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How To Ride Your Bike in the Winter

 By Larraine Roulston: When the weather becomes cold and snowy, we see a special breed of energetic souls continuing to ride their bikes. Whether it’s for exercise or the daily commute, these hardy riders “gear up” for warmth and safety. Though they secretly feel proud of their outdoor biking skills, …

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Why Styrofoam Is So Bad for the Environment

By Kim Robson: Everyone knows that Styrofoam is bad for the planet, but do you know exactly why? Here’s a hint: it’s not just about biodegradability. Styrofoam has become such an accepted everyday product that people often don’t understand how Styrofoam harms the environment. Styrofoam is made from polystyrene, which …

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Why You Should Make Homemade Nut Butters and Recipes

By Fredrica Syren: Nut butters are so versatile and can be used in a nut butter sandwich for a quick lunch, or as a snack with apple slices or veggie sticks. I even use nut butters for homemade desserts and creamy soups. When I was growing up, there were only …

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Protecting Children from Snakebites When Hiking

By Fredrika Syren: My family and I love nature and outdoors, so we spend as much time hiking, biking and nature walking as possible. However, we live in San Diego so we do run the risk of snakes, especially rattlesnakes. If, like us, you are outdoorsy, chances are you will …

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Gluten-free Chickpea Blondies

By Fredrica Syren: Last week I had a chickpea blondie in a restaurant and fell in love. I have to admit that I have been skeptical about using beans in baking — but no more. Now I can treat my kids to a baked goodie that is lower in calories, …

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The Joys & Benefits of Saving Lemon Peels

By Larraine Roulston: Add a little zest to your life with lemon peels! A stainless steel lemon zester is a very handy tool to use. Lemons are commonly purchased for baking loaves, making lemonade or garnishing beverages. By keeping them in the freezer and grating when needed, or grating before using the juice, the …

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Natural Stain Removers

By Kim Robson: Traditional store-bought stain removers are full of nasty toxic chemical solvents. Luckily, there are plenty of natural alternatives, many of which are probably already in your pantry. Keep these items on hand and you’ll always be able to make your own natural solvents: Distilled white vinegar Baking …

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Recent Revels 86% of Teenagers are BPA Contaminated

By Fredrika Syren: In recent years, we have heard about the importance of avoiding bisphenol A (BPA) because of its hormone-disrupting qualities. BPA has been linked to breast and prostate cancers, and low sperm counts. Exposure to BPA happens through dust ingestion, skin absorption (handling plastic and recipe examples), and …

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The Incredible Health Benefits of Magnesium

By Jennifer Landis: Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal and in its purest form very flammable — but unless you’re in a science lab, this isn’t the form of magnesium you usually come into contact with. Magnesium is also found in a variety of foods and is an essential part …

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7 Tasks to Ready Your Garden for Spring

By Ann Sanders:  Spring is a stunning and bountiful season when your garden gets the opportunity to be at its best. But before the colorful and vibrant season arrives, you face the aftereffects of a harsh winter. The biting cold and the freezing snow can have some extreme impacts on …

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