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Veggies: Red leaf lettuce Spinach Sliced cucumber Diced peppers Shredded carrot Fruits: Sliced strawberries Sliced oranges Sliced apples Pomegranate seeds Dried cranberries

Nuts and Seeds: Sliced almonds Chopped walnuts Pumpkin seeds Chia seeds Hemp hearts Protein: Cooked chicken Cooked tuna Chickpeas Black beans Shredded cheese

Salad Dressings: Lemon Balsamic Dill (equal parts balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and water with a pinch of fresh or dried dill on top) Creamy Cucumber (1/4 of a cucumber, 2 tbsps mayo, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, then blend before adding a dash of chives or parsley)

In anticipation of all the delicious items you’ll be growing in your garden this year, why not put out a bountiful salad bar for dinner tonight? It’s easy and healthy, and your kids will love it because they get to assemble their meal themselves. The key is to offer a wide assortment of options for a fully customizable meal that will make your taste buds sing and your body say thank you. Here is an example of what to set out, but feel free to let your inner chef run wild!

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Q U O T E Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy. - Albert Einstein In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich by 1909. His 1905 paper explaining the photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics, earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. His first paper on Special Relativity Theory, also published in 1905, changed the world. His great intellectual achievements and originality have made the word “Einstein” synonymous with genius.


Spring is one of the easiest times of year to find home decor inspiration because it’s so full of colour and life. Insert fresh or faux flowers into the ends of wooden spools. Wrap the spools with various types of thread, yard or ribbon for an eye-catching look. Turn an old metal colander into a flowerpot and use wire to hang it on your patio. Try grouping several together and using them for herbs, tomatoes or annuals like petunias. Create framed pinecone decor by assembling an assortment of cones, spray painting them in colours such as pink, blue and yellow, and gluing them inside a wooden frame. Hand paint plain patio pavers to give them an individualized touch. Lastly, build a headboard out of a garden trellis. Simply have the hardware store cut it to size, then paint it a spring colour such as pale green or yellow and anchor to the wall behind your bed.

When it comes to making more environmentally friendly choices, greening your cleaning routine is one of the simplest – and most cost effective – ways to go. Homemade cleaners are easy to whip up and can be made out of inexpensive household items like vinegar. For an effective all-purpose cleaner, mix two cups of water and half a cup of vinegar with ten to twenty drops of your favourite essential oil. Vinegar is a natural antifungal that will kill germs and bacteria and essential oils such as lavender are proven relaxants. Another tip is to avoid cleaning with products such as paper towels and disposable mop heads. Try reusable cloths and an old- fashioned fibre headed mop instead. THE GREEN WAY TO CLEAN YOUR HOME

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