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America’s most popular beverage is unexpectedly complex.

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson

I grew up drinking water from the tap. I also drank from the water hose on a hot, summer day. But I no longer drink tap water because I do not know what is in it. 


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I refuse to use harsh chemicals on my nails.

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson

As an important part of my organic living, I no longer use products with TPHP and other harmful chemicals. Chemicals in nail products may leach through your nails and your bloodstream. Particularly concerning is the ingredient triphenyl phosphate (TPHP).  According to a Duke University and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) study, painting your nails may release this endocrine disrupting chemical into the body. The study found that women who painted their nails with nail products that included TPHP had a metabolite of the chemical in their bodies 10 to 14 hours later. Their levels of diphenyl phosphate (DPHP), which forms when the body metabolizes TPHP, increased by almost sevenfold.  

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Papa Vince brings organic, Sicilian foods to my table.

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Papa Vince learned the art of making Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) when he worked as an apprentice for the Knight of De Stefani at the Medieval Castello of Rampinzeri, Santa Ninfa, Italy. Under the knight's guidance, Papa learned that the secret of a great EVOO is in the moody, but extremely generous olive trees. If cared for properly through their lifetime, they would consistently deliver the sweetest harvest, which yields extraordinary EVOO.

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Alabama’s 1818 Farms produces natural beauty products.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Located in Mooresville, Alabama 1818 Farms is named for the year Mooresville was incorporated—one year before Alabama became a state. Here you will find Babydoll Southdown sheep, a Nubian goat, cats, hens, a pot-bellied pig, mini pigs, and two Great Pyrenees guardian dogs. In the adjoining field, lavender and other herbs are grown for use in handmade beauty products and for wreaths and bouquets. The farm grows heirloom produce and flowers for local restaurants and vendors. And farm eggs are sold for local pick up or delivery. 1818 Farms’ bath and beauty products contain some of the farms’ lavender and herbs. These products are all made using 100 percent natural ingredients and are handmade, hand poured, and hand-packaged.



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Alabama’s Little River Sock Mill makes my feet happy.

By Jan Walsh

 Photography by Beau Gustafson

There are some things in life that once you experience, you just can’t go back. Organic cotton is one of those simple luxuries. From my linens to my clothes I buy organic and try to support Alabama’s makers. Alabama’s Little River Sock Mill fits me perfectly. Their socks are organic and made in Fort Payne, Alabama. I buy the socks at Alabama Chanin.




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