Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tea for Clear Skin


I’m a huge fan of tea. This tea will help you get glowing skin. You may need to go down to a health food store or buy these herbs online. Make sure if you buy them online they’re okay for consumption. Another note: be sure you can mix these herbs with any medication you are taking.
  • Rooibos Leaf (can be substituted with green tea)
  • Orange peel, or a squirt of orange
  • Hibiscus
  • Chamomile
  • Red Clover flower
  • Burdock root
  • Chaste Berry

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Last Daily Deal is Tomorrow!



It's the final countdown. Christmas is just around the corner and the last Daily Deal is tomorrow. I will be releasing the final deal tomorrow at 6:00 am (PT). Make sure you see them by following me on TumblrFacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter. I will be using the hashtag #dailydealmumbles.

This coupon is good for 30% off your entire purchase on Mumbles and Things. Add the items you wish to purchase to your cart and when you go to checkout there will be a blue link that says, "Apply shop coupon code." Enter coupon code: LASTCHANCE15 in the box to apply discount. This coupon only applies to Mumbles and Things products. Any other items in your cart will not be discounted.

Thanks for choosing to #ShopSmall. Please share your Small Business Saturday experience on your social channels.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

10 ways to keep faeries happy

Most of us think of faeries as tiny creatures, flitting about on gossamer wings, waving a magic wand, but history and folklore tell a different tale. When belief in faeries was common most people didn't like to mention them by name and so referred to them by other names: the Little People or the Hidden People. They may remain hidden from us but you can attract faeries to your home and garden, and keep the ones who already reside their happy, by doing these ten things.


  1. Keep bird feeders full of food and water in your yard.
  2. Don’t use pesticides in your garden.
  3. Plant bell-shaped flowers in your garden.
  4. Switch to earth friendly soap, shampoo, and cleaning supplies.
  5. Eat a vegan diet, or only buy humanely treated animals and animal products from organic farms.
  6. Donate time or money to environmental or animal-rights charities.
  7. Put statues of fairies or gnomes in your garden
  8. Hang crystals from your trees, and put them, or other shiny objects, in your yard.
  9. Warn the fairies before you mow the grass.
  10. Relax or lay in your yard, especially with music in the background.

Notes

  • Celebrate toadstools and mushrooms that appear in your yard because that means the fairies have taken up residence in your garden.
  • Do not leave candies unattended, though faeries love sugar and would rejoice in a sweet treat like chocolate, it may be harmful to birds, squirrels and other animals who may find their way into your home and garden.
  • To see faeries try: wearing your coat turned inside-out; closing your right eye and only looking through the left; wearing a posy of primroses; or carrying a four-leafed clover.

Have you seen a faerie? How did you attract them?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

15 Fruits, Veggies and Spices You Can Regrow From Scraps

Various plants that you can regrow from the food you already have! Good for you! Reusing and recycling! Keep a constant supply of green onions, garlic and ginger growing. Grow potatoes and sweet potatoes in your pantry.



  1. Apples
  2. Avocado 
  3. Cabbage- Same technique as celery
  4. Carrot Tops
  5. Celery 
  6. Garlic 
  7. Ginger 
  8. Green Onions and Green Onions 2
  9. Leeks- same technique as green onions
  10. Lentils 
  11. Pineapple 
  12. Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes 
  13. Pumpkin 
  14. Romaine Lettuce- Same technique as celery
  15. Tomatoes
Bonus: Bok Choy



Do you regrow any of your food?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

30 Day Minimalist Challenge

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.



For the next thirty days I invite you to try one thing from this list until you've completed it. Here is a printable of the checklist below so you can keep track of which you've done.




Here are some great reads on minimalism:
Joshua Fields Millburn's & Ryan Nicodemus's Minimalism Elevator Pitch
Leo Babauta’s Description of Minimalism
Joshua Becker’s Benefits of Minimalism
Colin Wright’s Minimalism Explained

Do you think you can do every item on the list?

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sankt Nikolaus Tag - Daily Deal 30% Off




In Northern Germany, children celebrate Sankt Nikolaus by putting a boot called Nikolaus-Stiefel outside the front door on the night of December, 5th. St. Nicholas fills the boot with gifts and sweets overnight, and at the same time checks up on the children to see if they were good, polite and helpful the last year. If they were not, they will have a stick in their boots instead.

