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Raise Your Vibe

Raise Your Vibe

7 ways to raise your “vibe”. What is vibe you ask? Simply put vibe is your vibration.. What you emit to your surrounding environment. We’ve got a list of 7 essentials to raise your vibration and embrace a “high vibe” lifestyle. 

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We are made up of this stuff. I personally don’t wanna be filled with heavy metals, chemicals, and toxic by products. Therefore, why not choose to drink pure water. It’s more abundant than we are lead to believe and quickly disappearing to the highest bidder. An easy way to raise your vibe for sure.

1.) Spring water - the best in our opinion. Water as nature intended. Spring water is amazing! It is naturally alkaline. Full of minerals from the earth. However, buying 5 gallon Mountain Valley Spring water refills can get pricey. Trust us we get it. Check out findaspring.com for an amazing source of springs all over the country. We literally found one down the street from our house. 

2.) Alkaline water source - installing filters at your home on taps and shower heads is a wonderful investment. These filters though a little pricey on the front end keep flouride and nasty contaminants out of your body and off your skin. Once you have filtered water you can then filter again with an alkaline filter. This raises the pH of your now clean drinking water. Drinking water with a higher pH is a wonderful way to keep your body in prime condition. There are amazing health benefits that come with the consumption of alkaline water. 

3.) Reverse Osmosis (RO) water - If the above 2 don’t fit in your time or cost budget RO water is a great plan. It’s cheap and easy to find re-fill stations. The reverse osmosis process gets all the bad stuff out and leaves a good tasting water source for you to enjoy.

 What you eat has an enormous impact on your “vibe”. There have been tons of studies showing the impact of our diet on the state of our health. Food can make you feel energetic and light or it can literally drain you to the point of feeling lethargic. Each meal we get the chance to vote for the reality we want to see in the world. Everyone has an opinion on what they think we should or shouldn’t eat. You couldn’t pay me enough to go there. Eat what makes you feel vibrant, beautiful, and energized. That in turn will probably result in a vibrant and beautiful planet. I try and follow the Michael Polan ethos: eat food (real food), mostly plants (organic/biodynamic when possible), and not too much (take only what I need)

       How you adorn yourself with clothing helps to raise your vibe. Buying clothing made from natural fibers instead of synthetics will help keep you grounded and naturally odor free. Cotton, linen, silk, hemp, and wool are some amazing fibers to chose from. Where and by who your products are made is an important thing to consider when making potential purchases. Having items made by passionate makers is always a way to ensure that our consumer decisions are fueling someone else’s  creative fire. This alone raises the “vibe” of all parties involved. This way you know the responsibility of the items total life cycle. Buying from someone who loves what they do will allow you to discuss what you are buying in detail. Slow fashion is a beautiful way to raise your “vibe”

   Skin is the largest organ in the body and is a good indicator of vitality! With thousands of beauty/skincare goods out there, it can be hard not to go overboard. Plus everyone has their own magic products they trust. A good rule of thumb is to find products that are organic with ingredients that you can pronounce! Listed below are some of our beauty secrets.  

  • Skincare ritual - After I have cleaned my face, I like to get a good oil and massage it in with a Gua Sha wand. Not only does it help drain the the lympathic system, it reduces the appear of fine lines, and reduces inflammation aka your new BFF. 
  • Dry Brush - This practice has been around for thousands of years. Not only does it promote cellular renewal, boost immunity, it also reduces cellulite. Holy Moly! Bonus level: after dry brushing massage coconut , almond , etc... into the skin and let yourself bliss out! 
  • Balanced Diet - consisting of mostly alkaline fruits + veggies + good fats 
  • Oils - we like coconut, almond, sesame, and jojoba 
  • Water - tons of it. double what you think you are drinking. and occasionally add lemon to flush out toxins. 
  • Exercise - getting out and moving/ sweating for an hour a day will cause you to radiate good vibes! 
  • Safe Sun Bathing - lately i feel the sun has been getting a bad rap! Use an all natural/ organic sunscreen (make sure it's non-toxic to our water friends!) and get out there and soak up some vitamin D! 

        I mean the Three Wise Men gifted Jesus frankincense! If that doesn't tell you something, then I don't know what to say.  We have been using essential oils for thousands of years. Essential oils are known to : 

  • Fight cold and flu symptoms  (Four Thieves Oil ) 
  • Relax your body and soothe sore muscles (Peppermint / Cinnamon) 
  • Heal skin conditions (Tea Tree 1 / Zits 0) 
  • Balance Hormones  (Lavender , Geranium , Lemon)  
  • Improve Digestion (Ginger, Clove, Oil of Oregano) 
  • Reduce cellulite/wrinkles (Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Juniper) 
  • Plus countless other benefits 

Essential Oils can be very potent, so find the highest grade ones for the best results! 

