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…

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…

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…

When It All Came Down Around Me

D is for Doozy Divorce is a doozy, but somehow we made it through still good friends and supportive of each other in countless ways. The warning you hear sometimes is about your finances. We were never huge savers when together but C was in charge of the money and I tried not to spend…

Simplicity Manifesto

I looked at Chris a few weeks ago and said. “I want to own as little as possible.” He agreed. I think I finally put words to a nagging feeling that had been building over the weeks and months. I grew up in a house of wants. My family always wanted more. As Americans, it…

Rehydrate with Healthy Homemade Gatorade or Pediayte

As the weather heats up here in central Texas, I find myself extremely parched more often that I would like. Although I down water, my body often needs some real hydration. If you have kids, you are familiar with the suggestion of pedialyte to rehydrate after or during illness or whenever fluids are needed. Unfortunately pedialyte is filled…

Homemade Bubbles Recipe

Charlotte and I have been enjoying the warm weather out on our porch blowing bubbles together. Simple pleasures right? We made our own bubble mix and were somewhat happy with the mix until my good friend Jackie passed along an even better recipe that saved the day and makes enough bubbles for months for about $1. We use them…

Montessori-Inspired Floor Bed

I fell in love with the Montessori way of learning many years ago when I worked in a Montessori classroom. The children had vastly different personalities, as can be expected, but they all carried a sense of independence about them. At lunch time, they wiped off their lunch mats with a sponge, took small brushes…

Delectable Homemade Green Machine (Green Juice) Recipe

My daughter loooves “green juice” from just about any of the vendors who sell it. I figured I could try my hand using frozen fruit, some juice and a little spinach. She absolutely adores our version that I bring her every day when I get her from school. The secret, apple juice. I’d never used…