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27 Healthy Halloween Cookie Recipes
Harvesting Green Vibes:

6 Eco-Conscious Decor Ideas for a Natural Fall Ambience

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Brandy Plunk
Brandy Plunk, MSAOM, L.Ac
Holistic REALTOR®, Berkshire Hathaway

"Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day." – Shira Tamir

Welcome to this month's issue of WellnessRE™ Magazine. Inside, our team of experts in Feng Shui, building biology, wellness architecture, and eco-design have compiled a wealth of insights to help you embrace a healthier and more vibrant autumn season. Let these articles be your inspiration for a more comfortable and well-balanced living space.

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Recipe Of The Month
Pumpkin Chicken Curry with Cranberry Coconut Almond Rice
Heather Christo, Deliciously Allergen Free Recipes
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Heather says "And even if it was complicated (and it’s not!!) it would be worth it. Majorly worth it. I made this for dinner on Monday night when it was blustery and stormy and dark and chilly here in Seattle- it was the bubbly aromatic work of heaven after being out running around crazy all afternoon. But as unbelievably delicious this is, it is SO filling! I was pretty much rolled back in my chair with my hand on tummy wishing I was wearing elastic pants (because I usually am). It was so good that despite my full stomach I debated checking to see if I could fit more in- just because I wasn’t done tasting it."

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Closet Harmony
Turning Closet Chaos into Chic Bliss
By Sabrina Aguilar
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Are you tired of wasting precious minutes every morning searching for that elusive pair of shoes or rummaging through piles of clothes? If so, it's time to tackle the challenge of closet organization! A well-organized closet saves you time, reduces stress, and helps you embrace a clutter-free lifestyle. Here are some practical tips and creative ideas to transform your chaotic closet into a haven of order and functionality.

Tricks Treats, and Trash:
How to Break Free from Halloween's Disposable Cycle
By Sabrina Aguilar
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In a world where plastic disposable waste inundates the landscape every October 31st, the need for a greener approach to Halloween has never been more evident. Say goodbye to the days of indulging in expensive, unhealthy, and clutter-generating commodities

Featured Article
Holistic Real Estate
Wellness + Health + Real Estate
Brandy Plunk
Did you know that we spend 60-90% of our time inside our homes? In our health-conscious world, we often focus on aspects like diet, exercise, and supplements. However, we tend to overlook the health of our living spaces, which can have a significant impact on our overall well-being. The prevalence of mold illness, chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue, childhood autism, ADHD, and autoimmune conditions is concerning. (The list goes on…) There are countless stories of homes that contribute to illness rather than nurturing our health. It’s crucial to recognize how the state of our homes may be affecting our health. As a holistic realtor, I bring a professional background as an NCCAOM board-certified and licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, I spent years specializing in the intricacies of chronic illness, focused on Lyme disease, environmental illnesses, autism, PANDAS/PANS, and ADHD. I truly understand the connections between our living environment and our health. My goal is to help you find a home optimized for health where your nervous system can finally rest, allowing for peace and in turn and physical healing. As a real estate professional, I am committed to changing the norms of real estate. It should be so much more than a traditional focus such as community expertise, aesthetics, or ROI. My joy is in educating and guiding families in holistic living from non-toxic living, EMFs, building biology principles, mindfulness, red flag alerts to indoor air quality. And everything in between. 👉Outside of Arizona? I am part of a vast network of holistic realtors who genuinely understand the importance of a healthy home. If you are in a different area, send me a message! I am more than happy to connect you with a holistic realtor in your local area. I may even collaborate with them to provide coaching and guidance, ensuring your real estate experience aligns with your health goals. I’d love to help you find your healthier home. (928) 379-6338
Home Improvement
Revitalize and Renew
A Bathroom Makeover with Health in Mind
By Andy Pace
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There is a misconception that healthy building materials are basic and boring. Home owners associate clean and healthy with stark and cold when in fact creating a human-healthy space can absolutely be luxurious with a wow design factor! As a healthy home concierge and founder of the oldest healthy home supply company in the country, the Green Design Center, I have had the privilege of helping many customers with chemical sensitivities create the perfect healthy space customized to fit their individual needs while also achieving a beautiful aesthetic.

