Sustainable & Chic...Wool Sweaters. (no joke)

You could be fashionable, warm and eco-conscious all in one sweater.

No, really.

 

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We have seen a few frosty mornings this fall already, so the sweaters are coming out of the shadows and back into my style rotation. As always this time of year, I have my eye on a few new pieces too:


Ease into the season with a scarf-sleeve hybrid for the not-quite coat-weather days (or an extra partial layer on the frigid days)


Maybe a nice wrap for coldish mornings, when you’re just running to the mailbox.


Try a Warm Berry Cape for a cozy cover.


Make it a sweater dress for good measure.


Make a statement with a custom phrase on your fleece.

 

Wool and the Gang

 

See? We’re warming up already!

How do you stay warm despite the wind/snow/chilly A/C?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

xoxo,

Kait

Yum: Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fun fact: I have a serious sweet tooth and a powerful snacking urge. My go-to? Chocolate chip cookies. In fact, I’ve had this one particular Mrs. Fields’ recipe memorized since I was eight years old (no joke). However, you can’t always make the same thing over and over, or it won’t be special anymore. So I opted for a quick and easy use for the unusually large amount of almond butter I recently acquired satisfyingly snack-y alternative cookie.

In my search, I came upon this recipe for flourless chocolate chip cookies (technically chunk, but whatever, they both work).

Flourless Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies sans sea salt

You should really try these. They’re freaking delicious.

I switched it up, made mine with brown sugar for a little more crisp, and sprinkled it with sugar because I don’t really like a strong sweet/salty combo (except in my salted caramel lattes, of course!). I meant to share them with my husband, but I basically ate them all instantly. Oops.

While you’re over at Ambitious Kitchen snatching up all of her recipes (dude, those enchiladas are up next!), you’ll want to thank Monique for this successful experiment!

Now, excuse me, I think I need more cookies.

xoxo,

Kait

Dude. You can eat the peanut shell.

Seriously, how did I not know this was a thing? — Did you know this was a thing?

So you know, there is basically no nutritional value to eating peanut shells, just salty goodness and a little bit of dietary fiber, but you’re good to eat them if you want!

Just not too many, or they’ll get stuck in your intestinal tract.

Also, watch out for pesticide poisoning.

And if you crave too many, you may actually have a serious eating disorder.

 

So, maybe you can eat peanut shells. At your own risk. For basically no good reason.

via Livestrong // Peanut photo by SugarLumpsDesign

 

Would you eat the peanut shell?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

xoxo,

Kait

The Best Tea in the Silicon Valley

So, I’m a startup junkie.

I don’t know when it happened - maybe it was finally watching (and actually really enjoying) The Social Network. Maybe it was the neat opportunities I’ve come by to dig into grunt work for growing companies (and the fact that I currently work for an uberly successful startup). Maybe it’s just the perfect melding of my love for novel ideas, indie culture, supporting the underdog, my incessant digging around the interwebs, and the instant gratification of having a thing already made (and done well to boot).

I’m also (as you well know) an on-again off-again coffee and/or tea addict (depending on the day, my mood and the weather).

Which is what makes Pooki such an exciting find.

They are an “e-tailer”, which means you can buy their goods, but you can’t walk into their store — it’s only available online, but they also offer noice Coffee & Tea Subscription Plans at Pooki’s Mahi for anyone like me who a) loves getting packages in the mail and b) routinely forgets to buy essentials before they run out.

Flipping through their online catalog, I found a few standout gems:

  1. Award-Winning Banana Cocoa Blossom Tea - which they mention “can be enjoyed as a hot cuppa chillaxation” (and I’m thinking with a piece of peanut butter toast for a delicious lazy breakfast).
  2. LION 100% Kona 24-Karat Light Medium Roast Whole Bean - guaranteed to have you dancing (one imagines for joy at its wonderful wonderfulness). Have you had quality Kona coffee? Try it and you’ll understand.

  3. Pooki’s Mahi Gourmet White Truffle Salt - because I like to be fancy sometimes and caviar is gross.

While I may grumble a bit that they don’t have any cool giant images of tea blends in perfect piles or delightful steaming mugs of coffee, I can certainly appreciate their attention to only the best ingredients (click through a few products and check — mostly organic!), a pay-it-forward responsible business mindset, and just a hint of lux in their growing list of celebrity fans (who choose this when they can go find it anywhere, so I like what that says about this Market Street marketplace.

In their Twitter bio (@PookisMahi) they pose the question,

“Why not drink the very best?”

And frankly, I see no reason not to.

Plus, did I mention Free Shipping to the Lower 48? Yes, please!

You may need to pee every 15 minutes for the rest of your life, but you’ll do so with only the best liquids in your system.

 

So try it, then report back in the comments:

What do you think of Pooki’s Mahi?

 

xoxo,

Kait

This is the Magic Formula for Happiness.

You need two things in this world to find happiness.

Not money.

Not fame.

Not food.

Not luck.

Not sex, drugs or rock-n-roll.

Not marriage.

