Yogurt

homemade yogurt

It's a 100 degree day, you've eaten more ice cream than you care to admit, and while you want to continue eating something cool, you just can't bring yourself to eating more 'scream. What's a gal to do? Make some vitamin-packed, gut-friendly yogurt, of course. Why, you may ask? Homemade yogurt is inexpensive and environmentally-friendly. It's…

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neem oil

Neem oil! What the who? Derived from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree, a plant indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, neem oil is a long-kept Indian beauty/health secret. I remember my grandmother's neem tree and how often she'd use its leaves/oil for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Neem is jam-packed with fatty acids,…

Summer Shoe Edit

minimalist summer shoe edit

Is it safe to say that every would-be minimalist has a vice? Maybe just me? Bueller? Bueller? Needless to say, my vice is shoes. Oh, yeah. Big time. via Giphy I'm happy to say that I'm working on it, though and have whittled down my summer shoe wardrobe to 3 pairs of shoes. This shoe…

turmeric and besan

gram flour, turmeric, and milk mask

Growing up in an Indian household provided a treasure trove of natural beauty and skincare solutions. Not to mention delicious food, beautiful saris, yoga, and Ayurveda (a system of holistic medicine)...but that's a story for another day... via Pinterest Now that we've all been captivated by Aishwarya Rai, let's get back to business. Growing up,…

whole wheat spaghetti with garlic blistered tomatoes

whole wheat spaghetti with garlic blistered tomatoes

Oh magoo! It's 7pm on a rainy Saturday, you've spent most of the day, in one position, intently watching YouTube videos, and you are starving. You've unabashedly submitted your body to a lazy day but aren't quite sure if you want your diet to venture into Liz Lemon territory. via GIPHY Whole wheat spaghetti with garlic…

liquid soap DIY-not?!

It's Sunday! What does that mean? Time for a DIY-not! I've been on the prowl for a great DIY for a while now, and this one is inspired by two blog posts: The Farmer's Nest and Vintage Kids, Modern World. However, I chose to use the following: 1 4oz bar Kirk's Castile Soap (so affordable on Vitacost!) 1/2…

garlic thyme bagel chips and wasabi dip…oh my!

In the effort to simplify my life, I've been attempting to simplify the foods which go into my body. So let's say you're feeling like this: via GIPHY What do you do!? Garlic thyme bagel chips with wasabi dip to the rescue. Thankfully for you, I've eaten my way through lots of recipes (#thestruggle), and I…

W3llPeople blush

review: w3ll people makeup

Combine a graduate student budget with a consummate tomboy and what do you get? A minimal makeup routine! My journey into green, minimal beauty started several years prior to my journey into a minimalist lifestyle, and it's safe to say that I've tried an obscene amount of green beauty products. I found myself accumulating products that were…

body of water

embarking on the journey to minimalism

What did I just do? Did I just promise not to engage in consumerism for a year? Gasp. I wanted to melt into an Alex Mack puddle: via GIPHY And listening to all of the Beyonce in the world didn't make me feel like this: via IMGUR I found several ways to cope (cue Rocky theme song): Live…

the who. the what. the why.

I was a typical 20-something year old, living and working in the city, checking off all of the boxes for society's definition of "success," but I was alarmingly discontent. Why? That was the biggest question on my mind. I soon realized that as I had aged, my personal definition of success had evolved. While I had…