Why Environmental Safe Straws & Where To Find Them

Hello! I’m Melissa “Missy” Lapworth-Kuehl and have been an educator for 25 years (well maybe a few more but who’s counting?)

I love teaching! I love the children, families, my awesome school and colleagues and feel lucky to be so fulfilled by my profession. So why the straws? Because I was taught at an early age (by my mom who was my scout leader) to leave nature better than I found it.

When I was little I thought that meant to pick up litter and make sure your trash was in the trash can. I never really thought about where that trash was going. How about making less trash all together?

What a novel idea! So I teach (not preach to) my students about it and you know what, they deeply care. And they want to help. And they love little straws.

…without your having to say a word.
Plastic straws and plastic in general is everywhere. It’s no wonder that Americans use so many straws most of which end up in landfills and far too many in the ocean. By using stainless steel straws every one of us can change that, permanently, one beverage at a time!

Stainless steel straws will not degrade over time and last for decades. They don’t pollute like plastic or break and shatter like glass.

Stainless steel straws are a wonderful choice for your cold beverage, hot coffee and tea, thick blended smoothies or for that ice cold water when you sit down at a restaurant.

As an educator I am very aware of the difficulties many teachers have in getting the level of funding they really need to provide for the highest possible education for their students.

In response, I am establishing a program where EnviroSafeStraws will work with Educators on fund raising activities and promotions. I have also established a fund that reserves a percentage of the profits from EnviroSafeStraws.com to be used to assist educators throughout the country who need to raise funds to assist their students.

In response, I am establishing a program where EnviroSafeStraws will work with Educators on fund raising activities and promotions. I have also established a fund that reserves a percentage of the profits from EnviroSafeStraws.com to be used to assist educators throughout the country who need to raise funds to assist their students.

It’s easy to understand that if we use less plastic there will be less of it to contaminate our precious environment and harm wildlife. How often do we think of the potential health affects of using plastic straws and food containers?

“Most plastic products release estrogenic chemicals: A potential health problem that can be solved” this according to a report in Environmental Health Perspectives hormone-disrupting chemicals leach from almost all plastic’s, even BPA-free plastics.

Don’t you agree that maybe the less we use plastics to hold and consume our food, the better off we will be? We sure think so! Using stainless steel straws just makes sense!

You can find Enviro Safe Straws every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Key Village from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Stop by and say hello.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.EnviroSafeSAtraws.com and follow us on our Facebook Fan Page

Where To Buy Microgreens – Siesta Key Farmers Market

Where To Buy Microgreens? Answer: The Siesta Key Farmers Market from Carlin’s Garden located at 5104 Ocean Blvd – Siesta Key, Florida in the Village every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Here is Susan and Tony Carlin’s story in their own words of how it all began in creating their family operated business.

We’ve always had a burning desire to have our own business, something to call our own, and for it to be family oriented so that we could be together.

Togetherness is important to us.

Having a deep interest to grow our own food using natural organic methods has been a top priority for us. It is of tremendous value to us knowing how our food is sourced, and its quality for our consumption.

A small seeded desire to grow our own food turned into fabricating several raised garden beds in our backyard. This inspired action led us to a more Eco friendly approach to living.

By composting our food scraps, learning how to use the elements of our environment for maximum growing benefits, and buying less produce from the grocery store, which helps to decrease the carbon footprint – our lifestyle transformed into one that we felt most resonance with.

Not only do we know where our food is sourced from and how it’s grown, our garden provides us a space to gather.

Our garden has become our biggest teacher, especially for our children – from learning the way of life, the natural cycles of growth and death, where food comes from, and how to grow the food we eat.

We have fallen in love with this way of living, and always want to share all the goodness that we produce with friends and family.

We soon realized that being in a hotter zone for gardening, we were limited with the variety of what we could grow. Having limitations on space and variety led us to an alternative approach, microgreens.

This is the beginning of our embarkment to growing Microgreens that quickly came into fruition. Microgreens have a quick seed to harvest turn around, and in learning the nutritional value they offer we knew that we needed these baby greens in our diet.

So What Are Microgreens?

A sprout consists of the seed, root, stem, while microgreens are harvested without the roots. Microgreens have stronger flavors compared to sprouts, and come in a wide selection of leaf shapes, textures and colors. Microgreens are grown in soil or soil-like materials such as peat moss.

We started small, followed our inspired action, and leaped into unbounded faith. Our dream is big and we feel it deep within our hearts. We are unsure of our outcome and what it may look like, but we are certain that we are on the right path, following our joy, and trusting the process as it unfolds for us.

