Monthly Archives: January 2015

Host A Winning Super Bowl Party

Delicious food, beverages and a gathering of all your friends are the prerequisites for any Super Bowl party. This year, channel your enthusiasm and love for the sport by greening your party in order to cut back on waste. Taking it to the next level with these eco-friendly tips will make it the best Super Bowl party ever!

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Give the Menu a Local Flair

Instead of ordering wasteful, unappealing deli trays or boring pizzas consider making a simple, but delicious menu based on organically grown, locally available foods. For instance, grass-fed local beef can become spicy chili, nachos, herb-seasoned stew or deliciously tender meatballs. Locally grown fruits and vegetables and can be the base for scrumptious salads, platters (like a veggie tray) and deserts.

For convenience, remember to select foods that are easy to eat and easy to prepare. Stews, chili and finger foods are easy to keep at safe serving temperatures for hours, while still tasting delicious.

Think “Group” for Safety and Energy Conservation

To both save gas and ensure everyone arrives home safely after the party, enlist the help of a few guests to be designated drivers and have them pick up guests and deliver them to the party and then home again, afterward.

Choosing and Serving Beverages

Find local micro-brewers and wineries who utilize green production practices to get the benefits of both eco-friendly beverages for your party, and the chance to sample their delicious offerings. You will be supporting local artisans and helping the environment.

If, like most of the nation, your Super Bowl party is located in a region of the country that is experiencing cold weather, make use of the cold to pre-chill beverages for the party by setting them outside for a few hours before the party. This will cut down on the amount of energy required for ice and refrigeration.

Eco-Friendly Serving Tips

Continue your eco-friendly party theme by choosing to use real dishes, serving ware and flatware. Additionally, choose to use cloth napkins versus paper. While disposable is the easiest option, it is also the most wasteful and adds to the landfills. If you do opt for disposable, chose products made from recycled content.

Eco-Friendly Waste Management

Parties generate waste, even eco-friendly ones. To manage this efficiently, even if your household already recycles, label bins and place them where your guests will be able to access them easily. In addition, reduce waste by keeping a compost container for food scraps.  that can be added to the compost pile after the party.

Professional Cleaning Service

To clean up after the party, hire the professional services of Mopfrog. The eco-friendly and hassle free services offered at Mopfrog of Lunenburg will help you start off your week on a fresh and clean.

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Understanding Organic Labeling: What Consumers Should Know

Shopping for groceries is one of those tasks that many of us do on auto-pilot. In fact, many consumers find themselves purchasing the same brands, week after week, without taking the time to read the labels or compare the product to others on the market. While this habit may help you race through the grocery store at top speed, it probably isn’t helping you choose the most nutritious, healthful foods for your family’s weekly meals. Making better food choices can be as easy as learning about organic food labeling and choosing fresh, healthy foods that bear this labeling.

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Changing Times, Changing Trends in Food Labels

Just a few short decades ago, the organic food industry made up only a tiny slice of the market and consumers who wanted to experience the benefits living a healthier lifestyle by consuming organic foods often had trouble locating a source for them. Pressure from this growing segment of consumers helped convince the food industry to offer consumers more access and a wider variety of organically grown foods.

As demand grew and access improved, consumers often¬†found shopping for organic foods confusing, due to the lack of a standardized labeling system. It wasn’t until the implementation of the National Organic Program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), however, that a standardized food labeling program was created allowing consumers to instantly recognize organic foods in the market.

Organics in Growth Mode

Now, more consumers than ever before are demanding access to healthful, organically grown foods. In fact, a 2014 industry survey sponsored by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) showed that 81 percent of consumers reported purchasing organic foods, at least occasionally. As this demand has grown, the food supply chain has responded and now most food markets, grocery stores and chain stores that sell food have a well-stocked organic foods section.

Recognizing Organic Foods

The USDA’s National Organic Program has created a series of easily recognizable seals and standardized label wording that consumers can watch for when shopping. The seals and wording may be attached to each item, or be prominently displayed on signage over bulk produce displays, such as large quantities of fruits or vegetables.

  • 100% Organic – This wording will appear on those items or products that meet the standards of organically grown or produced items. This wording can appear with or without the round USDA Organic Seal. The seal may be green and brown, black and white or appear as a simple black outline on transparent packaging, such as clear plastic film.
  • Organic – This wording will appear on those items or products that meet the specifications to be considered at least 95% organic. The organic seal, as described above, may or may not be included on the packaging or market displays.
  • Made with Organic Ingredients – This wording is displayed on packaging or signage for products and items that are at least 70% organic. The seal is not used on this classification of organic labeling.
  • Less than 70% Organic Ingredients – This wording is used when the item or product has some portion of organic materials included in the ingredient list and the seal is not used.

Taking a few minutes to learn about organic labeling will help you learn to recognize and choose the healthiest, freshest and most organic foods whenever you shop!

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Facing Your Natural Beauty During Dry Winter Months

Wintertime is tough on your skin. This is especially true for facial skin that is constantly either exposed to bitterly cold outdoor air or the dry, over-heated indoor air. Over time, facial skin feels tight, itchy and even chapped because the body cannot keep up with its need for moisture.

In addition to feeling uncomfortable, winter conditions can be incredibly aging. If your face is feeling the ravages of winter, try these homemade facial masks to restore moisture and improve the texture and resilience of your skin.

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  • Soothing Lemon & Honey Mask – Combine the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon with two tablespoons of organic raw honey and apply to the face with a gentle touch. After twenty minutes, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by a rinse with cool water. The acid and natural vitamin C of the lemon juice combined with the humectant and naturally healing action of the honey moisturizes and heals winter skin, while helping it look more luminous.
  • Invigorating Yogurt & ACV Mask – Combine two tablespoons organic plain yogurt with one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and apply to your freshly washed face. After twenty minutes, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by a final rinse with cool water. This mask helps moisturize and brighten dull winter skin, while providing an exfoliating action and helping to refine your pores.
  • Exfoliating Oatmeal, Honey and Olive Oil Mask – Soak a handful of organic oatmeal in hot water for twenty minutes. When cool to the touch, add one tablespoon each of organic raw honey and extra virgin olive oil and mix vigorously with a fork. Using a very light touch and a circular motion, scrub the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin with this mixture, while avoiding the eye area. Rise thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by a cooler rinse. This mask both exfoliates and moisturizes, to help brighten the skin and leave it with a fresh, dewy texture.

In addition to these masks, remember that many of the healthful, organic foods that you enjoy consuming are also incredibly nourishing when applied to your skin. Mangos, avocados, papayas, coconut oil, egg whites, teas and many others will help your skin look younger and feel better as you nourish it from the outside in. In addition, remember to drink plenty of filtered water and your winter skin is sure to become beautiful skin in no time!

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