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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Confessions of a non-shop-aholic

They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but I beg to differ. I think Spring is the best time of year. It's the time of year when we get to turn off the heat, plant our garden, go to happy hour on the patio and it's also when I get to switch from my winter wardrobe to my spring wardrobe.

I rarely go shopping anymore, mostly because I don't make time to, but also because I continue to struggle with conflicting viewpoints about the kind of clothes I should be buying. Do I focus on spending less, buying high quality, or should I be concerned about source? Although I would like to have a wardrobe that is full of high quality, affordable and responsibly-made clothes, I don't have the time, money or energy to focus on all three, so I've chosen to compromise.

This compromise has led me to building a functional wardrobe that is practical, mindful and conservative, so I thought I'd share them with you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day // My legacy

A few years ago I put together a biography of my maternal grandparents. It stemmed from a speech President Obama gave early in his presidency about the importance of family and appreciating where we came from. It took me quite some time to collect photos, stories and family mementos, but it gave me a great appreciation for my grandparents and provided a new perspective of their lives that I didn't have before. It also helped me discover how they had helped shape me into the person I am today.

I am working on a similar book for my paternal grandparents, and starting this new project has brought back that same sense of love, appreciation and wonder. Sorting through photos of my family makes it so evident that I come from a family filled with love. There are hundreds of photos of my grandparents doing the things they love, and that have brought our family so close, and I am so thankful that they have always put family first. And as Josh and I embark on our journey to become parents, I can't help but think about the kind of legacy I want to leave for my children and wonder, 'if they were to put together a book about my life someday, what would it say?'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pop it like it's hot // low-waste snacking

Lately it seems like I am on the go non-stop. Between work, volunteering, house responsibilities and social commitments it's hard to find time to stop and relax. As social as I like to be, I'm an introvert at heart and sometimes I need some time alone, at home, to unwind and catch my breath.

Last weekend I took some time for myself and stayed home on a Friday night while Josh left to spend time with friends, always the extrovert. I finished a book (Goodnight June by Sarah Jio - highly recommend it), caught up on a few TV shows and spent some time writing, all while lounging in my pajamas.

When I find myself with a night at home by myself, I snack. A lot. Instead of eating a real meal, I find myself snacking on various things in the cupboard and fridge that need to be eaten before they go bad. But really, all of those things are just  accompaniment to my favorite snack to gorge on while alone at home - popcorn.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Our Second House-iversary!

One of my favorite things to do is look at "before and after" photos of projects and home renovations on Apartment Therapy. I am continually impressed by the skills others have when improving an object or space, which is probably why I love to write about our house so much -- we're constantly moving between the "before" and "after" stages ourselves.

As you can tell from the title of this post, Josh and I just passed the two-year mark in our house. And as you have seen before and will see more of below, we have transformed nearly every space in and outside our home.

All along our primary motivating factor has been to make our home as comfortable, safe and functional as possible for our current and growing family. We have also known it would positively impact our home's value and therefore our ability to make a profit on its sale down the road, but that was secondary to how we would feel while living in it.

Until now!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fermentation experimentation

It's no exaggeration when I say that fermented foods changed my life. Four years ago I was sick and unhealthy, and had no idea that the problem was not only what I was eating, but what I wasn't eating. Thankfully, my nutritionist taught me that there was a solution, and that food can be a form of medicine.

I've learned a lot about food since I started my journey to get healthy, but the most important lesson is the crucial role that fermented foods play in a healthy diet. Of course a healthy diet means something different for everyone, but through experience, I can tell you that if you don't have fermented foods in your diet, you're missing out.

If you know my beer-loving, beer-brewing husband, you might think I'm talking about beer, but no, I am not talking about beer. Instead, I am talking about fermented vegetables.