Our wellness challenge continues with a treat! When tasks linger on, days wear on us, and life needs a pick-me-up, we like to rely on energy boosting bites-of-goodness packed with natural ingredients that invigorate our moral, metabolism and mental state. And who doesn’t love a snack that’s shaped like a doughnut hole and tastes a little like cake batter? Our favorite, no-bake recipes include some of these powerhouse ingredients:
Organic Chai Seeds: “Chai” in Mayan means “Strength” and the Mayans originally channeled the chai seed as an abundant and sustainable source of energy! One ounce of Chai Seeds contain 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. A little goes a long way with this rejuvenated super food.
Nut Butters: Vitamin E, Protein, monounsaturated fats…all amazing things about nut butters that make them a heart healthy and substantial glue to many energy bites.
Blue Agave: While agave nectar is still considered a sweetener and should be used modestly, this naturally super sweet sugar/honey substitute also contains nutrients that positively affect weight loss and cholesterol levels.
Rolled Oats: These old-fashioned carbs are anything but flakey when it comes to healthy benefits. Oats are an amazing source of good carbs and fiber – two things that help maintain good metabolism and weight control.
We are so excited for a Trunk Show event starting on July 26th with a **FREE YOGA CLASS** and early trunk show access at The Forge Gym! Our trunk show features new yoga and athleisure apparel from Beyond Yoga and jewelry with gorgeous sacred symbolism by Satya. Don’t miss the coming together of two of our favorite brands with a powerful and optimistic vision. [event details here]
Beyond Yoga | “I live fully in my body and in the moment. I live my life beyond”
Beyond Yoga is a luxe athleisure and yoga apparel brand that goes beyond just clothing production. They are consciously producing clothing that makes you feel good, look good and is made with ethical practices. Made in the USA, Beyond Yoga pieces move you effortless from street to studio and are made comfortable for all body types. Their body positive perspective on the workout wear industry is refreshing and is represented so well in their figure flattering leggings, tanks and cool-weather layers.
Satya Jewelry | “The Paths are Many, the Truth it is One.”
Satya Jewelry is hand crafted for the modern, fearless woman. Each piece symbolizes a truth or power, from creativity to perseverance to protection. Perfectly, “Satya” means “truth” in sanskrit. We love these Satya’s delicate gold and beaded layers and charms that add meaning and radiance to everyday embellishment. A percentage of Satya’s proceeds go to her namesake foundation, giving back to children’s charities across the globe.
Nicole Chemi | E-RYT, YACEP
Nicole’s yoga practice began to bloom in 1997 after her first daughter was born. Using yoga to center and ground her new-mom lifestyle in turn was the springboard for her deeper practice and study of Yoga philosophy. In 2001 Nicole was certified as a Yoga instructor through The Yogalife Institute, an affiliate of The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India. Nicole has taught yoga postures, meditation and philosophy to adults and children for over 17 years. She and her partner, Joe Finnery have owned their own yoga studio in Havertown, PA and have instructed over 120 individuals through a 10 month, 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training.
Nicole is not only an established yoga instructor and practitioner but a certified Holistic Health Counselor and published author. Her life work is centered around helping people life happy, healthy lives full of energy and vitality.
Nicole has taught Yoga at Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Mountain Lodge, Studio Zenith, The Barn Gym, Zen Barn and The Forge Gym.
The Forge Gym | Waterbury Center, VT
The Forge Gym has taken off since it’s inception in 2017! Started by dynamic couple, Kyle and Heather Smith, The Forge is fortunate to have extensive knowledge and energy for physical fitness and health at it’s foundation. Their large, beautiful facility has been transformed into a comfortable, convenient, state-of-the-art place to work out everyday. From Yoga to HITT to abs to ski training, the Forge offers group and personal training classes for everyone. Enjoy a FREE yoga class at The Forge Gym on 7/26 from 7-8PM and shop our Beyond Yoga and Satya Trunk Show there from 6:30 – 9PM!
