I love the change of the seasons and fall is probably my most favorite. It’s no secret that I have an affinity for pumpkin errthang #basic and I can’t turn down a festive autumn cocktail.
As a last minute idea (we literally decided the morning of) my guy and I headed up north for a fall-filled weekend! I was on the hunt for the perfect apple cider doughnuts and some leaf peeping before it was too late.
Where could we go within a 2 hour radius of the city to experience fall at its best? It was a no-brainer to head up to the Berkshires. Our destination for a 24-hour escape from the city was confirmed when the Innkeeper informed us that the best cider doughnuts in Massachusetts could be had just 15 minutes away from the Inn. Score!
Here’s a little roundup of our fall-filled weekend in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
The drive up to the Berkshires was the most beautiful part of the trip- foliage and rolling hills abound. How often do we really take the time to unplug and appreciate the beauty that nature has to offer? A quick pit stop to grab some coffee on a horse farm was much needed. It was a great place for Jack to run around and release some energy. Oh, did I mention that we brought the 90 pound Irish Setter on our road trip?
Skipping breakfast and bringing no snacks on a road trip is a big no no with me. But due to our last minute decision to go, we just wanted to get on the road. So, a big lunch was in order and well worth the wait!
Offering a cozy New England atmosphere, The ‘6 House Pub satisfied more than just our hunger. It’s the perfect option for elevated bar food. I mean, they cut the sweet potato fries fresh that day and get their ingredients from some of the local farms.
As someone who plans a lot of her travel around food, I am happy to report that Williamstown did not disappoint! Pumpkin beer on tap served with a pumpkin-cinnamon- sugar rim was perfection. Who’s thirsty?!
The signature appetizer at The ‘6 is Apricot, Bourbon chicken wings. they are nice and meaty with just the right amount of sauce. I’m salivating just thinking about how yummy they were.
For entrees we shared a French Dip sandwich and Burger with fresh chips. The sweet potato fries were out of this world- my favorite food item from the whole weekend.
The ‘6 offers al fresco dining and even serves a doggy menu on their festive patio!
After fueling up, we were on the hunt for some good photo opps and dessert of course. Apple cider doughnuts, here we come!
Apples and Cider and Doughnuts, Oh my!
Our hunt for apple cider doughnuts was over upon arrival to Lakeview Orchard. This small, family owned orchard had a great variety of apples and most importantly, hot, freshly baked cider doughnuts. My fall season was complete.
Check out the Purple Pub– A classic Williams College bar offering great fall cocktails such as hot Kentucky mulled cider and caramel apple martinis with a salted caramel rim.
Eat at the Water Street Grill for fresh seafood like garlic clams and tuna tartar.
We couldn’t leave without visiting Mount Greylock. Boasting an elevation of 3,491′, it’s the highest point in Massachusetts. On a clear day, you can see 90 miles away. The scenic road closes from November to June, so you can imagine how swervy and steep it is! Although it was quite foggy when we went, it was worth the drive to the top. In the warmer months you can hike, lodge, and camp out at Mount Greylock.
Grab another quart of cider and a dozen cider doughnuts at Bartlett Orchard on your way out of town.
The foliage is quickly disappearing and the holidays will be here before you know it! What have you done this season? Have any more fall festivities coming up? Share with us on the instagram page or comment below to let us know!
Does time feel like it’s just drifting away? Do you forget what you did just yesterday? Are you constantly filling up your calendar only to find yourself dreading all of the activities and obligations you have scheduled? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I’m right there with ya!
This month my church launched a teaching series called Airplane Mode which encourages people to make more time for rest in their lives. I know I’m guilty of constantly over-scheduling myself and not prioritizing enough rest in my day to day life. Between work, a social life, and family time, it seems like there’s never enough time for anything! I know firsthand that it can be really hard to balance everything, but I realized that if I don’t give myself time for rest, I won’t be fully present for anything.
