Nov 26

16 Ways to Infuse Your Days with Gratitude

Gratitude Inspiration

As we brim with anticipation for the Thanksgiving festivities of tomorrow on this ordinary Wednesday (at least according to our calendars), I've got to thinking about gratitude. Beyond our propensity to adhere to unspoken social rules and keep our moral barometers in balance (i.e., we should readily express gratitude because it's the right thing to do), why does gratitude matter and how does it affect our lives? Happiness is hard to define, but we can think about it as being … [Read more...]

Jan 04

Dear Special K, What Will You Gain When You Stop Contradicting?

Special K Collage

January. A time for resolutions, positive changes, and transformative behavior. A time to wipe the slate clean and begin anew. The start of a new year brings with it a sense of relief as we are offered an opportunity to leave the previous year's mishaps, blunders, and off-the-wagon stumbles in our rearview mirrors. I make a conscious effort to avoid any resolutions that could potentially set me up for failure, guilt, or shame. Last year I vowed to floss more, and I probably improved my … [Read more...]

Oct 11

Adventures in Juice Cleansing

Peeled Juice Cleanse

Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon and did a juice cleanse. Release your judgments, good or bad, and indulge my perceived slip of sanity by reading a bit further. There has been so much buzz about juice cleanses over the past few years. Blue Print. Urban Remedy. The Master Cleanse. Cleanses are all the rage. I think some people engage in a juice cleanse to detox and hit the "reset" button, others likely do it because they hope to lose weight (you won't lose anything but water weight, by the way, … [Read more...]

Aug 13

What do you need and what do you need to leave behind?

yoga teaches

No recipes today, but I do have a little secondhand food for thought to share with you all... Last Friday my yoga instructor repeated the above question at the start and end of class; she asked us to think deeply and consider the things that we need and the things that we need to leave behind in our lives. It got me thinking about the process of defining the things in my life that serve me and the things that are a disservice to me. It's easy and it's comfortable to hold onto the things that … [Read more...]

Jul 08

Live Simply, Breathe Deeply

Aghadoe Heights Hotel

Dan and I just returned back from a week-long trip to Ireland to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and I realized about a day into the trip that I forgot to make any mention of it on the blog. I'm going to blame that on the fact that this summer is flying by so quickly that I can hardly keep the days straight in my head. Anyone else feeling that way? Interestingly, time seemed to slow in the best of ways during our trip and a mere seven days in an Irish mist streaked with sporadic sunny … [Read more...]

Jun 05

Blueberry Pie Smoothie


Today's one of those days when I'm feeling extra appreciative of all of the sweet things in life. There's always going to be the bitter, the bad, and the downright ugly, but I find that taking the time to stop, breathe, and appreciate all that I'm grateful for affords me the ability to make room for the less sweet stuff. So, let's put the salty stuff away for a moment and take a deep breath of sweetness. There's so much of it, after all. The latest and greatest sweet stuff in my life includes … [Read more...]

Mar 01

High-Protein Taco Salad + A Rant on Chicago’s Winters

High Protein and Low-Fat Vegetarian Taco Salad

If you live in Chicago or another area where February 2013 was full of snow and hazy gray skies, you're likely in need of some serious doses of sunshine. Most Chicagoans are tumbling about in a constant cycle of love + hate for the windy city. The winters... oh, the winters... they will make you question your sanity, retreat into hibernation and, come the end of February, you'll be telling all of your friends and loved ones that you will be moving to some tropical island where you'll spend the … [Read more...]

Jan 13

Happy 100th, Blissful Basil!

Vegan Cake Batter Fudge

Someone became a centenarian today. She did so gracefully (I hope) and with an open heart. With today being my 100th post, a celebration was most certainly in order. Guided by some sweet-craving taste buds and eyes that tend to seek pretty things, I set my heart on Cake Batter Fudge. When I bake, I typically peruse the internet to get an idea of ratios within the recipe since everything is so precise in the baking world. However, a long perusing session moved me to the conclusion that most … [Read more...]

Jan 02

Grilled Pizzas Fit for a New Year

Grilled Pizzas with Yellow Peppers and Goat Cheese

I've said it before, and I'll be damned darned (I'm too much of a weenie to outright put a swear word on here) if I don't say it again: I've decided I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions. My friends, do not put off until January 1st what you are capable of doing and inspired to do this very moment. And for heaven's sake, if you did make a resolution or two, do not come down on yourself for resolutions that are forgotten or become obsolete throughout this new year. Let's just say if I did have … [Read more...]

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