Feb 04

I Heart French Toast Casserole

I Heart French Toast Casserole

While flowers are lovely, there’s something very special about a homemade treat from your sweetheart. Waking up to the smell of a delicious meal is a great way to start the day, so treat your loved one to breakfast (or brunch) in bed.

Find the recipe here!

Feb 04

Make This Birds of Paradise Tropical Soap for Valentine’s Day

Birds of Paradise Tropical Soap

Here’s a functional and whimsical gift idea for your loved ones – Birds of Paradise tropical scented pure coconut oil soap! The fragrances in this soap combine sweet and tangy fruity scents with island hibiscus, making for a true tropical getaway.

Find out how here.

Jan 29

Brighten Your Twitter Feed with the Cute Animal Tweet-Off!

Gray Seal Baby Relaxing at the Beach

Few things can bring a smile like cute animals can, especially when discouraging news floods your social media feeds. When you’re online and need a mental break from disturbing news stories, you can always turn to nature for some solace and joy, and this week the zoos of the world have started a great Twitter trend to help you do just that, they have started the #CuteAnimalTweetOff to showcase some of their adorable fur babies!

It’s a cute overload for sure!

The trend started with the birth of a gray seal pup at the Smithsonian National Zoo.  The pup’s mother, Kara, holds the record for being the oldest gray seal to give birth in a zoo. And to top it all off, the gray seal, which was once an endangered species, is now listed as a species of least concern!

Here is the Smithsonian tweet along with some of our other favorites from the #CuteAnimalTweetOff:


Jan 22

7 Essential Herbs and Spices for Every Kitchen

Depending solely on salt and pepper for food flavoring is boring. There is a wide range of herbs and spices available to consumers, enough to make every meal unique. A little extra tang is not all you are missing out on. Many aromatic additives are beneficial to our health. Think about that the next time you are visiting your supermarket.

Seasoning makes a meal complete. Most spices are inexpensive, and many can be grown at home. Even if you do not have a garden, small containers can often find a safe spot on a sunny windowsill. Are you wondering which herbs and spices to try first?

Continue reading 7 Essential Herbs and Spices for Every Kitchen

Jan 07

Tiki Pleasures Mix

Take a wintermission and escape to the tropical paradise of tiki exotica lounge music with Martin Denny and more legendary exotica artists included in this mix.

Find this mix and more tiki love in our Tiki Room.

Tiki Pleasures Mix after the jump!

Jan 01

Condition Your Hair Naturally in the New Year with Coconut Oil

Natural Hair Conditioner… Use Organic Coconut Oil!

Last week, while we were preparing for our niece’s wedding, Rob took a picture of me with Katie and Ricky (bride and groom) at the wedding venue. When I saw the picture, I said, “What is that on my head that’s supposed to be my hair?!” Granted, it was very humid that day, but I looked like Phyllis Diller had stuck her finger in an electrical socket!

I set off on a mission to change that and ended up in the hair care department of my local drug store. I was desperate. What I found was stuff that cost at a minimum $35 – $40.00, and I would only use it once and throw it away. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and as a rule, I wouldn’t even consider using chemical junk on my hair.

Read the rest and find out how to make coconut oil hair conditioner after the jump…

Jan 01

A Healthy & Delicious Recipe for the New Year: Mushroom Miso Soup

Starting with a flavourful broth made with natural ingredients is essential to creating a sensational pot of soup. “Quality recipes start with quality ingredients,” explains Park. “The broth really is the foundation that will set the flavour stage for every soup.”

Park recommends home chefs try his vegetarian mushroom miso soup, made with quality ingredients and all natural flavours. The base for this soup, Campbell’s Ready To Use Mushroom Broth, is infused with hints of cabernet sauvignon, sherry wines and essential oils from thyme, rosemary and bay leaves.

Recipe after the jump…

Jan 01

Quotes for the New Year

Here are some of our favorite New Year quotes to welcome 2017 and to help get you started in the new year!

 

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.

-T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier.’

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep is this – To rise above the little things.

-John Burroughs

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

-Mark Twain

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.

-Anais Nin

I used to have this toy, a magic slate. You wrote or drew on it and then, just by pulling up the plastic cover, everything you did disappeared and you could start new. Maybe everyone feels that on New Year’s Eve: They can pull up the magic sheet and rewrite their lives.

-V.C. Andrews

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.

-Henry Moore

Jan 01

Welcome, 2017!

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

-Neil Gaiman

Dec 31

10 Reasons Hiking and Camping Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution!

Every New Year, we hear people say a million different resolutions that will change their lives for the better. Some of the classic, cliché resolutions are to get in shape, save more money, travel more, or even find love. I believe if you commit to getting off the couch, and into the outdoors, you can fulfill all of your resolutions and more! Think about the clean mountain air, the picturesque views, and the mountain man/woman skills you can learn by spending more nights under the stars! Here are 10 reasons Hiking and Camping Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution.

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