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Going Green in the Kitchen: 6 Products to Get Started

In honor of Earth Day, which is just right around the corner on April 22, we wanted to share some of our favorite organic and eco-friendly kitchen products. Both of us are making a conscious effort to step up in the realm of going green and since the kitchen is one place we tend to be pretty wasteful, we thought we’d share some of our favorites.

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1. Unpaper Towels from Etsy

This little Etsy shop must be doing well because these paper towel alternatives are amazing. Not only will they give love to the environment but they will also make your wallet happy as well. AND THEY HAVE SNAPS! So they act and look like real paper towels (so don’t worry, your favorite paper towel holder still comes in handy) but without the environmental impact. And on top of all that, they’re absolutely adorable.

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2. Bee’s Wrap for Food Storage

We were introduced to these a little over a year ago and we love them! We now give them for gifts for friends, family and clients. They are so easy to use and, of course, bee’s wax is always something we’re excited about trying. Whether you’re saving fruits, leftover dinners or lost the lid to one of your jars, these will do the trick.

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3. Reusable Silicone Food Bag

These bags are amazing for lunches and snacks on the go. Instead of using those nasty plastic zip lock bags every day, just get a few of these and you’re set. They’re reusable of course and keep everything nice and tight and sealed in for deliciousness.

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4. Reusable Produce Bags

Something you might not often think about (I know we sure didn’t) is the environmental impact every time you go to the grocery store and put your fruits and veggies in those plastic bags. An alternative, of course, could be to not use any bag at all. But who wants that? Your produce rolling around in the dirty shopping cart with all the other foods? It may seem a bit spendy at first, but these are well worth the dime you put toward them. And you can pat yourself on the back for adding them to your Going-Green Kit.

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5. Eco-Friendly Pots and Pans

These pots and pans are not only good for the environment but they’re amazing in the kitchen. So although we don’t recommend cycling out your currently pots just because (since that would be wasteful in and of itself), if you’re in the market for a new set, do check these ones out.

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6. Silicone Sponges

Not only are regular sponges gross and collect all sorts of nasty bacteria, but they are awful for the environment since they don’t last very long. Mix things up with these silicone sponges that will make your hands feel good as well as your desire to help out our earth.

What products do you use to make the switch to an eco-friendly kitchen?

Adventure, Central Oregon Activities

Soak In the Snow Day: 9 Ways to Relax, Be Productive and Support Community

If you haven’t heard, Central Oregon got record breaking snow this week. And that snow has put a bit of a halt on some of our plans. Restaurants are closed, people are working from home and no one is flying anywhere.

At the time of writing this, we’re kicking off the beginning of storm number two this week. We have two feet on the ground and another six to ten inches on the way. And you might be feeling a bit stir crazy if you haven’t left your house in nearly 48 hours. So we have a few ideas to help you feel like you’re using this time as a way to reset, recharge and/or gain momentum.

Relax

If your reaction to snow days is to cozy up with a book or turn to Netflix, this is the list for you. Now is a great time where mother nature forces us to slow down. We physically can’t go anywhere fast even if we tried, so might as well take advantage of it and collect all the fuzzy blankets and pillows and settle in.

Journaling

Snow days are a great time to reflect, and what a perfect time of the year to do so. We’re nearly two months into 2019 and now is a great time to check in with those New Year intentions you set for yourself. A few questions you might ask:

  1. Am I feeling positive about the moves I am making so far this year?
  2. What are three things I can do this week to honor myself and my body?
  3. What am I grateful for right now?

Reading

A fairly obvious go to on stormy days like the ones we’ve been experience, now is a great time to get back to that book you’ve forgotten about and catch back up. Or track down a new book to get inspired. Luckily, if you have a Kindle or Tablet, you can get yourself that new book without even making the trek into the snow.

A few books we’re really excited about lately:

  1. Drood by Dan Simmons
  2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  3. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Napping

Okay, this one might seem a little bit silly, but let us ask you: When was the last time you let yourself take a midday nap guilt-free? We never nap and we have a hard time feeling good about it when we do. But snow days like this give us the opportunity to take that rest and rejuvenate as we gear up for the snow melt that’s to come.

Our challenge: Let yourself take a midday nap. It doesn’t have to be long.

Be Productive

So maybe rest and relaxation is not your go-to when you’re cooped up inside your house, but instead you’d like to find ways to be productive. Lucky for you, there are still a lot of ways to find productivity even when you can’t (or won’t) go to the office.

Organizing

What better time is there than a snow day to go through your closet and organize and purge? Maybe throw on Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix to find some inspiration first.

