Stuff To Read

Why Feeling “Bad” Isn’t Really So Bad


“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

From an early age, most of us get the message that we should be happy—from well-meaning … Read the rest

DIY Drawer Fresheners for Naturally Fresh Clothes

I love pulling fresh and clean smelling clothes out of the drawer. So I came up with this DIY Eucalyptus drawer freshener recipe that delivers fresh smelling clothes without any synthetic, chemical fragrances.


Drawer Freshener Done DIY and Natural

I know I’m not the only person who loves freshly … Read the rest

Only 12 Of These Rare Porpoises Are Left In The World

The vaquita — a tiny, rare porpoise who lives in the Sea of Cortez in the Upper Gulf of California, near Mexico — is the most endangered cetacean in the world. Last year, experts determined there were only 30 vaquitas left. Now, they say, there are only about a … Read the rest

Easy Gluten Free Oat Waffles


I’m pretty particular about my waffles. I want light, whole grain, crisp-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside, Belgian-with-deep-pockets, quintessential WAFFLES. No soggy waffles allowed! Bonus points if they freeze well so I can pop them in the toaster like Eggo’s.

These waffles meet all of the aforementioned qualifications. After tweaking five batches of … Read the rest

Trees, our best defense against climate change, are going up in flames


Each year, the Earth’s trees suck more than a hundred billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s an impossibly huge number to consider, about 60 times the weight of all the humans currently on the planet.

Our forests perform a cornucopia of services: Serving as a Read the rest

How to Escape the Emotional Eating Cycle and Stop Feeling Lonely


“When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart.” Read the rest

Move Your Body, Calm Your Mind: 5 Practices That Help Ease Anxiety


“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more.” ~Osho

Do you want to meditate but the idea of sitting with your thoughts for twenty minutes gives you anxiety? Or maybe meditation seems like one more task you have to add to your … Read the rest

Choc Chip and Banana Chocolate Mousse (secretly healthy & vegan)

Chocolate Mousse. That can’t be healthy right?

It can the way I make it. Only three ingredients too. Bananas, silken tofu and cocoa powder. That’s it!

A rich indulgent chocolate mousse that’s good for you. Although I do admit I added some dark chocolate chips for a change this time, … Read the rest

Grow Microgreens: A Treat for Frustrated Gardeners

I’ve been growing microgreens here for a few weeks to keep myself sane. The songbirds have returned to Ohio and the fishing worms are popping up on the driveway. It won’t be long now before I’m back outside, but until then I’ll have something fresh and green to eat.

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Melting ice could unleash hazardous waste from abandoned Cold War project


This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The creation of Camp Century, from the outset, was an audacious scheme. Under the thick ice of Greenland, a scant 800 miles from the North Pole, the U.S. … Read the rest

Be Good to Yourself: 10 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-Love


“Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” ~Unknown

It was one of those nights.

I was in a busy New York bar, having fun and enjoying myself. That was, until someone asked me: “So, what do you Read the rest

5 Ways to Calm Your Mind When You’re Exhausted (Without Meditation)


“Calm your mind. Life becomes much easier when you keep your mind at peace.” ~Unknown

Let me start with a confession.

If I’m honest with you, even just writing these words actually makes me feel kind of uncomfortable.

But I’m going to say it because it’s true, and some … Read the rest

800 Dogs Are Living Without Food Or Shelter In This Landfill — And People Are Trying To Save Them

Crystal Carson never thought she’d be rescuing dogs in Turkey. She was busy enough rescuing dogs in her hometown of Goldsmith, Texas, and her house was always filled with at least a dozen foster dogs.

But when her friend and fellow dog rescuer, Ayse Hellig, told Carson about a woman … Read the rest

Creamy Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Porridge for the Perfect Breakfast

I have to hold my hands up and admit I’m the worst person at eating breakfast. When I head to work in the morning I never eat breakfast. It’s just too early for me and I can’t face it. Somewhere between 9 am and 10 am is my … Read the rest

Why Trying to Feel Good Can Make You Feel Bad


“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ~Paulo Coelho

We’re bombarded by images of people living apparently perfect lives. They suffer no bereavements or breakups or losses or failures. They look perfect, make perfect choices, and act perfect.

Everyone seems … Read the rest

Vegan Love Shakes!




The base is a deliciously thick nice cream made with frozen bananas, frozen raspberries, dates, nut milk ice cubes and beetroot. Because we wanted it thick, you need a strong blender or food processor to get it smooth. But you can also just replace some of the … Read the rest

There’s a new contender in the quest for the next superbattery


It’s been nearly 40 years since the battery world had a major shake up. In 1980, a researcher at England’s University of Oxford made the first breakthrough that would eventually take lithium-ion batteries from theoretical to possible. But the industry was slow to embrace the shiny new design. It … Read the rest

The Difference Between Letting Go and Running Away


“It’s about our ability to leave our death on the battlefield of life. Or having the strength and courage to give them our love and to bring them back.” ~Edward Frenkel

It took me almost twenty years to realize that running away from ourselves isn’t the same as letting … Read the rest

Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Pancake day is nearly here and it’s the perfect time to brush up your flipping skills and try out a new recipe. Today I’m sharing a recipe for healthier blender chocolate and banana pancakes. They are quick to make a super tasty!


Why are these pancakes healthier?


