EverythingBrevard.com Blogen-usSun, 24 Oct 2021 19:23:01 CDTSun, 24 Oct 2021 19:23:01 CDThttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssEverythingBrevard.comHow Sugar Impacts Mental Healthhttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Wellness/How-Sugar-Impacts-Mental-Health.html<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ever experience a hyper little sugar high from eating a slice of cake, and then shortly after plunge into brain fog, irritability, or forgetfulness? It’s a bittersweet experience. But why does this happen to us? Shouldn’t we be able to have our cake and eat it, too? Well, here is why that high and low is happening with your body and your mind when you have too much sugar in one sitting.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glucose from the sugar or carbohydrates we eat is the main form of energy for your brain. Eating too much sugar may result in poor memory, feeling anxious, depressed or irritable. When we consume added sugars or simple carbohydrates like that found in cake or white bread, we see a spike and decline in our blood sugar. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Research has found that consistently high blood sugar levels from consuming low fiber carbohydrates and added sugar, is linked to neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as increased anxiety, depression, poor memory recall and irritability. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When we abuse substances like alcohol, nicotine, and heroin, we see the “feel-good” hormone called dopamine released in high amounts in the brain. The high that people get from dopamine results in them seeking out the same feeling again and returning to the substance for another fix. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sugar, while it may not be as drastic of a high as the previously mentioned substances, does have a similar (albeit, dampened) effect on the brain with its release of dopamine following consumption. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In comparison, foods like broccoli, have no release of dopamine following their consumption. Therefore, the reward system is not the same and possibly the reason why you don’t crave broccoli when you need a pick-me-up. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Being aware of the amount of added sugar you consume is critical to your health and longevity. According to the American Heart Association, women should only consume up to 25 grams and men 38 grams of added sugar per day. On average, Americans consume 71 grams of added sugar per day. That’s double the recommended limit!</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keep an eye out for added sugars in sneaky places like sauces, dressings, dips, bars, processed snack foods, dried fruit, drinks, and more. Skip the artificial sweeteners as they are over stimulating for your taste buds. Instead, opt for healthier alternatives with natural sweeteners like pureed fruit, mashed bananas, dates, honey, maple syrup or agave. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are still struggling with a sweet tooth, let’s chat! Sometimes there are other elements of your life out of balance that are calling for you to take care of them. Stay tuned for my next article where we will dive into how caffeine impacts your cognitive function.</span></p>Thu, 21 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTHidden Gem: Happy Health Humanhttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Eats/Hidden-Gem-Happy-Health-Human.html<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Known for its organic, vegetarian dishes, Happy Healthy Human has been a popular stop for beachside residents for years. Part raw vegetarian restaurant, part food market, Happy Healthy Human is the place to visit if you are striving to eat clean in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Customers can dine in the cafe, pick up one of the freshly prepared grab-n-go items, or stock up on affordable organic produce to use at home. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New owner, Kianna Staples, took over the restaurant in May. But to the cafe’s many regulars, Staples is a familiar face. Prior to the changeover, Staples worked with the previous owner, Joe Tom, for over three years. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are the only truly raw, organic cafe around,” Staples said. “We get fresh produce delivered twice a week, and everything we make is prepared from scratch using organic ingredients.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prior to working at Happy Healthy Human, Staples, a lifelong Brevard resident, worked in a variety of restaurants throughout the county. She has always been interested in food science and in cooking with healthy ingredients.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Every job I have ever had was in food service. Working in restaurants, I noticed the backgrounds, the greasy kitchens,” Staples said. “And I knew the better you eat, the better you feel. I wanted to help people feel better.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Within a few months after taking over, Staples expanded the cafe’s juice inventory and added additional grocery items to the organic market. The cafe now serves hot coffee and lattes, available with coconut milk or Brazilian nut milk and natural sweeteners. Staples added new breakfast options, such as chia pudding with fruit and quinoa porridge with cashew vanilla cream. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The cafe menu also includes cold-pressed juices, raw tacos, “mylk” shakes, and the top selling açai bowl. In the market, customers can choose from a wide selection of seasonal, locally sourced organic produce. They can also purchase bulk items such as rice or oats or pick up a tub of homemade cashew butter to take home.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Loyal customer Stephane Gregory shops or dines at Happy Healthy Human at least twice a week. The custom orders she places with Staples help Gregory and her family stick to their all organic, mainly plant-based diet.