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Aesthetics and the City: Building Community

Aesthetics and the City: Building Community

A week ago Newsweek published “L.A. Residential,” an essay showcasing the work of three prominent architectural firms tasked with envisioning a Los Angeles of 2030. The three firms were asked to consider how the built environment would influence the way in which Los Angelenos would live, work, commute and play 20 years into the future. Article for the Huffington Post

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Our Ambivalence with the Arts makes Bad Education and Economic Policy

Our Ambivalence with the Arts makes Bad Education and Economic Policy

No Child Left Behind, which bases educational success on reading and math testing, leaves little time for arts education. However arts education tapes into developing critical and creative thinking skills overlooked which can be overlooked by binary pedagogy . Article for the Huffington Post
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Aesthetics and Happiness: How Space Affects Well-Being

Aesthetics and Happiness: How Space Affects Well-Being

If we know that space influences how we feel then why don't we make more effort to create beauty in places where feeling inspired is key to well-being and community? This article was written for the Huffington Post.
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It's Time to Ditch Your Melamine Plates.

It's Time to Ditch Your Melamine Plates.

Melamine for breakfast? No thank you. Yet if you are using melamine dishware your kids could be consuming trace amounts of melamine which has leached into their foods at every meal.
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Eco-Plastic: Pet Bowls That Make a Difference

Eco-Plastic: Pet Bowls That Make a Difference

To me, there are few moments more important in our pets' lives (as in our kids' lives) then meal times. The growing awareness around the food we choose for our families -both our two and four-legged family - shines a light on the all the bad things we don't want our kids to eat. The next step in the food revolution is paying attention to what we serve our food on. 

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My 5 Favorite Vegan Books for Kids!

My 5 Favorite Vegan Books for Kids!

I was grateful to discover a few really wonderful vegan books with which I have peppered our library and that Adrian loves! Happy to share them here - these have the vegan kids' stamp of approval! 
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Why a Super Pig May Change How We Feel About Breakfast

Why a Super Pig May Change How We Feel About Breakfast

Since I have a very high capacity for empathy, watching animal exploitation films was difficult. Seeing any creature experience pain causes me to struggle with tears, hyperventilate and look away, which is why I'm excited about Okja - a new film by Bong Joon-ho (watch the trailer here).
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Japan

Japan

We made a lot of friends at the show (we heard we were the happiest booth in the area) ;) and even picked up a possible new distributor for Japan. Here are the new pet bowls from eco-plastic and our current ceramic pawed pet bowls traveling the world - passports ready!

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International Home + Housewares trade show

International Home + Housewares trade show

Our first trade show! Five years of running my small little ceramics company and I’m finally at my first trade show in Chicago: the International Home + Housewares Show 2017.
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How to Have a Green Birthday Party!

How to Have a Green Birthday Party!

This year I was tasked with organizing Adrian’s first birthday party with his new school friends! Was I up for the challenge? I was! I had three goals: fun, vegan, and green (as little waste as possible).

How did I handle each one?

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