How We Need Our World

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Conservation psychology is the study of the connection between human beings and the environment. Possibly a lesser known discipline than other areas in the psychological realm, there is an intense focus on ecosystems, renewable resources and conservancy in this particular field. Influenced by, but not to be confused with environmental psychology, it looks at how the natural world affects our mental and physical health. This branch of psychology is not afraid to address that human actions are to be attributed to many environmental issues. It further states that current behaviors need to be modified according to the natural balance intended… read more

You’ve Probably Never Seen A Stroller Like This

You’ve Probably Never Seen A Stroller Like This

Exercise – Love it or hate it, we all need it. Strollers are a perfect way to get around with kids in tow and get some fitness in, but what if you could take it up a step? Well the Longboard Stroller certainly does that. No it’s not for sale, yet, as it is still in the experimental phase. At this stage developers are tweaking the prototype, working on fine tuning specifications, looking at sustainability and partnering, as well as concentrating on safety features. Also being investigated is the notion of the Longboard Stroller as a means of travel. It… read more

Easy Ways To Use Up Pumpkin Guts

Easy Ways To Use Up Pumpkin Guts

Pumpkins are favorites for pies, decorating and carving into jack-o-lanterns, but beyond these there are quite a few other things to do with them, even with the excess inside portions. Check out the following easy ideas for using up pumpkin guts. Saving the seeds and preserving them are a way to ensure that you will be able to start your own pumpkin crop next season. Simply rinse until clean, dry them out completely so that they don’t mold and store in an airtight container in a dark place until it’s time to plant. The seeds are also a popular and… read more

Make Your Own Mineral Makeup

Make Your Own Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup is a popular cosmetics choice. To save money and limit exposure to unwanted chemicals like fragrances, preservatives, parabens and other synthetics which are often found in products marketed as natural mineral makeups, try making your own. Homemade mineral makeup can be personalized with ingredients to suit to any skin tone and type. Keeping It Clean has a good summary of mineral makeup fundamentals, including explanations of common compounds as well as a basic recipe. Many recipes call for cornstarch, arrowroot or rice powder as a base. Cornstarch is good for oily skin, but may not offer the best… read more

Marketing Strategies That May Leave You Thirsty

Marketing Strategies That May Leave You Thirsty

Remember when water was free? Before the plastic bottle surfaced, water was not typically thought of as a purchasable beverage. For example, restaurants normally served a glass for free before water in a bottle took over. Now it is a different story. Water is a profitable business. Many companies are on the water bandwagon, and making big gains on what some would say is at the expense of others. This issue is likely to be resurfacing in global conversation, as many revisit and study marketing techniques and human rights, and the connection between the two. One of the many issues… read more

The Milk Debate

Cow vs Goat

Goat’s milk has a number of advantages over cow’s milk. Research conducted at the University of Granada (2007) found that goat’s milk helps the body better use minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, which means that it is superior to cow’s milk for maintaining strong bones and preventing anaemia. Goat’s milk is also more digestable than cow’s milk because it has a different type of fat, and is less likely to provoke allergic reactions because it contains less lactose and far less of the allergenic casein protein. Many (though not all) of those who can’t tolerate cow’s milk… read more

Science Messing Around With Memories

Science Messing Around With Memories

The human brain is a favorite topic of research studies, and a recent discovery has revealed an interesting side of our memory ability, and the brain’s power to unlock it. An investigation into how memories form has led scientists to figure out a way to alter the brain in order to provoke recollected thoughts. Looking into how memories are developed, neurobiologists say that they were actually able to form new ones. They found that they can generate specific memories by changing brain cells in the cerebral cortex, which is an area of the brain that assists in creating the anticipated… read more

Clever Ideas For Using Up End Of Season Fruits

Clever Ideas For Using Up End Of Season Fruits

Reducing food waste and hard economic times are good motivators for using up every last bit of what we buy. Beyond jams, smoothies and putting them in muffins, make use of the following frugal tips for saving the last of the season’s fruits. Dehydrating is a good way to preserve fruit. Dehydrators are an energy efficient way to dry foods, but if you don’t have one you can use an oven set at a low temperature. One suggestion is to soak them in water and lemon juice prior to dehydrating to keep them plump and to reduce a bruised appearance…. read more

Feeling Dull Headed?

Feeling Dull Headed?

Making your own shampoo can give your hair a break from your normal routine and from chemicals that often strip away the shine. Shampoos can contain ingredients, like sulfates, that are responsible for creating a luxurious lather but can also be damaging to hair. Many also include synthetic fragrances that can smell good but are actually harsh on hair. Homemade shampoo recipes can be altered to suit any hair type, and using it in place of regular brands saves money and gives your scalp and hair a moisture packed treat. One common misconception about cleaning the hair is that is… read more

Best Eat Your Oats

Eat Your Oats

  Oats are among the health-promoting superfoods. Study findings reported by the Whole Grains Council and the George Mateljan Foundation suggest that oats reduce the risk of many different illnesses, as well as helping to maintain a healthy weight. Weight control: A study of 204 overweight adults found that eating whole-grain oat-based cereal twice a day helped subjects to reduce their waistlines. A control group eating the same number of calories did not achieve the same waist-circumference reduction. Other research has found that whole grains create a greater feeling of satiety than white bread (which reduces the likelihood of food… read more