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We started coming to Happy Healthy Human because my husband and I are both committed to fueling our bodies and using food as a healer,” Gregory said.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Educating people about foods and their benefits is one of Staples’ favorite parts of the job. She and her team go above and beyond to provide healthy dishes and ingredients at affordable prices. Their customer service keeps customers coming back.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Kianna has a vision. She is committed to providing a healthier resource for everyone,” Gregory said. “And everything is delicious. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.” </span></p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p><strong>Happy Healthy Human</strong></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">1869 S. Patrick Dr. Indian Harbour Beach</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Market open Mondays 9-11 a.m.</span></p><br /> <p><a href="http://www.happyhealthyhumancafe.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">happyhealthyhumancafe.com</span></a></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facebook: </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Happy-Healthy-Human-Cafe-125557417486080/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">facebook.com/Happy-Healthy-Human-Cafe-125557417486080/</span></a></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instagram:</span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/happyhealthycafe/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">@happyhealthycafe</span></a></p>Wed, 20 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTAll Day Long, I Dream About Foodhttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Wellness/All-Day-Long-I-Dream-About-Food.html<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ever feel like food is all you think about?</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The average person spends over an hour each day thinking about food. Some of it is a natural homeostatic process, but the rest of it adds up to a lot of unproductive time.   </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s often due to mindlessness, boredom and deficiencies in other areas. And it can cause big problems, especially this time of year.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We are about to face the most brutal stretch of calorie-consuming, weight-gaining months of the year. The gauntlet of September through December is when most people have their biggest weight surge.  </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Between the shortened days of sunlight, cooler temperatures, holidays, parties and all the seasonal comfort foods, it’s easy to match the national average of 8-10 pounds of weight gain during this stretch.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In order to avoid it this year, we are going to need a plan. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I like to start with the concept of addition before subtraction. Instead of depriving and restricting — which never lasts — try crowding out some of the bad and extra calories with proper hydration and increased veggies and fruits.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most people walk around lacking in these two areas and often mistake hunger cues for these deficiencies.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Did you know that you can lose up to a liter of water through a night’s sleep? By developing an early morning ritual of water intake, you can set the table for success the rest of the day and quell many of the tendencies for highly processed foods and mindless eating.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And as far as produce goes, shoot for a minimum of 6-8 servings (fist size) per day, especially before a social gathering or any time you are notorious for making poor choices.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another strategy is to match your intake to your activity. For example, on days that I lift weights and have a normal work day, my caloric intake is about half of what it is on days that I ride or play tennis. By understanding and planning your meals around the intensity of your day, you can control your energy balance. And energy balance determines your weight. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many grossly overestimate the amount of activity they have each day and underestimate the amount they consume. Even the most basic activity tracker can be useful to shine a light on just how active you are. Take note of your steps each day for a week and look for trends of high activity vs minimal activity. Then try and up your intensity on days you know you’ll have less control over what, when and where you will eat.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Try these strategies and be mindful from the moment you get up. Know what your intentions are for the day. And then, live up to your intentions.  </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Make this be your best holiday season yet!</span></p>Tue, 19 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTMEET: Kel’s Kitchenhttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Eats/MEET-Kels-Kitchen.html<h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hands-On Kitchen Lessons Make Cooking Accessible</span></h3><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chef Kelly Novak started her business, Kel’s Kitchen, because she wanted her mobile cooking classes to encourage people to make healthier choices and continue the art of cooking from scratch. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She has worn many hats in her life — Air Force officer, electrical engineer, government consultant, homeschool educator, small-business owner — and many of those hats involved teaching. