Friday Favorites 4.18.14

by Danica on April 18, 2014

Happy Friday!!

I’m honestly really excited for this weekend to get started – I get to spend a bunch of time with my brother and sister!!!  Can’t wait – it’s long overdue.  Plus Sunday is Easter, which I just adore - looking forward to spending the day with family!


lots of favorites to share this week…


John 11:25

…Have you heard of Ibotta?  You can literally get money back for shopping.  The app is free to download and it’s a simple process – I’ve already earned back more then $5.  Check it out!

…the Duggar family.  random, much?  Really though, I love these people.  I don’t know what it is exactly – maybe how kind-hearted they all how, how grounded they seem, or just how entertained I am by their different lifestyle - but I watch their show (19 Kids & Counting) and just picked up a couple of their books to read.  Am I alone in this? :/

Congratulations to Lindsay on the birth of their beautiful baby boy!!   I’m so happy for her – she’s a woman I really admire – can’t wait to meet at Blend in June :)

….so many great posts:

–> 7 things you need to know about Fermented Foods and similarly –> Fermented Foods: Back in Vogue?

–> 4 Tips to find Calm when life is Chaotic

–> 5 warning signs your Friendships are Unhealthy 

–> You Are Wanted  (one of my new favorite blogs/websites)

–> 20 Life Lessons you should Unlearn to be Happy  (YES)

–> 31 Simple ways to Soothe your Stress

–> 6 Things you Shouldn’t have to Justify  (I’m learning this more and more – I don’t need to justify myself to anyone – I just need to be confident in who I am)

–> What everyone should know about Toothpaste  (educate yourself – it matters!)

–> How to Find a Good Quality Chocolate  (not every chocolate product is created equal)

–> Humanity has a funny way of erasing all of the moments in women’s history with just 11 letters  (embarrassing.)

–> 20 Things every 20-something should have

–> The Jesus Memo {video}

–> FED UP – Official Trailer  (I’m excited to see this!)


What about this weekend are you looking forward to?



“The Dirty Life” book review

by Danica on April 17, 2014

The Dirty Life
A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

by Kristin Kimball

The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball


When Kristin Kimball left New York City to interview a dynamic young farmer named Mark, her world changed.  On an impulse, she shed her city self and started a new farm with him on five hundred acres near Lake Champlain.  The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of the couple’s first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through their harvest-season wedding in the loft of the barn.

Kristin and Mark’s plan to grow everything needed to feed a community was an ambitious idea, and a bit romantic.  It worked.  Every Friday evening, all year round, over a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the “whole diet” – beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables – produced by the farm.  In The Dirty Life, Kristin discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of land.

my thoughts:

  • beautifully, well written
  • It’s inspiring, in regards to lifestyle and health, relationships and love, hard work and what matters most, values and commitment, and the beauty of life.
  • I come from a big family of farmers, and yet this book taught me a lot about the roots of running a family farm – and it’s incredibly admirable.
  • I’m pretty sure that owning and operating a farm isn’t what I’m going to do with my life, but I do dream of my “someday home” having a big yard that includes fruit trees and a big garden – reading this book just ensured that dream.
  • The author is witty, personal, and brutally honest at times, which I loved.
  • I also loved the way she approached opportunity in her life.  It reminded me that sometimes the most unexpected things that come our way in life are the most meaningful.
  • I’d recommend this book to women, in particular, who have any interest in farm-to-table eating, farming, gardening, life changing opportunity and risk, and/or the commitment requirements (plus ups and downs) of true, loving relationships.


One Year Ours and WIAW

April 16, 2014

This week marks the one-year anniversary of us adopting Zida!  I can’t believe it’s been that long already. Even though I had dogs during my childhood (Pudgy, Snowball, Angel – all whom I adored), I never really understood how “crazy” people got over their pets.  But I think I’m now one of those people.  It […]

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Grapeseed Oil as Eye Makeup Remover

April 15, 2014

Over the past year, I’ve made a conscious effort to clean up the products I use, both for personal hygiene and around my house, to be less toxic and contain fewer (to no) chemicals.  Like “cleaning up” one’s diet, this is a step-by-step process. I’ve just started using essential oils (a lot more on this […]

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first of the year

April 14, 2014

On Saturday afternoon Jesse and I went to our first Twins game of the year! Baseball is easily my favorite sport, so when Jesse suggested we go to this game I was immediately on board. The Twins played really well and ended up winning 7-1! The weather was a bit chilly (it rained all morning, […]

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grace & truth

April 13, 2014

grace that word in itself is beautiful to me – I wouldn’t be surprised if we named our daughter something similar to it one day. it wasn’t until maybe a year or two ago that I really wrapped my head around the grace that God has for me, for us all. and it took until […]

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workout log: 4/6 – 4/12

April 12, 2014

Last Monday I shared my workout plan for the week ahead – I always do this but don’t necessarily follow it to a T – it’s a guide, a plan.  Somedays I follow what’s scheduled, and some days I don’t, but by planning ahead I make physical activity a priority. You can compare the two […]

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Friday Favorites 4.11.14

April 11, 2014

Happy Friday!! this week’s favorites…. –>the warm Spring weather!!  I spent time outside every single day this week, soaking up the warm sunshine and breathing in the fresh air.  I’m beyond grateful for it.  How any of us survive those terrible winter months is beyond me. –>the homemade rice milk I made earlier this week. […]

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this week’s grocery haul {wiaw}

April 9, 2014

hey hey! How’s your week going so far? It’s flying by for me, and I’m perfectly fine with that.  The weather has been gorgeous, and Jesse and I have fun weekend plans (hint: baseball is involved!). ***** I have another day’s eats for this week’s WIAW.  Thanks to Jenn for hosting the link-up again. food journal from […]

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Peanut Butter Raisin Muffins {recipe}

April 8, 2014

Roughly 90% of the cooking/baking I do is improvised – while I typically have a plan for what I’m going to make, I don’t follow a recipe and instead just wing it! I haven’t always been this way, it’s only been in the last year or two that I’ve had enough experience under my apron […]

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