One Quick Bite – Lunch!

Lunch! Homemade hummus, organic local tomatoes & fennel greens on artisanal bread with a dab of veganaise.
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There’s Fragrance in My Razor?! Allergy Free Beauty Part I: Shaving

If you never knew that your disposable razors were full of gross chemicals and stuff that just shouldn’t be there, then I have news for you – there just may be fragrance lurking in your razor blade! Not to mention a host of other allergens and miscellaneous bizarre ingredients that health-minded people might be actively trying to avoid. When it comes down to it, how many of us actually stop to think before heading into the shower to shave our legs, “I better check to see what ingredients are in that moisturizing strip on my razor. You can never
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Being Diagnosed with Food Allergies

I was recently diagnosed with a variety of food allergies, and after the initial shock has come a lot of relief. For at least ten years I’ve been convinced that some kind of medical problem was effecting me. However, after seeing numerous doctors, going through all kinds of tests, and basically suffering from a a lot of unexplained symptoms, nothing was ever found to be a problem. I knew of many environmental allergies, confirmed through several allergy tests over a period of many years.  I was also diagnosed with definite vitamin deficiencies, and a much less definite thyroid problem.
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Florida State Parks – Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs State Park Manatee Viewing – A Thanksgiving Tradition! A trip to see the manatees at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Florida, has become a Thanksgiving tradition in my family! Each year we try to determine when the coldest couple of days will be Thanksgiving week, and that is when we plan a morning visit to Blue Springs. The manatees are mammals who need warm waters for survival, and those found in the St. John’s river area instinctively travel into warmer springs when the river gets cold. This Thanksgiving we had a cold front move through
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Merry Christmas!

To all of the readers who celebrate Christmas out there, Merry Christmas! To all else, wishing you a happy winter season! I will be celebrating from the rainforest in Costa Rica this year, and will have much to report back on in the new year! Yes, I do purchase coordinating holiday outfits for me and my dog =) Question of the day: How did you spend Christmas this year?
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Florida State Parks – Tomoka State Park

Tomoka State Park, located in Ormond, Beach, FL, is a perfect escape for any nature lover! Located on the Tomoka River, Tomoka State Park is well-known to locals because of its beauty, rare wildlife, and giant art homage to Chief Tomokie. Even though I’ve had a much loved photograph of the Tomoka River, purchased from the Daytona Museum of Arts & Sciences, hanging on my wall for several years, this was my first trip to Tomoka State Park. Although it was an incredibly windy, blustery day in Central Florida, I still marveled at the scenic the Tomoka River, and
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DIY – Shabby Chic Furniture – Wrought Iron Table & Chairs

I recently took on a DIY project to turn an old wrought iron table and chairs into a shabby chic furniture set I would actually want to use! One of the easiest ways I’ve found to be a better steward of the environment is by finding new uses for old items. Part of this is out of necessity – after moving into my first home, I have no money left for new furniture! However, refashioning old furniture items can be a lot of fun – and while sometimes the results don’t always turn out quite the way you want
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Florida State Parks – Bulow Creek State Park

Bulow Creek State Park If you are looking for an inexpensive, family-friendly hiking spot in Central Florida, Bulow Creek State Park might be for you! On another crisp fall Florida day, we decided to explore Bulow Creek State Park to check out the famous Fairchild Oak and do some hiking. Bulow Creek State Park is located in Ormond Beach, FL, and includes nearly 5,600 protected acres of land! In Bulow Creek State Park you can see one of the oldest live Southern Oak forests in Florida. This includes the beautiful Fairchild Oak, which at well-over 400 years old is
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Florida State Parks – Silver Springs State Park

Fall in Central Florida is a beautiful time to explore all of the nearby state parks and the national forest, and I decided to kick off the fall hiking season with a trip to the newly created Silver Springs State Park! Silver Springs State Park officially reopened in October 2013, after the state bought-out the Silver Springs Nature Theme Park, to whom it was leasing the site. The new state park, located in Ocala, FL, is a combination of the old Silver Springs Nature Theme Park and the Silver River State Park. We started at the Silver Springs side
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Space Coast Half Marathon Part 2 – Race Day!

It was finally race day for the Space Coast Half Marathon! Even though I was apprehensive – I had a low fever and felt that my training had not been up to par for this race, I decided to run anyway. I hoped the crowds and adrenaline would get me through the next few hours. I tried to get to bed early the night before, and fell asleep around 9:30pm. 3:30am came all too soon! My parents came along to the race, but they are more dedicated than me and got up at 3am and made coffee and my
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