Being a Conscious Consumer + prAna

The terms sustainability and conscious consumerism get peppered into conversations and onto the page a lot.  By “a lot,” I mean they are everywhere.  Who you ask determines what they mean.  In fairness, the terms can refer to many things, which isn’t bad.  In fact, its good! I think the most compelling arguments for each exist amidst these intersecting definitions. When its a question of sustainability, my personal philosophy starts by asking myself the following questions. How does this practice impact:  the environment or ecosystem? others (the people who produce, grow, or participate)? myself or my body? the future? When it comes to being a conscious consumer, I ask very similar questions.…

Girls’ Night in 5: Figs with Honey Ricotta

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Figs!?  Ricotta!?  Scusami!  Its September, and my Italian side is showing! Its fico season!  I can’t help it.  Juicy little figs are only around for a few weeks.  And the juiciest of the bunch are a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of thing.  Be prepared to be inundated with photos of these juicy jewel toned beauties! I am eating figs in every manner…

Football Food: Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

Football foods are easy apps, snacks, and crowd-friendly dishes for hosting game day or toting to your tailgate.     Football season is officially upon us.  While I may know more about football than before I the husband indoctrinated me on the finer points of the game, it does not mean I am any more keen on the sport.  You see, simply knowing the difference between a running back and a cornerback does not make one care about this distinction. Running, hitting, throwing, and refs throwing flags on calls no one knew existed?  Yea, no thanks.  If you need me, I’ll be by the snacks. Which leads me to this easy smoked…
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Kauai Trip – Part 2: Foodie’s Guide to Kauai

Last month we vacationed on the island of Kauai.  It truly is a magically green island with amazing beaches, great hiking, snorkeling, dolphins, sea turtles, breathtaking sunsets/sunrises, and people who made us feel like family!  In all seriousness, we were ready to move to the north shore.  Well, pack up the pups, and then move to the north shore.  Life wouldn’t be the same without our whole little crew. 😉 We truly had an amazing time, and I wrote about my recommendations for where to go and what to do on Kauai in part 1…  I included roughly a bazillion photos, while I was at it. Sorrynotsorry. Today, I am going…
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Kauai Trip – Part 1

After years of adoption limbo and vacation time stashing, we finally took a vacation!  We have been awesome weekend adventurers these past few years, but I’m talking about an unplug-from-reality in some fabulous location kind of vacation. We knew we wanted a balance of relaxation and activity, so we opted for a vacation that doesn’t involve the continent of Europe – although everything in me was dying at the thought. A little over a week on the island of Kauai ended up being EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. You guys, we didn’t want to leave! We took roughly a bazillion photos and I have graciously narrowed it down to a…
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