Kopu Water

What more could you want! Pure, luxury sparkling water from New Zealand. I’m a huge water drinker. That is the one beverage I always have with me.  So when Kopu reached out to ask if I’d like to try their water, I happily obliged.

I absolutely love it! It’s clean, refreshing and comes in the most aesthetically pleasing bottle. I will say I’m a picky water drinker, and a big water drinker. Call me crazy, but sometimes when drinking water out of a bottle you can get a little bit of an aftertaste. This is not the case with Kopu. Kopu has a clean, refreshing taste.

Here is a little snippet from their website; 

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have tried Kopu, or if you do give it a try.

Remember, stay hydrated!!

 

 

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Healthy skin care

Hello!

We just finished up celebrating Summer Solstice in Santa Barbara. Always such a fun and exciting time here! Visitors from all over come to Santa Barbara to celebrate this fun weekend of parties and parades. After all of that, I’m taking a much needed self-care Sunday.

I wanted to share an amazing skin care line with you. I’m a huge fan of self care. I often will post with the hashtag #selfcare or #selfcaresunday on Instagram. I think it’s important for women to take care of themselves.  We have so much on our plates these days, that it’s important to nourish our own souls and skin 😉

One of my favorite lines is Mad Hippie.  Mad Hippie formulates their products with two things in mind, safety and efficiency. Each bottle of goodness is packed full of anti-aging actives, all formulated to complement one another and work in synergy.

Here are my top favorites:

Cream Cleanser: This is a hydrating cleanser that softens and smoothes the skin. It’s wonderful for my ultra-sensitive skin. It also contains jojoba oil, which is a natural moisturizer that resembles our skins’s own lubricant, sebum, and is readily absorbed into the skin. This cream also contains, orchid extract, organic macadamia oil and algae extract. Yes, please!

Vitamin C Serum: This brighten, tighten and smoothes the skin vitamin c is a vital element in the production of collagen. It can help reduce wrinkles and discoloration. This is a great collagen maintenance. If you know me, you know I’m big on my collagen.  This serum also contains vitamin E and  ferulic acid, which is a natural antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants. Lastly, konjac root, which is an exotic Asian flower that soften and smoothes the skin while forming a protective barrier. Rich in so many nutrients.

Face Cream: This amazing face cream contains so many goodies that are good for moisturizing, collagen and wrinkle reduction. Some of the ingredients are: matrixyl synthe ‘6, which is an advanced peptide that works to naturally smooth the skin and reduce wrinkles. Syn-tacks, is another ingredient, which is a dual peptide complex that helps tone and firm the skin. Resveratrol, which is a super potent antioxidant found in grapes that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and protects the skin. Lastly, niacinamide, which is believed to inhibit the harmful effects of ultra violet rays, even skin tone and smooth the skin.

Hydrating Nutrient Mist: This harmoniously hydrating blend works to minimize the appearance of photodamage. It’s hydrating and brighten and evens the skin tone, with ingredients such as, hesperidin, sodium PCA, ginkgo biloba, and my favorite, milk thistle.

Even if you want to start with one, I recommend the serum. There are so many companies out there today that claim to do so many different things. I like Mad Hippie, because their line is simple, clean, and honest.

Start today by carving out at least one day a week, even if it’s an hour, to pamper yourself. Do an at-home facial, read a book, take a nap, cook, do whatever feeds your soul. You will notice in a short amount of time, that this precious time you carve out will not only become a healthy habit, but will also calm your mind, body and soul. So important in todays society.

I hope everyone has a great week!!

 

 

 

 

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Smoothie and salads for the brain

If there is one thing people who know me well know, it’s that I’m a thorough investigator with things that I am deeply interested in. I think has something to do with my father being a former investigator. Runs in the family. Ha!

When I first came across Bulletproof, the company completely intrigued me. First I tried their coffee, which is amazing and one that we always have in our home. Then, I moved on to the brain octane oil.  It’s a reliable and quick source of energy from fat, not sugar. It also helps your body burn fat. The best part, because I’m an overtired parent, it helps with mental clarity. Yes, please!