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chef Kel uses a gentle, unintimidating approach and customizes her classes based on each client’s needs and skill level in the kitchen. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Cooking can be so frustrating for people who experience a series of failures. I try to show that mistakes happen to us all and they can often be overcome,” Novak said. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Classes are available privately in the comfort of your home, publicly at various venues across the Space Coast, and online via videoconference. She also offers intimate cooking parties that blend education and entertainment. These are available in your home, at a location you arrange, or online via videoconference. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kel’s Kitchen exists to fill the need for education on the basics of cooking. She wants to prepare her students to cook for themselves and their families.The focus is educational and hands-on. Chef Kel builds confidence along with basic kitchen skills.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I teach foundational skills that can be used in a multitude of ways,” Novak said. “I give students a sense of why things work, and encourage experimentation. I also educate about the content of the prepared foods we eat and how you can make these same foods at home without additives and preservatives.” </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chef Kel is always looking for ways to give back to her community, and caters to her clientele. She plans to hold a</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> no-cost/low-cost monthly class at the North Brevard Senior Center called “Cooking Solo - A Beginning, Practical Cooking Class Just for Men,” geared to serve those learning to cook for themselves for the first time. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her “Petit Chef” classes for preschoolers age 3-5 breaks up 1-hour sessions into small chunks of time in keeping with little attention spans. The children make paper chef hats, begin a hands-on cooking task, hear a story, and then return to finish the cooking. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I love working with families — seeing relationships being built as children learn alongside their family members,” Novak said. “Cooking is a relational activity, centered on love.” </span></p><br /> <p><strong>Kel’s Kitchen</strong></p><br /> <p><a href="http://www.floridakelskitchen.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">floridakelskitchen.com</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facebook: </span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/flkelskitchen"><span style="font-weight: 400;">/flkelskitchen</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span><br /><br /></p>Mon, 18 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTBrevard Zoo, Restaurants Partner to Shuck and Share Millions of Oyster Shellshttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Community/Brevard-Zoo-Restaurants-Partner-to-Shuck-and-Share-Millions-of-O.html<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oysters are the perfect employees. They work hard 24/7, are extremely efficient and once they settle on the job, they never go anywhere else.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mother Nature hired the bivalves long ago to help keep the Indian River Lagoon pristine, a wise move since one adult oyster can clean 50 gallons of water a day — more than 1,500 times their body volume.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oysters are amazing at filter feeding,” said Olivia Escandell, conservation restoration coordinator for Brevard Zoo.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Around the clock, their little oyster gills pull in particles such as muck and algae, which to an oyster, is a feast. After the oyster consumes all the available nutrients in the mix, it basically spits the water back, cleaner and clearer. Yes, it sounds vaguely gross, but it works, or at least it did until man got into the act with his penchant for tipping the balance of things.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coastal construction, overharvesting, boat wakes and the overwhelming amount of chemical pollution introduced into the Lagoon decimated the local oyster population. That’s really bad news, since as a keystone species, oysters are critical for the lagoon’s survival. Not only do they perform the vital filtering gig, but they are as tasty to a variety of fish as they are to humans. The shells of these “living razor blades” additionally provide safe haven for fish fry and other small critters and serve as the first line of defense against erosion from damaging waves. We need these little guys back in action.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enter Shuck and Share, Brevard Zoo’s initiative to reintroduce oysters into the lagoon. Local oyster gardeners, a.k.a. homeowners with property backing up to the lagoon, help grow baby oysters, called spats. Spats love nothing more than settling inside empty oyster shells, nice and tight and close.</span></p><br /> <p> </p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They’re a gregarious species that likes to live on top of each other,” Escandell said. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The shells are provided by the millions by local restaurants and by Eau Gallie shucking facility Southeastern Seaproducts.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aquaculture-quality mesh bags are then filled with 200 or more of these shells and stacked in strategic locations around the lagoon, where, eventually, an oyster reef will form.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re creating the reef from the bottom up,” Escandell said.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Brevard, oyster reef building had for years concentrated on oyster mats made by volunteers. The mesh bag concept is easier and even more successful in helping to grow new reefs.