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Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 7, 2014
File under: Dairy Free, Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and no occasion is more appropriate for making delectable homemade candy for loved ones. While heart-shaped boxes of chocolates line the shelves this time of year, homemade candy is a heartfelt expression of love and friendship.

And have I got a quick and easy drop dead delicious recipe that sets aside all of the tedious “bonbon dipping, temperature checking, double boiler” cooking action so prevalent in traditional candy cookery.

This delightful recipe defies the typical turtle candy making method. Traditional ingredients include heavy cream or evaporated milk, butter, corn syrup and white refined sugar. Oftentimes caramel and pecan halves are covered with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and shortening. Hardens the arteries just thinking about it.

Tasty Tosteds Turtles are a one-bowl wonder that is sure to become a family favorite long after those Valentine Roses have been pressed. …read more of Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine here

 
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Try These Ancient Secrets of Seduction This Valentines Day

By Lissa Coffey ecomii.com
February 4, 2014
File under: Essential Oils, Relationships, Relaxation Techniques, Spirituality

February Fourteenth comes around every year and can be either the most romantic day ever or the source of a great deal of anxiety.

With so many expectations for this  day dedicated to love,  some might prefer to hide away until the clock strikes midnight.

Never fear! An age-old practice from India can help us to discover the secrets of seduction.  Ancient wisdom explains why and modern style, how!

The word “Tantra” means “instrument of the body.”  It may sound exotic, but it is actually very simple.  Tantra teaches us to use all five of our senses consciously, because it is through our senses that we are connected with the physical world. …read more of Try These Ancient Secrets of Seduction This Valentines Day here

 
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Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 28, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Photo:  Juan Carlo

Pizza, salsa and chips are typical Football Munchies, but there’s something special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday.

And this year, enjoying a bowl of our tasty and healthful chili would seem all the more appropriate when watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Halftime.

Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and is easy to make in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish was born well over a century ago.

Chili Con Carne means pepper with meat, traditionally a dish of highly seasoned beef, slow cooked with chili peppers. Records discovered by Everette DeGolyer (1886-1956), a Dallas millionaire and chili enthusiast, indicate that chili was first invented around 1850 by Texas cowboys. …read more of Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili here

 
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Sexy at Seventy-Five!

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
January 20, 2014
File under: Fitness, Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Vegan

A juice cleanse sounds so intriguing.  Imagine all those toxins leaving your body as you become more svelte, while downing those trendy bottles of colorful juice.

It can be very affordable and fun to make your own juice at home if you have the time and a good juicer, but if you have to purchase the cold-pressed concoctions from retailers or juice bars it can get costly.

For instance, just two 12-ounce bottles of BluePrintJuice® would set you back about $25 –and that’s before lunch.

To do a proper cleanse, six bottles a day at $75 adds up to $525 for the week.  Hmmm, that’s $525 a week to feel  — weak. That may well be less costly than a spa vacation, but there has to be a better way to achieve beauty and vitality.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Mimi Kirk?  She’s the 75 year old raw foods vegan beauty voted “Sexiest Vegetarian over 50”?  …read more of Sexy at Seventy-Five! here

 
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Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
January 6, 2014
File under: Essential Oils, Health Concerns, Natural Alternatives, Pets, Saving Money

It is really easy and economical to make homemade shampoo.

Commercial shampoo contains harsh cleansers called sulfates that can be drying and damaging to hair and skin and making shampoo that is chemical and toxin free is pretty simple and can be customized to meet your personal needs.

To make shampoo all you need is a base, distilled water, herbs and/or essential oils that are safe for your dog. There are some essential oils that should never be used for animals: Anise, Clove Leaf/Bud, Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Thyme, Wintergreen, or Yarrow, to name a few.

Avoid essential oils when bathing your cat, as they can slowly cause toxins to build up in the feline’s system, causing a slow onset of organ failure. A cat’s liver cannot process toxins as a human’s or even a dog’s can. …read more of Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too! here

 
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