UncommonGoods: Unique, Do-Good, Handmade, Sustainable Gifts For Everyone On Your List

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Those who know me know that I’m not crazy about big, glamorous materialistic things. When it comes to gifts, I much prefer a unique, handmade product with a story behind it. Quite honestly, most of the time my favorite part of the gift is a handwritten card. It has meaning behind it.

When I stumbled upon UncommonGoods, I was smitten. It’s an online marketplace for do-good artisans and designers to showcase their products to a community of passionate people (like you and me) who appreciate that special touch.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, their team of rockstars work to ensure the integrity of the company remains in tact as they grow — from sustainability to creative design. In fact, they are committed to selling handmade, recycled organic products and make an effort to steer clear of using leather, fur or anything that will harm people or animals. Most of all, I love their appreciation of craftsmanship, supporting all the creative souls out there who have a story to tell! We need more of that in the world.

The Shopping Experience: Gift Ideas, Galore!

The shopping experience is super seamless, and also a lot of fun! I had a blast searching … Read More!

Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Lucia Litman, The #PantonePosts Queen

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I am over the (new) moon excited to introduce you to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness world.

Before Lucy became the Queen of Pantone Posts (stalk her Instagram if you don’t know what I’m talking about), her and I met at our company retreat when we both worked for sweetgreen. We instantly bonded sitting next to each other on the bus ride home, shamelessly admitting that while the rest of the bus wanted to party on, all we wanted was a solid nap sesh (#grandmas).

When I visited the sweetgreen Treehouse (HQ) for the first time in D.C., Lucy took me in under her wing, continuously feeding me with office snacks and homemade colorful smoothies, and even brought me as a guest to her gym. Even back then, her joy for life and love for food was obvious.

Now, Lucy lives out in California, and has created quite the buzz online with her beautiful #pantoneposts that inspire people to think of food as fun and playful, rather than shameful and caloric. (This recent post where she opens up about a past … Read More!

WrawP Healthy Rollups Five Ways {Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, And Soy Free}

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While embarking on my journey with Hashimoto’s and exploring the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), I was disappointed by the lack of good, clean healthy wrap options out there. While I’ve since been able to re-introduce many foods on the AIP, I’m still avoiding gluten and dairy as my body continues to heal.

It’s been getting easier (and honestly quite fun!) to cook wholesome, clean meals, but sometimes a gal just wants a good ol’ wrap, and unfortunately the items on the market were either lacking flavor, super processed or just plain boring. After doing some research, I discovered WrawP, and I instantly fell in love.

Created by a raw foodie, these wraps are super nutritious without lacking in taste or quality. The ingredients are simple and come from real foods like spinach, zuchhini, flax seeds, coconut and spices, all dehydrated into one delicious wrap.

I love that you can incorporate them into any kind of diet, whether you’re a raw foodie, vegan, paleo, gluten free or just looking for ways to up your wrap game the healthy way!

5 simple ways to get your WrawP on!

Curry Coconut Nori with Chicken Salad: Fill a Curry Coconut Nori WrawP with Read More!

Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Katie Tiezzi From Kindred Spirits

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I am beyond excited to introduce you to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness industry. Every so often in life, you meet someone who touches you so deeply — who touches your soul. Katie is one of those sweet beings for me!

I met Katie a couple years ago when I was going through a super rough patch at work. I was unsure of my path and feeling extremely lost, so I decided to book a Spiritual Energy Healing session with Katie from Kindred Spirits. While I went into the session not having a clue what to expect, I left with the utmost peace, clarity and five pages of notes. I’ve since been back several times, and each time leave feeling lighter and more sure of myself.

Katie has a gifted ability to tap into your intuition unlike anyone I’ve ever met, gently guiding you to listen within (while also sharing beautiful messages from spirit). To anyone who is going through a transition or tricky time, I honestly couldn’t recommend her enough. Without further adieu, it’s my honor to introduce you to this … Read More!

Recipe: Springtime Vegan Basil Cashew “Cheese”

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Did you know you can create your own vegan “cheese” using cashews? I love how simple this recipe is, and that it’s free from dairy, gluten and any sketchy additives. It’s just real, pure ingredients made with love from my kitchen to yours. The fresh basil gives this version a nice springtime kick that I know you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy!

Springtime Basil Cashew “Cheese” 


  • 1 c. cashews (ideally soaked in water for a couple hours)
  • handful fresh basil
  • few generous shakes nutritional yeast
  • 1 TB. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 c. water (you won’t need as much if you soak the cashews)

In a food processor, combine the cashews, basil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice,  and garlic. Pulse. Pour in water slowly, pulsing until the consistency of your liking. Add sea salt to taste. Serve over salad or as a side dish with gluten free crackers and fresh veggies. Note: I love using Organic Living Superfoods “Sour Cream & Chive” Cashews for extra flavor!Read More!