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Laurilee Thompson, ardent advocate for the lagoon and owner of the iconic Dixie Crossroads restaurant, was one of the first restaurateurs to join the Shuck and Share bandwagon. She credits Brevard Zoo for fine-tuning the logistics necessary to make the program run smoothly.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At a recent Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Board meeting, I asked a fellow restaurateur who owns four oyster bars in Sarasota County if he participated in a Shuck and Share program,” Thompson said. “He responded that he would love to be a part of the program if only he could get the oysters picked up. We certainly don’t have that challenge here, as Brevard Zoo got a grant to purchase their own truck for Shuck and Share (to pick up shells). Restaurant owners here know that they won’t be stuck with buckets of stinky oysters.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The list of shell-donating restaurants reads like a who’s who of local seafood eateries and, besides Dixie Crossroads, includes River Rocks, Molly’s Seafood Shack, Bunky’s, Seafood Atlantic, Fishlips, Islands Fish Grill, Victorio’s, Bonefish Willy’s, Sun on the Beach, Beachside Seafood, Chart House, Sand on the Beach, Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster and Djon’s, and others. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even the Grant Seafood Festival participates. However, for sheer bulk of donations, the winner goes to wholesaler Southeastern Seafoods, which has donated more than 3 million pounds of oyster shells in three years.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We love the program,” said COO Kathye Leedy.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With a truck purchased by the Tourism Development Council, Escandell does the rounds of restaurants weekly, depositing copious amounts of 65-pound trash cans overflowing with shells at a county-owned repository. The task is not for those with heightened olfactory sensibilities.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is a stinky job, particularly in the summer,” Escandell said.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The baby oysters needed to inhabit the shells are lovingly gestated for up to nine months by the docks of volunteer oyster gardeners, tasked with caring for spats until they are old enough to be placed in the budding reefs. To date, they have nurtured more than half a million oysters. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Local homeowners with property along the lagoon can apply to have a Living Shoreline of oyster reefs. The interest is so great that a two-year waiting list exists.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Next time, as you dig into a plate of those addictive mollusks at your favorite restaurant, take pride that not only are you basking in gustatory delight, but you are also performing your environmental duty to help the Indian River Lagoon.</span></p><br /> <p><strong>Shuck and Share</strong></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To volunteer as an oyster gardener or to have property evaluated for oyster reef restoration, email </span><a href="mailto:restoreourshores@brevardzoo.org"><span style="font-weight: 400;">restoreourshores@brevardzoo.org</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Learn more: </span><a href="https://restoreourshores.org/shuck-and-share/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">restoreourshores.org/shuck-and-share/</span></a></p>Sat, 16 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTChef's Corner: Florida Academy of Bakinghttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Eats/Chefs-Corner-Florida-Academy-of-Baking.html<h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Delicious Day Out in The Kitchen</span></h3><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The kitchen Angela Ferrara-McEllin and Rory Mcellin have built in Satellite Beach is a dream. Every cooking utensil and tool you could ever need — times 10. And then some. A European style convection oven that holds 20 full-size sheet pans, two double-door commercial refrigerators and two freezers, a dough sheeter, 40-pound chocolate melter, a full-size blast chiller and a 60-quart mixer.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of that and more awaits students at Florida Academy of Baking (FAB) — where the bright and sweet kitchen layout is matched by the upbeat couple’s passion for making sure you enjoy and succeed in their baking classes.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Many of the schools I taught for in Europe were cramped and only had limited equipment available,” Angela said. “So, when I started dreaming about this school, I knew I wanted all the stations stocked with every piece of equipment and utensil students would need for most classes.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pandemic squashed plans to open on St. Patrick’s Day 2020. So the couple continued refining the kitchen and were ready when people were literally hungry for unique experiences following quarantine.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The community response has been marvelous,” Angela said. “Everyone I meet is delighted we’ve opened and excited to see what classes we’ll offer next.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">FAB offers core classes several times a year, and they do sell out, so look for waiting lists. Seven local chefs, including Angela, teach and she’s seeking additional chefs to address requests for classes in gluten-free, allergen-friendly, keto and other specialties. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Angela has absorbed culinary influence from around the world, having worked in restaurants and pubs since age 15. She was born in Florida’s panhandle but grew up in England, Germany and around the U.S. with her Air Force family. She graduated Satellite High School, opened her first restaurant in Ireland at 23, and then opened bakeries in Ireland and Brevard. