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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

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Winter Chutney – Spiced Perfection to Jazz up your meal {a recipe}
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Winter Chutney – Spiced Perfection to Jazz up your meal {a recipe}

We had a small warm winter welcome to finish off 2016, and the centerpiece of our meal was a lovely, nitrate and nitrite-free holiday ham, courtesy of Whole Foods. B had the idea of serving it in a new and different way – with a chutney – and I put my pen to paper and brainstormed flavors that make up this delightful Winter Chutney, filled with winter fruits and spices. Here’s how to make this fragrant and delicious accompaniment (you can add it to ham, turkey, oatmeal, or even vanilla ice cream!) 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
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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

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