Norman and Jules Toyshop

As a mom, toys now play a huge part of my life. A good chunk of my day is spent on the floor with Hermione playing with the various dolls, blocks, books or musical instruments that live in her toy bin. I am very selective about what I will let her play with. At this age almost everything she touches ends up in her mouth so I have a very firm no plastic toys rule. I also want to inspire her to be creative with her play so none of her toys light up, use batteries, or play fake music. We are a mostly wooden toys and handmade dolls family.

Some of Hermione’s favorite toys are actually ones we have made her ourselves like her Wonder Jars. She also loves her shredded coconut sandbox and her homemade “sled”! The sandbox is just an empty Honest Company Box filled with shredded coconut I had left over from making granola last year.

Her sled is another box lined with soft blankets that I tied a twine pull cord onto. Before bedtime she sits in it with her stories, and favorite doll “Beverly”, and I pull her around the house while I get her bath and nursery ready for bed. It sounds silly but she loves it!
When Hermione is playing with store bought toys they mostly come from Norman and Jules Toyshop in Brooklyn. This amazing store has the most well curated collection of treasure and goodies I have ever seen. Each doll, block, instrument and book is unique, gorgeous and completely up to my non toxic, made with love standards. Many of Hermione’s friends including her BFF Beverly the SnugglyUgly Monster  came from Norman and Jules.

Married couple Courtney and Avi were kind enough to answer a few questions for me all about their shop. I hope you enjoy!

If you have little ones on your holiday list head over to Norman and Jules’ recently launched website to pick them up a friend of their own. This Tutu Rag Doll would be great for a little girl, or these gorgeous blocks, or this awesome rainstick. Happy shopping!

Tell me the story behind Norman and Jules? What made you decide to open a toyshop in Park Slope?

Avi and I have both lived in Park Slope for over a decade. We each came to the neighborhood in our early 20′s, met here and now have a child here. We felt a void when we were looking for toys, decor and books for our daughter and felt that others must feel the same way! Since we shared the dream of being shop owners we decided to open the toy shop of our dreams in our own community. Norman and Jules is named after each of our Grandfather’s. 

What makes Norman and Jules so unique?

Our relentless need to find new things. Avi and I are both researchers. We love to find hidden treasures and things that will make others happy.

I love how sustainable, and handcrafted all of your gorgeous goodies are! What is your criteria when picking toys to stock your shelves?

We like to know that the materials are being harvested responsibly that the people that are employed by the companies are being employed fairly and that each toy evokes the imagination and creativity of young minds.

 Do you each have a favorite item you carry?

Courtney: Lieschen Müller hand-made dollAvi: Tegu Blocks 

Hermione has been nudging me to get to work on her first Hannukah and Christmas (we celebrate both in our house) What are your favorite gifts for a baby girl?

Jeanette Farrier one of a kind sari blanket. Snuggly Ugly Rag Doll, Grimm’s Grasping Beads, Glockenspiel,  and a mushroom night light.

Does your daughter Charley have any say in what you carry? Is being the kid of toy shop owners so much fun?

If we gave Charley a say in what we carry the whole store would be filled musical instruments, baby dolls and muffins!!! So not yet, but I’m sure as she gets older she will have her say. She definitely has some nice toys at home, but we are very mindful of not over indulging her, after all, she has a whole store to play in.

Lastly, if your family was going on a dream holiday vacation where would you go and what essentials would you bring with you?

The mention of a vacation sounds really nice!  

If it was a family holiday vacation. Nantucket. Essentials would be some comfy clothes, an iPad, and a few toys to keep Charley happy.

If it was a Courtney and Avi holiday a villa in Fiji. I would need nothing except the sound of the ocean and my sweet husbands company and some good books. Oh and maybe an iPad so we could check in on Charley.

Beauty Food Gratitude

On Tuesday I co- hosted another Beauty Food Supper Club  with Rebecca Casciano and Jolene Hart at Sun In Bloom. Our guests were treated to four delicious courses of beautifying foods that left them all glowing by the evening’s end. This was the first Beauty Food Supper Club we have done since I was pregnant and it felt so great to be back at it with these wonderful ladies! You might note that my baby bump from the last two dinners has now shifted onto Jolene!

As always uber-talented chef Aimee Follette came up with a mouth watering menu starting with a Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Soup & Fall-Inspired Spring Roll.