In an effort to restore a more calm and balanced life, I’m integrating a few new (and some old) habits that I hope will help you too!
1. Schedule rest.
I know this sounds crazy, but you literally have to schedule rest on your calendar. If you’re finding it hard because of you’ve already scheduled your week, I advise you to let go of one thing this week that doesn’t really align with your purpose or may be distracting you from being present with the ones you love. Once you take this other thing out, you can replace it with one hour of rest. Get a planner or set up a calendar event on your phone to remind yourself to rest!
2. Turn your phone on airplane mode.
This is so important. I understand that there are emergencies and in certain circumstances you just can’t do this. Buuuuuuuuut if you really want to unplug so that you can turn your attention to more important things, turn off the notifications on your phone. About a year ago I turned off email and other notifications so that I didn’t have that constant distraction and it has made all the difference. Think about it, do you really need to hear a ping as soon as you receive an email? If you have a job that you can leave at the end of the day and report back tomorrow, then do just that. Coworkers, friends, and others will notice the boundaries you’re creating and won’t expect you to be available 24/7. It’s quite liberating when you become unavailable.
I don’t always practice what I preach, but I do try to meditate throughout my week. When I carve out the time in the day to meditate it has a huge impact on how I show up, focus, and perform. Many people I talk to have said that they struggle to meditate. I think people are inundated with so many different meditation models out there that it can be hard to choose one that works for them. I can attest to some of the best guided meditations that I’ve done with my beloved yoga teacher, Bee Bosnak. She has meditation classes at oneoeight.com and on her own site, www.beebosnak.com. She also just launched an online course in meditation called STAY (Stillness Through Amplified Yoga). It’s a 7-day meditation journey into understanding the contents of your psyche. I highly recommend that you try Bee’s course or her free 20 minute meditation on her site.
4. Go to bed one hour earlier than normal, one night per week.
If you unplug from the television and your phone at least 30 minutes before bed, it will be easier to fall asleep and sleep more soundly. Instead of scrolling through your phone, grab a good old fashioned book, rub some lavender essential oil on your palms, and set yourself up for a good night’s sleep.
Read more about how I use essential oils here.
5. Learn to say No.
It can be rather difficult to say no to those you love when they’ve always been able to rely on you. I’m not telling you to abandon your friends and family when they need you, but if you’re always showing up for everyone else, you’re likely not showing up for yourself. And by ‘showing up’ I mean taking care of yourself and doing the things that fill your cup. Maybe you’ve always been the party planner/host, or you’re always volunteering to do extra or stay later at work. You have to honor yourself by saying no sometimes. It might even be saying no to a workout even though you promised yourself you’d work out 4 days this week and you only did 3. Give yourself some slack. By resting, you will gain more.
I hope that you can turn some of these habits into routines and find more rest in your busy life. As a culture we thrive on being busy and it has to stop! Try any or all of these tips to integrate more rest into your life. I’m going to take my own advice now.
I’ve never been one to suffer from allergies, however this last week they came on strong. I’ve been taking everything from Zyrtec and Claritin to Benadryl and nose spray to control my congestion. It wasn’t until today that I turned to my trusty essential oils for a cure. I had an all natural remedy right at my disposal this whole time. Whether you suffer from allergies, asthma, or maybe headaches or stress, there is an essential oil blend that can help you!
I started using essential oils during my yoga teacher training. I never knew their benefits they had until I started using and reading about them. Since then, I’ve been diffusing them at home and in my classroom. I use special blends to ease test anxiety and get my 8th graders to focus in school. I make lots of different blends depending on the mood I want to create for my yoga classes.
If you’ve heard about essential oils or you have some, but you’re not sure about all of the benefits or how to best use them, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some ways you can use essential oils in your life to ease stress, calm anxiety, and combat many other conditions you may be living with.
