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Team Member Spotlight–Megan!

She’s One of Our Great Team Members!

 
Megan is our Regional Lifestyles and Gift Buyer. She especially watches out for unique and exciting gift items.  She is also the model for our Beads of Hope necklaces!  
 
Megan grew up in Northern California and got a degree in Geography with an emphasis in City Planning.  She even speaks Polish!  She spent 18 months in Poland during her college years.  
 
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Megan really loves to eat healthy and she is also a runner.  She has run the Ragnar Relay and some half-marathons, too.  She loves to work in her garden and is devoted to clean and green living.
 
Three quick fun facts about Megan:
1. Because she was raised in Northern California, she is very partial to Redwood trees and foggy beaches.
2. Not only does she run for exercise, but for stress relief and meditation.
3. If she had to listen to the same musician over and over again for the rest of her life it would be Cat Stevens.
 
Megan’s favorite part of her job is learning about the different products that Lassens carries and meeting with companies that are passionate about their products, as well as passionate about improving our world.
Megan says, “Many of the products found in Lassens represent companies that give back to their communities in a big way. These contributions range anywhere from Alzheimer’s research to providing clean drinking water in developing countries. The contributions go beyond donations, because a lot of these companies choose responsibility in every aspect of production–such as fair labor practices, sustainable sourcing, waste reduction, etc. It’s exciting to me and also further convinces me of the power of the consumer in supporting such responsible companies.”
 
Megan’s heros are her grandparents– on both sides. “They were such hard workers–both in their professions and also in their volunteer work. They took great pride in their communities and volunteered much of their time and energy to improve them.”

 

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When I asked Megan about some of her favorite products she mentioned these adorable Flipside hats.  Flipside is a family owned and operated business, the hats are made in the USA (California and Oregon), and they are made with repurposed and/or recycled materials.  

 

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They use all of the organic materials that they can.  These great hats are just in our Ventura and Los Feliz stores right now.  So cute!

 

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I totally agreed with her next recommendation–a “Winning Combination.”  You should try this!  Get some Leslie Stowe Raincoast Crisps.  They are small, thick, tasty, crispy breads in amazing flavors (Cranberry and Hazelnut, Rosemary, Salty Date and Almond, Gluten-free Oat, to name a few!) I love that they are fancy and so delicious.  They make me feel like a gourmet when I eat them!

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Take a crisp and then spread on some Drake Family Farms fresh Chèvre cheese.  The Drake family farm is a six-generation operation!  The original farm is in Utah, but they also have a farm in Ontario, California where we get our fresh Chèvre.   

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The cheese comes in a convenient plastic tub so you can have some now and save some for later! 

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This is Megan’s favorite combination!  Yum!  

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Megan also recommended the Evanhealy facial care line.  Her favorites are the Rose Geranium Facial Tonic HydroSoul, and the Rose Vetiver Day Moisturizer.   

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The rose line is for combination/oily skin, but they have other lines for different skin types.  Megan likes that the line is really clean (no chemical, preservatives, non GMO, etc) and extremely gentle.  She quoted Evan Healy herself:  “The less you interfere with the skin’s own ability to achieve balance, the better.” 

When I asked Megan what she would like to change about the world, she said changing primary school curriculum to include gardening education. “So many people are disconnected from the food they eat and I love that gardening helps reconnect people to basic food. Working with the soil, watching how food grows cultivates a deep respect for the earth, energy, and other resources that go into making a tasty meal.”
 
Thank you Megan for sharing your favorites with us!  Love those “Buyer’s Picks!”
 
Love,
 
Lassen’s
 
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Earth-Friendly Household Hints for this Thursday

Working out is Great!

But working out causes some problems, too.  Here’s one that was giving me fits.

 
Smelly workout clothes!
 
Even after a hot-water wash with our great Biokleen or Seventh Generation laundry liquids, the workout clothes came out of the dryer still smelling sweaty.  Ugh.  
 
There were commercially available laundry additives, but I didn’t want to use products from companies that were unconcerned with the environment.  Plus I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg to get the clothes smelling better.
 
So after a little research and experimentation, this is what I found works the best:
 
 
 
Yes, you see that correctly.  Hydrogen Peroxide.  For 3 or 4 shirts, I pour 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide into a large bowl, add about four cups of water, then immerse the sweaty shirts.  Let them soak for an hour or more.  Then I just throw them in the wash with other like-colored items, and wash and dry normally.  No more smelly workout clothes!  Hydrogen peroxide removes blood from clothing, too.  Make sure you rinse in cold water because hot water will set the blood stain.  (Just remember that hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach, so make sure you dilute it.)
 
Here is a site where you can find other uses for this inexpensive product.
 
Here’s another laundry tip, this time for sweat stains:
 
 
Make a thin paste with Baking Soda and water, then rub into the sweat stains.  Let sit for about 15 minutes, and then rinse and wash as usual.
 
Here is a website that explores other uses for Baking Soda.
 

Sometimes My Hands Just Get Dirty

I really should use gloves.  But I don’t like them.  When I am gardening, I like to feel the dirt.  When I’m cleaning, I like to use my fingernails.  When the printer has a problem and ink smears everywhere, it goes everywhere, including my hands.  When I’m changing a flat tire on my bike, gloves get in the way.  When I am peeling beets…  well, have you ever tried cooking with gloves on?  
 
 

 

So hands get dirty and sometimes stained.  But there is a way to freshen up those hands so that even Rhett Butler wouldn’t be able to tell you’ve been working in the fields.

 

 

 

 

I always have lemons in my kitchen, and one reason is to keep my hands stain-free.  Just cut a lemon in half and then rub it all over your hands.  The mild acid in the lemons will remove all of those stains and even the smell of garlic or onions!
 
