Elemental Simplicity: Finding Your Values in 4 Everyday Moments.

“Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.” ― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones What are we looking for overall? What do we want to do with our limited time we have on this planet? Well that’s for you to…

Slowing Down to Find Your True North

I was sitting looking through various simplicity blogs this morning and I found them extremely varied in their “purpose.” Some were about financial simplicity where the author was aiming for purchasing less and saving on the daily essentials, others were focused on the Marie Kondo-type journey of getting rid of clutter while some were connecting…

Cookbook Review: Pretty Simple Cooking

Let me just say this cookbook has more than earned the 5 stars I’m giving it here. Anyone who knows me knows I have a teeny bit of an obsession with making food less than 10 ingredients that are filled with fresh, bright flavors, very plant-forward and somewhat “Californian” in nature. I swear I thought…

Repost: Mighty Little Chia Seeds

The chia seed comes from the desert plant, Salvia hispanica, grown in southern mexico and it has been consumed in that region since about 3500 BC. They were a main component of the aztec diet and consumed by the Maya as well. Chia seeds are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, fiber, omega-3’s and essential nutrients. One…

Recommended Reading: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

About the Author: Jonathan Safran Foer is widely known for his novels, “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” A “mostly vegetarian,” After the birth of his son, he wanted to dig into the realities of life with animals. Overall Plot: The book is not simply another vegan or vegetarian cheerleading, meat shaming…

Ethical Shopping Spotlight: Mata Traders

  My girls and I are working our way towards more ecological and intentional living. It is the LONGEST process ever. Everything we consume has a source. No one has infinite time to follow those things with internet research. But alas, there are some people doing such great things, we can simply shop with them…

The long meandering search for values

First, why care about values at all? Time and time again I run into intellectuals and therapists speaking about how our actions should reflect our personal values. Mark Mason, the popular author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck writes extensively about values. Well how can we know whether this is true or…

Rituals

Children have a natural affinity for rituals. They brighten at all of the precious moments of a birthday, not just the moment the presents are opened. They enjoy eating by candle light and my girls love setting their table with cloth napkins and pretty china they picked out. Children model rituals in their play. Tea…