10 Easy Ways to Feel Good About Yourself

1.) smile Curl one corner of your mouth than the other in an upwards fashion. 2.) walk tall & confident Accept that others will take notice – it’s okay!  This will give you a chance to practice smiling. 3.) laugh a lot Lighten your heart.  Laughter activates your body and breath which brings oxygen toContinue reading

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European potty humor: 10 things Americans should know about Euro bathrooms

For Americans visiting Europe, you have plenty of things to see, do and learn without worrying about where to go, well, you know… A top 10 list (plus one bonus) of things Americans should know about Euro bathrooms. 10. Reverse Toilet This is noted first because it’s the most dramatic difference between Europe and the states. As The Incredible KimmyContinue reading

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10 time and money-saving travel tips (for international and domestic travel)

Want to leave home with the same ease of, well, being at home? Try these 10 time and money-saving travel tips (plus five bonus hacks) to make traveling internationally and domestically a little smoother. Car Rental Insurance To purchase or not to purchase the car rental company’s insurance? Call the credit card carrier you intend toContinue reading

13 foods to reuse: don't throw that out (Native Gypsies)
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13 foods to reuse: don’t throw that out

Throwing food waste in the garbage, garbage disposal or down the sink can be a habit you don’t second-guess as you food prep. Before you throw that out, think about a second use for your food scraps, veggie stalks and peels. Check out 13 foods commonly disposed of, and how you can give them new life. NewContinue reading

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$200 Natural Prize Pack + $25 Etsy Gift Card

Use the handy dandy widget below to enter to win our $200 value Natural Prize Pack + a $25 Etsy gift card! (I love that place.)  Choose any or all of the entry options to throw your name in the hat.  If you have any questions hit us up with an email and we willContinue reading

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24 hours in Bratislava: Slovakia travel

We recently spent 24 hours in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. If you’re planning on making a stop in this Eastern European metro, see how we spent our 24 hours to get a taste of the city. PRECONCEIVED NOTION You can’t always believe what you hear. Before we arrived in Bratislava, I read how theContinue reading

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5 lids to morph your mason jars into kitchen gadgets

My affection for mason jars probably stems from childhood while playing in the barn, where hundreds of various colors and sizes were stored in the milk room. I’m always inventing and searching for more uses for mine. Check out these five ways to morph your mason jars into kitchen gadgets and gizmos. Surprise: you probably alreadyContinue reading

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5 star Napa Valley vineyard B&B guest suite

Planning a trip to the Napa Valley wine country? When my husband (then boyfriend) and I planned our stay, we sought out an apartment or B&B that felt connected to the local community and culture. We found it on Airbnb with this five star Wine Country Private Guest Suite in the Coombsville AVA (American Viticultural Area) of Napa. Here’s my five reasonsContinue reading

Sunrise 70s Golden Gown

Another item from my mom’s 70’s closet. (If you missed the orange jumpsuit, check it out here!) I traipsed up the hill with photographer, Jimmy Oligney, one early morning in Los Angeles to find the sunrise perfectly golden in Griffith Park. If you’re looking for a comfortable dress that packs a punch.. hit the thriftContinue reading

Vintage Orange Jumpsuit + Big Hair

I can’t help it.  The jumpsuit …and the hair.  They both come from my MOM.  What can I do?!  (Brooke has the same hair. Although we aren’t related, friends are the family you choose, so they say!  (I really don’t know who ‘they’ are, but they sure know a lot.)) Ever since I was aContinue reading

A Figurative Autumn Harvest

Autumn is the time of year when crops and fruits are gathered.  However, the Autumn I experience in California is a lot different from the Fall-time harvest of the small, Midwestern farm I grew up on.  Instead of yellowing fields of corn with husks drying to paper-like textures, spanning the horizon where golden colors fallContinue reading

A Numbers Game

I just turned 30.  I must admit I second guessed admitting this!  I had a little bit of a freak-out session.  Not so much on my birthday, but more so this entire last year.  This impending zero was a real kick in the you-know-what, a true motivator to get over some fears and really goContinue reading

A Work in Progress

My main goal in life is to grow. I think it’s safe to say I’ve reached my peak height at this point so I won’t be growing upwards, that’s for sure – unless yoga will continue to stretch and release my spine through the years and I gain a millimeter or two. But spiritual growth,Continue reading

Dear America, pause. breathe. repeat.

No one is perfect. Not our religious leaders. Not our presidential candidates. Not you. And not me. And now that I’ve offended you, pause and take three deep breaths before continuing. More on that later. Between then and now, contemplate this. Replace stupid with mean, angry, hateful, or any other negative attribute, and that sums upContinue reading