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Devil’s Bargain


A trope of sci-fi movies these days, from Snowpiercer to Geostorm, is that our failure to tackle climate change will eventually force us to deploy an arsenal of unproven technologies to save the planet. Think sun-deflecting space mirrors or chemically altered clouds. And because these are sci-fi movies, … Read the rest

Video Shows Everything That’s Wrong With Keeping Dolphins In Tanks

In a new video, a Risso’s dolphin stands upright in an ocean pool as a man siphons water into her stomach with a long plastic tube. The dolphin doesn’t fight it — she remains still for as long as the tube remains in her throat, only dipping below the … Read the rest

Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato Sauce


Happy Super Bowl Sunday to you, happy snack day to me, and happy birthday to Sonja of A Couple Cooks! Today, I’m popping in to share a delicious appetizer from Sonja and her husband Alex’s new cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking.

The recipe features a simple, marinara-like sauce … Read the rest

Soothing Homemade Rose & Oatmeal Bath Soak Recipe


One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is with a long soak in the bath. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I wanted to make myself an extra special recipe.

I like to make custom bath soaks based on my mood and skin needs. It is so easy … Read the rest

Skillet Seitan and Bulgur with Fennel & Olives

I’m gearing up to cook my way back through some of the recipes in Power Plates, having been apart from them for over a year now. This means that one-bowl/one-skillet/one-pot/one-plate meals are very much on my mind. I experimented with this skillet seitan and bulgur with fennel & olives … Read the rest

How We Can Stop Arguing and Start Understanding Each Other


“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~Rumi

One of the most common sources of conflict among people is in the way we communicate. Often times, conflicts arise because of the variety of our opinions and beliefs, and also from the way … Read the rest

Sheep Are Packed Into These Crates For The Worst Reason

The sheep were packed into crates like lifeless cargo. They had no food. No water. And they had a terrifying plane journey ahead of them.

Earlier this month, photographers in Australia got access to an undisclosed airport runway, and took photos of crated sheep as they were being loaded onto … Read the rest

Learn How To Make Your Own Essential Oils


If you’ve ever used essential oils you know they can be expensive. And sometimes it can be difficult to find the ones you want.

Did you know you can make your own?

Essential oils are the volatile oils extracted from plants (or other sources), typically through steam distillation. You … Read the rest

Spiced Citrus Pecan Breakfast Bread

I always do a ton of baking before the winter holidays, but I tend to forget how nice it is to have homemade baked goods in the kitchen and freezer year-round. I’ve been baking a lot this month, and especially since the new semester started last week; it’s such a … Read the rest

How to Pick Your Best Idea (Especially if You Suffer from Idea Overload!)


If ideas that I started but never finished were worth money, Id be a billionaire. ~Brian Vaszily

In virtually every human pursuit, from personal growth to the arts to business, ideas and the execution of those ideas is what drives us forward.

And when it … Read the rest

Classic Minestrone Soup


Finally! It’s about time this blog offered a traditional minestrone soup recipe. Minestrone is a hearty Italian vegetable soup made with tomato-y broth and pasta or rice. I’ve been working hard on this recipe and I’m so excited to share it with you.

Minestrone was traditionally made to use … Read the rest

Orange & Almond Granola


Of all the granola recipes on this blog, this orange-infused granola might be my new favorite. Granted, I’m on an orange kick right now (don’t miss this orzo salad and this green salad).

The combination of orange zest, honey, cinnamon, almonds, vanilla and golden raisins is undeniably divine. … Read the rest

5 Toxic Cleaning Products & 5 DIY Natural Substitutes


Every new year, I resolve to live a more natural lifestyle. In some years that means watching what I eat, in other years I try to be more active, but every year I make January my “whole house detox” month.

Basically I go through my closets, cabinets, cleaners, bathroom … Read the rest

The Most Powerful Way to Help Someone Through Emotional Pain


“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

17 Healthy Vegetarian Soup Recipes


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

Creamy Chopped Chickpea Pecan Salad

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

Get used to saying ‘bomb cyclone.’ This is our climate now.


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

10 Foods to Boost Immunity During Cold & Flu Season


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

Heartbroken scientists lament the likely loss of ‘most of the world’s coral reefs’


For decades, marine scientists have been warning of the demise of coral reefs in a warming world. But now, those warning calls have reached a full-scale alarm, leaving researchers at a loss for exactly how best to save the reefs.

A study published Thursday in Science by some of … Read the rest

Favorite Broccoli Salad


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

A First Aid Kit for When Life Falls Apart


“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

Five Lesser Known Carrier Oils and How to Use Them


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,

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19 Things to Start Doing for Yourself in the New Year


“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

8 Quick and Easy Meditation Techniques to Calm Your Anxious Mind


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

9 Beliefs You Have to Let Go If You Want to Find Inner Peace


“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

Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

I think I’m pretty organised for Christmas. The decorations are up and the presents are bought. I’ve decided what we’re having for Christmas dinner and now I just have to do a food shop and wrap those presents while watching a Christmas movie. Then I can just sit back and … Read the rest

Let it go: The Arctic will never be frozen again


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 Go Vegan but You Love Cheese


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

Delicious Recipe for Hot Chocolate On a Spoon


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!

Hot Chocolate On A Spoon Recipe

Ingredients & Supplies

Here’s a list of things you’ll need to assemble your spoons:

  • Spoons
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Make DIY Aromatherapy Christmas Tree Ornaments


Christmas seems to bring out the “crafty” in us all! From Christmas cards to DIY decorations, there is no shortage of crafting this season.

Making Simple Scented Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite crafts this year are my DIY Scented Christmas Ornaments. Made with natural terracotta clay, they are

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How I Stopped Chasing Happiness and Started Enjoying My Imperfect Life


“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

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