Morning Thoughts

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Good morning, I'm slowly, very slowly, chewing through Neil DeGrasse Tyson's book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and it's a little over my head. We all need that sometimes, right? A challenge... first thing in the morning. I won't lie, this book is supposed to be for a super basic understanding of astrophysics with a bit of history, etymology, and philosophy, but I'm finding myself reading and re-reading each page. I actually heard about it from this interview with Stephen Colbert and was sold. Super sold. I'm just saying, I wish I loved anything as much as Tyson loves the universe. 

"Maybe you're special because you're the same" - NDT

Same, as in sameness of the universe. There's a guru I like, Nithyananda, who said something equally potent and attention-grabbing in one of his lectures and that was,

"You are not qualitatively different from the universe, but quantitatively."

I loved that. You're littler than all of creation but very much aligned to it, and made of the same stuff, and astrophysics confirms.  

Again, good morning.  My mind rattles before yoga. It really does. 

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I'm trying this superfood coffee from Terra Origin, and I'm pretty into it. It tastes coffee-ish, definitely very superfoody, and just sweet enough. I'm a pretty big coffee person, but I could easily incorporate this in place of my afternoon cup, and probably should. But I really have no regrets about my present coffee consumption, like, at all. The superfood list here is pretty impressive with mangosteen, kelp, collards, and chlorella, I do think this makes a superior breakfast companion for prolonged energy.  

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So this is one of those no recipe, recipes. 

Seriously, almond milk + Terra Origin

Heat it: stove, microwave, wood burning oven, whatever. 

Mix

Drink 

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the stars are in your eyes. 

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ugh

Clarifying Skin Scrub + Mask with Aloe Rose and Hibiscus

Not gonna lie, I ended up taking this whole batch in the bathtub with me and making a big mud bath style mess. Worth it. How I actually intended to use it, and did end up using it was, as a face mask and scrub. The hibiscus tea is what makes it a super mild scrub. This mask has two types of toners in it, if you include the aloe as a toner—if you haven't used aloe as toner, you might want to try it. It's getting pretty popular. As seen here: The Body Shop, the ever popular Mario Badescu, and this DIY from Pins and Procrastination 

This mousse-y looking mask is actually made with red clay and aloe to hydrate instead of water, because why not? Plus the enzymes in aloe vera are pretty amazing, meaning it detoxifies while also hydrating. Thayer's Rose Toner, also has aloe vera in it, but it's primarily made of witch hazel which is good for acne and overall redness. Clay is clay, I mean all the clays are detoxifying, and pull out toxins and dirt in the pores, but red clay is known to be even more absorbent. For more sensitive skin, green clay is recommended. My skin is always a little bit pink after a clay mask, but I noticed a bit extra this time. Nothing too too noteworthy, but if your skin is very sensitive maybe opt for the green. Hibiscus tea is high in antioxidant content, can help rejuvenate skin, and is great for circulation, which could account for my overall redness after taking this mask off. One big thing to note is that I typically don't do any clay masks right before going out because it can make skin a little bit sensitive and it's better not put on makeup right after. So, try this mask on a night in.  

Here's what you'll need:

Directions:

  • Add hibiscus tea to witch hazel and let the hibiscus steep for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Mix hibiscus in with clay until fully distributed. 
  • Add in aloe vera juice slowly, until the whole mix becomes fluffy and spreadable. 
  • Apply to clean skin, exfoliating first is a good idea.
  • For a mask: Apply to skin and leave on for 20-25 minutes. 
  • Rinse with warm water and washcloth, tone, and moisturize. 
  • For a scrub: Start with clean skin and take a dime sizes amount and scrub in circular motions to cleanse, exfoliate, and detoxify. 
  • Rinse with warm water and washcloth, tone, and moisturize

Factory Girl

So glad to have visited the NICORA Shoes factory earlier this month, or last. I might've been sitting on these photos for a while now, either way, they're here, and totally industrial and glorious, and vegan. There are few things I love more than a good behind the scenes, and this is no exception. In the meantime, I, my dears, have big plans to go back to my trademark face masks, foot scrubs and the like. But, until then, enjoy all of the gritty shoe-making possibilities, and the hearts and hands that are behind them. 

Meditation Mount Flower Outtakes

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While up in Ojai shooting for NICORA shoes, I obviously couldn't help but catch some flower pictures. Ojai, as many of you may have heard has faced tragedy recently with the Thomas Fire. I haven't visited since, but have heard that it is on the mend, and some don't recognize the lovely home they've grown to love as it now stands. My compassion and gratitude go out to this lovely and spirited place, which I will gladly revisit soon. So glad to have had the opportunity to capture a few shots of Ojai's mystic and peaceful Meditation Mount. 

Vanilla Seed High-Protein Granola (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

So, as I've mentioned I'm basically outdoors all summer for my job on the river, and I have had a protein shake most mornings since. Since cutting back on animal products— this Bob's Red Mill protein powder is vegan—I've been careful to diversify where I get my protein from, sometimes chickpeas, sometimes nuts and seeds, and a lot of the time it's shakes. 

I was a little worried to bake with this powder because it has probiotics in it and I worry that the heat is damaging to them, and I love that they're included in here, because I think health begins in the gut. That's not an original idea, it was Hippocrates who said, "all disease begins in the gut." At any rate, I love drinking this is as just a plain shake with some almond milk because of the high probiotic content, and the pre-biotic fiber, because keeping my digestion healthy has been no small feat running around eating anything and everything that is available to me. No joke, I'm hungry all of the time. I need all the snacks, which is how I decided to make granola because eating plain pumpkin and sunflower seeds all day can get old. This protein powder is pretty sweet on it's own, on account of the monk fruit. I still decided to add the agave nectar to get the pieces to stick together nicely in this grain-free granola, just keep in mind it'll come out very sweet and vanilla-y, not that that's a bad thing, but just an FYI. 

Here's what you'll need:

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup agave nectar - you can sub honey, or maple syrup as well

1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder (there's even a coupon)

2 Tablespoons of flax seeds

1 Tablespoon of hot water 

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lemon extract - you can sub lemon zest also

Directions: 

Pre-heat oven to 350°

In a large bowl mix together agave nectar, protein powder, and salt until well blended 

In a separate, small container mix in hot water with flax seed, let sit for 1-2 minutes (this helps it to gel) 

Add all remaining ingredients including flax seed and mix until thoroughly combined, it should be pretty sticky at this point

Place mix directly on a baking sheet, spreading carefully to keep larger pieces together. 

Bake for 15 minutes stirring very well half way through

Bake until golden brown adding on in 5 minutes intervals until it's reached the desired crunchiness for your taste.  

 

I really wish I had more edited mountain shots for you but for right now I just have these flowers. They'll have to do. Enjoy your summer, and here's $3 off of Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.