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Natural Garbage Disposal Cleaner and Deodorizer

I recently created this natural garbage disposal cleaner and deodorizer recipe to freshen my stinky garbage disposal. It is all-natural and it works really well. Enjoy!

 

I have never lived in a home with a garbage disposal until recently.

For the first few months of living in our new

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How to Tune Out Your Inner Critic and Enjoy More of Your Life

 

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” ~Lisa M. Hayes

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a laser-sharp focus on achieving “success.” From the outside, it looks like I’m pretty close to it, too. But on the inside, I wasn’t

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Easy Refried Beans

 

Where have pinto beans been all my life? I dismissed them after a couple of lackluster Mexican restaurant meals, but I’ve recently realized pinto beans in their full glory. They’re creamy and rich, and mix in beautifully with scrambled eggs, soup, rice and more.

Pinto beans also

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The Lost Art of Silence: Get Quiet and You’ll Know What You Need to Do

 

“Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers.” ~Unknown

Last week I was visiting the Scandinave, a Scandinavian-style bath spa, with my mom, when it struck me how rare true silence has become. By true silence, I mean silence in the form of not speaking, but also silence in the

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Climate-friendly burgers: fact or fiction?

 

Here’s a crazy idea: What if your love of steak wasn’t a massive environmental problem but part of a solution instead? What if we could suck carbon out of the air and save the world simply by eating beef?

A new study suggests that all this is possible, but

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Spring Picnic Bread

 

Picnic season is finally upon us and we are kicking it off with two new favorite things. The first one is a bike and the other is a bread.

We have been dreaming of a Danish cargo bike for years and years, and last month we finally splurged on

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Learn to Grow Fennel for Food, Health, and Pleasure

Growing fennel is easy! Whether you’re growing it for bulb, leaf, or both, it can be direct seeded into your garden after your last frost. You can even grow it in a pot if you are short on space.

 

We’re planting a lot of fennel this year. I’ve been

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Meltdowns, waste, and war: Here are the real risks of nuclear

 

Is it any wonder that nuclear power scares people? The word nuclear alone conjures up a parade of terrors: the sinister radiation, the whiff of apocalypse, and the tendency to go boom.

Those are the obvious sci-fi horrors. But nuclear power comes with plenty of other risks that aren’t

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People Couldn’t Believe What They Found Inside This Whale’s Body

The body of a dead sperm whale that washed up on a resort town’s shore reveals a sad truth about animals who live in the oceans.

An autopsy at a local wildlife rescue center in Cabo de Palos, Spain, revealed that 64 pounds of trash — including plastic bags, fishing

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Healthy Blueberry Muffins

 

Would you look at those blueberry-studded beauties? These blueberry muffins are golden on top, moist and fluffy on the inside.

Best of all, they’re bursting with jammy blueberry flavor. These are my favorite homemade blueberry muffins, and it’s about time you met them.

blueberry muffin ingredients

These healthy blueberry muffins are easy

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Natural Treatments for Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

If you are searching for a natural treatment for tinnitus, you’re in the right place. Several causes for tinnitus mean several approaches to natural treatment.

 

Does the spring mean an increase in ringing in your ears? For many, the time of year that others enjoy the arrival of green

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Orangutan Who Spent 5 Years In Box Wouldn’t Let Go Of Rescuer

When the baby orangutan was pulled out from the cage, he scrambled into the arms of one of the female rescuers — and he didn’t let go.

Last week, a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) found Utu, a 5-year-old Bornean orangutan, on a property in West Borneo in

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Maybe This Is What Happiness Is

 

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Edgar Guest

I’ve always believed in the adage “actions speak louder than words.” I’ve never

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Five Essential Oils Great For Springtime DIY Projects

In Spring I use cedarwood essential oil for my scalp and breathing problems. Lavender, geranium, and these other essential oils are also great this time of year.

 

Spring is just around the corner!

At least that’s what I tell myself when I see another week of snow in the

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SeaWorld Orca Spotted With Horrific Injury To Fin

Katina, a captive orca living at SeaWorld Orlando, was recently photographed with a horrific-looking injury — the backside of her dorsal fin has been cut open and bears a long, deep gash.

On Saturday, photographer Heather Murphy entered SeaWorld Orlando after hearing rumors about Katina’s injury. Katina is not currently

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Relaxing Detox Bath with Red Clay and Epsom Salt

After a long day, there is nothing I love more than a relaxing detox bath. I enjoy taking plain baths but I really love the luxury of taking an aromatic detox bath!

 

I use the term “aromatic” to refer to any bath that imparts an aroma. Whether relaxing,

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What to Do If You’re Not Passionate About Anything

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Unknown

I’ve always believed in the benefits of having a healthy, strong body.