A few areas of the house you could tackle easily and quickly during this storm:

  1. The Closet: Go through the clothes you haven’t worn in years, ask yourself some questions about them, and throw them in the Take-To-Goodwill-When-The-Storm-Passes pile.
  2. The Desk(s): Old paperwork stacks up without us even knowing it’s happening. An easy project for a few hours of your snow day is to get into your desk and pull out those papers you’ve been unknowingly throwing in there. It will feel so good to free up the space.
  3. The Junk Drawer: We all have one. It collects the things we don’t know what to do with but aren’t ready to get rid of. Again, this small project can provide a lot of relief…as well as room for new junk in the future.

Get a Sweat In

If you’re missing the gym on these days (and the snow shoveling isn’t enough for you), an at home workout might be just what the snow day doctor ordered. It doesn’t have to be much when you’re feeling trapped inside anyway.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. 32 Minute At Home Cardio Workout
  2. Full Body Workout
  3. Here’s a collection depending on what you’re looking for.

Try a New Recipe

Okay, so this one assumes that either a. you have the ingredients in your house already, or b. you’re willing to go to the grocery store to get them. But a snow day is a great day to experiment with new recipes.

A little inspiration:

  1. Tomato and Tortellini Soup: Patty made this one this week, added a little spinach and got sausage cheese tortellini instead and it is absolutely delicious.
  2. Experiment with Buddha Bowls: A new favorite for meal prep, Buddha bowls are both easy and scrumptious. Also a fun way to get the whole family involved.
  3. Something Delicious: 30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots

Support Community

If you have the luxury of being able to work from home or take advantage of the snow days with your kiddos, now is a great time to remember those who are unable to do that. This snow can be harrowing for those who can’t leave their house or, on the opposite side, are forced to leave their house. Now is a great time to support and give back to the community.

Help a Neighbor 

Snow shoveling is difficult and painful for some. If you have a snowblower or an extra hand, maybe pop over to your neighbors house and give them a little help. Kindness goes a long way, especially when people are cold and having a hard time getting out of their houses.

Give Thanks for Service

Remember that your gas attendant and cashier at Safeway are working their butts off to serve you through this snowpocalypse. They don’t get to call in and ask for the day off and they’re currently keeping this city running. If you feel like going above and beyond, bring them some cookies or just give them an extra thank you before you take off.

Ask What Friends Need

You might have no idea that even your closest friends are in need during this record breaking snow, and this is a great time to ask. If you have the car that can get to the store, ask if anyone needs anything. If you like driving in this weather, that might come in handy for someone who recently moved here and isn’t used to these conditions. We can all help each other through this.

What are you doing to get through these snow days? Are you loving them?

Entertainment

5 Podcasts We Love Right Now

Podcasts are an excellent way to pass the time in the car, gym or daily run with your pup. And new ones are popping up all the time, making them accessible for everyone and addressing many different styles and tastes.

We have a few favorites we want to share with you if you’re either a. looking for something new, or b. trying to get into listening to them at all.

1. Being Boss

Being Boss features two incredible women, Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, who are changing what it means to grow a creative business. Their expertise and insight when it comes to how to start a business, how to grow it and how to stay sane is real, authentic and addresses some of the real issues we face every day when running and loving our work.

“Being Boss is owning who you are, knowing what you want, and actually making it happen.”

A Few of Our Favorite Episodes: 

“#168: Money, Mindset, and Energy with Danetha Doe”
“#192: Cultivating Optimism”
“#203: Build a Community for Your Business with Jadah Sellner”

2. Don’t Keep Your Day Job

Another business-related podcast, Don’t Keep Your Day Job goes beyond business and behind the scenes to what makes us dream big and then shoot for those dreams with everything in us. The host, Cathy Heller, interviews incredible business owners, shares her information and genuinely believes in her audience as she pushes to provide amazing content and valuable information.

“Each week, host Cathy Heller has honest conversations with successful creative entrepreneurs about the hands-on, practical steps to make a living doing what lights you up, and build a life that you can’t wait to wake up to every single day.”

Some of Our Favorites:

“Make Space for Self Care”
“How to Live Life on Your Terms – Sarah Knight”
“How to Change the World Without Being an Expert – Suze Schwartz of Unplug Meditation”

3. From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl 

Rachel Brathan, also known as Yoga Girl, has started a revolution based on the idea that every body is a yoga body. Her positivity, encouragement and authenticity shine a light on what it means to be a human living in a world that is stressful, chaotic and imbalanced. She shares everything from her personal stories with her daughter to interviews with incredible humans like Deepak Chopra. She is many things, but what she is the most is relatable.

“The light you are seeking is within your own heart.”

Recent Favorites: 

“The Art of Slowing Down”
“What If Every Challenge is a Blessing in Disguise?”
“Deepak Chopra Wants You to Move, Sleep and Practice Gratitude”

4. Behind the Brilliance

Behind the Brilliance is one we’re more recently getting into. Hosted by Lisa Nicole Bell, this podcast brings innovators, big thinkers, creatives and entrepreneurs to the light to share their insight, information and secrets. We love Lisa’s approach to her interviews and it’s a great podcast for staying motivated and learning about amazing individuals who have done incredible things.

