Author: Christine Dionese

BEYOND ORGANIC: TO CERTIFY OR NOT TO CERTIFY? For Boomtown Table

In the 1970s, each of the United States determined organic standards based on regional limitations and production practices. But the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 claimed too much variability existed across state lines, and by 2000, the USDA had developed standardized national organic certification standards. Now, disparities many consumers aren’t aware of exist among the quality of (and ethics behind) organic food available through farmers markets, directly from farms, and from big chain grocers. Fast forward a quarter of a century to 2017, and we’re left wondering who those labeling and certifying regulations protect: is it the consumers, local farmers and small businesses, or big organic corporations? And at what cost? The big question for everyone today is whether to certify or not – and why? Photo by Steve Carter, Social Strategist for Boomtown Table FOR FARMERS PRACTICING ABOVE AND BEYOND ORGANIC STANDARDS, THEY SAY LITTLE MOTIVATING INCENTIVE EXISTS FOR THEM TO CERTIFY – AND OUR INTERVIEWEES AGREED: IF ANYONE SHOULD BE UPHELD TO CERTIFICATION STANDARDS, IT IS THE FARMERS USING GMOS AND PESTICIDES IN THEIR GROWING.  …

I Just Can’t… Be Vegan Anymore for Poppy & Seed

When I had just begun my journey in the natural health world I had my first “I just can’t” moment when urine therapy hit the scene. Yes, that’s right folks, drinking one’s own pee for health! When I used to think about veganism I’d think of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where the main actress’ fiancé is asked if he eats meat. Aunt Voula hears him say he’s vegetarian so she offers to make him lamb instead. If you asked me ten years ago if I’d ever become a vegan, I’d have laughed and said, “I’m Italian, I just can’t be vegan.” But then, during an ethical, spiritual exploration, I did. Well, temporarily at least. I was asked to review activist and author, Sonia Faruqi’s, Project Animal Farm. Her provocative story working undercover on factory farms throughout the world literally made my heart hurt. The atrocious treatment to animals reported in her book was beyond inhumane. I considered the ethical meats I consumed humane, but her first-person account was raw and eye-opening. For about six months after my …

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Lifestyle + Wellness GIFTING From Our Garden Eats Friends Via Pinterest

If you haven’t already met, please allow us to introduce you to our creative & talented friends featured in this year’s Garden Eats gift guide. Take a little spin through, see something you love, click on it and it’ll lead you to where you can purchase the gifts at our holiday Pinterest board. One of you readers requested that instead of publishing a tiny gift board that we offer full images, so here you go for a better look! Thank you for gifting our friends to your loved ones this year! xo Kath + Christine  

DIY Wreath: Creating Hygge + Merriment with Hannah Betts of Lives Styled

Please welcome back friend, stylist and photographer, Hannah Betts of Lives Styled. Today she’s sharing her minimalist love for holiday decorating. Inspired by Hannah’s minimalist wreath designs she posted to the Lives Styled Instagram last week, I’m having friends over tonight to create some of our own to cozy up our spaces. Check out Hannah’s how-to & let us know how yours turn out by posting pics and tagging #DIYlivesstyled and #hyggejournal with your own version of this minimalist wreath! W O R D S and photos by Hannah Betts I love the tradition of the holidays, but when it comes to decorating, I am drawn toward more of a minimalist look. These wreaths are the perfect way to decorate for the holidays in a modern esthetic. Supplies Gold macrame ring Floral wire Decor elements such as stones, gold wire, leather, wooden circles, pinecones etc. Floral and greens- most of mine were foraged from my backyard but you can also pick up some floral and greens from your favorite local florist Glue gun/sticks Scissors or …

UPDATE: WHAT + HOW to DONATE to Standing Rock NOW

U P D A T E If you’re heading to Standing Rock, stay updated on routes in, around and out. Earlier today, the Oceti Sakowin Camp published alternative routes to reach them through South Dakota. In a post by Reuters at 5:47 pm EST this evening, they reported that North Dakota officials will be acting more “passively” in “allowing” protestors to continue through at least a bit longer, but not for long- if they think people are heading to the camp, they may be faced with a $1000 fine. You can stay updated on routes via the Oceti Sakowin Camp FB page. The beautiful headline artwork by Alexa-Milena Pique is being auctioned off via Tribe de Mama- all proceeds generated from said auction go directly to the medics onsite. Medics need a constant supply of  goggles, bandanas, eye flushing materials and trauma supplies to get through the cold months ahead. Please read the post about a day in the life of a medic at Tribe de Mama. An excerpt by medic, Sarah Matuszak: All money raised during …