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Solstice Summer Expo
Mixers and Events
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Friday, 18 April 2014 12:16

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Water: Become a Collector...
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Friday, 18 April 2014 12:24

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If your shower takes a while to heat up, consider getting a one-gallon bucket to collect the water that is too cold. Then, after your shower, find a thirsty plant that could use your extra water.

 
Artichokes: A Spring Superfood!
Healthy Eating
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Friday, 18 April 2014 12:23

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Did you know that artichokes are high in antioxidants, have only 25 calories, no fat, 170mg of potassium, are a good source of folate, vitamin C, magnesium, & dietary fiber? Try dipping leaves in a mixture of low fat yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic, & lemon instead of mayo or butter.

 
Have a GREEN & HAPPY EASTER...
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Friday, 18 April 2014 12:17

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from all of us at Solstice!

 
Raw Zucchini Ribbon Salad
Healthy Eating
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:31

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Use a vegetable peeler to shave long, thin strips of zucchini (stop when you reach the seedy inner core). Toss with lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper for a bright-tasting, no-cook salad.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Metal File Cabinet? Creative Spring Planter!
Reuse Tips
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Monday, 14 April 2014 07:04

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Quinoa & Romaine Salad with Tahini Orange Ginger Dressing...
Healthy Eating
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Friday, 11 April 2014 09:50

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Ingredients: 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped / 1 handful of basil, chopped / 1 cucumber, sliced / 1 handful of kalamata olives, pitted /1 carrot, shredded / 1/2 avocado, sliced.

Chop lettuce and veggies, shred carrots and combine together in a bowl with dressing. Toss and set over a bed of cooked or sprouted quinoa.

Tahini Orange Dressing: 1/2 cup tahini (raw and organic) / 4 oranges, juiced / 3 dates, pitted / 2 inch piece of ginger (about a thumb size or more).

Blend until smooth. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for 2-3 days and use again for future salads or lettuce wraps.

 
Let's Energize Earth Day...
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Monday, 21 April 2014 21:55

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Bike to work, car pool, use mass transit, or walk.

Encourage your company to sign up for the Green Lights and Energy Star energy-saving programs offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Contact EPA at 888.STAR.YES (888.782.7937).

Assemble a team of co-workers to conduct an energy audit at your workplace. Look for lights and equipment needlessly left on, drafty windows and doors you could insulate, inefficient thermostat settings, and other energy-wasters. Make recommendations for improvements that will save energy and money.

Link your company's Web page to those that offer energy-saving and environment friendly tips. Here are just a few: Earth Share at www.earthshare.org; the official Earth Day site at www.earthday.net; EPA's Green Lights and Energy Star Web pages at www.epa.gov/region7/p2/volprog/grnlight.htm and www.energystar.gov; and the energy efficiency and renewable energy network page of the U.S. Department of Energy at www.eere.energy.gov.

 
GO NATIVE! USE SUCCULENTS...
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Friday, 18 April 2014 12:23

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When you start working on your landscape and garden this spring, try using native plants and flowers that are acclimated to the region. Succulents are a good alternative. They are drought-tolerant & conserve water.

 
Easter Bunny Rolls...
Healthy Eating
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Friday, 18 April 2014 12:18

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Use your favorite rolls recipe or this one to bake these bunnies.

Recipe: 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour /1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast /1/2 teaspoon sea salt /1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream (or non dairy)/1/4 cup water /2 tablespoons coconut oil /1 egg (or egg substitute)

Put coconut oil, sour cream and water in a small saucepan and heat, but do not cook. Cool to tepid then add the remaining ingredients. Knead until well formed. Let it rise double and cut into 16 equal parts. Cut the ears with kitchen shears. Make sure you smooth the edges around, so you do not end up with gremlin shaped horns.The eyes can then be put in, use pepper grains or similar. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

 
The Easter Bunny Goes GREEN!
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:45

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Studies have shown that synthetic food dyes, artificial flavoring, and certain preservatives found in many candies and processed foods can trigger hyperactivity and attention problems in sensitive children. Read labels and buy natural jelly beans, Free Trade organic chocolates and other candies at natural food markets. Also, beware those waxy chocolate eggs and bunnies because the coating is not something you want your kids to consume.

 
4 Foods for Better Sleep...
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 14 April 2014 11:05

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1) Bananas are a rich source of potassium and magnesium, two well established muscle relaxants, hence bananas can help you sleep soundly at night.

2) Almonds also contain magnesium which relax your muscles and help you sleep.

3) Cherries are great. Dried cherries and cherry juice are a good enough substitutes to fresh cherries and will help you enjoy a sound sleep at night.

4) Herbal tea is also on the list. Be it green tea or chamomile tea, it can help you sleep better at night. Avoid herbal teas with caffeine.

 
Skip Single Use...
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Friday, 11 April 2014 09:51

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Single use products are tempting...easy, convenient, less mess. But they also make a lot more waste. Raisins taste just as good when sent to school in a reusable container instead of individual boxes, and you can pour your beverage of choice into a reusable thermos, skipping the individual can or bottle.

 
REUSE IDEA: Old Tea Tins? New Magnet for The Fridge!
Reuse Tips
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:00

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All you really have to do is buy magnets that have a sticky side.

These can be bought from any arts and crafts store.

 
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