Stretch more, stress less. Stretching is a well-known and widely practiced routine that reduces common ailments. One major ailment of today’s society is STRESS, manifesting itself both physically and emotionally through anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, muscle tension and more. Starting your day with a quick stretch sesh can help greatly relieve built-up tension and stress and maintain good health.
Boost Health – Stretching massages your internal organs, keeping the blood flowing and increasing movement that could warn you of potential internal issues sooner than if you hadn’t been stretching thoroughly.
Keep Joints Limber – Target more than just the joints and muscles you use for daily tasks by doing full-body stretches each day.
Enhance Flexibilty – Stretching every day will loosen tight muscles, making movements easier, with less strain.
Keep a Sharp Mind – Certain stretching boosts cognitive function which in turn will help with memory and focus.
Loose Weight and Tone Muscle – Stretching dormant muscles helps shed excess fat. Easy peasy.
Lower Anxiety and Depression – Stretching increases the flow of chemicals in the brain that combats depression. We can be happy about that!
We like stretching to start each day and help slowing increase muscle movement and blood flow. Whether you stretch first thing, post workout or multiple times a day, remember to keep your muscles warm and stretch gently to avoid injury!
Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert! Avocado has it covered. This superfood is super versatile, with a taste and texture that blends well with sweet or savory dishes and with benefits that won’t disappoint.
Good Fat – The hearty amount of monounsaturated fat in an Avocado is good for heart health, blood pressure and lowering cholesterol!
Protein Packed – A meat substitute and effortless protein to mix into smoothies, spreads or pastas.
High in Fiber – Ultra dense in fiber, the Avocado helps keep you feeling full and keeps digestion flowing. Perfect for weight control and a well-oiled metabolism.
Natural Moisturizer – Avocado oil is a nutrient rich moisturizer that works from the inside out. Regular intake of avo can help clear acne prone pores and adds a glow to your skin! Out of moisturizer? Use natural whipped avocado! Out of sunscreen, avocado protects from harmful UVA and UVB rays…and helps heal sunburn for overexposure to harmful light.
This smart fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) is perfect for every meal. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate it into your daily routine!
BREAKFAST – Avocado Toast. Add sliced or smashed avocados atop whole wheat toast in so many ways. Layer with cream cheese, lox, eggs, or bacon and season to taste. CLICK for RECIPES.
LUNCH – Avocado Mac & Cheese. Add protein to this fan favorite dish! Avocado Mac blends comfort food with super food for a dish that can be eaten in ultra filling small amounts! CLICK for RECIPE
DINNER – Avocado and Chicken Fajita Salad. A summer staple. One fresh and healthy meal that is flavorful and filling. CLICK for RECIPE.
DESSERT – Avocado Lime Ice cream. A savory summer sweet is smart and cool! CLICK for RECIPE
We challenge you to add the EASIEST super food ever to your daily routine! This challenge is a piece of cake. Did you know you can make cake with avocados? CLICK HERE!
Dear beach babes, sunscreen is in style! I know we are all itching to get out into those warm rays as soon as possible, but don’t underestimate the importance of lathering on a broad-spectrum sunscreen before you hit the sand! UVA and UVB rays are commonly known to cause serious surface burns, lead to certain skin cancers (especially in those with family history!), cause eye injuries including cataracts, and of course, quicken the skin’s aging process. So while we all want that gorgeous summer glow…we challenge you to tan slow!
Breezy fabrics, feminine details, light tones, effortless looks = summer style. We’ve curated a capsule wardrobe for summer featuring new arrivals this season, with looks that you can mix and match and wear again and again from casual to cocktail. Sport these staples all summer long, varying the look with with novelty pieces already in your closet.
DRESSES. We live in them in the summer. Who doesn’t love their easy, breezy and oh-so-comfortable appeal? Having the perfect dress for every occasion is completely doable with a combination of staple-styles mixed and matched with fun accessories and sassy shoes.
