DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

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As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to take winter’s edge off. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your hand at these easy DIY herbal tea recipes? Homemade tea is easy, fun, and affordable, and also makes for a great gift for your loved ones. Tuck into a steamy cup and enjoy the benefits of these warm herbal infusions.

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Banish Dry Skin: Here are 7 All-Natural Body Scrubs That You Can Make Yourself!

by , 11/27/14
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6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

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Thanksgiving is a time of plenty, and of appreciation. It’s a holiday in which we’ll get together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest, to share food and drink, and spend time with people we love. Those of us whose celebrations will consist of ample food and a warm place in which to eat it are among the very privileged; there are millions who won’t be so fortunate, unless we reach out and offer a helping hand. This year, please consider helping others in need via one of the methods mentioned below.

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Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Using Fruit and Vegetables

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Vegetarians (and vegetable lovers) don’t need to be left out of the Thanksgiving festivities. Create your own colorful vegetable turkey and join in on the feast. The raw vegetable design uses seasonal fruits and vegetables to create an adorable little gobbler that everyone will want to dig right into.

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6 Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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DIY Gift Idea: 7 Herbed Salts and Sugars for Cooking and Baking

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DIY: All-Natural Creams and Salves for Cold-Battered Hands

by , 11/25/14
filed under: DIY, Features, How To

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I know that most people aren’t quite ready to say the “w” word just yet, but that season of sleet and snow will be upon many of us in a few short weeks, and it’s better to be prepared in advance, right? Just as we try to ensure that our faces, lips, and eyes are protected from harsh weather, it’s important to pay attention to our hands as well: dry, cracked, aching paws aren’t fun to deal with, especially if you spend your day typing or doing any fine-detail work. Here are a few DIY creams and salves that you can create at home:

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DIY GIFT IDEA: Flavored Cooking Oils In Beautiful Bottles

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

 

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When I think of monkeys, I don’t think of them living in the desert, namely because primates love trees, water, big juicy leaves, and fruit. In fact, only two primates have even bothered to go there, and the Hamadryas baboon is the first. With a magnificent white mane, scarlet face, and bizarrely complex social system, he was a sacred muse of the ancient Egyptians; in the afterlife, it fell upon his regal mantle to devour the souls of the dead that were deemed “unrighteous”—serious stuff! The other primate is us. Both are supreme collaborators, and wherever resources are scarce and unpredictable, the most successful creatures are those who work as a team. That type of collaboration is the skill that we’re going to explore in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual!

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10 Warming Vegan Drinks for Autumn and Winter

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Although winter isn’t officially here yet, the biting winds and snowfall are inspiring many of us to order hot lattes, apple cider, and cocoa instead of frozen drinks at our favorite cafes. All over the northern hemisphere, folks are wrapping chilled fingers around warm mugs to sip at the deliciousness therein. Whether you’re aiming to be more budget-friendly or would just rather make your own drinks at home, you can whip up some fabulous, delicious vegan sip-ables with just a few ingredients, a saucepan, and a stove top.

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Beyond Extreme Energy: Protesting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in DC

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It’s cold outside. I forgot my gloves and now it’s time to go. The arrestees practice outside the church, locking themselves into their lockboxes, as I pretend a nearby flowering plant is a security guard. I’m the distraction and I need to give them at least 30 seconds or it won’t work. After practicing the scenario, we get into our cars and head to the parking garage to try it for real. We’re about to join a huge protest, and things could get intense.

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DIY: A Cordial Event – How to Make Your Own Flavored Liqueurs at Home

by , 11/20/14
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‘Tis the season for celebration, and luscious libations will be popping on on everyone’s tables from Thanksgiving ’til Valentine’s day. This is the time of year when specialty liqueurs get special attention, and you can make your own variations by infusing fruit into alcohol to make fruit cordials to share with family and friends. All you need is fruit (fresh or frozen), an alcohol such as vodka, brandy, rum, or whiskey, and a bit of patience. These need a few weeks to cure, so if you start a batch this weekend, it’ll be ready for the holidays!

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DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

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Homemade gifts are always appreciated by recipients, and food gifts are as much fun to give as they are to make. Whenever you buy products that come in glass jars, from jams and jellies to artichoke hearts, keep those jars so you can fill them with homemade epicurian delights and share them with your nearest and dearest. Here are 10 fabulous recipes for edible vegan gifts that will please any palate, plus suggestions on how to decorate those upcycled jars before giving them away!

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I Drove Toyota's Mirai Future Car to a Sewage Plant and Filled it With Poo Power

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

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Toyota Unveils Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle With 300-Mile Range; Can it Kick-Start a Hydrogen Revolution?

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A few months ago we gave you a hands-on first look at Toyota's upcoming fuel cell vehicle - and yesterday the automaker pulled out all the stops and unveiled the car's official name,…

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How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

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The Cheonggyecheon project is remarkable for its dramatic transformation from a seedy industrial eyesore to a nature-filled public space. In the 1940s, the Cheonggyecheon had…

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A Banana Takes the Ferry

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Brought to you by City Harvest Getting around NYC is hard enough as a person, imagine what great lengths our food must travel to end up on our plates. What about excess food?…

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