Friday, April 7, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day: Green Living Tips and Benefits

Celebrate Earth Day :: Green Living Tips and Benefits  

Every year on April 22nd, more than 1 billion people in 190 countries take action to celebrate Earth Day! They plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment.  
There are many things we can do collectively to promote a cleaner environment and reduce the harmful effects of climate change. One of them being a cultivation and promotion of Green Living. For example, we can:
1.   Improve the Efficiency of our Water Heater and HVAC System
2.   Get a High-Efficiency Showerhead
3.   Always run the Washing Machine and Dishwasher with a full load
4.   Avoid Cleaning Products with Harmful Chemicals and use Natural or Organic Ones
5.   Be Creative in so many ways when recycling: The best use of an old Claw foot Tub!

6.    Compost
7.    Avoid Buying Genetically Modified Foods (GMO).
8.   Shop from Local Organic Grocery Stores and Farmer’s Markets
9.   Eat Organic and Grow our own Organic Vegetables and Herbs
10.  Use Solar Energy
11.   Drive Electric Cars

Lastly, you can choose to become vegan or at least vegetarian. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. Collectively we can reduce the harmful effects on climate change by having vegan or vegetarian foods. It's good for our health, and also contributes towards maintaining the natural ecological balance in the environment and preserving our beautiful planet.   

Promote environmental awareness on Earth Day and throughout the year.

Happy Earth Day!

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Roasted Vegetable Medley with Herbs de Provence Recipe!

Oven-roasted vegetables are delicious, highly nutritious and easy to make. You can enjoy them by themselves, on a bed of lemon-saffron millet pilaf with a glass of Pinot Noir. You can also make sandwiches with toasted breads such as ciabatta, francese, whole grains or a bread of your own liking. Pesto spread and a slice of cheese (dairy or nondairy) will make this sandwich even lovelier!

Ingredients: 2 medium golden and red beets, 4 medium rainbow carrots, 2 medium parsnips, 2 medium fennels and 1 medium shallot. You can always add other vegetables. The key is to mix vegetables that are colorful and compliments each other in tastes.  

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash, brush, peal and thoroughly clean all the vegetables. Dry them with paper towel. Chop them into wedges, sticks, basically, into different shapes (see picture above). Place vegetables in a large bowl. Season with sea salt, 1 teaspoon lemon rind, 1 teaspoon of herbes de Provence, drizzle generously with olive oil, and toss them with your hands to coat them evenly. Spread the vegetable on baking sheet and place them in the preheated oven and cook, stirring the vegetables occasionally, until they are tender and golden brown, about 35-40 minutes.

Get inspired and create your own roasted vegetable medley art!

Happy Roasting!

Ellie Lavender

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Revitalize Your Life in 3 Steps!

Spring is the season of renewal and celebration and a spring cleaning of your home will nourish and strengthen your energy, cultivating happiness and prosperity in your life!

Get started today. Apply these 3 simple, practical tips to your home and enjoy your happiness and prosperity amplified in amazing ways:

1.    Declutter - First thing first. Declutter your home. Remove any items, I mean any items that you don't have a use for, need or even like. Do a quick evaluation and decide where the item needs to go. Simplify the process by using the chart above. No need to go and buy fancy boxes. Just use what you have or get some boxes from the nearest grocery stores.

2.    Organize - Put everything in its logical place. For example, books should be on the bookshelf, not on the living room floor, dining room table, kitchen counters, etc.

3.    Clean your house top to bottom using non-toxic and eco-friendly products. Windows are a must. These days you can find people who come and clean your windows quickly and inexpensively. If you don’t have time to clean or you don’t like to clean, get some cleaning people to clean your house, yard, garage, etc., The goal is getting your house, hence your home cleaned, so find a creative and inexpensive solution to get it done.

These simple and practical actions will lift up the energy in your home, hence your life.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner

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