We know that we want to grow nutritious greens with our honest and simple approach, and to share it with our local community.

NEW Farm to table concept Microgreens Garden Fresh To Table box CARLINS GARDEN Original – CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO ABOUT MICROGREENS

It is in our hopes that our vision for our microgreens family business resonates with all of you. We want to inspire others through our food and our connection to our community.

Thank YOU – thank you for taking the time to read about us and our WHY.

Much Love, The Carlins

Phone: (941) 223-1307
Website: https://www.carlinsgarden.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carlinsgarden/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carlinsgarden/

How To Decorate With Beach Themed Oil Paintings

How To Decorate With Beach Themed Oil Paintings? One of the ways is how Siesta Key, Florida residents Tony & Valerie Arena decorated their beautiful condo walls with local Siesta Key – Sarasota Lloyd Dobson Artist oil paintings.

Oil paintings and artwork always seem to make a room come alive with color and feeling, especially when you know how to choose art that compliments a specific room in your home. That is exactly what the Arena couple did.

Whether you walk through an art gallery, or you look at oil paintings offered at an online website, or check out a local farmers market like the Siesta key Farmers Market, one thing is certain: you will immediately know if you like a painting.

Perhaps the scene creates an emotional sensation within you that is pleasing, and you imagine that you would enjoy that painting hanging in your home for many years, without tiring of looking at it.

Well every Sunday Tony would ride his bike by the Siesta Key Farmers Market and could not help but noticing the vibrant beach themed oil paintings at the Lloyd Dobson Artist booth next to Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Key, Florida Village.

Tony & Valerie then Googled Lloyd Dobson Artist investigating his 5-star reviews, visited his website at www.LloydDobsonArtist.com and then visited his booth to discuss their thoughts and desires.

Here is what Tony and Valerie wrote as a review on Google: “We recently renovated our condo and we were looking to bring in some color and give it a beachey feel. We live near the farmers market on Siesta Key and have noticed Lloyd’s paintings. We purchased one of his paintings and absolutely loved it. After we hung it we couldn’t bring ourselves to hang the other pictures we already had.

We purchased an additional five paintings and they look great!! They were exactly what the condo needed. He even turned a cover we had on our electrical box into a work of art. He kept us informed throughout the process with a series of pictures and made sure we got exactly what we wanted. He is also an awesome guy, we feel lucky to have met him”. – Anthony & Valerie A. – Siesta Key, Florida

A unique strategy for choosing the perfect oil painting for your home is when you already have a motif or a theme that compliments your lifestyle or location where you live. Any type of artwork that is similar to the décor of your home or heritage will make you and your guests instantly feel comfortable.

Let’s now take a tour of a few of Tony and Valerie’s condo walls:

For additional information concerning Lloyd Dobson Artist affordable original oil paintings you may visit his website at   www.LloydDobsonArtist.com or stop by his booth at the Siesta Key Farmers Market every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Location is 5104 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key, Florida.

Lloyd’s paintings hang in hundreds of private collections throughout the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany and Switzerland. Lloyd ships FREE to the lower USA and Canada.

Power Of Music And Rhythm To Produce Non-Musical Outcomes

  Power Of Music And Rhythm To Produce Non-Musical Outcomes. At Positive RePercussions Erik Dunton and Kimberly Scott are engaging lives through rhythm. They both believe that music should be not only valued as a form of entertainment, but also as a vehicle of positive change in the lives of individuals and groups.

At their Siesta Key location, they offer music-based wellness programs for all ages as well as the largest selection of hand drums and small percussion instruments in the greater Sarasota, Florida Area.

Their large selection of drums is perfect for participating in the many local drum circles. They also offer a wide variety of music-based wellness programs, as well as, family-friendly music activities! Perfect for locals and visitors alike. Everyone can drum!

Come Visit Us: Positive RePercussions, 5049 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key, FL 34242

​Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Phone: (941) 677-DRUM (3786)
eMail: info@positiverepercussions.com
WebSite: www.positiverepercussions.com

You can also find Positive RePercussions every Sunday morning at the Siesta Key Farmers Market in the Siesta Key Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Sound Medicine: Relieve Stress! …Reduce Worry! …Alleviate Pain!

Erik Dunton is a talented and caring REMO® HealthRHYTHMS® Endorsed Group Drumming and Village Music Circle Trained Facilitator who believes that music should be not only valued as a form of entertainment but also as a vehicle for positive change achieving specific measurable outcomes in the lives of individuals and groups.