Weekly Healthy Chicks in The Community Feature: Paige Lawrence From Gluten Free Ghouls

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Happy Friday everyone, and it sure is a happy Friday indeed! Not only is it time for weekend vibes, but I’m also shipping off for a family vacation to South Carolina. My husband, sister, brother-in-law, mom and dad are all hopping into a giant van together to drive down to warmer weather and beach days. I could totally use a big dose of that Vitamin D, and couldn’t be more excited to just unplug, relax and chill out with the sand between my toes.

OK, enough bragging, we’re onto this week’s feature for Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness community. I’m super psyched to introduce you to Author, Illustrator and all-around genuine soul Paige Lawrence. Funny enough, I met Paige through my dad who went up to her at a Starbucks to tell her about my blog. (If you know my dad, this is totally not a surprise at all, he’s my biggest fan!)

I’m so glad we connected, because I quickly found out that Paige is the Author and Illustrator behind children’s book series Gluten Free Ghouls, educating and spreading awareness around food allergies in a … Read More!

My Etsy Shop Is Now Open For Business Featuring Spark Your Bliss Affirmation Card Deck!

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I’m open for business!

About two years ago, I set the intention to create my own affirmation card deck, but then the fears got in the way (But, what if I fail? But how will I stand out?) and so I put it on the back burner. Last summer, a little voice inside me gave me the courage to finally START, and I spent the end of summer / early fall writing content for 36 affirmation cards. I hired my rockstar creative team Chantelle Davis Gray and Precious Little Illustration to help with design, and got cracking.

By the end of 2016, I launched my Kickstarter campaign to officially kick things off with “Spark Your Bliss: 36 Practical Affirmations to Set Your Soul on Fire.” The rest is history, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the love & support I’ve received from the community thus far. It brings me so much joy to know that my cards are making a difference in so many homes across the country.

This week is a big one for me as I officially launched my Etsy shop so you can now buy these beauties online! (Individual PayPal transactions … Read More!

How to Keep a Positive Mindset During The “Bad Days” (While Also Keeping it Real)

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One of my favorite tanks I have has the words “No Bad Days” printed in big, black bold lettering. While it may sound a little extreme and preachy to tout that, it’s the meaning behind it that I love most. In reality, there’s going to be tough times and crazy sh*t that life throws at you, but it’s the way you handle those hardships that speaks volumes.

Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, and I don’t think we should pretend that it is. (BTW, anyone who claims that’s how is it, I think is living in a different Universe.) However, I’m a firm believer that life is what we make of it, and while we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control our mindset. My “No Bad Days” tee reminds me that even when things aren’t going my way, it doesn’t have to completely ruin my day, week or heck even month. It just means I may need to take a new turn and look at things a little differently.

Learning From The Tough Times

One of the most challenging times for me was about a year ago when I decided to leave my full-time job for … Read More!

Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Ariel Pierre from The Amethyst Mermaid

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Happy Friday, ladies! It’s been a while (too long!), but I am finally bringing back my weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community series, highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness community.

I’m psyched about this week’s feature, Ariel Pierre from The Amethyst Mermaid. Ariel and I first connected on instagram a few months ago because she loved my Spark Your Bliss Cards, and I loved her gorgeous handmade crystal jewelry. Clearly, we were a perfect match. Not only does this beauty make fab jewelry, but she’s also a Spiritual Coach, Intuitive Artist, and Oracle Counselor. Follow her on instagram for some serious inspiration; she literally lives and breathes wellness & good vibes. Without further adieu, I’ll let Ariel take it from here!

P.S. Ariel is giving away a handmade Rose Quartz necklace to one lucky reader! You can enter here on my instagram page

NAME: Ariel Pierre


WHERE YOU LIVE: Daytona Beach, FL

ETSY SHOP: www.etsy.com/shop/TheAmethystMermaid

HOW YOU SERVE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH YOUR WORK: I try to share as much of myself as possible and be raw and open. I think that sounds like such … Read More!

Recipe: Coconut Shrimp Scampi with Carrot & Zucchini “Noodles” {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free}

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Lately, I’ve become quite obsessed with authentic Thai food. I love the warming spices, coconut milk and citrusy notes incorporated in the recipes. To me, that’s comfort food at its finest. This recipe is a fusion between Thai and Italian cuisine. It has the flavors you know and love from Thai food, and a familiar taste of shrimp scampi (without all the extra carbs and butter). With spiralized zucchini and carrots instead of pasta, this recipe is free from gluten, dairy and soy. Enjoy! 

Coconut Shrimp Scampi with Carrot & Zucchini “Noodles”

  • 2-3 large zucchini
  • 3-4 carrots OR bag of frozen “carrot noodles” (I found them at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 pound cooked fresh of frozen shrimp
  • 1 c. grape tomatoes
  • 1 can artichokes, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 TB olive or coconut oil
  • ~ 1/2 can coconut milk
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ~2 TB fish sauce (add more if needed)
  • handful fresh basil
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste

1. Sauté garlic in a little olive or coconut oil on low heat. Add in lemon juice, fish sauce & coconut milk, and stir.

2. In the meantime, thaw your cooked shrimp or if fresh, peel and de-vein. You … Read More!

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