If you suffer from allergies, a blend of melaleuca (tea tree oil) and lavender will help. Combine a few drops of each oil and rub onto the soles of your feet and sinuses. Rub any excess oil on your chest and wrists. This worked very well for me. Re-apply this blend every hour or so to keep it working.
Along with allergies comes congestion. In this case, you can diffuse a mixture of eucalyptus, peppermint, and douglas fir. You can inhale it directly from a diffuser. Otherwise, you can use the same blend and apply it to your chest, neck, back, and feet.
There’s another oil exclusive to DoTerra’s line of essential oils that is called Breathe. Rub Breathe on your chest, neck, bottoms of the feet, or right below your nose. This has been a big hit with anyone I know who suffers from asthma or other respiratory issues.
Let’s face it, we all experience stress in our daily lives and sometimes we just need to step back, take a breath and chill. I find that diffusing a blend of lemongrass and lavender really helps me to calm down. You can also massage it onto your neck, back or bottoms of the feet.
Lavender is probably my favorite scent ever. Whenever I diffuse lavender, I close my eyes and pretend I’m in Provence (maybe that thought is what really makes me calm). Lavender has many uses, some of which I’ll share in future blog posts, so stay tuned!
An uplifting oil like Peppermint is great for a boost of energy when you’re feeling sluggish. There’s a new blend called Cheer which carries Wild Orange, Clove, Lemon, Nutmeg and more. This comes in a rollerball that you can rub on your palms and inhale or rub on your temples.
Diffuse an array of oils such as Frankincense, Bergamot, Lavender, and Lemon to boost your mood. For topical use combine equal parts of Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, and Orange and add fractionated coconut oil into a roller bottle. Rub on your palms and inhale the notes for positive vibes.
Now that you know some of the benefits of the oils, why should you choose DoTerra brand?
I chose Doterra over other essential oil brands due to their commitment to being all natural. They are the only essential oil brand that is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, meaning they are free of all pesticides, contaminants, and additives. They even use 3rd party testing to certify purity and potency. All of their plants must be sourced from the native (indigenous) growing region. This is a very transparent product that you can trust, especially with the emphasis on oils that can be ingested and used topically.
As a wellness advocate I am happy to share more of the benefits with you and tailor special oil blends to your needs. If you’re interested in ordering please visit my website here.
Trying to hold onto summer? I know I am! With fall officially beginning tomorrow, I must admit, I’m not quite ready for pumpkin everything this year. And with summer temps hanging around a little bit longer, it made me nostalgic about a great summer Sunday I spent in Coney Island with my Brooklyn-born beau. As a native New Yorker, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that this summer was my first time visiting the Nathan’s hot dog capital of the world! With that said, it was totally worth the wait!
But first, B&H
It was a picture perfect summer day that started out with a trip to B&H, the biggest and best electronic store in New York City, to purchase my very first professional camera! After over a month of research and help from my guy, I am so happy with the camera I decided on. A special thanks goes to a very knowledgeable and patient member of the B&H staff who gave me the lowdown on the newest technology in photography right now. He saved me from making a purchase I would’ve regretted. More on the camera in another post, but this post has some of the very first pics I took with my Sony A6000.
Get your freak on
Phillip and I have been talking about going to the Freak Show at Coney Island for over a year now, and we finally made it. As we walked past the dozens of food stands with funnel cakes calling my name, we arrived at Luna Park with the next show starting within minutes. Just enough time to grab a local brew at the Freak Bar before the show!
The show lasts around 45 minutes and costs $10. There are all sorts of freaky things like a German midget who single-handedly wiggles his way out of a straightjacket and a woman who practically swallows a sword. You have to see it to believe it! It’s worth checking out if you plan on spending the day there.
Carnival Games and Funnel Cake? Yes, please!
