A ritual I do every single morning consists of vitamins, oils and tea to enrich my dehydrated skin and hungry body early in the day, while I sip a fresh, home-made smoothie. This keeps me nourished and motivated while I make food and catch up on e-mails. This last week I spent on the road, driving up to San Francisco and back down to San Diego in less than a week. Between meetings, friendships, working remotely, travel, switching sleeping spots and catching up on e-mails, wellness fought hard to take a front seat. And while I did manage to take my vitamins, drink my teas, ingest my tinctures and do my little rituals, doing it in my own space again means so, so much to me!
Currently morning vitamins include True Svatsthya’s (follow @truesvasthya for more info!) Phythoceramides, which have gotten a lot of press lately after Dr. Oz said on his show that they could “take ten years off your life in four weeks!” I’ve been very eager to try them, as customer testimonials boast plumper, more hydrated and rejuvenated skin. I noticed results in about four days – most noticeably I’ve needed to hydrate my sun-loving skin way less, saving me on product. And makeup which used to get “stuck” on wrinkles and bumps now seems to glide right on and look dewey.
Life EqualsVitamin D and Omega 3’s ( follow @lifeequals for more info & get 10% off your first time purchase with coupon code ORGANICLIFE or 75% off with coupon code ORGANICLIFE75 for monthly vitamins) for my skin and mood in the morning have been killer, and were much needed on my shocking trip to Northern California, where sunshine peeks out with reservation a few times a day, a lot like it does on the East Coast, especially in January. A far cry from the 75 and sunny I’m used to in LA and SD!
Life Equals Vitamin D has been coined “ the sunshine vitamin”. It can affect more than 2,000 cells in the body. Vitamin D fights heart disease, the flu and symptoms of MS. It does wonders for my mood and helps my body absorb sunshine while fighting free radicals.
Life Equal’s Omega-3’s help as a natural anti-depressant, as well as helping my rheumatoid arthritis, stiffness and joint pain in the cold. Omega’s are essential for overall health, including heart health, cholesterol, and concentration. It can maximize your learning potential, aiding in helping disorders like ADHD, Chron’s Disease, Parkinsons, Alzheimers and general brain function.
I also take MSM + Sulfur for my joints and bones. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in all vertebrates, including humans. MSM is already well-known for its joint health benefits, but it may be important for a whole host of other reasons as well. Sulfur plays a critical role in detoxification, and also in inflammatory conditions. For detoxification, sulfur is part of one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces: glutathione. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work. It also reduces pain and swelling, improves circulation and improves cell vitality by breaking up unhealthy calcium deposits, which are the root cause of many degenerative diseases.
Buddha Teas (Follow @buddhateas & receive 20% off your Buddha Teas order with coupon code ORGANICLIFE at buddhateas.com) are local to my hometown in San Diego and they’re amazing! They sent me over some Chakra based teas that I have at night, but this Pure Mind tea is incredible for super early in the morning!
Pure Mind tea is great for both relaxing from stress and enhancing concentration. This awesome elixir of holy basil, rosemary, oregano, sage leaf myrtle, gotu kola, and spearmint is completely organic and tastes delicious!
I will add my spirits, and tinctures to this, like Sleeping Monk’s Mind Sharpener, which is a reishi-mushroom based tincture that helps concentration and focus ( follow @sleepingmonks to find out more!) as well as eliminates threats of many common degerative mind diseases. Loaded with powerful ginseng root (which calms, concentrates and strengthens the body), polygala root (amazing for nervous tension, memory, nerve growth), and sweetflag rhizome (relieves confusion and depression, aids in digestion, increases circulation to the brain) Sleeping Monk’s formula’s are super powerful! I add a dropper full to my tea in the morning along with some Manukah Honey for a powerful and delicious blend.