ACCESSORIES. Add these key accessories to your summer capsule….Sunglasses are a high-impact (and practical!) must-have; a lightweight cashmere scarf is perfect for cooler nights and travel; a straw carryall is ultra on-trend and ideal for beach days; and a statement leather belt adds major interest to any outfit!
TIPS to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe!Tailoring a foundational seasonal wardrobe to your lifestyle is key to getting the most out of each piece. Our suggestions may not fit your exact routine or style, so go ahead and mix it up!
Know your style. Sporty, boho, minimalist, career, colorful, casual. Make sure each piece in your capsule represents who you are and what you like to wear.
Know what you reach for. Don’t underestimate the items that make you truly comfortable 24/7. If you know you’ll never wear a silk tank, substitute in another classic tee or breezy buttondown!
Know your season/weather. ie, if you live in Arizona, maybe forget the long denim for summer and add an extra semi-casual date-night dress.
Know your activity level. Hitting the gym, all day, everyday? Add in your favorite essential workout tanks, leggings or running shorts and the best running or hiking shoe. Jet-setting from meeting to meeting? Add black slacks or a timeless pencil dress or skirt into your summer wardrobe.
We honor the life and memory of a fashion icon, incredible artist, and pioneer of sophisticated color, confetti and whimsy. Dear Kate Spade, your vision has brought us joy, style and refinement for decades. Today, we eat cake for breakfast, for you. XO
For the many struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out. You are loved, you are enough. There is hope, help, and a safe place.
We love an exercise that you can do anywhere, with no equipment and gain fast results. Enter, the squat. This efficient movement is most well-known for it’s glute region benefits, but adding squatting into your workout or daily routine has more perks than you may think!
Prevents Injury. They say, lift with your legs, not your back. The squat is a real-life movement that we think deserves extra attention to maintaining. We squat to get in and out of our desk chairs, to pick up our littles (to pick up anything!) to reach that gallon of milk on the bottom shelf. Exercising and strengthening this motion will help you avoid silly injuries that could occur doing everyday tasks.
Full Body Benefits. The squat engages your core, calves, glutes, quads and hamstrings, making the squat a powerhouse movement that works several important muscles at once! EXTRA: Try a sumo squat (wider stance, toes pointed slightly out) to activate the inner thigh muscle more heavily!
Improves Your Balance. Fine tuning your core and major leg muscles will keep your body more stable as you move through your day. EXTRA: If your body weight squats are becoming easy (bravo!), try squats on a bosu ball. The soft surface and variability of movement will engage more muscles!
Burns Calories.You may not burn the same as you would during a job, but don’t underestimate squats for their calorie burning benefit! EXTRA: Add a jump into your squat movement and really feel the burn. Remember to land softly and in one fluid motion.
The key to gaining maximum benefits and preventing injury while performing any exercise, including squats, is to make sure you have correct form. See the image and link below for helpful tips!
If you need a good starting challenge, here’s a starting point!
They tell you in the airplane to always put on your oxygen mask before assisting others. That applies to in-flight emergencies and to motherhood.
You cannot give 100% of yourself to those that depend on you if you don’t have 100% to give. In order to assist others reliably, consistently and fully, you first have to make sure oxygen is flowing. This means more than just getting out of the house for an hour by yourself every month if chance allows. This means an intentional commitment to yourself. To take care of YOU each day, the same way that you take care of others and in the same way that you’d want your children to take care of themselves when they grow up. Today, we salute mother’s and encourage self-care. Whether you are a WFH Mom, SAH Mom, Career Mom, Foster Mom, Single Mom or Expectant Mom, remember to make yourself a priority.
We love these words of wisdom and tips for self-care:
Exercise. Literally, get the oxygen flowing. Move at your pace, but move. Getting the blood flowing is sometimes all we need to push through a rut.
Go out with friends. Interacting with adult humans is refreshing, amiright? Remember to engage with friends and other mommas in non-child focused ways too! Mom’s were women without children before they were mom’s…so most will have other passions and interests besides bedtime routines, organic baby food and the state of the art diaper bag insert.
Dress to impress [yourself]. We obviously cannot promote this tip enough! Sometimes putting on an amazing pair of shoes, jeans, earrings or your favorite cashmere sweater can make all the difference in your day. Never underestimate the power of a good outfit to elevate your mood and confidence.
Go to sleep! You know how your kiddos are irritable when they don’t get enough sleep? Don’t be fooled. That happens to adults too.
Eat well. We promote this always, for anyone, and think it really boosts energy and mood. Eat colorfully and be fruitful!
Date night. Don’t forget to nurture your relationship with your partner! Parenting is difficult for both parties and life gets hectic. Scheduling a time to date is important.
Do you. What did you like to do before you had kids? Don’t forget that our baby birds will fly the nest one day and your role as mother bird will look a bit different.
Let go of guilt.Easier said than done, absolutely. Rest assured though, making time for yourself is not a selfish act. It’s a selfless commitment to ensuring that you are ready to care for the people that depend on you, when they need you the most.
Learn Something New. Keep your mind sharp, your confidence high and your horizons open! Our babies are constantly learning new skills and embarking on new life experiences – we should do the same!
Keep a gratitude journal. Being mindful of your everyday life can help boost your mood and embrace the less-fortunate things that may have happened that day. Studies show being more aware and grateful for the good things that happen each day can lower anxiety and depression.
Every woman’s self-care routine will look different based on their needs and passions. The important thing is that you make yourself a priority!
Mama loves jewelry. Whether you are a tee-and-jeans mom, workout-attire-24/7 mom, full-hair-and-makeup-to-hit-the-grocery-store mom, or a silk-and-heels career mom, jewelry remains the pivotal piece of style, symbolism and sentiment that every mother covets. And jewelry, needless to say, always fits, always shines and never disappoints.
Our selection is unique and refined…and includes the exotic to the nautical, edgy to boho, and everyday pieces to statement. Here’s a peak at some of our favorite designers (all fabulous powerhouse women!) who mom may love:
Ela Rae, New York, New York.
Refined. Bohemian. Confident.
Ela Rae is a New York City based designer with global vision. The look of the line is modern bohemian, a style that empowers and embellishes the beauty of the wearer. The Ela Rae woman is carefree, confident and loves a layered look, complete with earthy gems, elegant diamonds and a mix of metals.
Robindira Unsworth, Northern California.
Luxe. Eclectic. Powerful. Exotic.
A California dreamer with an early maternal influence in the fashion industry, Robinira is now an international brand, boasting the trendsetter title by Elle, Bazaar, the New York Times and Oprah. Jewelry creation has had a profound impact on Robindira’s life, enabling her to touch people with pieces that signify and radiate power and beauty. Robindira’s hand-crafted pieces are favorites of Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Heigl and Kate Winslet.
Anna Beck (a name derived from the founder’s given name, Becky Anne) has been a Green Envy favorite and staple for years. Made by talented artisans in Bali, Indonesia, Anna Beck’s designs are intricately hand-made in traditional cultural processes using the finest metals and precise craftsmanship. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, often recognized for its tiny disc and rope-rim detailing. We all own and love our Anna Beck pieces! Her necklaces and bracelets are perfect for layering, versatile enough to mix and match. AB’s statement rings are ultra chic, adding style to any outfit. As stand-alone jewelry, each piece is sophisticated, refined, and globally inspired, perfect to pair with a little black dress or your favorite tee and boyfriend jeans.
Colby Davis of Boston is the creative business of a positive and ambitious mother-daughter(s) team, sharing a love for the New England coast and designing beautiful keepsake jewelry that can be handed down generation to generation. Their bold and classic pieces are made from fine sterling silver, glass and enamel combinations and are all hand-crafted in the USA. Colby Davis jewelry is the perfect gift for any mom, as each pendant is engraved with special words of encouragement, love and purpose – from an angel’s presence to the grounding of home to a US Military motto.