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Recipes

Homemade Pumpkin Muffins

November 7, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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What is fall season without baking something pumpkin flavor?! These easy to make Pumpkin muffins are perfect for brisk mornings. You can bake and have ready for breakfast or a snack. Sweet, delicious, with all the flavors of fall. We hope you enjoy!

img_3250What you will need:
-Vegetable Oil (1/2 cup)
-Canned Pumpkin (half of a 15 oz can – 7.5 oz)
-Sugar (3/4 cup)
-Sifted Flour (1 cup)
-Baking Powder (1 teaspoon)
-Baking Soda (1/2 teaspoon)
-Salt (1/4 teaspoon)
-Ground Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
-2 Large Eggs
-Muffin Tin Pan
-Mixer

img_3210Step 1) Preheat your oven to 350. Combine your eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin mix into your mixer bowl

img_3217Step 2) Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy.

img_3222Step 3) Combine in a separate bowl your flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.

img_3223Step 4) Stir all of your dry ingredients together.

img_3228Step 5) Slowly add your dry mix into the pumpkin mixture. Mix on low speed until throughly combined and the batter is smooth.

img_3232Step 6) Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.

img_3234Step 7) Distribute your pumpkin batter evenly into the muffin tins.

img_3240Step 8) Bake your muffins for 30 minutes.

img_3244Step 9) When your muffins come out of the oven, let them cool on a cooling rack. Optional: Add powder sugar on top for added sweetness.

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Inspiration

Good Morning Yoga!

November 4, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Good Morning Yoga! Yoga has so many health benefits!  We believe it’s super important to start your morning off right. So today we wanted to show you some of the best Yoga stretches to start your day off feeling inspired, refreshed, rejuvenated,  and ready to take on your day. These moves will help wake you up, get your blood flowing, and help your stay mind alert. As the remainder of 2016 winds down, taking these practices into the new year can help us create healthy new habits.

img_0900Childs Pose — regular or wide legged. Start with widening your knees and lowering your bottom down between or resting on your feet.  Extend your torso and your arms forward, and rest your forehead on the bed. Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds and breathe.

*This pose can relieve lower back and neck pain. It gently stretches your hips and thighs, ankles, all while normalizing circulation throughout your body.

img_0902Cat Pose — Put your hands and knees on the bed, and make your wrists in-line with your shoulders, and your knees under your hips. Take a deep inhale, and as you exhale, slowly round your back, allow your chin to drop to your chest. This warms up your spine and neck. When you exhale, face your head to the ceiling, rounding your back. Repeat.

img_0904Happy Baby Pose — Start by lying on your back, bring your knees into your chest, and grab the edges of your feet making sure your ankles stretch over your knees. Breath and hold for one minute.

*This pose opens up your hips, inner thighs, and groin. Stretches your hamstrings, all while releasing lower back tension.

img_0911Fish pose — To start this pose, begin by lying on your back with your legs together and your arms close to your side. Bend your elbows in and lift your palms to the ceiling. Keep a consistent breathe, exhale, push into your elbows, and bend your head back down to the bed. Keep your legs active and squeeze your shoulder blades as you continue to breath, Hold for 30 seconds.

*This pose stretches the front of your body, parts such as abdominal, throat, chest, upper back muscles, neck and also improves spine flexibility and posture.

img_0918Spine twist — Lie on your back, and bring your left knee into your chest and gently lower it over the left side of your body. Gaze to the opposite side. Hold 5-10 deep breathes.

*Benefits of this pose include: Stretches back muscles and glutes. Massages back and hip muscles, lengthens, relaxes, and realigns the spine.

img_0912Repeat on the other side now using your right knee, and gazing to your left side.

img_0915Seated forward fold — From a seated position, extend your legs forward in front of you and flex your feet toward the ceiling. Lift your arms up and reach for your feet or ankles. Whatever gives you the best stretch. Breath and bend forward as much as you can, keeping a flat back and relaxed shoulders. Hold 30- 60 seconds.

*Benefits: Stretches hips, hamstrings and calves.  Relieves tension. Calms the mind and soothes your nerves.

img_0907Thanks for checking out this post! Be sure to practice these every day to maintain healthy muscles and relieve tension!