Feng Shui
Harness the Fire Element: Illuminating Fall with Candlelight
Feng Shui Essentials: Modern Tips For Harmonious Living
By, Dee Oujiri
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My favorite time of year is the Fall. As the leaves turn these vibrant hues and the air turns crisp, the Fall season brings an opportunity to align our living spaces with the changing energy of nature. In Feng Shui philosophy, the Five Elements play a crucial role in creating a harmonious and balanced environment.

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27 Healthy Halloween Cookie Recipes
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Summon the magic of these spooktacular recipes that promise to thrill your little trick-or-treaters and earn nods of approval from health-savvy moms

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Embracing Cooler Weather: Reduce Toxins and Improve Indoor Air Quality
Preparing your house for winter
By Amanda Klecker
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Our homes in the winter can be a totally different place and vibe in comparison to the rest of the year. Depending on your climate, most of the time the winter means closed up homes with very little air filtering in or out through open windows and doors. The amount of inside air our home is trading for outside air is called an air exchange, and typically in winter, we have less than one per hour depending on how energy efficient your house is.

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Driving Change

Exploring the All-Walkable Community: Culdesac Tempe

By Sydni Sands
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In the last couple of years every time my car insurance needed to be renewed, I would start dreaming of what life would be like without a car. I thought maybe I could get an electric bike or a Vespa or just Uber everywhere. The biggest thing that always stopped me was where I lived. Sure, I could move closer to downtown but still, we don’t have a great public transit system and I’m not super comfortable riding in the bike lane as cars zoom by just a few feet away. What would actually be necessary to be able to live car-free and still have access to all of our modern amenities? Culdesac Tempe is a leading example of how we can live and move in a community that centers on people instead of cars.

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Weaving Wellness into Real Estate
with Christina Hatch
By Sydni Sands
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The world is changing and the real estate market is too. Integrating health into all facets of our lives is more important than ever and easier than ever with dedicated professionals like Christina Hatch. Serving the residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, Christina Hatch shines as a holistic real estate agent and wellness mentor. Such agents guide their clients through the real estate journey with an eye on the comprehensive well-being of each individual, embracing the interconnected realms of mind, body, and soul.

Holiday Decor
Harvesting Green Vibes  

6 Eco-Conscious Decor Ideas for a Natural Fall Ambience

By Sheila Alston
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Enhance your fall décor by incorporating natural elements. Not only is it environmentally conscious, but also cost-effective, as you can easily source plants, foods, and objects. These ideas offer a wonderful starting point for creating a sophisticated autumn atmosphere. I typically commence my fall decorations in September and maintain them until Thanksgiving. With natural products, you'll achieve a stunning, budget-friendly look that perfectly embodies the essence of the season.

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Better Brushstrokes
Interior Paints that Prioritize Air Quality in Your Home
By Cassy West
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When looking for interior paints that prioritize air quality in your home, you'll want to consider paints with low to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other potentially harmful chemicals. VOCs are chemicals that can evaporate into the air and contribute to indoor air pollution, which can have negative effects on human health. Here are some types of interior paints that are generally considered safer for air quality:

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Celebrating Sustainable Harvest:

Farm-to-Table Kitchens in Modern Homes

By Kate Hamblet
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As the crisp air of autumn arrives, it brings with it a bountiful harvest of flavors and colors. It's a wonderful time to explore how your kitchen can become a hub for celebrating the season's abundance while also embracing sustainable living. Designing a Farm-to-Table kitchen is the perfect way to do that. By integrating local, seasonal, and organic produce, you can create a space that not only nourishes your family but also supports the environment.

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