Thursday Tidbits 8/21/2014

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Trey Parker & Matt Stone share their #1 writing rule.

Raspberry polenta cake because anything in a skillet is my kind of thing.

A Take-No-Shit List For Your Well-Being. Very self help-y, but I just eat that stuff up.

Five tips for growing your blog without sponsorships.

And a quote I heard a few weeks ago that has been stuck in my head lately: “You are a function of what the whole universe is doing at the place you call here and now, just like a wave is something the whole ocean is doing.” – Alan Watts

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Vegan Cooking 101 // No Recipe Required

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Madde from The Collegiate Vegan is back and better than ever on More Awesomer this morning. She’s going to show you how to make a plant-based diet easy. Don’t forget to check out her blog for some delicious (and beautiful!) vegan recipes.

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There are lots of clever ways to add healthier meals to your day, like participating in Meatless Mondays or trying to eat more raw food. Another way is to occasionally cook a vegan meal. Since vegan diets are based around vegetables and whole foods, a vegan meal tends to be packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Vegan meals aren’t just for vegans anymore, and they don’t have to be complicated to make or qualify as rabbit food. Actually, since they’re mostly produce and grains, vegan meals can be cheaper and easier to make than omnivore’s meal.

They’re also easier to cook without a recipe (no Pinterest required!) which can be handy when you’re pressed for time. I know, I know. Cooking without a recipe sounds daunting. But put aside your fears of your kitchen going down in flames, and stick with me a little longer. You’ll be a plant-based chef in no time. (more…)

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4 Albums for Your Summer Playlist

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I’m a little bit late to the Spotify Premium game. And I love it. It’s like my world has imploded and I’m building it from scratch, from the ground up, with my bare hands.

That’s a gross exaggeration, but it is pretty awesome.

This new force in my life has brought a renaissance of music into my life. While building my August playlist, I rediscovered so many albums that have been crucial in my life. Very few albums are consistently awesome from beginning to end, so old and new, here are a few of my favorites for your listening pleasure: (more…)

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Thursday Tidbits 8/14/14

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The Collegiate Vegan’s serious smoothie roundup. Give your blender some exercise this summer with the Chocolate Green Monster smoothie.

The 28 Tiniest Boops of All Time. I mean, you’re welcome.

Oooookay. Pen beats.

24 travel tips that will change your life forever.

An awesome list of books from Refinery29. Add some of these to your summer reading list, friends.

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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The Importance of Finding Your Tribe

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If I’ve learned anything in the past few years, it’s that a life doesn’t just happen on its own.

You make it happen.

This applies to the people you surround yourself with, too. You know, your tribe.

Your tribe isn’t made up of people you just ‘end up with.’ They aren’t just the people you hang out with on Saturday nights.

These are the people who think like you. And fill your days with meaning. And get you.

Your tribe is made up of the people with whom you have the crucial conversations that distinguish loneliness from belonging in a world that substitutes retweets for intimacy. (more…)

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Masters of Love

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A few weeks ago I read an awesome article in the Atlantic called Masters of Love. Having healthy and happy relationships in my life, romantic or otherwise, is so important to me (Wow I sound like Oprah. Should I continue like that? No). This means I read an embarrassing number of books and articles on marriage, because the ideas that apply to relationships of married people can usually help you get better at all of your relationships. The 5 Love Languages? Great plane book. Just saying.

In the article, Emily Esfahani Smith stresses the extreme importance of kindness and generosity in fostering a safe, accepting relationship environment.

“There’s a great deal of evidence showing the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, which leads to upward spirals of love and generosity in a relationship.” (more…)

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Thursday Tidbits 8/7/2014

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Thursday Tidbits are back and better than ever (Maybe. That’s debatable. But they’re definitely back.)

Quiz on how well you can identify the emotions of other based on their eyes.

Joy from Oh Joy on the business of her blog.

THIS. THIS RIGHT HERE. This is awesome. “It bothered me that so many ideas for fixing the food system leave out the poor: It seemed like they didn’t have a voice in the food movement… I wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself.” Readers can choose to buy a tangible copy of the 179-page book for $20; there’s an option to spend $100 and have the book shipped to 10 people that don’t have computer or Internet access.

Bibliotheca asked for $37,000 to redesign the bible and raised over $1.4 million instead. Pretty darn cool.

Delicious-looking homemade lavender lemonade.

Happy Thursday, everyone. Welcome to August.

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How To Cut Your Wardrobe In Half: A Brief Guide

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Spoiler alert: You probably have too much in your closet.

I don’t mean skeletons. I mean, I don’t know you, so maybe you have a lot of those. I mean clothing. You probably have too much clothing in your closet.

When all of your laundry is done and you can wear anything, you’re thrilled for a few days because you get to wear all of your favorite clothing. After that, you have to move on to the clothing you kind of like. Then the clothing you don’t really like at all but somehow still own.

How about, instead, you only have things you really love?

I spoke with a couple other bloggers about their own journey in minimalism.   (more…)

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5 Magazines You Should Have In Your Home

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Lately I’ve been really excited about the gorgeous independent magazines that are sprouting up in the world. Whatever you’re into, there is a magazine specifically for you, chock-full of gorgeous photos and wise insight into the things you love the most. Here are a few of my favorites: (more…)

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