Wallpaper for Nomads

We nomads have a hard time staying in one place for too long, let alone committing to a permanent style of décor. So how do we express ourselves on our walls when paint and wallpaper are just that—permanent? EB’s Hailey has the ultimate solution for the spontaneous soul: a starched tapestry. This simple yet impact DIY project works best with a partner. Hailey and teammate Alex hit the studio to show us how it’s done.

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Taste of Turkey: Homemade Kisir

They say a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and our Turkish friend Hulya chartered a non-stop flight to flavor town. Hulya, a long-time friend of our Director of Online Sales, was born in Adana, Turkey and moved to the U.S. in 2001 after meeting her now-husband who was on assignment in Turkey.

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One Stack, Two Forks

Food is love, and this Valentine’s Day brunch spread is loveliness incarnate. EB’s Alex took to the kitchen to whip up a decadent breakfast of Gluten-Free Nutella Pancakes with Fresh Sliced Strawberries. Look for the how-to behind our pretty Carnation Garland in an upcoming Earthbound Blog post and reemerge a refreshed you.

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Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treats (with DogsButter too!)

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and friendsgiving gatherings with the people – and pups – we love the most. We become googling machines, hunting for the best hostess gift for the next event. If you’re like us, then most of your friends probably have a dog, or two…or three they think the world of. We even tend to treat our dogs better than ourselves and want what’s best for them. Fur children are real chidren, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

So what do you bring along with that bottle of wine and agate coasters when you’re in a rush? Whip up this healthy and easy batch of dog treats for the hostess’ one true love and maybe you’ll get an extra serving or to go box of that mac n cheese you were eyeing all night.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup DOGSBUTTER (Unlike real PB, this doesn’t have any added salt, sugar or hydrogenated oils)
  • 1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (might need less, depending on consistency)

Supplies:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix the DOGSBUTTER and pumpkin puree together. Add 1/4 cup of flour at a time and stir together until the dough isn’t sticky. You don’t want the mixture to become too dough-y.

 

3. Grab your rolling pin and roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper until it is about 1/4″ thick. Start cutting out the treats with the dog cookie cutters.

4. Add parchment paper to the cookie sheet and place the dog treats on it.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 – 10 minutes. Remove them once they are completely cooled and store it in an airtight container. Since these are all natural, the shelf life is only 3 – 5 days.


If you try these out, let us know how your dog or friend’s dog likes them! Pumpkin puree is rich in soluble fiber and is great for keeping their digestive tract running smoothly. Plus the DOGSBUTTER provides added nutritional benefits like Vitamin E, protein, and Omega-3’s, which is great for their skin.

Day of the Dead

All items are available in stores now.

1. Day of the Dead Asymmetrical Face Mask

2. Day of the Dead Full Face Mask

3. Half Mask Asymmetrical Birdcage Mask

4. Single Day of the Dead Rose   (also available online)

5. Layered Spirits Necklace  (also available online)

6. Floral Crowns

7. Day of the Dead Top Hat

8. Skeleton Gloves  (also available online)

9. Day of the Dead Floral Shawl  (also available online)

10. Day of the Dead Face Stickers (this, this, or this) , designed in house by EB!  (also available online)

Ethereal Fairy

 

1. Copper Fairy Ear Cuff (available online)

2. Beauty Sparks Face Stickers  (available online)

3. Fairy Lace Cuff (available online)

4. Leaf Bangle (available online)

5. Whimsical Gold Metal Mask

6. Moon Fringe Layers Necklace (available online)

7. Butterfly Headband

8. Moon & Star Crystal Bangle (available online)

9. Cream Crochet Tunic (available online)

10. Fairy Vine Tights (available online)

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Divine Witchcraft

1. Black Bell Sleeve Dress (available online)

2. Moon Draped Hair Chain

3. Black Lace Mask

4. Asymmetrical Black Mask

5. Pentacle Moon Necklace (available online)

6. Etched Obelisk Necklace (available online)

7. Etched Black Stone Earrings (available online)

8. Dark Sparkle Void Ring (available online)

9. Ruby Red Gold Hammered Ring (available online)

10. Stacked Skull Knee High Socks (available online)

11. Black Suede Fringe and Feathers Purse (available online)

12. Alchemy Temporary Tattoos (available online)

 

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Fragrant & Spicy: Indian Chole Palak

Happy World Vegetarian Day! Most of us love our greasy burgers, perfectly seared steaks, and bacon (Yeah..don’t forget the bacon). Even if you don’t want to commit to a life sans-meat, everyone should make an effort to incorporate more veggies and fruits into their diet and less animal prodcuts. Why, you ask?

1. You’ll feel better and live longer

Eating animal products has a negative affect on our overall heart health. A diet full of fat and cholestrol can lead to heart disease, like clogged arteries. Plus you’ll feel less sluggish overall.

2. You’ll save money

Eating vegeterian is cheap. Browse the produce aisle at the grocery store. Now browse the meat section. See a difference? If you’re concerned about protein, tofu is actually pretty affordable in comparison to meat. Protein can also be found in things like beans, chickpeas, soy and nuts.

3. You’ll save lives

Many of us have seen videos online of the horrible conditions farm animals live in. That’s the reality of it.

4. You’ll help the environment

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has reported that the chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams.

Have you seen cowspirarcy? It’s a pretty eye opening movie when it comes to our consumption of animal products. Check it out on Netflix.

