Self-care 101

"Self-care is NOT selfish". You most likely have heard this phrase before. The concept is nothing new, the practice however, now that's a different story. If you're anything like me, it can often be difficult to take a step back and take time to focus on yourself. Work, friends, school, relationships, pets... all become a balancing act with what generally feels like negative hours left in the day. Well I'm here to remind you, that without taking care of yourself first, you won't be able to effectively show up and be present for all of those other things. ...

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Sautéed Shishito Peppers

If you're not enjoying shishito peppers on the deck with a glass of Pinot Gris, is it even summer? That might be a bit dramatic, but in all honesty if you haven't had a chance to nibble these peppers, I would highly encourage you to give them a try. Similar to the Spanish pepper, padron, shishito's actually hail from Japan and are a bit more mellow in flavor. Be careful however, as every so often you can get hit with a spicy one! They're the perfect summer snack and alternative to your classic chips and guac, are chalked full of antioxidants and are low-cal to boot. You can grill em', bake em', dip em', or just stick to the basics as I have done here. Sautéed in a pan on medium heat for about 12 minutes (or until they are as soft ...

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Organic Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats

This post includes affiliate links to brands and products that I believe in and love. To read our full disclosure policy, please click here.'Let's Pawty' balloon banner // Green plaid bandanas // Gold glitter crowns Around the start of the New Year, we received an email from Summit's breeder, letting us know that one of his sisters lived near us in the city. Her owners were hoping to be put in touch with other litter mates and she was curious if we minded our information being shared. Tim and I immediately wrote back that, of course, we didn't mind and would love for Summit to be reunited with more of his siblings (he was able to meet another one of his sister's last year)! After an initial email, we began texting back and forth ...

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When to Buy Organic

Over the past few years, it seems that eating 'healthy' has somehow become synonymous with eating 'organic'. While organic foods are often lower in pesticide residue, are better on the environment (in terms of production) and may offer up more anti-oxidants, you don’t necessarily always have to buy organic to get the nutrients your body needs. ...

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My ‘Diet’ Philosophy

As I begin to share more here on the blog, I wanted to first take a step back to give you insight into my thoughts and philosophies around health and wellness, in general. To start, I decided to focus on diet, as I’m a true believer that both what and how we eat directly correlate to our overall well-being. While there are definitely other factors that come into play such as mental health, relationships, and our levels of physical activity; I’ve noticed that for me personally, diet seems to reign supreme. When I'm eating 'good', I feel 'good' which positively affects all aspects of my life.  ...

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