Like most people who live on planet Earth, I adore me some Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I never expected the drink to be as healthy as say, kale, but as it turns out, its ingredients give a whole new meaning to the word “junk food.” In the midst of all the pre-autumn pumpkin hype, Vani Hari, the woman behind the healthy living blog Food Babe, is on a public mission to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes healthier. In a post on her blog, she shares an eye-opening list of what’s actually in the beloved PSL. Among lots of icky artificial flavors and preservatives, a serving of the drink includes two doses Caramel Color Level IV, a food coloring that sounds harmless in name but is actually made with ammonia and considered a carcinogen. Hari wants that food coloring taken out of the recipe. She’s also hoping to pressure Starbucks to do away with other harmful additives, offer organic milk at all store locations, and make the ingredients lists for their products publicly available. For a company that goes to great lengths to frame itself as transparent, health-conscious and socially aware, these requests hardly seem extravagant. Keep reading »
Not to sound like a fall cliche of a human being, but this weekend I went apple picking on a small farm in New England. And as these activities which snap you out of your everyday routine tend to, apple picking led to my own mini-spiritual awakening. As I was harvesting my bushel of fruit and feeling one with nature, I had a few bite-sized revelations: Keep reading »
Looking for a way to be glamorous this fall? When I stumbled across this Karl Lagerfeld metallic knit sweater, I fell in love with the style but not the price. This easy to wear sweater can easily be paired with fitted skirts, shorts, jeans, and leggings. The metallic compliments this season’s bold buckled trend. Can you blame me for my obsession? After a through search, I found these two low-priced versions that had me considering silver and gold!
Carving pumpkins is ambitious and messy. You set out to create a masterpiece like this, but once you start hacking away your pumpkin looks like this. Fail.
We suggest you skip the mess this year and try one of these easy no-carve pumpkin decorations. No Band-Aids required.
It’s the time of year when the dark and endless doom of winter is about to knock. It’s finally cool enough for you to sit on your couch with a blanket, and that means it’s time to spend some quality time with the written word. Let’s set aside the fluff from this summer and get into some fall jams. What’s a good fall book? You know it when you see it. A fall book is a big heavy novel, full of plot; a book that just feels cozy; a book that you read over and over again, every year. If you find your mind aching for something a little more fulfilling these days, check out our picks and share yours in the comments!