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Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Not sure about you, but we hate the cold weather! But we have to deal with multiple layers and comforting meals to warm us up. With that we’ve been trading in our everyday healthy staples: you know salads, smoothies and so on for heartier a.k.a […]

Natural Beauty Essentials We Love

Natural Beauty Essentials We Love

In our journey to living more naturally, we’ve found that some of the hardest changes can be in with finding alternatives to our old school beauty products. As children of the ’80s and ’90s, natural wasn’t really a mainstream thang that we’ve since been figuring […]

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

Happy T.G.I.F, y’all! The workweek can be crazy where we love to check-in with ourselves and loved ones, shut off the phones, and show our selves some love – whether that be eating better or giving your skin some attention via a mask. To help you out in the skincare category, we are excited to share Cecila Wong‘s awesome (and yummy sounding) DIY pumpkin recipes, including a pumpkin mask, scrub, and even a yummy smoothie. Read on and be sure to check out Cecilia’s line when you get whip up these DIY pumpkin recipes.

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

DIY pumpkin recipes
DIY pumpkin recipes by celeb facialist, Cecila Wong

Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

3 Tablespoons Raw Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Organic Coffee
2 Drops Organic Vanilla Extract
¼ Cup Pumpkin Seed Oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Massage onto face in a light, circular motion for 5 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

Pumpkin Face Mask

2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
A pinch of Cinnamon
A pinch of Pumpkin Pie Spice
A pinch of Vitamin C Powder
2 Tablespoons Cecilia Wong Rose Serum Spray

Blend all ingredients together. Massage into skin for 60 seconds. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

Beautifying Pumpkin Smoothie

1 Cup Plant-based Milk of your choice
3/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1 Frozen Banana (cut into smaller pieces prior to freezing)
A pinch of Cinnamon
A pinch of Pumpkin Spice
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

Blend all ingredients together in blender until mixture reaches desired consistency. Feel free to adjust texture by adding ice or water to customize thickness. Add a straw & enjoy!

For more info, please visit: https://ceciliawongskincare.com

Taco Night Rebooted with a Killer Guacamole Recipe

Taco Night Rebooted with a Killer Guacamole Recipe

We never meet a taco night that we didn’t love. Really, how could you not love a tortilla-filled meal that’s filled with cheese, beans, meat, and really anything that you want stuff all up in there?! But the issue, as with many of our favorite […]

Golden Milk: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

Golden Milk: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

You may have seen some pictures of golden milk floating around your Pinterest boards or circulating on Instagram. A concoction of turmeric, coconut milk, coconut oil, and ginger, this power blend is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that’s also high in antioxidants. With all of that […]

Some Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Some Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Donation Ideas

Before you are barely stuffed from Thanksgiving the slew of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Totally Annoying Tuesday have probably been starting to bombard you. Personally, we hate the consumerism and commercialization of the holidays but there is little to stop the buy this, get this world that we live in. That is except for Giving Tuesday.

As a global day started by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y that’s fueled by social media, community, individuals, collaboration and various organizations to give celebrate and encourage giving back. Sounds awesome, right?! So, how do you get involved?  It’s quite simple, actually. Read on to check out some ways that you can get involved in the Giving Tuesday movement on the 29th and beyond:

Giving Back this Giving Tuesday

  1. Check out their directory: Giving Tuesday created an awesome directory via their ‘What’s Happening Near Me?’ section where you will find of local organizations, charities, events, and more so that you can give back in your very own community. And this doesn’t mean donating a huge chunk of your money. Many people get thrown off my charitable contributions if they don’t have that much money themselves. If you are tight on cash (we are, too!), simply give what you can or even volunteer your time
  2. Take an #UNselfie: Share how you are giving back by posting your #UNselfie on your social media channels.  They also have an #UNselfie sign and toolkit that has everything you need to get you started.
  3. Donate your paycheck: Check with your company about how you can donate a part of your paycheck to a local charitable organization.
  4. Go pro bono: Use your skills to help local non-profit organizations.
  5. Share your #MyGivingStory: Share your story and why you are giving back on the Giving Tuesday Facebook page.

For more information on Giving Tuesday and ways to give back, please visit: https://www.givingtuesday.org

 

 

 

Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup

Winter is known for its comfort foods, which we will happily be indulging in next week with Thanksgiving. But this time of year is also know for its more methodical and slower recipes that take time to create as they nourish the mind, body and […]

The Lewa Series: Photography that Gives Back

The Lewa Series: Photography that Gives Back

Looking for a gift idea that gives back this holiday season? Then you’ve got to check out The Lewa Series, an incredible photography series that was created to bring global awareness to threatened wildlife. This collection of 21 black-and-white fine art images by film photographer, conservationist, and explorer KT Merry […]

Expanded ‘2017 National Green Pages’ is an Awesome Holiday Gift Guide and Resource

Expanded ‘2017 National Green Pages’ is an Awesome Holiday Gift Guide and Resource

New and Expanded ‘2017 National Green Pages’ is an Awesome Holiday Gift Guide and Resource

We just finished reading the National Green Pages, an incredible guidebook for socially responsible shopping, living, and tons more! With the holidays coming, you’ll find tons of useful information on the greenest businesses in the country and more you’ll discover an extensive range of ideas for greening your lives, work, and community.

What You’ll Find in the National Green Pages:

Featuring thousands of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, the 2017 National Green Pages is a great resource for those who wish to create a safe and healthy home, promote peace and justice, protect the environment, and support a living wage for workers.

We also loved reading all of the informative articles such as how to shop for organic clothing, a product comparison to help you decide to buy green or make cleaning products on your own, eco-friendly body care, green remodeling, eco-travel, responsible banking and investing, and much more.

Another cool aspect about the companies featured in the 2017 National Green Pages is that they have to go through a careful certification process to ensure that their environmental and social responsibility claims are accurate. These businesses are certified by Green America for their social and environmental impacts, so you can rest assured that they actually back their claims. In addition to providing information on specific companies, the 2017 National Green Pages details the types of green businesses “you need in your life,” as well as the types of business “sucking the life out of your community,” and helps readers avoid greenwashing.

Hard copies of this year’s National Green Pages can be ordered for $12.45 per copy including shipping at http://www.greenamerica.org/pubs/order/ or by calling 1-800-58-GREEN. Green America members also receive the National Green Pages for free. Membership is available starting at $20 at: http://bit.ly/2fi0YUR. Information about companies certified by Green America can be accessed online at www.greenpages.org, which includes a search feature to find green, healthy, and ethical products and services.

Enjoy and happy green shopping!

 

No Bake Coconut and Peanut Butter Bites

No Bake Coconut and Peanut Butter Bites

We love to snack. Cause, really there’s no way we are going to make it from lunch to dinner without a nibble (or two). And you shouldn’t either, especially since you should be feeding your body with healthy and wholesome foods throughout the day to sustain […]