Being at Coney Island can make anyone feel like a kid again! As we made our way over to play some games, we took a little break to sit down and share the crispiest, deep-fried, old-fashioned funnel cake (one of the best I’ve ever tasted, btw). I don’t know what had gotten into us that day, but we wanted to take home some fish! With just a few buckets of ping pong balls and a dream, we became the proud owners of 3 goldfish. I felt so protective of those fish as I walked around carrying my little fish tank. We decided to name the fish to commemorate our fun day at Coney Island, and so they became: Nathan, Wonder Wheel, and Luna.
Sadly, these 3 little guys did not live longer than 2 weeks, but I will always remember them
Coney Island Art Walls
I really wanted to check out FAD Market and the Coney Island Art Walls while I was there. They’re only open through the end of September, so go check them out if you can! Enjoy live entertainment, lots of yummy pop-up food stands, and of course the awesome art brought to you by Jeffrey Deitch, who also co-curated the Wynwood Walls in Miami and Joseph Sitt, who spent his summers in Coney Island as a young kid.
We could not visit Coney Island without a ride on the famous Wonder Wheel. The panoramic views of Coney Island make it worth the few rounds you get on the ride.
Nathan’s, a Coney Island staple
No visit to Coney Island is complete without a visit to Nathan’s for a chili dog and some cheese fries. Make sure to check out the very first location right on Surf Avenue.
Until Next Year, Sweet Summer
Visiting Coney Island was one of my favorite memories of the summer, falling just behind my trip to Spain.
What are some of your favorite memories of Summer 2017? Did you get away? Please share your comments below and let me know where I should go next!
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As I sit here and look back at all the beautiful photos from my visit to the South of Spain, I have to pinch myself that I was able to experience such a beautiful place with some of the greatest humans I’ve ever met. It wasn’t your typical yoga retreat (more about that in another post). In other words, I didn’t come home as rested as I thought I would be, but boy did I have a blast!
Embedded in my memory of Spain was a day well spent in the small town of Jerez de la Frontera, most famously known as the home of Sherry (the spirit).
If you ever plan on visiting the South of Spain, definitely stop by this town for some authentic Spanish vibes. Just be aware that the locals notoriously don’t love tourists in their city; a graffitied parking garage sign told us so.
How to Get There
The best way is to drive. The town was about a 45 minute drive from our Hacienda in Sevilla. The Hacienda and Jerez are all part of the Andalucia region in Spain. If you’re driving from the heart of Sevilla, give yourself an hour and a half to get there.
See and Get Around
This is a perfect walking city. It is much less busy in August as most Europeans are spending their holidays on the coast. As is the case in any city I visit, I don’t always have a set plan. Unless there’s a specific restaurant recommendation or landmark that I want to check out, I like to walk around and stumble upon the local spots. Again, in the middle of August be prepared for many shops and restaurants to be closed, but the upside is there aren’t any crowds.
First, check out the grounds of Alcázar de Jerez, where there is a park for shade seekers. You have a bunch of photo opps here too!
Get lost in one of the colorful alleyways and just take a second to admire some of the beauty and simplicity of these quintessential European streets. A lot of the architecture in Spain is heavily influenced by the Moors and it is absolutely stunning.
Continue with a visit to the Catedral de Jerez. I was so enamoured by the grandiose presence of this Cathedral. And these doors!!!
Not Your Corner Bodega
Admiring the beautiful cathedrals and picturesque alleyways wasn’t all that Jerez had to offer! The definite highlight of the day was a Tour of the González Byass Tio Pepe Bodega.
The tour lasts 90 minutes. It starts with a short video history of the family owned business which dates back to 19th century. You get full access to the grounds with a knowledgeable and witty tour guide! The tours are led in several languages including English, Spanish, and German that I know of. There are a few ticket options ranging from 12- 21 € (euros) and include the tour with a tasting and tapas if you so choose (you bet I did!) I won’t give away all the details of the tour, but here are a couple of pictures so you get a little peek of what you’ll see.
