All-Natural Hand Sanitizer & Accidental Soapboxing

all-natural hand sanitizer

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At this point, I doubt it will surprise anyone reading that I wasn’t queuing up for hand sanitizer and face masks. While I respect–and am truly sorry–that there are people gravely ill and dying from this coronavirus, I still can’t allow it (or anything else) to force me back into fear. I learned the hard way that panic gets you nowhere but into huge trouble incredibly fast. In fact, is there anything more efficient at obstructing clear thinking and smart action than panic? … Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes & Birthday Musings

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Cacao Cashew Frosting

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Monday is my 46th birthday.

Lest you think that I’m distraught about that number creeping ever closer to 50, you can think again. Although it defies the prevalent attitude of our times (a quick peek around me shows a world fiercely intent on resisting the inevitable aging process), I’m perfectly okay with leaving the twenty-somethings to their youth. Give me the experiences, the understanding, and maybe even a wee bit of the wisdom that comes with age, and I’m a super happy lady. It’s … Continue reading

All-Natural Air Fresheners ~ A Scent for Every Season

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Now that I started the ball rolling again on my Eco page, I feel like I should keep that small spark of momentum moving. (At least until another ball gets set into motion, which could be any day now…) But I really do want to share everything with you guys–most especially all of these green recipes and eco-tips that are just rattling around in my head, demanding to be let out. So here I am, back and ready to release another. … Continue reading

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Pasta & Charitable Silence

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In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority.
~Liz Armbruster

So…I Told You

For most of my life, I didn’t understand (and I definitely didn’t appreciate) that simply because you have an opinion–even a “helpful” one–it doesn’t mean that you need to share it. I always figured that if I was in the position to see how you were screwing up your life, repeating … Continue reading

All-Natural Hair Care ~ ACV to the Rescue (again)

all-natural hair care

So the post I’ve been laboring over all week is just going to have to wait a little bit longer. After being unexpectedly swept up in a couple of projects over the last several days, I decided not to rush (and stress over) it, but simply tackled something else instead. This something else may be shorter, easier, and much less thought provoking, but it’s also a topic I’ve been itching to dig into for months now.

Remember my Eco page? Yeah, no worries if you don’t; it’s been shamefully neglected. But today I’ll take one small step to remedy that … Continue reading

Vegan Chickpea Curry & Lights in the Dark

Vegan Chickpea Curry

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Speaks For Itself

As a general rule, I avoid talking politics. I try to keep an especially low profile on my Instagram feed, where my focus has been to unite rather than to divide; because like it or not, politics are intensely divisive. And even though, yes, we should be able (and mature enough) to talk about this like adults, it’s not often the case. The subjects are heated and often personal, making it hard to keep our hearts neutral and separate from the … Continue reading

Vegan Q&A: Common Questions, Part II

Vegan Q&A: Common Questions, Part II

Before I jump into my (ridiculously long) preamble and this week’s commonly asked questions, I just want to remind you all that the clearance sale is still running in our shop! While we’ll continue to sell a few select items (mostly to fund this blog space), several products are being discontinued and are thus drastically reduced in price (50% or more!). You might want to head on over before those treasures are all sold out!

And now, let’s get to the good stuff…

Complete Truth

In my last post, I told you that I’d been dragging my feet … Continue reading

Vegan Q&A: Common Questions Part I

Vegan Q&A Common Questions Part I

I’ve been meaning to tackle this post for weeks now, but I think I may have (intentionally?) let it get lost in all of the holiday madness. Truthfully, I’ve been dragging my feet just a little bit, for several reasons. While the questions I’m going to answer today will likely have much shorter replies than the other posts in this series did (as evidenced by the miscellaneous jumble), that’s not what’s making me procrastinate. What is? Well, quite frankly, some of these questions are…stupid.

I almost always get the feeling that they’re not being asked in a real and truly … Continue reading

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes & Life Rearranged

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

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So here we are, with an entire year looming before us. At one point, twelve open-ended months would have felt completely daunting (and seemingly endless). I mean, what if they were only a miserable repeat of the miserable year before? Not always something I was ready to eagerly embrace. Gratefully, for the past handful of years my approach has been much more optimistic again. And even if it’s not always exciting to wonder what lies ahead, it is always interesting. What mysteries, magic, and … Continue reading

Cinnamon Applesauce & The Sunday Before

Cinnamon Applesauce

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When I was a much younger version of me, I always felt especially privileged around this time of year. Not because we had a whole lot of extra money to spend on extravagant presents (we didn’t). Not because we were celebrating in some grandiose way (we weren’t). And not because we would soon be gifted the latest and trendiest fashions (we wouldn’t). My sense of self was grossly inflated simply because I was lucky enough to be celebrating Christmas early. Days early, sometimes a … Continue reading