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Whipped coconut body butter

Published on May 2, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve made a huge effort over the past year to put less chemicals on my skin and use more natural products or less product. I’ve always been known to wash my hair a lot. Sometimes twice a day because I felt like it would look greasy. That’s a lot of shampoo and conditioner over the year. After reading about the no poo method, I started cutting back on the washing, initially on the weekends to train my scalp to produce less oil. I am now down to shampooing my hair 1-2 times per week. That is a significant reduction in the amount of chemicals that I am putting on my head and washing down the drain into our water sources. I’m spending less money on shampoo and conditioner(that stuff isn’t cheap) and adding less garbage to the landfill. Next, I knew I had to face my love of my inexpensive, chemical and synthetic laden moisturizer

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All things weekend

Published on March 18, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! I started out my weekend by doing a new LUSH face mask. It had lots of mint in it and felt amazing. Then I headed the the gym for a good workout. And thank goodness I did. The rest of the day was filled with some St Patty’s Day celebrating with friends. I did stop at Whole Foods to grab lunch after my work out, though. I grabbed some salad, bison chili and their amazing jalapeno corn bread. I don’t eat much bread, the WF’s corn bread is a carb that I make an exception for. I had leftovers of both and made them into a cowboy eggs “benedict” for breakfast the next morning. Then I headed into the kitchen to make food for the week and weeks ahead. I double up on the meat purchases for the week and cooked it all up so

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{made}

Published on April 30, 2012, by in Update.

I like to buy myself a gift for my birthday. Last year I decided that what ever I buy as a gift for myself that it has to do good for someone else; I bought myself a pair of Toms shoes. This year I decided to get a little more personal and to support {made}. {Made} is an incredible group or artists(many from my hometown) that make eco-conscious goods by hand. Many of them re-purposed from other things, with the message of give.receive.repeat.  Their pieces are absolutely brilliant. I treated myself to a new pair of earrings and a new rolling-pin made from wood grown on the land of the artist. More than just getting to look at the cool products on their page, there are profiles about each of the artists. You get to see who {made} the things you get. Not a nameless, faceless machine in a faraway

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Seasonal Sunday

Published on December 4, 2011, by in Update.

Today my friend Katie joined Brian and I for a trip to the Christmaskindl Market in Lincoln Square. We sipped some glogg while we shopped at more than forty venders peddling their merry goods. We bought some handmade mittens to keep our paws warm all winter long and some homemade pumpkin and apple butters. Our favorite stand was the fresh greens. We bought a wreath that is making our place smell wonderful. A bunch of mistletoe for $1? Yes, please. Brian bought us some hand blown Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree. A fun and successful Sunday, supporting small, local businesses.

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Holiday gift guide

Published on December 4, 2011, by in Update.

If you are looking for gift ideas for the food lovers, runners and people who love fun things in life, look no farther, I’ve got ideas for you. I have a Keurig and absolutely love it. If there is a coffee lover in your life, especially if they have a busy life(and who doesn’t these days?), get them a Keurig. If they already have a Keurig, buy them fun flavored K-cups to keep them brewing. Or maybe they need a new mug for their hot coffee or tea. These adorable mugtails would be a hit at the office or home. Found at korin.com, as seen in Real Simple magazine. This squirrel nut cracker is perfect for the person that loves to entertain. A guaranteed conversation piece at any holiday party(can be found on Amazon). Wine lover? This wine tote is the perfect marriage of function and fashion. Made by Medina baskets.  Right after

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Chicago Comic and Entertainment Convention

Published on March 20, 2011, by in Update.

My weekend is usually when I have a opportinuty to cook something new. Not this past weekend. I spend my weekend at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Convention promoting his web comic Hamster Rage. He had a very successful weekend and sold out of his print book. The weekend did not go by without some food excitement, though. I had my first ever Hi-Chew. It’s Japan’s #1 selling fruit chew. They are amazing. It is like the everlasting gobstopper of Starburts. Super chewy and super delicious. Even better, the proceeds benefitted Japan’s earthquake victims. Find some today and you won’t be sorry…unless you try the mango flavor. The other exciting food item of the weekend was that one of the venders at the convention was selling a 98% fat-free pulled turkey sandwich. Oh wow. We definitely ate there more than once. I need to figure out how to make it. Saturday night

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Christmas Dinner

Published on December 25, 2010, by in Update.

Brock and I are both in Chicago, with nothing to do for Christmas. So, we are going to grab drinks at NoMI then head to Aria for dinner. If you are unable to be(my case) or don’t want to be(not the case) with your family this season, I hope you have a great friend to spend it with, too. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!  

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Knit hat

Published on December 21, 2010, by in Update.

Remember that awesome cowl-neck scarf my friend Emily made for me? Well, she had some yarn left over and knitted me a matching hat! It’s so warm, I love it!

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Cozy cowl scarf

Published on December 19, 2010, by in Uncategorized.

My knitting skills leave a lot to be desired. I saw this pattern for the coziest looking cowl scarf when I found the body scrub recipe. I knew I had to find someone to make it for me. Fortunately, the next day at work I realized that my friend Emily knows how to knit! How lucky is that? I proposed that she make it for me in return for drinks. She accepted. I had her make it shorter than the pattern calls for. I think she made it half of what it said to and it’s perfect! She also accidently twisted it before connecting the two ends. What a great mistake that turned out to be. It made a place for my chin to go so it doesn’t rub on the yarn. If you need a quick and easy project to give as a holiday gift, this scarf would be well

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Martha Stewart’s body scrub

Published on December 12, 2010, by in Recipes.

I like Martha Stewart. I don’t love her, but I like her.  I can also get fairly jealous that every crafting and cooking project she attempts turns out perfectly. Mine do not. Not by a long shot. Usually… I was on her website the other day and saw an article about “80 Gifts you can make for her.” I started clicking through them and saw several neat ideas that didn’t seem to complicated or expensive. What did I decide to make myself? A 4-ingredient body scrub. Lately, I have been hooked on Lush products. Unfortunately, some of them are pretty pricey. Like the last tub of body scrub I bought was about 6 oz and was around $20. I took of to my local Whole Foods and Michael’s to pick up everything I needed: 2 cups organic cane sugar 1 cup carrier oil essential oil(scent of your choice) container to store finished

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