I admit, as a young adult my healthiness was driven predominantly by fear. Fear of being

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The Healing Power of Compassion: I See You, I Hear You, I Feel You

 

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~Dalai Lama.

It wasn’t until my mother died that I was able to feel her love and have that mother-daughter relationship that I’d been craving all my life. It was not until she died that I was

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How To Make The Best Fizzing & Spinning Bath Bombs

One of the best parts of using spinning bath bombs is watching how it spins and colors the water. The secret to making them spin is simple. Here’s a great recipe!

 

I’ve made (and sold) more bath bombs in the past six months than in the past 10 years.

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Energizing Mocha Latte Aromatherapy Roller Bottle Blend

I love cold-pressed coffee essential oil. It smells warm and energizing, just like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. So I made this mocha latte aromatherapy blend. Enjoy!

 

Anyone feel like you just can’t get enough caffeine these days?

With a one year old and a four year old,

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Woman Spends Night In Shelter So Dying Dog Won’t Be Alone

When Janine Guido first met Watson a few days ago, his expression said everything.

“The first thing I noticed with him was his eyes,” Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. “He looked exhausted — like he was ready to give up the fight.”

Credit:
Speranza Animal

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Why Feeling “Bad” Isn’t Really So Bad

 

“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

From an early age, most of us get the message that we should be happy—from well-meaning

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DIY Drawer Fresheners for Naturally Fresh Clothes

I love pulling fresh and clean smelling clothes out of the drawer. So I came up with this DIY Eucalyptus drawer freshener recipe that delivers fresh smelling clothes without any synthetic, chemical fragrances.

 

Drawer Freshener Done DIY and Natural

I know I’m not the only person who loves freshly

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Only 12 Of These Rare Porpoises Are Left In The World

The vaquita — a tiny, rare porpoise who lives in the Sea of Cortez in the Upper Gulf of California, near Mexico — is the most endangered cetacean in the world. Last year, experts determined there were only 30 vaquitas left. Now, they say, there are only about a

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Easy Gluten Free Oat Waffles

 

I’m pretty particular about my waffles. I want light, whole grain, crisp-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside, Belgian-with-deep-pockets, quintessential WAFFLES. No soggy waffles allowed! Bonus points if they freeze well so I can pop them in the toaster like Eggo’s.

These waffles meet all of the aforementioned qualifications. After tweaking five batches of

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Trees, our best defense against climate change, are going up in flames

 

Each year, the Earth’s trees suck more than a hundred billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s an impossibly huge number to consider, about 60 times the weight of all the humans currently on the planet.

Our forests perform a cornucopia of services: Serving as a

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How to Escape the Emotional Eating Cycle and Stop Feeling Lonely

 

“When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart.”

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Move Your Body, Calm Your Mind: 5 Practices That Help Ease Anxiety

 

“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more.” ~Osho

Do you want to meditate but the idea of sitting with your thoughts for twenty minutes gives you anxiety? Or maybe meditation seems like one more task you have to add to your

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Choc Chip and Banana Chocolate Mousse (secretly healthy & vegan)


Chocolate Mousse. That can’t be healthy right?

It can the way I make it. Only three ingredients too. Bananas, silken tofu and cocoa powder. That’s it!

A rich indulgent chocolate mousse that’s good for you. Although I do admit I added some dark chocolate chips for a change this time,

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Grow Microgreens: A Treat for Frustrated Gardeners

I’ve been growing microgreens here for a few weeks to keep myself sane. The songbirds have returned to Ohio and the fishing worms are popping up on the driveway. It won’t be long now before I’m back outside, but until then I’ll have something fresh and green to eat.

 

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Melting ice could unleash hazardous waste from abandoned Cold War project

 

This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The creation of Camp Century, from the outset, was an audacious scheme. Under the thick ice of Greenland, a scant 800 miles from the North Pole, the U.S.

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Be Good to Yourself: 10 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-Love

 

“Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” ~Unknown

It was one of those nights.

I was in a busy New York bar, having fun and enjoying myself. That was, until someone asked me: “So, what do you

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5 Ways to Calm Your Mind When You’re Exhausted (Without Meditation)

 

“Calm your mind. Life becomes much easier when you keep your mind at peace.” ~Unknown

Let me start with a confession.

If I’m honest with you, even just writing these words actually makes me feel kind of uncomfortable.

But I’m going to say it because it’s true, and some

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800 Dogs Are Living Without Food Or Shelter In This Landfill — And People Are Trying To Save Them

Crystal Carson never thought she’d be rescuing dogs in Turkey. She was busy enough rescuing dogs in her hometown of Goldsmith, Texas, and her house was always filled with at least a dozen foster dogs.

