5.25.2015

Inspiring Reads: For Natural Living



As promised earlier this month, I am going to start sharing some reading ideas for all of you. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by many avid readers who recommend a lot of great reads. Today I'll begin spreading that wealth with all of you.

There are some books that pull me in unexpected directions. I can start a book about war, and find myself craving the foods discussed two chapters in. I'm a lost cause if any book mentions feasts of fresh cheese or bread freshly torn from a loaf. Even if this is the meal of choice for characters on the run, I can't help myself. Plot aside, that book will resonate with me for its ability to make me run to the store to eat what the characters are eating. Everything else becomes subplot.

For the next few weeks, I am going to share reading lists that resonate with me---either for obvious or unexpected reasons. To start with, I decided to pull together my top five reads for inspiring a more natural life. For some titles, the theme is intentional. For others, it's simply something I picked up on because I'm an odd duck.



Inspiring Reads:
5 Books to Inspire Natural Living




Have you ever wondered how you would fare if the world ended and you had to turn to the woods for survival?? This novel is an intricate mix of storytelling and fascinating facts about nature. If you're anything like me, you'll turn the last page itching to try canning your own veggies, sun-roasting your own tomatoes, or hunting for healing herbs in the woods.



Quite like the first book, dystopian fiction is an incredible (albeit dark) reminder of what we are capable of with all the conveniences of modern life stripped from us. This book makes me want to learn the art of bee keeping in case the world ends---and has led to me switching to raw honey to take care of burns. Thank you, Margaret Atwood. (PS: This is the 2nd book in The Maddaddam Trilogy, but many people read it out of order.)



As mostly a fiction reader, this book is among the most digestible reads I have come across on the subject of food and nutrition. Michael Pollan takes an icky subject and explores it with an approachable voice. If you're even just a little bit curious about how food has come to become what we know it as today, you'll love this book. (If you're pressed for time, you can also check out the bite-sized version---Food Rules: An Eater's Manual.)



This book, admittedly, has very little to do with the end of the world and even less to do with switching to local food or going organic. Woven delicately into the plot is a glimpse at an off-the-grid lifestyle that makes me ache for my own chickens and an elaborate garden. 



With its stark contrast between rural and urban life, this book makes me want to step out into the world and find air untainted by city living. The story revolves around loss and rebuilding a life removed from everything and everyone you know---and makes me crave the mountain life and the company of cows. 




So there you have it. Five books that may or may not make you think about living a more natural life---whether it means running away from civilization, or choosing to eat differently. If you give any of them a shot, I'd love to hear what you think!! Even if your feedback is that I'm an odd duck for what I get out of stories. :)



5.21.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #11



Happy Thursday! So glad you dropped by for our eleventh week of #ideaboxlinkparty!! I'm having such a blast partying with all of you creative peeps each week.


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Now, check out what your hosts have been up to!

Now for the party features!

French Country Table







I am so so sooo ready for summer heat, barbecues, and bread with bacon in it. Yessir, I'm ready. This recipe sounds like exactly what I am hoping the sun will start shining for! Check out the full post here.




I love all natural self-care products, and am a sucker for the goodness of homemade lip balm. I'm having trouble finding the maker of my favourite balm lately, so this may just hit the spot!! Read the full post here.




I recently fell in love with the idea of meat on salad. I think it is the cure to me disliking salad (go figure). I make pulled pork quite often, and am often bored by the leftovers. Now that I have seen this recipe, it's an absolute must try. Check out the full post here.



Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features. (Plus, you know, it's the rules and stuff... blah blah :) )



Mila @ MilasLittleThings
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Carole @ CreativeClementine





Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button:






Features have earned Twitter bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before. 

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:


5.14.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #10



Happy Thursday! Can you believe we've been doing Idea Box for 10 weeks already?? Time sure flies when your news feed is filled with brilliant ideas!!!


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Now, check out what your hosts have been up to!


Now for the party features!






I'm so happy I'm not the only one in love with churros!! They've always seemed like a lot of work, but this post makes them seem pretty doable. MUST try it for myself!!





This post blew my mind a bit. I have a love for traditional ginger jars, but they tend to be a smidge out of my budget and never quite the right size. I can definitely see this DIY in my future! Check out the full post to see just how easy it is to add that Chinoiserie flare to your space.


I love lemon in baking, especially in the spring. And especially when you combine it with the wonderful texture of coffee cake. Yum! Check out Joy's recipe on Yesterfood and drool with me.



I am a big proponent of fairy tales and woodland magic and adding a bit of whimsy to your life. I love the idea of building a fairy garden with your Tinkerbell loving kiddo. Be sure to visit the full fairy garden post for all the magical details.

Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features.



Mila @ MilasLittleThings
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Carole @ CreativeClementine





Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button:






Features have earned Twitter bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before. 

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:


5.07.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #9



Happy Thursday!  Welcome back to our 9th week of Idea Box. I cannot believe we are a week into May and on our way to spring!!! I can't wait to get my hands in dirt and grow some veggies. So many wonderful posts were linked up with the air of spring, and I just can't get enough.


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Now, check out what your hosts have been up to!


Now for the party features!











I don't know when, and I've never been to Mexico, but at some point I fell in love with Mexican food and it made its way into my regular routine. No clue if its authentic. But this recipe is screaming at me to make as a way of welcoming spring into my life. Can't wait to try it! Check out the full post for the delicious details.




I hate doing laundry. I think that has been passed down from generation to generation. Even though its just me and my fella, I'm pretty sure I love the idea of saving time. I'm not sure I could get used to letting him do my laundry, but I am willing to entertain the possibility if it makes room for more fun projects! Read the original post to get the scoop on time saving laundry tips.




There is something nostalgic for me about bananas in cream. I have vague memories of eating it as a kid, and I'm almost positive its the only way I enjoy bananas. This dairy-free chia pudding pulls my nostalgia strings, and I am absolutely going to add it to my summer desserts repertoire. Visit the original blog post to get the recipe in all its yummy glory.


Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features.



Mila @ MilasLittleThings
Google+ || Bloglovin' || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Hometalk

Carole @ CreativeClementine





Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button:






Features have earned Twitter bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before.

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by: