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Apparel For Change ~ BE LOVE

Every now and then you come across a brand or company that is true to their advertising and really puts their money where their mouth is! BE LOVE is one of those companies who works to share resources that empower communities to create positive social change.

With a mission to educate, inspire and create social justice through the practice of nonviolence, BE LOVE designs original apparel that communicates a message of strength, compassion, and loving determination for peace. Their apparel is also fair trade, sweat shop free, eco friendly and use only organic and sustainable fabrics and materials.

In addition, they donate 10% of all sales to Common Peace, an organization that has created a powerful and comprehensive curriculum for inner city schools that has been designed to help teach the principles of peace, nonviolence, and conflict resolution. The remaining profits sustain BE LOVE and go towards building nonviolence workshops and teach-ins as well as funding campaigns of non-violent direct action.

I am a wearer and supporter of BE LOVE and have been for many years. As a massage and yoga practitioner, I can honestly say that I live and work in their t-shirts, both long and short sleeve.  They also have an adorable children’s line that make great gifts!

For more info and to shop away click HERE

The Book of Rose – Stories, Wisdom & Bubby-ism’s

After 3 years and countless interviews I have finally finished and self published ‘The Book of Rose’, a memoir about the life and legacy of my amazing ‘Bubby’,(Yiddish for Grandmother) Rose DuCaine.

The intention of this book was to capture her life story as well as her amazing wisdom and insights for our extended family and future generations to come. After our grandfather Abe ‘Zeyda’ passed away 5 years ago, I felt as though I still had so many questions and had missed an opportunity to document his life story.

Bubby Rose is a big inspiration in my life, I quote her all the time and still learn from her every day. I have always jokingly call her ‘para-normal’ because of her incredible health, stamina and longevity. Today, at the age of 94 she lives alone, maintains her home and is completely independent. She is in perfect health and takes hardly any medication. She doesn’t need or wear glasses, has all her own teeth and still goes out in heels! Inspirational, or what?

I admire, adore and appreciate her more than she knows and hope that this book will (in her own words) tell her story, share her wisdom and continue to pass on her legacy.

To preview or if you would to purchase – soft cover starting at $42 or download as a ebook for $6.99 – click HERE!

10 Daily Habits for Optimal Health & Happiness

After researching many top 10 lists from other journalists, doctors and researchers, here are my 10 daily habits for optimal health and happiness. (Not in any particular order)

1) Drink lots of water, 8 glasses per day.

2) Eat 3 to 5 clean, light, organic (whenever possible) and balanced meals. Consume fresh juices and foods rich in antioxidants.

3) Breathe fresh air. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors, the sun, the breeze or a great view.

4) Practice good oral hygiene, brush your teeth for 2 mins, twice daily and floss.

5) Be active, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Exercise 20 – 30 mins. Try to include some yoga, cardio or strength training.

6) Practice your passion or hobby, spend 30 -60 mins on what you love to do.

7) Practice mindfulness: For 1-10 mins be present, (think positive thoughts) breathe deeply and smile.

8) Spend quality time with your family and friends.

9) Find joy, purpose and meaning in your work even on tougher days.

10) Be productive. Get something done for yourself and do something for others.

What are your favorite daily habits that bring you happiness? I would be interested in learning some from you!

The Devine Designs of Brooke Benson

Brooke Benson is one of my all time favorite jewelery designers. Her style is original, with ethnic influences and simple but creative flair.  There is a distinct characteristic that is captured in each design, revealing a uniquely raw, yet refined elegant style. Using spiritual symbols, gold, silver, rare one of kind pieces, wood and semi-precious stones, her jewelry is designed to adorn perfectly to those who wear it.

My personal favorites are the long necklaces from her Ancient Charm Collection. I have about three of them and can’t go anywhere with out someone stopping me to compliment it or ask how and where to get one. Her earrings are also fabulous and she is even doing custom rings! Click HERE to get to her site Brooke Benson Designs and for more info.

Brooke Bensone Designs

Eat Smarter

The newest release from one of my favorite nutrition authors, Michael Pollan. ‘Food Rules’ an eater’s manual, is a brilliant unconventional diet book for those of us who want to have healthier eating habits, but find it hard to navigate the confusing science of nutrition or tried many different diets that don’t last.  This book offers a welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food and how we eat.