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DIY

Be a Cactus: Halloween Costume DIY

October 1, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Be a cactus this Halloween! This week on the blog we will be giving you a few different costume ideas for halloween this year! Keep your eye out this week for the other fun costumes we have coming your way. Have you seen a cactus costume yet? You might very well be the first one around your town if you chose to do this easy DIY. Click on to see how it is done.

img_5155What you will need:
-Green shirt, sweater, or tee shirt.
-White Yarn
-Fake flowers (red, yellow or pink)
-Tacky glue
-Hot glue gun
-Hair clips

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Step 1) Cut several yarn pieces about 3-4 inch long

img_5028Step 2) Take four of your yarn pieces. Use one to tie three others together

img_5045Step 3) After making several yarn pieces, these will be used for the “spikes” of your cactus costume. Place where you want them to be on your green shirt.

img_5056Step 4) Place a few flowers on your cactus costume to add to the aesthetics.

img_5061Step 5) Glue everything down with a hot glue gun or tacky glue. Flowers and yarn pieces.

img_5065Step 6) To add to the costume, you can make yourself a flower piece to go in your hair. All you need in clips, and your fake flowers

img_5070Step 7) Hot glue your flower to the hair clip

img_5077Step 8) Don’t forget to accessorize with any of our new cactus charms!!

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Inspiration

Fun free or insanly inexpensive date Ideas

September 26, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Grab your best friend, or that special guy / girl in your life and make it a point to do something fun with them this week! If you find yourself stumped on something to do, try some of the ideas we have gathered for you.

Go on a Picnic! Grab a picnic basket, snack foods, fruit, your favorite lunch, and a few drinks.
Don’t forget a blanket to sit on.

img_0915Go out for acai bowls. This delicious superfruit treat is great to enjoy with your best friend or significant other anytime of the day!

yum-36Find a cool new spot outdoors and go on a hike! The best part: the great outdoors are FREE!

img_5656Ice cream date! Hot or cold outside, ice-cream is always a good idea.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGo scout out a local coffee shop that you haven’t tried yet. The specialty coffee shops usually have chill vibes, great seating to enjoy some face to face conversation, and a delicious cup of coffee!

img_1714Grab your best friends and go on a shopping date! With school just started up again, it’s nice to have some new clothes for your wardrobe! They can help you with what looks good, and what doesn’t look so good. Don’t forget to match your new outfits with some Pura Vida Bracelets!

img_6479Junk food date. Go to your local gas station or grocery store and grab some junk food you’ve been craving. Rent a movie or two and have a chill evening in. Grab your friends, significant other and some junk food!

img_4014Go pick some fresh flowers together. Flowers can light up someones day, or bring happiness to a room.

2016-03-20-23-48-03DOUGHNUT TIME! Grab some doughnuts from your favorite doughnut shop and have an early morning date.

img_4053Go catch a drive in movie. Pack some snacks, popcorn, blankets and pillows. Check out our blog on TIPS TO PREPARE for the best drive in movie date!

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Recipes

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes stuffed with Nutella

September 23, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Let’s be honest, most of us don’t make “homemade” pancakes. We usually reach into the pantry for the already prepared, “just add water” mix.  While the taste and outcome of those may be pretty good, why not take it up a notch?!

Ready for some AMAZING pancakes?  We are here to help! We’ll also show you how to stuff your pancakes with Nutella!

Follow these steps for yummy homemade pancakes. They are the perfect combination of fluffy + sweet, and have that “melt in your mouth” buttermilk taste!

Did you guys know National pancake day is coming up on September 26th?  This is what inspired this post!!

img_5243What you will need:
-All purposed flour (2 cups)
-Sugar (1/4 cup)
-Baking powder (1 teaspoon)
-Baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
-Salt (1/4 teaspoon)
-2 Eggs
-Butter (1/2 cup)
-2 cups buttermilk
-Nutella

img_5216Step 1) Prepare by getting a cookie sheet or cutting board and layer a piece of parchment paper over it. Begin by scooping Nutella out of the jar and smoothing it into circles on the parchment paper. Circles should be slightly smaller than the size you want your pancakes to be.

img_5213Step 2) Stick your Nutella circles in the freezer for about an hour or until firm.

img_5214Step 3) Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium size bowl. Whisk together with a fork.