“The show delivers a smart and funny take on pursuing ambitions, designing a life, and living joyfully.”

Favorites:

“Q+A: Defining Success + Personal vs Business Brands”
“On Friendship and the Shortness of Life”
“Jonathan Jackson on Love, Lifestyle Design, and Living Intentionally”

5. One Plus One (New)

One Plus One is a new podcast that we just heard about today (through Being Boss as a matter of fact). We don’t know a whole lot about it yet except that the hosts, Rico Gagliano and Faith Salie, will bring stories of the world’s most incredible creative duos. From John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Beyonce and Jay Z. They will ask questions like: Why does creative tension often spark something magical? And what can we learn from these stories to help with our own life and work partnerships?

“Every great collaboration is a love story. It’s intense. Passionate. Along the way, there’s flashes of love, hate, pride, ego, ambition, and brilliance.”

What are your favorite podcasts?

Adventure

5 Reasons We LOVE Oregon

February 14, 1859 was the day Oregon became a state, so while we love to celebrate love on this Hallmark holiday, we also love to love Oregon and get outside with the people we care about.

As a way of honoring our beautiful state, we collected a few reasons why we’re so happy we live here.

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1. From West to East, there is something for everyone.

The geographic diversity of Oregon is one of the many reasons it’s so unique and full of adventure. You can cruise far to the west and hit the coast or travel all the way east and hit deserts and remote beauty that will take your breath away. You can find anything here in Oregon. Whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, hot springs, good food, city lights, new trends, remote locations or mountain views, there is a little piece of Oregon for all personalities.

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2. Unpredictable Weather

At first glance, this may not seem like something to love about Oregon, but fact is, it’s always a little fun and adventurous not knowing what kind of weather could hit when you leave the house in the morning (especially in the fall and spring). You could start your day in jeans and a t-shirt and get caught in a snowstorm by 4pm. Layers and backseat jackets are important here as Oregon is moody and delightfully fickle.

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3. BEER

IPAs, Pales, Blondes, Reds, Ambers, Hazeys, collaborations, experiments, delight. Our beer scene here in Oregon is nothing short of impressive. A brewery around every corner and endless options to meet your tastebuds. As of June 2018, Oregon boasts a whopping 281 breweries with 33 here in Central Oregon. So if the weather is annoying you, pick any one of these delicious options and hunker down.

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4. Portland Food

Alright, so we’re over here in Central Oregon and we adore our local restaurants and culinary creatives. But when we make a trip to the big city, it is always so fun to check out and adventure through the unique restaurants that pop up all the time. Portland has a reputation for being “weird” and this is not something we’re embarrassed by. The food has its own special oddness that Oregon is proud of.

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5. Community

And finally, hands down our favorite aspect of Oregon (and specifically Central Oregon)…our community. The people who live in this state are kind, compassionate, supportive, caring and want to do good. Around every corner is someone new who wants to connect you to someone else, build you up and listen to your dreams. We value the way our community comes together and the way we come up with any excuse to create a festival to honor makers, artists and musicians.

Oregon is the best state and there is no doubt about that.

What is your favorite part about living here?

Interior Design

5 2019 Home Design Trends to Inspire

Here we are, fully in 2019 and ready for the year to get started. The beginning of the year is a fun time to envision what kinds of changes and adjustments you’d like to make to your space. So, we’re here to share some of this year’s design trends to get you inspired.

1. Sustainability

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It’s becoming increasingly more important to consider the environmental and social impact our buying decisions make. Before making any big purchases (or even small purchases, for that matter), do some research about the company you’re buying from. Do you align with their values?

2. Biophilia

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Biophilia is bringing the relationship between nature and humankind together. “Natural, organic materials–such as wood floors, stone, and daylight and plant life–remind us of the exterior and brings the outside and nature, in,” says Angie Lee of FXCollaborative.

3. Floral Fabrics and Wallpapers

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The time has come for florals to come back to the scene. Big beautiful flowers taking over the fabrics and walls of your house will bring lightness and beauty to the atmosphere.

Photo from Elle Design

4. Feminine Tones

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2019 color themes include blush, dusty pink and bronze. “Warm colors and feminine tones for on the walls and dashes of soft pinks to break up expanses of taupe or neutrals will instantly update a tired room.” – Katharine Pooley of Katharine Pooley London

5. Handmade Pieces

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Getting funky with handmade art and accents in your home will bring a unique spin to your decorating. Check out The Workhouse here in Bend to start digging around for your new favorite addition.

Article inspired by Elle Decor