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  • Recipe: Ginger Kohlrabi Slaw

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    Kohlrabi - what a strange vegetable. And quite frankly, one that I was getting tired of seeing in my CSA box this summer. See, in winter a kohlrabi puree is great, but come summer, I want something lighter and less wintery on my dinner plate. I simply did not know what to do with this vegetable once summer hit.

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  • DIY Sunglasses Case

    I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of it. I’m tired of just throwing my sunglasses into my bag, and getting them all scratched up. I don’t care if they cost $5, I like to be able to see when I put my sunglasses on. Enter: the solution. A DIY sunglasses case that you can make out of some scrap fabric and a piece of string. It’s that easy. Here’s how.

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  • The Sauce to Eat With Everything


    I was given the essence of this recipe by a vendor at the farmer’s market last summer. He was selling beautiful entire heads of green garlic. It was the exact form and shape of the dried stuff you get at the grocery store, but green and ripe as a spring onion.

    I picked one up in my hand like a mesmerized child. Judging from my wonder, he must have already known I was going to buy it, but yet he proceeded to sell it to me by describing the most luscious way to use it. I was to run a few stands down to get some yogurt, and then stop at Whole Foods to buy a lemon. When I got home, I’d fill my sauce pan with the finest olive oil in the cupboard, and then ever-so-lightly, sear my beautiful garlic. From there, it would go into the food processor, followed by yogurt, lemon, and a dash of elegant sea salt.

    Once I got it down, I started to put it on everything, but also got to experimenting with its charm. The dish itself tastes like summer, and so one day it struck me to mix it with one of my favorite herbs: parsley. I love parsley because it’s bright, it’s energetic, and it has zest. It was simply meant for this recipe. A few test runs later, and after some other additions, this is the recipe you land on. I promise you won’t be able to stop making it – it’s too delicious.


    What to Eat It On: Try it overtop your favorite veggie burger, stirred in with steam carrots, drizzled atop a summer salad, or as an “aioli” dip. But don’t stop there, get experimental.



    -          2 Clove Garlic (should be green, but dried will also do)

    -          2 Cups Loosely Packed Parsley

    -          1/2 Cup Yogurt

    -          ½ Tbs coarse salt

    -          Juice from 1 Lemon

    -          1/8 Cup Olive Oil

    -          ½ Tbs Tahini


    1. If garlic is green, give it a quick sauté in hot oil.
    2. In a food processor, chop each ingredient fully. Add the makings in this order: garlic, parsley, tahini, olive oil, yogurt, lemon, and finally salt.
    3. Serve or store in the fridge for up to one week.


    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • Make Your Own Rose Infused Honey

    Rose, it has captured the hearts of humans throughout history, and has come to be known as the global symbol for romance. When combined with honey, another substance so renowned it was buried in the tombs of ancient pharaohs, many amazing things can happen.


    Before I delve into how to make this magical elixir and what it can be used for, let me tell you the basic benefits to both of its ingredients.

    Rose: Rose is packed with vitamin-C. It contains even more than oranges, which means that it is great for the immune system as well as combating toxins. It is also considered to be a cooling herb, giving it the natural powers to relieve head cold and flu symptoms.

    Honey: Consuming local honey is thought to help combat allergy symptoms by building up your natural tolerance to pollens in your area. Studies have been done showing its ability to kill bacteria and heal wounds, and it is great at soothing a sore throat or bad cough.

    Now, let me teach you how to combine the two.


    You’ll Need:

    - 1.5 Lbs. Honey – preferably local

    - ¾ Cup Rose Petals – loosely packed (you can experiment with the quantity to play around with flavor)

    - 1 Large Jar

    - Long Spoon for Mixing

    - Dark Cupboard or Space to Store


    1. You’ll first need to pull the petals off of your flower buds.

    2. Once you have enough, toss them into a jar with your honey, and stir up well.

    3. Store in a dark cupboard for about two weeks, stirring it up every few days.

    4. Strain the petals out through a colander, and pour the honey into a new jar. It’s now ready to use.


    3 Ideas Of How to Use Your Honey:

    1. Pour it over yogurt to make an allergy fighting & immune strengthening parfait (with amazing

    2. Make your own cough drops to soothe a sore throat or cough (try this recipe)

    3. Mix together a facemask to combat free radicals and inject your face with vitamin-C (try this

    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and

  • DIY Weaving Loom

    I’ve always wanted to get into weaving, but the sky high prices of a just a simple loom really hindered my interest. One day, after receiving a fresh pair of shoes, it occurred to me, “I can just use the box to make a loom…genius!” And so, this DIY was born.


    What You Need:

    Lid from a cardboard box




    Duct Tape

    Yarn for your weaving




    1. 1. Cut off the edges/fold-over part of your cardboard box, and trim the piece of cardboard the desired length for your weaving.


