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Coffee Tea?! My Coffee Secret

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NCDT (National Coffee Data Trends) have reported that as much as 67% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis.  That amount increases to 75% when determining the amount of adults who drink coffee on a weekly basis.  One lesser know fact is that the global coffee market is expected to reach 182 billion by the year 2030.  What is it about that little dark bean, available in so many varieties, that cause people to be unable to go about their daily lives without it?  It must be the flavor as some people swear by coffees made in various countries.  If it's not Columbian or Jamaican coffee, some will not even touch the mug.  Then there are the coffee chain fan clubs who must have their daily Starbucks or Tim Horton's signature espresso in the morning.  Let's be real, the taste of coffee isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when dark.  Quite possibly, it may be the alertness that coffee provides after consumption which have some people hooked.   The alertness and

All the Green Fashion from this Year's Met Gala

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The Met Gala took place on May 6th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York.  Many believed that this year’s gala had a double theme.  “ Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion ” and “ The Garden of Time ” were the two themes that celebrities on the red carpet dressed for.  Vogue editor at large, Anna Wintour, actually issued an apology over the confusion regarding the themes.  The new exhibit that was being highlighted is called “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” and the dress code for the 2024 Met Gala was “The Garden of Time.”  Quite a few celebrities dressed for what they believed was a “Sleeping Beauty” theme. It appears though that the actual dress code was "The Garden of Time."  Some managed to incorporate both themes and this was pretty cool to see. Green Fashion was out and in full effect on this year’s green carpet.  There were a number of looks that incorporated natural materials such as glass, sand, wood as well as flora and faun.  Here are the gree

Nicki Minaj to Release Eco Conscious Sneaker Collection

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Nicki Minaj has partnered with green sneaker brand, LØCI to produce a collection consisting of 11 different pairs of sneakers.  LØCI is a black owned sneaker brand who is committed to crafting products made of sustainable materials such as Bio leather made from food grade corn and natural cork insoles. The  sneakers also consist of materials made from recycled rubber, foam, bamboo and ocean plastic from the Mediterranean Sea.  The vegan eco-luxe company strives to remain environmentally conscious throughout the various phases of production and manufacturing.  Each pair of sneakers are made with 20 recycled bottles sourced from the Mediterranean Sea. Nicki Minaj gloated about the release of her new environmentally conscious sneaker collection in a surprise Instagram post. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Barbie (@nickiminaj)      LØCI’s materials are sourced from responsible suppliers all around the world.  Ten percent of LØCI’s profits are donated to bi

Native Girl Scout Limited Edition Collection Review

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If you are a regular Native customer then you might have heard about their limited edition Girl Scout cookie scented collection.  As a former girl scout, I wholeheartedly support this collaboration.  Girl Scouts is a non profit organization that provides life changing experiences for girls of all ages.  The collection is licensed by the Girl Scout organization.   Native body washes are a self-care staple.  I was able to try three scents from the Girl Scout collection.  Here are three reasons why I am a huge fan of their body washes: 1. Scents- Native offers a large variety of scents that actually smell delightfully good. Whether you’re in the mood for fruity, sweet, floral or clean scents, the scents totally deliver! I don’t know how Native manages to do it but the scents are always true to what it should be smelling like. 2. Value- Now I don’t know about you but I love cleanliness and showering is always important. If you shower frequently, then you probably know how small body wash b

The New Beyond Steak: Green News Guide Reviews

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The new meatless steak by Beyond Meat is a hot item.  I can count at least two times where I intended to purchase Beyond Meat’s new meatless steak and it was completely out of stock in both stores.  I am going to give you the real deal nitty gritty about Beyond Steak.   When I first heard about Beyond Meat’s new steak and looked at a picture of the package, I thought, “hmmmm….will this be similar to the taste of Gardein’s beefless tips?" They do look kind of similar to each other.  Even though I have used Gardein’s beefless steak in various recipes, I’m not sold out about the taste.  That product has somewhat of a cardboard taste (not gonna lie)!  When I finally got my hands on Beyond Meat’s Steak courtesy of Amazon Fresh, I instantly thought about the recipe that I would use it for.  I decided to do a seared mixup with some peppers and onions on top a bed of fluffy rice.  I was pleasantly surprised at how great Beyond Steak tastes as well as how similar the texture is to real ste

