How Many Hours A Day Do You Work (But Like, WorkWork)?

This is a frequent subject of my discussion in my house: How many hours of work does one truly need to put into a day to be both happy and successful at what they do? Better yet, how many hours a day can one even be productive? I’m a regular workaholic, so this topic is dear to my heart. I love most of the what I do, and yet, I believe that the human brain (especially as it gets a wee bit older) can only be truly productive for a certain number of hours—and the rest of the day is […]


My Meatless Obsession: Ch-ch-ch Chia

Despite last week’s clash over another meatless menu, we have no plans to give up on Meatless Mondays. Eating less meat is a proven boon for both health and the environment (not to mention your looks). But we do think it’s time to mix it up from the menus. Introducing a new series: My Meatless Obsession. What plant-based food are you in love with these days? Is it almond milk, sunflower seeds, or the carrots showing up in your CSA? How do you fit this ingredient into your menu, and what are its health benefits? Rebecca is kicking the series […]


Product Review: Introducing Prada Lab, A Great Unisex Line (Finally!)

You guys!! It’s finally happened. We’ve found a line that is clean, affordable, and totally man-friendly in the way it looks, smells, and feels. Heck, you could almost call it a men’s line—but  why limit something so awesome? Like many brands I adore, my first intro to the Prada Lab line was from Evolue. I took one look at the ingredients on the moisturizer—basically argan oil, and a blend of my favorite bee-derived actives—and knew it would be love. The bottles are simple, with clean graphic design, and fresh pops of color. They feel modern and masculine, so I wasn’t […]


Would You Spend 10 Days In Total Silence?

Mercury is retrograde—and even if you’re not an astrology buff (like some people who run this site), you probably still know what that means. Communication breakdown! Even here, in the land of community love, some commenters have been feeling attacked and misunderstood this week. Heck, I was feeling a little hurt! But I seriously hope that we can all lick our wounds on this one, and remember that—especially when it comes to food—we all come with a lifetime of baggage so it’s hard not to project. Kumbaya. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, great!) Anyways, this piece […]


Heather’s Morning Skin And Hair Routine… Exposed!

Meet Heather, a working mom with two daughters (and sensitive skin), she still manages to make some DIY products. We love it! We’ve included her inception story below—thanks for sharing it, Heather! I have been enjoying your series on morning routines and I wanted to throw mine into the mix.  My skin and haircare rituals have changed in the past couple of years, mainly because of your book!  I can’t even remember how I came across it, but I started reading No More Dirty Looks, on a Friday in 2011 and by Sunday evening I had looked up all my […]


With So Many Choices To Make, What’s Clean Enough For You?

We all have self-imposed limits.  What we’ll eat, what we’ll buy, who we’ll buy it from – these are all areas where we set boundaries for ourselves.  How do we make our choices?  What determines where the boundary is set?  From various angles, issues about this have surfaced on NMDL. I’ve seen controversy over Meatless Mondays, but taking fish oil capsules be accepted without comment. Reviews of products containing carmine may go by with nary a squeak, but some readers express disgust with emu oil.  I’ve seen people excited about trying products containing phenoxyethanol, yet eschewing products with parabens. NMDL […]


My MM: Nancy’s Meatless Monday Menu

Meet Nancy. She’s pregnant, she’s mostly vegan, and she’s a hydrating machine. Enjoy her awesome menu! Name: Nancy Lili Home: I’d call Austin home, but I currently live in Odessa, Texas Dietary Leanings: Two years ago, due to an extreme bout of food poisoning where I almost lost my large intestine and appendix, I became a “selective omnivore,” (read Eating Animals). Then I saw a video of a pig slaughter—and though I’d seen videos of animal slaughter and had been brought to tears by them before, this one hit me in a different way. I’m now 100% vegetarian with vegan […]


Product Review: Arcona Magic White Ice Lotion and Eye Dew

You know how you know it’s love? You get just a little taste and you want more. You find ways to work the object of your affection into conversations that have nothing (nothing!) to do with the topic at hand. Your thoughts kind of loop. A few weeks ago, my latest order from NuboNau showed up. The new Ilia mascara, that RMS Un-Powder—and a ton of free samples, as usual. Huh! Arcona, I thought. I’ve never tried Arcona. What kind of clean-beauty blogger am I that I’ve never tried Arcona? To be honest, I was a little scared of the […]


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