img_5221Step 4) In a smaller bowl, add eggs, butter, and buttermilk. Whisk together.

img_5225Step 5) Add white flour mixture to egg mix and whisk all ingredients together.

img_5233Step 6) Heat griddle or pan to about 350 degrees and spray/pour a small amount of vegetable oil so your pancakes don’t stick! Dollop your pancake batter on heated griddle. Take Nutella circles out of freezer, and place in the center of each pancake. NOTE: Put Nutella circles back in the freezer until you are ready for the next batch as they will melt QUICKLY!

img_5235Step 7) Add another layer of pancake batter on top of the Nutella circles. When bubbles start to appear around the edge of pancake, it’s time to flip!

img_5236Step 8) Enjoy your yummy homemade pancakes! Goes well with fresh fruit, coffee, and milk!

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DIY

Elephant Magazine Silhouette Art

September 19, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Did you guys know it’s national elephant appreciation day coming up this week? On September 22nd 2016 we honor one of the largest land animals in the world! We wanted to give you something to create at home to hang in your room to always show appreciation to these beautiful animals.

What you will need:
-Print out of an elephant
-Permeant marker
-Old Magazines
-Scissors
-Glue or mod podge
-Cardboard paper

img_4993 Step 1) Cut out cool patterns in your magazines. Pops of color, texture, anything that stands out to you!

img_4995Step 2) Cut out elephant print out. Trace on a piece of cardboard paper

img_5002Step 3) Cut your favorite magazine pieces into long strips

img_5012Step 4) Paint mod podge or glue on the inside of your elephant silhouette

img_5013Step 5) Place your magazine strips on top of mod podge, and smoothe out any bumps

img_5016Step 6) Cut excess cardboard around elephant silhouette

img_5033Step 7) Enjoy your colorful elephant creation!

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Inspiration

Following Your Life’s Calling

September 15, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” ­ Gandhi.

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People are very curious about my story. Just the title of this blog sounds a little cliche, but the truth of the matter is, that after 30 years, I’ve finally understood Gandhi’s quote on happiness.

I was born in Bolivia but I have lived all around, literally. Chile, Mexico, France, India, Japan, the US, you name it. Sounds exotic and really exciting, which it is, however because of this, I feel I have never truly belonged to one place. Nature has always been my companion… No matter where I would be, the appreciation and relationship with nature and animals has been there since I was very young.

Last year I was living in Paris, France, getting my MBA on Global Communications. Prior to that, I lived in Miami and worked 7 years for CNN. I had a beautiful life in Miami. A great job, amazing friends and pretty much lived in paradise. Still, there was always something missing…

In 2010, after watching the Oscar winning documentary, The Cove, I decided I needed to travel to Japan and get involved with the organization Dolphin Project to work as a Cove Monitor Volunteer. That trip changed my life forever. I’ve been involved with the organization ever since, assisting Ric O’Barry, most famous dolphin activist in the world, with his schedule as well as assisting with social media for Spanish speaking audiences.

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Earlier this year I went to India and lived two months in Auroville, one of the few conscious cities in the world. The following month I traveled most of Asia by myself and finally came to the realization that no matter where I went, my heart would always want the same thing: work with and for the animals; to become their voice and to share as much awareness on environmental and animal issues with the world.

I want to inspire others to live the life they always dreamed of. To truly become the change they wish to see in the world. I have always considered myself to be the voice for the voiceless. To be a “rebel” you might say, and help those who can’t speak or fight for themselves.

For many years my friends and family always wondered why I had never shared my experiences and the work I do as a volunteer. I have always been a very social and outgoing person, but when it comes to volunteer work, I would rather keep a low profile, not because I would be ashamed or embarrassed of my work, but because telling people the little good you do would sound just too pretentious.

Believe me, this never stopped me from asking someone if they know where their fur coat came from, standing up for my beliefs or having to fight for those who don’t have a voice.

We have all seen how social media has the potential to become extremely vain and shallow, however, it also has tremendously powerful potential to reach audiences and inspire change.

After receiving several messages and questions about my lifestyle, travels, affiliation to organizations and events that I have participated in, I realized that more than ever, people want to explore the world, but want to do it consciously. People want to be part of the movement of change. They want to travel, but they are also interested to volunteer for a day or two at wildlife sanctuary. They are interested in the next local demonstration against captivity at Seaworld, and in adapting a more conscious lifestyle overall.