I am not as magical as St. Nicholas and was unable to put sweets in all of your boots last night. To make up for my shortcomings today's Daily Deal is for 30% off your entire purchase at Mumbles and Things. Add the items you wish to purchase to your cart and when you go to checkout there will be a blue link that says, "Apply shop coupon code." Enter coupon code: STNICK15 in the box to apply discount. This coupon only applies to Mumbles and Things products. Any other items in your cart will not be discounted.

Until December 21st I will be releasing a new deal every day at 6:00 am (PT). Each deal lasts for only one day. Make sure you see them by following me on TumblrFacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter. I will be using the hashtag #dailydealmumbles.

Thanks for choosing to #ShopSmall. Please share your small business experiences on your social channels.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Jingle Your Way to Cyber Monday Deals



It’s up to you to keep the shop small movement going! Find your Cyber Monday deals on Mumbles and Things.

This coupon is good for 40% off your entire purchase on Mumbles and Things. Add the items you wish to purchase to your cart and when you go to checkout there will be a blue link that says, "Apply shop coupon code." Enter coupon code: CYBERMONDAY15 in the box to apply discount. This coupon only applies to Mumbles and Things products. Any other items in your cart will not be discounted.

Until December 21st I will be releasing a new deal every day at 6:00 am (PT). Each deal lasts for only one day. Make sure you see them by following me on TumblrFacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter. I will be using the hashtag #dailydealmt.

Thanks for choosing to #ShopSmall. Please share your Small Business Saturday experience on your social channels.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Putting my ALL in Shop Small!



It’s up to us to keep the shop local movement going! I invite you to celebrate Mumbles and Things and the community with me on Saturday, November 28 for Small Business Saturday. It's a day created specifically for small businesses like Mumbles and Things. This year, shop small for the businesses you love, for the community you call home, and for the money that stays in the neighborhood when we all shop small. This year, shop small for all.

This coupon is good for 50% off your entire purchase on Mumbles and Things. Add the items you wish to purchase to your cart and when you go to checkout there will be a blue link that says, "Apply shop coupon code." Enter coupon code: SHOPSMALL15 in the box to apply discount. This coupon only applies to Mumbles and Things products. Any other items in your cart will not be discounted.

Until December 21st I will be releasing a new deal every day at 6:00 am (PT). Each deal lasts for only one day. Make sure you see them by following me on TumblrFacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter. I will be using the hashtag #dailydealmumbles.

Thanks for choosing to #ShopSmall. Please share your small business experiences on your social channels.

Friday, November 27, 2015

This Black Friday Support Small Businesses



Today marks the first day of Daily Deals on Mumbles and Things. Every day from now until December 21st I will be releasing a new deal at 6:00 am (PT). Each deal lasts for only one day. Make sure you see them by following me on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. I will be using the hashtag #dailydealmumbles.

By shopping small and shopping local you are helping your local economy, community and neighbors. You will find amazing items, crafted by local artisans, that are unique and of incredible quality. Wow! All that and I bet you haven't even put on pants yet today. Whether you shop online or go the brick and mortar route, you are doing good things by supporting small businesses.

This coupon is good for 25% off your entire purchase on Mumbles and Things. Add the items you wish to purchase to your cart and when you go to checkout there will be a blue link that says, "Apply shop coupon code." Enter coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY15 in the box to apply discount. This coupon only applies to Mumbles and Things products. Any other items in your cart will not be discounted.

Use hashtags #shopsmall and #shopsmallforall to share your small business experiences.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Vegan Thanksgiving

I'm so excited that it is Thanksgiving tomorrow! Thanksgiving may be based in some questionable mythology but I believe in family and friends and I believe in taking the time to appreciate and give thanks for what we have.



Boyfriend's family is coming to visit us and I've never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner before. I honestly had no idea how much works goes into preparing for this special holiday (Thanks Aana, Mom and Aunt Ellen!!!) I wanted to celebrate with the traditional foods but a lot of these are not vegan friendly so I hunted for a new delicious and cruelty-free menu for all the staples. Here's what I'll be making today and tomorrow.





PUMPKIN PIE FILLING

slightly altered via The Spunky Coconut
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups coconut milk (not coconut “beverage”)
  • 1.5 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3/8 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 to 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp pectin
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch (dissolved in 2 Tbsp water)
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients, except the pectin and cornstarch to a pot and bring to a simmer.
  2. Whisk in the pectin while simmering. Continue whisking for about one minute.
  3. If your mixture looks runny after you whisked your pectin for a minute, then add another half a teaspoon of pectin. It should look a little thick after whisking for a minute or so.
  4. Pour over crust (frozen vegan pie crust or pre-made graham cracker crust or homemade)
  5. Refrigerate till solid. Store in the fridge.

