Category: Stories

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
Gratitude, self love and the new year

Gratitude, self love and the new year

The temperatures are even colder in Philadelphia right now than in Alaska! Being cooped up inside this first week of 2018 has been perfect for my typical new year reflection and goal setting. Mr. President and I are big on thinking about things like ideas, dreams, plans – both personal and professional – and strategies […]

January 7, 2018 | By | More
Your garden, your story

Your garden, your story

When I go on vacation, I usually return home with fewer than a dozen photos. It’s not that I don’t like photos, it’s that in the moment, I’m too busy enjoying the experience to be bothered by snapping photos. If I’m standing barefoot in the wet, cold sand of Pfeiffer Beach in January and the […]

June 17, 2017 | By | More
DIY Natural Skincare: Winners and Losers

DIY Natural Skincare: Winners and Losers

If I could hold my head up high and proudly look you square in the eyes, you’d see that my skin is looking great. I’m slightly ashamed to tell you it’s not because of the plethora of DIY natural skincare concoctions I’ve been trying on my face. For more than a year starting with my […]

September 16, 2016 | By | More
Your Ideal Life and the Big Picture

Your Ideal Life and the Big Picture

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for months. I’ve had the ideas swirling around inside and I’ve been putting words to those ideas while I work, walk the dog, do the dishes, work in the garden, cut flowers, and wash my hair. I’m sure none of it will come out as eloquently as I’ve […]

July 1, 2016 | By | More
I’m a Beekeeping Beginner!

I’m a Beekeeping Beginner!

When I start a new project, I sometimes get overwhelmed by all of the things I don’t know. It happened years ago when I started growing food. I had only limited experience with it when we moved into our current home and made a big commitment to build a large fenced-in vegetable garden complete with […]

April 5, 2016 | By | More
Meet the Newest Plotnick!

Meet the Newest Plotnick!

This past holiday season, Mr. President and I decided not to exchange gifts and instead, spring for a really good coffee maker. And a dog. We are now the proud parents of Princess Lucy Punkin’ Head of Castle Plotnick. She was named “Lucky” by the shelter, but we think we’re the lucky ones! Lucy is a classically […]

December 29, 2015 | By | More
Improve your Headstate: Get Into Meditation

Improve your Headstate: Get Into Meditation

If you’re a regular here and have been keeping up with me for the last few weeks, you may have noticed a theme. In this blog, I talk about slowing down and taking time to enjoy life, sip champagne, and live a deliberately decadent life. And, most of the time, that’s how I live. Except for right […]

November 4, 2015 | By | More
2015 “Guess My Harvest” Contest Announcement!

2015 “Guess My Harvest” Contest Announcement!

It’s official! The end of September marked the end of the 2015 “Guess my Harvest” contest sponsored this year by great friends at Gardener’s Supply Company, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and Nature’s Footprint. My tomato-growing season was full of uncertainty this year as my plants got off to a pretty slow start. And, just like […]

October 6, 2015 | By | More
Can Frugality and Decadence Coexist?

Can Frugality and Decadence Coexist?

I’ve been thinking a lot about money lately – what it means, its power over us, and my relationship with it. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s complicated but evolving in a very good way. Right around the time I started writing this blog, I was discovering so many new interests and hobbies and […]

May 19, 2015 | By | More