But when her friend and fellow dog rescuer, Ayse Hellig, told Carson about a woman

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Creamy Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Porridge for the Perfect Breakfast

I have to hold my hands up and admit I’m the worst person at eating breakfast. When I head to work in the morning I never eat breakfast. It’s just too early for me and I can’t face it. Somewhere between 9 am and 10 am is my
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Why Trying to Feel Good Can Make You Feel Bad

 

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ~Paulo Coelho

We’re bombarded by images of people living apparently perfect lives. They suffer no bereavements or breakups or losses or failures. They look perfect, make perfect choices, and act perfect.

Everyone seems

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Vegan Love Shakes!

 

 

 

The base is a deliciously thick nice cream made with frozen bananas, frozen raspberries, dates, nut milk ice cubes and beetroot. Because we wanted it thick, you need a strong blender or food processor to get it smooth. But you can also just replace some of the

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There’s a new contender in the quest for the next superbattery

 

It’s been nearly 40 years since the battery world had a major shake up. In 1980, a researcher at England’s University of Oxford made the first breakthrough that would eventually take lithium-ion batteries from theoretical to possible. But the industry was slow to embrace the shiny new design. It

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The Difference Between Letting Go and Running Away

 

“It’s about our ability to leave our death on the battlefield of life. Or having the strength and courage to give them our love and to bring them back.” ~Edward Frenkel

It took me almost twenty years to realize that running away from ourselves isn’t the same as letting

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Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Pancake day is nearly here and it’s the perfect time to brush up your flipping skills and try out a new recipe. Today I’m sharing a recipe for healthier blender chocolate and banana pancakes. They are quick to make a super tasty!

 

Why are these pancakes healthier?

 

Generally

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Devil’s Bargain

 

A trope of sci-fi movies these days, from Snowpiercer to Geostorm, is that our failure to tackle climate change will eventually force us to deploy an arsenal of unproven technologies to save the planet. Think sun-deflecting space mirrors or chemically altered clouds. And because these are sci-fi movies,

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The first half of 2017 was the second hottest to date

At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date — a surprise given the demise of the El Niño that helped boost temperatures to record levels last year.

The continued near-record warmth is a marker of just how much global temperatures have risen thanks to

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25 Fun Avocado Recipes

 

I’m writing this on my laptop from a bar seat in Minneapolis on Friday evening. I’m afraid I’m cramping everyone’s Friday night work-is-done style with my laptop. I’m feeling awkward, so I’ll keep this quick. I’ve rounded up twenty-five of my favorite recipes featuring avocado, everyone’s favorite creamy green

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Take a Chance: Don’t Let Your Inner Saboteur Hold You Back

 

“Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward.” ~Soren Kierkegaard

On my first day back in college, I sat on a bench outside a classroom and wrote in a tiny notebook. Glancing around at the young students lining up, my sunglasses slid down my nose as

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A trillion-ton iceberg just broke off Antarctica

 

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf earlier this week, according to satellite pictures and scientists who monitor such things, permanently altering the coastline of our planet’s frozen continent.

Twice the size of Long Island and packing a trillion tons of ice

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100 fossil fuel companies create 71 percent of our global emissions.

We can count some of our old friends among them, like Shell, ExxonMobil, and Chevron!

The environmental nonprofit CDP compiled a list of “Carbon Majors,” the companies largely responsible for global carbon emissions.

But it’s intended as more than just a (Fossil Fuel) Burn Book. The report’s authors hope that

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Stop scaring people about climate change. It doesn’t work.

 

Heat death. The end of food. Unbreathable air. Perpetual war.

Yep, like much of the internet, I’ve been reading New York Magazine’s harrowing cover story on climate change. I do this for a living, and my stomach is still twisted in knots.

In a nine-part, 7,300-word fatalistic essay,

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Hypnotic, dynamic, in danger: Coral reefs like you’ve never seen them before

Maybe the hardest part of conveying the scale and consequences of climate change is that transformation at the planetary scale can be hard to see. Carbon dioxide builds up invisibly in the atmosphere, seas inch inland year by year, and ecosystems continue to make their quiet shifts — big, slow

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They’re being told it’s a rare herb.

Hatha jodi. The people selling this strange, cactus-shaped product say it’s the rare root of a plant that can be used as a lucky charm. But in reality, it’s made from the body parts of monitor lizards. And the lizards used to make hatha jodi go through absolute hell.

First,

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50 People Share What They’re Grateful to Do Every Day

 

At night, when you think about how you spent your day, how often do you focus on all the things you had to do?

I worked. I ran errands. I went to the gym. I made dinner.

And when you tell someone about this kind of day, how often

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