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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.

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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

Health

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

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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…

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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

Mi Vida Loca

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