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Beauty Tip Tuesday: The Benefits of Rose Water & How To Make Your Own

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. The season when the sun shines and flowers bloom is upon us. I don’t know how we lasted an entire winter without them, but we manage to push through every year.

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#SolaceSunday: A Clean Space Fosters A Clear Mind

On the one day we get out of the week to relax, it just might help to spend it doing the opposite: cleaning our space to clear our mind. Sundays are our off days. It’s our day to relax, reflect,

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All The Amazing Benefits Of Gardening

  When you hear the word gardening, what is your first thought? Is it insects? Dirt? Your favorite grandma? Many people view gardening as something that is boring, but there are many exciting benefits of having your own indoor and/or

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The Making of A Movement: Broccoli City Festival 2017

Broccoli City, an urban initiative redefining cool by bringing overall health to the forefront, has finally announced an official date and line up for their healthy living and eco-fueled D.C. celebrated festival. Broccoli City Festival, held at the historic Gateway DC,

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Go Green For The Planet In Honor Of Earth Day!

  With Earth Day coming up, on April 22, 2017, it’s time we get in tune with our inner green-thumb and give back to our planet, starting with our city. Whether it’s recycling, composting, gardening or eliminating plastic from your household, now

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT’S GREEN TO GO VEGGIE

1. It reduces global warming. In 2006, the United Nations said raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gasses than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. 2. To avoid excessive carbon dioxide production. Livestock produces a large

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Do Your Part: 10 Ways To Help Save The Bees

Bees, so tiny and minuscule in contrast to our great planet’s size, are a vital species whose duties offer us the luxury of every one out of three bites of food. Seriously, the numbers behind their performance are astonishing. They

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Vashtiedotcom Mix: Something To Stretch To!

There are few things better than a good stretch. It’s arguably one of the most critical aspects to your daily health regimen for a multitude of reasons, but most of all, it’s incredibly soothing. As we prepare for or wind down

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Doin’ It Well: Natural Ways To Rise Above Allergy Season

It’s official- Allergy season is back! This is that dreadful time of year where our noses run, eyes itch, and throats throb. Why can’t we just enjoy the spring for what it is? The sun is starting to shine, it

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Fitted Legitted: Vashtie’s Evolving Excursion in Exercise

So, some of you may know I am a wellness lover and that I dabble in fitness – but I wanted to explain my fitness life, because although I’m committed to it with my #HoodRatGymRat posts…I am actually not in

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Doin’ It Well: Going Flexitarian

How many times have you tried a new trendy diets only to relapse into your same old eating habits a few months later? Right, more than you’d care to remember! So, why does this happen? Well–in some cases–this is because

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes In The Crib

Growing up, my Trinidadian immigrant parents always made us take our shoes off upon entering our little apartment. It always came from a place of cleanliness and respect. I just assumed that was what everyone did because it was all

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: The Wonders of Marula Oil

We are constantly being introduced to new oils, each one claiming to be some sort of ancient secret must-have secret for our beauty routine. If we listened to all of these, we’d be walking around as a dripping mess, thoroughly

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L.A.’s ‘Vegan Street Fair’ Is Coming to NYC in June!

“Vegan Street Fair is an annual vegan food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors come together to serve you bite-size portions of vegan eats all in one place.” Coined as the new Woodstock, the Vegan Street Fair founded in

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: Five Ways To Get Clearer Skin

Our skin is like our body’s armor. We wear it on the outside and it protects what’s on the inside. However, the thing that makes our skin different and special is that unlike the armor, it is the most responsive, largest, and

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#SolaceSunday: Meditation Essentials

We always hear how beneficial meditation is. At this point, it’s undeniable that taking time to silence your mind works wonders! But let’s be honest, everyone meditates differently. Some people don’t even know the basics of meditating, which is why

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Adidas Launches New Wellness App ‘All Day’

Just a couple of weeks ago, adidas announced at SXSW that they were launching a wellness app, ‘All Day’. This app isn’t your usual wellness app, as they use a combination of health aspects to ensure you’re tackling your overall health: movement,

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Doin’ It Well: All Things Water

We talk about juicing, kombucha, smoothies, organic coffee, and tea all of the time. All of these drinks are amazing for your body, can help keep you healthy, and even help heal you but the “Don-Dada” and “The Goat” of

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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Solves All Your Beauty Problems

We all know the benefits of a great facemask: deep cleansing, glowing skin and a little bit of relaxation. But when there are so many choices to choose from, you need a favorite go to and nothing works like Aztec

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Fitness Friday: Let Your Inner Child Loose & Play Outside!

