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Stacey Irwin

Tweet A few weeks ago we touted the benefits of the earth-friendly, heart-healthy mead and promised a how-to on making your own tasty beverage.  Comparatively speaking, mead is a bit simpler to make than wine or beer. Here’s what you need to make your own delicious gallon of mead: 1 pkg. of yeast (preferably wine [...]

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Tweet “…the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes as a symbol of secession from the home country.”   –George Washington A graceful depiction of how the red, white and blue came to be on the American flag.  In 1782 these iconic colors were chosen to represent [...]

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Tweet Xeriscape:  Sounds like an alien, sounds like an instrument, sounds like nothing you would ever attempt on your lawn but that’s precisely where it’s meant to work.  Coined by the City of Denver water department during one of their many periods of drought this landscaping concept advocates using as many native, drought-resistant plants as [...]

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Tweet Eco-Friendly beer, eco-friendly wine and fun cocktails are great for summer nights on patios, rooftop bars and camping trips.  Who would have thought there was another option?  Mead is a new novelty on many drink menus but its history is a long one. A mixture of honey, water and yeast, mead is one of [...]

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Tweet   Water restrictions are in effect for many states though summer has barely started:  neighborhoods are taking turn watering their lawns,  cities are issuing fines for drought restriction violations and in my new (and rather arid) hometown restaurants have posted signs letting consumers know that water will only be served to tables upon request. [...]

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Tweet Angelina Jolie is one of many women, many thousands of women, who have undergone mastectomy operations and breast reconstruction surgeries this year. Post-surgery finds patients there are many wounds to worry about from emotional scars to physical ones.  And one bra designer has chosen an innovative approach (and fabric) to helping breast surgery patients [...]

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Tweet An old saying goes that no fan can create a cool breeze unless it is soaked with the maker’s sweat.  And while some amazing bamboo fans can take almost 100 days to complete between picking the perfect bamboo pieces and hand painting intricate designs, there are easier methods to creating not-quite-so-spectacular-but-equally-effective hand-powered cooling systems. [...]

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Tweet Hurricane season roared onto the Atlantic Coast with Tropical Storm Andrea dumping heavy rain, winds and tornadoes on the state of Florida.  Bamboo housing and its wind-resistant qualities has yet to take hold in these United States but in a pinch, if needed, bamboo shelters are becoming more prevalent in disaster relief operations. For [...]

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Tweet Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that are the tastiest.  And grilling season presents plenty of opportunities for quick and delicious cooking including this recipe for grilled bamboo from Canadian Living.  It works best with fresh bamboo shoots so do some exploring to find a local Asian market or cultivate from your very own bamboo [...]

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Tweet Millions of vacationers will head to sandy shores this summer for relaxing vacations.  Many are heading to one of the Top 10 Beach Resorts Around The World which includes the Four Seasons Maui and the Montage in Laguna Beach while others will opt for Family Friendly Beach Vacations at locales like Hilton Head, South [...]

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Tweet Americans will spend roughly $12 billion this year to celebrate Dads!  (And you thought the tab was high for Mothers Day.)  While a large amount of that will go towards neckwear apparel, a recent study found that most dads would rather get no gift at all in lieu of another tie.  Rather than deprive [...]

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Tweet Bamboo clothing is amazingly soft and luxurious and needs proper care to maintain those wondrous qualities.  And now that we know how to take care of other bamboo products, let’s focus on bamboo clothing.  All fabrics react different to laundry detergents and stain removal products (and unfortunately, into every life stains will fall) so [...]

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Tweet Here comes the summer bride!  June has regained its spot as most popular wedding month according to a recent survey of 17,500 brides-to-be conducted by The Knot.Com and WeddingChannel.com.  The survey also found that weddings have an average of 139 guests so chances are there is an invitation headed to your mailbox.  (And chances [...]

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Tweet As much as we talk about bamboo flooring, bamboo cutting boards, bamboo furniture and organic bamboo clothing, we mention very little about upkeep.  Taking care of this unique material requires milder products and a more gentle touch but the sustainable and beautiful bamboo is worth it. To keep bamboo products (other than clothing) clean, [...]

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Tweet It touches the most porous organ we have on our body, our skin, so our soap should be as pure and healthy for us as possible.  Bamboo Charcoal Soap draws on what is best about bamboo charcoal:  its high mineral content, its cleansing properties and its ability to absorb odor. Also, when you decide [...]

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Tweet Bamboo and its many uses:  main ingredient, bridge building, emergency shelter and even clothing!  And now board storage, any kind of board.  Sports enthusiasts collect an amazing amount of gear:  surfboards, snowboards, skimboards, paddleboards, skateboards, longboards!  Beyond the boards, there are also skis and bikes too. Investing that much money in equipment, it seems [...]

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Tweet Unpredictable weather patterns could bring more sun, some rain or possibly a foot of snow in the middle of the desert.  Whatever Mother Nature brings to your neck of the woods this week, plan on gathering up friends and hosting a night in featuring delicious vegetable & tofu dumplings. As yummy as bamboo is [...]

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Tweet In my family, the atypical Mother’s Day gifts always get snatched up by my father and brothers.  One claims chocolates, one claims dinner out and the other claims flowers.  So I am always left wondering what to get the woman who, well, has enough especially now that I’m too old to finger paint a [...]

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