Labor Day 2014

We certainly had a great summer on the Jersey Shore this year. Today marks its unofficial closing (as well as the unofficial beginning of autumn), when things start slowing down and cooling off a bit.

Everyone at the Corner hopes you have a beautiful Labor Day and seamless transition into fall, with all its pumpkin-y goodness. ;)

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Rice Bucket Challenge

After the Ice Bucket Challenge took American social media by storm and raised over $90 million for ALS research (as well as a whole lot of awareness for the disease), there have been several different “spin-off” fundraisers.

Our favorite so far is India’s “Rice Bucket Challenge,” in which a person donates a bucket full of cooked or uncooked rice to a friend or community member in need, then nominates a handful of friends to complete the challenge as well. The campaign started this past Friday and it is estimated that about 10,000 pounds of rice has already been donated!

You can follow the progress on the Rice Bucket Challenge Facebook page here. Photo and news source: npr.org

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Staff Pick: Allergy Rescue

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“It really works!”

For people like Rachel, who are prone to frequent and oftentimes harsh allergic reactions to the environment, herbal Allergy Rescue is exactly that… a life-saver. She gives it both thumbs up! ;)

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Quinoa to the Rescue!

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) has recently taken the health world by storm as a simple, versatile, gluten-free super-grain. It is also an excellent source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids that are essential to maintain our bodies’ healthy functions.

…And it just may become a sustainable addition to the cultures and diets of people living in mountainous regions of Asia and Africa.

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Recipe: Tropical Cucumber Salad

Even though Back-to-School season is in full swing, there’s still some Summer left! Embrace it with this sweet, savory, refreshing salad.

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Staff Pick: School Supplies!

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Well, it’s that time of year again… Time to get your last beach visits in and load up on all things back-to-school.

Here Michael presents just a few of our cool supplies! We’ve got notebooks, highlighters, pens, erasers, sticky notes, rulers, and more, all made of recycled plastics, bamboo, or other Earth-friendly materials. We’ll see you soon ;)

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Crickets as a Sustainable Protein?

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There are indeed a few food companies in the US, such as San Francisco-based Bitty Foods, ready to embrace the use of cricket flour in their protein bars and starches for baking.

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All About Parabens

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What exactly ARE parabens, and why do we want to avoid them?

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Staff Pick: Hail Merry Miracle Tart

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When Dan is feeling indulgent, he reaches for a super-decadent Coconut Vanilla Crème Miracle Tart by Hail Merry. Vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with raw oils, this treat features a heavenly coconut oil-based and organic maple syrup-sweetened ganache nestled inside a raw almond flour crust. Delicious!

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Oil Pulling 101

There has been a lot of buzz lately about “oil pulling,” which is the practice of swishing coconut or sesame oil around your mouth for a few minutes to help remove plaque, stains, and other toxins. Many people believe in these healthy benefits, while others remain skeptic. Here’s what we learned:

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