The entree was a gorgeous 4 Seasons Salad featuring  Roasted veggies, massaged kale, avocado, quinoa, red grapes, black figs and spiced germinated walnuts dressed in herbaceous lemon vinaigrette

For dessert guests had a choice of Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Rich & Smooth Chocolate Sauce or Apple Tart with Banana Ice Cream. I tried both!

Before leaving every guest was treated to a deluxe gift bag with goodies from our amazing sponsors  Hail MerryLa Bella FiguraYoungblood Mineral CosmeticsKusmi Tea, and W3ll People.To stay up to date on the details of our next Beauty Food Supper Club be sure to like our new Facebook page. I hope to see you at the next one!

It’s back!!! After a brief hiatus over the summer I am thrilled to announce that the Beauty Food Supper Club is back! Our next dinner Beauty, Food Gratitude will be on November 12th. As always we have some amazing gift bag sponsors lined up including La Bella FiguraYoungblood, W3LL People, Kusmi Tea, and Hail Merry.

Tickets are available here and you can also “like” our Facebook page for update on this and other upcoming Supper Clubs!

 

Beauty Food Supper Club- Spring Renewal

Last week I co-hosted another Beauty Food Supper Club with the lovely Rebecca Casciano and Jolene Hart. This was our second event and we are having so much fun with them! Last week’s theme was Spring Renewal featuring a delicious spring detox inspired menu, a mini workshop on spring detox tips, and an exclusive gift bag featuring some of our favorite natural beauty brands! Everyone who attended had a wonderful time. As with the previous dinner I was so thrilled that guests were comfortable coming alone and that everyone made new friends and connections!

Once again our dinner was at Sun In Bloom in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Sun In Bloom is one of my favorite spots, chef/owner Aimee Follette could not be more sweet or talented!

To start off the evening guests were given a choice of either a Sweet Lady Green (Collard, Romaine, Cucumber, Celery, Parsley) or Green Lady Dream (Collard, Romaine, Cucumber, Celery, Parsley, Green Apple, Lime) juice.

After the green juice came a Kimchi Avocado Salad with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds Served on a Bed of Fresh Romaine with a Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing. This was the perfect salad to greet spring with. Packed with beauty ingredients such as avocado, pumpkin seeds and probiotic rich kimchi I could feel my skin glowing from the first bite!
While the guests enjoyed their salads, Rebecca, Jolene and I talked about easy ways to detox for spring. From household, to beauty, to internal cleaning tips we offered guests many ideas on how to greet the new season feeling fresh! I will be sharing our tips later this week so stay tuned!
Next up was a Carrot Ginger Jalapeno Lime Soup. I cannot wait to recreate this subtly spicy raw soup at home!
The final savory course was the Stimulating Sweet N’ Spicy Spring Role featuring Sunflower Seed Chipotle Pate wrapped in Rice Paper with Avocado, Mango, Zucchini, Cabbage and a Cilantro Lime Creme. This generously portioned role was so satisfying and filling that many of the guests took half of it home to enjoy the next day!

For dessert Aimee served a heavenly Strawberry Cheesecake with Almond Crust and a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry. This type of raw, gluten free, vegan dessert is wonderful proof that decadence does not have to involve toxic, beauty stealing ingredients such as sugar and dairy.
Before the evening came to a close Rebecca, Jolene and I each raffled off one of our services. I cannot wait to treat my winner to a Smoothie Party! On top of a belly full of beauty foods guests each went home with a deluxe gift bag from Me and the Girls, Risa’s Naturals, Blissoma, Dr. Alkaitis and Christopher Drummond Beauty to  help them furter beautify for spring!
We are already working on the date and details of our next Beauty Food Supper Club! Details to come soon!
03/18
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Girls Night Out

My apologies for the recent radio silence. Last week took an unexpected turn with a health scare in the family (not me and baby girl) that kept me in and out of doctors offices and the hospital most of the week. Everyone is home and doing much better now but it was a rough week to say the least. Very glad it is behind us!

Before the insanity that last week became I had the chance to participate in a very fun and unexpected event. Most people would not naturally pair green smoothies with shopping and cocktails so when Shecky’s asked me take part in their popular Girls Night Out I was confused to say the least. I don’t sell clothing or jewelry nor do I have a line of cocktail mixers so where would I possibly fit in?  Well, noticing the desire for a little health and wellness alongside all the indulgence this year Shecky’s launched a workshop series featuring various health, beauty and lifestyle experts. Curated by The Flirt Expert Rachel DeAlto the workshops varied from relationship and dating help, to green beauty (led by my pals Britta Aragon and Rebecca Casciano), to green smoothie lessons with me. Although it was a far cry from my usual audience I had a blast teaching the ladies how to make quick and easy nutrient dense smoothies!