Kim Scott is an inspired and compassionate REMO® HealthRHYTHMS® Trained Group Drumming Facilitator and Trained Juvenile Restorative Justice, Inc. (JRJ) Circle Facilitator. Kimberly has a passion for using the power of music to make positive changes in individuals lives.

According to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Recreational Music Making (RMM) is defined as, “Recreational Music Making refers to playing musical instruments alone or in a group without the goals of mastery or performance.”

Recreational Music Making encompasses enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling music-based activities that unite people of all ages regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience.

Recreational Music Making is distinct from “regular” music making as its purpose is the enjoyment and well-being of the participant and the group, not an artistic or aesthetic outcome. Of particular importance is the fact that participation does not require talent or training. Exemplary performance is not the motive – fun and relaxation are the key drivers.

Corporate drumming and drum circles bring Recreational Music-Making to people regardless of musical experience.

Substantial research has documented numerous health benefits associated with various strategies that reduce the perception of stress, increase sense of control, and improve mood states. Nurturing/support, camaraderie, verbal and non-verbal self expression, exercise, imagery, and spirituality have considerable bio- psycho-social impact on diverse populations.

A unique combination of these elements is encompassed by RMM, which has been defined as “enjoyable, accessible, and fulfilling group music-based activities that unite people of all ages regardless of their challenges, back- grounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience.

From exercise, nurturing, social support, bonding, and spirituality to intellectual stimulation, heightened understanding, and enhanced capacity to cope with life’s challenges, the benefits of RMM extend far beyond music.

RMM ultimately affords unparalleled creative expression that unites our bodies, minds, and spirits.” According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the term recreational is derived from the Latin root, “recreatio,” which means “restoration to health.”

Group drumming and keyboard interventions have been reported to improve mood states and socialization.The RMM program selected for this investigation is based upon Group Empowerment Drumming, a comprehensive multi-faceted protocol with documented effects on cell-mediated biological stress pathways.

Coupled with Clavinova keyboard accompaniment and a unique series of Mind-Body Wellness Clavinova Exercises, this protocol-based RMM intervention was designed to establish a relaxed, non-threatening environment for the development of non-music based outcomes as noted in the above RMM definition.

For more information on Recreational Music Making you may visit the NAMM RMM page:


Check out their RMM blog: Music & Rhythm for Fun & Wellness to learn more! Or, contact Positive RePercussions today to bring an exciting RMM event to your organization.

Carefully Crafted Unique Wood Pieces In Sarasota – Siesta Key Florida

Carefully Crafted Unique Wood Pieces In Sarasota – Siesta Key Florida. You can find Good Morning Woods at their booth every Sunday morning at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Key Village. Their hours are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Good Morning Woods Purpose

We carefully craft unique wood pieces and macrame that will bring your home to life! We always have a variety of finished work that is available for immediate purchase. We also can custom make your dream piece if you have something specific in mind. Contact us at gmorningwoods@gmail.com and let’s get started!

Good Morning Woods Process

We make all of our macrame and wood tables from start to finish. We design macrame banners, plant hangers, rugs, curtains, and wall art. We use 100% cotton cord and eco-friendly jute. With our wood pieces, we apply a variety of different methods to make it exactly what you desire.

From epoxy to a more natural poly finish, we can create something to brighten your home! We specialize in coffee tables, end tables, bar stools, desks, and entryway stands. Our River Tables bring two live edge slabs together with a colored epoxy poured down the middle. You can choose your slab, color, and style and we can make it a reality.

Good Morning Woods Guarantee

We promise to deliver the piece that you never knew you wanted. If our work is not of the highest quality, we start again until we get it right.

Things To Do On Siesta Key, Florida are plentiful. Siesta Key is a wonderful find, such a great beach, great weather and wonderful people to meet. The accommodations are wonderful and varied, you can find anything you are looking for from inner coastal rentals to beach side, at most price ranges.

You can walk for miles on the beach, check out the local restaurants and stores and enjoy awesome weather… a must visit. What a great beach! Soft sugar white sand and beautiful sunsets!

Love walking here and you will have no problem biking with your beach cruisers! You can find quieter parts of this beach if you walk a bit further away from the main area where the shops and food stations are. Just take in the sea breeze!

Siesta Key Farmers Market a best kept secret operates every Sunday morning in the Village. A great way to spend a vacation, seeing local artists and local businesses selling their products. It goes from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and most are closing up at 1:00 pm so come early and hangout and listen to the live music!

A super way to spend Sunday morning! Have a tasty breakfast at one of the many restaurant choices in the village. Then visit the Siesta Key Farmers Market before heading to the beach. And do not forget to stop by the Good Morning Woods booth and say hello.

