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Elements Truffles – pure chocolate bliss in an ayurvedic truffle // on my Wellness Tray

Chocolate with a mission (or two) is exactly what I’m here to share with you today in the next installment in my what’s on my Wellness Tray series. To fulfill my suggestion of “a tasty treat” on my Wellness Tray, I chose chocolate. Elements Truffles make you feel like you have indulged in an incredibly delicious treat in a good-for-you, fair trade, organic, ethically-sourced way. Plus, they donate 25% of their profits to the education of underprivileged children. Don’t know much about Ayurveda? I’ve got you. The founders share more about why these ayurveda-inspired chocolates are just what you need in the winter months. Continue reading

Simply Curated Candles, on my Wellness Tray
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Simply Curated Candles, on my Wellness Tray

Gift hygge in a glass – Simply Curated’s Simple Collection candle in Vanilla Lavender is my pick, the second in my Wellness Tray series featuring small makers. Gift inspiration, made. The crackling wood wick and phthalate free, soy wax candle in the best essential oil scents are PERFECT for gifting, right out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Plus, “meet” Sarah, the CEO and founder of Simply Curated. Be well! Continue reading

The Wellness Tray // how to make your own + gift it to someone you love
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / DIY / gift guide / Holidays / Home / Series / wellness

The Wellness Tray // how to make your own + gift it to someone you love

A Wellness Tray is a designated spot which houses items which make you feel cared for, nourished, peaceful, refreshed, relaxed and able to sort through and process anything, emotionally or physically that you need to.

I like the idea of a Tray because sometimes you might want to take some special favorite items with you to a different spot that feels right, and a tray makes things portable, but not permanent, but also brings adequate definition to the practice of going to your Wellness spot. Particularly in small spaces in city living, it becomes harder to designate distinct spaces for living, sleeping, eating, so it is helpful to have a grounding, defined spot with a tray that lets you know you’re in a specific, created space ready for relaxing and wellness to relax you, one sensory experience at a time. Continue reading

yoga X mello mae mats X corepower yoga & #mywellnessadventure
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / gift guide / wellness

yoga X mello mae mats X corepower yoga & #mywellnessadventure

Yoga has become a (more) regular part of #mywellnessadventure. I had taken classes at random studios in the past, and more regularly at my local gym, and then explored classes at local Boston events. I’ve practiced outside, under the summer sunset, performing sun salutations as the sun descended. I’ve even done a yoga youtube video … Continue reading

Fall Style Favorites + Nordstrom’s Fall Clearance Sale Picks
Adventure in Normal Life / Fashion / shopping / Style

Fall Style Favorites + Nordstrom’s Fall Clearance Sale Picks

I thought I would try something new and share a few favorites that you can shop right from this post. I’m all about new beginnings! Some of my fall style favorites are here and linked. Tomorrow is the last day of Nordstrom’s Fall Clearance Sale – 40% off actual fall items – and I saw some fun … Continue reading

Happy (almost) November! Connecting with Gifting + a giveaway with JORD Wood Watches
gift guide / Giveaway / shopping / Style

Happy (almost) November! Connecting with Gifting + a giveaway with JORD Wood Watches

With November, comes that momentum propelling us to the holidays, coziness, great food, gathering with family – and holiday shopping. We are adventurers, B. and I, and we try to make choices as conscious consumers to purchase thoughtfully, vote with our $ when possible, and ensure that what we end up with flows with our lifestyle. … Continue reading

Your Favorite Simple Butternut Squash Soup for serving & sharing + a special treat for you!
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food / gift guide / Holidays / Home / Photography / shopping

Your Favorite Simple Butternut Squash Soup for serving & sharing + a special treat for you!

Today, I’m sharing beautiful fall foliage pics, this simple-healthy-delicious fall recipe, as well as a SPECIAL TREAT of an exclusive offer for my readers from 222Fifth (details are after the yummy recipe- so don’t miss it!) New England is legendary for its fall season. People faithfully look for the Yankee Foliage forecast report and plan their weekend adventures from September-Late … Continue reading

Making choices about the amount & kind of food we want: How to ask yourself the right questions
Adventure in Normal Life / Food / Reflections / Wedding

Making choices about the amount & kind of food we want: How to ask yourself the right questions

Questions to support a more mindful approach to eating out from the costs & values perspectives. Clearly, I have food on the mind. Yesterday, I participated in a small group chat with the C.E.O., Sonia, of Fresh Box Farms, about food safety, fresh produce, and our ideas about sourcing healthy options and sustainable farming in the … Continue reading

Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / community / wellness

W.E.L.L. Summit 2016 in NYC is almost here- what I’m looking forward to from this wellness weekend and why

Hi friends! I woke up today feeling distinctly very excited about how exactly 1 week from now, I’ll be on my way to NYC to experience an incredible wellness weekend. Free-flowing words that come to mind if you say “W.E.L.L. Summit” Vision. Self-care. Empowerment. Tools. Community. Light. Laughter. Tears. Yoga. Meditation. Thoughtful. Alive. Yum. Protection. Support.  There’s … Continue reading

A sweet season of colorful picnics & local fare
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Food / picnic

A sweet season of colorful picnics & local fare

A picnic at the end of summer warm weather is just as sweet as a summer picnic. We began picnicking early this year, when the first warm breezes swept through Boston in the spring. Having invested in brand new picnic and outdoor gear, you could understand why we were eager.  Now at the conclusion of … Continue reading

Gluten-Free No-Bake Basil Cheesecake Recipe (+giveaway)
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Photography / wellness

Gluten-Free No-Bake Basil Cheesecake Recipe (+giveaway)

You may have seen the inspiration for this recipe in the post earlier this week – my trip to a local farmstand and farmer’s market and the fragrant herbs that drew my culinary interest. I wanted to make something special with the basil I brought back, and was inspired by a unique ice cream flavor … Continue reading

Adventure in Normal Life / Fashion / Giveaway / neighborhood / Style

Farm to Table: Urban Gardening with a Local Farmstand + 222 Fifth Giveaway (a gorgeous set of plates)!

For those of you who are fortunate enough to have a plot of land to call your own, keeping a small herb garden alive and happy might be a normal part of life. In the city, many of us make do with finding the sunniest window sill and attend to our green young there. These … Continue reading

A “clean life” – does it exist somewhere in between tidying and a no-waste lifestyle?
Adventure in Normal Life / Reflections / wellness

A “clean life” – does it exist somewhere in between tidying and a no-waste lifestyle?

Are these two roads to the same goal? This week, I finally finished reading Marie (KonMari) Kondo’s sensational book, the life-changing magic of tidying up. As I finished it, and throughout the book, I found myself saying that the author and I would probably not get along. She was a shy child, and kept to herself. She … Continue reading