Category: Enviable Ideas

What switching to plant-based meals taught me

What switching to plant-based meals taught me

I like lofty goals. For a long time, one of those lofty goals was switching to plant-based meals. I am not vegan, but I just wanted to eat like one more often. Since the new year, I gave it a shot, and I’ve been eating 100% plant-based foods for nearly every meal. Vegan eating has […]

May 12, 2018 | By | More
Best vegan cheeses to try now

Best vegan cheeses to try now

Years ago, I would have raised a skeptical eyebrow at the thought of eating vegan cheese. I’ve always been a purist when it comes to food. Even as a kid, I would request the real butter in restaurants when they tried to give me margarine for my dinner rolls. I snubbed anything but the full […]

February 11, 2018 | By | More
Best DIY summer moisturizer

Best DIY summer moisturizer

I have a love-hate relationship with DIY beauty products. After my extreme experiment of making nearly everything I put on my skin with lackluster results, I went back to using a mix of store bought, as-natural-as-possible products and luxurious DIY concoctions based on what works best for me. I first saw this recipe in the Mountain […]

August 8, 2017 | By | More
Olive oil: the real deal

Olive oil: the real deal

A great book can change your life or at least part of it. I recently read (and reviewed!) a book like that called Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmsed. It reminded me that great food can also be life-changing, especially when you know exactly what it is you’re eating and you are getting what you […]

March 28, 2017 | By | More
DIY Calendula Oil for Great Skin

DIY Calendula Oil for Great Skin

How amazingly pretty are these little orange flowers? The sunny good looks of  these edible calendula flowers belie their very serious benefits for dry, damaged skin. When you combine these benefits with those of a super nourishing oil, you tell your troubled skin, “I mean business.” Benefits of calendula for the skin Calendula, an annual flower sometimes […]

August 29, 2016 | By | More
The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

Walking Lucy the other day was an exercise in patience at a time when I had little. I was on the first week of my new job where I am very fortunate to work right at home. During my lunch break, I wanted to enjoy at least some outdoor time with my girl, but I […]

June 14, 2016 | By | More
Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Mr. President says I bite off more than I can chew because I’m always getting into multiple new hobbies at once and looking for my next new obsession. I can’t even keep up with my own interests. So many potential hobbies, so little time! That’s what happened when I first started playing around with essential […]

March 23, 2016 | By | More
Can Growing Food Save You Money?

Can Growing Food Save You Money?

During the spring of 2014, my first year with the Tomato Envy garden, one of our most successful crops was lettuce. A crisp organically-grown green salad was part of almost every dinner. The Prez joked that every one of those salads cost about $50. Being in the banking business, he’s always pulling out the calculator to […]

January 12, 2016 | By | More
DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

Winter, also known for me as the official season of dry skin and chapped lips, is finally here. The air outside is cold and dry and cranking up the heat in the house makes the indoor air just as dry. The result can by ashy, dry skin and perpetually parched lips. Before you grab that tube of commercial lip […]

January 2, 2016 | By | More
Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

I am in the middle of a subtle shift in my life and priorities. Recently, I pondered whether frugality and the everyday decadence I love so much can co-exist. I am starting to feel certain they can. When I think about my busy career, some things strike me as ironic. For instance, people work hard to buy late-model […]

December 9, 2015 | By | More