Oil Painting 3 Day 2 Night Vacation Promotion

Oil Painting 3 Day 2 Night Vacation Promotion. It was a long cold winter so why not a 3 day – 2 night getaway? As of today to the end of August 2018. I am giving away a FREE vacation certificate for every oil painting purchased off of my website.


Some of the destinations include: Phoenix, AZ – Sedona, AZ – Las Vegas, NV – San Diego, CA – Branson, MO – Cocoa Beach, FL – Daytona Beach, FL – Orlando, FL – Hershey, PA – Hilton Head, SC – Myrtle Beach, SC – Gatlinburg, TN – San Antonio, TX – Virginia – Beach, VA, among many other beautiful destinations.

The vacation certificate is redeemable for a reservation form, offering three days and two nights hotel accommodations for two (2) adults and two (2) children at one of the cities above. Your cost is just a US $15.00 processing, postage and handling fee (paid with this certificate) to receive your reservation form to book your accommodations.

Arrival date is valid seven days a week. Arrival date must be a minimum of 30 days in advance. This offer is valid for two adults and up to two children under the age of 16. Adults must be at least 21 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license and major credit card as a matter of hotel policy.

This offer does not include transportation, room taxes and surcharges, meals, etc. This offer is not valid for group travel or for attending a convention. No pets allowed. All reservations are subject to availability, and are limited during peak season, holidays and weekends. All destinations are subject to availability.

Some destinations may be subject to seasonal surcharges. Accommodations for extra nights are available for an additional fee. You will have one year from the issue date of your reservation form to travel.

This certificate has no cash value and is void if discontinued or where prohibited by law. The terms of this certificate are subject to change without notice. The certificate holder is responsible for the terms and conditions as they apply on the date of redemption.

Once your purchase is made from my website, I will send you the vacation certificate.


The Siesta Breeze Trolleys Are Free

The Siesta Breeze trolleys are free…and no tips are accepted. This new open-air trolley service is operated by SCAT – the county transportation service.

The 3 open air trolleys run 7 days a week from 8-Midnight between Turtle Beach to Siesta Village. They will pass by about every 20-30 minutes. Get on at any SCAT bus stop between the Village and Stickney Point Road. South of Stickney to Turtle Beach, just flag the trolley down.

There are also numerous businesses offering tips only ride options. Those services are on golf cart type vehicles and other small open air transports. If you do a search online, you can call and schedule a ride when you want door to door service on your own schedule. There are also a number of rental businesses where you can also rent bikes and scooters for your visit.

Don’t forget to visit the Siesta Key Farmers Market open every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Davidson Drugstore parking lot. There are 25+ vendors and live music.


Best Farmers Market In Sarasota County Florida

The Best Farmers Market In Sarasota County Florida is hands down is the Siesta Key Farmers Market located on the barrier island of Siesta Key in the Village. A small market of 25 to 30 friendly local vendors.

A super way to spend Sunday morning! Have a tasty breakfast at one of the many restaurant choices in the village. Then visit the market before heading to the beach. A Sunday morning tradition since 2008, the Siesta Farmers Market brings raw foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, renown local Lloyd Dobson Artist, home made jewelry, candles, hand made pottery, bamboo body wear, Tunisian spa towels, home-baked pastries, Italian olive oil and breads, Presto Pesto, roasted nuts, local photography, natrix granola, tea, soaps, Batik Bliss clothing, breakfast sandwiches, jellies, cheese, salsa, and much more. All of this together with live music for your listening enjoyment. It’s a great way to get in the local groove!

The Siesta Key Farmers Market offers delicious spring greens, herbs, and a variety of produce. Shoppers can also find a vast assortment of local, organic products and a Taste of the Village with area restaurants serving farm fresh items from their menus.

In the 1970’s, Siesta Key Village was a groovy, laid-back place to meet friends and support local businesses. Everybody mixed in places like The Mews and Village Hardware, Suprex, Robenas and The Buttery. Beachside shops like Foxy Lady, Oceanside Surf Shop and Ocean Boulevard Sailboarding, and The Wildflower had fresh, healthy vegetarian food.

The main theme centers around local, organic, agriculture and awareness. Many of our vendors offer vital information about local resources and create awareness in natural health and the environment. We hope you enjoy the Market on Sunday mornings throughout the year.

Market Hours: Year Round
Every Sunday, 9AM – 1PM
Website: http://www.SiestaKeyfarmersMarket.org
Location: Davidson Drug Store Siesta Village Plaza, 5104 Ocean Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34242

What are you doing this Sunday morning??? Come visit us 9 am to 1 pm Freshness waiting, lots of new vendors!!

