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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Green Scene

This week I want to spotlight an eco-friendly organization currently engaging with the world’s most brilliant minds.

These minds come in a variety of shapes and sizes and their opinions matter more than we realize.

City Blossoms is a DC nonprofit planting roots in the Washington community through its work with children and young adults.

That’s right – if we want a green revolution we need to enlist the k-12 folks asap.

The City Blossoms team focuses on creating safe places for children to work together, inviting them to use their creativity as they cultivate and maintain gardens. Perhaps it seems a little cliche, but children really are the future and the greatest gift they can receive is an education – not just an education about going green, but an education about how to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

If we empower children, we’re empowering whole generations to come.

Here’s a look at City Blossoms’ holistic approach:

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(Photo courtesy of cityblossoms.org)

City Blossoms is the kind of program that notices needs and fills them. Children need positive relationships with their peers and mentors. They need to be aware of the planet they call home and understand why giving back matters. They need to eat well, nourishing their growing bodies with natural, unprocessed foods. And they certainly need to flex their creative muscles.

With a bilingual early childhood program, field trips, a cookbook, volunteer opportunities and more, this project is making a huge imprint.

Perhaps you can start something similar in your neighborhood.

After all, it takes a village to raise a child…and coincidentally, it can take a village to raise a garden, too.

Passionate about making a difference? Check out City Blossoms here

Want to know more about how Cayisa helps educate? Click here