Simple Living

If you have a hard time sticking to your New Years resolutions, read this

This time of year, we find ourselves thinking of our goals and aspirations for the following year. I love setting goals. Goals keep me motivated and give me those little feelings of accomplishment as I move through the year. But…

Zero Waste Swaps I Made this Year

Getting to “zero waste” may prove to be impossible, but every swap you make gets you closer to the goal. Consider that just by switching to a reusable water bottle saves an average of 156 plastic bottles per year. If…

First Season of Vegan Homesteading

Although I had been doing some form of “urban homesteading” in Boston, this year I decided to get serious and moved to rural Virginia. I moved in April 15th and it was off to the races! Road blocks I ran…

Returning Back to Art after 20 Years

When I was a kid, art was my life. I remember when I was in first grade, a child dared me to draw a picture of a horse that was on a pack of crayons. She said there was no…

How to make your food taste like it’s from a restaurant! Easy tips & tricks to transform your cooking

Before I started my professional career, my pedigree as a worker started in commercial kitchens. I knew that food service wasn’t going to be my career, but I still wanted to learn anything and everything I could from the experience.…

10 things you need to start composting NOW!

You may have heard that we’ve lost half of our topsoil in the past 150 years and that topsoil is necessary for 95% of food production. I used to hear stats like this and feel alarmed but also not understand…

Maybe we can all now accept that as a civilization we’ve evolved passed war being a solution

Back in 2001 when the question of going to war with Afghanistan was first being raised, it seemed like everyone was for it. Only one member of Congress voted against it. After the Dixie Chicks spoke against the war, several…

Here’s the types of plastic you can actually recycle: It’s a lot less than you thought

I’ve been traveling through internet “eco circles” since I was a teenager, and yet it’s only been recently I caught some buzz about “fake recycling symbols” on the bottoms of most plastics. Intrigued, I set out to do some research.…

Why I stopped drinking even though I’m not an alcoholic

I’m not an alcoholic but I decided I needed to stop drinking. Obviously there’s something about this concept that drew you in. Will you lose weight if you quit drinking? Yes! Will you feel better about yourself? Absolutely! Will you…

Thank GOD I’m not “Good Enough”!

Growing up, I was raised to believe that I was unacceptable. Any interaction I had with someone, a parent or a sibling would then immediately lecture me on how embarrassing I was, how I was so so stupid, how no…