“When you can’t look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark.” ~Unknown
I walked in for my monthly massage and immediately sensed something was off.
A layer of desolation hung in the air like an invisible mist, ominous and untouchable, yet so thick I … Read the rest
Despite my best efforts, the recipe I intended to share earlier this week failed on me. I nixed that one for good. If it doesn’t work for me, it probably won’t work for you and I can’t have that! I have more deliciousness lined up for next week that … Read the rest
It’s been a while since I whipped up some sort of chopped lunch salad—you know, the super-versatile kind you can stuff into a wrap, pile onto toast, eat with crackers, or pile onto salad—but this creamy chopped chickpea pecan salad has become an instant new favorite. Having grown accustomed to … Read the rest
Now that one of the strongest nor’easters on record has swirled off to Canada, it’s time to talk about what everyone was thinking during the storm: Is this just what happens now?
Short answer: yes. Get used to it. Wild storms like this week’s massive coastal cyclone will be … Read the rest
Winter brings cold and flu season, and we’re all doing everything we can to stay healthy and keep the sniffles as far away as possible.
Our bodies have incredible natural defenses against harmful germs that may lead to colds, but there are also things we can do to help … Read the rest
Let’s kick off 2018 with my favorite broccoli salad recipe! It’s crisp, crunchy and fresh, which is exactly what I’m craving this time of year. It’s also seriously addictive, thanks to the sweet-and-savory combination of freshly toasted sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and cheddar cheese.
I borrowed the honey-mustard vinaigrette … Read the rest
“What if pain—like love—is just a place brave people visit?” ~Glennon Doyle
It’s one of life’s greatest paradoxes: When life is easy, everything seems easy. When life is hard, everything seems hard.
This one keeps coming back to me and I keep trying to figure it out. Why do … Read the rest
Carrier oils are often the unsung heroes of DIY recipes.
Recently I’ve noticed that people really focus on the healing properties of essential oils and tend to downplay the role of carrier oils in DIY products like salves, body butters, creams, soaps, and lotions.
While essential oils are wonderful,… Read the rest
“And suddenly you know… it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.” ~Unknown
Did you know that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail?
That’s pretty crazy. Maybe you’re part of that statistic. Feeling eager, excited, and ready for change only to fall back … Read the rest
Have you ever found it hard to motivate yourself to do something that was good for you, only to eventually do it, feel amazing, and wonder why you waited so long?
That’s what meditating was like for me. Even though I knew I could do it for only five … Read the rest
“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” ~Adyashanti
I don’t know exactly when it happened.… Read the rest
Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more.
The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, … Read the rest
So you want to be vegan but you love cheese. I totally get it. Before making the transition myself, I was a cheese-loving vegetarian, and I thought I would never go vegan, “No way! I love cheese too much!”
That was kind of silly of me! First of all, … Read the rest
Hot chocolate on a spoon is a simple winter project/gift that the entire family can enjoy making and using! They’re delicious, fun to make, and fun to use!
Here’s a list of things you’ll need to assemble your spoons:
Christmas seems to bring out the “crafty” in us all! From Christmas cards to DIY decorations, there is no shortage of crafting this season.
One of my favorite crafts this year are my DIY Scented Christmas Ornaments. Made with natural terracotta clay, they are… Read the rest
“I want to live my life without stress and worries. I don’t need to be rich or famous. I just want to be happy.” ~Unknown
Have you ever set a goal and then become obsessed with it, making it the center of your life and arranging everything else around … Read the rest
I love to take baths!
Most of the time I take a shower, just for convenience and saving water, but every now and then I like to indulge in a long soak. I’ve used bath salts, scrubs, bar soap and liquid soap, but I’ve come across a solid soap… Read the rest
For years, I’ve been searching for my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. I want outrageously delicious bakery-style chocolate chip cookies that completely capture my attention upon first bite. I want a chewy middle, barely crisp edges, complex flavor, and rich chocolate chips.
I want all of that in a … Read the rest
There is nothing worse than a three year old with chapped lips and cheeks.
Especially when that three year old will lick off anything you try to put on them. That has been my winter so far.
The colder it gets, the… Read the rest
The holiday season is upon us, and for many this means happy memories and time with friends. For some, the holiday season is not so happy. It can be a strong reminder of those who are no longer with us. It is often a time that amplifies feelings of… Read the rest
I never fully appreciated the need for toilet deodorizers, until I moved into a home with one bathroom.
