Spicy Black Bean Soup

I've been making the Spicy Black Bean Soup for a few years now. Yummy on a cold day, just perfect for this past week in Chicago when winter made a comeback.

The emotional Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Life and Family I don't remember much about my paternal grandmother, Abuela Julin. I've been told she and my maternal grandmother, Maria, were almost my namesakes. I would've been either Maria Julia or Julia Maria, last name Juliá. But, having been only 7 or younger the last time I saw her, I don't have any memories of … Continue reading The emotional Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Sit all day? 5 Tips for back health

Much like many people in this more technologically advanced world of working at computers, I sit all day. The research on the harmful, sometimes  deadly, effects of sitting for long periods of time is overwhelming. "Sitting 6+ hours a day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits … Continue reading Sit all day? 5 Tips for back health

Mix a little coconut oil, raw honey, apple cider vinegar and you get…

It's been about 6 months since I started on the path of a more chemical free, natural life and as I spent the last few days doing even more research, which I'll get to soon, I thought I'd share an update. My hair I haven't used shampoo since July of last year. I've clicked on … Continue reading Mix a little coconut oil, raw honey, apple cider vinegar and you get…

Side effects may include: Moving towards a chemical-free life

It's funny what your mind hones in on when it can't sleep at 3 a.m. For me, most often, those things tend to be quite random. My family, my friends, a situation from my past that I hadn't thought about in years, and so on and so on. Last weekend, as I was still not … Continue reading Side effects may include: Moving towards a chemical-free life

Life, interrupted: The day my mind went numb

In December of 2011 I wrote a post titled, Life, Interrupted. It was the first time I ever addressed my struggle with depression publicly. I never really hid it, but I've never really talked about it. Soon after, friends contacted me privately to share their own stories. and to thank me for sharing mine. But … Continue reading Life, interrupted: The day my mind went numb