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August 2013 - Houston

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HOW GREEN ARE WE Armando Palacios The Green Painter's kid-friendly, healthy hues CLEAN LIVING Is the Place to Be Co-founder Jeff Kaplan started a green revolution when he launched New Living in Rice Village in 2007. ("We are finally at a point where I think our mission will come through to the city," he told us.) Now with its adjoining The Green Painter and a second location, Heights main drag's The Green Painter and Bedroom by New Living on 19th Street, Kaplan's retailing duo have become the definitive sustainable stops for all things home design, decorating and redux-related. Downstairs on 19th, the eco store stocks a curated collection of New Living's LOVOC and NOVOC indoor and outdoor paints, as well as an loft-style space upstairs for the most environmental bedding around. Monthly Finishing School classes showcase experts such as Evan Vincent (August 3) trading tips on plastering with clay. More latest and greatest: This spring, NL introduced in-demand children's organic furniture and paint. Local artisans are handcrafting attractive cribs and bassinets, and the paints are just as compelling: free of all VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), formaldehyde and biocides, the components that often give fresh paint its hallmark scent. With 26 colors (one for each letter of the alphabet) and the option of matte or chalkboard finish, it's a collection we love. Complete baby's bedroom with New Living's selection of air filters, bedding, crib and bassinet mattresses from OMI made from all natural latex, alongside eco-friendly flooring and accessories. 6111 Kirby Dr., 713.521.1921; 321 W. 19th St., 832.659.0123;; Catherine D. Anspon and Seth Vaughan Food for Life Kristina Carillo-Bucaram is FULLY RAW A A refined Garden Hen coop in Tanglewood CLUCK, CLUCK An Easter Eggers nest One of the hottest trends is raising hens so you can pop to the backyard and pluck an egg or two for a super-fresh omelet or a plate of perfect sunny side ups. Equally chic are the palest-hued eggs, from lemon to lime and lavender, set out in a white bowl. But where does one get a henhouse? Martha's busy … Enter Nicole and Michael Graham. After successfully raising backyard chooks for the past year, the pair is sharing their love of poultry through their company, The Garden Hen. Now residences from Tanglewood to Bellaire sport their handsome coops, stocked with a variety of fowl, including the colorful Easter Eggers, gorgeous Lavender Orpingtons and the fluffy Silkie, to name a few. The Grahams offer deluxe poultry services from weekly henhouse cleaning to chicken boarding for owners taking extended vacations, as well as custom incubation for almost any egg you'd like. And now The Garden Hen is taking hatching projects into schools, promoting a greater connection to where food comes from. Next up is a joint quail endeavor with local chef Caleb Roberts; the team's Texas Quail Project & Conservation has 8,000 eggs in a hatchery in Waller (set to supply restaurants, hunters and also conservationists with Bob White and Coturnix birds). Catherine D. Anspon The Garden Hen's brood: Michael, Haylie and Nicole Graham CHRIS BROWN A Light Brahma Bantam struts its stuff. vibrant soul with a message to tell, Kristina CarilloBucaram founded one of the nation's largest nonprofit co-ops from her parents' living room while still a student at Rice University. Diagnosed with hyperglycemia and suffering from a number of related health ailments, she overcame these issues by implementing a plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle. But it came at a price: Carillo-Bucaram was spending more than $200 a week on organic vegetables and fruit. Needing a way to ease the financial strain on her family, in October 2007, the young entrepreneur launched twin projects born of necessity: Rawfully Organic Co-Op and a consulting site, Rawfully Organic serves more than 700 families per week and continues to grow. With pickup locations at Memorial Park and CityCentre, the nonprofit lets families purchase weekly shares of organic fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices. Through FullyRaw, Carillo-Bucaram serves as a speaker and raw-food coach. She gives monthly lectures at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, served as emcee of this year's New York City Vegetarian Food Festival and will present at the Woodstock Fruit Festival this month. In just a few short years, the dynamic Carillo-Bucaram has become an ambassador for the raw food and vegan movement. She leverages her online presence through images, recipes and tutorials via Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, reaching hundreds of thousands across the world. Her YouTube Channel, FullyRaw Kristina, has 100,000plus subscribers and saw more than two million views last year. Now she's set her sights on expanding RawFully Organic to cities around the country. Steven Hempel. Kristina Carillo-Bucaram For more of Carillo-Bucaram's story, click to JENNY ANTILL Over granola? Bored with bars? Armandos restaurant owners Cinda and Armando Palacios purvey Armandos Food for Life — delicious, nutritious healthy fare to aid an active lifestyle and weight loss. "We started this venture in 2011 because for years, people have asked Armando what he eats to stay in such great shape," says Cinda. From ceviche, lentil soup and beef tenderloin to quinoa risotto with tofu, lettuce wraps and even chocolate almond cake, order online, via phone, at Armandos restaurant or at the Armandos Food for Life cafe at FIT Athletic Club. A licensed dietitian studiously analyzes meals, and caloric, fat, carb, protein, fiber and sodium counts are listed for each, letting customers map nutrition goals. Caroline Starry LeBlanc JENNY ANTILL DELICIOUS Fitness BRENT BRUNI COMISKEY New Living and The Green Painter LIVING GREEN IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR LIVES, AND THE OPTIONS JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER. WE'RE REPAINTING, REDEFINING OUR FOOD, SLEEPING LIKE A QUEEN, GATHERING CELADON EGGS, HARVESTING OUR OWN VEGGIES, JUICING AND REJUVENATING, AND TUNING UP OUR BIKES. GREEN IS GOOD!

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