Earth Fare Treat Trip

by April on January 21, 2015

These sunny days in January are a treat that we forget we have nearly every year, so when they come along on a weekend or a holiday it’s even more luxurious. MLK day is the last holiday I’ll have off until July 4, so today is all about relaxing and enjoying the day. Despite a definite lockdown on spending too much extra money, I treated myself to a few little items at Earth Fare since they are all technically things I was sort of needing without going out of my way to procure them.

1. I had been wanting to get ginger tea to go along with my increasing taste for all ginger foodstuffs, and with it also including lemongrass, another favorite flavor, this was immediately in my basket. Not that it’s going to be too terribly cold over the next week, but this will be great for the cold evenings when nothing but hot liquid will do to warm me up.

2. The small bottle is an essential oil blend called Pillow Potion. It features lavender and hops essential oils, which I didn’t know hops was good to promote sleep. Makes sense, since hops is a main ingredient in beer and too much beer makes me sleepy. I got this to use in my essential oil diffuser, a great little device that mists water vapor and miniscule droplets of the oils into the air. It does wonders for making the room it’s in smell great naturally, and the effects of various oils are supposed to have healing effects. I mainly got it to aid me in sleep and in respiratory wellness, as I have a tendency to suffer from awful sinus problems on occasion.

3. The lip tint is by a brand called Pacifica, and this color/flavor is blood orange. It has a slightly darker tint than I usually wear, which I hope I won’t regret. I am the world’s worst at re-applying products, so if I ever wear lipstick, it’s gone after 10 minutes and I never think to put more on. I like this brand of lip color because it’s very hydrating and contains no lanolin, which gives me an extremely unpleasant rash on my face. The vanilla hibiscus color/flavor is more of a pearlescent light pink and looks and tastes amazing. I keep my purse stocked with at least one of these at all times now.

4. The stuff in the plastic box is just tri-color quinoa but I thought the new containers Earth Fare was using is curious. It used to just be that bulk products could only be put into the plastic bags. As someone who doesn’t like to generate a ton of extra waste, I wasn’t sure if the plastic boxes are better or worse, environmentally speaking. They are probably more easy to recycle, but they do take up more space than the bags. Of course, in a perfect world, more cashiers would be open to people who brought their own containers, but they often treat me with suspicion, like I’m lying about the tare of the mason jars. I did go with the plastic box for quinoa because those little granules get some major static electric cling in the plastic bags.

And that was just a few of the more interesting things I got on my outing today. I spent a little more than I would have liked on my store trips, but it’ll be a week’s worth of good eating, plus the oil and tea and lip balm will last a while. Soon I’ll detail what I am cutting my expenses for and a few ways I am cutting down on my biggest expense (food and alcohol, woo!). Anyone bought any fun new products at the grocery store lately?

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Soda City Suds Week

by April on January 19, 2015

As I mentioned in one of my last posts, five friends and myself have formed a nonprofit to support and organize a week of publicly supported drinking craft beer education and appreciation events. But in all seriousness, as I reported in the Free Times last month, craft beer is giving South Carolina a serious economic boost, with no signs of stopping. And any respectable city has a craft beer week, and so now, shall the capital city.

Soda City Suds Week will run from March 21-28 and as of now we have our bookend events in the works, with plans for all of the juicy weekday events in the hands of our crafty and brilliant local business owners who are the real highlight of and reason for this week. Cultivating appreciation for good beer makes them money, generates tax revenue, makes out state and area look more appealing to outsiders who may want to bring their talents to our sun drenched gloryland, and just plain makes everything better for everyone… and that’s not just the PR person in me for this project talking. I truly believe it, and that’s mostly because I have numbers to back it up, both from the SC Brewers Guild and my own bank account statements.

We are in the middle of getting both sponsors and event hosts for Suds Week, and if you are a Columbia or Lexington, SC business that is craft beer centric, please contact us because we want you involved! If you’re someone who likes to knock back a nice beer every so often, Like our Facebook page for updates. We’re going to produce a high caliber event with FUN reasons to leave your house on a Tuesday or Wednesday, or every night that week. And that’s going by my hermit-y standards, so that’s really saying something.

Some amazing sponsors are already on board, including our Firkin Awesome sponsor, Comer Distributing. We’re blown away by the outpouring of support from the community in us, the board members, because at this point, we are who these folks are putting their money towards, their faith in our ability to make this week happen and happen WELL.

Have you been to a beer week or beer festival? Comment with your favorite type of event, or one you’d like to see happen at a local beer-centric business!

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#MadeWithChobani Herbed Potato Salad

January 13, 2015

Not everyone would enjoy a 10 lb bag of potatoes as a Christmas present, but I had no objections when my dad handed me a big sack of russet taters at our annual Christmas day lunch. Two weeks later and there’s nary a sign of aging on them, just a few eyes sprouting but I [...]

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The Year In Food

January 8, 2015

I was asked to contribute some thoughts to the past year in food as well as the future year in food for the Free Times (in Columbia, SC). While there’s quite a variety of topics in this list, a few things stood out to me: 1. Columbians LOVE local. If it’s homegrown, we support it! [...]

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Looking Back at 2014

January 1, 2015

I love looking back at these reflective surveys each each and seeing what I was thinking, feeling, and experiencing at the time. Some things never change, and some things do, radically. Here are ones from New Year’s Eve 2013, 2012, 2011. 1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? I went to Disney [...]

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Where Oh Where Did 2014 Go?

December 31, 2014

It’s been a little over three months since my last post, which is in part to the fact that this past semester has been chock full for me (yes, semester- working in education it’s just an easier way to define time). And I’ve also taken on some new projects and extra responsibilities, and truthfully a [...]

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I Just Tossed a Fifth of Gin, Now I’m Going to Disneyland…

September 22, 2014

…That would be the worst idea ever, actually. I did just get back from a trip to Disney World with friends and it was exactly what I needed. This year has been pretty void of vacations, minus one three-day weekend over the summer with Patrick. But this trip was five days/four nights with three of [...]

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Vegetarian Rumspringa?

August 11, 2014

I became at the vegetarian at the tender age of 11 because of cube steak. For those unfamiliar, it’s a cut of meat from the “round” area of a cow, or basically, its hips. It’s a tough cut, I reckon, because Wikipedia says it needs to be fiercely pounded with a meat tenderizer. What I [...]

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5 Random Things

July 22, 2014

Cause why not, right? I’m totally procrastinating on a deadline a little right now, because that’s how real journalists roll, right?  My sekrit- I had never read Harry Potter until recently. My only impetus is an impending vacation to Orlando which will include a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of [...]

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Mid Year Pause

July 3, 2014

Remember six months ago yesterday, when we were freezing and making New Year’s resolutions? It’s definitely six months later and depending on how freaked out you are by how fast that happened will determine if you feel confident or depressed about what you may have accomplished in that time period. I don’t think I made [...]

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