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sentimental connection with food started early. Angela said she loves recreating  the feeling of cooking with her Sicilian grandmother. She grew to love pastries — an artform that suited her love of crafts — so she jumped at the chance to become a master decorator in Knightsbridge in London. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sugar flowers are my favorite part of decorating,” she said. “They’re so relaxing to make, I lose all track of time.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Classes range from savory to sweet; from just a few hours to multi-week courses. The experience is great for couples, families, team-building, birthday parties and other occasions. FAB also offers camps, which sold out last summer.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Retired airline pilot Dan Brunger didn’t know his wife, Debbie’s, surprise 51st anniversary date meant a class making decorative focaccia. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was very enjoyable,” Dan said, his interest peaked in the details of it all.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Debbie, like many FAB students, is a familiar face. She previously brought her 14-year-old granddaughter to the petit four class, and said she’ll be back again for more.</span></p><br /> <p><strong>Florida Academy of Baking</strong></p><br /> <p><a href="https://www.fabbaker.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">fabbaker.com</span></a></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">321-622-6185</span></p><br /> <p><a href="mailto:info@fabbaker.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">info@fabbaker.com</span></a></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">1370 Highway A1A, Suite E, Satellite Beach</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facebook: </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/FloridaAcademyOfBaking/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">/FloridaAcademyOfBaking</span></a></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instagram: </span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/floridaacademyofbaking/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">@floridaacademyofbaking</span></a></p>Fri, 15 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTBrevard Companies Innovate with Stream of Eco-Conciousnesshttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Business/Brevard-Companies-Innovate-with-Stream-of-EcoConciousness.html<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From containers that disappear without a trace to t-shirts made from ocean plastic to recycling worn-out clothing, Brevard County innovators are working hard for the environment.</span></p><br /> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">NOHBO: Plastic-Free Personal Care</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span></h3><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a Viera High School student, the now 22-year-old Ben Stern made it his ministry to wage war against those tiny toiletries bottles so beloved by hotels. He is now CEO of Nohbo, an acronym for No Hair Bottles.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stern’s young company, headquartered at the Groundswell Startups complex in Melbourne, holds much promise in cutting back plastic waste.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I came up with the idea of Nohbo after viewing a documentary in my biology class covering the ins and outs of the plastic bottling industry,” Stern said.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was horrified to see images of plastic waste engulfing local ecosystems all over the world. I was convinced that just reducing, reusing and recycling did not hold any muster to replacing the need for plastic consumption outright. I tried to come up with a solution whereby products could disappear after use.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stern got started with water-soluble shampoo balls, a concept he presented on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and one that earned financial support from Mark Cuban. In addition to shampoo drops, Nohbo manufactures conditioner and body wash drops, plus soap “slips” that melt under water.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We continue to work on developing new personal care products that are easy to use and that could replace plastic bottles,” Stern said.</span></p><br /> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Givr: Beyond the Box</span></h3><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jeremy Bower, founder and CEO of Givr Packaging, thinks outside the box to ascertain that every fiber in the boxes his company makes is replaced at least 20-fold with sustainable tree plantings. Like Stern, Bower’s company operates at Groundswell.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our hope was that we could drive a net positive environmental footprint, while still providing kick-ass packaging solutions at or below market price,” said Bower, who has tackled the packaging needs of industry giants Godiva, Disney and Hershey.</span></p><br /> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sea Threads: Turning Ocean Plastic into Shirts</span></h3><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another Groundswell neighbor is turning ocean plastic into a fashion statement. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While a student at Florida Institute of Technology, Dylan Cross began evolving the concept for Sea Threads, performance shirts each made from 1 pound of ocean plastic.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“With so much in our oceans, why not put it to good use instead of continuing to make more?” Cross said.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The shirts themselves are being designed and produced in Florida, each woven for performance with naturally breathable, moisture-wicking, and UV protective qualities. All materials in the shirts are certified for sourcing 100 percent ocean plastic by several standard-setting organizations.