A Little Further Down The Rabbit Hole: Part 4

Sometimes our downfalls come from the very same reasons that people call us heroes. If you push too far or too hard, you can ruin everything that you have worked for. I have learned first-hand, that there is a very fine line between heroism and surviving. Sometimes we learn these lessons the hard way, pushing just a little bit further until something breaks. Other times we get lucky and are given a mild slap on the wrist to scare us down off the ledge. Here I was experiencing the latter. Thank goodness I was lucky this time.

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Ozeri 3 Piece Green Earth Frying Pans, Better For You AND Mother Earth

After using our roommate’s old teflon covered frying pans and constantly scraping stuck on food off of a supposedly non-stick surface, I had finally had enough and decided it was time we purchased a set of our own, (especially since said roommate will be leaving us soon). As always, I started my search on Amazon. At first, I wasn’t searching for pans that were “environmentally conscious,” as I had no clue that the teflon pans we use are so terrible for our health Continue reading “Ozeri 3 Piece Green Earth Frying Pans, Better For You AND Mother Earth”

A Little Further Down The Rabbit Hole: Part 3

I have been asked many times in my life if given the chance, would I change all that I have been through just to be normal and pain-free. My answer has ALWAYS been the same; a very adamant “NO!”. If I had not been given these wonderful rare chances to test my perseverance, I would have never discovered my amazing capabilities. I would have never fallen in love with myself. I wouldn’t have found myself down the path that I am on now, and possibly wouldn’t have even discovered my love of blogging, herbs, and essential oils. That would be a real bummer, to say the least! These little tidbits are just pieces of the puzzle of how I survived. Strength, will, attitude. They all made a difference in the outcome of my story. All of the seemingly negative things that have happened to me in my life, were the cause of all the greater things that have come to be true. I am EXACTLY who I am RIGHT NOW because of EXACTLY who I was YESTERDAY.
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A Little Further Down the Rabbit Hole: Part 2

I feel like all of the miracles that I have experienced so far in my life, were due to my positive thoughts as well as my never-ending ability to believe in myself.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but the reason that I was able to come out of this battle with my head above water, was because I told myself that I could. That’s what this entire story boils down to. I knew that I could do it. Whatever it was that I needed to accomplish, I knew that I would find a way to survive. I am like that little engine that could, constantly saying to myself “I KNOW I can, I KNOW I can, I KNOW I can!” The most important and difficult moments in my life have come down to that one little saying, “I KNOW I CAN!” Continue reading “A Little Further Down the Rabbit Hole: Part 2”

Portobello Pot Pie For The Comfort Foodist

I LOVE comfort food! When I went vegetarian, there were quite a few comfort food dishes that I felt like I HAD to try and make vegetarian. Pot pies are definitely on the top of that comfort food list. I made this for Thanksgiving 2011 and Christmas dinner 2011. We were new to being vegetarians and I had no idea what to make for Thanksgiving main dish. Side dishes are easy as vegetarian, but I just couldn’t imagine something replacing my turkey on the big day. Continue reading “Portobello Pot Pie For The Comfort Foodist”

Green Cleaning in the Bathroom

What is considered to be one of the grossest rooms in the house? I am pretty sure every one of you said the BATHROOM! Going green in the bathroom is not that hard to do. Switching out a few things can help reduce your footprint greatly! There are tons of natural cleaners that work wonders in the bathroom as well! By now, I am starting to realize just how AMAZING vinegar around the house is. It most certainly is going to do some powerhouse cleaning in my bathroom too. When we first started cleaning with vinegar, I wasn’t really into the smell that went with it. Continue reading “Green Cleaning in the Bathroom”

A Little Further Down the Rabbit Hole: Part 1

 

I didn’t start down this hippy path from birth. I have always been a hippy at heart, wanting to save the planet and the animals within it. I have always loved to hug trees and sit in a forest bathing in the energy that all the trees together, give off. I didn’t, however, grow up with an understanding of health through what I ate, the pills I popped, or even the bath and beauty products that I slathered all over my body. I had no idea that I even needed to worry about these simple items that I bought from the grocery store. Like many people, I had assumed that these products had to be safe to be sold off the shelves. It wouldn’t be until I was an adult and already dealing with constant illness, that I would learn just how closely related to one another health, diet, and living environment is.
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Sassy Southwest Black Bean Salad

In the heat of the summer, I love a good cold bean salad. They’re hardy, yet they don’t make your body have to heat up too much digesting them. There are so many different combinations that you can do with bean salads too. This bean salad calls for taco seasoning, but you can also forgo that and use a balsamic vinegar and Italian seasons. You can try out a different taste and use a sesame dressing with this, though I do love a good pasta salad with sesame dressing. Continue reading “Sassy Southwest Black Bean Salad”

Make Your Own Watercolor Paints That Are NON-TOXIC

Watercolor paints were my favorite kind of paints to use as a child. I loved the wet mess that went along with painting with watercolors, but I never knew that you could make them yourself! Syfy and I took the opportunity to make up a batch of our own watercolors and had a blast painting with them! They were super easy to mix up and the colors the produce on paper is fantastic!
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Brussels Sprouts That a Hater Loved

I was going to write about Non-Toxic watercolor paints today, but we are going to save that for tomorrow so that I can document Silas trying them out for the first time! Tonight’s dinner was so amazing, I had to share the recipe with you! I have NEVER once in my entire life enjoyed eating Brussels sprouts. They have always had this bitter sort of flavor to them that made me want to cringe when even thinking about how I was going to approach this meal, this evening. Continue reading “Brussels Sprouts That a Hater Loved”