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July - Ruby

Ruby watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu So full disclosure I’m a July baby and even though some of the FACTS on rubies I might present here seem a little biased, I can assure you there are in fact not. Andrea thinks she scored with April – Diamond but she’s grossly misinformed…July babies have the best birthstone, rubies. Ruby is red gemstone formed from an aluminum oxide in the same family as sapphires. The word “ruby” comes from the Latin ‘ruber’ meaning ‘red’. The red in rubies comes from the element chromium.  Fact #1. Rubies are the most valued gemstone. Yes, rubies are more valuable than diamonds. Rubies have a long history with mankind and date back to the ancient Hindus as large...

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UnbeLEAFably Healthy Smoothie

 by Andrea Rodgers I lived it. I used to be a juice addict. If it was in the produce section of the store, I’d try and juice it. I made and drank SO MUCH DAMN JUICE. Beet juice, carrot juice, tomato juice, orange juice, banana juice (why?!?!), juice mixes, cabbage juice… Yes. That’s right. CABBAGE. You live and learn. My new jam is whole juice, meaning I use my high powered blender to blend whole fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds into a juice. I do have to add liquid though. I usually use water, coconut water, tea, cold coffee, or occasionally, juice. The benefit of whole juice compared to a juicer made juice is that you get all the nutrients...

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Voices of the Now

by Hanna Kiess Yes, here I am. Another child talking to you about the environment. However I’m not here to yell in your face to stop using straws and that change is needed because I think you know this. I’m here to gently tell you that voices matter despite any age. I get it, I’m not going to deny the fact that adults have more experience and input however, kids sure have to grow up fast now. We have been told we have 12 years to cut carbon emissions before global temperature reaches 2° celsius above normal conditions of our earth become worse. This includes rising sea levels, devastating storms and droughts. 12 years to save our only planet. That’s...

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Summer Cool Down: Yin Yoga for the Hips

It’s almost summer. And that mean warmth, sun tans, pool days, and adventure. All of which sound ah-mah-zing! But there comes a time when you need a break, because everything needs balance. Or maybe you need a stretch out after some good-time-summery-antics... whichever it is, Yin Yoga is your guy. And because it’s International Yoga Day, here’s a cool hip opening Yin Yoga practice. Those who have never heard of Yin Yoga, here are the basics. Poses are held for 1-5 minutes (usually). The idea is that the longer holds, combined with relaxed muscles help target the connective tissue in the joints that are nearly impossible to stretch otherwise. When you go into a Yin pose, find stillness and start...

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The Kombucha Diaries: an Introduction

by Mandy Osborn   Hi! Long time no see. Mandy here, and this post (and subsequent following posts) is about something I am very excited and passionate about: homemade kombucha. Some would agree with me that the mildly carbonated and sweet-tart taste of a fresh bottle of kombucha is perfect any time of day, but I also have friends and family members that can’t stand the taste of the stuff. Some people have also compared the SCOBY (a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast- the stuff that transforms sweet tea into kombucha) to dead aliens, jellyfish, leather pancakes, flesh frisbees, the list goes on and on. In reality, the SCOBY may be interesting to look at, but they’re also pretty...

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