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DECEMBER 23, 2018

Oh Lemons! How Do We Love Thee?

December 23, 2018

Oh Lemons!  How Do We Love Thee?

Let us count the ways. Rise and shine! Before you reach for your morning cup of caffeine, try beginning your day with a cup of warm water and juice of half a lemon. This gives your digestive system a gentle wake-up call and primes your body to absorb nutrients from your breakfast.   If you’d like something a bit more exotic, add a drop or two of honey or agave, and a pinch of cayenne or some freshly chopped ginger. Lemons are good for your skin: they’re exceptionally high in Vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant as well as an essential...

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DECEMBER 08, 2018

SWEET TREAT OR SUPERFOOD?

December 08, 2018

SWEET TREAT OR SUPERFOOD?

Do your taste buds get all tingly by the prospect of a vegan, nearly sugar-free superfood kind of treat?  No?  It can be tricky to find a cookie that truly tastes delicious and but doesn’t trigger any guilt. We’ve all heard it loud and clear:  sugar is the devil’s BFF and we should avoid it like toxic waste. As someone who loves her treats, especially chocolate, this poses a problem. Along comes Raw Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Superfood Bars.  They’re a revelation!  I was turned on to this recipe at an anti-aging workshop given by my friend and naturopathic doctor,...

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NOVEMBER 19, 2018

GRATITUDE ABOUNDS

November 19, 2018

GRATITUDE ABOUNDS

Just like our customer reviews, the comments from Kari Gran HQ below are entirely unedited.  “I’m grateful that eight years ago, Lisa persuaded me to take this “hobby” of mine to the world. I’d still be making lip whips and potions in my home kitchen without her support and vision of what Kari Gran could become. Kari Gran, Co-Founder “I am grateful for the little wins I see around me. I am grateful for the young women who are taking the plunge into politics. I am also very grateful that I bought big-girl panties for my old incontinent dog, Maggie...

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OCTOBER 09, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

October 09, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

Ever heard of sea buckthorn?  Sounds a bit like a spooky plant that grows deep underwater, or a dark potion out of a Harry Potter book, doesn’t it?  Well, read on, because Sea Buckthorn is having a moment. I first discovered sea buckthorn at Expo West way back in 2011, just as I was developing my formula for our Essential Serum.  Its eye-popping orange berries lured me in and when I discovered it was grown in Nordic countries, I was even more captivated (being a good Scandinavian girl and all).  I learned that Sea buckthorn is actually a spiky, hard-to-harvest...

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AUGUST 21, 2018

Fall back into your (Good) routine!

August 21, 2018

Fall back into your (Good) routine!

Summer always seems to start with the same lovely idea: more lazy time for bbq’s, beaches, ice cream, trips, maybe reading a good book in a hammock.  Then we find ourselves scrambling because we’ve jam-packed so many fun things to do that we’re simply not maintaining our usual routines.  Because it’s summer! Then along comes fall and we feel the need to get more organized again.   In a recent search for advice on this subject, this article by Maureen (Mo) Hagan, Physiotherapist/Fitness Instructor popped up on HuffPost. She offers tips on how to get back to your daily routine,...

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JULY 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

July 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a scent and flavor I’ve always loved. Although it has a prominence as the holidays approach, I cook with it all year round. In fact, it goes into my French press with coffee every morning. Clearly, I cannot get enough of it.Let’s go back to the way-back-machine when Lip Venom came on the scene. It was a cinnamon-spiked lip gloss meant to plump up the lips and it was all the rage. It also made my lips sting like crazy and yes, they did plump up a bit simply out of irritation. Despite my love for cinnamon, the...

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JULY 03, 2018

“Hate harms the soul.”

July 03, 2018

“Hate harms the soul.”

Such a powerful message, isn’t it?     (If you want to know where this photo was taken, check out the end of this post.) We’re living in a time of divisiveness, unrest, and turmoil.  Recent events have left many of us stunned, heartbroken and angry.  Things can seem hopeless.  But there are so many ways right now, today, that you can be an instrument for change.  “The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi We need more community and less exclusion.  This Independence Day is an excellent time to remember that our nation has always been one of...

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APRIL 21, 2018

Let's Talk About Plastic

April 21, 2018

Let's Talk About Plastic

Anybody remember the first Earth Day? It was April 22, 1970, and millions of Americans came together to march for environmental reforms. This event marked the beginning of our modern environmental movement, leading to the creation of the Environmental Protection Act, quickly followed by the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act. Good work, citizens!  This year’s Earth Day’s mission: End Plastic Pollution. Earth Day Network (EDN) has outlined several goals to this campaign, including “ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning...

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APRIL 10, 2018

“The Woman I Wanted to Be”: by Diane von Furstenberg

April 10, 2018

“The Woman I Wanted to Be”:  by Diane von Furstenberg

In her irresistible memoir “The Woman I Wanted To Be”, Diane von Furstenberg recounts the story of her remarkable life. This what I knew about DVF (as her friends call her) before reading:  she married a European prince at a young age, created the famous “Wrap Dress” that became a fashion icon, and lived a glamorous life as part of the jet set, frequently seen at Studio 54.  She epitomized the 70’s.  What I learned from reading her book is that she is a woman of great strength,  empathy, and vision. Independence, freedom, and self-reliance were touchstones for Diane's life...

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APRIL 05, 2018

Documentary Review: "WASTED! The Story of Food Waste"

April 05, 2018

Documentary Review: "WASTED!  The Story of Food Waste"

"WASTED!  The Story of Food Waste" gives a fascinating, easily digestible (ha!) overview of the world’s food problems. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain (one of the executive producers), the film opens with him admitting he doesn’t like the idea of being a public advocate, but his old-school’s chef’s training taught him to “use everything, waste nothing.” What follows is a fast-paced documentary discussing the problem of food waste with world-renowned chefs and leaders, peppered with clever stop-animation graphs. There's a lot to learn in this documentary. Mainly, food waste is the single largest component of solid waste in U.S. landfills. Once...

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