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

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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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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Meatless Monday

If you’re having trouble kick-starting the week, this post will get your brain in the zone. We’re here with 5 healthy ways to tackle Monday (and Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday…). A little self-control and enthusiasm can go a long way. Feeling lethargic? Start drinking more water and switch up your eating habits. Constantly running late or misplacing things? Take an extra five minutes in the morning to write some memos. Being organized and energized is easy, so come try life the Cayisa way!

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1. Try this basil and blueberry grilled cheese for lunch. New flavor combos are like life’s little adventure for the busy woman. What’s for dinner? Ravioli with green beans and a brown butter sauce.

2. Sometimes, looking the part helps you feel the part. Play your part better by taking time for you! Visit etsy for this print and Cayisa for the eco-friendly bracelets.

3. These vases are perfect for a springy table!

4. Vegan peanut butter cup cheesecakes. Um, yes please.

5. A chalkboard on the wall may just mean less mental clutter in your mind.

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Thanks for stopping by! #Cayisa on Instagram and Twitter so we can keep up with your healthy living habits!

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Are you looking for a new springtime project? Why not consider a learning garden?

You’ll see from our Instagram account that we’re helping Christ Covenant School in their effort to bring a learning garden to campus. These gardens provide so many wonderful educational opportunities! Students have the satisfaction of watching patience and hard work pay off, but they also learn about healthful living and environmental preservation. The Christ Covenant Spartans will even incorporate math, history, and art lessons into their gardening experience.

So if you’d like to introduce your family or friends to their own learning garden, check out this how to guide!

First things first: plants need sun. As you begin your garden, make sure you locate a spot with prime light exposure.

Next, you need to select a building material. According to landscaper Jenny Peterson, wood or cinderblocks are the least expensive options. Stone and steel are more expensive options but will add an element of class to your finished product.

If you need help deciding, refer to this chart:

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Peterson also says that 4′ is an ideal width for gardens. Feel free to pick any length, the 4′ parameter simply ensures you don’t have to climb into your garden to take care of it. The height will depend on your intended gardeners. If your family is helping you, try keeping the bed 6″ to 1′ high.

For a step by step construction guide, go to Better Homes and Gardens.

Once you’re happy with your garden frame, fill the bed with soil! Then go on a seed shopping spree to buy the herbs, fruits, and vegetables you want to grow most!

There are lots of fun ways to mark and use your produce, too!

These field note printables are from the Sisters Guild. Let your kids observe how their plants grow each day.

As for plant markers, Whimsy love has a crafty solution:

Here’s a beginner’s guide to canning which you can tuck away for future reference once your harvest arrives!

Choose to grow your meals this summer! You won’t regret it!

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Meatless Monday

Thanks for checking in on this glorious Meatless Monday! Every week we bring the best of clean eating, crafting, and healthful living to you!

Feeling guilty about what you’ve eaten today? There’s still time to correct that with our vegetarian dinner recipes. There’s even a healthy breakfast recipe to ensure tomorrow starts off right. Have requests? Got your own foolproof recipe for guilt-free living? Let us know in the comments!

Also, if it’s been awhile since you last visited our website, consider reading about our seeds of hope mission. Three stories of faith and courage are being celebrated as we give proceeds from our sales to help little Ava and Brooke as well as Eben, who opens up about her struggle with Psoriasis. We appreciate you stopping by!

Your to-do list for the week:

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1. Macaroni for the wee people and roasted vegetable pitas for you!
2. Ready for a better breakfast tomorrow? Pin this recipe on the fridge so you don’t forget!
3. Need more wanderlust in your life? Try making your own version of this print. Need more armcandy – or just more jewelry with a purpose? Find Cayisa here.
4. DIY projects are satisfying on multiple levels. How about adding this DIY hammock chair to your porch or sun-room this spring?
5. Avocado chocolate pudding. We’ve featured avocado desserts before…because they’re just that good! Get this recipe here!

 

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This week’s post is really a shout-out to Food Babe and Vitamin C.

We’re celebrating Food Babe because as you’ll read here, her fearless army convinced Kraft to “dump the dyes.”  An online petition with over 365,000 signatures demanded that Kraft remove yellow dyes #5 and #6 from their macaroni and cheese. Not only are these dyes linked to cancer, they have no nutritional value and are manmade…in labs. Hardly ideal ingredients for your family to consume. So thank the #FoodBabeArmy for making macaroni safe again!