We’ve been using it for quite a while now, and I wanted to share a couple of different ways we incorporate into our lifestyle.

Smoothies, who doesn’t like a good smoothie. We make them often. Here is what we add…

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries

1 cup organic spinach

1 Tablespoon hemp hearts

1 Tablespoon brain octane oil

1 scoop Bulletproof collagen protein powder

1 cup of filtered water or more or less depending on what consistency you like. You can also add almond milk.

Blend it up and enjoy!

The other easy option for adding this amazing brain boost in, is salads.  We eat our fair share of salads around here, so this is an easy one for us too. Here is a simple recipe for a yummy dinner salad…you can add your own measurements depending on how much you are making.

1 cup arugula

1/2-1 avocado

chopped up cilantro

1/2 of a chopped up red onion

1 Persian cucumber

sun dried tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

For the dressing…

1-2 tablespoons brain octane oil

1 fresh squeezed lemon

Himalayan pink salt

sprinkle of pepper and I sometimes will add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.

That’s it!! Super easy and full of great fats.

I can’t wait to hear if you try the oil, it really is amazing for your body. Also, I would love to hear if you already use it and the ways that you incorporate into your life.

Stay healthy, friends!!

 

 

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superfood Smoothie and more

Hello!!!

I’ve been pretty quiet around here lately. Life is so busy, truth be told, I’m having a hard time keeping up with this space. We’ve gone through some changes all around in the last 6 months, and I’m trying to just stay afloat. All is good and will eventually get better down the road, but for now I’ve really had to keep my focus on Love Threads, as that is our main income.

I will however try to keep up more consistently on here. As some of you know I love anything health. After battling a few less healthy lifestyles in the past, this is something that I care deeply about. I’m hoping to share yummy, healthy recipes and anything else that may come to mind.

If you’re still hanging around, thanks for your patience. Life has a funny way of pulling you in different directions when you least expect it.

Love to you all!

This is my current addiction…

Cauliflower blueberry reishi smoothie

1/2 bag of Trader Joes’s frozen organic riced cauliflower

1 scoop Pescience peanut butter cookie protein powder

1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries

1 heaping teaspoon Sun Potion reishi (benefits of this adaptogen below)

1/2 – 1 cup filtered water

Blend together and enjoy! Add the water slowly so you get the consistency that you like for your smoothies. I like mine thick!

Ok, reishi!! First off, it’s amazing! Reishi is an adaptogen, which means it adapts to stress and exerts a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.

Reishi is known as the “queen healer mushroom”. This potent herb is capable of helping the body to overcome any health challenges it may encounter, while improving its ability to resist stress.  Promoting calmness, balance and inner strength. I love adding it to smoothies or making a tea.

I use Sun Potions reishi. I love their herbs and stand fully behind them. I also love that they are a local company in Santa Barbara.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Santa Barbara Orchid Show

Excited for the 72nd annual Santa Barbara Orchid Show! If you are local or live somewhere close to Santa Barbara, I highly suggest checking this show out! It will literally take your breathe away.  Plus, I feel like anytime you’re around massive amounts of flowers the vibration is high.

The prestigious Show occupies 22,000 square feet of elaborate floor displays along with a 13,000 square foot international flower market.  This provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet premier orchid growers from around the world.  These growers are invited to exhibit and participate in the longest running show in the nation, which provides a unique experience each and every year!  Here are 9 reasons why you should attend this year’s Show:

1. The Grand Exhibits. Some of the most vibrant, rare and exotic orchids collected from around the world are show-stoppers in The Grand Orchid Exhibits. Award-winning growers and societies both domestic and international let their prized plants shine and truly demonstrate the show’s theme, “Orchid Mystique.”

2. International Orchid Show Market. Event attendees have the opportunity to find blooms that otherwise might not be available. Many of the finest growers both from the US and from Tokyo, Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand, Colombia and Hawaii make their rare, unusual plants available for purchase in the Sales Area near the Exhibit Hall. From orchids for the beginning windowsill grower to rare species and hybrids for the serious hobbyist, the variety of orchids and supplies is astounding.

