Stuff To Read

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

A Simple and Natural DIY Bubble Bath Bar Recipe

 

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

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If Your Life Story Depresses You or Holds You Back, Change It

 

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” ~Pema Chodron

Too often we let stories from our past define us. We tell them over and over to ourselves and to others until it becomes our truth. What if, without deviating from actual … Read the rest

Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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

DIY Lip Balm for Kids, Also Great on Chapped Cheeks!

 

How to Make Lip Balm for Kids

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

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Herbs For Depression, Anxiety, and General Sadness

 

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

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Goat Cheese Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

 

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This recipe is one that we had to cut from my cookbook due to space constraints, but it’s too good to keep from you. It was inspired by two delicious experiences with polenta, or grits, if you’d rather. They’re basically the same … Read the rest

DIY Winter Wonderland Toilet Bowl Cleaner Bombs

 

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

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Sweet Potato, Kale and Chickpea Soup

 

I shared this recipe five years ago, and it’s still one of my favorites.

ingredients

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

Cultivating Beginner’s Mind: Adventure Lies Outside Your Comfort Zone

 

“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

La Niña is here, so 2017 won’t be the warmest year on record.

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.

Without the El Niño/La Niña cycle, 2017 likely would have been the warmest year ever measured. … Read the rest

Train Your Mind: Overcoming Negative Thoughts Is Half the Battle

 

“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

A Conditioning DIY Beard Oil Recipe Men Will Love

 

Our Other DIY Beard Oil Recipe

In addition to the recipe below, we also have this DIY Beard Oil recipe. Enjoy!

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About a year ago, my husband started growing his beard.

I’m not sure if it started because of hockey season or just because he was tired

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People Just Realized There May Be Only 30 Of These Animals Left On Earth

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

Seeing Rejection As Redirection: What We Gain When We Lose

 

“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

How to Clean Stainless Steel with Homemade Cleaners

 

Cleaning Stainless Steel

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.

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Farro & Roasted Vegetables with Italian Salsa Verde

 

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

A DIY Whipped Hot Chocolate Body Butter Recipe

 

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

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3 Tools That Can Help You Calm Your Mind and Let Go of Anxiety

 

“I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh 

I’ve struggled with anxiety throughout my life. A difficult childhood and my highly sensitive personality meant I grew into an anxious kid—there was just too much pain and emotional … Read the rest

Over half of Greenland’s ice sheet is in danger of melting.

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.

Using a combination of satellite radar, aerial imagery, and sonar data, researchers carefully mapped the topography … Read the rest

Cameraman Records Almost Getting Swallowed By Enormous Whale

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

7 Things You Need to Know to Live Your Best Life and Make a Better World

 

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

20 Things to Remember When You Feel Anxious

 

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

Learn to Make Homemade Hand And Foot Warmers

 

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

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The Halloween of the future is coming, and you’re not going to like it.

Climate change is ruining our spookiest holiday. Here are some scary ways the 31st of October might look different going forward:

  • No more bats. That’s right, the little critters could be on their way to extinction thanks to disease and habitat loss. At least one bat species in the United
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Mischievous Baby Orca Sneaks Up On Unsuspecting Swimmers

It’s beach season in New Zealand, and hundreds of people were enjoying the sun and surf at Hahei Beach last week — when some of them got a very unexpected visitor.

Credit:
Kelly Lindsay/Storyful

Four wild orcas were thought to be hunting stingrays off the coast when one of the … Read the rest

40 Ways to Create Peace of Mind

 

“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

Why We Feel the Need to Explain Ourselves and Justify Our Choices

 

“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

Veggie Haggis & Apple Bedfordshire Clangers

Bedfordshire Clangers

Have you heard of them ? 

No? I’d never heard of them before last week. I’ve been following the Great British Bake Off  (did you see my roast vegetable, pasta and cream cheese pizza for Italian week and my dark chocolate magic pudding for pudding week?) and they … Read the rest

If Only I Knew My Worth…

 

“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

Build-Your-Own Buddha Bowl

 

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

Quick Dal Makhani

 

Are you familiar with dal makhani? It’s a rich, spiced, lentil-based stew made for special occasions in India (especially in the Punjab region in northern India). Someday, I hope to travel there and taste it for myself. Maybe next year, if … Read the rest

How To Be Open-Minded When Others See the World Differently

 

“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

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