           Make your life a ritual. This is a wonderful way to replace not so good habits with habits that will slow you down and help you enjoy the present moment. Some of our favorites are:

  • Coffee/ Tea - Starting your day with a warm cup can set you up for success. Allow yourself to slow down and enjoy! 
  • Incense Burning -  Perfect for cleansing the space and calming the mind.  
  • Epsom Salt Bath-  Candles and other essential oils + crystals. Calm music and a glass of wine. Allow yourself to indulge. 
  • Hair Care - Combing and releasing the energy of day. Overnight hairmasks are healing too. Braiding/Weaving your hair with your sisters to create bonds. 

Creating daily rituals allows you to bring awareness to small things, find your center, and give you a break from the hurried world around you. 

      Meditation has many different stigmas and there are many different types. Getting started can be confusing and difficult. I can promise its worth the effort. At its core meditation is a wonderful way to focus on the beauty of simply breathing. It is a wonderful way to relax and tune in and out of your day. Once you begin your meditation journey where it takes you will be completely unique to you. Don’t underestimate the health benefits that come with this daily ritual. 

Sadie McDonald
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Spring Book List

Spring Book List

 Spring 2018 Book List 

Over here at Mom and Pop we read books. Like a lot of them- at least 3 a week. Listed below are some of our favorites and new ones that we are eager to start. Enjoy! 

Non-Fiction

Seven 

by Jen Hatmaker 

One of the funniest books I've read to date. Seriously. Over the course of 7 months, Jen decides to combat the excess monster of modern life by eliminating items ranging from clothing to media and everything in between. Totally relatable especially when experiencing caffeine withdrawals!   

You are a Badass at Making Money 

By Jen Sincero 

 Jen flips the script on our conventional way of thinking about money. With exercises at the end of each chapter, this book will soon be dog-eared and inked up with goals and aspirations. This book deserves a re-read every couple of months! 

 

Cut Flower Garden 

by: Erin Benzakein with Julia Chai 

I have not read this book yet, but excited to find inspiration for a small flower garden. I've had an instagram crush on Erin (@floretflower) for a while now! With beautiful photography and step by step guide, this book is surely going to be a spring favorite. 

 Edie 

by Jean Stein 

 I have always been fascinated by Edie Sedgwick. Princess to the 1960s art scene, all glitter and flash on the outside,  but hollow and desperate within. Alternately mesmerizing, tragic, and horrifying, this book shattered many myths about the ‘60s experience in America. 

Fiction 

Little Fires Everywhere 

by Celeste Ng 

I have not read this book yet, but it is on the list. Recently Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, announced they were teaming up to adapt this to a TV series. With a strong female protagonist, who questions the perfect suburbia model, this book contains secrets, motherhood, and the nature of art and identity.  I am sure this book will be spotted around poolsides getting a tan with it's reader all spring long .

All the Light We Cannot See 

by Anthony Doerr 

Holy Moly! It took Anthony Doerr a decade to write this book, and it was well worth the wait. Weaving together the story of a blind french girl and young Nazi solider, this is one for the ages. Young Marie Laure finds herself in the possession of a valuable object that the Nazis are desperate to own. This is a page turner and had me staying up in the wee hours of the night to find out what happens next! 

The Book of Dust 

by Philip Pullman 

I first fell in love with Philip Pullman way back in the 8th grade when I read 'The Golden Compass' . I haven't read this yet, but from what I've gathered this is a prequel, and based around a world that is flooded. This is part 1 of 3, and I'm excited to see what unique, imaginative Pullman has up his sleeve on this one. 

Are You Sleeping 

by Kathleen Barber 

A fierce debut novel, Kathleen put a twist on murder-mysteries. The protagonist, Josie is living a great life, up until this new podcast is released that exposes her deep secret about her father's murder. This book leaves you guessing until the end, plus it's incorporating the new era of podcast and how they affect our everyday lives. 

Cookbooks

Afro-Vegan 

by Bryant Terry 

I have this thing about cookbooks, I only cook the recipes with photos so I know how to properly plate the food. This cookbook contains amazing food photography as well as some delicious unique recipes that the deliver the spice we all need. Our favorite is the African Peanut Soup mmhmmmmh.. 

