A few years ago, I sewed a bunch of reusable cloth gift bags in cheerful Christmas patterns and they continue to bring me such joy! I love wrapping presents in these gorgeous bags. I love giving them to people (and am so honored when friends and family want to keep the bag in addition to the gift… in fact, you’ll regularly find me sneaking around and gathering my bags up after gift opening is over at our family gatherings). I love reusing them year after year! AND they’re super easy to make! I swear, they’re a great project for beginner sewers because it doesn’t matter the size, shape, or even if they’re particularly square. The process is three simple steps: cut, sew, enjoy!
The Great Christmas Tree Debate
Are you on Team Natural or Team Artificial when it comes to Christmas trees? Have you ever wondered which is more sustainable? Most of us firmly believe that one is “better” than the other, but there’s a really interesting debate about the sustainability aspects of this tradition. Here are a few pros and cons to consider when choosing the type of tree you use to celebrate the holidays.
Hunting for our Christmas tree in the National Forest!
Did you know you can harvest a Christmas tree from the National Forest? You can! And in Michigan, the permit is only $5, making this a more affordable alternative to many traditional Christmas tree farms in addition to an amazing family adventure. This is one of my FAVORITE family holiday traditions! We love the adventure of hunting for our Christmas tree in the natural woods! We pack hot chocolate and marshmallows, and make an afternoon out of it!
The Simple Living Collection is here!
A few years ago, I bought a bunch of flannel fabric in adorable holiday prints and sewed up a bunch of reusable gift bags. This year, I’m honored that my tutorial was selected to be included in the winter edition of the Simple Living Collection! The Collection is a digital bundle of resources to help you settle into a slow and intentional life, reconnecting with each other and nature, and embracing this magical wintery time of rest. There are 70+ tutorials, recipes, ebooks, stories and other activities from more than 50 contributors, just like me. It’s on sale for $25 until Monday, December 13th.
Roasted Red Pepper Curry Soup
Let me introduce you to my FAVORITE fall soup: Roasted Red Pepper Curry Soup. It’s easy to make, gluten free, dairy free, and EVERYONE in my family is happy to eat this meal! Sure you can buy roasted red peppers in a glass jar at the grocery store (and glass is definitely better than plastic), but have you ever roasted your own? Now is the time! Carpe diem! They freeze really easily so you can have home-roasted red peppers to cook with all winter.
It’s tomato season!
It’s tomato season! It’s tomato season! IT’S TOMATO SEASON!!!! I’m celebrating with a roundup of my favorite recipes for eating them fresh and preserving them for later.
Warm mushroom salad
I know I’m late to the countertop mushroom kit party, but I’m making up for it with my unbridled enthusiasm… I LOVE growing mushrooms! Here’s my favorite recipe to make with my homegrown oyster mushrooms.
Roadtrippin’ with our Tesla
We’ve owned a Tesla Model S for just over a year. We spent months researching the best all-electric plug-in vehicle and finally decided to spend our hard earned money on a car aligned with our values. Our biggest concern during all those weeks of research? ROAD TRIPS! How much extra […]
Natural Dyed Easter Eggs
Happy spring! Easter is fast approaching and it’s time to color Easter Eggs! This year I got really excited about making my own natural dyes from common food ingredients in my home. These dyes are less waste, low or no cost, and the perfect mix of science experiment + craft project!
2021 Intentions (part 2)
Last week, I shared my 2021 Goals in the travel, food and home categories. This week, I’m happy to share with you the rest of my goals… the ones related to goods, services, and self care.