The Cool List: July 5, 2016

Farmers’ Market Pasta I was given this recipe by one of my vegetarian coworkers years ago and I always find myself looking forward to summer so that I can make this dish. Simple, fresh ingredients and very little cooking allow the flavors to shine through and I’ll take any excuse to use ingredients from my garden. If you want to make it a little (ok, a lot) healthier, omit the...

The Cool List: June 5, 2016

Almond Pops by 180 Snacks When people ask what my hobbies are, snacking is pretty high up on the list, right after drinking outdoors and painting my nails. I found these Almond Pops randomly at the checkout at TJ Maxx and just tossed them into the cart without really thinking about it. I had already opened them by the time I got into the car and I could not stop...

My Evening Skincare Routine

Aka The Shit I Put on My Face (Nighttime Edition) My skincare routine has significantly evolved over the last two years, going from St. Ives Apricot Scrub and Neutrogena moisturizer I stole from my mom, to a combination of products that has finally balanced my needy skin. Scroll on down to read about all the junk I slather on my face nightly as well as the things that sneak into...

The Cool List: May 27, 2016

Grace & Frankie Dare I say that this is my favorite show of all time? Yes, I dare. About a year ago, I was sucked into season 1 of Grace & Frankie based off of a recommendation from my good friend, Netflix. I knew it was true love the first time I heard “fuck” slip out of Frankie’s mouth. I immediately professed my love for the show to friends and...

Sorry, I can’t. My plants need me.

Living in B-City, you’re lucky if you have a patch of grass (or concrete slab) to call your own. We’re very fortunate to have a moderately sized backyard, which has proven necessary for our dog, summer soirées and my urban garden. Growing up, I detested helping my mom tend to our garden. It was hot, there were bees and I would have much preferred reading a book in an air-conditioned...

West Coast Guest Post: Coachella Edition

As a lifelong east coaster and new SoCal resident, I thought, what is more quintessential than going to Coachella? It’s a rite of passage. I couldn’t dare sit at home and FOMO about my friends seeing Justin Bieber’s guest appearance with Jack Ü (fingers crossed). I’ll freely admit that I’ve become a Belieber, and I’ve been searching for a reason to wear a flower crown. Who cares how “basic” a...

Ramp Carbonara

I have mentioned my CSA from Stony Ridge Farm numerous times on the blog and I’m sure my family and friends are sick of hearing about it too, but I can’t help it! One of my favorite things about my farm fresh produce delivery is that it forces me to find recipes for and use ingredients I wouldn’t normally buy; for example, ramps, quail eggs, duck eggs, and tons of greens. The...

The Cool List: April 22, 2016

S’well bottles I bought my first S’well bottle a little over a year ago and bought my second a month ago. I love these beautiful, overpriced bottles and take them everywhere. I can easily throw my 19oz size into a purse while I’m running errands, playing kickball, or take them into meetings at work. In addition to keeping colds cold for twenty-four hours and hots hot for twelve, it’s stainless...

VIB Haul

  The VIB sale gets me EVERY.DAMN.TIME. You know when you walk out of Sephora with the big bag, you should probably retire your credit card for a little while. I spent way more than I intended to and that was after I pulled about $50 worth of stuff out of my basket while in line to check out. I also went to the Sephora website every day until the sale...

Da fuq is Nettle Tea?!

Who the fuck makes Nettle-Mint tea? Normally I would be judging the shit out of the person telling me to make my own tea out of plant that sounds like something in Harry Potter’s Herbology class because I’m not one of those women that is barefoot in a kitchen, wearing a prairie skirt and poncho combo, smelling of patchouli and selling my handmade soaps at craft fairs. Why am I...