Here is a website that has lots more ideas for using lemons–everything from beauty aids to cleaning tips.
 

No Need to Buy Toxic Chemicals in order to Keep your House Clean!

Lassen’s carries a wide selection of Earth-Friendly household cleaning supplies, which I use and love.  But there is one item that every home should have and use as well.
 
 
Yup.  Distilled Vinegar.  My favorite use for vinegar is to clean glass.  
 
 
 
Mix 2 cups of water with 1/4 cup of distilled vinegar, and 1/4-1/2 tsp of liquid soap in a spray bottle.  Spray and then use newspapers to wipe and dry your windows.  
 
This link has more ideas for using vinegar.
 
Here is a list from Reader’s Digest of many more household uses for vinegar. 
 
We’re getting ready for Earth Day at Lassen’s (Saturday, April 20, with lots and lots of specials, product demonstrations, raffles, samples, taste testing, and activities!) and we can all help the earth by banishing toxic chemicals from our homes.  
 
Have a happy household this Thursday!
 
Love, Lassen’s
 
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A little help for the bones and joints

(cue Queen) I like to ride my bicycle! I like to ride my bike!

 
Here I am with my biking buddies, Saucha and Catherine.  
Isn’t this a gorgeous place?  Can you guess where?
 
My buddies and I like to ride a couple of times each week.  But about two years ago I started to feel a little stiffness in my thumb.
 
I would especially notice the stiffness when I was braking hard–and I don’t think a thumb giving out at 30 mph down a steep hill is such a great idea!
 
So I started to do a little research about bone strength and joint stiffness.  I realized that I could use more Vitamin D.  (Especially since I am religious about sunscreen–I have that easily burned pale skin!)
 
I also asked some of the helpful supplement consultants at Lassen’s what they would recommend.
As a result, I added these two supplements to my regular routine.  
 
 
Vitamin D3–which aids in the absorption of Calcium–and Wobenzym N–read all the good stuff on the bottle!  I take Wobenzym N when I’m feeling stiff or I have inflammation.
 
One of the worst things about getting older is the fear of losing flexibility, mobility and bone strength.
 
Taking these supplements has helped!  I don’t have the stiff thumb I did so I have no fear of not being able to grip my brakes!
 
So if you see me happily screaming down hills in Ventura County, be assured that I will be able to brake with both strength and confidence!
 
Love,
 
Lassen’s
 
 
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Another company “does the right thing”

Just a TOUCH of sarcasm, here…

Remember when I told you about Electro-Mix?  One of my objections to most popular sports drinks is that they contain many artificial coloring, flavorings, and chemicals.

Well, now I have good reason to have been wary of those chemicals.  A recent LA Times story reveals that one popular brand (in fact, they practically invented the whole concept of a sports-drink!) has included brominated vegetable oil.  Doesn’t sound too bad, until you find out that brominated vegetable oil is a synthetic chemical that “has been patented in Europe as a flame retardant.”  Yuck!

Are you SERIOUS???


The chemical is banned in Japan and the European Union.  Studies on mice have shown “reproductive and behavioral problems” in animals that have consumed large doses of the chemical.  This chemical “could be building up in human tissues.”  This additive is used in other popular sports and soft drinks as well.

This chemical is an emulsifier to distribute the coloring in the drink.  The Times article announced that after an online petition with more than 200,000 signatures was sent to the producer of the sports drink, the company will no longer put this chemical in its product.

Now it is going to add another unpronouncable chemical as an emulsifier: sucrose acetate isobutyrate.  And how long will it be before this chemical is found to have negative side effects, too?

REALLY?


Avoiding chemicals has always been a goal of the Natural Foods movement.  It seems that we regularly get news that ingredients in commercial products are not as safe as the manufacturers have claimed.  

So instead of using those chemical-laden products, here are two more to try. 

Vega+Sport, Electrolyte+Hydrator

Vega Sport has a Electrolyte Hydrator that is similar to Alacer’s Electro-Mix.  It is dairy, gluten and soy free, replenishes electrolytes and minerals.

Vega Sport’s products are 100% plant based as well, with no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.  The packets are so convenient to tuck into a pocket or pack and easy to add to your water for instant electrolyte replacement!

And of course, for many years Lassen’s has carried Recharge, a natural hydration drink, made by the R.W. Knudsen Juice company.  All natural, Recharge is made without added sugar or artificial colors or flavors.

Recharge comes in 6 flavors, including Organic Lemon.

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Lassen’s carries thousands of products that have no artificial colorings, flavorings, or additives.

Here’s to happy and healthy hydration!

Love,

Lassen’s

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May I bring up a painful subject?

Sports Water Done Simple and Pure!

Ok, I’ll just say it.  My muscles cramp.  A lot.  Charlie Horses are not my friend, but they sure like me.  And exercise makes it much worse.  So I like to supplement my water with an electrolyte drink.  But have you tasted some of those?  All the sugar, all the sodium, the disgusting taste…  Not to mention the cost and all of those plastic bottles junking up the environment!  

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So a few years ago I tried the Alacer brand (makers of Emergen-C — The must-have vitamin C powder!) Electro Mix.  I just tear open the little packages (one per liter of water) and pour the powder into my sports bottle–fill with ice and water, and voila!  Instant sports drink!  
 
Electro Mix has potassium, magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, and Chromium to help replace those minerals lost with exercise.  It’s not sickening sweet, or too sour either.  It has a really nice, fresh lemon-lime flavor.  I usually carry a couple of packets of Electro Mix in my saddle pack.  If I run out of water I can easily buy a bottle and add my Electro Mix!
 
Try some Alacer Electro Mix!  Your muscles with thank you.  
 

Happy cycling, running,  and hiking!

love,

Lassen’s