Climate Activists Throw Tomato Soup On Van Gogh Painting at London National Gallery

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A duo of climate activists threw tomato soup on Van Gogh’s iconic "Sunflowers” painting at the London National Gallery. The duo hails from the activist group, Just Stop Oil.  Sunflowers by Van Gogh is a still life painting from a series which is revered by art enthusiasts and communities.  Van Gogh created four different versions of “Sunflowers” which were meant to showcase the stages of life—from new to dying. The London National Gallery holds the fourth version, which was created in 1888. The climate activists from Just Stop oil threw two cans of tomato soup at the glass encapsulated painting and then glued themselves to the gallery wall.  Just Stop Oil is no stranger to staging protests in front of acclaimed artworks.  Activists from the organization glued themselves to the frame of Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” which is displayed at London’s Royal Academy of Art.  The female protester could be heard on video with a thick British accent saying, “What is worth more? Art or life? 

Allbirds: The Sustainable Sneakers Brand

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Move to the side Yeezy! There’s a sustainable sneaker company on the horizon! With a motto such as “Love at First Step,” who wouldn’t run out to snag a pair? Allbirds creates running shoes made from planet friendly sources such as eucalyptus infused pulp, sugar cane and merino wool.  They are in the process of producing a natural plant based leather. Allbirds sneakers come in an array of colors, prints and styles.   The Women’s Wool Piper Mid (which I think looks totally rad)   boasts a price of $120 and has a very unique two fold half and half print going on.    This reimagined classic is made with merino wool fiber and is balanced at with a sugarcane outsole.   Though I’m not a sneaker head, I’m all for a sneaker company which keeps the safety of the environment as a focal point during its production processes.   Allbirds realizes that the fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental problems.   They’ve set intentions to reduce their carbon footprint to zero b

Coach (Re) Loved Campaign

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To increase efforts to improve sustainability Coach initiated a campaign which enables customers to recycle their old bags. Coach is an all American luxury design house which was established in New York and they've been creating much loved leather goods for decades.  Customers are given credit towards a new bag when they turn in their old bags. The design house then reimagines or restores the bag to like new condition.  Coach has four different methods for giving their old bags a new life: 1. Coach Upcrafted:  When Coach customers trade their old bag, coach re-designs the bag and may add elements to it in order to make it look like a completely different bag. 2. Coach Restored: Coach will restore older bags to their original condition 3. Coach Vintage:  Coach will restore vintage bags to their original condition 4. Coach Remade: Coach uses the materials from pre-loved handbags to construct and create a new handbag or leather good. If you visit the Coach upcrafted section of the web

Revelations from Super Soul Sunday with Whole Foods Founder, John Mackey

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Earlier this year, Oprah Winfrey sat down with John Mackey, co-founder of Whole Foods Incorporation, for her Super Soul Sunday Series on the OWN Network. There is one simple ingredient that Whole Foods was birthed from and it is--LOVE! As a Whole Foods customer, it's one thing to enjoy going down the natural food isles in the store but it's a real joy to learn how such an awesome grocery store came into being. Mackey provided the audience with remarkable insight about his life, fulfilling one's higher purpose and sound wisdom concerning ethical business practice. Birthing Whole Foods John Mackey was a student in university when the idea for a natural and organic foods grocery store came to him and his friend at the time. Mackey's parents desired for him to assume a typically coveted profession in society. His mother wanted him to become a doctor or lawyer. Deep down, Mackey knew that this was not what he wanted for himself and he decided to break away from what