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i just love an artists that tells a good story. as you drift through the pages of lilymoon, you’ll find one sweet tale after another. with titles such as ‘true north’, ‘dear mr. rain’ and ‘the girl with the white heart’, her paintings provoke emotion and leave the writing of the story up to the viewer. i don’t think i’ve ever seen snippets of stories illustrated more beautifully.

the top 30 super foods

| simple living

something i’ve been particularly interested in lately are super foods. what are the healthiest ingredients on our planet? what foods will give me the most nutritional value possible? i’ve read up on the subject and done a fair amount of research, and though there are no clear cut lists, the ones you’ll find below are what i found to be the most agreed upon ingredients.

the top 30 super foods

eaten regularly, the following foods will help prevent cancer, ward off heart disease, boost your immunity and slow aging.

1. acai

2. almonds

3. avocados

4. blueberries

5. bok choy

6. broccoli

7. cantaloupe

8. cocoa

9. cranberries

10. flaxseed

11. garlic

12. ginger

13. honey

14. kale

15. lentils

16. oats

17. olive oil

18. onions

19. oranges

20. pomegranate

21. pumpkins (and acorn or butternut squash)

22. soy (tofu, tempeh, soy beans)

23. spices: cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper and rosemary.

24. spinach

25. sweet potatoes

26. tea (green or black)

27. tomatoes

28. walnuts

29. wheat germ

30. quinoa

want more? honorable mentions were: artichokes, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, chicory, cherries & watercress.

my new goal is to put all these ingredients on my weekly shopping list. i can down these ingredients, no problem! what do you think? if any of them are new to you or you have questions about how to prepare them, feel free to ask in the comments section or explore the resources below. happy living!

resources: belly bytes, 30 power foods, dr. oz

sponsor welcome: joretta natural knits

| sponsor welcome

joretta natural knits

i had the absolute pleasure of meeting and making friends with kina of joretta natural knits, as we were booth neighbors last year at icp! i can tell you first hand that her beautiful natural knits are high quality, well constructed and oh-so-cozy to the touch. she designs each of them herself and uses natural, recycled fibers and organic materials from local producers and dyers. and as she has her own one-and-a-half year old, you can be rest assured that all of her designs are baby proofed!

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savory winter soup

| seasonal recipes

savory winter soup
this savory soup was a delicious addition to our dinner last week. you know my mister doesn’t care for soup, but he called this one an exception (yeah!). it’s perfect for those cold blustery days as the cozy flavors of winter warm you up from the inside out.


2 butternut squash – roasted
2 granny smith apples – chopped to 1″ pieces
1 onion – chopped
3 cloves of garlic
2 tbs olive oil
1-1/2 cups apple juice
1 cup coconut milk
3 cups veggie stalk
2 tsp salt
1 tsp minced ginger

now, i would like to say season to taste with the following spices, but if you need a starting point, this is what i recommend. then, adjust as necessary:

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp curry
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg


roast the butternut squash (click here for the how-to). meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a heavy saucepan. add onions, apples and garlic and saute until onions become translucent (~7 mins). add the roasted butternut squash, ginger, apple juice, coconut milk, veggie stalk and bring to a boil. puree soup (i use this handy gadget or you could transfer the soup to a blender and return it to the pot). season with salt and spices and serve hot. enjoy!

hello, february!

| holidays

hello, february! love is in the air, can you feel it?

amore pillow ($35), heart initial earrings ($12), that’s amore earrings ($58), dark chocolate fluer de sel hearts ($7.50), custom family tree ($30), love greeting card ($6), heart measuring cups ($12), red sally shorts ($45)


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pennywishes art
pennywishes art
pennywishes art
i love this happy little shop! pennywishes features one uplifting print after another, and as her mission is to spread peace, love & happiness- i’d say she’s doing just that. hop on over to her shop to get a little pick-me-up!

chai latte recipe with ashley pahl

| handmade

This week I thought we would take a break from the espresso, and share a recipe for the tea drinkers: the creamy, chai latte. While this method of making a chai may be a little unorthodox, one of the points of this series is to save a little money and make drinks at home, using what you hopefully already have.


1 cup of water

3 tsp darjeeling tea (or experiment – whatever you have handy!)

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp ground ginger

10 whole cloves

1 orange peel

1/4 cup honey

1 cup of milk (regular or soy)

Additional ingredients for more spice (optional)

2 tsp crushed black peppercorns

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

6 anise stars


Place the tea leaves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves, orange peel, and optional ingredients in a paper-lined filter basket of a drip coffee maker. Run 1 cup of water through. Use your coffee pot, or a tea pot if your coffee pot is currently occupied (like mine was!).

Split the honey into the bottom of two empty mugs. After tea has brewed, pour in the mugs, and stir.

Steam 1 cup of milk or soy milk with a wand, or simply heat in a pot on your stove. Pour into mugs, top off with the foam, and drizzle with a little honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Too many ingredients for your taste? Try this simple method with chai tea bags from

For every 8 oz serving, place 1 chai tea bag, 3/4 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of milk in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, lower heat, and simmer for 2-4 minutes. Pour into cups and sweeten with sugar or honey.

cofee with indie pretty projects

ashley paul indie pretty projectAshley has been coffee-crazy since college when her husband bought her an espresso machine for Christmas. Armed with a pot of dark roast, she spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her self-titled Etsy shop.

dwell studio

| home decor

dwell studio

dwell studio

dwell studio

dwell studio
probably most well known for their draper stripe duvet, dwell studio is much more than just bedding. with home decor, furniture and an extensive line for babies and kids, they make it easy to modernize your home. i love the geometrics, bold colors and smart lines that most of their items feature, and have wanted some of their striped bedding for a while now.  with rugs, pillows and even fabric you can purchase by the yard you can get their look in no time!