Portobello, Broccoli, and Red-Pepper Melts


Celebrate Meatless Monday with pizza! You won’t even miss the meat with these Portobello, Broccoli & red Pepper melts! They’re ready in under 30 minutes too! Ingredients ?    1 small head broccoli, cut into small florets (stalk discarded) ?    1 tablespoon olive oil ?    Coarse salt and ground pepper ?    4 portobello mushrooms (stems removed),… Continue reading »

My Earth Day Pledge. Want to Join Me?


Most of us know that April 22nd is Earth Day! A day to honor our planet with worldwide events that support environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970. Of course, it’s best to celebrate Earth Day each and every day by taking small, simple steps to help the environment. Whether it’s walking instead of driving,… Continue reading »

Our Favorite DIY Beauty Treatments


Did you know there are secret chemicals lurking in your cosmetics? Making your own beauty products helps to keep harmful chemicals off of your skin. Homemade creams, soaps and other products can be just as luxurious and fragrant as their commercial counterparts but you can avoid artificial chemicals – and the headache of dealing with… Continue reading »

Do You Know How To Store Fresh Produce?


Did you know that fruits and vegetables give off the natural gas called ethylene? Ethylene can affect the other fruits and veggies that they are stored next to. You don’t need to buy special bags, but you do need to know which produce doesn’t play nicely with others. Here are some tips! Apples – Do not… Continue reading »

Clean Green Babies


by Sarah Horan There are an overwhelming amount of choices when it comes to buying baby bath products. However, not all baby bath products are created equal. Consider that your baby’s skin is their largest organ and that everything applied to your baby’s tender skin has the potential to be absorbed into their delicate systems,… Continue reading »

Celebrate Lake Pleasant 1994-2014


In April 2014, Central Arizona Project (CAP) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first fill of Lake Pleasant after the construction of New Waddell Dam. This event marked the beginning of what has continued to be a critical part of CAP’s operations. Lake Pleasant has become one of CAP’s most important, prominent features, providing… Continue reading »

Linguine Frittata With Greens


Yay! It’s Meatless Monday! We love this Frittata with Greens. We think you will too! Ingredients •    Cooking spray •    2 teaspoons butter, divided •    1 cup thinly sliced leek •    3 large eggs, or equivalent egg substitute •    5 large egg whites •    1/3 cup 1% low-fat milk •    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese… Continue reading »

Allergies? Try A Natural Remedy


It’s getting to be that time of year again. Your allergies are driving you crazy, but you really don’t like to take conventional medications. Or maybe you’ve tried over-the-counter allergy meds—or even prescription ones—but you’re not getting the relief you need. What else might work? Consider these alternative options: Neti Pots What could be simpler… Continue reading »

Spring Has Arrived- Here’s What’s In Season!


Ah Spring has finally arrived, and with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce. ‘Tis the perfect season to “spring clean” your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so here’s what to… Continue reading »

Tips & Tricks To Spring Clean Naturally!


Making your own natural cleaning recipes is not time-consuming or expensive. In fact, quite the opposite is true. It only takes a minute or two to fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water and add a few drops of essential oil. Wa la—instant glass and appliance cleaner! The majority of commercial cleaners are quite… Continue reading »

Get Ready To Garden- Your Spring Checklist

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Hoping to get an early start on your spring gardening? That’s great – just be careful not too get too far ahead of yourself.  There’s still plenty of freezing weather still to flash across the radar. Resist the urge to set out new plants; instead, use this time to pay a visit to your garden… Continue reading »

You’ll Be Surprised These Are SuperFoods!


This isn’t your run-of-the-mill superfood list. We bet you expecting blueberries & green tea. Nope!  While those antioxidant superstars often steal the show thanks to their amazing health benefits, the truth is, there are lots of underdogs that deserve some serious superfood props, too. Popcorn This simple snack is loaded with antioxidants—more so than most… Continue reading »

Grandma’s Rules For Simple Living


We can learn a lot from our wise old grandmothers. Practices common to them—such as growing vegetables, knitting clothes and bartering goods—are the tips and tricks we seek today: a return to the good old days. These rich but simple lifestyles strengthen families and communities while growing local economies around the world. The most important… Continue reading »

Why Support Your Local Farmer?


You’ve heard the saying “If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, it’s not real food.” Eating farm fresh food grown by your local farmer is making it’s way back into mainstream society. It simply makes good sense, and it’s how everyone ate not so long ago—before heart disease, diabetes and obesity had managed to wheedle their… Continue reading »

10 Natural Remedies That Should Be In Your Medicine Cabinet


It’s getting to be that time of year when everyone seems to have the sniffles, and the weather begins to bite at the tip of your nose. In other words, it’s the perfect time of year to have some immune system backup at the ready to protect you as the seasons change. Here are 10… Continue reading »

Vinegar Can Do WHAT?


A staple in any pantry, vinegar is a multitasking wonder with a rich history of use for everything from making pickles to treating war wounds. The ancient Babylonians used it to preserve food; medics during World War I treated wounds with it; and Roman armies diluted it with water to create an everyday antibacterial drink…. Continue reading »

5 Ways You Can Help Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste


As many of us may be aware, plastic bottle waste is an enormous, detrimental issue not only in the United States, but all around the world. On average, the United States alone purchases and consumes over 50 billion plastic bottles per year. If that statistic isn’t bad enough, only 40% of those 50 billion plastic bottles are… Continue reading »

You CAN Eat Healthful On A Budget

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Making a trip to the grocery store these days is like running a gauntlet. From one side you are assaulted by food-like substances in brightly labeled packages, some even touting exaggerated health benefits from the toxins within. From the other side, you are gouged and poked by cleverly marketed “natural” foods that are 4 times… Continue reading »

Green Your Commute


Green your commute by committing to drive more efficiently and following these do’s and don’ts recommended by the U.S Department of Energy. We can save valuable gas and the planet too! Remove unnecessary items from your car. Excess weight can reduce gas mileage by 2 percent for every 100 pounds added. Don’t take a lead… Continue reading »

Rescue Those Old T-shirts!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Give your old T-shirts a new life! -by Sarah Bankoff Clothing and cloth in general is one of the most recyclable, and reusable products there is. If you’re anything like me, you have piles of clothes that you don’t wear anymore but can’t quite bring yourself to get rid of. Clothing should… Continue reading »

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