Loose Leaf Tea 101 + A Giveaway [Featuring K'Tizo Tea]

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We love spreading the word about things we love – whether it’s coffee, flannel shirts, bags, or jewelry. Our latest favorite? K’Tizo Tea.

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Coffee + Vanilla Sugar Scrub

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Can you believe it’s already November? Before you know it, Christmas will be here – which means if you’re anything like me, you have the best intentions of getting those gifts done early but will instead find yourself frantically shopping on Christmas Eve. Sound familiar?

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Bourbon Cider Cocktail with Cinnamon + Ginger

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Mulled for hours with spices and served hot in your favorite mug or crisp and cold from the orchard market, apple cider is (at least in my mind) the quintessential fall beverage. As soon as the leaves turn and the weather gets cold, I start toying around with new cider recipes to savor throughout the season.

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Butternut Squash + Apple Soup with Apple-Gruyere Crostini

Butternut Squash + Apple Soup with Apple-Gruyere Crostini - offbeat + inspired

There’s something relaxing about making soup. Maybe it’s that I don’t feel the pressure of getting the concoction right the first time. As long as I use a large enough pot, I can add ingredients until I’m content with the taste. I’ll admit, I’ve been known to transfer a soup-in-progress to a larger pot for this exact reason. Unfortunately, there did not exist a container big enough to fix my “random leftover veggie disaster soup”.

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Coffee Granola with Chocolate, Honey + Sea Salt

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I’m not a morning person. Anyone who knows me knows that breakfast starts after 10am and conversations are most successful when I’ve consumed at least one cup of coffee. I’ve had spurts throughout the last few years when I’ve attempted to be a morning person, but let’s be honest – it’s just not going to happen.

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Clean Eating | Peach-Banana Smoothie Popsicles

Clean Eating | Peach Banana Smoothies - offbeat + inspired

I typically do a decent job eating “clean” when it comes to actual meals. My downfall? Snacks. I absolutely love snacking in between meals and I’ll admit that some of my food choices are not always the greatest.

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Adventuring | Hiking in Colorado

Flourishing Mountains - offbeat + inspired

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I had the chance to visit Colorado for an incredible vacation. Our mornings consisted of sleeping late, drinking coffee and reading books on our hotel deck.

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The Wake-Up Bar | Don’t Judge A Soap By Its Color

The Wake-Up Bar | Don't Judge A Soap By Its Color - offbeat + inspired

Over the last few years, I’ve watched plenty of food documentaries and read dozens of articles devoted to the study of things we put into and onto our bodies every day. These videos and articles were what originally inspired me to make my own soap. I wanted to undo some of the brainwashing that had me convinced that my shampoo had to smell like candy in order to get my scalp clean, and that if a cupcake tasted like banana, it had to be yellow. As nonsensical as it sounds, the mindset runs deep!

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Orange + Tea Tree Soap

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I have a hard time staying focused on one hobby at a time. I love dabbling in about 10 projects at once. I currently have soap curing, pallets in the garage waiting to become furniture, spray paint on hand for finishing my deck upcycle, and random ingredients (like Himalayan pink salt) in my pantry waiting to be featured in recipes I have yet to create.

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Adventuring | Red River Gorge

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

The desire to adventure is something I had to grow into. I wasn’t always excited to spend the day getting dirty and sweaty on steep, muddy trails. I realized my love for adventuring after high school, when I learned that Creation itself was where my deepest inspiration came from. I love being surrounded by the smells and sounds of nature with trails to explore and big, beautiful things to discover. When I’m hiking, I feel like a tiny guest in a meticulously and gloriously designed house, and I want nothing more than to climb, duck, crawl, jump, and run through it. I always have a hard time expressing the sense of wonder that Creation awakens in me. The best way I’ve come up with is to go play in it.

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