Monthly Link Love

July Link Love 2013

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog, Monthly Link Love | 0 comments

July Link Love 2013

While I generally restrict the contents of the Creative Simple Life blog to real food recipes and resources, my monthly Link Love posts offer an opportunity for me to share those events in my life that deserve mentioning. This July has been a significant time for me and my family. It has been dedicated to saying goodbye to a beloved family member who recently lost a two year battle with mesothelioma lung cancer. It has been a difficult month that has offered me an opportunity for self-reflection. During the past month, I’ve revisited what it means to live a creative and simple life. It is easy for me to get caught up in the excitement (and sometimes pressure) of the next recipe, next blog post, or next project. Over the past few weeks I’ve tried to really tune into what I need on a moment-to-moment basis and take the time to rest, heal, and recuperate from the effects that grief, air travel, and transition have on my body. I’ve noticed myself slowing down more and accepting that what I need is o.k. I’ve taken a break from all of the things I feel I “should” be doing. This practice in self-awareness has helped me to take better care of myself and those around me. Moving forward into August, I’d like to continue this practice in self-awareness and self-care. For me this may mean doing less at times while doing more at others. Above all it means that I will strive to accept myself where I am. All of this helps me to tune into my needs and take better care of myself. I encourage all of my readers to do their best to take care of themselves this coming month and always. Below are some articles to encourage your self-care journey. Summer Self-Care Tips Simplify your life (and you mailbox) by stopping your junkmail. Bonus: you save trees as well! Soothe stress and anxiety using aromatherapy by learning How to Blend Essential Oils. Beat the heat this summer with these 5 Ways to Keep Cool. If you struggle with headaches you will like these tips for how to get rid of them naturally. Make your own thai summer rolls using fresh and natural ingredients. Enjoy slowing down to make this nutritious snack/meal. You’ll feel great eating them too. Stay hydrated with a watermelon agua fresca or a watermelon lemonade. Take yourself blueberry picking. Getting outside and connecting with nature is a great way to wind down and relieve stress. When you get home use your freshly picked fruit to make some yummy treats. For inspiration, check out this great list of blueberry recipes. Add some probiotics to your diet. Your tummy and gut will thank you, plus probiotics help support for your overall health. Check out my recipe for probiotic pickles, make some probiotic coleslaw, or try some chia kombucha blender jam. I wish you all a relaxing next month and beyond. Take care of yourselves! You won’t regret...

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June Link Love 2013

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Blog, Monthly Link Love | 1 comment

June Link Love 2013

June has been simultaneously busy and quiet, hectic and relaxing. After a few fun weeks of traveling, exploring new places, celebrating birthdays and weddings, and visiting with family, I landed at home with nothing much in particular to do. While both halves of my month have been gratifying and fulfililng, I must say that I’ve been relishing the unstructured, open-ended time that this summer has afforded me thus far. Much of it has been spent writing new blog posts, researching and experimenting with fun recipes, and planning and working towards the upcoming opening of my Etsy store (date TBD)!!! I feel grateful to have this restorative time to rest after a strenuous first year of graduate school. I’ve been enjoying spending time outdoors and have been absolutely LOVING the rewarding experience of planting and maintaining a community garden plot! All-in-all, I must say that life is treating me well, and for that I am very grateful. June has also brought some fun new blog posts in a variety of categories. Below are my favorites in each! Fabulous Ferments 15 Ways to Get Your Family to Eat More Fermented Foods How to Make Lacto-Fermented Mayo (with video) Kombucha Margaritas Sangria Made With Coconut Kefir Skin & Body Care 31 Ways to Use a Lemon Peel (This article could probably fit in each of these categories) Homemade Toner for Acne Prone Skin Is the ‘No ‘Poo’ Method Bad for Hair? DIY Bug Repellent Lotion Bars Homemade Anti-Itch Oatmeal Paste for Poison Ivy and Bug Bites For Your Sweet Tooth Homemade Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream How to Stop Sugar Cravings with the Sugar Buster Avocado with Strawberry Salsa Flourless Paleo Brownies Savory & Delicious Recipes How to Make Sourdough Bread Brine Your Chicken Before You Roast It Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings (I seriously can’t get enough of dumplings) Irish Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes & Cabbage)  I hope you’ll enjoy checking out the creative and unique articles, links, and recipes that I’ve listed here. Be well and keep enjoying your summer! Cheers!...

