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Refreshing Water Infusions

Posted by Joey Rea on Jun 20, 2018 3:00:00 PM

I think we can all agree that Summer is here! As temps rise, I'm constantly looking for ways to stay cool. One of my favorite ways is with a refreshing infused water. 

There are countless different varieties of infusions to choose create - certain combinations of fruits and herbs can be extremely rejuvenating and cooling in this Summer heat. This is also a fun DIY activity with the kids; it gets their creative juices flowing and keeps them hydrated!

Here are 6 of my favorite ways to jazz up my H2O...

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Tags: Health & Quality, DIY

How to Plant An Herb Garden

Posted by Joey Rea on May 9, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Admit it, you've all wanted to have your own herb garden at some point or another in your life, but were maybe just too intimidated or didn't know where to start.
Well, I am here to share with you 6 simple steps to finally planting your own and keeping it alive all season long for your culinary needs.

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Tags: DIY

How to Make an Antipasto Board

Posted by Sydney Rea on Dec 6, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Who loves a good antipasto board? The flawlessly rolled prosciutto, the perfect wedge of cheese, the way every tiny bite of food harmoniously works together - it's a work of art, really. 

I frequently order these at restaurants, but when it comes to recreating this food masterpiece at home, I get a bit discouraged. 

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Tags: Recipes, Tips and Tricks, DIY

How to Massage Yourself with Olive Oil [VIDEO]

Posted by Joey Rea on Jun 21, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Self-massage, also known as Abhyanga, is a traditional Indian self-care regimen. It is used to help stimulate and detoxify lymph, tone the muscles, lubricate the joints, balance the nervous system, increase circulation, improve sleep patterns and much more. 

Self-massage with olive oil is something that has been practiced for centuries and is incredible for the skin. It moisturizes it while increasing its firmness - reducing wrinkles and promoting youthful skin. This treatment takes no prep time and uses an ingredient you most likely have in your kitchen. My two sisters, Mom and I have been doing this for years now and let me just tell you, it works!

Watch me demonstrate in our video below how easy and stimulating it is to self-massage with olive oil...

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Tags: Feed your Skin, DIY

DIY Bath Bombs

Posted by Joey Rea on Apr 5, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Sometimes I drink wine, other times I light candles. On days when I need to totally de-stress, I look to the tub. There's nothing quite like a good bath...your muscles relax and the tension fades away in your back and neck. To make it extra luxurious, I always add a home-made bath bomb. The fizzy bubbles, essentials oils, and beneficial minerals are a treat for the senses.

This DIY Bath Bombs recipe is one of my favorites! I recommend making at least 12 at a time so you have them on hand. I keep them in a little basket by my tub. They serve as a good reminder to settle back and simmer down when I need it most :) It's about time you treated yourself, don't you think?

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Tags: Feed your Skin, DIY

Oil Cured Olives at Home

Posted by Perry Rea on Oct 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Last season I made the most wonderful, flavorful, fantastic cured olives I have ever made in my life…. just ask my kids! My father has been oil curing olives for many years and I decided it was time for me to take a crack at it. There are endless ways to cure an olive but the method I will describe yielded a perfect oil cured olive.

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Freeze and Preserve Herbs in Olive Oil

Posted by Sydney Rea on Aug 8, 2016 3:00:00 PM

This is one of my FAVORITE kitchen hacks.

Freezing and preserving herbs in olive oil is a simple way to keep your favorite herbs fresh and ready to use all year long. It's a functional kitchen technique that's simple and fun - a great project to get the whole family involved in!

I'm not sure about you, but when I purchase herbs at the grocery store, I always end up with more than I need. This technique lets me save my left overs and keep them fresh and ready to go - when I need them. If you grow your own herbs at home, this is a great way to preserve them through the cold winter months. 

You can choose to keep the herbs whole or chop them before stuffing them into the individual molds. You can also choose to keep them separate or combine them to make a tasty herb blend - it's completely up to you!  To use, simply add your 'herb cube' to soups, sauces, marinades, potato dishes and more! It's a great base to start with -since most dishes call for olive oil to begin.

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Tags: Tips and Tricks, DIY

Strawberry Balsamic Soda

Posted by Colby Anter on Jun 23, 2016 1:16:43 PM

We are always looking for healthier ways to enjoy the foods and drinks we love so much. Whether it be a healthier version of pizza (maybe that's just me)...or in this case, a better alternative to the beverage I find myself craving daily, soda. 

Did you know soda is the second most consumed beverage in the U.S. next to water? And yet not many people know just how bad soda actually is for you. Check out these 8 ways soda negatively effects your health. But we're not here to tell you how bad soda is, we're here to give you healthier alternative without all the sugar or sugary-like chemicals.

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Brown Sugar Face Scrub

Posted by Joey Rea on May 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM
Whose face doesn't love a good exfoliation? I know mine does. Exfoliating your face serves many key functions. It helps  unclog pores and prevent blackheads from forming. It also improves skin turnover which keeps it looking radiant and fresh. Although skin types vary from person to person, I recommend exfoliating 1-2 times per week. This all-natural and affordable DIY makes that easy to do. 

Four simple ingredients make up this brown sugar face scrub. Each ingredient boasts multiple health benefits that gives your skin that much needed TLC. 

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Tags: Tips and Tricks, Feed your Skin, DIY

DIY: Super Feta

Posted by Sydney Rea on Mar 4, 2016 8:15:45 AM

This incredibly easy recipe lets you make one of the world's tastiest cheeses even tastier! Adding olive oil and herbs to this semi-firm, classic Greek cheese enriches its flavor and adds complexity to salads and pastas. Check out our simple DIY and take your Feta from ordinary to extraordinary.

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