyone likes to have their...

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  • KEEPING IT SIMPLE:
    A SUMMERTIME SMOOTHIE EVEN YOUR KID WILL LIKE

    Article by Keli McNassar & Jamison Yeva
    Magazine: Issue #39

     Sometimes Easier Is Better

    Sometimes Easier Is Better

    Yes, hard work definitely pays off. And, yes, going after something you want with all you’ve got is the way to achieve your goals.

    But… sometimes the easy way is actually the better way. Seriously. Let me explain.

    There are two areas in my life that demand simplicity and ease, because the alternative is to give into the madness or just give up completely.

    The first is getting vegetables (i.e. nutrients other than those known as “Cheerios” or “chicken nuggets”) into my almost-preschooler. The second is making sure I don’t look like one of the people on the “People of Wal-Mart” website. Full disclosure: I totally shop at Wal-Mart sometimes, but I want to look like I shop at Macy’s all the time, without it taking any more energy or brain power.

    With the veggies, I could succumb to the Mona Lisa of vegetables art you find on Pinterest or I could give up completely and let my daughter eat junk all day and set her up to be a guest on Dr. Phil sometime down the road, where they call me onto the stage to scold and berate me for allowing my child to become a morbidly obese, diabetic 8 year-old… but both of those options sound exhausting. Ain’t nobody got time to be embarrassed on Dr. Phil.

    So what’s the solution for getting my kid to ingest some real nutrients? SMOOTHIES! (I’ve included my favorite recipe below). That’s right. Simple. Easy. No fighting. No whittling away with a paring knife, carving out Anna and Elsa’s faces into the jicama. I just dump the fruit and veggies, milk, and whatever else I want to add into the blender, and presto; a smoothie that my little girl happily sucks down while I let the mommy guilt and craziness wash away so that I can focus on the bigger things, like what I’m going to wear that day.

    And that brings me to the second part of my life where I have found that easy is better: my daily fashion choices. See, I’ve worked from home since 2010, and my daughter was born in 2013. When you combine working from home with motherhood, you enter an entirely new realm of frumpiness that you never knew existed, i.e. it’s a good day when you wear your “nice” nasty pajamas all day instead of your “gross” nasty pajamas, and you actually brush your teeth, and you’re all, hello, gorgeous! After years of this, you forget that it’s possible, or even in your own self-interest, to care about how you look, even the tiniest little bit.

    The event that finally forced me to face the ugly truth was when I found out I was pregnant with my second kid. I realized that I had a short amount of time to figure out how to look like a functioning member of society instead of one of those people raised by wolves, and I knew whatever the answer was, it needed to be almost as easy as wearing pj’s and sweats all day, and definitely as comfortable. 

    I didn’t think this was going to be possible actually, but ladies, I’m here to tell you this nexus of style and laziness desire for comfort exists, and it’s called LuLaRoe. Instead of pajama pants, I now wear amazingly, adorable, buttery-soft leggings that come in a million patterns and colors – that feel like pajamas. Instead of an old festival t-shirt that was obviously made for a man (remember, before they used to make women’s cut shirts?), I now wear brightly colored, super-soft, stylish shirts that also come in a million patterns and in a bunch of different styles – that also feel like pajamas. There are also sweet dresses; one style has pockets (can I get a hell yeah!), and they’re stretchy and comfortable – they feel like... you guessed it; pajamas! You can get on the floor and play with your kids one minute, then fall asleep next to them as you try to get them to nap (they don’t), then get on a video conference call for work and look professional, and then go out to dinner with your family and make everyone else wonder how you seem to have it all together.

    I now walk around basically wearing pajamas all day, and I look CUTE. I look stylish, bright, and cheerful. I actually feel like a woman again. I think my husband has noticed that he’s married to a woman again. LuLaRoe is a life changer. 

    Ladies, when we can simplify our lives and still reach goals of being healthy or looking great, let’s do it. Our lives are complicated enough as it is. Love to you all!

    Perfectly Peared Summertime Smoothie
    Ingredients:
    1 small bunch parsley
    ½ med avocado
    2 ripe pears
    2 peeled Granny Smith apples
    2 med bananas
    1 cup water
    1 cup ice

    Instructions:
    Peel apples and chop fruit and avocado roughly – put aside.
    Add parsley into blender with 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
    Add fruit, avocado, and ice until smooth and creamy.

    A Summertime Smoothie Even Your Kid Will Like

    Posted on June 01 2016

    KEEPING IT SIMPLE:A SUMMERTIME SMOOTHIE EVEN YOUR KID WILL LIKEArticle by Keli McNassar & Jamison YevaMagazine: Issue #39 Sometimes Easier Is Better Yes, hard work definitely pays off. And, yes, going...

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  • VEGETABLE AND RED LENTIL QUINOA SOUP

     Vegetable and Red Lentil Quinoa Soup

    Vegetable and Red Lentil Quinoa Soup

    Feature by Ella Suihko
    Photo Credit: Ella Suihko
    Magazine: Issue #38

    Soups are easy to cook and make an excellent healthy stock up meal as you can prepare a batch in the weekend and munch all week long. And usually the flavor only gets better on the next day as well.

