Turmeric and Vitamin C ‘New Year Best Self’ Creamsicle Smoothie

2016 is here and every blog and its brother will be inundating you with ways to be healthier, more relaxed, more positive, lighter, smarter, faster, more focussed, and a generally more awesome version of yourself. More dubiously, you’ll also have information pushed at you about how to lose weight or become better looking. Let’s just […]

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Homemade Chocolate with Pumpkin Seeds and Goji Berries (v, gf, raw)

With Easter approaching, stores everywhere are packed with chocolate everything: eggs, bunnies, lambs, bars, slabs, truffles, and so on. Chocolate and Easter seem to go hand-in-hand. But sometimes the chocolate from the store is a little…dubious with respect to ingredients, quality, and ethical-ness. So let me tell you a little secret: making your own chocolate is […]

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Homemade Winter Body Scrub with Sunflower Oil, Oatmeal, and Brown Sugar

Winter is here. The thermometer climbs up and down (but mostly down) and your skin starts to feel like it is a piece of dehydrated coconut: dried out, tight, maybe a bit itchy or irritated. Exfoliation is always a skin’s best friend, but in the winter the thought of rubbing your skin down with a vigorous […]

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Simple and Refreshing – Iced Herbal Tea with Fruit and Mint

I love mason jars. Anything stored in a mason jar just seems so much more special – beans, lentils, soup, chocolate chips, compost tea, whatever. A mason jar makes its contents look homey, rustic, quaint, and beautiful. So when I was thinking about making iced tea the other day, the only vessel I considered was, of […]

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An Introduction to Balcony Gardening – Part Three: 9 Tips for Success

Part 3 in the Adventures in Gardening Series. We’ve reached the final post in Backyard Owl’s Adventures in Gardening – Container Gardening series. We’ve talked about the advantages of container gardening, and which plants are easy to grow in containers. Now, it’s time to review some tips for success – the things I’ve learned through my […]

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An Introduction to Balcony Gardening – Part 1: Why Grow Crops in Pots?

Part of the “Adventures in Gardening” Series. I’m a little late in the planting game to be posting about balcony gardening, I know. Think of this post, though, as a tantalizing glimpse at the amazing fun you could be having next year. Really, I’m giving you the gift of many months of anticipation, awaiting next […]

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15 recipes that fight food packaging waste

We just celebrated the end of June, and thus also the end of my month-long challenge to reduce my food packaging waste. While I will continue to buy some almond milk from the store, and purchase certain packaged items I cannot make for myself (like firm tofu), this challenge has really opened my eyes to the value in […]

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