Best Florida Locally Sourced and Freshly Made Jams and Jellies

Best Florida Locally Sourced Freshly Made Jams and Jellies are hands down made by Meli Gusto. Melissa the founder and owner of Meli Gusto came to Florida from a small suburb of Paris, France.

She began working in a farmers market at the young age of 15 while also attending school for tourism. After school, her passion for travel and food brought her around the world where she discovered the eclectic flavor profiles that influence her unique jams.

During her travels to Asia, she learned how different types of food affect your body and health and how to eat with a purpose.

For this reason, Melissa’s creations are all natural, preservatives free, gluten free and she offers many vegan options.

When Melissa arrived in the US and began making her own jams and spreads for her friends, they couldn’t get enough!

She knew that she wanted to share her passion with a wider audience.

Because Melissa’s recipes are influenced by her travels, the flavors are wildly different than the standard jams you will find in your local grocery store. They are named for the cities that inspired them. They range from a sweet, tropical pineapple coconut to a spicy pear habanero to a savory jalapeños bell pepper.

All ingredients are locally sourced and freshly made. Flavors change with the season and availability so you can always expect something new. With the success of her jams, Melissa decided to branch out into others spreads and authentic Mexican salsa.

Her energy balls will give you an all natural boost without any added sugar. They are a smart and delicious snack for an active life style.

Every Sunday Meli Gusto has a booth at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located on the beautiful barrier island of Siesta Key, Florida. The market hours are 9am to 1pm at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Village of Siesta Key, Florida.

You can find Meli Gusto on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/meligusto

The Best Homemade Salsa For Sale In Florida

The Best Homemade Salsa For Sale In Florida hands down is Chillihead Salsa. Period!

Soup to salsa! The story behind the sweet red crack . . .

Chilihead started in 1997. Tyson Wolters, after many libations, was snowed in a farm house in Eastern Washington. After many hours of boredom and inevitable hunger, he found a whole box of tomatoes, and decided to attempt to make tomato soup.

He found it needed pepper. He ended up using jalapeños because he couldn’t find any. The next morning his dad tried and said to him, “I don’t know what you were doing in here last night, but this is the best salsa I’ve ever eaten.”

The best part is that it was an accident, in our opinion.

Skip ahead to 1999, Tyson and his Wife moved to Key West and he was the night kitchen manager of the Hogs Breath Saloon. The Tyson burger is still on the menu. This is where the salsa began to develop a little more. The access to new spices from the Caribbean really made it begin to take form.

In 2006, in Sarasota, he was researching tomato soup recipes trying to figure out how the two correlated. He was introduced to prominent tomato growers in the central/SW Florida area. He realized they weren’t utilizing the waste from the tomatoes and proposed the idea of using it for making his Salsa for his tomato soup recipe.

Because of the influence of the diverse cultures of being in the tropics, he started developing the Salsa further, instead of the soup. He had access to large amounts of the produce he needed and was able to refine the product, and pick up larger accounts in town, such as O’LEARYS.

In 2013, Tyson and Julia met when their bands played together for a benefit in town, that his company was donating for. In 2016, Chilihead had become too busy for one man to handle, and after a few meetings (and a few beers) they decided to take the leap to the next step.

Salsa Addicts

When your belly rumbles and all you can think of is savory, sweet red tomatoes and spicy, crisp peppers swirling about in your mouth, than welcome to the dangers of becoming a Chilihead Salsa Addict…

Salsa lovers beware…your taste buds are in for a surprise when they try our sweet red crack!

PSA: We lost our conscience in the making of this product and accept zero responsibility for any addictive behaviors that users may come across. Until further examined by FDA, we highly recommend devouring this product in high doses until belly ache is achieved!

Why try to compete with the masses? We don’t make the same boring metallic tasting salsa produced at the same factory as your cheesy poof chips…

Our salsa is made batch by batch that our passion – my art is creating a delicious and surprising menu that will overwhelm your every sense.

Want to share the love of Salsa at events, private parties and more. Drop us a line or give us a call.

Chilihead Salsa Co.
7620 Lockwood Ridge Rd.
Sarasota, Fl. 34243
Phone: (941) 554-4968
Email: Chiliheadsalsaco@gmail.com
Website: www,ChilliheadSalsa.com

Feed Your Fix at These Various Sarasota area Locations!

1) Siesta Key Farmers Market – 5104 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key (Every Sunday Morning 9am to 1pm)
2) Seneca Farms & Country Store
3) Evie’s at Spanish Point
4) Oleary’s Tiki Bar & Grill