The Sherry at the End of the Tunnel
We ended the tour on a high note with a Sherry tasting. This was just what the group needed to
wine wind down after a long day of sightseeing in the August heat. If it weren’t for this awaiting us at the end, we may not have made it!
The tasting offered 2 sweet and 2 dry glasses of sherry. I especially enjoyed the Alfonso, an Oloroso. This best seller is full bodied with a maple-y taste and resembles the color of a bourbon. Most of the sherry’s are a lot sweeter than I usually like my wine, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Book your tour here.
Thanks for reading and make sure to stay tuned to the blog for more highlights from my trip to Spain. Adios!
With everything going on in the world, most recently the extreme weather in Houston brought on by Hurricane Harvey, I haven’t felt so great about posting my latest trip to Spain. But, in due time I’ll be sharing lots of stories, beautiful photos, and lessons I learned during my retreat. Here is one of my favorite photos to hold you over!
The Daily Croissant lives on!
I’ve been at odds with social media as of late. Yes, I love sharing parts of my life with you and (hopefully) inspiring you through this blog, but lately I haven’t been feeling very social. Maybe it’s my way of adjusting from all the deep work I did in Spain, transitioning back to my daily goings on, living my yoga off the mat, and/or dedicating my time to some other areas of my life right now. But I wanted to take this opportunity to spread some love here and now and let you know that I haven’t forgotten about this blog; I’m just taking a little break from the social side of life right now. Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel differently. Give yourself permission to take a break from whatever isn’t serving you at the moment. If and when the time is right, it will be waiting for you.
What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love
I’m sending love to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. May you find strength in yourselves and the love and support of others to carry you through this tough time.
To the families who lost loved ones in the Barcelona attacks, we send you love and prayers to overcome the horror of this terrible act.
Sometimes the traumatic circumstances in the world remind us that our problems aren’t so bad after all, but for those of you facing personal battles with your health, finances, relationships, or whatever the case may be, know that you are not alone. Let us all remind ourselves to be kind; for everyone we meet is facing a battle we know nothing about.
Thanks for reading and following. May you find it in your heart to send prayers out to those in need, donate to the Red Cross relief fund, or send some love to a friend you’re thinking about. Sometimes, a little hello goes a long way.
Peace and Love,
Next week the blog will be on a short hiatus as I will be away on a yoga retreat. I’m taking this time to to soak in the last weeks of summer to rest and recharge. It seems like I’ve spent half of the summer in front of my computer working to bring you new content and the other half actually getting out there to experience it!
This weeklong yoga retreat will be a truly healing experience and I can’t wait to share it all with you when I get back!
But for now, I’ll share how and why I picked this retreat and a taste of what we’ll be doing there. I’ll also be announcing a contest/giveaway on the blog before I leave, so stay tuned to our instagram page to enter. You won’t want to miss it!
Location: Andalucia, Spain- the beautiful countryside of Southern Spain. The host property for this retreat is The Hacienda de San Rafael. This was once a thriving olive estate, but has been converted into a luxury hideaway. It is located halfway between the historic cities of Seville & Jerez de la Frontera. Here are a few pictures of the resort from their website. This resort is featured on Condé Nast Travelers Gold List.
The retreat schedule includes twice daily yoga and meditation. Every morning starts with an energizing vinyasa class and meditation, followed by breakfast. Some days there are afternoon workshops. Other days are excursions, such as a hike in Grazalema National Park or horseback riding. In the afternoon there is free time to relax. I intend on spending my time journaling, exploring more of the region, and sitting in front of the pool with a good book. In the evening there’s a gentle yoga class followed by a delicious tapas dinner. One of my fondest memories from my first trip to Spain back in 2011 is the tapas. Oh, the tapas.
The last day of the retreat will be spent in downtown Seville at their sister hotel Corral Del Rey where we will get a chance to explore the town and enjoy a celebration dinner.
