Zero Waste Resolution Update

It's been 15 days! Okay, it's not that impressive that my New Year's Resolution is still on track...but it is and I'm pleased. I'm highly motivated to keep trash out of the landfill and that is guiding me to make decisions and find the energy  to make more things myself. In other words, a whole lot of cooking from scratch. And even when I'm tired, it's worth it to not bring a pile of trash into the house to eat fast food!People often advise me to take things slow, one step at a time. But … [Read more...]


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Garrick Ravi’s Annaprashan

Well I kind of messed this one up. I knew there was a ceremony called Annaprashan sometime in a baby's first year. But the time flew by and when I looked more closely at what it was, I found out that it is the ceremonial feeding of the first solid food. And Garrick Ravi has already started trying solid foods. We started trying them with him to get him to sleep better at night (which, for the record, did not work). He doesn't eat much solid food yet, just bites here and there (and he prefers very … [Read more...]


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Most Religions…

I've been running across this phrase a lot recently. "Most religions *blank*" and I think it shows a monotheistic bias.I understand the idea that all religions have come common ideas. I'm on board with the idea that if Truth is universal then people across all places and times have managed to tap into it. (Naturally, I have a bias and I think that Truth is the clearest in Hinduism).Despite this desire that many people have to find commonalities in major religions, I find when they say … [Read more...]


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Story of God: The Chosen One

There's a new season of The Story of God out at National Geographic Channel! This is a really cool show exploring common themes in religions around the world.I've seen the first episode of the second season and I think this particular theme is a bit of a stretch. They are speaking about the concept of a "chosen one" in a religion. Though Morgan Freeman says, "Most religions have a chosen one" he then names the three religions that all come from the same source: Judaism, Christianity, and … [Read more...]


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Words Don’t Have Meanings

I end up in this debate every once in a while. I struggle to understand the purpose of telling people not to use words the way they do.I know there is this idea that the Sanskrit word for something is the real and correct word. But to me a word only means what we agree for it to mean. We all have slightly different connotations but we can build a bridge of understanding with the imperfect words we have. Language is always going to be somewhat imprecise.This post is inspired by someone … [Read more...]


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Hindu Holidays 2017

There are other  Hindu holidays, festivals, and events, but these are the ones that we celebrate in our family. Click the name to learn more about how to celebrate each one. Here I'll be talking about my crafts, preparations, and plans.Maha Shivaratri February 24th (Friday) This year I have my own Shiva Lingam (okay I did already have one but it is so small it is barely the size of my thumb). I'll be putting to use this year my new found knowledge on how to worship … [Read more...]


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DIY Home Puja Mandir

For years I have admired and wanted a home puja mandir. They are like tiny temples for your home and many are intricate and lovely. The only trouble is they are extremely expensive whether you buy here in the U.S. or ship here from India. So I've long admired them from afar.I was impressed to discover recently that people are making their own home puja mandir.This woman did an IKEA hack and turned a dresser into a home puja … [Read more...]


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Shiva Lingam Devotion How To

My mother brought me my own Shiva Lingam and so I decided to make a video to show you all how my friends and I do devotions every week at the temple for the Shiva Lingam there... … [Read more...]


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Ayurveda Cookbook

My mom found this amazing ayurveda cookbook with a ton of information at Yoga Day near her home. You guys know I was curious to learn more about the principals of this Hindu system of health and I found it difficult to get info for a beginner.So my mom brought this ayurvedic cookbook to me and I was blown away by the quality. This is a gorgeous book which is half information about ayurveda and half recipes that support the different ayurvedic body types. It's also just physically a … [Read more...]


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