Convinced yet? If these reasons don’t move you to at least try to eat more vegetarian based dishes, then you don’t have a heart. Kidding. Bacon is wonderful. But so is this traditional Indian dish called Chole Palak, made from spinach and garbanzo beans and plenty of fragrant spice, like garam masala. Go on, try it. It’s pretty simple.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 19 oz can of chickpeas a.ka. garbanzo beans
  • 3 cups of chopped spinach
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 green chili
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • basmati rice
  • naan bread
  • lemon wedges

Supplies

  • sautee pan with lid
  • blender or food processor
  • spatula or potato masher
  • measuring spoons
  • knife

1. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas a.k.a garbanzo beans in a colander.

2. Cut up the tomatoes, green chili and ginger. Add them to a food processor or blender to make a puree.

3. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan at a medium/low temperature and add the diced onion. Continue to sautee them until their soft and brown, appx. 5 minutes.

4. Once the onion is sauteed, add the cumin seed and let that heat up together for appx. 2 minutes. Then add the puree of tomato goodness + coriander, turmeric, red pepper. Let that simmer for about 3 – 4 minutes on medium heat.

5. Add the chopped spinach, salt, and 1/2 cup of water. Cover it. Let that continue to cook for 5 minutes.

6. Add the chickpeas and mash them up a bit with a spatula or potato masher. Add the garam masala and let it cook on low heat, covered, for 7 – 8 minutes.

Remove the lid and let the aroma of garam masala transport you to India. And you thought only meat tasted this good! 😉 Serve it over warm basmati rice and top it off with a lemon wedge, if you like. Dip the naan bread into the sauce or use it to scoop some of the chickpea and spinach concoction.

See! Eating vegetarian isn’t that bad. If you’ve decided to go vegetarian or have tried to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, let us know in the comments! We could use a little inspiration.

Day in the Life with Essential Oils

Essential oils are all the rage right now. From tupperware-style parties in homes to health food stores, these plant-based oils can be found almost everywhere. If you’re like me, then you might have been a bit skeptical at first. Some people believe they can cure anything from the common cold to even cancer. I became curious about these potion-like oils and started experimenting. I will say they do affect my mood and some oils definitely help when it comes to clearing toxins in your skin and balancing sebum. As someone with sensitive skin that is prone to acne, this seemed too good to be true. However, they do come straight from mother nature so there must be some truth to it.

Come explore with us as we try out different essential oils throughout our daily routine.

 


No matter how much sleep you got the night before, waking up in the morning can be a nightmare for some of us (hi, yes. that’s me. I’m a bear in the a.m.)  Many of us try to counteract the drowsy feeling with loads of caffeine, which can irritate sensitive stomachs and cause a horrible mental crash later. I like to start the morning on my mat with a diffuser by my side while I do a few simple yoga poses to get the blood and energy flowing. In the morning I especially love the scents of citrus like lemon, grapefruit and orange. Citrus is incredibly invigorating and will definitely help you wake up and give you the mental clarity that is so desperately needed.

1. Morning Pick Me Up Recipe: Use 10-20 drops total per oz. My favorite scent is lemon so I tend to use a little more.

  • lemon
  • grapefruit
  • peppermint
  • orange

After I’ve woken up my body with citrus essential oils and yoga, I wash my face to really feel recharged and ready to go. Many face washes and soaps can have chemicals that strip your face of its natural oils, which leaves you feeling either too dry or too oily. But unscented castile soap is known for having organic, all-natural ingredients like olive oil and coconut oil. Lemon is added to the face wash because it acts as an astringent and tea tree oil can help with acne.

Note: Lemon is a photosensitizing oil, meaning it can cause skin irritation after sun exposure so be careful!

 

2. All Natural Face Wash Recipe

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 tbsp tea tree essential oil

If you’re going through a stressful time or ate too much pizza the night before, then you may have a few acne flare-ups you need to deal with (we’ve all been there. And pizza is totally worth it). Tea tree oil is known for its anti-acne properties and lavender is known to calm irritated skin. The combination can be powerful so only add a small amount to the affected area with a q-tip.

 

3. Skin Care Blend Recipe

  • 6 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil

Add to 1 ounce of jojoba and apply with a q-tip essential oil


We’re all too familiar with that dragging, tired feeling we often get in the afternoon. Around 3 o’clock everyday I start yawning and grabbing for the coffee. Caffeine is a quick fix but it can leave you feeling super sluggish and can cause trouble sleeping even hours later. For an afternoon recharge, I use a USB diffuser on my desk with the essential oils below to keep my mind sharp and on track.

Sidenote: This little USB diffuser is one of my personal favorites because of its size. If you travel you can pack it in your bag to use in your hotel after a long day.


 

4. Afternoon Pick Me Up Recipe

  • 6 drops of rosemary
  • 3 drops of lemon
  • 2 drops of frankincense

After a long day when I simply can’t take anymore and I’m officially exhausted, I love unwinding with a warm bath (and a glass of wine. or three). Making your own bath salts is pretty simple and can have a huge impact on your mind and body. The scents help your mind escape to relaxation while the warm bath soothes aching muscles. This combination of oils, especially the eucalyptus, is perfect for alleviating symptoms of a stuffy nose or a sore throat.

5. Breath Easy Bath Salts Recipe: per 1 oz. of bath salts.

  • 4 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 3 drops of rosemary
  • 2 drops of lavender

There it is, a day in the life with essential oils. Finding ways to add these oils into your life can be simple and doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul of your everyday routine. Since everyone is different, some oils may work better with you than others and some scents you may not like at all, and that’s okay. Take time to experiment and find what works for you.
What recipes have you come up with and how do you like to use them?