How I discovered the retreat
Today, the market is flooded with yoga retreats. How does one choose among so many options? I could go to Bali, Costa Rica, Aruba etc. and I’m sure they all host wonderful retreats. The reason I picked Seville and the Heal Yourself Yoga and Meditation Retreat is because I am connected to an online yoga community called oneoeight.com. If you’ve been following me you may already know about them. I’ve been following the creator of this community Rachel Brathen, better known as yoga girl, for many years. I’ve practiced with her and visited at her new yoga studio Island Yoga in Aruba.
Bee Bosnak, is a teacher on the oneoeight platform. I’ve also taken yoga and meditation classes with her in NYC. Both of these teachers have an outstanding ability to lead their students through the asana(physical practice), but more importantly through a mindful practice that can transform the soul from the inside out. I am so excited for Bee to lead me on this journey and see where it takes my yoga practice and how I evolve as a yoga teacher.
This yoga retreat is just what I need to dive deep into what yoga is all about. I’m ready to learn more about myself and ready to let go of any fear that holds me back.
In the meantime, follow me on instagram to see what I’m up to and check out Bee Bosnak on her instagram here for truly inspiring words of wisdom and reminders of how we can stay present in every single moment.
Thank you for always coming back to read the blog. We’ve had an authentic following since launching at the beginning of this year and only hope to grow more as we move forward. It has evolved in many ways, including changing up our content from lots of food and restaurant based posts to more wellness and yoga related content. Mario took a backseat to creating the content and now works behind the scenes doing all of the editing, IT, and design of the blog.
We’ll still bring you some of our top travel picks and hidden gems in NYC because so many of you have asked for it!! But now I ask you. What else would you like to see more of on this blog? This can be general or specific. Please let me know what resonates with you and if I can offer any insight or experience into something you’d like to know more about.
Until next time,
Today I’m sharing some of the things that bring me joy in my everyday life. With so many stimuli and new content out there, it can be hard to sift through and find what is right for you. I’m not selling anything here, just suggesting a few things that I enjoy and maybe you will too. Here’s a list of some things that may encourage, inspire or expose you to something new! I hope you like it and if you do leave me a comment below!
New designer: Anatoli
She may not be new, but she is new to me! I met the founder and designer of anatoli.co at the FAD market in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Anatoli turkish towels are made by local artisans in Anatolia, Turkey. They are quality towels with simplistic designs and can be used as towels or worn in as scarves, wraps and so many different ways. Check out their website here or find them at different markets in Brooklyn, NY.
Blog: The Simply Luxurious Life
The simply luxurious life.This blog has everything from fashion, to great recipes and guides on how to live a simple, yet luxurious life. I love her latest post about welcoming serenity to your life. Find it here. She is launching French Week on her blog starting today (Aug 6) and will have a whole week’s worth of blog posts on everything French inspired! You know I’m super excited for this.
Podcast: The Simple Sophisticate
This podcast is brought to you by the blogger I just mentioned. She talks about fashion, food and living your best life. I really love her latest podcast: Love and Self-Discovery: How to be One Half of a Healthy Relationship. Listening to it made me examine myself and how I deal with situations in my own life. One of the many things she said about relationships that resonated with me most was this: “From time to time we will fall back on defaults that are unhelpful. However, the key is to recognize these instances when they occur, and gradually with mindful attention, understanding why you do so, choosing a new action that is helpful and healthy rather than hurtful and destructive.”
The episode is fantastic and she has a blog post for each episode if you prefer to read it rather than listen to it. Episodes are about 30 minutes and there’s a bonus at the end le petit plaisir, where shares one simple pleasure with her listeners.
Recipe: Turmeric Ginger Mango Lassi
This recipe is refreshing and delicious. If you followed along on my IG stories, you may have seen me make it. I recently started integrating herbs and supplements into my health regimen and I discovered that turmeric works wonders for digestive health. This is a top priority to me when it comes to my health concerns so I’ve been taking turmeric in a pill form for a few months now and I have overcome so many digestive issues I was dealing with. This recipe is packed with nutrients to help boost immunity and fight inflammation. Here is the video on how to make it.