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May Link Love 2013

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Blog, Monthly Link Love | 2 comments

May Link Love 2013

May has been an exciting and beautiful month here in Colorado. My first year of graduate school (of three total) has come to an end and Spring has finally arrived! The trees are blooming and so are the plants in our community garden plot–something that my husband and I didn’t even realize was available to us until a few weeks ago. We now have access to a free (!) 10×10 foot plot where we are growing kale, collards, spinach, swiss chard, pickles, acorn squash, tomatoes, dill, parsley, basil, cilantro, oregano, thyme, and calendula! We are very excited to be growing some of our own food for the upcoming season! May has also brought with it the promise of free time for me focus on a new business venture! Starting later this Summer I will be opening an Etsy store in which I’ll be selling homemade skincare products. Please stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new development! For today, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite blog articles from the month of May! Real Food 7 Day Bone Broth How to Make & Eat Dandelion Fritters How to Make Your Own Cultured Sour Cream The Ugly (& Unhealthy) Truth About Vegetable Oils 5 Benefits of Ginger, Turmeric, & Cardamom & How to Make Them Pickled Fermented Foods: Top 8 Reasons to Eat Them Lavender Lemonade With Raw Honey 7 Ways to Use Broccoli Stalks Flippable & Fluffy Grain-Free Pancakes Mint Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream (dairy-free) Skincare Switching to a More Natural Skincare Routine How to Use Honey as a Cleanser DIY All-Natural Detoxifying Deodorant Homemade Sunscreen Lotion Bars  Homemade Soft Hands Scrub Natural Skin Toners that are Easy to Make Considering the time of year, I thought I’d throw in a few links this month to fun gardening posts! Are you planting a garden this year? What are you looking forward to growing? Garden 14 Reasons to Have Compost Worms Thirty Minute Thirty Dollar Raised Bed Garden Thanks, everyone, for checking out this month’s Link Love article! I hope you are all enjoying the milder, and in some cases rainy, weather. As I mentioned above, stay tuned for more info on my new and upcoming line of homemade skincare products that I’ll be launching later this Summer! In the meantime, Happy Spring!...

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April Link Love 2013

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Blog, Monthly Link Love | 1 comment