Nut Milk Enthusiast

I am a Nut Milk Enthusiast. I love nut milk in my smoothies, in my tea, or straight up. However until recently I couldn’t find a nut milk that measured up to my very high standards. The commercial kinds are filled with WAY to many nasties for me, and my own homemade variety left me with too much almond pulp to deal with. A little almond pulp is ok, a lifetime supply taking up your whole freezer is not.

Enter OMilk, an incredible new organic almond and cashew milk company based in Brooklyn. I discovered OMilk this winter and ever since I have been wanting to share it with my friends. Last week, along with OMilk’s “partners in nut milk and in life” Greg and Julie Van Ullen I hosted a tasting party to do just that.

Greg and Julie came armed with adorable sample size bottles of all four OMilk flavors: Almond, Cashew Classic, Masala Chai and Cold Brewed Coffee.

For the party I made bites inspired by OMilk including Chai Chia Pudding. Recipe to come!

Julie and Greg brought “Nut Milk Enthusiast” pins for my guests to don. I wore mine with pride all night!

Along with making the best nut milk around, Greg is also an amazing mixologist (very talented that one)!  For our party he created two specialty nut milk cocktails. The first involved carbonating OMilk Almond Milk into a lightened version of a Ramos Gin Fizz ( traditionally made with egg whites and heavy cream). It was super fun and super delicious!

Greg’s second OMilk cocktail was a play on Chai tea. He used homemade earl grey infused rum, OMilk Masala Chai, and topped it off with a dusting of lemon zest. So so good! 

While I could go on and on about OMilk I thought it would be best to get the scoop straight from the source. Greg and Julie were kind enough to let me interview them on all things nut milk. Enjoy!

Tell me a little about OMilk. How did the idea come about? Why nut milk?

When we were getting ready to get married last summer, we were looking to lose a few pounds and therefore a satisfying way to replace the afternoon and late evening cookie eating. After doing a juice cleanse and being introduced to the filling and nutritious nature of nut milks, we started making our own (we think the best ever) cashew milk. Friends and colleagues started trying our cashew milk and soon began ordering it. When friends of friends began ordering our products, we knew we really had something. Wanting to go out to a broader market we wanted to add another nut milk to our line. We spent a good long while perfecting a clean, creamy, rich and refreshing almond milk, unlike anything on store shelves and when we did it, we couldn’t wait to get it out to the people.

Have you always been into health and healthy eating? If not, what got you interested?

We don’t always eat healthy but we always eat conscientiously. We eat a diet rich in vegetables and when we eat meat, we know where and how the animal was raised and where and how it became meat.  And when it comes to dairy, it’s hard to find milk that comes from grass fed, well-raised cows, not containing any antibiotics or genetic modification. We can’t raise cows in Brooklyn but we sure can make nut milk, which is full of protein, good fats, calcium and numerous good for you vitamins.

What makes OMilk special compared to other nut/alternative milks available?

Most commercial nut milks contain preservatives, stabilizers and are pasteurized to an extreme, killing all good with any potential bad. In addition, they are made from roasted nuts that are ground up and later reconstituted with water. OMilk is none of those things. OMilk is made from organic, raw nuts. The milks are never heated and contain no preservatives or stabilizers. And all those additives change the texture and flavor of fresh nut milk in a not so great way. OMilk is fresh and clean tasting and has a texture much closer to that of dairy milk.

What is your favorite variety of OMilk? 

Despite how much fun we have with all of our seasonal flavors, our favorite is the straight up almond milk. It is so clean and luscious and makes any bowl of cereal an orgasmic experience.

How do you like to use your OMilk?

We like OMilk warm at night, ice cold with muesli in the morning, in cocktails, for creamy vegan pasta sauces, in smoothies and green juices, or in baking of any kind. We also thoroughly enjoy a delicious glass of cashew milk all by itself.

What are your hopes and plans for OMilk’s future?

We truly hope to bring OMilk to any market hungry for a natural and healthful dairy alternative. And we think that customer base is pretty far reaching. The truth is that people are starting to understand the near impossibility of finding healthful dairy and there are more and more folks with lactose sensitivities. The dairy alternative industry is booming but commercial products are mostly marketing and little substance when it comes to taste and healthfulness. OMilk is as healthful as it is delicious and we hope to slowly grow (to ensure we maintain quality) throughout NYC and then continue to identify new key markets and get our products to as many nut milk enthusiasts that we can!

It’s almost summer, if someone (like your awesome husband/wife) were to take you on a fabulous summer vacation where would you go? What five essentials would you bring with you?

This is a mean question – don’t you know entrepreneurs don’t vacation for at least the first 5 years?! ;) But really, if we could go anywhere this summer we would take a tour of Southeast Asia. And our five essentials would have to be: chapstick, a backpack, a really nice camera, sun block, and a great pair of walking shoes.

OMilk is currently available at the Soho and Madison Avenue Dean & Deluca stores in NYC and also via home delivery. I urge you to try it. You will be hooked!

Pure Food and Wine with a Special Visitor

I love when out of town friends come to New York. I have lived in this city my entire life and know it like the back of my hand. I love sending friends a list of places they must check out, things to do, places to eat etc. It is even better when I get to enjoy these adventures with them.

This week my friend Jean has been in town from Chicago for work. Jean is a very new friend, we only met in September (through a mutual friend) and it was love instantly. She’s into green juice and smoothies, loves vegan food, and coolest of it all just finished training to be a doula. Seriously, I love this girl.

When I heard that Jean had never experienced the raw vegan mecca that is Pure Food and Wine I knew she had to make a pilgrimage. On Monday night Jean, myself and my childhood bestie Alli (she introduced me to Jean) went to Pure for an amazing dinner.

We started with a few appetizers to share. Sharing dishes is my favorite way of eating- I like to try as many menu items as possible. First we had the Philly Roll which had a cashew cream cheese, avocado and spicy kim chee filling. Yum! It was the perfect balance of creamy and spicy. So good. Must make at home!

We also got an order of the King Oyster Mushroom “Scallops” to share. I love king oyster mushrooms and am always surprised at how their taste and consistency really does remind me of scallops. The miso sauce on the bottom of the plate was also lovely.  For my entree I had my most favorite dish at Pure. The Hen of the Woods Tacos Al Pastor. These smokey, spicy jicama tacos are filled with smoked guacamole, and topped with hearts of palm and pickled onions. The combination of the smoked guacamole and the tangy onions is perfection. I have since been craving this dish all week. 

There are many amazing desserts at Pure. Many. But since it was Jean’s maiden voyage I insisted that we get the Mint Sundae. Just reading the description on the menu make my mouth water : chocolate, fresh mint, and mint chip ice creams, mint chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce and vanilla cream. Seriously? I feel fully confident saying that this is my favorite dessert on the whole planet. And that includes some non-vegan, gluten packed things I have eaten in my (not so clean) past. 

I think the girls agreed with me about the sundae. It is just too good. 

02/23
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The Fat Radish

I love discovering new restaurants. In fact, I keep a running list of places I want to try. When the eternal question, “where should we go” comes up amongst friends I am always ready. I also have another quirky restaurant habit. If there is a popular new restaurant I want to try I will often make a reservation first, and invite people to join later. With hot spots in NYC filling up sometimes 2 months in advance I like to be prepared!

My extreme pre-planning came in handy this past long weekend. A few weeks ago I had made a reservation at The Fat Radish, and then proceeded to forget about it entirely amongst the craziness that has been our lives these days. Fast forward to a few days before the holiday weekend. I was with some girlfriends who mentioned they were dying to try The Fat Radish. The conversation went something (very roughly) like this:

SJM: Me too!

SJM’s friends: How about next Sunday?

SJM: I think I actually have a reservation for 4 next Sunday!

SJM’s friends: Huh?

SJM: I plan ahead. I have all sorts of random restaurant reservations.

SJM’s friends: Let’s do it!

So, last Sunday two Aussie’s, one Brit, and two New Yorkers (I changed it to five and let Doug tag along) found ourselves at The Fat Radish for a great veggie filled meal.

Like most of my preferred restaurants in NYC, the Fat Radish is not a vegetarian, raw or vegan spot. Instead they have a varied menu filled with TONS of local organic vegetables. This kept both the meat eaters and the veggies obsessed amongst us very happy.

Before we ordered they brought a plate of salted radishes to the table for us to nibble on. I had to try very hard not to eat them all myself. I adore radishes!

