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Yoga Class Etiquette — the Basics

By Dawna Matthews As both a yoga practitioner and a yoga teacher, I have learned a few essentials when it comes to ensuring that your class is enjoyable. When you keep these things in mind, you honor your class and your practice, as well as the practice of the other …

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What We Should Learn from France’s Plastic Ban

By Fredrica Syren: When we were in France in July, I noticed how restaurants, ice cream bars and coffee shops offered only paper straws. When I went grocery shopping, I noticed that all produce bags as well as the shopping bags are made from compostable cornstarch. Since 2015, when the …

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Why Energy Drinks Are Bad for You

By Kim Robson: Once, on a long solo road trip, I picked up a Red Bull energy drink to help me stay alert. That was the one and only time I have tried an energy drink. It tasted so awful that I still can’t believe people actually drink that stuff …

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Weekly Menu #8

By Fredrica Syren: Finally I’m over jetlag and feeling inspired to cook. Our homestead is in full harvest feast so all our meals are around what is ready to be harvested and what needs to be eaten right away. Most of our meals are served with a mixed salad of …

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Vegan in Paris

By Fredrica Syren: Last week we were in France, in Cannes first, and then took the train to Paris. I must admit I was a bit worried about finding vegan food in France. It was a bit of a struggleIn Cannes, but luckily we always stay in an Airbnb, so …

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Tips for Staying Hydrated

By Kim Robson: Climate change is here. Every summer, we hear of more frequent and deadly heatwaves around the world. Recently, heatwaves have been blamed for countless deathsin Europe, Canada, Australia, China, South America and the U.S. One of the most important things we can do to avoid dangerous heat-related …

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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: Soon school is starting again and with that comes the need for some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with school children can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as a last resort, buy quality …

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California’s Recycling Is Becoming Unsustainable

By Larraine Roulston:  Recycling has emerged as a bustling new industry investing in job opportunities that include collection, source separation, innovating products with recycled content, and providing continuous public education. By recycling, fewer resources are sent to landfills. As well as being more energy and water efficient, in comparison to …

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Weekly menu #7

By Fredrica Syren: We’re back home after 5 weeks of traveling and cooking in all kinds of kitchens so wow it feels so good to cook in my own familiar kitchen. However, traveling has inspired me to come home and try cooking lots of new dishes. My vegetable garden is …

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Backyard Nature Activities for Kids

By Larraine Roulston: Today’s kids are caught up with keeping in touch with friends online as well as being in tune with the latest video games. It’s increasingly apparent that they are being deprived of nature (known as nature-deficit disorder) and need to engage in more simple outdoor recreation. By …

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