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Nature Journal Makes Great Summer Project

By Sandy Beck

On the last day of school, I asked second-grader Jackson how he was going to spend his summer.

“Well, the first thing I’m going to do is lie on my back and watch the clouds," he said.

Jackson is on a soccer team and does other “regular” kid stuff, but his wise mom makes sure he also has something special: free time and a blank notebook. He carries it around in a little bag with a bird field guide and pencils. He draws and writes about the birds he sees, and then looks them up in his bird book.

Wait, what do I do with this shirt?

Did you tie-dye a tee at the Co-op's 40th Carnival? Did you misplace the instruction sheet, or forget to pick one up? Not to fear, we've got you covered. Here's your handy dandy guide to complete your tie-dye project!

Backyard Beekeeping

By Bridget Welch, L.M.T.

Layered Salads—Attractive, Convenient and Delicious Salads on the Go

By Michele Hatton

Kombucha at Home

By Bridget GuruBeant Welch, LMT

Ever tried Kombucha? It’s a living health tonic drink, said to be rich in anti-oxidants, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. If you are already a Kombucha fan, you may find yourself paying a lot for these pre-made health beverages. Why not make this healing fermented beverage at home? All you need is tea, sugar, water, the “mother,” patience, and a taste for culinary adventure.

Going Gluten Free

By Bridget Welch, LMT

Many people avoid gluten because of food sensitivities, but others are chosing to eat gluten free for a healthier diet. Though many of us know people who have slimmed down when they cut gluten out of their diet, avoiding gluten alone does not guarantee weight loss. The best results come when the diet is done right.

Foods That Fight the Common Cold

Chris Terrell, CSCS, ND

Cold and flu season is upon us. It’s important to have certain foods on hand for the minute you start feeling run down. Here are some of my favorite foods and beverages for when I am feeling under the weather.

Happy Thanksgivikah!


Butterfly Migration, Bela Lugosi and Experience Asia: Fun October Happenings

It's fall in North Florida and what a wonderful thing that is! This is one of my favorite times of year to get outdoors and take advantage of all the fun this little city has to offer and October does not disappoint when it comes to filling up the calendar.

I'm nuts for nutritional yeast!

Of the many things I stock up on from the bulk bins, I can safely say nutritional yeast would be on our pantry essentials list. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s some tasteless future food. What nutritional yeast lacks in the “appetizing name department”, it makes up for with its rich, unique flavor and abundant nutrients. Healthy and delicious? Don’t mind if I do.


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