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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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April 25, 2014

By Ashley Hopkins

When one thinks of waterfalls pouring over mountainsides, few think of finding such a natural wonder in the ever-so-flat Sunshine State. You can imagine my delight when I found out we actually do have a waterfall that is just as stunning and awe-inspiring as those you’d find in a more mountainous region: Falling Waters Falls in Falling Waters State Park near Chipley.

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April 22, 2014

By Bridget Welch, L.M.T.

As one might guess, a big draw for backyard beekeeper is sweet honey. But there are many other benefits. When hosting a population of pollinators in your yard, you help your own garden be more productive and, of course, help the threatened bee population by creating a safe and healthy place for bees. There are health benefits as well, not only does honey have healthy properties, but other bee products like propolis, bee pollen, and royal jelly are good for us too. Beeswax can be used for healing balms or candles. Another benefit reported by many beekeepers... Read more

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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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