Yoga Studio: Upper West Side Yoga
I discovered this studio because my boyfriend lives 3 blocks away from it! The owner, Ingrid has created such a warm and welcoming space. She has beginner, restorative and open level classes. You can drop in the studio for $23 a class or get a new student special which is $39 for 2 weeks of unlimited classes.
This isn’t just a yoga studio where you come to work out; Ingrid connects with her students and takes time to address their concerns on and off the mat. She also offers free 20 minute meditation classes for a donation. Her studio is fully stocked with props like blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps to support you in your yoga practice. Go check out the studio and let me know what you think! You won’t be disappointed.
Product: Ouai Haircare Rose hair and body oil
This is a hair and body oil that should be used sparingly. It smells amazing with a mix of Rose, Bergamot, Lychee and White Musk. I put one pump in my hand and rub it in my hair when it’s damp. Then I rub the excess on my arms instead of using perfume! It make my hair look super sleek and shiny and prevents frizz in the summer heat. It makes styling so much easier as your hair will be tame when it dries.
Activity: Going to the Bronxville Farmers Market
I’ve listed a lot of my favorite vendors in my previous post here. I love spending a Saturday morning here sipping coffee and trying all sorts of yummy new treats. They are open from 8:30-1 p.m. every Saturday until November 18. Go check them out and support your local farmers and artisans!
Style inspo: Damsel in Dior and Krystal Bick
These two bloggers have a great fashion sense and I love going to their sites to get some major style inspo! Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior nails the effortlessly cool look and Krystal Bick of This Time Tomorrow is has more of an elevated look with lots of dresses and mixes high and low pieces together perfectly! Check out 2 of their recent style posts that I really like here:
Book: Meditations on the Mat
I started this book during my yoga teacher training, but it wasn’t until this summer that I started reading it on a daily basis. It brings so much insight into living a full life and taking my yoga off the mat. Every page I read helps me start my day mindfully. It has served as a guide to being a better yoga teacher and living a more authentic life. You can find it on amazon here. It’s great for seasoned yogis, beginner yogis, and non-yogis too!
If you liked this roundup and you’d like to read more posts like this, let me know! I’ll try to do at least one every month! Leave me a comment below or on my instagram page here.
We are well into the dog days of summer! I still have a month before I go back to work and I want to enjoy what is left of summer to the fullest! I’ll be traveling for the latter half of August so I have to take advantage of what’s going on in my city before I leave!
A typical summer Saturday for me has been teaching a morning yoga class and then heading over to the Bronxville Farmers Market for some yummy treats. I love getting a cold brew and strolling around the market to figure out what I’m going to make for dinner (or not!) They have about 20 participating vendors and I’m always finding something new there.
Last week I got a massive and delicious coconut/chocolate chip vegan muffin from Nutmeg, a local eatery/bakery that I really enjoy. Their chocolate chip cookies are great too and everyone raves about their pies. I also discovered a strawberry mint gazpacho from Spoon Me Soups. It’s a refreshing summer lunch or good for mixing into smoothies. Bien Cuit is there with more baked goods, like their delectable apple cardamom danish. Try the bomb risotto balls from diRiso (these sell out quickly so try to get them while they last!). You’ll also find many local farmers and cheesemakers. Check out a list of participating vendors here.
The market is open every Saturday from 8:30- 1:00 until November 18.
The World is your Oyster
I’m excited for Sunday because I’ve been looking forward to the FAD market beach edition at Coney Island. I’ve never been to Coney Island and I’m psyched to finally check it out. The FAD market is fantastic. I discovered it during my day in Cobble Hill and wanted to spend more time there. They have lots of unique designers and products like anatoli.co who makes beautiful Turkish towels, kaftans, and robes. They also have some opportunities for you to make your own arts and crafts as well. The market is located at the Coney Art Walls which should be a great place to take pictures too!
