Wednesday, February 24, 2016

SPIRITUAL SMACK: PULLING OUR WEIGHT


S P I R I T U A L  S M A C K |  P U L L I N G   O U R   W E I G H T

A laboured minute, an hour carved out of patterned habits, touchstones of fear, and a narrow vision. Whatever dirt road of life we're traveling on, we will only continue to cloud our vision into a dust bowl when we allow our feet to be dragged by fear. 

In honour of the lunar light of this week's Full Moon in Virgo, let's own our part in the pattern rather than pulling our weight. Let's observe how we pave our own road and our level of participation in carving out the journey of others. Relinquish your control of your own outcomes and those of others. 

We are free to choose the way in which we ascribe meaning to circumstances in our lives and to "truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day." Let's swim in the waters of that freedom .  . .

Friday, February 19, 2016

BEAUTY BITES: ROASTED WINTER FRUIT IN CARAMEL SAUCE




B E A U T Y   B I T E S  |  R O A S T E D   W I N T E R   F R U I T  I N   C A R A M E L   S A U C E  

In the soft decadence of dripping spoonfuls of desserts on a winter’s night, the need for warmth, at least for those in colder hemispheres, often translates into a craving for indulgent foods. Whipping up intricate sweet fares can feel like such a task though after removing snow-encrusted boots with half-frozen fingers. This recipe of roasted winter fruit puts your drying up apples or pears to use and is an easy 30-minute dish to serve up to warm up your bones—up on the beautiful Thou Swell . . .

Friday, February 12, 2016

FARMACY: MAKE ORGANIC LOVE


F A R M A C Y  :  M A K E   O R G A N I C   L O V E

I have compiled a collection of dainty wears, tantalising scents, euphoric chocolates, + pampering provisions for a rosy little day of romance. Let's get high on the ecstatic vibrations of love—take that, make that whatever your little heart desires! Love your partner, love your mama, love yourself, love your cells . . .

P A M P E R 
infinite love mist | I am in love with the potent potions that Lotus Wei creates + this one is a tantalising concoction of Hong Kong Orchid, Orange Hawkweed and Pink Tourmaline that will enhance your magnetism + love
holy smokes incense | this incense is one of the smokiest, deepest, most beautiful incense that I have come across—perfect to set the mood . . .
vered le chocolate citrus face scrub | I can't think of a scrub more appropriate than one that smells of chocolate. The vered scrub contains essential oils such as grapefruit + lemongrass that detoxify the pores, deeply cleanses the skin, + stabilises sebum production as it gently exfoliates the skin as you salivate like Pavlov's dog for some chocolate . . .

may lindstrom honey mud mask | one of the most incredibly indulgent masks possibly ever, this honey mud mask does it all. The white halloysite clay draws out impurities, colloidal silver acts as an agent against acne-causing bacteria, + intoxicating honey softens and hydrates the skin. A delectable little treat for your skin . . .
odacité pomegranate + rose geranium serum concentrate | velvety perfection of a serum with rose absolute to hydrate your skin + give it a rosy, dewy glow!
love notes | pick a blank, Valentine's Day, or even a thank you card + fill it with a word, sentence, or a poem—the content to your heart's content! I love Paper Source, Anna Rifle BondMr. Boddington's Studio, and Kate Spade for stationery + greeting cards.

P L A Y
raw organic coconut oil | pure, whole, + smells of a tropical paradise—who needs more? The only warning with coconut oil: make sure to use it with non-latex condoms since oil-based lubricants will degrade latex
sustain condoms | I'm not one to take natural, organic, + safe lightly. I take what I take + it's all as close to Mama Earth as I can possibly get it. I flail my hands at refined coconut oil + toxic-laden skincare. So, it's only natural that the rule of not putting anything on your body that you would not put in your body should follow [with all its intended glorious pun]. Unfortunately, our standards + concern for natural ingredients somehow go down like a one-night stand when it comes to sex. If you wear these, you will not get pregnant + die or overloaded with toxic chemicals. Made without nitrosamines, these condoms are fair trade, vegan, + sustainable.

good clean love | With safe + simple ingredients such as aloe vera, this lubricant is vegan + comes in naked as well as cinnamon vanilla [and a side of chai latté]
sylk | Continuing our journey on the tropical love boat, this lubricant is derived from New Zealand kiwifruit extract + contains no harsh chemicals, hormones, or animal products
I M B I B E  +  N O S H
sex dust | I mentioned this divine libido-enhancing tonic in my gift guide + I will reiterate: sip on this aphrodisiac tonic + get ready for the best night of your life
love wine | Add a dash of this into a cup of warmed, homemade pumpkin seed milk along with a sprinkle of sex dust to get your blood pumping
he shou wu + pine pollen | These two herbs—he shou wu + pine pollen—are foods that tonify the sexual center in both women and men, promoting enhanced endocrine function and blood flow to all the right organs
alexis smart in love flower remedy | To fill your little heart with more love for yourself + everyone you interact with, deepen your precious relationships, + attract new healthy ones . . .

chocolate | The day of love—so, frankly, any day—won't be complete with a bite or bar of chocolate. My favourites are Pure7, Sweetness of Being, Eating Evolved, Julian's, Living Libations, and for the bitter-tongued like myself, Guittard 100% unsweetened bar [or you could make your own raw raspberry rose cream truffles!]

Or, you know, it ain't me but vibe with yourself + some crystals if that's your game . . .

Monday, February 8, 2016

SPIRITUAL SMACK: MAMA MOON GATHERING


H O N E Y  G O L D  T I M E |  N E W   M O O O N  I N  A Q U A R I U S

Time to steep in time rather than swimming against the current of the sticky past. It's time to unearth, out of the many truths that command your microcosm directly and indirectly, your truth. What truth is demanding your mind and the flow of time? What makes time tick and stream in honey gold flow? How are you turning the consistency of time from honey into water, dripping and moving in it rather than getting stuck and sticky in others' truths, expectations, and even those of your own that are untrue to your true self? 

This new moon is space for the teetering weight of setting a balance on your needs and obligations, your internal and external interactions, and to create a shift. A time to create fluidity between our selves and our surroundings. A lunar movement to follow the flow of our own time so others may bathe in and drift through that of their own . . . 

Monday, February 1, 2016

THE GUIDE: BATCH COOKING FOR DARLING MAGAZINE




T H E   G U I D E  |  B A T C H   C O O K I N G   +  M E A L  P R E P P I N G
I am smitten to share with you a simple guide to batch cooking +  meal prepping over on the ever-inspiring Darling Magazine. We rush during our work days, so this is a guide to make cooking + feeding a time to reconnect with ourselves . . . 

image courtesy of Hart & Honey