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This is magic. This is the reason I decided to share my stories as I continue to create them every day. It’s already been 6 months since I started this journey.

A get so many questions as far as how do I make a living doing what I do. The truth is guys, I’m still trying to figure it out.

I quit my job exactly 2 years ago from CNN. I’m currently enrolled in my last course of my Masters Degree, and it is through my traveling photography, content creation and hopefully continuous contributions to magazines/newspapers, that my dream is starting to become a reality.

If you believe in your dreams and act on them, they will become reality. I hope my story helps or inspires you in some way to follow your heart and truly do what makes you happy. If I’m doing it, so can you.

Let’s explore, inspire and impact our world together !

xx Dani Moreno

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Recipes

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

September 12, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Soup weather is approaching fast! Enjoy this yummy tortilla soup recipe this fall season. Love, the Pura Vida team.

What you will need:
-Cooked chicken ( 2 cooked shredded chicken breast)
-Black beans (1 1/2 cups)
-Olive Oil (2 -3 teaspoons)
-Green bell pepper (1/4 cup)
-Red bell pepper (1/4 cup)
-Jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
-White Onion
-Can of diced tomatoes (15 oz.)
-Lime Juice (1 small lime)
-Chicken Bouillon (2 tablespoons)
-Cumin ( 1 1/2 teaspoon)
-Chili powder or taco seasoning (1 teaspoon )
-Garlic clove (half a clove)
-Water (5 cups hot water)
-Salt (to taste)

For the toppings:
-Corn Tortilla strips
-Diced avocado
-Onions
-Shredded cheddar cheese

img_2721Step 1) Add olive oil to the bottom of your pan to medium- high heat. Add chopped bell peppers, onion, Jalapeno, garlic clove, and a dash of cumin powder. Cook a few minutes until soft.

img_2725Step 2) Add cooked chicken in with your veggies.

img_2726Step 3) Add all of your seasonings minus chicken bouillon. Cumin powder, chili powder, or taco seasoning. Whatever you choose to use to give that chicken tortilla flavor.

img_2723Step 4) Add 15 oz can of diced tomatoes.

img_2730Step 5) Add in 1 1/2 cup black beans

img_2731Step 6) Add 5 cups warm water to pan

img_2735Step 6) Squeeze in a lime

img_2739Step 7) Stir all ingredients. Add in chicken bouillon seasoning. Continue to stir. Bring to a boil

img_2741Step 8) Reduce heat, place a lid on your pot, and simmer about 30 minutes!

img_2742Step 9) Prepare your topppings! Place in your favorite soup bowl and ENJOY!

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Recipes

Homemade Hummus

September 9, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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The perfect homemade hummus recipe for you to try is now here. You really can make delicious hummus at home, that tastes even better than store bought! For this recipe we used an ingredient call tahini. You can buy it at your local health food store. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds, and is added to hummus dips for extra flavor. This is optional to your homemade hummus, but we think it’s what makes this hummus recipe so full of flavor! We can’t wait for you to make your own hummus dip at home! This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of hummus for you to enjoy!

img_3632What you will need: 
-Chickpeas (1 15 oz. can or 1 1/2 cup cooks chickpeas (15 oz.)
-Well stirred Tahini (1/4 cup)
-Lemon juice (1/4 cup)
-Garlic clove (1 small clove, minced)
-Extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)
-Ground cumin (1/2 teaspoon)
-1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (optional for more garlic flavor)
-Water (2-3 tablespoons)
-Salt to taste
-Food processor or blender

img_3614Step 1) Risen chickpeas if using from a can

img_3613Step 2) Add Tahini to the bottom of your food processor and process about 20 seconds or more.

img_3621Step 3) Add lemon juice in with the Tahini and blend another 20 seconds until creamy.

img_3625Step 4) Add olive oil, ground cumin, garlic and remaining ingredients to the processor. Process another 30 seconds and scrape sides.

img_3630Step 5) Add chickpeas slowly to the food processor. Start by adding half, process for about 1 minute, then add the remaining. Slowly add 2-3 tablespoons of water to get desired consistency. Process until think and smooth. About 1-2 minutes.

img_3631Step 6) To serve hummus: Add salt to taste. Drizzle more olive oil over top, and any additional seasoning.
Optional: Make your own pita chips! Buy pita bread, cut into squares, drizzle olive oil and salt on top. Bake on a baking sheet at 375 for 15 minutes.

