On 40 and winging it

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I recently turned 40 and like any good narcissistic Gen x-er I feel as though all the world is turning 40 with me. Every where I turn there are books, op-eds, blog posts, TV shows and films about this wondrous new chapter in life. It’s like we invented it. Which makes sense if you consider that our parents perfected the mid-life crisis, so maybe we can lay claim to the anti-crisis. Most days, I feel so terribly stable and (almost) happy, but there is also an overwhelming sense of relief that I can’t seem to Read More →

Happy nontoxic Valentine’s Day: chocolate

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I love nothing more than a bite (or three) of high quality, dark chocolate at the end of the day. I’m happy to spend a little more on a product free from preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. Once you taste good quality chocolate you won’t even bother with the junk your kids come home with – no thanks to that jumbo bag of miniatures. Total waste of time. Sometimes I get really dirty and  scoop a spoonful of peanut butter on to my bites. It’s such a reliable happy maker. I’ve rounded up my favorite Read More →

Happy nontoxic Valentine’s Day: bubble bath

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Is there anything more indulgent than a bubble bath? Hands down, my favorite place in my home is the soaking tub. It gets a ton of use. Even a quick foot soak after a long day is enough for me to feel nourished and refreshed. I stock up on bubble baths to   care for every mood and beeswax candles (they purify the air) like it’s my job. That way, bath time always feels like a retreat and a reset. Whether it’s for me or my 5 year old, I make sure tub time is Read More →

Happy nontoxic Valentine’s Day: flower oils, serums and perfumes

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  Yesterday we established that mainstream, found in your mall or your drugstore perfumes are a thing of the past. Even your fancy pants Chanel #5 needs to go. *See below for a quick reminder about why it’s best to avoid ALL personal care products that list “fragrance” or “perfume” in it’s ingredients. Today I’m loading you up with tons of indulgent options. Whether it’s citrus, vanilla, spice or rose notes you are sure to find a new, clean signature scent – sans synthetics. 1. Tata Harper Love Potion, $80 Tata Harper’s mission is to Read More →

Less is more, always

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The older I get, the clearer I become on the value of simplicity. I’d rather have one or two great fitting pairs of jeans than a closet full of trendy, ill-fitting, or someday-I’ll-loose-five-pounds and those will fit pairs of space hogs. When I focus on quality versus quantity of anything my overall experience of that item becomes expansive, deeply satisfying and rich. Same goes for food. Don’t  get me wrong. I love seeing the sheer abundance and variety at my farmer’s market, but I’m happier when I return home to review the considered items I Read More →

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