For a vast majority of the nation, it’s still pretty cold outside. For the poor folks suffering the woes of a chilly Spring, it’s hard to imagine going outside at all let alone for exercise. But don’t turn your back

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Doin’ It Well: The Five Purifying Powers of Matcha Tea

If you’re wondering, “What in the world is matcha and why has everyone been talking about it?” this post is for you. Judging by the influx of matcha cafes around the major cities, you can tell its become extremely popular

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Apple Cider Vinegar Is Heaven Sent

Apple cider vinegar is incredibly lit. We could literally curate a list with over fifty associated health benefits but we’ll keep it short and sweet. Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV for short, derives from the completion of two processes. The first

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Giveaway: Your Chance to Win Some RMS Lip & Skin Balm !

On behalf of Vashtie, we’re giving away RMS Lip & Skin Balm in Simply Vanilla. A personal favorite of Vashtie Kola, each ingredient in this award-winning and skin rejuvenating formula has been carefully selected for its traditional healing abilities. Superior biologically active ingredients

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What is Transcendental Meditation?

During a 1958 mission to “spiritually regenerate the world,” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi traveled the world to educate others on the Vedic originated tradition of  Transcendental Meditation. Its been a staple in the lives of many and received western popularity after

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Doin’ It Well: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Water

What drink is insanely inexpensive to make, keeps skin glowing, aids in digestion, can help you lose weight and is packed with vitamin C? No, it’s not an elixir sold on late-night infomercials. It’s lemon water. Those in the know

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Sure, it can help you relax. But massage therapy can do much more than that. Here are a few healthy reasons to book an appointment. Constant Sitting “Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress,” says Aaron Tanason,

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Russell Simmons Talks Yoga And Business in New Mini-Documentary

Mogul and Hip-Hop culture artisan, Russell Simmons, has been in the game for over thirty years. And with experience comes wisdom–a bit of which he recently shared via Mass Appeal. Simmons is the first feature in their new Too Old

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Plant-Based ‘Food Heaven Made Easy’ With Wendy and Jess

Food Heaven Made Easy Philosophy: Healthy eating should be delicious, cost effective and relatively painless. When eating healthy, sometimes you may become bored doing the same things with your food or run out of tasty ideas. Transitioning to a mostly

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BEAUTY: The Innate Life Scalp Treatment & Rose Hair Elixir

As some of you know, at the age of twelve, I became all about vegan eating, wellness and all things natural. My journey has been an interesting one, filled with lots of discoveries. I’m really fortunate to be able to share any

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Eight Tips For The Winter Battle Against Chapped Lips

With the harsh winds of winter’s chill stripping the moisture from our skin, we all can relate to the battle of dealing with chapped lips. And because our pouts are the most sensitive part of our skin, they’re the most

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How Black Girls RUN! Is Going the Distance to Create Change

Black girls do a lot of things—teach, lead, set trends, glow effortlessly—but distance running is one thing that is pretty much unheard of. A group called Black Girls RUN! has sought to break that stigma and the cycle of obesity

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5 Easy Stretches to Get Your Body Primed For the Day

Instead of hitting the snooze button in the morning, PopSugar Fitness wants you take the extra 10 minutes to stretch. It’s a great way to energize the morning and release tension from the previous day or a funky sleeping position.

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Doin’ It Well: Smoothie Queen, No Dairy

As a vegan, there are two questions I hear all the time: What do you even eat? Where do you get your protein? Like, it never fails! We’ll be here for a while if I explained the array of options

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Waist Beads: The Gateway to a Wombman’s Throne

Wombmen in Africa have been known to wear these adornments as far back as Ancient Egypt, for more reasons than one. According to history, the Egyptian wombman wore waist beads as a symbolism of status and in Ghana; babies are

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Doin’ It Well: Fight The Bite Of Winter With This Avocado Glow Mask

Whether you’re getting ready for a hot date tonight or just looking for a quick pick me up to fight the bitter winter cold, this avocado glow mask is just what you need! This time of year tends to be the

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#SolaceSunday: Taking a Mental Break From the News

With everything going on, it’s important to stay politically informed and in the loop. However, the headlines, articles, videos, and tweets easily have the potential to become overwhelming. Anxiety and stress can take over in the blink of an eye,

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#FitnessFriday: 7 Ways to Get Back in the Gym

Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to get over the holiday hump and back into the gym. Not only will your body look snatched in time for beach season, your overall health will improve as well. Easier

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Energy Healing and Astrology Tea with Danielle Ayoka

Danielle Ayoka, better known as MysticxLipstick on Twitter, is the international millennial astrologer and intuitive energy healer you never knew you needed. In a time where we think we know it all, she breaks that assumption down completely. The good news

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#SolaceSunday: Maximizing Your Time For Peace With A Routine

Let’s face it: Sometimes we make ourselves busier than we really are. Does procrastination sound familiar? We have the tendency to crowd our time with noise and not enough productivity. In the long run, it leads to less time for

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#FitnessFriday: Get Fit Without Losing Those Curves!

It’s 2017, and the days of associating the words “fitness” and “healthy” with super skinny physiques are over. Curvy women are finally getting the main stream appreciation they’ve always deserved. And while society still has a long way to go

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