Live it up at the “Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party” Blog Hop #16

by deborah on March 11, 2014 · 58 comments

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Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

I’m so glad you dropped by the “Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party” Blog Hop!

Hope you had a wonderful week!

I can’t wait to see your fabulous plant-based recipes and healthy, green or natural

living ideas.

This “blog hop” is a positive place where you can find and share loads of “good stuff” that

will help you in your personal journey toward a healthier, more natural and

sustainable lifestyle.

And it jumps off here every Tuesday through Saturday!

And what a party it is!

You’ll meet the nicest people at the coolest blogs in town.

In a rush  to Link Up?

Simply scroll down to 

the bottom of this page.

Congratulations on Being Featured

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16
Although we love all of the posts in each blog hop, each week we highlight a few of the favorite posts.

These amazing posts will be promoted, Tweeted, shared on my Facebook and Google+ page and

pinned on my Pinterest boards!

Featured Posts from Last Week

Healthy

Healthy Spaghetti & “Meatballs” with Tomato Garlic Sauce{vegan} from fitfulfocus

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

Coconut Lentil soup with plantains from sayanayogaslu

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

Rawish Vegan Chedda Cheese Sauce, Re-Organizing, Sprouting & Kitchens

from blissfulyogajourney

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

Happy

Why Do We Shout in Anger from lifecoachcode

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

Still Healing My Self from yourlife7

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16
Green

Getting Rid Of The Bugs The Safe, Organic, Natural, Non-Toxic, Green Way

from organic4greenlivings

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

How to Design Your Own Freezer Cooking Plan from stuffedveggies

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

March’s Top 5 Eco-Crafts from eco-mothering

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

Natural

Refresh your mint patch at the beginning of the growing season from preparednessmama

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

The many uses of Dandelions in Natural Healing from livingalmostnaturally

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

This Party is Hoppin’

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16
Every week, starting Tuesday, you’ll “hop” from delicious, nutritious, fresh, organic, plant-based,

whole food recipes to natural, toxin-free beauty and healing remedies to eye-opening health & wellness

information and ecofriendly living tips to upcycled and recycled projects and the latest in ecofashion

and DIY crafts.

It all adds up to lots of amazing ideas to help you:

*Eat healthy

*Stay fit

*Look good

*Feel good

*Do good

*Live green

*Help others

*Be happy

*And thrive!

What to Share

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16
Link up your coolest healthy, plant-based, natural, DIY or ecofriendly posts

such as:

*Plant-based cuisine

*Vegan recipes

*Raw food recipes

*Juices & Smoothies

* Unprocessed whole food recipes

*Fermented foods

*Healthy diet, nutrition & wellness tips

*Organic gardening & produce

*Health & fitness tips

*Ecofriendly or sustainable living tips & advice

*DIY natural & herbal remedies

*DIY natural hair, skin and beauty treatments

*DIY green & natural home & cleaning tips

*Doing good, positive inspiration, and more….

Note: For health’s sake, recipes submitted to this health-oriented blog hop should use whole, unprocessed

and unrefined ingredients as much as possible.

Recipes should primarily include plant-based, whole food ingredients with minimal oil, salt, or added sugars.

No meat, fish or dairy recipes, please.

Enough said, it is…

Party Time

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

Let’s get this “healthy, happy, green & natural living party” started!

The Blog Hop” opens for new link ups every Tuesday.

You have until Saturday evening to link up your posts for the week.

How the Party Works

Simply:

*Link up
*Link back
*Hop around
*Comment

#1. Link up. Use the Linky Tools widget below to add your blog posts to our gallery below.

You can add as many new (or old) links as you’d like, as long as they are relevant.

#2. Link back. Please add a link–from each of your posts in this blog hop–back to this link

up page URL. (Simply copy the url at the top of the blog hop page.)

On the bottom of your blog post on your website, you can create a link that says something like:

“This post is shared at Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party Hop” – linked to

the url for this week’s blog hop above.

Or you can copy and paste this button on your blog.

Live it up at the "Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party" Blog Hop #16

Please note: By sharing your link, you give the host permission to use your photo in weekly

features or future recipe round ups, so ALWAYS link back to your original post.

#3. Hop around. It’s a “hop” so please hop around and visit at least 2 other links you like.

