Pear and Cinnamon Green Smoothie

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Fall is here.

Well, kind of. Phoenix is still getting its fair share of midday heat but cooler mornings and nights (along with a weird onset of seasonal allergies) give me hope that we’re getting there, slowly. And what better way to ring in this glorious time of year than with a fall-inspired green smoothie?

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DIY Home: All-Purpose Cleaner

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Cleaning is boring.

And probably the only thing more boring than cleaning is talking about cleaning and the cleaning products that go with it. I totally agree! But all boredom aside, it is important to know that many conventional cleaners contain a slew of chemicals that can negatively impact your and your family’s health.

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Declutter your house, declutter your mind

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Is your abode in a jumble?

Have you been wanting to fix this problem but do not really know where to start? Or maybe you know where to start but cannot motivate yourself to actually do it. You are too attached to your things. You have no time. The reasons are endless. Trust me, I know! Maybe today’s post can help. While I am not offering to clean out your house for you, I want to share how I just cleaned out my own, and hope to inspire you to do the same. I’m talking closets, clothes, toys, beauty products…I decluttered almost the whole thing and I am very proud and more than happy that I did. Yes, it takes time and effort but I promise – once it is done, it just feels freakin’ amazing!

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Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

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Thank you, Mr. Willis Carrier…

…for inventing modern-day air conditioning! When it is as hot as it has been in Phoenix over the last couple of weeks (up to 120°F/48°C) it doesn’t matter if it is “a dry heat” as Arizonans like to point out. To me – the Central European that I am and always will be – it is freakin’ sweltering and I certainly never get tired of complaining about it. The last thing I want to do in this weather is turn on the oven or stove. Instead, I gravitate towards light and easy summer salads that are quick to make – like this one with watermelon, arugula, feta, red onion, almonds and mint. It may sound like a weird combination but this refreshing salad definitely hits the spot when you’re hot and hungry!

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