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Recipes

Frozen Mocha

September 8, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Coffee and ice meets chocolate. We call it a Mocha Freeze! So delicious. While we are transitioning from summer to fall, why not try one more cold drink before all the hot ones come our way!? Made with just a few ingredients, you’ll love this simple recipe to make your own frozen mocha at home.

IMG_2773What you will need:
-Cold brew coffee (any brand, 1/2 cup)
-Milk or half and half (1/2 cup)
-Chocolate Syrup (any brand, about 2 tablespoons)
-Chocolate Chips (amount varies on your preference, we used about 3 tablespoons)
-Ice (about 2 cups)
-Simple Syrup (1 Tablespoon)
-A good blender

IMG_2756Step 1) You will add all above ingredients to your blender. Start by adding ice and 1/2 cup of milk.

IMG_2758Step 2) Add 1/2 cup of cold brew coffee.

IMG_2759Step 3) Add chocolate chips

IMG_2763Step 4) Add a tablespoon of simple syrup. If you do not have any simple syrup made, you may use sugar. The simple syrup blends the best and keeps your mocha freeze smooth.

IMG_2767Step 5) Add 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup. BLEND ALL INGREDIENTS and ENJOY.

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Lifestyle

Suicide Awareness Month

September 2, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) is the nation’s largest nonprofit agency working to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide.  One of the founding members of the National Council for Suicide Prevention, over the last 27 years SAVE has created, developed and studied numerous public awareness campaigns designed to help raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues.  SAVE has developed many best practice endorsed suicide prevention and grief materials as well as one of only three evidence-based programs for suicide prevention in high schools.  They annually hold the longest running suicide memorial each spring and they house the world’s only suicide prevention memorial wall.  SAVE is run by Dr. Dan Reidenberg, an internationally recognized expert in the field, 5 staff and hundreds of volunteers across the country, as well as an all volunteer Board of Directors.

SAVE partners with many organizations and businesses in achieving their mission.  Whether schools or hospitals, law enforcement agencies, Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, SAVE is there to help prevent suicide and respond when a suicide tragedy has occurred in any community.  We are proud to partner with Pura Vida throughout the year in promoting their efforts to help raise awareness about suicide prevention through the sale of their bracelets.  September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, yes, there really is such a day.  While many would not know that, for some of us who live with or care for someone living with a mental illness, or that you lost to suicide, WSPD is an important day each year.  Most people do not realize that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.  It is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people and we lose someone to suicide every 12 minutes.  Research shows that 90% of those who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death.  Sometimes undiagnosed, other times misdiagnosed, either way mental health issues play a significant role in nearly all suicides.  SAVE runs the annual www.Take5ToSaveLives.org campaign for WSPD and we encourage everyone to take 5 minutes to learn about suicide.

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, yes, there really is such a day.  While many would not know that, for some of us who live with or care for someone living with a mental illness, or that you lost to suicide, WSPD is an important day each year.  Most people do not realize that suicide is the 10 the leading cause of death in the US.  It is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people and we lose someone to suicide every 12 minutes.  Research shows that 90% of those who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death.  Sometimes undiagnosed, other times misdiagnosed, either way, mental health issues play a significant role in nearly all suicides.  In recognition of WSPD, I want to share my story with you and how SAVE has played a crucial part in my life.

 

Mental health and suicide prevention is an issue close to my heart. I have had multiple members of my family struggle with their mental health, and am making mental health a career for myself after having worked my way out of a relationship with my mother who was mentally abusive. I am currently a therapist at a partial hospital program for eating disorders, working toward licensure as a LMHC in New York. Unfortunately, people tend not to seek counseling when things seem to be going right in their lives, and many times, my clients and patients find me when they are a very dark place. It is my job as their therapist to do safety assessments when necessary, to help them identify protective factors and personal traits of strength and resilience in order to keep them safe, to help them heal, and to enhance their mental wellbeing. It is sometimes difficult to encounter so many people who are dealing with mental illness and suicidal thoughts, unhealthy relationships, and who are battling their own thoughts on a daily basis, wishing I could just “make it all better” for them. However, it is extremely inspiring to be a witness to people who decide to have faith that things can improve (even when they can’t feel it), and to continue to fight for their lives.