Remember, it’s not a party without mingling!

#4. Share a comment. Please leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what post

you shared this week–it’s a great way to stand out.

And By the Way, Please…

*Spread the word: Please share this blog hop with your friends, fans, followers to encourage

others to visit and join the party–the more the merrier, right?

*Enjoy the party. Each week I will share posts on our social media channels:

i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.

I will also highlight each week’s favorite posts as “Featured” posts at the next hop!

*Come back for more. Come back next week to link up again and see if your posts were

“Featured” and to party with us and make new friends again.

*Interested in being a Co-host? Email Deborah at urbannaturale@gmail.com regarding

your interest in being a co-host of this blog hop.

Ready to Link Up?

Everyone is looking forward to reading your wonderful posts, so let’s get started:

please link up below at the words: Click here to enter.



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Anna@stuffedveggies March 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Thanks so much for featuring my post on how to design your own freezer cooking plan! I’m honored! : )

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deborah March 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

You are so welcome, Anna. Your work is so amazing! Thank you so much for your continued support.

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Hi Anna,
I derived so much joy from reading about your amazing mother. It made me think about my own mother who passed when I was only 14 but who left behind powerful teachings and memories which deeply influenced my life and many of my choices. Thank you so much for sharing this with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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Julie March 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Thanks for the party Deborah and have a wonderful week!
Julie at Julie’s Lifestyle

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Marla March 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Thanks Deb for featuring my article on “Geting Rid of the Bugs The Safe Organic Natural Way!. Thank you for hosting this great blog hop. This week I’m sharing 9 Natural Energy Boosting Herbal Remedies Supplements To Jumpstart Your LIfe. Have a wonderful healthy day! Marla

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Giada March 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Hi Deborah! I read your post on Bloggers of Google Plus Community and thought it was the right hop to start with!
This is my first party and hope I’ve done everything right! Thank you for hosting it, it’s a great opportunity! Moreover I found awesome inspiring posts, so… thanks again. 🙂

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deborah March 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Hi Giada,
I am thrilled that you hopped by and partied with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party! I can’t wait to read your posts and explore your blog!!

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Monetta March 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Thank you so much for featuring my coconut lentil soup. I am so glad that a recipe born out of love can bring joy to so many people. This week I am sharing my article on not being intimidated by yoga.

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deborah March 18, 2014 at 12:09 am

Hi Monetta,
I thoroughly enjoyed this post because yoga has been on my mind a lot lately. I have taken classes here and there but now I am seriously thinking about making yoga a regular part of my daily routine.I am thrilled to learn that you teach yoga. What an inspiration you are! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable post on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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Tonya March 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Thanks Deborah for the link up! I love it!!

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Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers March 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

Thanks for hosting!
This week I have a Real Food Shamrock Shake full of healthy nourishing ingredients (and it’s VEGAN — just for you, Deborah! 😉 — besides!) that tastes delicious.
Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
~ Christine

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deborah March 18, 2014 at 12:04 am

Hi Christine,
As soon as I read this recipe, I ran to the kitchen to see if I had the ingredients to make this amazing Real Food Shamrock Shake today–in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! I was missing the coconut milk so I am going to buy that and whip this up ASAP. I can’t wait to drink it. It sounds rich and delicious.Thank you so much for sharing this healthy, vegan St. Patrick’s Day recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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Joyce @ It's Your Life March 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Hey thanks for hosting this awesome party, and for featuring my post on Still Healing My Self. I’m still on that journey and started doing some research on acidic foods and how our diets are very acidic, and making us over weight, sick, and tired, shared the link up, hugs.

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deborah March 13, 2014 at 12:34 am

Hi Joyce,
I am so glad we connected through blogging. I found your post very moving and inspiring. Many of us are on similar journeys. Sharing our experiences is so helpful to others. Thank you so much for sharing your powerful post with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Blog Hop. I sincerely appreciate it!

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Wendy@Living Almost Naturally March 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

Thanks so much for featuring my article “The Many Uses of Dandelions” this week! I look forward to linking up with you in the future!