April Link Love 2013

April has been showering us with more snow than rain here in Colorado this year. I remain hopeful that the rain and promised flowers are still on their way. In addition to quite a bit o’ weather, April has introduced me to some great new recipes & ideas. Here are my favorite April 2013 posts in the following categories:  Homemade Skincare I recently started incorporating honey masks into my weekly skincare regimen.  Try these 4 Simple Honey Face Masks for Every Skin Type if you are interested in experimenting. Do be careful with putting cinnamon on your face, however, as it can be irritating (do a spot test first)! I learned this the hard way. Another recipe that has me excited is this one for Homemade Rose Water. I’d also like to try this out using essential oils to see if I can create a less perishable recipe. As you know, I am a big fan of homemade body scrubs. This Sugar Scrub recipe uses great oils for you skin that will leave you feeling moisturized and smooth. Gelatin Craze Grass-fed gelatin has been all the rage lately. Turns out that a good source of gelatin can be incredibly nourishing for your body. This recipe for Tulse Geleé for Natural Hormone Healing is one that I’m looking forward to making. I’m also busting to try this recipe for Healthy Kombucha Fruit Snacks and this one for Probiotic Gummy Candy! I’ll be making them all as soon as I get around to ordering some grass-fed gelatin. I’ve done some research and this company seems to be the best source available. Real Food It would never have occurred to me to make Kombucha Waffles, but apparently it can be done! I love finding new ways to incorporate fermented foods into my diet. Lemons are so refreshing and good for us, yet they somehow always wind up drying out or getting moldy in my refrigerator. I’m hoping that this article on 31 Ways to Use a Lemon Peel will change that! I’ve been really interested lately in rendering my own tallow–something I’ve never tried but would like to. If you are unsure about cooking with animal fats, I recommend reading The Skinny on Fat Phobia, which outlines healthy and unhealthy fats and why we need more (not less) of the healthy kind. My husband and I LOVE making our own pasta, yet I’ve never considered making Sprouted Flour Pasta. This recipe looks delicious! For some reason I’ve had a hankering for bread pudding lately. Carb deficiency? Unlikely. Regardless, this article has over a dozen recipes for both sweet and savory Slow Cooker Bread Pudding. Gardening! Over the course of the next few weekends, my husband and I are going to create a little garden on our urban-esque concrete porch. I’m thinking that heirloom tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, and perhaps a few kale plants will be the perfect choices for our first joint garden. These articles have helped me get excited about all the possibilities: Historically, the moon received just as much emphasis as the sun by farmers trying to decide when to sow their seeds. Click here to learn more about Planting by the Moon Signs. Want to plant a garden with the kiddos? Here are some great ideas for Easy Gardening with Children. Don’t let the lack of an outdoor garden space stop you from planting this spring. This list of Indoor Plants that Clean the Air and Remove Toxins is a great place to start nurturing your green thumb! While garlic planting season won’t begin until the fall, this helpful article...

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March Link Love 2013

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Blog, Monthly Link Love | 0 comments

March Link Love 2013

I’ve decided to start writing Monthly Link Love posts each month! These types of posts are a way for bloggers to share their favorite links and articles each month. I’ve chosen my favorite articles from March 2013 and am sharing them here! I am getting a late start this month (or an early start depending on how you look at it). In the future you can expect (fingers crossed) to see these posts closer to the end of each month or the beginning of the following month. Make sense? Ok, here goes! March Favorites! For all you ladies, March produced some great info on how to balance hormones naturally as well as the best home remedies for PMS. Those of you who know me personally know that I’m all about this stuff. Those of you who don’t, I’ll spare you the details If you enjoy making your own cleaning products, check out this recipe for easy homemade laundry detergent. You can also learn how to do your spring cleaning with baking soda. I, personally, love the stuff and am still finding new ways to use it. Prefer homemade body products to cleaning products (who likes cleaning, anyway)? Check out these recipes for Victorian tinted lip balm, simple homemade bronzer, and this hydrating watermelon face mask. Why not even make your own shower soothers? Get your garden started with this post that provides resources for planning your garden. I also loved this article that talks about 20 perennial vegetables to plant once and enjoy forever! If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, you’ll love this recipe for homemade chocolate almond butter. I’d love to try this with hazelnuts too for a Nutella substitute. I’ve also been wanting to try this dairy- and allergen-free recipe for easy banana chai ice cream. What’s better? You don’t even need an ice cream maker! I’ve been on a homemade granola kick lately and can’t wait to try this recipe for gluten-free and grain-free buckwheat apple granola (apparently buckwheat is a fruit seed–who knew?)! This recipe doesn’t require a dehydrator which has me super-excited! If you live somewhere where it’s still cold, warm up with this chicken and coconut curry soup! This is just what I need for this snowy Colorado winter. If you don’t live somewhere cold, make us jealous by leaving a comment below about all of the fun warm-weather activities you are enjoying (not kidding–let us live vicariously through your vitamin D soaked days)! Whew! Well, how’s that for my first whirlwind tour of March’s most exciting sustainable, simple, and homemade articles? I hope you’ve enjoyed it! Photo credit:...

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