Parisian for a Day
Getting dressed up and going to see Paris Can Wait at the Paris Theatre in NYC is another activity on my list for the weekend. I’m thinking a nice French dinner and movie after. The Paris Theatre is located right next door to the Plaza Hotel so maybe I can even sneak in an eclair from Francois Payard at The Todd English Food Hall!
What are you guys doing this weekend? I hope you enjoy what’s left of summer. Don’t worry; It’s not over. There are still plenty of beach days left. Stay present and appreciate each day! Leave a comment below letting us know what you’re doing this weekend and any other summer activities you recommend!
Yesterday marked the middle of my summer vacation. And after a busy few weeks of travel, teaching yoga, and catching up with lots of friends in between, I felt like I was coming down with something. Could it be exhaustion finally catching up with me? Maybe a lack of caffeine for the first day in a very long time? Or maybe just my body’s way of saying “slow down; chill”. I listened to my body, crawled into my bed and did some light reading, but not before I took some precautions just in case I was getting sick.
Here are five things I do to unwind and recharge my battery when I feel like I may be getting sick.
1. Make a cup of green tea.
I’m not an everyday coffee drinker, but this summer coffee has been something I treat myself to every.single.day. So I think skipping the coffee is what could’ve given me a headache.
Green tea has caffeine, but it doesn’t give me the rush that coffee does, so I decided it was a good alternative to give my body a little bit of a break. From now on, I’ll go back to having coffee every other day to reset for when I go back to work in a month.
2. Take a hot shower.
It was 88 degrees outside, I didn’t have my AC on and I was cold. This was cause for concern. I took a long, hot shower. I took my time. I wasn’t rushing to get ready to go somewhere. I had to take it slow because my bones were achy and I just didn’t have the energy to move quickly. As much as I wanted to be in my bed, I had to take my time getting there.
After being on my computer or scrolling through instagram on my phone for more than an hour or so, I start to feel nauseous and I’ve noticed my posture start to suffer too. As much as I wanted to be productive, it was really important for me to shut my computer and turn off my phone to give myself a bit of a digital detox for the rest of the night. This set the tone for a good night’s sleep.
4. Utilize my essential oils.
During my yoga teacher training, I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils. These oils have so many cleansing and calming properties. They also offer huge benefits for clarity of mind and better intestinal and digestive health. On guard is an immune booster that you can rub under your feet. This blend is made up of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. It also comes in beadlet form, so you can just pop it in your mouth when you’re on the go.
I diffuse lavender oil to create a calming atmosphere before bedtime. I put a few drops of oil into the diffuser that’s on my night stand and it really relaxes me and prepares me for a restful sleep.
Lastly, I rub deep blue oil on my achy joints. This oil is also great after long day of slouching over the computer. The blend is made up of Wintergreen Leaf, Camphor Bark, Peppermint Plant, Ylang Ylang Flower, Helichrysum Flower, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower. You can also use this oil before or after a workout.
5. Fresh sheets and some light reading.
There’s nothing I love more than climbing into a bed with fresh sheets. Your sheets may be carrying something that made you feel sick, so it’s best to change them. I’ve been reading lots of yoga books to enhance my teaching and my practice. This is the ultimate way I unwind after a long day. Find a book that you really love and spend some time reading instead of scrolling or watching tv.
Always listen to your body
I’ve learned to accept that my nature is ‘go, go, go!’ I’ve tried to slow down, but sometimes that little voice inside me just screams get out there and do something! But when your body calls out to you, you have to listen. Recharging your batteries is one of the most productive things you can do for yourself.
I hope these steps gave you some insight into how I take care of myself and maybe a few ideas about how you can too. Find different ways to help you unwind after a long day and set a nightly routine for yourself. You’ll be refreshed and energized the next day and you’ll thank yourself for it!
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