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Gingerhawk Construction Update – October 2019

Adam with our contractor Thad Vaughn of JT Custom Homes Hey friends. You may have seen the post we shared earlier where we introduced you to the 25-acre property we bought in Washington State called Gingerhawk Mountain Retreat. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out to get up to speed.…

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The Truth About Zero Waste

Image via ZeroWasteChef.com Let’s talk about zero waste for a minute. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, “zero waste” refers to a lifestyle in which you don’t generate any trash that goes to landfill. You can recycle bottles and cans, etc., and compost your food scraps, but nothing goes into the garbage bin.…

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Introducing Gingerhawk Mountain Retreat – The Plan

Hey friends. You may have seen on Instagram that we’ve been sharing some sneak peaks and photos from the property we purchased in Washington State earlier this year, but today we’re going to be revealing a whole lot more! We’re going to show you how we plan to transform this space into a beautiful mountain…

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Entry Wall “Slow Design” Makeover

Last year I wrote this post about my decision to leave the interior design industry and embrace “slow design”. That means taking time to let things come together organically instead of rushing around trying to get all-new-everything to create the perfect space. It also means that our home is a work in progress, and I’m…

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The Case for Eating Meat

Earlier this year I wrote an article called 7 Good Reasons to Eat Less Meat, and shared some of the ethical, practical, and economical reasons why cutting back on meat consumption is a good idea. When it comes to sustainability, there’s no question that reducing animal agriculture is good for the planet, and for our…

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IMPORTANT: Wearing the Right Sunscreen

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS | More Wearing the wrong sunscreen could be lethal for you and the natural world. Chemical sunscreens leach into your body and have been found in blood, urine and breast milk. In Hawaii they have gone as far as banning certain sunscreens. The ban is…

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Badger Balm Sunscreen Review

Badger Balm Sunscreen Product Name: SPF 35 Clear Zinc Sport Sunscreen CreamProduct Description: Moisturizing 80-minute water resistant sunscreen for surfing, swimming and other sports.This broad spectrum formula has a base of gentle antioxidant-rich sunflower oil, jojoba oil and beeswax with clear zinc oxide. Active ingredient: 22.5% uncoated zinc oxide. From their website: “We only use…

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Fast Fashion is Not Sustainable.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS | More Can you believe that about 11 million pounds of textile (clothing, etc) goes to the landfill each year? On average each year in the U.S., we are throwing away 80 pounds of clothing per person. Fast fashion is killing our environment. It is…

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Protected Bike Lanes

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS | More According to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, in 2014, congestion caused 6.9 billion hours of travel delay and 3.1 billion gallons of wasted fuel, equaling a cost of more than $160 billion. Put another way, our cities need to build infrastructure that supports…

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My Auto-Immune Story

The Beginning I noticed the first marks in late November – a couple of red, itchy spots around my ankle. I had been to the desert recently, hanging out with some mangy dogs and doing yoga, so I figured maybe I’d gotten a couple flea bites. I didn’t worry too much about it, but several…

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