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What’s your cozy?

A crackling fireplace illuminating the room. Velvety hot chocolate. Twinkling lights. Fuzzy socks enveloping my feet. Sinatra’s sweet jazz. Crawling underneath my electric blanket. Steaming oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter. This is cozy to me.

Cozy means those …

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Finding Solace in a Canister of Oats

One of the upshots of the rise of social media is the plethora of food blogs. It seems everyone is posting/pinning/tweeting their latest meal and it has led to an explosion of food stats. It’s now possible to virtually dine …

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The Beauty of Thanksgiving

I never appreciated Thanksgiving until I learned how to cook. For the first two decades of my life, my years revolved around Christmas—Thanksgiving was just the annual prequel. Then I moved out of college dorms and had to prepare my …

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What’s Up, Yogi?

Statistics show that people in the United States are practicing yoga in ever-increasing numbers. If the explosion of classes at my health club is any indication, the wave has hit our town. From morning to night, you can find all …

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Life will never, ever stop being stressful.

Traffic. Meetings. Deadlines. Bills. Decisions. Indecisions. This is the reality for most of us. A reality where managing the day-to-day can be overwhelming. It was for me, at least. And it still is. But developing a way to navigate “the …

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Ol’ Man River

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to paddle a canoe the length of the Mississippi. Growing up in Minnesota, you are constantly reminded of the big river’s presence: toddling across the headwaters during family trips to Itasca …

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Land of the Tree, Home of the Portage

Minnesotans are spoiled by the wealth of natural beauty around the state. Drive 15 minutes in any direction and chances are you will find a quiet place to commune with nature. Even our urban core offers myriad natural escapes. After …

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What’s up with that?

The National Park Service recently proposed a two-year ban on rope-swinging from iconic arches in the desert southwest. It seems “high-flying activities at popular landmarks that have led to deaths and injuries witnessed by visitors flocking to the sites for …

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Backpack State of Mind

At some point I must have bought something online and checked the box that allows for “occasional promotional material” because I get a lot of email from outdoor apparel companies. For the most part, it’s always the same…fit couples in …

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I Run, Therefore I Am a Runner

August has been running month at Country Choice Organic. That means we’ve filled our Facebook page with inspiring running stories, artful running images and info about oats and running nutrition. We even imported a guest blogger to share her experience. …

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