Using Mediterranean Algae in Homemade Skincare Products

Where do I begin?  You might be thinking, Algae, really? It might look like the story began at Nahsholim Beach back in April where my husband and I took our first kid-free, one-night vacation along this beautiful beach in the north of Israel. While the Mediterranean water was still a bit chilly recovering from the winter, …

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A Talk with Shira Kaplan of Jerusalem’s Trumpeldor Vintage

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to sit down with Shira Kaplan of Jerusalem's Trumpeldor Vintage, one of the best vintage clothing stores in Jerusalem. Trumpeldor is located on 18 Nissim Behar Street in Nachlaot (near the Jerusalem shouk). We spoke about how she started the store, the growing popularity of second hand clothes …

DIY: Natural, All-Purpose House Cleaner with Castile Soap and Essential Oils

There are many reasons to make your own All-Purpose House Cleaner. Financial reasons, wanting to green up your house,  limit your bleach usage, to protect your kids from being exposed regularly to chemicals in the house, and many others. I want to first mention that I am not against bleach and I do clean my …

Interesting Article: “The world’s first mall for recycled goods”

As a long time lover of second-hand goods and finding treasures on the streets, I have had dreams of opening up a second hand shop for clothes or furniture (maybe one day!). When I used to leave in Alphabet City in New York (East Village), the neighborhood was full with small second-hand stores with designer …

Interesting Article:”Forget ‘developing’ poor countries, it’s time to ‘de-develop’ rich countries.”

In continuation to this post, on "The world's first mall for recycled goods", I just came across this thought provoking article in the Guardian...."Forget 'developing' poor countries, it's time to 'de-develop' rich countries." Although written in September 2015, after the UN was renegotiating the new sustainable development goals (SDGs), the author Jason Hickel argues that we …