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Green Living | INSPIRED ACTION

Here at The Basic Goods, I write, share and create all different kinds of content.

Whether it’s an interview, a DIY or a featured shop, each piece underscores the importance of making sustainable and conscious choices. That’s why I’m taking a moment to say that the heart and soul of this blog is all about taking action.

If you’re reading this, you most likely have the ability to make powerful and impactful decisions that affect the environment and other people — seen and unseen. But let’s be real, we can’t assume that homemade bread or buying a reusable water bottle will solve our most crucial problems. The real power of these everyday things lies in shifting our perspective and being willing to change . As Yvonne Chouinard says in his film, 180 degrees South, simple living is more complicated than living fastRead More

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Wellness | Easy Yoga Poses to do at Home

Something I learned about myself in 2017 is that I do not like to (and cannot) sit still. For me, regular movement means I’m happier, healthier and feel more energized overall. However, I find myself sitting for long periods of time on the computer or traveling in a car way more than I’d like. After a while, things start to hurt, crankiness sets in and…well…it all goes downhill from there.

Maybe you can relate to this. Most of us do because as a sedentary culture, we are starved of the regular, nourishing movement that our bodies and minds need to be well. As a yoga instructor and lover of movement (motion is lotion! Is that weird? I’m sorry) I prefer to do a few easy and rejuvenating poses at home or in private to tune things up.

The poses below are simple, accessible and go a long way if you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes to be on your mat.  Since the holidays have just come to a close, chances are you feel a bit burnt out and tight like I do right now. So, hopefully you’ll appreciate the simplicity of these poses. Remember to focus on your breath and meet yourself where you are. There’s no need to try and change a thing. Just breathe.

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Vintage Holiday Gift Guide | Sojourn

Can I be totally honest with you? I have some really cool friends.

The kind of friends who have an impeccable eye for style and design and carry around vintage shopping secrets so good that they can’t even tell you. They are the kind of friends who oh-so casually run an amazing vintage and handcrafted shop with products that people at Urban Outfitters would die to get their hands on, plus, they are just the loveliest humans on the planet. Sigh.

So, you can only imagine how delighted I am to have Amanda and Stephanie of Sojourn sharing their holiday picks on The Basic Goods (very) and before I give them the floor, a note about vintage.

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Holidays | DIY Hand Poured Beeswax Candles

Oh, the holidays. Whether or not you are excited by this season, one thing is certain, it moves fast. Despite my best efforts to slow down, I typically find myself drowning in a sea of wrapping paper, gift receipts and Christmas cards that leave me feeling a little ill about the amount of waste created — and, let’s be real — money spent (will I ever learn?).

This year, I’m planning ahead by embracing the chaos and getting creative. Throughout the month, I’ll be posting some of the best eco-friendly solutions and gifts that make an impact but since it’s the holidays, this will be some extra-special content (think: giveaways, giftables + more) that I hope you will use, love and share with others.  Read More

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People | Protect Our Winters (POW)

Our climate is changing. Politically, socially and especially environmentally things aren’t the way they used to be. For those of who us who love our winters, that’s a problem.

I grew up with parents who love to ski. From the time I could stand up in a shopping cart (apparently, this was the tip-off) I was on a pair of skis and learning how to pizza and french-fry my way down the mountain. Memories of fluffy powder days out west and even glorious cruddy days out east —although, we certainly have our own brand of pow — are things I won’t ever forget. However, if the rising temps have anything to say about that, these might just stay a memory.

If you’re a skier, snowboarder or a [enter winter sport here] this news probably sucks. At least, that’s what the folks at Protect Our Winters (POW) thought. Founded in 2007 by pro snowboarder, Jeremy Jones, POW is a nonprofit organization that works to engage and harness the power of the outdoor community to implement positive environmental change.   Read More

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Wellness | Restorative Breathwork

It might be surprising to hear that as a yoga instructor, deep breathing can be one of my greatest challenges.