Wedderspoon’s Manuka Honey is the best of the best. I’d like to take this moment to correct a previous post I made on Manuka Honey, as the good people of Wedderspoon have given me some updated information. Though many people believe it, UMF is an inaccurate way to test quality and potency of manuka. Through a robust marketing campaign, UMF has convinced the public of this however, UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is a company that trademarks Manuka honey and is not an official standard in any way for determining potency of Manuka. In fact, UMF sets the stage for manipulating the honey, since the testing method involves heating, which also automatically alters the contents of the honey and could affect the valuable enzymes found in manuka honey.
Wedderspoon eliminates this problem by providing raw, organic, GMO free, unheated manuka honey. It’s amazing for everything from tea, to a drizzle on a fruit salad, to DIY face masks! (Follow them on @wedderspoonusa to find out more!)
Along with my tea, I take Thayer’s Natural’s throat drops (Follow @thayersnaturals to learn more!) These natural throat drops are how I keep my voice in tip top shape! Thayer’s have been around for over a century, making natural products since 1869! Made from the inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree (ulmus fulva), these dependable demulcents soothe the tissues of the mouth and throat and restore the voice without the dulling effects of menthol. Try them – you’ll soon be singing Thayer’s praises!
To help it all go down, I apply 21 Drops Digestion onto my pulse points and inhale deeply. 21 Drops makes extremely affordable and natural essential oil blends for different ailments, like pain, nervousness, insomnia and digestion. A blend of cardamon, ginger and chamomile helps my meals go down easier and reduces the “morning sweats” that I get from nausea associated with pain and stomach problems I incurred during pharmaceutical withdrawal.
Finally, I apply Laurel’s Skin’s new natural and organic one drop wonder eye serum. While in San Francisco, I stopped by Laurel Skin HQ for an inspiring chat with the lovely Laurel & her amazing team! She was kind enough to gift me her magical new eye serum, releasing in March! It is truly a ONE drop WONDER! I was so surprised that the instructions said to use ONE drop! ? So I did! One heavenly drop is enough to cover under both my eyes with a little left over!
Deeply nourishing jojoba, borage, rosehip, pomegranate & almond seed oils go straight to work hydrating skin. It smells divine, with Laurel’s signature earthy scent, mixed with deep and pleasant tones of rose and berries. I can’t stop sniffing the ‘tester’ part of my hand. I can’t thank Laurel enough for this gorgeous beauty! This serum is perfect for travel, so I’ve found my holy grail! ( Follow @laurelskin to learn more about her awesome whole plant based organic line.)
Thanks for reading all about my morning routine this week. These kinds of posts are super fun to do and there will be more to come!
I’ve often been asked about my signature “look” this past season: a natural, relaxed, fresh-faced inspired daytime look that I often spruce up even for nighttime by adding a bit of darker eyeshadow. Here is the daytime version, though – all makeup used is natural or organic and contains no harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients.
+ Waxelene on lips, eyebrows, eyelids and a light coating to moisturize the face.
Portland bred Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant has set new standards for deodorant: a luxurious feel, health-conscious formulation, captivating scents, and an experience that outlasts the competition.
In addition to being loaded with parabens and other nasties, many regular, “mall” deodorants have been linked to cancer. In addition to emerging evidence, results support the possible involvement of aluminum ions in inflammatory perturbations of breast cancer, suggesting aluminum accumulation in breasts as a possible risk factor for oxidative/inflammatory of breast cells, and the cancer itself.
I don’t have to worry at all with Schmidt’s, which aside from being totally free of anything toxic, has helped me tremendously, tried and true, for over half a year. Made with all natural shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, cocoa butter and vitamin E, it gets my absolute stamp of approval. Schmidt’s stops odor in it’s tracks, nourishes my skin, smells great and has been my go-to solution for freshness. See where I take it and how I use it in my new video:
This week has been wonderful for many reasons: I’ve had some awesome work, some validating adventures, and the kind of life-synchronicities that really good novels are made of. I got some great news about Raelie’s health, too. A small mass we thought might be “something” turned out to be just some fatty tissue. We are very, VERY happy that babygirl is well and we celebrated with an awesome hike at a new trail we found just down the block from our house. Happy National Dog Week, indeed!
