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May 31, 2014

By Sandy Beck

If you shop at the New Leaf Market Co-op, you are probably conscious of what you feed your body. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it makes sense that what you put on it is as important as what you put into it, right?

Here are some basic recipes that are effective, safe enough to eat, inexpensive and haven’t been tested on animals—unless your dog gets to lick the bowl.

Cleansers

Adapted from keeperofthehome.org

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May 31, 2014

Carving out a little space in your house to display a child’s collection of nature finds can be a great way to engage them in nature and allow them to explore natural items at their own pace. I see the goal of a nature space as being an invitation to a child to touch, explore and experience nature. This simple little space can be a great way to instill a deep love and respect for the natural world in kiddos and it’s super... Read more

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May 30, 2014

After tending to some long overdue yard work last week, I went about removing a large pile of clipped branches when much to my surprise, I found that three little reptilian friends had found solise under my pile of yard scraps! Two of those were some black rough earth snakes, a non-venomous Florida native. One slithered off and the other I picked to go show... Read more

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May 28, 2014

The Importance of Outdoor Play

Times are a changin’ and few things are a more poignant example of that than how children today are spending less time outdoors than kids of 20 years past.... Read more

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May 24, 2014

If you are looking for a pristine beach oasis that has changed little over the centuries, look no further than the ever gorgeous and perfectly preserved St. George Island State Park! This little barrier island south west of town includes 9 miles of undeveloped Florida... Read more

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May 23, 2014

By Sandy Beck

Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center

The Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (TLCASC) takes in more than 9,000 homeless animals every year. They rely on community members to open their hearts and homes, providing love and shelter for these deserving animals.

While the public mostly knows them as “the place across from Tom Brown Park to go adopt an animal,” many people don’t realize that they offer a wide variety of related services including a volunteer program, foster program, and a lost and found program that... Read more

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May 16, 2014

If you are looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors, grab some paper and your favorite art materials - colored pencils, watercolors, or crayons for the little ones - and head on out! Creating art en plein air - french for “in the open air” - is a fantastic way to truly absorb your surroundings and see nature in a new way and it was a style used... Read more

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May 8, 2014

By Ashley Hopkins

Recently I found myself car-less on a gorgeous Tallahassee Saturday, itching to get out for some kayaking. Thanks to Star Metro and Maclay Gardens State Park, I was able to hit the water right here in town!

 

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May 1, 2014

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!

Tie-Dye Instructions

Set & Rinse:

Let garment set in plastic baggie for 4 to 24 hours to allow dye to fix in fibers. Longer setting time produces deeper colors, especially for turquoise. Rinse in several changes of warm water, removing rubber bands partway through rinsing process. TIP: If you can, rinsing in running water during... Read more

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May 1, 2014

By Ashley Hopkins

A few years ago, I hopped on the green smoothie train. I did little research and thought I could just throw some stuff in a blender and call it a day. I recall there being spinach, celery, parsley and maybe a banana and apple. I took the “green” part of the smoothie a little too seriously. Needless to say, it was a nightmarish... Read more

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