Review- Fair Indigo Favorite Jacket

Hello, everyone! Since this is my first post, I thought that I should probably introduce myself. If you’re not into the whole let’s-be-friends thing, feel free to scroll past this unnecessary, although good-natured, introduction.

Anyways, my name’s Riley Mae, and here’s a brief overview of me (know these facts and you pretty much know everything about me).

1. I’m an amateur birder

Species on camera: 60

Latest: red-breasted nuthatch

2. I’m an amateur horticulturist

What? Me, a Latin snob? Never.

3. I’m an amateur artist

My mom likes my stuff.

4. I’m an amateur knitter

I’ve been knitting since I … Continue reading

Vegan Spiced Apple Chia Parfait

My intention for this week’s post was to start answering questions in my vegan series. I had a thought all picked out, my facts were checked, my ideas were organized…and then? As usual, things didn’t go quite as planned. (Yeah, I know. I say that all the time now.) I did manage to pull together a tasty vegan spiced apple chia parfait recipe, though, which keeps me somewhat on track and allows me to pretend that I’m still running this whole show. (It’s okay, laugh if you want. I am, even as I type out these words, because we both … Continue reading

DIY Photo Key Chain

If you’re into crafting like I am, then I think you’ll agree that we’re always on the lookout for small, DIY projects. Whether it’s for stocking stuffers, Valentine’s gifts, or party favors, if something is cute and can be mass produced- it’s usually a keeper in my book!

These little key chains fit the bill. Pop in a photo of a beloved pet, or an old family photo, or some eye-catching photography, and it’s a simple gift that won’t take up too much space (because that, along with time, is one thing that we don’t all have!).

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My Vegan Life

My vegan life. Right off the bat I can tell you that this post probably won’t be an easy one for me to write. In fact, I’ve already written (and rewritten) these first four sentences several times, and I’m still not sure what direction this is going to take. See, I’ve been here before, in discussions about veganism, and it usually doesn’t end pretty. Honestly, until very recently it almost never ends on a pretty note. There’s a scene in my book, a confrontation between a vegan and a non-vegan, that many readers will probably think I dumbed down … Continue reading

Vegan Chocomole Pudding

Here I am, one short week later, with only two lonely books left unsold.

Do you notice how I wrote that in a completely calm and chill tone? Like, whatever, I don’t really care either way. Pshhh. No big deal.

Haha. Yeah. Don’t be fooled, because inside I’m beaming. Beaming. Or screaming. I guess that depends on the moment you ask, because honestly, this week has been something of a roller coaster. But I feel like a wee bit of inner personal angst was to be expected once I finally took the leap and offered my book up for … Continue reading

The Power of the (Hand)written Word — Spotlight on The World Needs More Love Letters

I have always believed in the importance of two things: acts of kindness, and the written word. I value kindness in all its forms; there’s something so priceless contained in a caring word, a thoughtful gesture, a moment of going out of your way–even just a little–to make someone else feel seen or appreciated. And as for the written word, well. Haven’t you ever read a book that spoke directly to your heart, or a poem that seemed to be made of the same stuff as your soul? Or received a letter, or an email, or a comment on social … Continue reading

But We Carry On

Today’s post is supposed to be another recipe, and I even made it so far as making the actual dish, but then…we ate it. Without getting any pictures, or typing up a recipe, or drafting up a post. And honestly, I can’t even feel bad about that because I’ve been hopelessly, terrifically preoccupied with…”the book.” My book. The book that I started back in the autumn of 2012 and somehow, through a crazy twist of events, ended up completing only now–with more than its fair share of tears, sweat and desperate prayers.

If I’d had any idea when I started … Continue reading

Vegan Body Lotion

In terms of productivity, I thought 2018 was a really great (and remarkably satisfying) year for me. I set goals and I met goals, just one after another. Sometimes it took me longer than I’d predicted, but if, in the end, I reached said goal, I never hesitated to crown it a raving success. But as I sit here, just one tiny step into 2019, I can review last year in one of two ways: the first is to see it as completely daunting. I set the bar so dang high (for myself, by myself) that it makes me wonder … Continue reading

DIY Stamped Spoon Tutorial

The bad news: if you don’t have the supplies for this project, then I have to tell you, it’s not exactly cheap.

The good news: if you have the supplies already, it’s one of the cheapest!

Whether you want to personalize the utensils with names, quotes, verses, or dates, they make perfect gifts for almost anything. Wedding? Birthday? Housewarming? Baby shower? You’re covered! You can keep them for display purposes, or you can use them like regular spoons and forks. If you choose to use ink in the letters, it will eventually fade out from repeated washings, but they still … Continue reading

Vegan Chilled Chocolate Pie

I almost can’t believe another Christmas has come and gone, just like that. Because even though I made sure to thoroughly embrace all of my favorite holiday traditions, life was just so busy this year that it feels like the day kind of sneaked on past with barely a whisper. A really lovely and peaceful and joyful whisper, but still a whisper, and it’s a decidedly surprising feeling to be on the other side of it already. And yet here I am, thoroughly preoccupied with my New Year introspection and figuring out who I want to be as 2019 spreads … Continue reading