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30
Apr

ThinOPTICS

Where are my glasses?

People of a certain age (over 40) know that reading glasses are a necessity of day-to-day living because the eyes are definitely not what they used to be. If you’ve ever been in a dark restaurant and been given a menu with more than 3 items on it and not had reading glasses handy, then you know the sense of frustration at not being able to read the font that seems to grow smaller every year. Put the menu up to a candle and risk a bonfire and the ire of the server not to mention the fire department. Read more »

28
Apr

Whole Grain Veggie Pockets

Whole Grain Veggie Pockets are the vegan’s answer to the calzone: a medley of fresh vegetables (and beans) cooked and seasoned on the stove and then baked in whole grain pizza dough. Inspired by Rip Esselstyn’s recipe for Village Potato Pockets in Plant-Strong, Whole Grain Veggie Pockets are simple, flavorful, and offer a medley of flavors. Read more »

26
Apr

Where does $100 to Halifax Urban Ministries Go?

Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) “provides assistance with rent, utilities, clothing, medical, and food for needy families, and meals and shelter for the homeless.” Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, HUM is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) serving the local area in both preventing homelessness and assisting the homeless. Read more »

24
Apr

DIY Fruit and Vegetable Wash

There are all kinds of fancy and beautifully packaged fruit and vegetable wash products on the market that make all kinds of claims pertaining to effectiveness of removing pesticide residue but the best, most effective, and least expensive wash can be made at home by simply using vinegar, water combined with white vinegar, water combined with salt, or just plain tap water. Read more »

22
Apr

Hey SC: It’s Time To Widen I-95

According to Betterroads.com, South Carolina is the second deadliest state to drive in  – nearly 1,000 people (3 per day) were killed in 2016 and this is not sitting well with South Carolinians or the people traveling through the state who blame road conditions.

People in South Carolina have been making their views heard in a variety of creative ways including hiring planes to fly banners that say “Fix the Damn Roads” over the State House to forming alliances (Fix South Carolina Roads) to address the poor conditions of the roads. But, it’s not just potholes and deteriorating asphalt, it’s the inability of the highways to handle the amount of vehicles on the roads. Read more »

20
Apr

Macadamia Nuts from Sunfood Superfoods

Macadamia nuts gained popularity in the United States when the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation introduced the blue and yellow mass marketed canisters of macadamia nuts in the 1950’s. Back then, macadamia nuts were considered expensive and therefore hidden from the kids, and often reserved for guests or special occasions.

But, over the past 60 years as consumers realized how delicious and nutritious these nuts are (high in Vitamin B1 and manganese along with magnesium, iron, potassium, Vitamin B6, healthy omega fats, and protein), production increased (primarily in Australia and South Africa) and the nuts have become more affordable (about $20 a pound). Today, macadamia nuts are considered part of a health diet and enjoy a popularity across the globe. Read more »

18
Apr

Dr. McDougall’s Thick Cut Organic Oatmeal with Milled Flax

There are few cereals in the supermarket that contain no added sugar or salt and there are only a handful of cereals that contain two organic ingredients:  gluten-free thick cut old-fashioned rolled oats and milled flax seeds. Of course, these two ingredients can be purchased separately and mixed together (make sure to store milled flax seed in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage) but when time is a factor, consider Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Milled Flax No Sugar No Salt Thick Cut Organic Old Fashioned Oatmeal (that’s a mouthful) for a nutritious and delicious  breakfast cereal. Read more »

16
Apr

Soul Sprout™ Granola Bars

Soul Sprout Granola Bars are nutritionally dense snacks made with a base of 12 ingredients:

  • Four organic sprouted items: oat groats, buckwheat groats, millet, and almonds
  • Four organic raw seeds:  sunflower, pumpkin, chia, and flax
  • Organic coconut syrup
  • Organic cinnamon
  • Organic sunflower lecithin
  • Sea salt

Read more

14
Apr

Where Do Dollars to the NRA Go?

The NRA – National Rifle Association of America – is a 501 (c)(4) which differs from a 501 (c)(3) in four ways:  the organization can engage in unlimited lobbying as long as the lobbying pertains to their mission, participate in political activity, endorse or oppose political candidates, and donate money and/or time to political organizations.

Contributions made to a 501 (c)(4) are not tax-deductible which means the NRA relies primarily on other sources for income: member dues, program fees, other contributions and grants, royalties, related organizations, investment income, sale of assets, advertising, subscriptions, and other sources. Read more »

12
Apr

Jungle Peanuts

A peanut is a peanut until you taste a Jungle Peanut which is the purest form of a peanut with the most outrageous flavor ever packed into a peanut shell.

Grown in the rainforests of the Amazon and primarily in Ecuador, Jungle Peanuts are an heirloom peanut variety that has a rich, pure, creamy flavor that actually tastes better without salt. Enjoy as is, mixed with dried fruits and other nuts for a homemade trail mix, or ground to make homemade peanut butter. Read more »