All posts tagged: Sustainable living

Five Fall Favorites

To all of you jumping ahead to Christmas trees and holiday decor- hold up a sec!? I JUST put out my fall wreath and I’m feeling accomplished, ok!? It’s been a busy season (the good kind) of conferences, work travel, and writing projects, but I’m happily slowing down a bit for the remainder of 2018.  Along with the craziness, I’ve managed a few quiet pockets of absolute joy to savor simplicity and wrap up in a cozy blanket of gratitude. So what’s been keeping me sane and steadfast through a hectic few months?  Without further adieu, here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to, things I’m loving, and plans for the new year! MY FIVE FALL FAVORITES Homemade hot chocolate I’ve been using Taza stone ground chocolate and making it the old fashioned way- heating milk in a saucepan on the stovetop and stirring in chopped chocolate pieces until it melds into a steamy, foamy cup of deliciousness. It’s a game changer, ya’ll.  I’ve never adored hot chocolate, but it’s become a regular treat …

Expo East + Life Lessons

Things I regret this year: Getting though to a local radio station after 20 attempts to win Tom Petty tickets, only to fail at naming ONE song the band sings.  I still choke up thinking about that lifetime fail. Not visiting A SINGLE pool this summer.  What have I been doing with my life? Things I definitely don’t regret this year: Making more time for family on the parent’s farm. Heading to an Influencer Summit at Expo East in Baltimore after a near last-minute invite. For those wondering what Expo East might be, it’s a trade show connecting over 1,500 sustainable, ecofriendly brands to consumers.  There are seminars, acres and acres of sampling and plenty of networking events; basically what your organic loving, green living, tree hugging, crunchy dreams are made of. I had no expectations and knew literally no one except the person that extended the invite, but I definitely found my people and my spark.  There are SO MANY amazing brands and individuals out there making the world a better and healthier place by sharing their passions; be it an all …

Winter 10×10: The Final Five

I have a confession. Until a few years ago, I had no interest in fashion-except for the thrill of thrifting and occasionally scoring a designer label for pennies, although it probably didn’t pair with anything else in my wardrobe.  I despised retail shopping and the thought of spending my hard-earned money towards a label literally pained me.   I still don’t have it figured out, but I’ve discovered a whole new fashion world I can relate to. Sustainable. Ethical. Slow. It’s fashion that isn’t harmful to the environment nor the individuals that work to produce the clothing. I’ll save the details for later, but today, I’m sharing my final thoughts on the Winter10x10 challenge I’ve been participating in.  The object is to wear 10 articles of clothing for 10 days in order to create 10 new ensembles. You can see Week 1 details here. I’m not the least bit excited about the challenge ending, although adding color back into the rotation will be an appreciated change.  My creative energy is flowing and I’ve connected with so many fabulous ladies, all passionate about minimizing excess …