Introducing Our New And Improved Logo

By Laura Weatherbee | November 23, 2020

Hey there sustain-a-friends! We have some exciting news to share with you. We have a brand new logo courtesy of my cousin Steph Fung who is an incredibly talented graphic designer, illustrator, and cat mom. She runs a freelance design business called mochichito where she sells cute and kawaii pins, stationery, stickers and more. We…

From Trash To Treasure – Refurbished Adirondack Chairs

By Laura Weatherbee | November 11, 2020

When we first purchased Gingerhawk, our property in Washington State, the previous owners left behind these charming Adirondack chairs. While they’ve got a beautiful shape, they were in pretty rough condition after sitting outside exposed to the elements for nearly two years. The wood was weathered and splintering, and the chairs were wobbling at every…

Sustain-A-Snacks: Daylight Savings Time, A Morning Sunrise Alarm, And How To Reuse Your Halloween Pumpkins

By Laura Weatherbee | October 29, 2020

Quigley, the socially awkward pumpkin Just a friendly reminder that Daylight Savings Time is coming up this Sunday, November 1st. We “fall back” by setting the clocks back one hour. That means earlier sunsets for the rest of the year, but we’ll gain an hour of sunlight in the morning. Speaking of the change in…

Sustain-A-Snacks: Healthy, Low-Sodium Alternatives to Salt, How To Stick To Your Habits, And A Reminder To Vote

By Laura Weatherbee | October 21, 2020

Did you know that too much sodium can increase your blood pressure and put stress on the heart? I was shocked to learn that just 1/4 teaspoon of salt contains 580 mg of sodium or 25% of your daily value. Fortunately, there are some tasty alternatives to give your food that savory flavor. Gomasio is…

Gingerhawk Main House First Look

By Laura Weatherbee | October 18, 2020

After months of anticipation, we’re finally ready to give you a sneak peek into the main house at Gingerhawk. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has been under construction for over a year, and the finish line is finally in sight. The main house is basically done with a few minor fixes that our contractor…

Sustain-a-Snacks: The New Netflix Documentary You’ve Got To See, Discounted Compost Bins, and How to Help Wildfire Victims

By Laura Weatherbee | October 14, 2020

We wanted to introduce a new blog format we’re trying out called Sustain-a-Snacks. Sustain-a-Snacks are bite-sized morsels of sustainability knowledge. Short and to-the-point, we’ll be highlighting a few important items in the world of sustainability each week. Let’s get right into it. If you haven’t seen the new Netflix documentary called David Attenborough: A Life…

Gingerhawk Painting Dilemma – In Search of the Perfect Moody Blue

By Laura Weatherbee | September 27, 2020

After over a year of dreaming and planning, we arrived at Gingerhawk in August to put the finishing touches on this beautiful retreat party. One of the biggest jobs left to do once we arrived was the exterior painting. Our contractor, Thad, hired an awesome painter named Oscar and his team to complete the transformation…

Gingerhawk Construction Update – August 2020

By Laura Weatherbee | September 9, 2020

It’s been a long journey, but Gingerhawk is getting close to completion. At the end of August, we road-tripped from San Diego to Washington State to get things polished and ready for visitors. Honestly, things were not quite as finished as we would have liked. There’s still a lot that needs to happen to get…

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure with Food Therapy

By Laura Weatherbee | August 19, 2020

Although it often presents with no symptoms, high blood pressure (or hypertension) is a risk factor in cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, and stroke. It’s important to keep an eye on your blood pressure and make sure it stays under control. As a rule of thumb, 120/80 mmHg or below is considered a healthy blood pressure.…

Yakama Nation – The Original Inhabitants of Central Washington

By Laura Weatherbee | August 14, 2020

Long before we purchased the 25-acre property in Central Washington that we’ve named Gingerhawk, the area was home to a tribal people called the Yakama’s. For thousands of years, the Yakama people occupied nearly a quarter of current-day Washington state, from the Canadian border to the Columbia River. They lived in small village settlements near…