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Healthy and Homemade: Butternut Squash Soup

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 19, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Something about a bowl of homemade soup is just so inherently comforting, especially on a chilly autumn day. Am I right, or am I right?

Growing up, my grandma always had a pot of soup simmering on her stovetop during the fall, filling the whole house with a warm, yummy scent that drifted from one room to another, and made going to grandma’s even more homey. 

This recipe, adapted from Wellness Mama— check out her review of Juils — is easy to make and brings an amazing aroma to the house while you’re cooking it. I added an apple and carrots to the recipe, just as an experiment (which turned out well!) and topped it with a small spoonful of non-fat, plain Greek yogurt and toasted pumpkin seeds.

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Topics: Food and Drink

Essential Oils for Chemotherapy, Radiation and Emotional Healing

Posted by Guest Blogger

Sep 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Cancer. Just writing the word gives me goosebumps as I think of people I’ve known who have been affected by this disease. Statistics show that one in every two men and one in every three women will likely experience cancer in some form by the time they turn 85, which means if you haven’t personally been diagnosed, chances are high that you have been part of a support system for someone who has. A cancer diagnosis in any stage or form elicits strong emotion from the patient and their closest supporters as it is one of the most complex and difficult to treat of any human disease. Essential oils are our oldest form of medicine, so though cancer patients should always consult a physician for primary care, the following are some ideas of natural therapies with essential oils that can be included in the treatment process.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Beauty Is A Light In The Heart

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Sep 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

“There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone’s spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that’s beautiful to me.” –Liv Tyler 

Don’t let those pesky insecurities drag you down! It can be easy to get hung up on appearances and compare yourself to others. Don’t! You are your own person—a unique and caring individual. And you are beautiful. Always remember this.

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Topics: Motivation

prAna & Juil: National Yoga Month Giveaway

Posted by Eva Caruso

Sep 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

September is National Yoga Month and what better way to celebrate it than with a prAna giveaway?! All of us at Juil are big fans of prAna and support their ongoing mission to inspire, integrate and socialize a more caring and proactive approach to the world around us. From the origin of the fiber used, to the processing, to the finishing of each article of clothing produced, PrAna is an environmentally conscious brand committed to increasing and improving their sustainability efforts.

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Topics: The Thursday Three

Festive Fall Recipe: Wild Rice and Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Savory, guilt-free, in-season, delish. The perfect combo of protein, seasonal produce and savory flavors for the perfect, easy autumn dinner. 

Besides the weather, the changing leaves, the college football games (On, Wisconsin!) and the clothes—cozy sweaters and my favorite Juil boots— cooking in the fall is my favorite part of the season.

One of my favorite things to make is stuffed squash. Not only is it a crowd-pleaser, but it’s easy to make and is a flawless blend of healthy and delectable.

Although the original recipe called for purple rice and chicken, I made it with wild rice and ground turkey and loved it just the same.

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Topics: Food and Drink

The Tao Of Bacon

Posted by Guest Blogger

Sep 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” - Anatole France

I did not have a dog when I was growing up. I didn’t get the whole “Man’s best friend” thing. I liked dogs, I just didn’t have a need to have one in my house.

My children campaigned for over two years for a dog. I had all the usual excuses, I didn’t want another body to take care of, I was not going to walk a dog in the rain and snow (or at 5:00 am). I didn’t want a dog shedding all over my house.

It all changed one weekend when my family was invited to my friend’s beach house for the weekend. At the time my friend had a full-time job, four children (all of whom played more than one sport), and she was getting her master’s degree at night.  She was and is one of the busiest people I know. She makes it look easy and she has a dog. A big one.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Sep 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Ever hear of the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”? Well, good news! It’s more than just a saying! Many studies have been conducted that reveal the many health benefits of having a good giggle.

According to the Discovery Channel, laughing decreases stress, improves blood pressure, reduces aggression, energizes organs and boosts the immune system. Sounds like a pretty great medicine to me! For a full explanation of laughing’s top 10 benefits, check out this article.

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Topics: Motivation

Introducing Juil’s Earth Collection – Moccasin Chukka Boots

Posted by David Gelfand

Sep 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

We’re into September and have released almost all of our Fall collections. But there’s just one piece missing and we’re bringing it to you today!

We brought you some boot styles from the Fire collection, but that wasn’t enough. Today, we’re bringing you two more chukka boot styles, but this time they’re moccasins!


A moccasin boot that’s ready to go wherever you are. This boho-chic chukka features earthy, supple, suede leather and a buckle enclosure. 

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Topics: Juil

5 Reasons Taking a Nap May Be the Healthiest Thing to Do Today

Posted by Abby Rasmussen

Sep 8, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Most people think that naps are only for young children and senior citizens. In fact, we are often taught that naps are a sign of laziness. I mean, you’re just lying there while you could be getting stuff done, right? Wrong. As it turns out, napping can actually be hugely beneficial for adults as well. A proper nap can do the following:

1. Improve mood – Sleep deprivation, as many of us know, leaves you feeling crabby and stressed out. Napping allows you to feel rested, and therefore, you have a more positive outlook.

2. Relaxation - When I’m especially stressed out, I always find that a quick nap helps me feel more relaxed. Sometimes a 15-minute break from your work is all it takes to reduce your stress.

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Topics: Wellness

Avocado Bruschetta + 3 Fall Cocktails

Posted by Alison Gallun

Sep 5, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Here it is: the cocktail party holy grail. Four easy-to-make recipes that look and taste like you had them catered. 

Whether it’s a midday snack or a cocktail party with friends, this bruschetta should be on the menu. Of all the recipes I’ve ever made for my family and friends, this bruschetta has been unanimously voted ‘Best in Show.’ Not only is the flavor ahh-mazing, but it couldn’t be easier to make.

The crostini and balsamic reduction can be made a few days ahead of time, but the avocado and tomato topping should be made the day it will be served. Make sure to bookmark this, because trust me, this is definitely a recipe you’ll serve again and again. 

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Topics: Food and Drink

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