Motivational Mondays!

Hey there readers. Hope your week is starting off wonderfully. Yesterday was quite a bummer and although things haven’t magically changed overnight, I am trying to keep a good attitude and enjoy the little stuff today. So right now, I am drinking some vanilla rooibos tea with coconut milk, simmering some holiday spices on the stove and listening to Bon Iver (which always make me happy in a melancholy way).

Here is what I got for ya:

Still need an easy + cheap idea for holiday dinner decorations? These painted clay candle holders from Once Wed are perfect (and would look great painted a festive gold or silver!)


Hybrid Rasta Mama has an extensive post on 80 uses for coconut oil. And you thought it was just for food…


The folks at Vital Juice featured this black bean hominy chili recipe and I couldn’t think of a better time to make this, curl up on the couch + watch a movie.


Although I am not sure how likely this is to happen to you (or anyone for that matter), NPR reported on two deaths that are allegedly related to using tap water with the Neti Pot. It seems there was a rare but deadly amoeba in the water that traveled to their brains. Yikes.


And for something a little lighter, Marc and Angel wrote a great list of 30 things to start doing for yourself. What great reminders.


And I will leave you with a piece of beauty. This video highlights the wedding tradition of the Terbesh community in Kosovo. The bride is painted + decorated with hopes of warding off the evil eye.



[adorable pet portrait by Itssuko Suzuki]


Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday readers!

Hope your Thanksgiving weekend was a wonderful one, filled with healthy + delicious food and cheerful friends + family. We are still playing host over here, but I wanted to quickly drop by and share some virtual goodies…

Hostelbookers featured a photo collection of 50 breakfasts from around the world. How fascinating to see what everyone is eating!

I may be a little late, but this Thanks + Giving mix from Black Eiffel is a sweet one to cook to.

A reader had asked me to include more slow cooker recipes, so here is a lovely one for this season: a sweet potato black bean chili from Your Full Plate.

Jessica from The Wellness Warrior has some great tips for making the perfect green smoothie.

My old-time favorite Crunchy Betty has started an AMAZING series on homemade gifts for the holidays! I have made a vow to be DIY or die this year, so the more inspiration the merrier!

And I will leave you with a photo from this weekend’s adventure…walking the golden gate bridge! It was super windy (hence the crazy hair) but absolutely beautiful. Walking across the ocean, soaking up the sun + seeing the San Francisco skyline reminded me of the many things I have to be thankful for ❤