Flowers: Faux to Real and the Ugly in Between.

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I love flowers! I love how they brighten a room, or tell someone you love them wordlessly… but I was stuck reconciling my love for flowers and the damage I believed flower farming did to the planet. My first solution was to stick to artificial flowers which didn’t appear to be harmful to anyone and […]

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Have a Happy, Kind and Vegan Holiday!

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I love this time of the year because, to me, the holidays really emphasize how important it is to be kind to one another. With every email that ends “Have a Happy Holiday!” I’m reminded that during the rest of the year we often let the busy-ness of our lives overtake our sense of humanity […]

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Peaceful Dreams in a Compassionate Bedroom, Your Quilt!

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In my ongoing attempt to continue to make my bedroom as harm-free as possible, I recently said good bye to my feather duvet. I must admit I had a very sentimental attachment to my feather duvet because I bought it years ago when I lived in London — years before I considered that ducks would […]

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Animal-Free Hair Care for the Busy and Gray Rooted

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I am gray. Which apparently isn’t as much due to my age (44) as it is to my stressful lifestyle choices. My hair stylist found my first gray at 31. I was horrified and have waged a red-haired war on those little wirey strands ever since. To quote my favorite playwright: I am not going […]

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No Scaredy Cats or Unkind Tricks in Our Happy Halloween!

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Nothing is as much fun as Halloween in Los Angeles. Between our warm fall evenings and our infinite creative talent (I mean we invented movie makeup and special effects), this city gives a great All Hallow’s Eve. I love wandering the neighborhoods, family in tow, ogling the kids and the dressed up homes. What I […]

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Not Down with Duck? DIY Feather-Free Pillows

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I think few books made as much of an impression on 7 year-old me than Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Make Way for Ducklings, written in 1941 and Caldecott Medal winning a year later, tells the tale of a duck family and their relationship to the city of Boston. I was so captivated […]

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What Do Vegans Eat? A Look at My Fridge

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I’m vegan. Prior to becoming a vegan, I was a “I could never give up cheese” vegetarian for many years. I liked to use the term “vegan adjacent.” By 30 years old, I had given up ice cream and milk in my coffee but I held on to cheese desperately. I loved cheese. I would […]

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Save a Couch, Buy A Tree (Cat)

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Cute, aren’t they? …these little furry four-pawed creatures with whom we share our homes. There’s nothing I love more than petting bellies, rubbing ears and hearing happy purrs of kitty contentment. There is nothing I hate more than saying goodbye to a favorite item of furniture because someone has decided they needed a good stretch […]

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