Green Scene

Thursdays are our opportunity to appreciate all the world is doing to be kind to the environment and its inhabitants. We want to celebrate with you as you live a healthier lifestyle that leads to a healthier you! We also love to celebrate fashion that gives back, fashion that feeds – fashion that brings people alive. If you want to see how Cayisa does that, click here.

I recently stumbled across Della and fell in love with their mission. The fashion line is run by a marvelous array of women. It’s based in L.A. but has forged relationships with a community of African women in Ghana who take textiles from the Volta Region and handcraft each product. Della’s website is quick to assert that the line is not about charity. The line reinforces the strength of the individual and relishes in business done well. These craftswomen are able to manage their spending, learn the benefits of micro-financing, and bond as a community, all in the name of fashion. Della’s products have been sold in the Apple store and even broke into the Urban Outfitters market.

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Fashion is absolutely a means of expression and an art form we can revere, but it is also a passion project with the power to unite people, and that’s worthy of huge respect.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Have a favourite fashion philanthropist? Tell us more!

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Meatless Monday

We know there are plenty of blogs out there, so thanks for stopping by our little corner of the web! These weekly posts are your chance to read up on healthy tips and trends – from recipes to fashion, we’ve got you covered. Life moves quickly and we know how important it is to absorb every precious moment that comes your way. We love the moments you’ve shared with us lately so keep them coming! Check out the DIY projects below and then put your inspiration into action!

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MM681. Chalk board art. is. everywhere. It’s also harder than it looks (mostly because cursive was so elementary school and we’ve since forgotten how to make it look pretty). However, chalkboards are incredibly useful, especially for party decor, so if you want to be a lettering guru, check out this page for more info. It actually isn’t that difficult…it just takes a few minutes to pick up.
2. Big, chuck-it-all-in salads are great because you put in minimal effort yet end up with lots of color and wonderful flavours. If you’re on the go, put your ingredients in a mason jar, screw on the lid, and grab a fork. Easy. Try this recipe tonight!
3. Another party decoration that’s all the rage is the paper flower. These ones, from Apartment Therapy, have surfaced all over the place lately, and that’s probably because they’re cute and cheap. Whether you’re prepping for a backyard shindig or just want to liven up your kitchen table, paper flowers might be the way to go.
4. Nothing says summer like popsicles! This peach creamsicle recipe is healthy and sure to please. Let us know what you think!
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Meatless Monday

Tis the season for cookouts, grill-outs, barbecues, backyard soirees, and everything else in between. Do you have special dietary needs to cater for? Bored of burgers? Looking to spice up your shish kebab game? Cayisa has the perfect backyard menu for your summer needs. Look below for inspiration and #Cayisa when you’re getting crafty in the kitchen. Be sure to head on over to our website to keep tabs on our fundraising projects as well!

Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Quinoa-Corn Tortilla Chips

Chocolate Dipped Kiwi Popsicles

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Mushroom skewers from dinners and dreams

Grilled pineapple salsa with quinoa tortilla chips from vegan yack attack

Grilled eggplant, halloumi, and pesto burgers from veggie belly

Chocolate kiwi popsicles from fine little day

Frozen mango, kiwi, raspberry popsicles from skinny taste

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Meatless Monday

The weeks, they just keep rolling. Cheers to another Monday conquered! Break up the monotony of your daily routine by spending a few moments here. There’s plenty to see and consider – especially if you’re into fashion with a cause.

If you’ve had trouble staving off the sugar cravings lately, give healthy snacking a try! It happens to the best of us – donuts in the break room, that friendly neighborhood baker with extra time on her hands…baked goods are yummy but such a frenemy when you’re trying to cut the chemicals and fight for the fresh. Healthy meals are similarly tricky. But look below for recipes and DIY that will give you a reason to celebrate Monday. Valuing the little things in life is essential to having a positive outlook – so tell us, what are you thankful for today? #Cayisa and let us know!

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1. Beat the sugar rush with raw strawberry twizzlers!
2. Get your nom on with sweet potato ravioli!
3. Grab canvas, modge podge, and magazines to mimic this canvas feel.
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Today’s post is a shout-out you don’t want to miss.

I’ve become a little bit obsessed with deliciouslyorganic.net, a website devoted to healthful living. Creator, Carrie Vitt, shares fantastic recipes and general lifestyle information, but my favourite post of hers features a little girl named Samantha. If you’ve been reading Cayisa’s blog for awhile, you’ll know that we’re also a big fan of Food Babe. Her army champions better living for all by campaigning against toxic ingredients in foods. So far, Food Babe has been quite successful. Samantha’s story proves just why the fight to reduce chemicals matters.

Her sweet mama, Jenna, made a haunting discovery about Red Dye #40, or Allura Red as it’s also called. The presence of Red 40 in Samantha’s diet was drastically altering her mood. Samantha’s symptoms went unexplained for a long time before Jenna realized food dyes could be the root cause. Below is a list of the foods Jenna removed from Samantha’s diet as well as a list of other chemicals (all petroleum based) that had negative effects on her daughter.

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You can read Jenna’s full story here.

Deliciously Organic also features budget friendly recipes for the self-proclaimed health nut:

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Fussili with chard, bacon, and cream: 6 ingredients. So much flavour.

And in case you were looking for a grain-free, paleo dessert: smores bars. Bingo.

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Carrie even did a write-up of her favourite natural sunscreens. This post is the perfect pre-summer read for you and your family!

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Stop by Carrie’s website some time and have a look at the work she’s doing to promote healthier choices. You won’t regret it!

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Meatless Monday

Happy Monday Cayisa readers! I hope you’re tackling Monday in style (somebody has to). If you’re just here for the recipes, scroll on down for a meatless menu that should make you and your family happy. If you’re interested in healthful living, consider visiting Food Babe’s website to watch this video, which supports wiser shopping habits.
This family of five volunteered for a study conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute. You can get the full story on Food Babe’s website here. It is so important to be aware of how simple choices in the grocery store will later affect your mind and body!

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MM5181. Mexican flavours just taste like summer. Get in the mood for sunshine, tans, and family time with these simple veggie dinners. The cheesy quesadillas can be dressed up with cilantro, tomatoes, onions, peppers – whatever your kids prefer! These loaded nachos will be perfect with one of today’s snack options: healthy guac (see #3).
2. Get inspired by something today! Start a new book, write a few lines of poetry, crack open that journal you’ve been ignoring. Find this print on Etsy and this stack on Cayisa.
3. Wise snack choices are happy life choices. Put down the cupcake and whip up a better treat. Here we have bell pepper candy, avocado dip, and lemon frozen yogurt!
4. Are you crafting obsessed? This DIY tutorial for screen printing will help you transform any old sweatshirt in your closet. Give it a try and #Cayisa so we can see!
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