The health care crisis is in large part a crisis of the American diet of  processed food, refined grains and sugars, too much meat and lack of vegetables, whole grains and fruit.  Roughly three quarters of the two-trillion plus we spend on health care in this country goes to treat chronic diseases, most of which can be prevented by a change in lifestyle, especially diet.  Michael’s “Rules” are not framed in the vocabulary of science but rather culture and a source of wisdom about eating that turns out to have as much, if not more, to teach us than nutritional science does. Here are his top five and my favorites!

1. Eat food
2. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry
4. Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup
5. Avoid food products that have some form of sugar (or sweetener listed among) the top three

Click HERE for more info on the author and to buy!

The Magic of MYSTIC MAMMA

Created and curated by the visionary Mijanou Montealegre, MYSTIC MAMMA will delight, inspire and uplift you! A daily fount of wisdom, vision and beauty weaving a web of consciousness and connectivity.  Reflecting the creative and intuitive aspects of reality and the wisdom of the Divine Feminine. Updated daily, it’s an ever flowing resource of inspiration, and a craft fully woven web of spiritual memory gems.

For women, mammas and soul searchers this site will blow you away and is such a gift to us all!  Click HERE and Enjoy.

Desert Blues

Tinariwen, ‘Tassili’

As a lover of world music I was floored when I first heard a track from this album while listening to KCRW. Tinariwen, the Saharan, nomadic blues-rock group’s new album Tassili strides across several genres to produce something so unsettling and so good that you just might feel you are hearing something in music for the first time, something from the cellar of your heart.

For this release they’ve invited in a few friends as well. Nels Cline contributes a beautiful guitar to opener “Imidiwan ma Tennam”, two members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band add rough texture to “Ya Messinagh”, and TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, who traveled out to the desert recording site, are on hand on five songs, adding subtle backing harmonies and even a bit of lead vocal on one song.

A world music favorite this year and a strongly recommended must buy! Also, don’t miss them live if you get the chance.  For more info click here!

I am always searching for new world music, if you know of a great album that you think I should check out please share!

Yoga, Spa and Detox Retreat in Paradise

I discovered The Sanctuary in 2001 and at 21 years old I thought I had died and gone to paradise! I have never seen another place like it. Their motto ‘built for travelers, by travelers’ is an honest description for this place. Accessible only by boat, it’s an adventure in itself and a must do if your in Thailand!

The Sanctuary, Bungalow Resort & Spa, is a boutique beach resort, spa, and detox center on the small island of Koh Phangan. Away from it all, you can feast on healthy mouth watering vegetarian and seafood specialties, stay in unique island style accommodations and experience their wonderful yoga and meditation offerings.

For more info click HERE

The Massage Express Takes You On A Journey ~

Step aboard and be transported! The Massage Express Co. offers an Orient Express-style mobile spa service with hand picked amenities designed to transport you to another time and place.

Imagine having the sights, sounds and scents of an exotic destination at your home or event location, such as someone playing the Sitar while guests receive spa treatments in a luxe safari tent pitched in your yard or even in your living room.  Hollywood royalty has already hailed us as the real deal.  We have set up spa at private events for James Cameron, Jillian Michaels, Sugar Ray Leonard, Don Henley, Bill Maher, Kara Dioguardi and Beau Bridges among others. We have a cult following because of our unique backgrounds and holistic mastery of organic spa treatments and body- work.

Our luxe safari tents serve as a portable spa retreat inspired by Amani-Khas’ luxury out door living which I discovered on a trip to India. A big inspiration! I play the sitar at events when the magical quality of live music adds to the experience.  No one else does this kind of immersion around the global spa concept.

Our resumes have a combined wellness and indie -boho chic prestige that is international in scope and down to earth in delivery, beyond some of the offerings you may find at a Four Seasons spa or Golden Door.  Our skill surpasses some of the best spas in the world and our clientele has noticed. Our staff and philosophy is a magical & harmonious moving wellness sanctuary.

For more info click here!

The Sitar Star

The super talented and amazing Anoushka Shankar does it again with her latest release, ‘Traveler’. By far one of the best, stunning and original world music albums of the year!  Anoushka amazes as she explores the links between Indian music and Spanish flamenco, the result of ancient Gypsy migration. This collaboration allows her to demonstrate her inspired instrumental work in the company of Indian musicians and the flamenco elite, including the producer and guitarist Javier Limón.

Unfortunately she just concluded her world tour, but you can still enjoy the music!  For more info click  HERE