Homemade Taco Seasoning

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SPICE-JARSMaking your own homemade seasonings is a great way to avoid common allergens, various unwanted chemical additives, MSG, dyes, sugar, preservatives, and potentially other nasty ingredients leaving your foods as fresh tasting and delicious as possible without compromising nutrition.  Also, you can make as large of quantity as needed or as small as quantity so your spices are always fresh and ready to go.  Aim at mixing up a fresh batch each time you cook, or for convenience increase the recipe size to equal what you would typically use in a six-month to one-year time frame.  Spices are best used within a year.  If you find your spices are clumping, you can shake them to break them up, use a utensil to break the clumps, or use a few grains of rice inside your jar to absorb moisture and prevent clumping without additives.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon…

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Avoid “Text Neck” by Stretching Your Fascia

The Always Bright Life

A few weeks ago I was at a spin/yoga combo class at Endorphin and had the great fortune of being led by Steph Maes, who also happens to be a massage therapist. When the yoga portion had finished she said that there was one more thing she wanted to share with us – how to stretch the fascia to relieve tension and prevent “text neck.”

stretch fascia Lauren Roxburgh stretching her fascia via GOOP.

You’ve seen those people who over time develop a hunch in their upper backs, reminiscent of bending over a book, keyboard, or phone. This is “text neck,” and as it turns out, you can prevent it! Aside from getting your eyes off of your screen and practicing correct posture (check out the Greatist’s Ultimate Guide to Good Posture here), you can also combat the effects of habitual technology use by stretching your fascia.

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Flamingo Beach Elopement Costa Rica 2015

John Williamson Photography

This lovely couple chose a beach elopement for their wedding. They were staying at the Flamingo Beach Resort which is located right on the beautiful Flamingo Bay in Northern Guanacaste. The intimate ceremony took place on the resort’s beach overlooking the bay, with only the bride’s parent’s as witnesses. After a moving ceremony by Marcello Galli, we took some gorgeous photographs on the beach with reflections in tide pools with the gorgeous light. I particularly like the after-dark photos with the lit palm trees.

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A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter To Santa

This is great!

The Ugly Volvo

Dear Santa,

 I am a ten-month-old baby and I write because my mother has been sending out my “Christmas List” to people, and her list does not in any way represent the things I really want.  I could give two s#*ts about receiving stacking cups.

And I know you’re ready to make the joke about ten month-old babies and how all we want is the wrapping paper and the boxes.  Touché, SantaTouché.   We do, of course, want those things.  But I have a number of additional things I want very badly.

My list is enclosed below.  Have a lovely holiday.

-Ten Month-Old Baby

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A Comprehensive List of The Things I Want For Christmas:

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1.) This Laptop Cord

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I want this laptop cord more than I have ever wanted anything.   Please.  I also want the power strip with…

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Chicken Pho (Phở Gà)

It's More Than Just Pho

The time has come…I made pho!!

And can I just clarify to all: it’s is pronounced like “fuh,” not “foe.”  It drives me nuts when people say it wrong!

Also, I don’t use MSG.  For some reason, a lot of my friends asked me this when I told them I was making pho.  Pho restaurants typically use MSG to enhance the flavor of soup, but I am not a pho restaurant so I use good old sugar and fish sauce.

I had many requests from friends to make this, so I felt that it was high time I shared my version of the popular noodle soup.  Many of you may be accustomed to beef pho, but I personally prefer to make it with chicken.  I think it’s just because I like chicken better than beef in general.  You can totally substitute the chicken stock with beef stock; the pork bones with…

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