Not puppies.

Not otters (though they come close).

These aren’t all bad things, necessarily. They just won’t make you happy, not by themselves.

Can you guess? What two things do you need?

(I’ll give you a hint. You can haz anytime and it’s not a cheezburger).

Love is all you need

Family

Laughter

Cake Helps

Thank you God for this food and this life

LOVE & PURPOSE

Get this man to Heaven. That is my purpose.

Oh you know, and he is the love of my life. That helps. :) Amazing photography by Tim & Madie btw.

Simple, right? Certainly.
But simple doesn’t make it easy. We are complex creatures. We don’t always get it. We don’t know what we are doing.
Don’t be discouraged. These things are attainable. Do not let your heart be troubled.

Try hard to love selflessly, and know that you will be loved. In fact, you already are.

1 John 4:19 - We love, because he first loved us.

Try hard not to be overwhelmed - you do not need to do and be everything. You can’t.
Settle quietly into your heart and soul and your purpose will surface. Let other things be someone else’s purpose.

Light the fire and let it burn beautifully. Invite others to warm themselves in the glow of your purpose and take a spark to light their own path. Love not because you expect love in return but because we were loved into existence and in loving someone else, you are sharing in that gift. Love someone else because that is what they need to be truly happy.

In related news, as you’ve probably surmised by now, my man and I were recently married. Waxing more on this thought, I think that’s what I love about legit heartfelt Catholic weddings. It’s not the trappings or the cupcakes (though they are quite delicious), but it’s the whole beautiful thing. It’s the small snippet of each of these disparate lives, coming together to celebrate the union of two into one, a promise of everlasting devotion and special graces from God.

My husband, my family. They help me find my purpose. They show me love. This wasn’t a party. This was a celebration of a new life as one. Forever. No matter where our journey takes us, our purpose will be intertwined. This was also a coming together of our extended family, to say thank you, to say, I’m glad you’re with me. Which is not to say that you can only find happiness the way that I did. That’s not it at all.

Find that fire. Something that makes you get out of bed grinning deep down in your soul (even if you wake up grumpy and frowny-faced).
Spread the love. Everyone deserves to be loved and you can give that to them.

I don’t know what your journey or your life will look like, but you can be happy in the deepest most fully alive sense of the word.

Go find your happiness.

Can't Get Over It: Pop Culture Tees

If there is one thing in this world that I struggle with style-wise, it’s my love-hate relationship with funny tee shirts and other printed clothing.

They are dumb. They are fun. Sometimes hilarious. I shouldn’t wear tees at all if I want to convey any semblance of being an adult (plus the principle of the thing, using yourself as a billboard for a silly laugh.) Nonetheless, I do kind of love them.

Even better when one reflects a piece of my childhood. Anyone have a Fraggle Rock and/or Eureka’s Castle tee for me? Pleeeeeease?

Here are some recent faves I found, courtesy of Skreened:

P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney-Unisex Athletic Blue T-ShirtImage

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I solemnly swear I’m up to no good-Unisex Black T-ShirtImage

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Because, let’s face it — your life is better because of Hey! Arnold, Finding Nemo and Harry Potter.

Am I right or am I right?

Right?

What are your favorite vestiges of yesterday’s pop culture?

(Anyone still have band/movie posters from their tweenie years?)

Let me know in the comments below!

# Brownie points if I am not the only one in the world who watched “Under the Umbrella Tree”.

I am... sweet. I am strong. I am beautiful.

Wow. These last few years. What a rollercoaster.

I was so so happy to see such a wonderful encouraging facebook group pop up in my life that I had to take part.
I am joining in the Bold, Brilliant, Beautiful, You Challenge for February: I AM.

I am… sweet. I am strong. I am beautiful. I am perfectly human.

I am nice to a fault — but also snarky.

I am full big bold ideas — I am a dreamer and an eternal optimist.

I am so full of feelings it often spills over. I can’t watch horror movies and it’s easy to hurt my feelings.

I am sensitive, for better or worse — I will even absorb other people’s moods. Also, chewing sounds spike my blood pressure.

I am a wife-to-be, affectionate to the the nth degree.

I am a revolutionary of sorts — I always want to change the world, whole industries at a time.

I am classy — somebody has to lead the charge when everyone else is just being Miley.

I am an explorer at heart — I believe that this world is big and beautiful, scars and all.

I am a people-watcher and a listener — People are endlessly fascinating.

I am loved. I am lovable.

This is something that has been on my heart for so long. Too many of us ladies are losing the fight against self-criticism, anxiety, perfectionism, and loneliness. I can point fingers at who or what is causing it, but at the end of the day, it’s just sin — that’s life in this world.

I am not perfect, and I won’t ever be.

Healing comes from reminding ourselves that we are loved by Love itself, and that each and every one of us is lovable. Every day is a clean slate to repair the damage of our fallen human nature, to pick ourselves back up from the pain of this world, and to choose the good instead.

I am loved. I am lovable. I am beautiful. I am perfectly human.