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The company’s supply chain partners also are carefully vetted for transparency and ethical working conditions.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The shirts sell for $35 at Seathreads.co/kickstarter. The company anticipates launching two more clothing lines before the end of 2022.</span></p><br /> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Circ: Recycling Textiles</span></h3><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also in the eco-warrior fashion industry is Circ, which — you guessed it — has offices at Groundswell. Originally launched as a paper pulp manufacturer by entrepreneurs Peter Majeranowski and Conor Hartman, Circ these days is focusing on recycling textiles. The process combines water, heat, pressure and chemicals to recover 90 percent of the original fabric.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is there a demand for recycling t-shirts? You bet. Clothing can last a lifetime, but fashion-conscious consumers easily part with off-trend items. According to a BBC report, the average American will discard more than 70 pounds of clothes each year. A study from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation notes that clothing and textiles get dumped in landfills at the rate of a garbage truck’s worth every second. Finding a second life for these unwanted items makes sense.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Circ’s breakthrough in recycling polyester-cotton blends — the textile most used by the fashion industry — piqued interest. Outdoor gear manufacturer Patagonia has invested in Circ and has already used the company to recycle worn-out clothing.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By tackling environmental waste from unexpected angles, Brevard entrepreneurs have developed a win-win formula that helps both Mother Nature and the economy.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are proud not only of our environmental impact, but our economic impact, as well,” said Dylan Cross of Sea Threads.</span></p>Tue, 12 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTGrowing a Family in Uncertain Timeshttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Family/Growing-a-Family-in-Uncertain-Times.html<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As we say goodbye to summer and hello to Fall, I personally find myself excited about the end of the year. The Sugarman family has undergone a year of change, as we painfully said goodbye to two of our four beloved animals, recently moved, and now focus all of our energy on welcoming a second boy to the family at the end of November! </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Preparing to grow our family during the time of COVID brought a lot of hesitation, worry and the need to plan. With so much change happening at once, it is easy to feel as if things are spinning out of control. The following tips have helped me find balance with large life changes during this time of uncertainty.</span></p><br /> <ol><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Make a plan. </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you know change is on the horizon, don’t procrastinate. Prepare now. Change is less stressful when you have a contingency plan in place.</span></li><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Find a different angle.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Break negative thought patterns. Recognize negative thoughts as they come because once they’re identified, you’re better equipped to shift them to emphasize the positive. For example, instead of, “How am I going to manage my work responsibilities with two kids?” the thought can be tweaked to, “I managed this before, and I will do it again. I am more than competent.”</span></li><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Take a “time-in.” </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">With today’s jam-packed schedules, most people don’t take time to process what they’re losing before beginning a new chapter. Rather than ignore feelings with distractions, give your thoughts a voice. Write in a journal, talk with a trusted friend or make an appointment with a therapist. </span></li><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Maintain structure and routine.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> If you have little ones, then you already know how crucial structure and routine are. Structure is comforting, so the more you can maintain your routine in the midst of change, the better off you’ll be. </span></li><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Find comfort in your blessings.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Incorporate stress-relieving and enjoyable activities into your day. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s comforting to you — and healthy. Whether you just received a difficult diagnosis or you’re about to grow your family, count your blessings out loud or keep a gratitude journal. Something we do often is share what we’re grateful for from the day at the dinner table.</span></li><br /> </ol><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Change, especially when it is personal and within your own family, can be scary. It doesn’t have to be, though, as long as you plan and get your frame of mind right. I find great comfort and clarity through the love of family, and we can’t wait to meet our “Danny Boy” this November. </span></p>Fri, 08 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTIdentical Triplets Stay Grounded While Influence Goes Viralhttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Family/Identical-Triplets-Stay-Grounded-While-Influence-Goes-Viral.html<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Walking into a room with Zalen, Kaleb and Malek Belizaire is a treat. It’s like hitting the lottery, in fact. Published statistics vary, but walking the Earth as identical triplets could be as rare as 1 in 200 million.