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deborah March 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hi Wendy,
It was my pleasure! Your article was so enlightening. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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Small Footprints March 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Thanks, as always, for this link-up! I’m seeing such a great mix of topics! I’ve linked to this week’s Change The world Wednesday post from my blog … this week we’re tackling Eco-friendly, sustainable decor. 🙂 By the way, you and your readers are invited to link up to my monthly Meet & Greet. We just started a new link-up and there are already some terrific Eco-friendly blogs listed. So feel free to come by! Thanks, again!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Hi,
Looking back at the last 7 days, I had no problem wearing two basic black items which are a loose black cotton knit top and black cotton knit harem pants. They are comfy and easy to keep fresh with a quick wash while I am showering at night. I am currently studying sustainable fashion design and ecofriendly textiles, so my next big challenge in the clothing arena is to research cost-effective sources for hemp clothing which is considered more environmentally-friendly than even organic cotton. I will be blogging about some of my favorite hemp clothing resources and options very soon. I also wrote a post about the topic of toxin fashion: Are You a Fashion Victim? “10 Healthy Reasons to Avoid the Toxic Side of Fashion & Wear Organic Clothing” http://urbannaturale.com/are-you-a-fashion-victim-10-healthy-reasons-to-avoid-the-toxic-side-of-fashion-wear-organic-clothing/ — which you might find of interest.

With regards to the sustainable home decor challenge, we have switched to CFL bulbs in our home but I am now doing more research and considering replacing CFLs with LEDs as they burn out. LEDs have some significant advantages over CFLs are are considered safer. I will be writing more about the benefits of LEDs soon. The subject of eco friendly decor is one of my favorites. We are working on replacing old furnishings in our home with ecofriendly ones as they wear out. An eco friendly mattress is probably our most important next purchase so I plant to research the best options and write about that soon. We also need a new shower curtain so I have been researching eco friendly ones. It is amazing how expensive some of them are, so I am looking for the most cost-effective green options and may try to make my own hemp shower curtain. More to come on that project…

It is critically important to reduce exposure to the harmful materials and toxins in many of our home furnishings and building materials. It is vital to our health that we improve our indoor air quality. I wrote a few blog posts about some eco friendly home furnishing options including: 8 Great Way’s to Make Your Kitchen Greener” – http://urbannaturale.com/8-great-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-greener/ ; “Green Your Decor with CB2 Recycled Home Furnishings” – http://urbannaturale.com/green-your-decor-with-cb2-recycled-home-furnishings/; and “AfroChic Ecofriendly Home Collection” http://urbannaturale.com/brooklyn-is-in-the-house-aphrochic-ecofriendly-home-collection/.
I am trying to apply the green principes of reuse, repurpose and upcycle as much as possible so a number of green DIY projects are planned in the coming months.

Thank you so much for sharing Reduce Footprints’ valuable and inspiring green content and Change the World Wednesday Challenges on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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Jennifer Nifakos March 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

You have a great blog! I love the way it is laid out and am impressed by all the wonderful information it provides!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Hi Jennifer,
I am so delighted that you stopped by my blog and that you enjoyed it. I visited your site and I am very interested in your LED products. I plan to explore them. Let’s stay in touch. And thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. I appreciate it.

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Hi Jennifer,
I’m delighted that you shared your delectable recipe for Rosemary Hemp Seed Pesto. It’s amazing how indispensable a VitaMix can be.I can’t wait to try this and other yummy recipes on your blog.

Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Hi Raia,
This is such a fitting–and health–treat for St. Patrick’s Day–and any day! I can’t wait to try this and other yummy recipes on your blog.Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I’m delighted to discover your delectable recipe for Potato Pancakes. I can’t wait to try this and other yummy recipes on your blog.
Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Hi Life Coach,
You certainly speak the truth! If only we could learn it sooner. (Oh well, that’s life…)
Your post summation could aptly be the motto for a great motivational graphic. I’m sure it will go viral:
“What matters is now! Live, be happy, feel, appreciate people who love you, love, dance, be free! That’s the only plan we need in life!” Thank you so much for sharing this insightful post on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Hi Brianne,
These midweek move videos are such wonderful bite-sized movement moments. I love the way you clearly explain and demonstrate proper technique. I have subscribed. I am hooked! Thank you so much for sharing these powerful fitness tips on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Hi Lindsay,
Wow, this salad looks so appetizing! I say this as I eat my own humongous bowl of vegetable yumminess! I have been exploring vegan cheeses, so I might try a ‘vegan goat cheez’ in my version of this salad. There is nothing like a great salad so thank you for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Hi Brianne,
Your advice to “set a timer to move for 30 seconds every 30 minutes that you spend sitting, and you WILL feel (and look) better” is the best advice I have read lately! So many of us (bloggers, especially) spend countless hours sitting at our computers for the love of blogging, but our bodies will suffer if we don’t get up and move quite frequently. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy ftiness tip on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hi Teri,
Feeling inadequate, overwhelmed, depressed — we’ve all been there so I can easily relate to the scenarios in your story. I can’t wait share this with friends and followers. Thank you so much for sharing your wise advice on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Hi LouLou Girls,
There is nothing quite like the smell of homemade bread baking in your oven. And what a pleasure to read that your children like it too! I am still working on my husband. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Wow, what an amazingly easy way to grow garlic! I could even do this in my urban environment/city apartment! Thank you so much for sharing this easy green gardening technique on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Thanks Dixie! You are such a role model dog for healthy living!
These are the key foundation tips for healthy living that we all need to post on our refrigerators–dog picture included! Thank you so much for sharing these key healthy living tips on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

What a yummy smoothie to start the day–or for any time of day! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious smoothie on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Hi Brianne,
It was particularly helpful to read your thoughts on how to rebound properly and the importance of maintaining a gentle pelvic floor and core muscle contraction while you’re bouncing. I love my local gym’s rebounding classes but these precautions have never been discussed. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable fitness advice with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Hi Deanna,
What a wonderful way to look good naturally! I love the fact that this pumpkin facial peel will nourish the skin, improve skin’s elasticity, rebuild collagen, exfoliate and hydrate as well. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much for sharing this natural beauty recipe with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Hi Yossif,
What a great lineup of fabulous prizes you have offered in this giveaway! My favorite prize is the Amazon Gift card. Love to shop for whatever I need! Thank you so much for sharing this giveaway with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Hi Yossif,
What a fascinating, indepth article on the benefits and how-tos of intermittent fasting!I’m delighted that you shared this valuable hunger control technique with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I am looking forward to trying this.

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Hi Tonya,
I too wear my hair natural and I like using Shea Moisture products as well. I co-washed with the Shea Moisture conditioner the last two times and it really helped me to detangle effectively. I use coconut oil, avocado oil and castoroil as moisturizers on my hair. I have to keep experimenting with gels. I found a natural African Hair Formula gel in my health food store which was great but it is hard to find. Some products leave too much of a white residue on my hair. Thank you so much for sharing your natural hair routine with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Hi Deanna,
With a husband who is a sugar addict, I quickly emailed this article to him with a big “FYI Must Read” note attached! Plus I am sharing it with friends and followers. You’ve done a fabulous job of demystifying sugar addiction. It is so important to understand what we are feeling, why and how to break the addiction. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable post with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Hi Jennifer,
You have created so many amazing sauces that transform simple recipes into feasts! And what a creative combination of flavors you have blended together here with black rice and peaches. Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Hi Jennifer,
What a fully-loaded post! From that big, yummy salad to your creamy orange dressing to easy lemonade, boiling orange peels to scent your home, I am so glad you shared your amazing creativity with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Natural remedies are so much better to me! I am delighted that you have shared this simple natural remedy for cold sores with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! And what better way to celebrate it than with this healthy, green shamrock shake! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Hi David,
I was so delighted to learn about the uses and benefits of the Yonanas machine. I can’t wait to try using one so I can make this sweet treats. Thank you so much for sharing healthy, amazing, tool on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

These containers are such creative and efficient reuse examples! I especially love the egg cartons, loofah sponges and the Chinese Take Out container! So cool! Thank you so much for sharing unique, green, seed starting containers on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 17, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Hi Marla,
Having enough energy is one of my major challenges so I really valued your suggestions for energy-boosting herbal remedies and supplements. Plus your delicious, energizing green smoothie has all of my favorite ingredients! Thank you so much for sharing this these healthy remedies and delicious green smoothie recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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deborah March 18, 2014 at 12:02 am

What a healthy, nutritious and delicious chia seed pudding recipe! I can’t wait to top my pudding with the delicious, organic blackberries I have been finding at a good price lately. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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