Mantras don’t mean much in and of themselves (Pinterest quotes are cheap these days), but they can mean something. Words can be taken to heart, can inspire awareness; and awareness can turn into action, or intention. Sometimes it really is all about changing the way you look at things. More
With April showers come a few new additions to spring’s bounty—though in much of the United States, seasonal fruit and vegetable offerings are still limited. Heartier, cold weather crops like Swiss chard, kale and leeks still count as fresh finds; and toward the ends of the month warmer states will see crops such as summer squash and cherries.
From here until apple season, it’s beach body, bikini body, itsy bitsy focus on your flaws month in much of the popular media. So here at Blisstree, in our tiny corner of the Internet, we will be focusing on body positivity for the month of Apr More
Stuffed mushrooms tend to get relegated to hors d’oeuvres status, but what’s to say you can’t serve them up as a main dish? Mushrooms provide protein and umami to meatless meals, and with a good herb, nut and veggie stuffing, you’re looking at a pretty complete nutritional profile in each button-sized bite. Serve alongside greens and grains (maybe nutty farro or creamy quinoa?) and you’ve got dinner—an easy, filling and meatless dinner. The only hard part is deciding what to stuff those mushrooms with … More
Whether you’re gifting an Easter basket to a child or an adult, there are a lot of creative and healthy alternatives to dumping a bunch of candy in with a couple of DVDs. More
If the groundhog was right, warmer weather is imminent. That motivates some to ramp up their workouts, and who can blame them? There’s a lot of pressure for women to prep their “bikini body” ramping up this time of year. But many of the best reasons to get or keep moving have nothing to do with the scale (or anything itsy bitsy). Let the spring sun inspire you to push your fitness routine a little father, and it could benefit your brain, disease risk, mindfulness and longevity. More
The reproductive system never fails to amaze. Once we think we know quite a bit on the subject, there’s always more findings and new information.
Also, I’m so sorry; I really couldn’t resist this ridiculous stock photo. More
As winter morphs slowly and sporadically into spring, we can finally expect a bit more variety in our peak-season produce—thank goodness. Nothing against tubers and tangelos, but I’m longing for something other than citrus, apples and root veggies right now. More
Need some fresh inspiration for fresh spring produce? These six recently published or upcoming cookbooks offer diverse takes on cooking with spring’s bounty—vegan, Southern, budget-friendly—but share a similar seasonal, simple and DIY approach to healthy eating. More
It’s hard to believe May is already nearly upon us, but there it is—looming a week from today. It won’t be long before camping trips are in order, or at least hiking and backyard cookouts. But with spring’s bounty and the great outdoors come bugs, bears and bacteria. Ticks are one of the most pernicious of these woodland pests, spreading lyme disease and other nasty illnesses. Here are a few tips for outwitting these creepy little bloodsuckers and other things in the woods that might want to kill you. More
H&M just launched a collection of eco-friendly evening wear, called ‘Glamour,’ as part of its ‘Conscious’ clothing line. The conscious collection contains dresses, shorts, blouses and skirts made from ‘sustainable materials’ such as hemp, organic cotton and recycled polyester. The retailer is also introducing a new ‘Fashion Against Aids’ collection, to hit stores on April 26th; a quarter of all sales go to international youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects. Here’s a look at some of the new pieces, which are remarkably inexpensive. The Glamour line is full of satin and neon, but the regular conscious collection stuff is more casual, and cute in a Zooey-Deschanel-meets-Betty-Draper (meets old botany textbook) sort of way. More
Pack away your gloves and scarves, because spring’s officially here! While the warm weather means eating outside, wearing cute dresses and drinking iced coffee, it also means updating your beauty regimen for the warm weather. Your body is going from being completely covered to completely revealed (well not completely, we’re not those kind of girls here at Blisstree) and you need to be ready for everything. More
You can skip dusting your door tops or whatever it is your mother told you to do each spring. But some out-with-the-old/in-with-the-new tasks are worth it, for your health or peace of mind. From tuning up your bike to washing reusable grocery bags and stocking the bar, 8 easy and mostly eco-friendly spring cleaning tasks to keep in mind as you prepare your home, body and mind for spring. More
Farmer’s markets are loaded with exciting new things this time of year, but when you have spring fever, you’re likely more inclined to spend afternoons outside than in your kitchen, slaving away over the stove. That’s why pasta dishes are so perfect for this season (and Meatless Monday): You can toss in some of the delicate, fresh vegetables from the market and make an entire meal in minutes—then go enjoy the longer, warmer evenings. More