From the Kind Kitchen: Blueberry Hawaiian Raw-nola

This raw-some, cruelty-free recipe was inspired by Julia, the wonderful woman behind the vlog, Julia Dreads. Check out her video here, (she talks about making a rawnola mixture around 0:54 until 1:30). While the recipe I use below is not the same, her video inspired the making of this recipe and introduced me to the…

Cotton Branch: Meet Pokey!

For Pokey, the fourth time is definitely the charm! Unfortunately, Pokey’s story starts with a bunch of jumping houses and no place to truly call “home.” When Pokey’s original family acquired him, he was labeled as a “miniature” pot belly pig, (but was really a farm pig). They lived in an apartment and eventually decided…

Bee Creative! Upcycle and Make a Bee Bath

Summer is in full swing and our lovely, pollinator friends can be seen fluttering and buzzing about. Like most people, I love this time of year for many reasons: the farmers markets are up and running, it’s a good time to dig my hands in the dirt, as well as take long hikes along my…

8 Life Lessons Adults Need to Learn from Sesame Street

The popular children’s program, Sesame Street, is a family favorite in our household, (one of the only TV shows my son watches since we try to limit TV time as much as possible). My son is utterly obsessed with Elmo, (for what reason I have no idea). The reason I like to let him watch…

Planting for Pollinators: Show Bees Some Love!

As a child playing in my family’s backyard, I remember the vast amount of honeybees swarming everywhere. From my mother’s flower garden to hovering around the hummingbird feeders, bees overwhelmed the yard. At the time, I was a little afraid of these little pollinators because they could sting, (I found out later that I should…

From the Kind Kitchen: Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

*Recipe yields around 2, 10 oz. smoothies   Ingredients: ½ cup organic spinach 3 Tablespoons organic peanut butter 2 whole, organic bananas 1 cup organic strawberries ¼- ½ cup of almond milk   Place spinach, bananas, peanut butter, and strawberries in blender. Pour almond milk into blender. Blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

Zero Waste Recipe: Beau’s Butt Butter

*Recipe yields 1 half pint mason jar Ingredients: ½ c. organic coconut oil (melted) 5-10 drops of organic lavender essential oil   Melt coconut oil to its liquid form. Make sure to NOT boil it! Stir in drops of lavender essential oil. Store in mason jar at room temperature to solidify.   TO USE: Coconut…

10 Reasons Why Chickens Rock!

1. Chickens are actually decedents of dinosaurs! They are the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex! 2. Research has shown mother hens feel empathy for their baby chicks, especially when chicks are stressed. 3. Chickens have a super good memory! They can recognize over 100 different individuals, (including humans)! 4. Chickens have different alarm…

The Importance of Giving

A few days ago, I packed my son into the car along with my reusable bags and headed to the grocery store. I try to go during times when the store won’t be packed, seeing as though I like when the crowd clears up and I can actually find what I ran to the store…

From the Kind Kitchen: Rosemary and Garlic Red Potatoes

**Serves 2 Ingredients: Around 8-10 small to medium, organic red potatoes 3-4 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary 1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil Salt to taste Ground black pepper to taste   Wash, cut, and place potatoes in skillet or wok, (they can be sliced, diced, or cut however you prefer) Pour in…

Go Cruelty-Free: A Review of Primal Pit Paste Deodorant

Deodorants, along with many other different personal hygiene products, (including makeup), unfortunately rely on animal testing; supposedly to make sure that the product is safe for humans to use. Animal testing is not only a result of backward thinking, (i.e. that the product would react on a sentient being from a totally different species the…