Happy 4th!

Here’s to freedom, stars and stripes, and celebrating with loved ones. How are you spending your Independence Day? Be sure to #Cayisa so we can share in your fun! If you’re still searching for patriotic treats and outfits, look below. We’ve got plenty of food and fashion inspiration to help you be the most American of them all.

GS73Keep it casual with overalls or take on the midi skirt. This year’s 4th fashion brings some extra class and sophistication to the table. Who says stars and stripes have to be boring?
GS73Keep things simple this year with dipped pretzels, a fruity flag, pancakes, and a lemon cream cake. Make sure you and your friends stay hydrated by glamming up your water display – these ice cubes are easy and delicious!
Have a safe, FUN fourth and be sure to come back next week!
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Managing Monday

Happy Monday everyone! How are you managing yours?

If you need a little help, inspiration, or both, you’ve come to the right place! Chill out with an easy, meatless supper, reward yourself with peach sherbet, and start a craft project with patriotic flair. Whether you’ve got Mondays down to a science or not, you’re welcome here – stop by again some time soon!

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1. This panini recipe and summer tomatoes are deliciously easy.

2. Martha Stewart knows sherbet. Trust us.

3. This American flag wreath and mason jar DIY will jazz up your home just in time for Saturday.

Like the outfit? Find Sands of Fire by Cayisa here.

For all the dads out there

If you’ve got a father figure you want to love well this weekend, look below for recipes and DIY cards that are sure to make him smile! Sometimes, sharing reminders of gratitude and kindness are a small yet powerful ways to bring light and hope into one another’s days. So take a moment and let your role models know how treasured they are. As always, be sure to #Cayisa when you try out these ideas!

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Make dad a meaty meal he’ll remember! From left to right: honey-lime chicken skewers, slow-cooker fall of the bone ribs, and blackened chicken with an avocado cream sauce.

GS619Whip up something yummy for dessert. What goes perfectly with a good cookout? Milkshakes! Clockwise: banana pudding milkshakes, snickers milkshakes, and last but not least, key lime pie milkshakes.
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Gifts don’t have to be fussy – just something small that says you’re important to me. From left to right: generational fathers (recreate this look on your own!), a flippin awesome spatula, and a candy stash for the facial haired father.

Happy Father’s Day from Cayisa!

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Meatless Monday

Mondays can bring all sorts of challenges. First zumba classes (insert sound-clip of my creaking bones here), back to back meetings, daycare drop offs, dinner on the run – the list goes on. If you’ve had a manic Monday and are just now settling in for the night, look below for a quick dinner option. If your kids are home for the summer and causing mayhem, click on the link for summer fun. Summer also brings another unique challenge that looks a lot like a yellow polka dot bikini…

Bathing suit shopping is the bane of my existence because let’s face it, nobody looks awesome in the glaring light of a changing room and the options are endless. Check out how you can style Cayisa with a rocking bathing suit and remember that you’re lovely, whether you’ve got the perfect beach bod or not. And before you reach for physical perfection, remember the mental hurdles have to be jumped first. If your heart and mind are happy, your healthy body will arrive that much faster.

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MM6151. Tomato-basil-mozzarella calzone from Life a Little Brighter and a mushroom flatbread from Domestic Superhero.
2. Coca cola may not be the healthiest beverage in the world, but it has one cute logo. Vamp up your recyclables with some DIY.
3. Bathing suits galore! What style are you going for this year? Click on the image for more style info. Want more Cayisa? Click here.
4. Here is your ticket to keeping the kiddos occupied.
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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

Fresh Fruit Pops

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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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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Green Scene

Ever find that the weeks leading up to summer are far more stressful than you thought possible?

The world has a way of speeding up before it slows down, and if that’s where you find yourself today, keep reading for DIY life savers. Why not set aside an afternoon this weekend to pause and take care of yourself? We ask so much of our bodies and we’re not always kind to them in return! Unfortunately, the results of our negligence are often quite uncomfortable. Indigestion, acne, cracked skin, sore throats – they all throw us off course from time to time, especially when we’re stressed or living life on the go!

Peppermint oil and/or tea will quickly calm you down if you’re having one of those days. Mint tea is usually caffeine free and relieves nausea and indigestion. Make yourself a cup before bedtime, open a good book, and prepare for sleep the right way! Have a cup or two during the day to give yourself some extra Vitamin B or to gain control over your appetite.

Adding peppermint oils to your bathwater can soothe rashes and help with decongesting sniffly sinuses.

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This chocolate peppermint smoothie is packed with super foods that will recharge your system, but the gist of it is peppermint extract, cocao, and coconut milk – what’s not to love? In a rush? Prep this the night before and bring it on your morning commute!

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Here we have a DIY chest rub, a lemon zest hand scrub (for gardeners really, but it works for anyone with sorry looking hands), and peppermint mocha soap.
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Here’s a friendly reminder to keep drinking tea – peppermint really will work wonders for your body – as well as a recipe for homemade cough drops!

Thanks for checking in – be sure to #Cayisa when you’re sporting our arm candy and come back on Monday for some healthy inspiration!

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A very green mother’s day!

There are just a few days left before Mother’s Day! Are you excited? Because we are!

What a beautiful time to celebrate the women in our lives who have nurtured us and raised us up over the years. Whether you’re a mom yourself or just want to honor the moms you love, you’ve come to the right place for Mother’s Day inspiration! Take a look at yummy brunch recipes and fun, green gifts that will definitely earn you a smile or two.

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1. Try these granola cups – you can customize yogurt and fruit flavors!
2. Easy eggs benedict for the whole family!
3. How about a hashbrown egg nest with avocado?
4. Red pepper and baked egg galettes – get cultural with brunch!
5. Butter jam was a new phenomenon to me, but it looks absolutely amazing!
6. Slow cooked french toast is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
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This homemade facial scrub is all natural and perfect for the mama who likes at home pampering. GS57
Here we have 2 different kinds of gardening gifts – one for the DIY whiz and one for the online shopping pro. Either one will add an extra touch of spring to mom’s home!GS57
And of course, if you really want to spoil the women you love, try some arm candy! For a limited time, Cayisa is running a special offer – enter “mom” at checkout and receive 25% off your order. With that kind of deal, you should treat yourself, too! (But shhh, don’t tell mom that.)GS57If you’re celebrating, have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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