What’s Your Resting Hair Rate?

A few years ago, when I was cashiering, a woman in my line was talking to her friend about how her hair always ends up back to the same style, even if she tries to switch it up for awhile. She laughed as she said that another friend had told her, "That's your resting hair…continue reading

Baking Bread for a Delicious New Year

The first thing I did this year, at 12:15 a.m. on January 1st, was make dough. Years ago, I tried making sourdough bread and it didn't turn out great—it was too sour. I didn't bother trying bread making again for years, but I felt like I was missing out on something good. I had been meaning…continue reading

An Organic-Based Beauty Routine

I am the opposite of the girl who goes to Sephora to relax. I like to find my favorite products and stick with them, adhering to a relatively minimalist beauty routine. In large part, this is because I hate to waste money on products that are not tried…continue reading

Taking the Fairdare

In my most recent fall/winter ten-item wardrobe post, I mentioned that one of my motivations for keeping my closet relatively small is that I'm avoiding fast fashion as much as possible. This year, I want to take that commitment a step further and take the Fairdare, as a New Year's resolution. I recently discovered the…continue reading

A Few Fun(ny) Tips for Saving Money

My Christmas shopping is done and, though the holiday is not yet past, my mind has been on conserving, now and in the coming year. When I started staying home full-time, when my second daughter was born, I looked for creative ways to save money wherever I could. These are a few of my favorite…continue reading
Rifle Paper Co 2017 Wall Calendar

A Tip for Family Gift Giving & 15 Gift Ideas Under $50

We have a large extended family on my side, so several years ago, we adopted the tradition of drawing names and buying for one person each for Christmas, rather than buying gifts for every person in the family (though, my two daughters are the only little ones in the family and, in the past, have…continue reading
Golden Butterfly Pasta

Comfort Food: Golden Butterfly Pasta (Vegetarian)

On a cold autumn night, a hot bowl of pasta can be just the thing to warm the body and comfort the soul. With caramelized onion, golden, toasted pine nuts and golden raisins, this pasta dish is a delightful combination of sweet and savory. My five-year-old is a rather picky eater (something I never thought I would…continue reading

Restoring Order to a Tiny Pantry

I'm a wannabe neatnik. I grew up in an undeniably chaotic house and, since I was little, I've always loved sorting and organizing. I've been slowly and thoughtfully working through the KonMari process, over the last two years, in between the daily cleaning up of toddler messes, and it has made a huge…continue reading

Fried Chickpeas with Yogurt (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

I first learned of this recipe through Jenny Rosenstrach's website, Dinner: A Love Story. I heard her talk about it in a podcast interview and then noticed that she had posted two variations of it on her website, so I figured it must be a genuine favorite. Since making it for the first time, it…continue reading

Weekend Inspiration

Are you doing anything fun for Halloween? If it were up to me, Halloween would be one quiet evening of pumpkin carving and up-cycled costumes, with no thought of candy or gore. However, there are several people in my life who are very into the holiday, not to mention the fact that there are displays in every public…continue reading
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