General Food Babe insight is always useful, and I loved this recent post on healthy office snacks. Drop the donuts and much on something that will keep you feeling GOOD about yourself!

Of her top 20 picks, homemade hummus, avocados, green smoothies, and homemade cookies are my favourites.

Now for the Vitamin C. As the weather gets warmer, oranges will be in high demand. Ever wondered why?

People often talk about a Vitamin C boost, but how does one little orange help our bodies function?

Vitamin C is known to assist in collagen production i.e. your skin feels happy.

Oranges are high in fiber which aids in good digestion.

Oranges have a high Vitamin A content which is responsible for maintaining night vision. Vitamin A also helps your eyes absorb light.

Drinking orange juice reduces the risk of kidney stones and kidney failure.

Oranges contain potassium which is useful at regulating heart health.

Oranges are even carbohydrate safe. They’re a fruit and obviously contain sugar, but any food with a glycemic index under 55 is healthy. And guess what, your standard orange conveniently has a glycemic index of 40. This means eating oranges won’t drastically increase your blood sugar. Win, win.

*Necessary safety announcement: you shouldn’t consume more than 2000mg of Vitamin C a day. Additionally, if you suffer from heartburn, the acidity in oranges may feel uncomfortable, so be wise when getting your orange fix.

Orange education: found here and here.

If you’re feeling inspired, check out these orangey ideas:

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1. A healthy orange julius: recipe here

2. Orange scones (beware: indulgent): recipe here

3. Fun fact: orange peel can be used as kindling for your summer bonfires

4. Herb and citrus oven roasted chicken: recipe here

5. Chocolate covered orange peel: recipe here

6. Homemade orange extract: recipe here

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Enjoy your weekend and check back on Monday for our weekly Meatless Monday post!

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Reforesting. Ever think about it? Probably not.

Planting trees usually doesn’t top our to-do lists because there are so many other commitments vying for our attention. It’s understandable!

But preserving our planet will always be necessary, no matter how busy our lives.

Whenever you purchase a Cayisa piece, you’re assisting in that preservation! It’s easy and it really does help. Cayisa is not alone, though, in seeking to replant and restore American soil.

This week, we’re spotlighting the National Forest Foundation, a group that works hard to promote educational experiences in the environment.

Through youth engagement, numerous students have learned about the beauty of nature – taking group hikes, planting trees, and interning on prairie lands.

Additionally, the National Forest Foundation encourages people to celebrate Friends of the Forest Day by gathering together and removing trash from local parks and grounds. Pausing to appreciate the beauty of nature isn’t an exercise in hippy-dom. It’s healthy for the heart! Removing human pollution is a good place to start.

There are plenty of opportunities for you – whether you’d like to become a member, make a donation, or simply share NFF’s mission with friends.

If you’re interested in learning more, click here.

If you’d like to know more about how Cayisa gives back, click here.

Check back with us on Monday for clean living tips, but for now, enjoy a reminder of just how lovely the great outdoors can be (photo credit to the wonderful folks over at NFF).

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Meatless Monday

Welcome to another week! We hope you had a rest filled weekend and are ready to continue living healthfully with us today! If you’re body has been struggling to adjust to spring temps (cough cough, allergies, cough cough), the Tuscan bean soup recipe below will soothe any cold. There’s also a recipe for elderberry gummies that might just help you sleep. But what’s got me really excited is the wooden print from Etsy. I love a good pun and this one is too cute. It will look great on your walls and remind you to eat those veggies.

As always, #cayisa if you’re getting crafty or creative and give our mission a share! We want to support the causes you’re passionate about! So keep living healthfully, don’t give up, and check back here on Thursday for another Green Scene post.

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MM4131. Tuscan bean soup from the wanderlust kitchen!
2. Turn the beet up with etsy!
3. Who says gummies are just for kids? Real food RN has the recipe!
4. The garden glove and sow and dipity have some lovely DIY herb garden ideas!
5. Make time in your week to work out. It’s the perfect stress relief. And if arm candy helps you get through it, then sport some Cayisa! 😉
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