Perk up, Buttercup

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: 

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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. 

Some of our favorite, no-bake, energy bites! 

Coconut Pineapple Protein

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Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (perfect autumnal energy!)

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Cake Batter Energy Bites

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Salty Sweet Energy Bites

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Coconut Chai Protein Quinoa Bites

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XO

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An Event That’s Beyond Yoga

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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! 

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Namaste.

XO

More stretching, less stressing.

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! 
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Shop stretch-worthy athleisure apparel! 

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! 

Namaste. 

XO

 

Dat hass tho.

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. 

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  • 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

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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!

Spread the love, just like an avocado. 

xo. 

Wear your sunscreen.

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!

Below are some of our must-have summer products!

Retonoic Nutrient Face Oil. Healing and soothing…after a bit too much sun. 

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The Buttondown. Effortless, versatile and perfect for shading shoulders. 

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Beach Tote. Don’t leave home without it. This large tote is beach-ready in style and function. 

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The Que Bottle. Stay hydrated ladies! Our new expandable Que bottles are ideal with a compact size, durable exterior and cooling interior. Screen Shot 2018-06-13 at 2.22.21 PM

 

Glow Getter Combination. Not a sun goddess? Get a refreshed, dewy, glowing look outside of the sun with go-to all-natural skincare from Tata Harper. 

  1. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser + Resurfacing Mask Combo
  2. Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturizer + Illuminating Eye Cream
  3. Tata Harper Highlighter

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Almost summer! 

xo

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“Sit” and be fit.

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. 

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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!

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If you need a good starting challenge, here’s a starting point! 

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Happy squats ladies!

xo

 

You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup

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.  

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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! 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

XO

Suck it up. Drink your water.

Everyone feels the effects of Monday. One way to fight it, drink more water! 💦 Drinking the proper amount of aqua (starting with a nice cool 16oz glass each morning) helps boost energy, fight mood swings, banish bloating (hallelujah!) and flush out toxins inside and out (healthy kidney, healthy skin!). We’ll drink to that!

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Looking to heighten a specific benefit of drinking water? Add in some nutrients! Infusing your water with a combination of fruits and vegetables will punch up the powerhouse effects of staying hydrated.

 

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Start today! A healthy habit takes 21 days to become a routine, and there’s no better day to start. Do you need a vessel of motivation? We have a plethora of gorgeous, stylish S’well bottles, perfect for making your water challenge chic and cool. 

Happy hydrating! 

XO

 

Up next / Mama Loves Jewelry! 

S’well // Chic Hydration + The Perfect Gift!

In an era of innovative fitness trends, changing diet fads and a constant influx of athleisure fashion, there’s one variable that stays constant throughout – HYDRATION. Whether you are into yoga, running, cycling, crossfit, lounging, teaching or mom-ing, S’well’s stainless steel bottles are perfect for keeping you hydrated and on-trend. These vessels are seen on the desks of women at Vogue and in the hands of celebrity career moms such as Jennifer Garner. Plus, on the heels of Earth Day, we think that this reusable, super-chic bottle is worthy of a highlight!

S’well was founded with a call-to-action to lower the number of plastic bottles on earth. This woman-owned company (one of the fastest growing in the country! A $100 million-dollar brand) thought if she could make a water bottle as chic as it is functional, more people would be inspired to put down the plastic, disposable bottles and use S’well. Eight years later, and S’well is making big dents in the number of bottles NOT reduced to waterways and landfills. 

Besides boasting eco-friendly goals and sleek style, S’well can brag about these patented functionalities: 

  • Keeps cold beverages cold for 24 hours
  • Keeps hot beverages hot for 12 hours
  • Boasts a triple-wall Therma-S’well exterior that holds in condensation
  • Constructed from BPA-FREE 18/8 Stainless Steel

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FullSizeRender (5)^ The Roamer took a giant step forward in the S’well brand. This large growler-sized bottle is perfect for road trips, day trips, beach days (don’t forget the perfect beach bag!) and all-day sporting events with the littles. With an impressive 40 oz capacity, the Roamer still shares the same functionality as it’s classic S’well siblings. Keep yourself ultra-hydrated or go ahead and share your beverage with others! 

swellsocial_angelfoodeeab590f03ff8051d3b6419ef552357fOne of our favorite summer-time uses of S’well? COCKTAILS, of course! The 25 oz bottles hold an entire bottle of wine. We suggest you test that out, or try these staff drink picks:

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Outfit your outings and accessorize your outfits with S’well!  Shop these NEW styles of S’well and so many more at our boutique in Stowe, Vermont. 

Happy hydrating. 

XO. 

Up Next // Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

Keeping Up with this Dry Lip Routine

Winter is rough. Dry skin is rough. It can affect your whole body, including your lips! Our team has been using and loving Ogee Sculpted Lip Oil to keep our lips soft and hydrated through the winter months…and so has Kourtney! We’re keeping up with KK and think you should too! 

This all-natural lip oil glides over and moisturizes rough patches on the lips and has a light minty tingle that feels amazing and gives you an even, plump, lipstick/kiss ready lip. MWAH!

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Shop Ogee Lip Oil ($22)

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Ingredients:
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil. *Certified Organic Ingredient

XO