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A good friend of ours showed us this funny video of a comedian taking a look at our calendar and the revisions it could undergo. It made us laugh and it made us look at our days, months and years a little differently. Much of the yearly calendar that we adopted...read more
We juiced a bunch of organic carrots recently and we were left with a lot of organic carrot pulp. We decided to make cookies using the carrot pulp, some almond flour, rolled oats, maple syrup and a few other ingredients. The cookies turned out to taste AMAZING and we...read more
There are many phenomenona in this world that great minds and scientists have yet to fully understand, like the placebo effect, which occurs when the human brain believes something enough to produce the desired outcome. For example, a patient can be prescribed a...read more
It’s not often you see a cat on a leash, or sticking it’s head out of a window going 55mph up the freeway, but for Squishy Cat, it’s just part of life. Ever since Squish walked up to us that fateful day in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, he has lived the life of a...read more
One of our finest moments on our cross-country trip was getting back on the road after being hit by a drunk driver in the Arizona desert. It took 24 days of patience and persistence, while we hobbled our VW bus around to be assessed and worked on, but we were finally...read more
Beets are an excellent source of fiber, magnesium, vitamin C and phytonutrients. We often put them (and the beet greens) into smoothies, but our favorite way to eat them is when they are chilled. When we first visited Colorado, we found a wonderful health food store...read more
While in Arizona, waiting for our VW bus to get fixed, we met two young Native Americans who spoke about energy, their heritage, the importance of their language, their education from the elders and American history, as it’s taught. One of them spoke about...read more
The two of us do our best to stay away from store bought lotions, creams and gels. They are usually full of unhealthy chemicals and they usually cost a pretty penny. We have instead begun playing around with making our very own concoctions, starting with a homemade...read more
On June 5th, 2017 the two of us and our dog said goodbye to living in South Carolina, paying rent and working statically. We took our design business on the road and it all of a sudden sunk in that we were taking a leap of faith. We made it to Alabama, spent two weeks...read more
While on our travels, we came across an amazing treat: Orzo. Orzo is a short-cut pasta, which looks like big rice grains. We were unfamiliar with this type of pasta and when we tried it at a little deli, we were blown away. The delicious salad-like mixture contained...read more
More and more food packages in the U.S. are carrying a label stating “No Artificial Colors” and there’s a good reason why. Artificial colors have been widely used as a marketing tool to sell brightly colored junk food, medicine and cosmetics, but...read more
After a close call in the Arizona desert, the two of us, our dog and cat were stuck in a tow yard for three days and nights over Memorial Day weekend. Once our VW bus was able to drive again, we headed to Page, Arizona for more essential repairs, our 8 year wedding...read more
While learning more about what we eat and how we eat, we found out that chewing our smoothies (rather than just gulping them down) prompts our bodies to release pre-digestive enzymes. The chewing process begins breaking down food with enzymes in our saliva, making it...read more
Pippi Longstocking (also known as Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking) is a fictional character, who was dreamed up in the 1940’s by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren. Her stories of Pippi have been loved by...read more
The subconscious mind works through our thoughts and feelings and drives many of our actions and behaviors. It is particularly active in times like sleeping, which is why the last 5 minutes before falling asleep are so important. Oftentimes, we’ll go over (and...read more
Over winter 2018, the two of us hunkered down in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We continued our design work and manned the front desk at a 420-friendly inn for a few months to save our pennies and gather what we needed to continue our cross-country adventure. The owner of...read more
While we were in Colorado, we worked with a 420-friendly inn. We helped them revamp their website, helped man the front-desk and we learned a lot in the process. Out of everything we did, our favorite project that we worked on, was painting a huge mural on a bare wall...read more
A Colorado friend of ours invited us to harvest organic grapes from his garden, which we had never done before. We picked and picked the beautiful little grapes right off the vine, until we had gathered two bowls full of them. The grapes were a tad overripe, so we...read more
When the two of us began our cross-country trip in our VW bus in South Carolina, we had no idea what was ahead or how far we would go. We could never have expected to welcome a kitten into our family, make it to our birthplace, land in Roswell for their annual UFO...read more
The front-end of our VW Bus had never gotten any attention since we picked him up. Every 3,000 miles the front-end zerks, or grease fittings, should be fitted with a grease gun and pumped full of fresh grease. This was our first try at front-end zerk maintenance on...read more
The two of us popped into a thrift store recently and came across a fabulous book that spoke to us. “Surviving Into The 21st Century – Planetary Healers Manual”, by Viktoras Kulainskas, focuses on Love Consciousness, Body Ecology, Spiritual Alchemy,...read more
Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was an English actor and director, who became famous for his silent films in the early days of motion picture. Without words, he used body language, wardrobe, props, animals, other actors and a variety of locations to send messages to the...read more
What comes out of us can show us a lot about what’s going on inside of us. The form, texture, firmness and color of our poop all have a tale to tell and we can easily find out if our bodies are correctly digesting food (or not), by checking in on our poo. The...read more
We were cruising through the cooking oils section of a grocery store and came across cold-pressed Avocado Oil, a wonderful product we had never heard of. We began using it for cooking and we learned it makes a great salad dressing oil. It has a mellow and buttery...read more