Naturally Nourished 

by Sarah Britton 

 We fell in lover with her blog, then her cookbook, and now she is coming out with a SECOND ! woohoo! Sarah curated this book by listening to her readers, and catered to the request of simplicity. Creating recipes with ingredients that can be found  in most grocery stores! 

The Moonjuice Cookbook

by Amanda Chantal Bacon 

I love this book, and with springtime coming, so do all the good raw plant recipes. Amanda Bacon poured her heart and soul into this cookbook and you can see it with the photography and information. She did a fabulous job taking esoteric ideas and making them simple. Our favorite is the section on nut mylks! 

Sadie McDonald
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Wildcrafted. Biodynamic. Organic

Wildcrafted. Biodynamic. Organic

Wildcrafted. Biodynamic. Organic. 

Let's face it , going to the store and reading labels can be quite confusing. Especially when words like "all natural" and "sustainably harvested' appear. But guess what? That's what we are here for! We are on a constant quest to find out what works best  for us and the planet. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality goods available so that you don't have to think about it. Read below to find out more.  

Wildcrafted 

These plants grow wild in nature with no human intervention and ideally have been harvested following certain wildcrafting guidelines. 

Generations of herbalists have emphasized the quality of wild vs. cultivated plants. This bias was not based on plant constituency, which is often higher in cultivated species, but rather on the energetics of wild plants. There is a spirit, and energy inherent in wild things, both fauna and flora, that is apparent to anybody who has visited the last remaining wilderness areas of this country. That essences is hard, if not impossible to capture." 

- Planting the Future: Saving our Medicinal Herbs , Rosemary Gladstar 

Biodynamic 

 This type of agriculture focuses on regenerative practices, and quite frankly has the potential to reverse the effects of climate change. How you ask? .. Well in day-to-day practices the goal is to create a farm system that is minimally dependent on imported materials, and instead meets its needs from the living dynamics of the farm itself.  It is the biodiversity of the farm, organized so that the waste of one part of the farm becomes the energy for another. This results in an increase in the farm’s capacity for self-renewal and ultimately makes the farm more sustainable. Without the use of harsh chemicals and a minimal / no till approach this soil is much more alive than even that of large scale conventional organic farming. It allows for a thriving environment conducive to the growth and propagation of millions of micro organisms, a soil that is capable of a great deal of water retention, and the ability to sequester carbon from our atmosphere. Check out the short video below!

Biodynamic Goods 

 Organic 

Regardless of diet, organic foods are a smart priority. Opting for organic foods is an effectual choice for personal and planetary health. Buying organically grown food—free of harmful chemicals, bursting with more nutrition, taste, and sustainable sustenance—is a direct vote for immediate health and the hopeful future of generations to come.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." 

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu 

Organic Goods

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5 questions with Nitsa Citrine

5 questions with Nitsa Citrine

Q&A with Nitsa Citrine

*** please note that this interview is over a year old (7.29.16) i was just waiting on the right time to publish it

*** all photo credit goes to Nitsa

  

I met Nitsa at the Spirit Weavers Gathering in 2015, and it was then I was first introduced to Sun Potion - a wellness brand that provides transformational foods (adaptogens). Since this Q&A, Nitsa has teamed up with Tasya Van Ree to create Women with Superpowers . She is a beautiful woman inside and out, and I thankful for her taking the time to answer these questions! 

1) My belief is a Sunday well spent is a week of content- what is your typical Sunday ritual?

 

 Hm.. my schedule tends to be pretty amorphous... so the typical definitely varies but a Sunday ritual that reflects my ideal would include a meditative round of tea in the morning... followed by a tonic herbal potion and maybe some time in nature - a hike or beach walk... getting in some solid house-tuttering  and self care rituals - I  love to prepare a face mask once a week and take a long magnesium salt and essential oil infused bath... also love to cook a nice big lunch or dinner using local seasonal veggies picked up from the farmer’s market and share with friends with love. Now that I say it, I want to manifest this as my permanent Sunday ritual from now on  - thank you for inspiring the possibility! 

 

2) Current non-sexual girlcrush? 

Well, I absolutely adore my friend Jaclyn... she has five planets in scorpio, is incredinly beautiful and very very sexy… Jaclyn has exquisite taste in everything and a deliciously cruel sense of humor … she is the founder of an amazing naturally dyed silk line -AWAVEAWAKE - and is a sincere,  deeply loving human and loyal friend… she is about to come out to California for a visit and I am  beyond excited to see her!

