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KICK YOUR SEASONAL ALLERGIES...NATURALLY!
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Spring is here!  That wonderful time of year where life begins, blooms and gives us allergies...but there are many easy ways to help sneezy, watery eyes, stuffiness go away or at least be alleviated. 1) Check into being tested. Many of us are unclear as to what we are allergic to.  It may be something you never thought was an issue because it was near other allergens.  We have more than one allergy as well, so pin-pointing what in particular your allergy is may help you to better avoid it. 2) Look for local remedies.  A teaspoon of local honey can help boost your immune system.  There are also holistic and homeopathic remedies that, if grown locally can strengthen your body and help you avoid extreme allergies. 3) Re assess your diet.  Avoiding melon, bananas, cucumbers and sunflower seeds can help ease your body.  Also chamomile and Echinacea can contribute to allergies since they are a part of the ragweed family. Instead eat plenty of garlic to boost your immune system.  Eat or drink fresh ginger, cayenne pepper and fenugreek to clear your nasal passages. 4) Clean your house often.  There is nothing worse than sneezing while you're trying to clean. Dust mites don't help.  Being inside the house and trying to avoid outside allergens can be just as uncomfortable. Enjoy the season. These simple ideas will help you to not only, "stop and smell the roses," but hopefully not sneeze afterwards.

More info: http://www.earthshare.org/2010/03/seasonal-allergies.html

 
CREATING YOUR OWN BIRD SANCTUARY...
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We have all heard the wide array of birds singing, and often, they can bring a smile to our faces.  They are a part of the circle of life and especially help out with dispersing seeds and feasting on insects that are harmful to our garden.  Being so lovely to watch and hear plus beneficial, why not integrate your own bird sanctuary into the garden?  This is truly a simple process you will enjoy and your plants will love you for it as well. Obviously bird feeders are a quick easy beginning.  You can purchase a store bought version or make one yourself.  Even using milk cartons or plastic bottles work by simply cutting a few holes and hanging up.  You can also plant native wildflowers, shrubs and sunflowers. These are not only lovely and more tolerant to the climate in your area, but they also attract local birds.  Bird baths are always a plus as well. Using a large terra cotta plant dish or gently sloping bowl works.  These can even be placed on the ground though not near shrubs or thorny bushes since the are avian friends need to have full vision to feel secure about taking a bath.  These simple ideas will not only improve your view and health of your garden or yard but you will make many local birds very happy.

 
Volunteering in San Luis Obispo County...
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Written by Alicia Belmonte   

Studies have shown that volunteering is good for your health. Check out your local convalescent homes, support networks, and homeless shelters.  Some have pet lending (where you can bring your pet in for a bit and see the happiness in others eyes).  Art festivals, libraries, children's museums, or even hosting an international student.  There are so many way to help others.  Here is a list of resources:  www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp?r=msa&1=93483

 
Storing Fruit to Last Longer...
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Storing fruit with a bit of care can make it last longer and reduce waste. For example, bananas emit ethylene, which encourages fruit to ripen quicker. So store them separately if you don't want your plums to go mushy, but put them next to an unripe avocado if you plan to make guacamole soon. Read more: http://valleycresttakeson.com/watermanagement/resources/a-quick-guide-for-storing-fruits-and-vegetables/

 
MOSS, A MISUNDERSTOOD PLANT!
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When asked to visualize what a plant is, many think of trees, shrubs, flowers, edibles and anything planted in the soil.  Most of us don't think of the plants that grow on rocks, rooftops, concrete or brick. Moss is a plant that absorbs moisture, while not growing in soil, plus help clean the air.  http://bryophytes.science.oregonstate.edu/page3.htm

 
Trash Island...
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The Great pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific ocean.  Marine debris is litter that ends up in oceans, seas and other large bodies of water.  This "island" of refuse is formed by garbage being sucked into the wind, and natural currents in this region pull the mass together...

 
WHO HAS TIME FOR BREAKFAST?
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Written by Alicia Belmonte   

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In our busy environment, it is so difficult to make a morning meal.  Especially if your making it for little ones, elders your companion or even just you.  Here are some quick, easy healthy tips to provide you with "the most important meal of the day".

1) Scramble 1 egg per person in a little olive oil, toast 2 slices of multigrain bread/person and mash half an avocado. This makes a wonderfully quick and easy breakfast sandwich to eat on the go, plus it's full of vitamin A, protein and fiber.

2) If your bananas are a little to ripe, peel then freeze overnight.  The next morning throw them in a blender with nonfat yogurt plus any fruits you have in your home (having a bag of frozen mixed berries in your freezer is also a great addition). This simple and extremely quick breakfast provides protein, potassium and minerals.

3) If you actually have ten minutes to make pancakes or waffles, try simmering applesauce, your favorite berry plus a little honey together to use as a topping instead of syrup. Not only is this delicious but also gives you antioxidants.

 
Why Use a Laptop?
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A laptop will consume around 50 watts of energy while in use compared to a computer and monitor, which consumes around 270 watts of energy. Also, have all laptops set so that they go to sleep if not used for more than 15 minutes. Screen savers do not save money. How to go green at work and save a lot of money? Switch off all computers and laptops when not in use. If all businesses did this they would save enough to power the city of Chicago for one year!

 
NATURES WAY OF HEATING AND COOLING...
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Written by Alicia Belmonte   

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The cost of heating and cooling your home or apartment can be expensive.  There are natural, easy, and nearly free ways to help.  If you have already, or can plant deciduous trees on the south side of your home, you will not only enjoy the benefit of their beauty, but be warmed and cooled as well. Let the leaves provide shade, this will  promote cooling in summer, and warmth in the winter when the leaves fall (since sunshine can freely shine through the bare branches).  Eventually you may also benefit from a lovely compost, and of course, trees also produce oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide as well. 

 
Onions: Don't Cry!
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Please do not be sad if your onion makes you cry; cutting into one breaks cell walls in the plant, releasing sulfur compounds that sting your eyes and stimulate the flow of tears. In the true fashion of a double-edged sword, those irritating compounds also protect against cancer, heart disease and inflammation. If you are especially sensitive, freeze them for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing, to slow the release of those volatile compounds.

 
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