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    Apr22

    Appreciating Our Earth!

    Posted in Life by Lucy

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    Today marks the 44th year of celebrating Earth Day, a day that aims to inspire awareness and action for caring for the Earth’s environment. Throughout the world, events are being held to demonstrate the ongoing commitment necessary for protecting the planet.

    Are you looking for ways to participate? Here are several ideas to get you in the spirit of Earth Day:

    • Go outside—no matter what the weather!—and enjoy.
    • Submerge your hands in soil—plant a tree, wildflowers, or organic vegetables.
    • Take a walk in the woods. Read more »

    Apr21

    Egg Roll!

    Posted in Life by Lucy

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    Eggs are an ancient symbol of new life, fertility, and rebirth; and what we usually call “Easter eggs” are also often linked to pagan customs celebrating springtime. This reverence for eggs includes the well-known tradition of dying and decorating eggs as part of Easter celebrations. And during the season, egg hunts and egg rolling are especially two popular egg-tivities!

    Today the First Family is hosting the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a race in which children push decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn. It’s actually one of the oldest annual events in White House history. Read more »

    Apr18

    20 Interesting Bunny Facts!

    Posted in Life by Lucy

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    While waiting for the Easter bunny to come hopping down the trail, why not brush up on your bunny rabbit knowledge? Did you know…?

    1. Bunnies and rabbits are the same animal—there’s no difference in breed or species. Bunnies usually refer to small or young rabbits, which are also called kittens.

    2. A rabbit litter size is typically between 4 to 12 bunnies. Can you believe some wild female rabbits become pregnant 8 times a year? It’s no surprise that rabbits are a symbol of fertility in many cultures!

    3. Rabbits are lagomorphs, not rodents.

    4. A male rabbit is called a buck and a female is a doe. Read more »

    Apr17

    Is Gardening Easy?

    Posted in Tips by Lucy

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    If you read yesterday’s post you’ll know this is a rhetorical question. I have my own answer, which might not match yours. In fact, I hope it doesn’t. I hope you do find gardening easy; and that one day I will, too!

    For now, I am pondering gardening again today. I’ve made a list, hoping to simplify tasks and make gardening—easy.

    Here’s my plan. Please send suggestions!

    First Decide:

    • What to plant—herbs, veggies, flowers? One plant? Three? Ten?
    • Seeds or seedlings?
    • Best planting time? Read more »

    Apr16

    Growing as a Gardener.

    Posted in Food by Lucy

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    So far in life I still haven’t done as much vegetable gardening as I’d like to. Ideal planting time comes and goes, and I have little or nothing in the ground or in pots. Our weekend sports, social and travel schedule fills in, and time flies.

    I have to say, too, that I’m a little intimidated about getting supplies right for planting, and then having time for watering and weeding later on. Finding the right place to plant in the ground or place in pots becomes something to ponder. There are considerations of whether to hide the plants at the side of the house, or make them a front and center feature. Read more »

    Mar28

    Yoga is Good!

    Posted in Health by Lucy

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    It’s almost April. Are you sticking to your New Year’s resolution of exercising more? Well, if you’re stuck in a rut with your routine, consider doing yoga.

    I have been doing yoga since the 1980s, when I purchased a book on yoga and learned the different positions at home. That was before the big yoga boom that’s happened in the past 15 years. The book, Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan, was originally published in 1969 and seems to be ever popular. Here’s a link to its listing on Amazon.com. Even with the old photos and quirky “thoughts for the day,” this book remains a favorite of mine. Read more »

    Mar26

    Time for Tea!

    Posted in Health by Lucy

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    It has been a long, cold winter for many of us. Are you ready to be warm? While waiting on the temperatures to heat up, how about having a nice cup of hot tea?

    Tea has been enjoyed for centuries. Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Served either hot or cold, people drink it anytime, anywhere. I am especially fond of iced tea; usually a classic orange pekoe and black tea blend, but more and more I like green, too.

    Each day, more than 158 million Americans are drinking tea. (For more facts about tea click here.) And can you believe an average of 3 billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide? Black tea (84 percent), green tea (15 percent), white tea (.5 percent), and oolong tea (.5 percent). Interestingly, these different teas actually all come from the same plant, a warm-weather flowering evergreen named Camellia sinensis. Read more »

    Mar24

    School Grants for Healthy Kids!

    Posted in Health by Lucy

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    Did you know that one in three U.S. kids is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and asthma? Childhood obesity is often difficult to address, even for parents and schools. That’s why I’m shouting “thanks” to the organization Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) for their help with this epidemic. Promoting “good food” and “active bodies,” AFHK is offering school grants for breakfast and physical activity programs.

    Founded in 2002, AFHK helps schools become healthier so kids can learn better and live healthier lives. In 2012, working with 25,000 schools and 65,000 volunteers across the country, its programs helped more than 10 million children. Read more »

    Mar20

    Lucy’s Expands into Costco Stores in the NW!

    Posted in Shopkeeper by Lucy

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    Good news for fans of Lucy’s cookies! Costco members in the Northwest area of the country will now be able to purchase Lucy’s products at more Costco locations.

    Here’s a list of the Costco warehouses set to start carrying Lucy’s:

    Alaska
    4125 Debarr Rd, Anchorage, AK 99508
    330 W. Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515
    5225 Commercial Way, Juneau, AK 99801 Read more »

    Mar20

    New Friendships!

    Posted in Life by Lucy

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    One of the best parts of life is meeting new people. I think our lives are enriched every time we make new friends. Learning about people, especially those with different backgrounds, helps us grow and develop as individuals. And it’s a way of gaining empathy for other humans.

    Along with contributing to the work and outcomes of the recent CSW conference, I’m almost equally as glad that the Girl Scouts were able to experience traveling to a major city like New York City and being introduced to all kinds of new people. Not only did they get to know other Girl Scouts, but the conference gave them the opportunity to literally meet people from around the world! Read more »

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