    1. 2. Using a ruler, mark lines at every half inch along the top and bottom of your board. Then make little snips along these lines to create slits that will hold the yarn in place.


    1. 3. String pieces of yarn between the slits at either end, and leave tails hanging.


    1. 4. Flip the box over and tape down the tails with duct tape.


    1. 5. Now, start your weaving too look however you would like it to look! After every few rows, push the lines together so they stay nice and tightly packed.


    1. 6. Once you’re wrapped up, tie off the ends (I did it in groups of three since I like the tassel look) and weave back in and tails you left hanging on the sides.


    1. 7. I decided to hang my weaving from a stick, so at the top I simply tied groups of three around the twig and trimmed the excess. If you have a different method of hanging, you can always weave the loose ends at the top back into your piece.


    Enjoy the house décor, everyone! This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!


  • DIY Succulent Mobile

    Obsession confession: house plants. You can never have enough. They are the silent companions, the life teachers, and the friends who will always put a smile on your face.

    Double obsession confession: succulents. They will never get mad at you for forgetting to water them, and they look like Mother Nature’s coolest alien.

    Now here’s a fun new DIY to celebrate the obsession and fill your house with hanging succulents.



    You’ll Need:

    -        Sculpt It (air hardening sculpting material)

    -        5 Old Jars (I used a mixture of jars from spices and preserves that varied in size)

    -        5 Inches of stiff wire

    -        String

    -        Pointed clay tool or safety pin to poke holes

    -        Paint color of your choice

    -        Paint Brush

    -        Cup & Water for painting

    -        Painter’s tape

    -        5 Small succulents & soil


    1. Taking a small piece of sculpt it and roll it into a ball.

    2. Flatten the ball into a round sheet with your fingers416A4815

    3. Mold the flattened piece around the bottom of a jar.


    4. Polk two holes on opposites sides of the clay where you will feed your strings through. 416A4825

    5. Poke another hole in the center bottom for string as well.

    6. Let your sculpt it dry completely. Part way through, pull it off the jars and let it sit to continue drying. The whole drying process takes about one day or two. Be patient.

    7. Once your clay is dry, tape off the top half with painters tape.416A4959

    8. Thoroughly paint the bottom half and let dry. 416A5004

    9. String two strings through the holes on either side of each planter, and knot them on the inside to secure. Leave the strings on the smallest and second to biggest planters fairly long so that you can choose how low they will hang.


    10. To begin putting everything together, figure out which succulent you want to put in which container, and line them up smallest to biggest.


    11. Plant the biggest container first. Then, pick up the strings so you can find where it hangs centered. Once you’ve found the spot, tie a knot and feed the strandsthrough the bottom hole of the next planter, tying another knot to secure.

    12. Plant your second to largest pot next and set the two to the side.

    13. Plant the next three planters on their own using the same method. So you will have one strand of two planters, and another of three.


    14. Hang both strands from the ceiling so that the hole of one hangs next to the knot above the other. Stick a piece of wire in the hole and wrap it around the knot of the other to keep them separated like a mobile.


    And you're done! This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • DIY Ombre Dipped Wall Hanging

    The best homes are the ones that you’ve put thought, creativity, blood, sweat, and tears into. Looking around and knowing that you made something with your own two hands – that you turned a pile of found materials into something beautiful – is so satisfying. It creates an atmosphere where you can be at home.


    I tend to do a lot of random projects and end up with all sorts of odds and ends. This particular wall hanging is a result of just a few materials I had leftover. All you need is a wooden dowel, string, and scrap fabric to get it done. You can really pick any color fabric that you please, but I like the ethereal ribbon quality of the pale peach. The design is somewhat reminiscent of a dream catcher, and I like to think that it has the power to trap and rid bad energies in the air.

    Want one of your own? Here’s how to create the wall hanging with your own two hands…


    What You Need:

    -        15” Wooden dowel that is ¼” in diameter

    -        Approx. 45’ of string

    -        1 Yard Scrap Fabric

    -        3 Cups Bleach

    -        Bucket

    -        Scissors

    -        Ruler

    -        Pencil


    Lay out your fabric and trace 15 strips on it. I made my strips each 15” long and as wide as my ruler.

    To cut the strips out, begin with scissors and then tare the fabric along your pencil lines.


    Fill your bucket with the bleach and lay the bottom quarter of your fabric strips in it for 45 minutes to one hour. Once they are done lay them out on a piece of scrap fabric or stick them in the dryer.


    While your fabric is bleaching/drying, cut 16 pieces of string each approximately 30” long.

    Tie the strings to your wooden dowel, spacing each roughly .75” apart. Tie one across the top, fixing it at both ends of the wooden dowel, for the piece to hang from.


