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April 18, 2014

About 2 years ago, I had a horribly traumatic run-in with a spawn of Satan that I wasn’t even aware existed: seed ticks. Silly ol’ me went traipsing through the woods at Torreya State Park with my husband and daughter thinking if a tick found it’s way to my skin, I’d easily see it. After our lovely hour long hike down through the woods and along the river,... Read more

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April 9, 2014

By Ashley Hopkins

It wasn’t until I had my own daughter that I really started to consider the powerful impact body shaming language has. But once I realized everything I said was soaked up by her little brain, I really took a hard look at how I looked at myself in the mirror. Body shaming - negatively commenting on your own body or the body of someone else - is all around us. “I... Read more

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April 1, 2014

By Michele Hatton

The 1950s brought us the seven-layer salad—an inch of sour cream topped with iceberg lettuce, followed by several inches of grated Kraft cheese, bacon pieces, mayonnaise... It made for an eye-catching dish, especially when prepared in big glass bowls that showed off the colorful layers. Today, however, layered salads can be put together with fresher, nutrient-dense ingredients like sprouts, radishes, baby greens and walnuts and are equally striking. More importantly, they offer a quick, easy, and convenient way to make grab ’n go salads for the family that last all... Read more

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March 31, 2014

By Ashley Hopkins

Last month marked the end of Tallahassee’s wait for the Canopy Walkway in Lafayette Heritage Trail Park to open and I am so glad the wait is over! If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, now is the perfect time. Trees are greening, flowers are blooming, birds are nesting. What better way to see it all than... Read more

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March 25, 2014

By Ashley Hopkins

Happy Spring, Tallahassee! And what a gorgeous spring it is going to be. If you are looking for the perfect way to start the season off right, take a trek just south of town to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and treat yourself to a hike around this gorgeous park. The 68,000 acre tract of land that is St.... Read more

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March 19, 2014

By Ashley Hopkins

Cascades Park has added something to this city that is rather hard to convey with words. But when you’re out there, you can see and feel it. Kids of all ages running around, laughing and squealing with delight; a passing stranger flashing you a warm smile as they walk their dog; families and individuals on blankets dotting the grassy hill enjoying a picnic or... Read more

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March 18, 2014

By Sandy Beck

If you shop at New Leaf Market Co-op, you are probably conscious about what you eat. Do the animals you love deserve anything less?

A gazillion brands of pet food—canned, dry and moist—fill the shelves of our local chain supermarkets, providing us with as many head-spinning choices as we are faced with on the human breakfast cereal aisle.

Slick Madison Avenue marketers spin out TV commercials and magazine ads that would have us believe commercially prepared pet foods, like Purina, will provide our beloved pets with a “carefully balanced, natural” diet.... Read more

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March 4, 2014

By James Davis, Produce Staff

Healthy food has always been, and always will be, at the core of a healthy way of life. For many people, this means shifting away from hormone-containing, pesticide-laden conventional foods, toward sustainably-produced foods. This demand has resulted in a myriad of products that boast either an “organic” or “all-natural” label. But are the two labels interchangeable? Not as much as you may think.

There are... Read more

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February 28, 2014

By Ashley Hopkins

If you are trying to eat a whole foods, plant based diet, planning a future trip to Walt Disney World might urge you to call this magical place the “land of many temptations”. French fries, soda, sugary treats. Just one whiff of a fresh batch of artificial butter popcorn is enough to make any health nut want to cave! While treating yourself to an indulgence every once in a while won’t do any harm, one or more days full of theme park food loaded with fat, sugar and artificial chemicals can leave you feeling drained instead of dreamy. My biggest tip for keeping... Read more

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February 21, 2014

Itching to break away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Consider taking a hop, skip and a jump over to one of Tallahassee’s biggest urban oasis, Ellinor Klapp-Phipps Park! This gorgeous... Read more

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