Cashew Gravy

via Food.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cashews ( raw or roasted unsalted)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed ( or more)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Saute onion in oil until soft and slightly brown. (you can also let onions cook longer and get browner for an even richer flavor).
  2. (If you are using raw cashews, add them at this step and let them cook for several minutes to "toast" them).
  3. Add garlic and cook another minute longer to slightly brown the garlic.
  4. Add flour and stir it around over the heat for a minute.
  5. Add 1-2 cups of water a half cup at a time and stir to blend in the flour and thicken. Add more water as it becomes thick.
  6. (if you are using roasted cashews add them here).
  7. Add more water (another 1-2 cups) so that the broth is soup like and the cashews are completely in the water.
  8. Add soy sauce, pepper and salt (if desired) or any additional desired flavorings.
  9. Cook until cashews are soft and flavors have melded. I always let this simmer away for about 30 minutes and add more water and soy or spices as needed, but remember that the flavor will change when cashews are blended. When done cooking, you'll want it to be a thin gravy consistency. The cashews will thicken it up when you blend it.

Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients
  • 6-8 medium yukon gold potatoes (if large, cut in half)*
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 5-6 cloves roasted garlic (or sub minced garlic sautéed for 3 minutes in olive oil)*
  • 3-4 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Earth Balance), melted/softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives for topping
Instructions
  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan or pot and cover with water. Bring to a light boil over medium-high heat, add 1 tsp of sea salt, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until very tender. They should effortlessly slide off a knife when pierced with a knife.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, chop up your chives and measure your butter.
  3. Once tender, drain your potatoes and place them back in the hot pot off the heat for 1 minute to evaporate any additional water. Then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Mash your potatoes using either a potato masher or a hand mixer until fluffy. Note: Be careful using a hand mixer as you can overmix the potatoes and they can become gluey. It’s personally the method I prefer as I don’t own a potato masher. I just make sure not to overmix.
  5. Add in butter, garlic, salt, black pepper and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Lastly top with chives, stir and serve as is or your favorite gravy (or mushroom gravy). Leftovers will keep in the fridge covered for up to a few days.
Notes
  • Use organic potatoes if possible, especially since you leave the skin on.
  • To roast a head of garlic, simply cup the top off to expose tips, rub with olive oil, wrap in foil and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour in a 400 degree oven directly on the rack. Cloves should squeeze out easily once cooled. Discard skins/peel.

Roasted Carrots with Sweet Tahini Drizzle

Ingredients
  • 12 large carrots, whole and tops removed
  • 3 tablespoons of tahini
  • 3 tablespoons of filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (to taste)
  • juice of a fresh lemon
Instructions
Carrots
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cut the tops off the whole carrots, wash, dry, and place on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle melted coconut oil onto the carrots and stir with your hands to make sure the carrots are evenly coated.
  4. Add fresh black pepper, dash of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon sea salt.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender (you have a lot of options here, I personally like to keep the carrots a little al dente meaning with a crunch in the center. If you like a softer carrots, bake longer).
Tahini Drizzle
  1. In a small mixing bowl combine tahini, maple syrup, ½ teaspoon of sea salt, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and water until thick and creamy.

Apple Cranberry Fruit Salad

slightly altered via Tastes Better from Scratch
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 oz package) fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 red apples, chopped
  • 1 yellow or green apple, chopped
  • 1 (15oz) can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 large banana, sliced
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • CocoWhip, for topping (non-dairy whipped cream, so yummy)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the water and sugar. Add cranberries and cook on medium high, until you start to hear the cranberries pop. Cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. In a large bowl toss apples, mandarin oranges, and banana together. Add a little bit of lemon juice to keep the fruit from browning. Drain most of the juice from the cranberries. Add them to mixture. Toss to combine. Dollop with CocoWhip, if desired.

Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Dried Cranberry Stuffing

slightly altered via With Style and Grace
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 [or 1] tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons of parsley, chopped
  • salt + pepper to taste

Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, add 1 + 1/2 cups water, quinoa, season with salt and bring to a boil. 
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 15 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool. 
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  4. Cover baking sheet with foil, spray with non-stick, add sweet potatoes and onions - season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until soft.
  5. Combine sweet potatoes and onions with cooked quinoa. Drizzle with olive oil. Stir in cumin, cranberries, toasted pecans and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. 

There will also be dinner rolls. I bought these pre-made, brown and serve. And a salad of the Olive Garden copycat persuasion (but vegan obvi).


Happy Thanksgiving! What are you eating tomorrow?