Like many of you, I struggle with panic and anxiety that at times feels hard to manage. When I feel overwhelmed or am just generally freaking out, my breath is always the first to go. However, our breath is the most effective tool we have to manage anxiety. And that means anxiety of any kind, like the irrational anxiety of doing chair pose (it always ends, guys) anxiety of sitting still in a quiet yoga class, of not checking your email—you get the idea.

Although we humans are a species prone to doubt, worry and futurize incessantly (thanks amygdala!) we’re also capable of healing these harmful patterns in a simple and intuitive way: our breath. The beauty and depth of this mind-body alchemy is so profound that whenever I teach it in class I’m always amazed by the shift of energy and focus in my students. Read More

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Food + Drink | Campfire Cooking

Last summer we hiked and camped out on Mount Washington. It was awesome, amazing and a ton of fun. You can read all about our trip and why you should do it here, on Huckberry.  Sorry to tell you but this post is not about the adventure, it’s about food.  Let’s move on.

Since we started a bit later in the day and the climb up and down Tuckerman Ravine isn’t exactly quick, by the time we returned to our campsite it was nearly dusk. Sweaty, tired and starving (we had seen people drive up to the top in their cars with entire pizza pies, I swear I’m not joking) we set up camp and got cooking — fast. Thank goodness we had a solution.

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Whether you are car camping or carrying it all in your pack, making a nourishing and tasty meal that’ll fill you up is tough. Most camp meals are prepackaged and freeze-dried, loaded with sodium and calories galore, but sometimes making a hot meal is simply not an option.  Read More

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DIY | Eco All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Of all the tips, tricks and life hacks that make living an eco-friendly lifestyle accessible, 3 ingredient recipes are by far my favorite ones. Why? Because it’s not hard to memorize such a short list and it keeps Brian and I from becoming dependent on store-bought cleaners. For me, that second part is a such a huge win. There’s nothing more paralyzing and discouraging than wanting to do better but feeling overwhelmed by the process. So, it’s empowering to find something like this that really works.  Read More

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Q + A | How to Make a Feature Film

It’s not everyday that you get the chance to have a conversation with two feature-length filmmakers. Especially when those two filmmakers decided to buck the trend, ditch the industry standards and make their movie the way they want to do it.

While this is a little bit of a departure from our regular content on The Basic Goods, Kate and Daryl inspired me to get outside of my comfort zone and shake things up a little. After all, this blog is dedicated to telling stories of a life well lived and these two devoted filmmakers and hardworking creatives truly embody what it means to make things happen — no matter what.

So, without further ado, here’s my conversation with Kate Forsatz and Daryl Ferrara, filmmakers and producers of the upcoming feature film, Thre3bound!

Check out their website to learn more about Thre3bound, here.

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The Conscious Kitchen | SAVOR

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.” – Wendell Berry

For me and to many others, conscious choices often start in the kitchen. Growing up, my mother would bake homemade bread pretty regularly, (full disclosure: we had a bread making machine) which I now realize was quite the luxury. Living in a culture of convenience, where food is regarded as something you can easily obtain or throwaway rather than the precious resource it truly is, I constantly feel as though I’m toeing the line between making right and wrong choices.  Even with the memory of homemade bread and garden-grown veggies in my mind, it’s truly difficult not to succumb to the lure of cheap, plastic-wrapped, forever-fresh foods from the local grocery store.

Cue Ilona Oppenheim’s earth-shattering cookbook Savor: Rustic Recipes Inspired by Forest, Field, And Farm.  In the midst of my wavering, I came across this gorgeous book when it caught my eye in an interior design shop. I remember impulsively grabbing it off the shelf, flipping through a handful of pages and deciding that that was enough to make a purchase. My lack of self-control (let’s call it instinct) proved to be right because I could hardly dream up a more beautiful, informative and helpful book to guide me through the complicated world of modern eats.

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