Chickpea Tomato Dip & Living Without Regrets

Chickpea Tomato Dip

Happy Sunday, friends! If you’re only here for the Chickpea Tomato Dip, please hit the jump to recipe button above. Otherwise, stick around to see what kind of “random” thinking I’ve been up to this past week…

Meet Maddie; I’ve known this adorable face since the day she was born. My sister was pregnant with her at the same time that I was pregnant with Jordan, and the girls were inseparable for many years. I can’t lie–all too often their camaraderie caused problems that required regular, not-on-my-watch interventions. The two were particularly fond of re-establishing their own private “gang” (membership … Continue reading

Review: Miessence Toothpaste

Is it just me, or does everyone feel better equipped to handle the day after they’ve brushed their teeth in the morning? There’s just something about menthol tingle that makes me feel like I can face all those are-you-kidding-me moments each day brings. You know, those moments where all you can do is grin and bear it? Best to do it with sparkling teeth. But, being a die-hard health nut and a die-hard environmentalist, it’s crucial for me to use toothpaste that fits my ethics.

In an effort to avoid all the chemicals on the market, Mom (Melinda, for those … Continue reading

Broken Glasses With a Side of Baked Chili Fries

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Before I dive into some manifestation magic, just a reminder that if you only stopped by for the baked chili fries, be sure to hit the jump to recipe button above. Otherwise, stick around and I’ll fill you in on what Follow Us Home was up to during the month of June…

30 Days

Back at the end of May one of my favorite ladies on Instagram posted about a challenge she was participating in. It focused on the power of manifestation (spoken in a dreamy-eyed whisper) which is definitely one of my all-time favorite subjects. The 30 Day Challenge … Continue reading

Vegan Q & A ~ But What About Milk & Eggs?

Some days I wonder why I even bother with plans; I mean, I know full well that things never go quite as I predict. Here I am, only one post in and I’ve already fallen behind on my vegan Q & A. (Weakly shrugs in complete surrender while at the same time knowing I will never stop planning…)

In my defense, I’ve had a second question in mind (for weeks now), and I’ve been working on drafting a post (for weeks now), but then…so much interference. First there’s a product I’m testing before I can rave about it, and then … Continue reading

Incense, Chocolate & A Little Bit of The Cards

Remember that gargantuan Gramma project that I told you all about? The compilation of photos that just kept on growing? The ambitious endeavor that seemed to take on a life all its own (and carried me right along with it)? The book that started off as fifty pages but ended up at two hundred and fifty pages? Yeah, that project. Well…it’s done. Complete. Finished. Completely finished. Can you feel my relief from where you are? Because it’s overwhelmingly sweet on this end.

I celebrated in my usual way–chocolate and solitude. It’s probably not all that original, but it’s my go-to … Continue reading

In a World Where You Can Do Anything? Be Kind (& Mop the Floor)

My Instagram followers already know that many of my post ideas appear like lightning strikes out of the blue. They manifest during meditation, hugely distracting me from the task at hand, and all I can do is sit by and watch helplessly as the post virtually writes itself. On the one hand, it’s pretty cool, this charged jolt of inspiration. The ideas are really good, they’re eloquently organized, deeply heartfelt. Sometimes they even squeeze a tear from my dry eye. But on the other hand, they’re a little frustrating. The transcription is never as good as the original document, and … Continue reading

For the Love of My Guru

I was never much of a twenty-something. My overwhelming need for independence didn’t push me into the club scene, but instead down the aisle at the age of twenty. And it didn’t land me in the local bar, but instead at a lawyer’s office, buying my first home at the age of twenty-one. It didn’t drive me to partying, but instead to the town hall, lobbying for a permit to start my own home business at the age of twenty-two. The more “typical” behaviors of one’s twenties just never appealed to me. Looking back now, I think it’s because I … Continue reading

Making the World a Warmer, Kinder Place — Spotlight on Knit-a-Square

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If you’ve been keeping tabs on my monthly features of charities and nonprofits, you may have noticed a common theme: I like grassroots. I like community engagement. I like the feeling of doing something hands-on and tangible to help others and make the world a warmer, kinder place. This month’s spotlight on Knit-a-square is very much in keeping with that ideal, and offers another simple yet wonderful way to make a difference–all you need is some yarn, a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook, and a whole lot of heart.

Keeping the Cold at Bay

Knit-a-square (KAS) was … Continue reading

Vegan Vanilla Overnight Oats & Another Gargantuan Project

Hey there, guys. Do you remember last week (after I spent a good long while talking about God), when I told you that today’s post was going to explore the subject of my guru? Well…yeah. Sorry, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen quite yet. It will–it most definitely will be a subject I’ll happily dig into–but right now I’m so hopelessly distracted by my most recent project that I decided to put it off for just a little bit longer. Mostly because Guru is a subject near and dear to my heart, and my fragmented mind … Continue reading

DIY Apron Tutorial

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Whether you’re frequently in the kitchen, or are only there when you’re absolutely forced to be, a cute apron makes the time spent there 10x more enjoyable (we all think this, right? I’m not alone here?).

So, for you sewing-machine-savvy folks, this one’s for you!

But before we start, a note about the fabric! Most of my fabrics are thrift shop finds, so I actually used a bed sheet for the accenting green fabric on this apron. If you don’t have a piece of fabric this big, you might have to sew pieces together to get a piece long enough … Continue reading