Organization on the Run: 1000% Better Under the Kitchen Sink

Organization Kitchen Sink Tension RodIt’s been a busy time here, with projects large and small under way every which way you look, and nary a moment to post about any of them!  Needless to say, I’ll have a lot of catch up in the WOILA! department to come… though in the meantime, thought I’d at least keep the good juju flowing by sharing my latest life-changing, super-easy, why-didn’t-I-do-this-10-years-ago quick and dirty organization revelation. Continue reading

Dropping Keys

Close to Your Soul HafizDuring one stage of my yoga teacher training, I once had an up-close and personal class with Donna Farhi, a wise and well-known teacher’s teacher and published author from Australia.  Though she is widely celebrated for her many books on the asanas (yoga postures), this session was more of a dialogue and mentorship talk about the role of a teacher.

Her key message was, “Send your students on errands.”   At first her meaning was unclear, and then I understood – and continue to more and more as the years go on… Continue reading

The Upcycle: Maximizing Your Clothing

Skina ShipmentWe’ve all heard the phrase Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.  Over the years, I’ve gotten progressively more engaged with these ideas, and now I feel guilty anytime I don’t… reduce, reuse, or recycle.  I’ve eliminated our trash can at home, replacing with a large recycle bin and composting, and now find there are really only tiny amounts of “garbage.”  It’s been an interesting process to realize how much we threw out before that could have gone to better use!  I’m of the mind now that unless it’s hazardous waste, there is probably some way to put it back into the stream.

Today, I thought I’d describe my personal upcycle/recycle process when it comes to clothing, which is one of the easiest (and most fun ;) ways to begin incorporating a more eco-friendly approach in household consumption. Minimizing my wardrobe is a continual work in progress, so as I do, I want to make sure that I make the most of what I’ve got and have already soaked up in terms of resources.  A lot of this can apply to other items throughout the house, too.

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Hearty Vegetarian Black-Eyed Pea Stew

Blackeyed Pea StewOn a chilly day (and most any day ;), I love a good, hearty soup.   Unless you’re from the South, you may come across black-eyed peas only around New Year’s, when it’s traditionally eaten for good luck.   For vegetarians and others looking to eat a healthier diet, even then, you may associate these fiber-rich, protein-packed beans with ham hocks and sausage, as they are typically served… so they may not be in your usual repertoire at all.

However, these beans are amazing little fellas with an earthy, savory flavor all their own, which taste great in a tomato-based, hearty stew.  This super-healthy recipe is vegan and gluten-free, though vegetarian sausage can be added to give that down-home flavor you may have in mind around this lucky legume. This soup reminds me of all the comforts and smells of my grandmother’s house, yet in a recipe I created for a more earth-friendly Aquarian lifestyle.  Grab yer okry and let’s get choppin’! Continue reading

FREE Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Video: Ground * Center * Cleanse

I’d like to share this FREE Kundalini Yoga & Meditation video with you that I recently posted in my online studio, taken from a live class in December just before the holidays.   This session is designed to ground, center, and cleanse you in mind, body & spirit!  You’ll enjoy an active, accessible yoga practice that will leave you enlivened with fresh energy to face challenges. Great anytime you need extra stability and vigor for your endeavors.  (And who doesn’t? ;)   Continue reading

Sticky, Tricky Fun: Painting a Chalkboard Wall

Chalkboard Wall Final RecipeI’ve yearned for a chalkboard wall FOREVER – admiring them in magazines, *pinning* them, and generally salivating anytime I see a gorgeous wall o’ chalk, especially out and about at restaurants, where they’re often oversized and detailed with the most beautiful  colors, images, and calligraphy.

My yearning deepened last year when I was homeschooling Mighty O in the Waldorf method, where chalk drawing is a central tool in exploring fairy tales and traditional rhymes with young children. We had so much fun with chalkboard artistry involving gnomes, fairies, golden geese, and so many other magical creatures.

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3 Steps to Super Cute Storage: Adding Rustic Style to Glass Jars in Just 2 Minutes

Ribbon Jars 3 FinalMy mantra over the last few years has been “Simplify.” Each time the New Year rolls around, I renew my dedication to this principle – and this year is no exception.  This journey is very much a work in progress, though the more I get down this road, the more I realize that the key to simplifying successfully is to find just a few things that work in my home and life for a number of different purposes.

Using up and whittling down the excess starts to get more clear and a whole lot easier this way. As I identify the hard-core multi-taskers of daily life, it’s helping me have to manage less, buy less, and be able to do the things I enjoy a lot more.  This concept seems to apply well across the board, whether it’s wardrobe, cleaning products, cooking ingredients, or what have you.  I’ve found that one of the most effective tools to rise to the top of my utility scale are glass jars.   Continue reading

Homemade Holiday Gifting: Vanilla Brown Sugar Moisturizing All-Natural Body Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub WrappedI love homemade gifts.  There’s nothing that says love and care better than something you create with your own two hands, whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday, or just because.  I’m always creating something, or 10 things (more likely ;)… whether it’s big home projects or small crafts, though most often it’s for my home, family, or sometimes to sell – and not as often as I’d like for something to give.  So when the time comes, I really enjoy making gifts – and I like to keep it pretty simple, too.  During the holidays, it’s especially helpful if a project is quick and easy , for you or even the kids to create.  This one is great for last minute gifts, too – since you probably already have everything you need to make it. Continue reading

Organic Girl Style: Cilantro Lime Agave Homemade Salad Dressing

Cilantro Lime Agave Dressing GiftOrganic Girl is a salad greens company that makes the most delicious salad dressings I have ever had in my whole entire life.  Yes – they’re THAT good.   The only problem is, when I went to the one and only store in my area that seems to carry this brand, a smallish 8 ounce bottle was priced at an astounding $8 US Dollars.

I gazed upon my favorite flavor with yearning in my heart and on my tongue.  There it stood – the tangy, tasty, and subtly sweet deliciousness that is Lemon Agave.  Oh-so-tempting as I salivated on the memory of its taste – though not  tempting enough to put it in my basket and exchange it for 800 pence of hard-earned cash.   Continue reading

The Time-Space Continuum and Savory Vegetarian 15-Bean Slow Cooker Soup

15 Bean Soup BowlWe eat whole foods as much as possible, in the European slow-cooking, slow-eating countryside style, preparing most meals from scratch with a minimum of packaged convenience items, and a sprinkling of favorite indulgences.  Dinner is when this really comes to bear, since we have a real chance to sit down, share, and *linger* – my main term for all things “slow living.”

I make heavy use of my slow cooker year-round in the process… so much so, I’m considering just keeping that gargantuan beast on my counter at all times as a practical measure. ;) Continue reading