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Meet Ruby

You guys, I have been holding out on you with some fun news…. Remember when I mentioned being in Alaska last month?  Well, this is little lady is the reason.  Meet Ruby! Ruby is a 2.5 year old Alaskan Husky, and the newest member of our crazy family.  Ruby was a racing sled dog in Alaska.  One month ago, she lived in a dog yard with 18+ other dogs.  Unless out training, she spent most of her day tied to a chain or in her dog house.  Ruby had never been indoors, let alone slept on a cushy dog bed atop meticulously stashed dog toys in our bedroom. The husband…

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.…
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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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Earth Week: How we get out and explore!

In the spirit of Earth week, let me share something a bit different today.  I’ll go back to easy, entertaining-friendly recipes this week.  In fact, I’m actually pretty pumped about some of the things coming up in the next weeks, but more on that another time. What you see here on the blog may lead you to believe that I never leave my house.  In actuality, I am not a hermit, perpetually hosting girls’ night-in, or whipping up a last minute batch of the best brownies ever.  I admit I am a homebody.  But we are also big fans of exploring!  Last summer we made a pact to go either camping,…
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