For my appetizer I ordered the Whole Local Cauliflower with olives, almonds and raisins. This delicious and quite rich dish was half a head of cauliflower filled with a cauliflower puree and then roasted to perfection. I am pretty sure there was butter in the puree but I make exceptions when I am at restaurants. Especially for a dish like this. I have been working on my own version of a whole roasted cauliflower which a plan on sharing very soon.

For my entree I had the Fat Radish Plate- a bountiful assortment of fresh market veggies. Some were roasted, some were sautéed, all were delicous! This was really my ideal entree. A huge plate of veggies. Very simple but very satisfying.

I should also mention that over the course of the evening I had two of the Tequilla Rose cocktails featuring tequila, jalapeño, aperol, grapefruit and beets. Tequilla is usually my hard alcohol of choice and I love it spicy! Add beets into that mix and I am a goner. I do not drink that often, but when I do I make sure it is a cocktail that really impresses and excites me. This one certainly did!

I will certainly be adding The Fat Radish to my list of plant lover friendly restaurants. Maybe I’ll go ahead an book another reservation now just in case! You never know!

 

 

Body and Eden

Last week I hosted a tasting party for the brand new tonic and elixir company Body and Eden.

My guests were amongst the first to sample their herbal elixirs and superfood tonics made from seasonal and local greenmarket ingredients.

For our party two of the Body and Eden tonics were mixed with Bombay Sapphire East featuring hints of lemongrass and black pepper. If you are going to drink a cocktail I cannot think of a a healthier way to do it!

After the party I had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely founders of Body and Eden, Hillary and Aubrey. They are incredibly effervescent and clearly passionate about health. If you are in the NYC or LA area I highly suggested ordering some of their amazing tonics and elixirs. They are a great remedy for gray winter days!

Tell me a little about yourself, your background, and how you met?

Hillary:

I started dancing ballet at a very young age, so eating and energy for strenuous exercise was always on my radar. However, I have to say I definitely wasn’t an example of health – I lived on all things sugary, and as a total foodie, it’s hard for me to say no to delicious things. Living and working in publishing in NYC, I’d tried every kind of vitamin and cleanse out there to try to supplement my diet with nutrients, but cutting out food just wasn’t the answer – I can’t impede my lifestyle. Aubrey and I, friends since university, had always compared notes on healthy foods/trends, and her experimentation while living on the west coast really led to producing nutritious tonics as raw, live supplements – filling a niche I know I’d been searching for.

Aubrey:

I was raised in a very health conscious family. Every week we drove across town to one of the first Whole Foods in the country and at home my mother had me making green juices. As I got older, eating the healthiest option available to me wasn’t enough. My stomach had been torn apart by antibiotics and stress. I started to experience a variety of digestive and hormonal problems and my body had a hard time digesting the simplest of foods.

My sister was the first one that sat me down and said I had a choice. At that point, I started changing my diet to more simplistic foods so I could start to identify the problem areas. When I moved to California I sought out a variety of health practitioners, tried several different cleanses and diets and picked the brains of everyone I encountered.

Over time I started to learn what worked for me and what didn’t. Cleanses helped me clear out the junk so I could feel my body and make healthier choices about what I put back in it, but some of the same problems would show up again until I started making fundamental life changes on an emotional, physical, and mental level- a process that will never end. This can be a scary and rough process. When I created Body and Eden my main goal was to support people while they were going through some of these major shifts, emotionally and nutritionally. I wanted to create a line of balanced drinks that help to promote internal stability, when other things may seem chaotic and out of our control.

How did the idea for Body and Eden come about?

Body and Eden started out as a nutritional consulting company. I had received so much help and wisdom from the community that I realized it was time to give back. Friends had started to come to me for nutritional and lifestyle advice. I passed on what I had learned, but also really focused on helping them feel inside their body and checking with themselves so they could start making their own decisions and feel more empowered when they saw their practitioners. My years of fascination with the body and personal experience of a variety of symptoms allowed me to sense and see some things they were missing. I would offer my perspective and then encourage them and provide them with tools so they could really determine what was true for them.  We are each our own expert. Nobody knows your body better than you. That is why I created this company with the “Customize Your Own Tonic” section, in order to encourage people to determine what they need. This leads to empowerment.

The drink line developed when I couldn’t find what I was looking for on the market. I personally have had trouble with juicing because my blood sugar drops and juices became ultimately too sweet. I visited a tonic bar in Los Angeles often but noticed that powered greens just didn’t react the same in my body and many raw food drinks wound up being really high in fat, oil, or nut butter which was hard on my system. Nothing beats whole fresh foods; fresh veggie concoctions with added algae seemed to stabilize my blood sugar and leave me feeling energized and feeling empowered.

