Creativity, A Vanilla Bean Latte Soap Recipe + A Video!

Vanilla Bean Latte Soap Recipe + A Video! - offbeat + inspired

It’s been one of our missions here to share homemade soap recipes with tips and tricks on how to keep your cleansing routine natural and healthy. It’s fairly obvious that making your own soap comes with a slew of benefits in the way of skincare and overall wellness, but today I want to explain a little more about why this is something I love to do and not just a practical health choice.

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Clean Eating | Cocoa Banana Almond Dairy Free “Ice Cream”

Clean Eating | Cocoa Banana Almond Dairy Free "Ice Cream" - offbeat + inspired

The transition from regular eating to clean eating was pretty rocky for me. My main issue in the beginning was that health food tasted like cardboard compared to everything I actually enjoyed. The problem, I came to realize, was that I didn’t know enough about how to use whole food flavors in my recipes, and that clean eating didn’t mean no longer utilizing my tastebuds.

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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

Orange Tea Tree Soap 3

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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Painted Pots + Succulents

Painted Pots + Succulents - offbeat + inspired

I don’t have a green thumb by any stretch of the imagination. I tried to grow blackberries two years ago and they died within a week. Blackberries. They grow like weeds in the wild without any human intervention. Basically, it’s harder to kill a blackberry bush than it is to grow one. Yeah.

After that little mishap, I tried to grow herbs indoors. I watered them religiously, determined to raise healthy and happy plants. Within two weeks, they were being completely devoured by swarms of tiny unidentified white insects that appeared out of nowhere. If you have any guesses about what those creatures might have been, please let me know in the comments section as I still have no clue (even after hours of Googling).

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Clean Eating at Payne’s | Granola With Fruit + Recipe

Clean Eating at Payne's | Fruit With Granola + A Healthy Summer Recipe! - offbeat + inspired

Last weekend, we road-tripped up to Indiana for my youngest sister’s official exit from Taylor University. Four long years and now she’s done! GO LITTLE SIS GO! While there’s a soft spot in ALL of our hearts for Taylor’s little section of IN, both of my Taylor-grad sisters have expressed over the years how little there was to do in or near town. Both also expressed a deep love for the glorious exception that was Payne’s Restaurant + Cafe (aka Payne’s Coffee + Custard).

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Clean Eating | Quinoa Pilaf + Balsamic Roasted Kabocha Squash

Clean Eating | Quinoa Pilaf + Balsamic Roasted Kabocha Squash from offbeat + inspired

I think it’s fairly common to make healthy eating resolutions in January, and then watch in horror as they go down the drain when Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter hit. Those don’t seem like big eating holidays, which is why we all figure we’re out of the dog house post-New Years — but then the boxes of chocolate, fancy dinner dates, Irish soda bread, corned beef, Easter ham and everything buttery, sugary, salty and fried makes itself absolutely necessary… again.

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Farm Wanderings at Heritage Prairie

Last week, I shared over at FOLK Magazine & Blog about my recent wanderings at Heritage Prairie Farm. I thought I’d share a few more pictures from my visit. They have so much great stuff I just couldn’t squeeze it all in one blog post!

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Farm-Inspired Butternut Squash Salad

We’re hanging out today over at FOLK Magazine & Blog! Head over there to read about my recent farm wanderings that inspired a delicious recipe for Butternut Squash Salad!

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And be sure to check out an amazing deal that FOLK Magazine has running! It’s only $11 for a whole year subscription if you purchase by Black Friday!

See you over at FOLK!

An Inspiring Home

An inspiring environment breeds creativity.  I realized this for the first time fresh out of high school when I decided to redo my bedroom.  Picking out paint colors, carpet textures, a bed set and some new furniture was so exciting.  Once the room came together I felt so cozy and motivated to create.  I started to draw more, I started to get into crafting more – my life just felt more organized and productive.  Ever since then, it’s been my goal to curate an inspiring space wherever I live.

My tastes definitely drift and change at times, but I’d say my overall style is clean, bright, rustic, vintage and natural.  I love the rough textures and warm tones of reclaimed wood paired with whitewashed walls and brightly painted pottery.  I love chipped and worn wrought iron chairs with a ruffled floral vintage apron draped over the back.  I love quirky little gadgets like misfit toys that have found a home on my shelf.

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