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Our Pollinating Friends: Why We Need Bees

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Our Pollinating Friends: Why We Need Bees

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ― Ray Bradbury   image by Jon Sullivan Honey bees are so important to humans that they are the most studied creature, second only to human beings. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, honeybees pollinate 80% of the United States’ crops – over $20 billion worth of crops each year. When you buy just 16 ounces of honey, there are a thousand bees behind it that traveled over a hundred thousand miles and visited...

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Kale Salad with Roasted Asparagus & Tarragon Vinaigrette

Kale Salad with Roasted Asparagus & Tarragon Vinaigrette

With springtime in full swing, we wanted to share a recipe showcasing some seasonal favorites. This salad has it all: vibrant green kale, roasted asparagus, crunchy hazelnuts, tart dried cranberries, crisp apples, shredded carrots, and a delicious tarragon vinaigrette. It's filling, nourishing, and perfect for spring! Kale Salad with Roasted Asparagus & Tarragon Vinaigrette Tarragon and asparagus are a natural pairing, especially when they are at their peak in spring. Serve this vibrant, light salad as a side to your favorite meal, or turn it into something more substantial by adding a wholesome protein, such as quinoa, to the bowl....

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Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day on April 22

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Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day on April 22

Photo by Akil Mazumder Photo by Akil Mazumder With a commitment to sustainable packaging and thoughtfully sourced ingredients, we like to make sure EVERY DAY is Earth Day. But with the 50th anniversary of the modern environmental movement on April 22 we are reminded that every little effort counts, here are some of our favorites... Join a local park, river or beach clean-up. Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products. Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive. Stop using disposable plastics,...

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Cream Cleanser or Cleansing Oil: Which One is Right for You?

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Cream Cleanser or Cleansing Oil: Which One is Right for You?

When it comes to washing your face, there’s a lot to think about! For instance: Do you wear makeup? How about sunscreen? What’s your skin type? Do you prefer a quick and simple skin care routine or do you enjoy taking a little extra time to pamper yourself? Overwhelmed? Don’t be! We have two cleansers in our line and while choosing between them might seem complicated, it’s really not. We promise! Let’s start with our Cream Cleanser. This non-foaming, gentle formula was created to have a slightly acidic pH. Why? Because it’s important not to strip the acid mantle, which...

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Helpful (Hippie) Tips for Working from Home

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Helpful (Hippie) Tips for Working from Home

We wanted to share some helpful (hippie!) tips to stay focused when working from home:   Keep a healthy morning routine! Wake up at the regular time, shower, get ready & dressed for your day Sit at a desk or table, not your bed/couch - dedicate & cherish your space, add plants, a nice smelling candle, maybe pictures of your favorite coworkers! Extra points if you can be set up by a window and get some fresh air and natural light! Make thorough lists & set a timeline for each task Take breaks - do a short meditation or yoga...

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