• Ethical Gift Guide for the Holidays
    Ethical Shopping

    Ethical Gifts for Everyone on Your List

    I’ve always loved finding the perfect gift. As a kid, I developed a reputation for making off-the-wall presents for my family. With an adult budget, my Christmas shopping joy has only amplified. I love how the perfect gift makes someone feel seen, known, and appreciated. So of course I couldn’t let the season go by without making a Gift Guide! This list is filled with gifts that are ethically-made, eco-friendly, and socially conscious. Your purchase ensures a cleaner earth and a safe and secure holiday for global workers—while also making your loved ones feel special. Happy Holidays! Gifts for Her 1. Luxe Pamper Set – ABLE x Thistle Farms | Get up…

  • Coconut Oil Sugar Cookies - Vegan and Dairy Free
    Food

    Coconut Oil Sugar Cookies

    A few years ago, I had to go dairy-free. As a lifelong baker, I struggled to adapt to a world without butter. Sure, vegan recipes were amazing. But I missed the recipes of my childhood—especially those buttery sugar cookies that always surface around the holidays. This year, I finally made a dairy-free sugar cookie that actually tastes like the classic. My secret: coconut oil. Lauded by many as the answer to all health and beauty problems, coconut oil also makes a great butter substitute. Surprisingly, these cookies don’t taste coconut-y at all. But if you’re concerned about that, you can use a more refined coconut oil, a butter-flavored coconut oil, or…

  • Faith,  Motherhood

    The Joy of the Unplanned

    In a gas station bathroom in Kosovo, I finally said what I’d suspected for weeks: I think I’m pregnant. It was the strangest confessional, with my friend in one stall and me holding back nausea in the other. She gasped at the words and came out beaming at me. Weeks before, she and I had been talking about birth control. She was planning a wedding and felt a little stuck when it came to her reproductive options. There seemed to be two basic paths: either avoid pregnancy like the plague or have babies right away. I told her how I’d felt roped into the same binary, and how I hadn’t wanted…