 

In an even more personal way, I was touched by suicide when a classmate and friend of mine, named Brent died in July of 2012. He was always one of those people who had a smile on his face and was making others laughed. He had a beautiful little girl named Alice, and anyone who knew anything about Brent knew how much he loved her. He had just graduated from the undergraduate program I was in, and was about to begin the mental health counseling graduate program I ended up going to. He was going to have a concentration in play therapy, and we all know he would’ve touched so many lives clinically, because he had already done that just by being himself. I knew that he had been having somewhat of a rough summer in 2012, as one day he told me of his many stressors (all while smiling), but I (and I’m assuming mostly everyone else) didn’t know the severity of his struggles. After a night of drinking, Brent had taken his life one night, shocking everybody who knew him to their core. His family, friends, professors, co-workers, and even strangers who had merely heard of Brent were completely distraught. We all wished that we could’ve “done something” to prevent it, or knew “why” this had happened. We still do, and sadly we will never get the answers, and we will never again be graced by his physical presence.

 

For Brent, the story did not end the way any of us had hoped.  Today, I live still trying to figure out and understand why this happened- something so common for those of us, who have lost someone to suicide, and to try and take the tragedy and make it positive. Though the pain of losing someone I care for never goes away, it made such a difference knowing an organization like SAVE existed; an organization of compassionate and knowledgeable people who are truly dedicated to educating and supporting at a local, national, and global level. They have incredible literature and resources for those grieving or personally struggling, initiatives and programming (Take 5 to Save Lives, SMART Schools), as well as partnerships with other organizations and companies like Pura Vida to serve people of all walks of life. One of my favorite things is the new development with Facebook; users who see a post made by somebody who seems to be in distress or danger can help them by “reporting” the post and getting the individual help. It’s amazing to think about how many lives that alone could save.

 

SAVE has also recently extended and created charters all around the United States. The charters carry out SAVE’s mission in their own geographic areas, and respond to the unique needs of each community. I am so proud to be a member of SAVE’s first National Outreach Network charter, SAVE Central NY. I work with a passionate group of individuals who tirelessly devote their energy and put their hearts into educating and supporting the community, as well as working to save lives. One of our current focuses is getting into the schools to help connect with students through prevention, intervention, and postvention work- we are hoping to help implement Peer Leader programs in the schools in Central NY to help increase mental wellness and decrease suicide. I am so excited to see how the dialogue surrounding mental health continues to advance, as well as how magnificent organizations such as SAVE continue to influence millions of people, and work to SAVE lives.

 

To learn more visit:

www.SAVE.org and www.Take5ToSaveLives.org

 

 

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Pura Vida donates $1 to SAVE for every Suicide Prevention Awareness bracelet purchased on our website.  Get yours today.

 

 

 

 

Recipes

Oven BBQ Foil Packs

September 1, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Hey PV fans! Today we bring you these easy to prep chicken foil packs! Don’t have a grill? NO PROBLEM. Maybe you forgot to buy coal to burn, or have a small place that can’t host a BBQ. Don’t worry! You can still have the taste of yummy BBQ with the convenience of your oven.

IMG_2693-2What you will need: 
-Boneless chicken breast (amount varies on how many foil packs you are creating)
-Veggies of choice (Good options: asparagus, zucchini, bell peper, tomatoes)
-BBQ sauce
-Foil sheets
-Salt and pepper
-Olive oil

IMG_2683Step 1)  Preheat your oven to 400. Cut up your desired veggies

IMG_2690Step 2) Put desired amount of BBQ sauce on your chicken breast pieces, add veggies to your foil pack, and pinch salt and pepper over top.

IMG_2705Step 3) Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top of your veggies

IMG_2708Step 4) Place another foil piece on top of your chicken and veggies and fold the two sides together creating a seal.

IMG_2709Step 5) Place foil packs on a cookies sheet and bake 400 degrees for 25 minutes, or until done.

IMG_2711Step 6) Take out of the oven, add more BBQ sauce if you desire, and ENJOY!

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