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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

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

Summer Blueberry Lemon Iced Cupcakes Recipe (gluten free) + enter the Bruegger’s Bagels gift card giveaway!
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food / Giveaway

Summer Blueberry Lemon Iced Cupcakes Recipe (gluten free) + enter the Bruegger’s Bagels gift card giveaway!

Blueberries are the tastiest in summer. The peak of their season is mid-late summer. Each year, B and I think that we should definitely, this year, go berry picking and somehow summers end up going by without berry picking. I’m not ready to say “good bye” to summer yet, so I think we still have a … Continue reading

Golden Milk: What is it? (+healthy & yummy recipe) 
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / wellness

Golden Milk: What is it? (+healthy & yummy recipe) 

Golden milk gets its ‘golden’ part of its name from the root, Turmeric. It is similar to ginger, but instead of a bright yellow or cream-colored, fibrous inside it is as orange as a sweet potato. I learned about turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial natural remedy and began to add it to my cold … Continue reading

🇧🇷Samba Steak and Sides🇧🇷 : A flavorful & celebratory taste journey to Brazil 
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes

🇧🇷Samba Steak and Sides🇧🇷 : A flavorful & celebratory taste journey to Brazil 

Hello, my hungry friends! Today I’m excited to share with you how to prepare this delectable feast, featuring a succulent and expertly flavored steak, sautéed collard greens, classic and beloved pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) and sweet fried plantains served with a fizzy, popular Brazilian cherry drink. I’ve visited Brazil on two separate occasions … Continue reading

How to Throw a Delicious Party that brings out EVERYONE’s Creative Side: the Master Dessert Chef Challenge
Artsy / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food / Gourmet the BlueBoots Way / Photography

How to Throw a Delicious Party that brings out EVERYONE’s Creative Side: the Master Dessert Chef Challenge

A year ago, I threw a **surprise**birthday bash for B. In typical “me” style, I wanted it to be 1) fun 2) memorable 3) delicious. If you know B, be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday today!! It was a wonderful team effort – I couldn’t  have pulled it together without the love of … Continue reading

One-Pot Wonder: Spiced Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice
Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food

One-Pot Wonder: Spiced Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice

Have you seen the newly trending cauliflower rice dishes? Yesterday, I was feeling adventurous and when I saw riced cauliflower at Trader Joe’s, I thought, well, why not give it a chance? We had a friend over for dinner and I brought together some of my favorite ingredients, fresh herbs from my urban garden, and … Continue reading

Summer is full of sensory joys 
Adventure in Normal Life / Photopoetry / Poetry

Summer is full of sensory joys 

Summer is full of sensory joys.   It is best for beaches             salt, grit, crunch and sploosh book sales             50 ¢! for old tales on well-worn pages,             leaving lingering scents from past homes berries             sweet and full, in jeweled tones baseball games             clap of bat to ball, the roar of … Continue reading

Scampo & Style at The Liberty Hotel {eating out Boston}
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Good Eats / Style / Travel

Scampo & Style at The Liberty Hotel {eating out Boston}

Introduced to Scampo by a friend who loves Italian food, I’ve now been to The Liberty Hotel three times. Incidentally, although it is is a Starwood property, it is unlike the usual luxury chain brands – it is one of their Luxury Collection hotels and houses Scampo among three other swanky places to eat and drink on the … Continue reading

Let’s go on a picnic
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Photography / wellness

Let’s go on a picnic

Last Saturday was the perfect spring day. The lingering wind and chill in Boston, along with an apparent uncertainty to pick a season had me looking longingly at our newly-acquired (and with great excitement, might I add……) picnic basket and blanket. I felt like we had finally arrived at this important rite of passage in … Continue reading

BlueBootsGo Friday Five
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Food / wellness

BlueBootsGo Friday Five

How’s everyone doing? Spring came this week, and I’ve happily lined up my springy, summery dresses in the front of my closet in preparation. I thought I’d round up 5 things from the week that I’m thinking about today. I hope that you enjoy them! Movement. Although I’m always a little dubious about drinking green things … Continue reading