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The brothers, graduates of Eau Gallie High School who turned 21 on Aug. 31, said they realized in elementary school that friends treated them a little differently. But in a good way. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everywhere we went, we got questions — are they identical, are they triplets, it was our normal,” said mom, Nicole Rubino. “There were times where I’d go out by myself, and people would say, ‘Oh, that’s the triplets’ mom.’”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They had no way to know that early mini fame would blossom years later into something massive — during the pandemic of 2020, nonetheless. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2017, the brothers started making YouTube videos that would get a few thousand views. They graduated with their associates degrees from Eastern Florida State College, then went to University of Central Florida for a year. Senior year of high school, a video showing some baby photos was shared to another Instagram account and went viral with 1 million views. They started posting videos to TikTok in 2019, and that hometown fame went worldwide in 2020.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now, the full-time influencers live for free in a creator house (more on that later) and post videos to their 4.8 million followers on TikTok and 126,000 followers on Instagram. The videos are the type of short-form peek into their lives that users of the platforms can’t get enough of, and are unique to their cool personalities.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most popular seem to be when fans ask them questions like, “</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">So can your face locks open each other’s phones?</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">” (The answer is yes.)</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s nothing for their TikTok videos to get a few hundred thousands likes, but one of the most popular by far was mere 8-second video showing images of them as babies. That one went ballistic with almost 8 million views.</span></p><br /> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making a Living</span></h3><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not everyone claiming in their social media bios that they’re influencers these days really is. But the brothers certainly are leaving their imprint on the world by entertaining, delighting and entrepreneuring. They’ve built their Driplets brand — you can find them on TikTok as @dripletss and Instagram as @dripletsofficial — where they link you through to </span><a href="https://driplets.creator-spring.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">their merch store</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One can purchase sweatshirts, shirts, stickers, pillows, socks and even face masks with the Driplets logo, and they have a separate website that sells </span><a href="https://myfavorite.creator-spring.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My Favorite Hoodie” sweatshirts</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The word Driplets comes from combining triplets and the word drip, which is slang for a person’s sense of style. When EverythingBrevard met with the brothers, they each dressed differently, but they wear the same thing in many of their public outings, especially if they film one of their attempts to fool an unsuspecting store worker. Gets them every time. (Who expects there to be </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">three</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of them!?)</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Being true influencers comes with perks. Besides being recognized — yes, girls have screamed when randomly bumping into and recognizing them — the brothers live for free.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Their management team has arranged for them to live in what’s called a creator house, where they can focus on making videos and building that brand while not having to worry about expenses. They spent six months in Miami and currently are in Orlando.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We do what we love and add to our knowledge of social strategy,” Zalen said.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Driplets look forward to getting out more post-pandemic. If their appearance at the YouTubers vs. TikTokers amateur boxing event in Miami in June is an indication — they were “swarmed” — that will make for some good content and keep attracting new brands. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Timing is good for the Driplets, who are taking advantage of the shifting viewing and consumer habits of the younger generations. Brands big and small are increasingly turning to influencers to pitch products. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zalen shared the aha moment of the interview: “We looked up at actors on Disney and now kids are looking at us.”</span></p><br /> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Family Roots</span></h3><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite millions of fans worldwide anxiously awaiting their next video, Zalen, Malek and Kaleb have level heads. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They’re each others’ best friends,” Nicole said. “They’re inseparable.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Driplets are enjoying the process of being influencers while keeping close ties to family. They started working out with older brother, Marquel, and younger sister, Monet, shoots and appears in many of their videos.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was a treat when Nicole, who owns Nicole Michelle Photography and Boudoir by Nicole Michelle, was hired to shoot photos and video when the boys booked a campaign with Champs Sports. When the content appeared in Times Square, the boys took off to New York City to make sure they captured the moment in person.