^^ Some fun vocal warmups from earlier in the week 🙂 ^^
I’ve also recently teamed up with Soul Flower, an online retail shop that promotes an eco-friendly, bohemian, peaceful lifestyle. Started on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1999, you can now find Soul Flower online, check out their awesome look books, shop Fair Trade wares, mens or cute kids clothing (when I say cute I mean SO CUTE!! I mean is this even real?!) These items are always organic, recycled, made in the USA, or Fair Trade, and very, very comfortable! This Sing It Tomboy T-Shirt is perfect for fall transition. It’s warm but breathable, wearable, and I just adore the message! I had a lot of fun striking poses in this around town – whatever gets people to read it. 😉 It’s really fun, the color is gorgeous and it’s just comfy comfy comfy (I’m a total sucker for comfort… can you tell?!) They also sent me some stickers and cute merch that I was happy to slap on an old cap and run with (literally…)
My crafting skillz. You’re jealous. ^^
#SoulFlower Girl 🙂
(^^ a little mountain lion sighting in the past 10 days never stopped anybody right…?)
(Raels didn’t seem to mind ^^)
(She keeps me company IRL as well as on my wrist at all times just in case she’s not there…
Just put yourself ahead in time. Pretend that it’s next month already, and imagine that the past 4 weeks just totally rocked. Every hope you now possess for the coming weeks has manifested. Every challenge was breezed through. Every cool person stayed cool. Every trickster became an ally. There were happy surprises along the way, and you got plenty of sleep. Please don’t be alarmed, dear, as you walk down the path of life, should you ever find you suddenly don’t have the foggiest idea of how your grandest dreams will one day come to pass. A little known secret concerning life in the jungles of time and space is that however far you reach, you will go farther. However great your dreams, they will be grander.
And however much you love, you will be loved much more.
I’ve been all about Finding My Bliss recently. When I actually say this out loud to people, I have to check myself. It sounds kinda hokey, new age, this-girl’s-read-waaaaay-too-many-Hay-House-books, but it’s true! ( Also, you caught me – I have read way too many Hay House books…)
What that means for me lately is that I’m all about comfort. Not what’s comfortable to do (I still indulge in a little problem solving every half an hour or so), but making myself as centered and comfortable I can be in all areas, so that all areas of my life can align. This includes: blissful meditation, sleeping in when I can, getting weekly deep tissue massages, long baths, checkups, getting my hurr did, making music, lots of reading, life study, catching up with friends and family, and doing things I really love.
Cause -why not- two jumping photos?
Not only is it 70zillion degrees in LA recently (that’s a number, right?), I’ve been working, traveling, and also have a ton of travel plans coming up, so I’m really all about throwing on the most comfortable thing in the closet and going.
So man, was I happy to have stumbled upon this 95% organic (5% Lycra) romper from Synergy Organic Clothing. Perfect for everything from picnics to packing, it’s versatile, lightweight, sustainable… and did I mention cute? It’s like, really, really cute.
Based in Santa Cruz (one of my favorite places in California!) Kate Fisher started Synergy in 1993 after an adventurous trip to Nepal and India (I’m only 100% envious). Inspired by Asian textiles and culture, Synergy combines sustainable practices with organic, fair labor, environmentally friendly materials to create beautiful, wearable clothing.
Personally, I am super impressed with the design, stitching, and care put into making this cornflower romper. I am a sucker for “vintage” style stitching and this beautiful little addition to my wardrobe is made timelessly while still being very fashion-forward. It’s also adjustable, eye-catching, and most importantly: super, super comfortable!
Also, I am a sucker for POCKETS!!!!!!!
This is the perfect romper for Summer, and I have a feeling I’ll be throwing some tights under this with a light sweater, and it’ll rightly earn it’s place in my closet through Fall and Spring!