Did I mention that I also have three boys? Yeah.
Having just one bathroom means that toilet deodorizers have become my best friend. They are easy and affordable to make, plus… Read the rest
I shared this recipe five years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites.
I’m counting down the minutes until I can heat up a big bowlful of this soup for lunch. It’s spicy, filling, satisfying, and overflowing with so-called power foods and whole grain goodness. The Thai red … Read the rest
“The don’t-know mind… doesn’t fear, has no wish to control or foresee, steps off the cliff of the moment with absolute trust that the next step will land somewhere, and the next step somewhere else, and the feet will take us wherever we need to go.” ~Byron Katie
I … Read the rest
The cool phase of the planet’s most important weather pattern began during October, say scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with a tell-tale cooling of the waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
I could not find the bottom of the pool.
The task seemed simple enough: Wearing no more than twenty pounds worth of gear, swim to the bottom of an eight-foot pool, remove your gear, and swim back up.
My feet … Read the rest
No one knows exactly how many rare Sumatran rhinos are left in the wild, but new estimates suggest the population is as low as 30. The best-case scenario? Just under 100. And there are just nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity.
These are bleak estimates, especially since if the Sumatran rhino … Read the rest
“Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” ~Steve Maraboli
Rejection hurts. Whether it is from family, friends, co-workers, or a new company, when we experience rejection it hits us right in the heart—the control center to our … Read the rest
When our old refrigerator developed a leak in the gasket, our landlords decided to get a new one that was more energy efficient. This new one has a stainless steel front that I thought looked really cool… until the fingerprints and water stains started showing up.… Read the rest
My mom and I haven’t quite finalized our Thanksgiving plans this year, but we know it’ll be relaxed, intimate, and it likely won’t involve any cooking. Usually I’d be sort of sad not to be taking charge of some holiday meal prep, but I’ve had enough on my plate … Read the rest
There is nothing better than a hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day. Something about the depth and sweetness of the aroma makes me feel warm and cozy.
That is exactly why I created this easy, four ingredient Whipped Hot Chocolate Body butter recipe. Originally I was attempting to… Read the rest
New research in the journal Geophysical Research Letters confirms that 139 glaciers are exposed to the melting influence of ocean water, many of those reaching deep below sea level where the water is warmer.
A man made a huge life change to pursue his dream of getting close to wildlife — and he just got about as close as you can get.
“A few years ago I was a corporate lawyer dreaming about being a wildlife cameraman and doing more for our fragile planet,” … Read the rest
You know those “moments of truths”?
When what you hear, or come to realize, turns your world around. When one or several things turn out to be exactly what you needed to hear at the exact right time. Bo-boom.
For the past couple of years, I’ve had several ah-ha … Read the rest
Your heart races. Your body temperature rises. Your hands may shake. Your stomach may churn.
Your thoughts start spiraling to the worst could that happen, and suddenly you feel so unequipped—like everything’s going to fall apart, and you won’t be able to handle it.
It can feel so powerless … Read the rest
It’s fall, and the mornings are getting cooler. More than once I’ve gone to the car in the pre-dawn morning and discovered the steering wheel or car seat was sooo cold! This simple project can help solve the problem. Almost anyone can make a hand or foot warmer in… Read the rest
Climate change is ruining our spookiest holiday. Here are some scary ways the 31st of October might look different going forward:
“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” ~Brian Tracy
There was a time when I thought peace was a destination, in much the same way I imagined I’d eventually arrive at happiness or success.
It seemed like something I needed to chase … Read the rest
“You are responsible for your intention, not your reception.” ~Amy E. Smith
I’ve realized that I put a lot of energy into trying to explain my decisions. Sometimes those explanations are an honest attempt to connect with another person or to step a little further out of hiding. Often, … Read the rest
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein
Looking back on my past, I see that I have spent most of my precious time striving to improve … Read the rest
It’s a crazy time to be alive, isn’t it? So much is happening that I can hardly wrap my head around. Sometimes I worry that I’m being negligent by not mentioning major world events here, let alone personal events. At the same time, I’ve always wanted this website to … Read the rest
“Most disagreements are caused by different perceptions that created different realities.” ~Unknown
When I was thirteen, I experienced a monumental change in my young life.
It wasn’t a big move, no one close to me died, and although puberty was rocking my world in the worst way, it was … Read the rest