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But long before appearing in Times Square or getting swarmed at boxing matches, they were adored by their Brevard community. People have been asking to take photos with the triplets since they were small. It’s a novelty they understand and are now capitalizing on. But always with feet on the ground.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They are so nice and respectful,” Nicole said. “I love watching (them interact with fans), they’re super nice about it. Makes me feel that I’ve raised them right.”</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nicole said she’s been able to tell them apart from day one, but after looking at their photos and videos, think you can?</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You have to know us, some people can pick it up quick, some still don’t know,” Malek said.</span></p><br /> <p><strong>DRIPLETS FUN FACTS:</strong></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have three cars between them</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All have the same tattoo that says, “Love Yourz,” a song title from J. Cole </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not all the same height, but close</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Birth order: Malek, Kaleb, Zalen, each 1 minute apart</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cambridge and higher learning, AP classes</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Graduated dual enrollment with associates degrees from Eastern Florida State College</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Were Eagle Scouts</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Their faces can unlock each other’s phones.</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Connect:<br /></span></p><br /> <p><strong>DRIPLETS</strong></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">TikTok: @dripletss </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instagram: @dripletsofficial </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Driplets merchandise: </span><a href="https://driplets.creator-spring.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">driplets.creator-spring.com</span></a></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hoodies: </span><a href="https://myfavorite.creator-spring.com"><span style="font-weight: 400;">myfavorite.creator-spring.com</span></a></p>Thu, 07 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDTDisconnect to Reconnecthttps://www.everythingbrevard.com/blog/Family/Disconnect-to-Reconnect.html<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s no surprise that in this age of social media and same-day delivery at the tip of our fingertips, we all experience feeling disconnected from our “real” lives. When was the last time you spent time with friends and family without simultaneously scrolling through your phone? Look around the next time you’re out to eat. Do you see families having meaningful conversations or people glued to electronics?</span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you struggle to make meaningful connections with your kids or partner? Show them you care by giving them your dedicated attention and make some lasting memories together. This fall, leave the phone at home, get outside, and take some time to reconnect. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We are so lucky to call Brevard County our home, where there is so much nature to explore.  Whether you are a fan of the land or sea, there is something for everyone. </span></p><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are five outdoor activities to check out with your family this fall:</span></p><br /> <ul><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Get out on the water. </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">Between our Atlantic beaches and the Indian River Lagoon, the opportunities for water activities are endless. Try kayaking, paddleboarding, or even fishing to connect to our coastal waterways. An airboat ride on the St. Johns River also is a great way to explore our wetlands. Watch out for gators!</span></li><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Backyard camping.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Central Florida is home to some incredible options for camping. Sebastian River State park has great camping amenities and there’s plenty to explore. Don’t want to travel so far from home? Take it to the backyard. Pitch a tent, roast marshmallows, and get the camping experience without ever leaving your driveway.  </span></li><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Hiking.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> While you won’t find much change in altitude, the Space Coast offers some beautiful hiking trails. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge offers several different trails of varying lengths and accessibility. Make sure you stop by the visitor’s center before you leave.</span></li><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Check out local events.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The fall is a great time to visit farmers markets, family festivals, and more. Make a meal together with freshly picked local produce, cozy up to watch a movie in the park, or plan a beach picnic to see a rocket launch.</span></li><br /> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><strong>Get festive.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> It may not feel like it, but the holidays are right around the corner. Kick off the season with a family trip to the pumpkin patch. Get creative and have a decorating or carving contest and give awards for the scariest, funniest, and most original pumpkin.</span></li><br /> </ul><br /> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Remember, leave your phones at home (or use them to only take photos!) and focus on each other. These are the moments you will look back on with a smile on your face, and the memories your kids will talk about year after year. </span></p>Wed, 06 Oct 2021 0:00:00 CDT