    Made with a dreamy combination of red lentils, quinoa and all the vegetables, this nutrient-dense superfood soup is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and fiber, all of which are critical for boosting your natural beauty: glowing skin, strong nails and luscious locks.

    Take some time to meal prep with this easy, healthy and delicious soup recipe and start glowing from the inside out.

    Vegetable and Red Lentil Quinoa Soup 
    (makes 3-4 servings)

    1 yellow onion, diced
    3 cloves of garlic, minced
    3 cm knob of ginger, minced
    1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 tsp ground turmeric
    1 tsp ground cumin
    ½ tsp chili flakes
    2-3 cups low sodium vegetable stock
    ¾ cup dried red lentils
    ⅓ cup quinoa
    500g mixed vegetables, chopped (e.g. carrot, sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower)
    salt & pepper to taste

    In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat until just hot. Add the diced onion, minced garlic cloves and ginger. Sauté for about 5-10 minutes or until golden. Stir in the spices and continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. 

    Add two cups of vegetable stock, rinsed red lentils, quinoa and the chopped veggies. Bring to boil and add the third cup of veggie stock if needed to cover all the ingredients. Let simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the lentils, quinoa and vegetables are cooked. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve and ENJOY!

    FEATURED RECIPE AUTHOR:

    Ella is a plant-based foodie and recipe maker. Studying medical biochemistry and clinical nutrition in the university of Eastern Finland, health and whole-body wellness is close to her heart. Hoping to inspire people to make healthier food choices, she’s sharing vegan-friendly and gluten free recipes on her website. When not cooking or studying, you can find Ella from a yoga class, running in the nature, exploring the home forests or travelling the world in search of inspiration. Learn more about Ella at EllasExperimentalKitchen.wordpress.com

    Vegetable and Red Lentil Quinoa Soup

    Posted on June 01 2016

    VEGETABLE AND RED LENTIL QUINOA SOUP Vegetable and Red Lentil Quinoa Soup Feature by Ella SuihkoPhoto Credit: Ella SuihkoMagazine: Issue #38Soups are easy to cook and make an excellent healthy stock...

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  • PROTEIN AND MOISTURE:
    WHAT YOU NEED FOR HAIR GROWTH

    Article by Melva Williams
    Photo Credit: Hailley Howard
    Featuring: Siobhan Barrett
    Magazine: Issue #39

     Protein And Moisture: What You Need for Hair Growth

    Protein And Moisture: What You Need for Hair Growth

    Protein and Moisture: Importance

    When combing your hair; where do you find it most? Is it in the comb, on your shirt, the sinks or your bathroom floor? This is even when your hair is not in it's shedding phase? Are you finding hair everywhere but staying on your head? So you ask yourself what is going on. Hopefully there are medical factors to consider. Are you having a problem or is this normal and your hair in the telogen phase (shedding phase). Like everything in life there is a cycle of life. Like a cat sheds it's fur, a snake sheds it's skin, and so does our hair have a shedding season that should last about 2 to 3 weeks. Hair breakage is usually a lacking of an imbalance of the two important factors within the hair strand: moisture and protein levels. 

    Moisture: Think 'Stretch'

    Hair needs water to maintain its elasticity, or ability to stretch. Since water is the ultimate moisturizer, water-based products are best for really getting the greatest moisture benefit instead of alcohol bases. 

    Moisturizers nourish your hair deep within the strand. Check labels for protein content. Good moisturizers will not contain cheap, filler ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, or lanolin. 
    Try to avoid products contain these ingredients. There is nothing moisturizing about them! Petrolatum and mineral oil are sealants that seal out the natural moisture our hair needs. 

    Protein: Think 'Strength'

    Protein is what gives the hair its strength and structure. Hair is about 70% keratin protein by nature. Hair is mainly made up of protein. There are a wide variety of proteins that serve different purposes in hair care. Some enhance elasticity, while others reduce it. These proteins bind to the hair cuticle and help temporarily rebuild any weakened areas. 

    Women with relaxed or color treated hair need more protein than others. Relaxing and coloring breaks protein bonds, and depending on how often you do them. Some relaxed or color treated may need more or less protein than someone else. There are also some people whose hair is more protein deficient by nature (genetics, low protein dietary intake), so they require more regular protein than others to keep the balance intact. At the end of the day, you must experiment and get to know your own head of hair. 

    Balancing Both for Results

    Protein and moisture balance within the hair strand is simply a case of balancing act to prevent hair breakage. These two components work together to produce a healthy head of hair, and neither can work well without the other. 

    Achieving the proper balance involves using the right combinations of protein and moisture based products for your hair type.

    Everything in life requires balance, including your hair! 

    Protein and Moisture: What You Need for Hair Growth

    Posted on May 28 2016

    PROTEIN AND MOISTURE:WHAT YOU NEED FOR HAIR GROWTHArticle by Melva WilliamsPhoto Credit: Hailley HowardFeaturing: Siobhan BarrettMagazine: Issue #39 Protein And Moisture: What You Need for Hair Growth Protein and Moisture: ImportanceWhen...

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