If you've ever met me or read through my blog, it's clear, I'm an animal person. Been one since day one. Growing up, my best friend was a Bernese Mountain Dog. We would take long naps on the floor, and I followed him everywhere he went. Rascal has long passed away, but that love has never diminished. There have been several puppies since, some family and some my own. 

As much as I love these canine friends, I also love dressing them up. I'm not talking sweaters and tutu's, I'm talking sturdy leashes and sharp canvas coats. I have a strong opinion of what does and doesn't make a good dog product. It needs to be practical, sturdy, and somewhat natural. For instance, these rope leashes from Pompkin. Just the right amount of color to be fun, but every bit utilitarian. Strong rope and good snaps. If you're in need of a new accessory for your best friend, I highly recommend checking them out. Their leashes will not dissapoint.

As modeled by Kate Kelly's, Ghost & Sam.



As I sit here basking in the glowing warmth of Christmas Day, I'm finally getting a chance to process photos from Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday held up again for an amazing vacation. We took our annual Thanksgiving Day hike with the dogs, we drank good beer, and shoveled our bellies full of home-cooked favorites. 

The vacation lasted for a full four days. Amidst the recent chaos, I had no idea quite how busy I was until I took the time to hit pause. I was reminded what boredom felt like. I enjoyed it too. Had it gone on longer, I might have gone crazy. Instead, its brevity gave me just the right amount of time to process. You don't realize how fast you're running, how much you're putting out instead of taking in, until you s-t-o-p. Sure, yoga allows me to pause each day, but it also involves rushing to the yoga studio, getting in my physical practice, sweating, and then biking home to quickly wrap things up before bed. It's not exactly stopping. 

So, thank you Thanksgiving for giving me the break I needed. For reminding me that the best creativity is born from moments when you have nothing to do. For surrounding me with fresh air. Let's remember to stop every once in awhile.

Happy belated Thanksgiving.

turmeric latte recipe


Note: This post was previously published here as a part of my freelance work.
This recipe was born out of my deep love for chai lattes. While I enjoyed them greatly, I cringed a bit each time I saw one made for me. Out of a box, a pre-made concoction poured; each packed with sugars and preservatives that no one should be consuming. So I decided to try my hand at a natural version. At about the same time, I’d been looking to incorporate more turmeric into my diet. Turmeric has a scrolling list of benefits, but my primary reason was to help with inflammation in the joints. And so, this amazing, amazing drink was born. You can make it warm and drink it right away, or store it in the fridge for an iced version. When I do iced, I like to throw a tablespoon of chia seeds in there while it cools. So many health benefits in one simple drink!
1 Tbs Turmeric Powder
1 Cinnamon Stick
5 Cloves
2 Cups Milk (Your Choice - Almond, Soy, Dairy, Hemp, etc)
1 Tbs Coconut Oil

1. Simmer turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, and milk on the stovetop for 15 minutes. Add more milk if it reduces down too far.
2. During the final minute, add in the coconut oil and stir. 
3. Remove the cinnamon stick, and transfer mixture to a blender. I use my Nutribullet, but any blender will do. Buzz mixture for a quick minute to build foam.