Intentional Notes

Intentional Guide to Reducing Plastic Waste

Everywhere I look, I see plastic. The windows of the convenience stores on my walk to work. Brimming with mini shampoo bottles and cans of hairspray and tubes of toothpaste, the packaging backlit with florescent lighting. The gutters of the sidewalk on my run through the park. Cluttered with grocery bags and half-empty water bottles…


Intentional Living: Year 2

Well, 2017 certainly was quite a year! In some ways, it felt like it would never end. That’s if you pay attention to the news, anyway. But in other ways, it went by in a flash. I look back at the year feeling pretty darn lucky, actually. And that probably has a lot to do…


The Intentional Evening Routine

If you’ve been with us for awhile now, you know that we are creatures of habit (especially Mike). Our morning routine, in particular, has evolved into a well-organized practice. Early wake up, stretching or yoga, coffee, journaling, quiet time with each other over more coffee (alright, alright…we both drink at least three a day, stop counting!),…


Field Notes

Living Life on the Edge – The Cliffs of Moher

Within 30 minutes of setting foot on Irish soil, we piled into a rental car. My mom had assured us it would be a full sized vehicle. Instead, it turned out to be a compact clown car. My parents, my brother, and I nestled ourselves in between all of our luggage while my patient husband navigated us…


Intentional Guide to Traveling With Purpose – From Mountain Hut to Hiša Franko

I’ve quoted him before, and I’ll quote him again. “I think human beings need contradictions. We need opposites. We need to sleep in a five-star hotel and we need to sleep under a tree. The distance and the difference between those two extremes are what makes us happy and what makes us think and what…


Heaven on Earth is the Soča Valley

We’d seen photos. We’d heard rumors. But we were not prepared for the angelic emerald blue of the Soča River, and the majesty of the Julian Alps towering above the Soča Valley. After our two day trek up and down Triglav, Slovenia’s tallest mountain, we nestled ourselves in the famous valley that many have never…


Kitchen Notes

Eat the Rainbow – Vegetarian Curry

A year ago, if you told my husband that we’d soon be eating vegetarian four to five nights per week, he would have laughed in your face. Mike has been known to eat so many ribs in one sitting with his brother that they’ve made themselves sick. One of the crowning achievements he touts is…


The Perfect Winter Soup – Sweet Potato Soup with Rum Cream

When the candles are lit, and the holiday tunes are crankin’, what are some of your favorite dishes to make? One of my absolute favorites is my mom’s Sweet Potato Soup With Rum Cream. In my family’s house growing up, my dad usually got most of the credit for the epic levels reached each meal…


Homemade Bread – The Perfect Thanksgiving Contribution

A perk of living abroad – you have American friends who are desperate to cling to American traditions and you have British friends who are fascinated by American gatherings that revolve around eating and want to partake. AKA multiple Thanksgiving celebrations and #allofthefood. (Our British friends – “Do you really eat marshmallows on sweet potatoes?!?” My answer:…