    It’s then time to cut your strings in the shape of a diamond. To do so, hang the piece up on a wall. Use the same technique you see hairdressers use when they cut your hair by bringing the two opposite strands to the center and then cutting them to the same length.


    Once you’re happy with your diamond, tie the bleached fabric strings to the end. Follow the images below, tying around and down, up and through.


    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • Vegan Carrot Soup with Coconut Lime Drizzle

    To keep our skin and body looking good, it’s important to eat whole, organic, and fresh foods. Sign up for a CSA or hit up the farmers market. Challenge yourself to see what creative meals you can come up with using fresh produce. If your lacking inspiration, here’s a little recipe to get you started.


    Carrots can be found in season almost year-round. Most people get tired of the classic ways to eat them, so today I want to suggest one of my favorites: pureed. When carrots are all mashed up, they make great soups. This particular recipe takes an Asian spin with cilantro, lime, and coconut. After you’ve downed it you’ll be packed with good nutrients, and full enough to get through the afternoon.

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    -        2 Cups Carrots, Chopped

    -        2 Celery Stalks, Chopped

    -        1 Yellow Onion, Chopped

    -        ¼ tsp Saffron Threads

    -        1 Tbs Curry Powder

    -        1 ½ Cans Coconut Milk

    -        10 Cilantro Sprigs

    -        1 Tbs Coconut Oil


    -        ½ Can Coconut Milk

    -        Juice from 1 Lime


    1. Melt coconut oil in a large pot.  Add carrots & onion to cook, stirring every few minutes.
    2. After 15 minutes, or once carrots are almost fully cooked, add celery for 5 more minutes.
    3. Stir in saffron and curry powder, and sauté for another 3 minutes.
    4. Add coconut milk. Stir & let simmer.
    5. After 10 minutes, kill the flame and let the soup sit.
    6. While the soup is cooling, squeeze juice from one lime into your ½ can of coconut milk. Mix it up with a fork & set aside.
    7. Using an immersion or regular blender, puree the soup mixture. Add the cilantro sprigs right at the very end, so that they get chopped up, but are not sitting in the heat for long.
    8. To serve, garnish with coconut lime drizzle & a few pieces cilantro.

    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • DIY Embroidered Yoga Bag

    Yoga is form of exercise that many of us couldn’t get through our stressful lives without. Regularly, we hit the mat for a bit of sweat & zen. After a while we form a special bond with our yoga mat.  It’s our baby, our therapist, our good friend. So why not show him a little love? Here is how to make a beautifully embroidered tote to carry your matt to and fro. Your mat will thank you for its cool new home.



    What You’ll Need:

    -        Three colors of thick friendship bracelet thread. (I picked red, sky blue, and black.)

    -        Scissors

    -        Paper

    -        Ruler

    -        Red Colored Pencil

    -        Sewing needle (should have a big enough eye to get the friendship thread through)

    -        Yoga Bag in Natural


    1. Cut a 1.5 inch equilateral triangle out of paper
    2. Using the red pencil, trace the triangle in a straight row, spacing each triangle one inch apart.
    3. Leaving a .75 inch space in between and draw another row of triangles that directly lines up & faces the row you’ve already drawn.
    4. In between the two rows, draw a .5 inch strip
    5. Within that strip, make a dot every three inches.
    6. Repeat two more times going around the bag.


    At this point, your bag should look like this:



    7. Using your first color. Thread the needle and fill in the triangles with stitches.

    8. Taking your second color, make stitches between the center dots, leaving tails of string hanging at each.  Do the same with two rows of your third color, and then make one more of your second.

    9. Using the tails that you left hanging, tie a knot at each dot, and trim the excess so you have a small tassel.

    The center row should look like this when you’re done:


    Repeat steps to fill in the other rows until you have three going around the bag.416A4233

    Happy yoga-ing everyone!

    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her on her blog here for posts like these and more!

  • Spring Hair Tutorial: Romantic Side Braid

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    There's nothing like soft waves and a loose side braid to make you feel oh-so romantic. Add in a few dreamy flowers, and you're ready for a bright spring day!

    Shop the inspiration: The Rose Collection

    Start with your hair down in loose waves. Skip the curling iron and just spritz your hair and wear it in a bun for a day! Take down and finger curl the waves away from your face.


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    Separate your hair 1/4 up and 3/4 down. Secure the part below with an elastic band.


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    Begin with a basic, reverse french braid on one side, wrapping around to finish on the opposite side of your head. Don't worry if it's not perfect, it's supposed to be messy! Need some help learning how to do a reverse braid?


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    Finish by pulling out sections of the braid to make it loose and messy, starting at the bottom and working your way to the top. Finish by pinning in flowers (we also used some Rose bobby pins)


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