I asked myself how I could make these even more nutritious and stabilizing. I met an herbalist who understood my philosophy on health and together we created the infusions that now serve as the base for most of our drinks.

The concept and names came from walking around New York. I kept hearing people say, “I don’t have time”. I wanted to reframe the mindset to recognizing what you do have and how to build off that. We are not broken and to be constantly supplementing from the mentality that ” I don’t have something”, is not sustainable. Our bodies are amazing and extremely adaptable. If we just support them they are capable of some extraordinary things.

What makes your tonics and elixirs different from anything else currently available?

1. The herbal infusions. Our drinks are made to support the body and it’s functions. It takes very little of the right type of nutrition to fuel our systems. Our drinks and tonics are not juice- we blend whole ingredients and don’t strain them – fiber and nutrients from whole foods are so important!

2. Our herbal tea bases derived from various ancient health recipes and medicinal principles are blended with fresh, local greens and superfood supplements such as spirulina, bee pollen, chlorophyll, etc.

Who do you see as your ideal Body and Eden customer?

Someone who wants to supplement his or her diet with a raw, live vitamins. Someone who wants to assist their body’s natural functions to better retrieve their energy, have healthy skin, strength, and just plain feel good! Bottom line when you are  healthier you look better, function better, and things around you will start to reflect that.

You are stranded on a desert island. What 5 products or items would you want with you?

Hillary:

1. Our Energy  Tonic to help me build something to get off of it when I’ve had enough J

2. My jasmine sesame oil sun lotion I stocked up on in Sri Lanka over the holidays. It smells amazing and naturally helps fend off UVA/UVB rays

3. Coconut water (I’m addicted)

4. My English bullie (and Body and Eden’s mascot), Althea

5. A sarong – always the best beach accessory:  dress, blanket, towel…

Aubrey:

1. A knife (just practical)

2. Fire (again I’m very practical)

3.  Someone else (I’ve realized life is meant to be shared)

4. Seeds

5. Pure filtered water.

I don’t need much else. Though I was on a recent hike and got lost. I had chlorella tablets, a sketchpad, and markers. I was wishing I had a water filter and a flashlight.

I know it’s hard to pick favorites but what is your current favorite Body and Eden tonic or elixir?

Hillary:

Hmm… Mine is the Energy. The banana and organic dates make it taste so so good!!

Aubrey:

Mine is Balance…Zucchini is such a great anti- carcinogenic and it has a unique grainy flavor.

Anything else you would like to share about Body and Eden?

We are offering a new way of looking at health. People have learned how to clean out the harmful things we have been feeding ourselves for years, but how do we support growth, and change? My hope is that everybody who drinks a Body and Eden tonic gets a feeling for our larger philosophy and we all can move closer to sustainable changes in our lives. We are all in this together.

Be Mine

I am a sucker for a Hallmark holiday. I celebrate those I love everyday but cannot help get excited about Valentine’s Day. The hearts, the chocolate, the pink, the red. I love it in all of it’s sugary-sweet, gooey, maudlin goodness!

I have put together a little gift guide of my favorite “heart day” themed items. Feel free to show this to your signifcant other in order to drop a subtle hint. Single? Be your own valentine and treat yourself right. You deserve it.

 Buddha Nose Heart Spray

I love Buddha Nose’s aromatherapy products. I have my first shiatsu session with their founder Amy Galper on Valentine’s Day. I can’t wait!

 Lululemon Stride Jacket in Paris Pink

There are many days when I never change out of my exercise clothes. This cute pink jacket is perfect for all day wear!

SoulCycle Soulmates Kit for her and him

The couple that sweats together, stays together. It doesn’t hurt that Doug looks so darn cute in his tight cycling shorts. He’s my husband. I’m aloud to say that.

Body Deli Dark Chocolate Scrub

My sister in law recently introduced me to this amazing line of raw, natural body products. This decadent scrub is made only once a year in small batches so get some while you still can. After all, what is Valentine’s Day without chocolate?

Me & Ro Silver Love and Compassion Heart Pendant

Me & Ro is a company whose ethics I truly admire. They support human rights worldwide and use only environmentally friendly resources in making their jewelry. The first jewelry gift Doug ever got me was from Me & Ro and I have been a huge fan ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

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