And, I am pretty much always crushing on my friend Lani Trock. She slays. She prepares the the most beautiful meals with vegetables fresh from her home garden and her bedroom is like a tropical jungle… she has such a dreamy, nourishing and inspiring presence to be around and I love her lips and eyes… and eyebrows. Killer brows!

3) Favorite Book(s) ?

Oh… so many favorites…. This is what comes to mind in the moment ~

The Diary of Anaïs Nin - volumes I - VII !

Narcissus & Goldmund - Hermann Hesse

Love and other Difficulties - Rainer Maria Rilke

The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman (ultimate child's fiction / fantasy nerd alert!)

Healing with Whole Foods - Paul Pitchford

4) What are you currently jamming?

‘Woman of Secret Gold’ by Flo Morrissey

 5) Favorite trend of the 90s?

Little chokers and bolero / bandana kerchiefs - I love how sexy and simple they can be, as long as one can breathe!

Sadie McDonald
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Indigo

Indigo

 DIY : Shibori

 Shibori is an ancient Japanese word meaning to create patterns in fabric with dye. This primitive skill has been around for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. It's a great way to upcycle pieces of  dull white clothing/fabric that we all have laying around. Not to mention you get to channel ancient ancestral energy, and create a unique one-of-a-kind piece! 

 

Supplies 

  • an indigo dye kit . find one here 
  • natural fiber clothing/fabric (cotton, hemp, silk, wool etc) 
  • rubber gloves 
  • rubber bands
  • twine
  • a long wooden stick
  • scissors

Step 1 

Following the directions on your indigo kit. Mix the dye and let it sit for about 15 minutes. 

Step 2 

Beginning to fold, twist, knot your clothing! Don't be afraid to get crazy, and also remember that wherever you bind the fabric this area will be white. Click here to learn about the different types of shibori ! 

Step 3

After the dye has set for 15 minutes, there should be a metallic sheen in the bucket. Use a long wooden stick to stir it up and then place the fabric in. The long it sits, the darker it gets. For deep indigo, I would suggest 45-hour.  After desired color has been reached, remove it and let it sit with the bindings still attached. 

Step 4

Discover what you created! Pictured here is "arashi" which is the Japanese word for storm, and it's also known as the pole-wrapping technique. It starts by wrapping fabric around a PVC pole at a diagonal. Once the fabric is wrapped, tie a piece of twine into a double knot at the base of the pipe. Wrap the twine around the fabric. After 6-7 wraps around the pipe, scrunch the fabric down. Give the twine a strong tug to tighten. (tightening before scrunching will make it more difficult to move fabric around ) Continue wrapping, scrunching until all the fabric is compacted . Then tie a knot! 

Sadie McDonald
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Copper Water Bottles - Health and Well Being

Copper Water Bottles - Health and Well Being

Pure copper water bottles are back!!

Drinking water stored in a copper water vessel has long been revered for it's many health benefits by Ayurvedic practitioners. If given proper time to sit in the copper bottle (minimum 6 hrs) the copper is absorbed by the water shifting the water to a more alkaline state. When taken internally the copper element has many health benefits for our bodies and we will highlight a few below. Copper is a heavy metal therefore moderation is suggested. 1 or 2 bottles a day with a week long break every now and then is perfectly fine. 

1. Anti-aging - Copper is packed with anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants have the ability to tame free radicals within the body. The copper assist with the formation of new healthy skin cells that leave your skin looking more vibrant.

2. Tames arthritis and inflammation - Copper has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Aside from this fact it also has bone and immune strengthening properties making it a great candidate for relief from different types of arthritis.

3 Digestive ailments - Here is where I have personally seen the wonders of copper drinking first thing in the morning. Copper stimulates the digestive track and assist in elimination. Copper stimulates peristalsis (the rhythmic contraction and relaxation of the stomach that helps food get digested and move along the digestive tract), kills harmful bacteria and reduces inflammation within the stomach, making it a great remedy for ulcers, indigestion, and infections. Copper also helps to cleanse and detox your stomach, regulate the workings of your liver and kidneys. According to Ayurveda if you want to detox your stomach drink a large cup of copper water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. 

4. Skin health and melanin production - Copper is the main component in melanin production (a pigment that mitigates the color of your hair, eyes, and skin) in our bodies. Apart from that copper also aids in the production of new cells that help replenish the top most layers of your skin. While melanin helps the body stay safe from sun damage, speeds up wound healing and covers up scars, the production of new cells is a boon for smooth, blemish-free and clear skin.

Sadie McDonald
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Late Spring 2017

Late Spring 2017

All about adorning yourself with nourishing products 
Sadie McDonald
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