Aylin Ayse

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5 Eco-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

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This year, why not make a statement? If you are one who prides him or herself on reeling in the most clever and witty of Halloween costume ideas each year, perhaps it’s time to bring some consciousness to this year’s choice.

The following 5 eco-themed Halloween costume ideas are meant to get your creative juices churning. They not only are cute and fun, they also make you and those around you think, walking away with a greater awareness about the environment and the detrimental effects of climate change.

1. Greenwashing

Deck …

5 Sustainable Cities Around the World

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If you come from a busy, crowded city, you’re probably used to inefficiencies – a sluggish train system, trash-ridden sidewalks and an ever-present stench that you unfortunately have gotten used to. However, not all cities are like that – in fact, there are metropolitan sustainable cities around the world (and in the US) that have got their business in order.

With plenty of greenery, bike paths, efficient subway systems and high air quality, the following 5 sustainable cities from around the world are sure to inspire you to make a …

10 Fun Facts About Renewable Energy

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As the global environmental crises dawns upon us, renewable energy models are taking center stage.

Around the world conversation is swirling concerning what we, as a global society, will do to combat the negative effects of climate change and become less dependent on oil and other fuels to power our energy needs. Fortunately, renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly more fashionable and economical around the world. Here are 10 facts about renewable energy you may not know.

Renewable energy is any energy derived from natural processes, such as sunlight and wind. …

Goat Milk Yogurt Ranch Dressing Recipe

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This goat milk yogurt ranch dressing recipe gives Hidden Valley a healthy run for its money.

While salad greens may be light as a feather, the dressing you often put atop them is not. Ranch dressing is a popular type of salad dressing that is both creamy and flavorful. Needless to say, it is quite heavy. Full of fat, calories and other not so body-friendly ingredients, ranch dressing very much defeats the purpose of eating a healthy salad in the first place and instead loads you with more than you …

4 Ways to Upcycle Plastic Bottles

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Many of us survive off of bottled water and often drink other beverages out of plastic bottles. And, they’re hard to avoid.

Quite simply, it’s difficult and expensive to satiate all your thirsty needs with beverages packaged in glass, especially if you travel a lot. But even when you use plastic bottles, there are ways to extend their life cycle beyond one beverage.

Oftentimes, local faucet water quality is low enough to raise safety concerns, making bottled water the next best option – to say nothing of the convenience of an …

5 Ways to Improve Mood with Real Comfort Foods

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Try these untraditional comfort foods for healthy and delicious ways to improve mood.

The idea behind the traditional interpretation of “comfort food” is not so ill-conceived. When our blood sugar levels are low, we are hungry or we are upset, nothing feels quite as satisfying – as filling, in more than the physical sense of the word – than sitting down and enjoying a delicious, warm, nostalgia-ridden, heavy meal. It’s comfort. But beyond this brute definition of comfort food, there’s what lies between the fine lines. Some foods provide comfort …

3 DIY Wine Bottle Crafts: Turn Trash into Gorgeous Home Decor

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Wine bottles are great at what they do – they hold the elixir of love, laughter and life and I wouldn’t change a thing about that. And wine bottle crafts bring new meaning to these sacred vessels.

But, as we all know, wine can have a huge turnover rate in the household and the recycle bin fills up with bottles that could otherwise be reused around the house in both a functional and aesthetic way. The following 3 wine bottle crafts will bring new meaning to being a “wino.”

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11 of the Best Oils for Skin: Natural Plant-Based Beauty

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Ditch the complicated beauty care products and start using the best oils for skin.

One of the best beauty and health care tips I embraced was to stop buying into the sensational firming, anti-aging, silky-smooth claims touted by expensive beauty products. Sure, they may work this so-called “magic” quite well, but coincidentally enough, the best of these brands are often based in natural plant-based oils. So, why load on the extra fillers, fragrances, water and other colorants and preservatives when you can get right to the source?

These oils are incredibly …