3. Interactive exhibits by the Santa Barbara Zoo. New to this year’s show will be a number of STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art and math) that will be hosted by the Santa Barbara Zoo.  These include both an indoor and outdoor booth that will provide hands on fun and activities for children and adults of all ages.

4. Art Show.  Talented artists will play on the theme of orchids at an exhibit that will be paired with the three-day event. Members of the Santa Barbara Art Association will let the allure of orchids serve a muse for their pieces that will add another dimension to the celebration of nature’s beauty and mysteries.  Both paintings and photographs will be on display and available to purchase.

5. Demonstrations and Educational exhibits.  Not just for the eyes and nose, but also for the brain. Potting demonstrations are scheduled throughout all 3 days, many of which are hosted by Master Gardeners. These give attendees the opportunity to see how the experts do it and to ask any questions they might have. Educational exhibits can be found throughout the Exhibit Hall. Past exhibits have shown how Vanilla extract is grown and produced. Another told the story of famed explorer Sir Joseph Hooker’s pursuit in the Himalayan foothills for the blue Vanda, Another displayed images taken using an Scanning Electron Microscope.

6. Floral Arrangements & Corsages Using orchids as their medium, local artisans will create stunning, themed floral arrangements and corsages from orchid blooms. The artisans tap their creativity to wow judges and vie for awards based on the principles of the Western School of Flower Arrangers.

7. Visit the Orchid Doctor.  Have an orchid that has fallen out of optimal health? Orchid Doctor Bruce Kidd is available in the Exhibit Hall throughout the weekend to answer orchid questions. Kidd is past president of the San Diego County Cymbidium Society and can diagnose orchid issues and prescribe a plan of action to turn around the health of the sometimes temperamental plants.

8. Visit the Local Nurseries. Commercial orchid cultivation is an important part of the local horticultural scene. In conjunction with the SB International Orchid Show, many local nurseries offer tours and open houses, at which festival attendees can purchase thriving orchids directly out of the greenhouses where they’re grown and from the growers who take pride in their products.  You can visit The California Orchid Trail website for more information HERE.

9. Attend the Cymbidium Conference.  Attend the 42nd Annual Cymbidium Society of America Congress on Saturday, March 18th.  Hear lectures by cymbidium and slipper experts, reconnect with friends (and make new ones), and enjoy the continental breakfast and luncheon, all right next to the Showgrounds.  The Saturday evening gala includes reception banquet, auction, dinner, speakers and awards ceremony.

Hope you can make this amazing show!!

 

 

 

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Getting ‘me’ back!

Many of you know or may not know, but for the last (almost) year I have completely submerged myself into getting back in shape and eating healthy. After having Eleanor and going through IVF , I gained a lot of weight. Completely worth it, but not what my (usually) smaller frame was used to.  All of the meds associated with IVF really had my body feeling blah. So, last April, I made the decision to do something about it.

I started a local program here in Santa Barbara, called Jenny Schatzle Program. The first month was brutal. I had never worked out previously, I was lucky in that way.  Or, maybe not. Ha! A girlfriend of mine completely convinced me that I would soon get “addicted” to it, I laughed! If you know me though, you know that I always follow through and I’m pretty strong-willed, so I was determined to fall in love with this beast.

The classes are all HIIT, which is high intensity with a mix of cardio and weights. My first class I literally thought I was going to puke. Even one of the trainers told me I looked a little white.  But, I still came back again and again and long story short, I was becoming “addicted”.

I was also ready to gain “me” back again. I had put so much into trying to get pregnant, then being pregnant, having Eleanor and starting a business, that I forgot about taking care of myself, mentally, physically and spiritually.

I think mothers just naturally fall into this pattern.  I remember saying, even when I was pregnant, that no matter what, I wouldn’t forget to take care of myself. Then, the baby comes and it’s all different. Even after seeing Eleanor thriving in my belly, I was falling into the common pattern.  Completely fine, but I believe it’s important we don’t go years doing this, otherwise we do completely loose ourselves and it’s so hard to get back, if we ever do.

