Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Simple Summer Style

It’s the middle of August in Indiana and school is starting, which makes me ready for autumn everything–weather, clothes, and food! The only problem: it’s still around 80 degrees for the rest of August (at least). When school begins, it feels like a transition into a new season, and I like to start thinking about […]

Summer Skin Care

Ever since my *melanoma diagnosis, I’ve (obviously) been very diligent about applying sunscreen every day during the summer. I even keep bottles of my favorites in my purse for the days I am out and need to reapply. Over the course of the last few years, I’ve been simplifying my life, and that includes using […]

No Label at the Table

One of my favorite weekend activities is going to the famers market and supporting local artisans. I came across No Label at the Table this summer, and noticed the blue autism puzzle piece symbol and a gluten-free dairy-free sign. No Label at the Table is a gluten-free and dairy-free food company employed by people on […]

Open Society

Inventive and fresh, Open Society Public House is a new-ish coffee and wine bar, serving South American inspired cuisine in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. I’ve been there for brunch, afternoon coffee, and dinner. The handcrafted cashew-date milk is a tasty dairy-free option for lattes. They offer delectable homemade gluten-free and vegan treats, as well as gluten-free, vegan, and […]


My husband and I love Tinker Street, and owners Peter George and Thomas Main recently opened up Festiva–a casual 21+ atmosphere with an authentic Mexican style menu created by head chef Rachel Hoover. We tried out Festiva on New Year’s Eve and loved it! We recently returned and they exceeded our expectations. Just like Tinker […]

Simple Style

If you asked me to sum up what I love and how I hope to inspire others with my life, I would tell you that I want to live a life of authenticity, beauty, and simplicity. I want to encourage others to live as they are–to be confident in who they were made to be, […]

Happy Anniversary to A Couple Cooks!

I am so excited to be a guest on the one-year anniversary episode of A Couple Cooks Podcast! Alex and Sonja Overhiser are the creative brains behind A Couple Cooks, and I’ve been a huge fan of their blog for years. They believe that “real, whole food not only tastes good, but can do good for our […]

Simple Taste Bakery

There aren’t many gluten-free bakeries in the Indianapolis area, aside from some cupcake-specific bakeries and farmer’s market finds here and there. This past spring I discovered Simple Taste–a bakery in Carmel, just north of Indy. EVERYTHING is gluten-free, dairy-free, and yeast-free. Jenny, owner and baker, has a lot of allergies and is sensitive and accommodating […]

Juice Bar

The newest Juice Bar–with the first Indiana location in Carmel–is just what the Indianapolis area needs! A new Juice Bar is being renovated in the Keystone area. The owners hope to open more stores in the Indianapolis area in the near future. Juice Bar offers an overwhelming variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options. […]

Best GF Places in Indy

I wrote a review on, offering a guide to visitors who are looking for gluten-free dining options. You can check it out here!