Approaching 40, I have to admit, I feel the best I have felt in years. My body looks good (yes, I’m tooting my own horn), my skin is coming back (from the weird acne you get from pregnancy and after), and I feel strong all around, physically, spiritually and mentally. All three very important for a healthy lifestyle, in my opinion.

Last week I shared some of my favorite workout shoes, today I wanted to share some of my FAVORITE workout pants. Ladies, they make your booty and body look good, no matter your size.  Trust me!  Here are my top picks that I own…

 

 

 

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Finding the perfect workout shoe

The other day I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to a nice pair of workout shoes, and a fun pair too. (wink wink)

Of course, being in the fashion industry I wanted them to still look good, but also comfort is the name of the game, especially with the workouts I do.  So my search began…

I saw a few in the magazines and on Instagram, but I decided to go search some out in person so I could try them on.  I wanted a share a few below that I loved and the ones I ended up purchasing. By the way, I think I have a new obsession with sports shoes. So many cool ones out there!

I bought these and I’m in LOVE!! You guys!!!! BUY THEM!

Also, bought these! Love them even more in person and are super fun with all of my different workout leggings.

I’d love to hear if you have any that you just love. As I mentioned above, This is clearly my new thing.

 

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Bar Method Santa Barbara

Yesterday I had the privilege of taking a Bar Method class. I’m sure many of you have heard of this exercise. But, if you haven’t, here is a small explanation from their website that nicely sums it up…

“The Bar Method creates a uniquely lean, firm, sculpted body by combining the muscle shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely reshapes and elongates muscles”.

I have to say, it was kind of hard, and I’d like to think I’m in shape. What I loved about it, was the fact that they really focus on grace and posture, which I think is so important. We (I at least), tend to hunch our shoulders on a daily basis when tired, or working at a computer all day, or any of the other million reasons we do it. This really showed me that no matter how hard you work out there is always room for improvement. It also made me aware of other parts of my body that needed a good stretch. I felt Bar Method is a very effective exercise. Again great for balance and posture.

Lastly, Kendall, Bar Method Santa Barbara’s owner, is amazing! She couldn’t have been any nicer and was so helpful throughout the class, and I needed it, trust me.  Also, HUGE BONUS, showers that are so clean you’ll feel right at home getting ready AND childcare. Those are two HUGE things I always hear people saying they love about a place.

If you get a chance I highly recommend popping in for a class. I think you will be pleasantly surprise with the workout you get, I know I was.

Bar Method is located at;

130 S Hope Ave Suite D113

Santa Barbara, Ca 93105

805-898-9000

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Finding the perfect rug

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Designing a home, office or retail space can always be a little daunting, especially if you’re doing it on your own and not with an interior designer.  I always feel like ‘the rug’ is one of the biggest statements of a room.  You almost tend to design everything around the rug, or at least I do.

I love anything brown, white and camel. So, I was pleasantly pleased when I found our beautiful animal print rug from Rugs USA.  I love it so much! It can pretty much go in any room, although, we chose to put in our dining room with our West Elm, mid-century wood table. It’s simple, yet makes a nice statement.

Both of these companies are so easy to work with and have fast and prompt shipping, with amazing prices.  I recommend both if you are thinking of redecorating or adding new pieces to your home, office or even retail space.

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Rigoni di asiago

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This family business is one that you will for sure want to add to your pantry.  Everything we tried from them was AMAZING!!  All of their products are clean, organic and GMO free. It’s always nice to find a sweet treat that is still very clean. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I had no problem trying each and every one of Rigoni’s spreads.  Of course, my favorite was the hazelnut spread with cocoa and milk. OMG!! An easy and great replacement for you Nutella lovers.  Also, their sweetner is so yummy in hot tea. It’s a low glycemic sweetner from apples. Win win!!

We are all about healthy living over here, and this company hits all of the marks.  Go try their products, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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