One of a few teas I drink everyday I rely on Tulsi for it’s stress relieving and antioxidant properties. It’s also referred to as Holy Basil, but the Tulsi herb has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to promote balance and well-being. I usually have a pot after matcha or green tea, and before I head to work. I swear it helps make the commute easier and helps set the tone for the rest of my night at work. I also love it because it can take high heat, so the water doesn’t need to be tempered like with green teas. Just boil water, steep for 8-10 minutes and you’re set.
Organic India is, of course, organic and practices sustainable farming and harvesting methods and is GMO-free. (They even preserve seeds.) You can find it at most grocery stores but you can also find it online quite easily. If the hectic pace of life is starting to get to you try sipping some Tulsi. It will help you relax and make you happy.
Filed under: Travel
This is the second converted French mill hotel that’s caught my eye, so it must be a sign that I should escape. Le Moulin de L’Abbaye is located in Brantôme en Périgord in the Dordogne region of France (south and west of Paris). It’s a quiet provincial town with the big event happening each Friday on market day. It’s the perfect pace for a getaway, and hell, for everyday. The French countryside is definitely calling me, and we’d look good together.
Pointed toes are back! My piggies may not be happy but my wallet is because, between mom and I, we’ve got plenty in the archives. I must say though, the ankle strap guys from Alexander Wang are lookin’ mighty fine. The textures from the Alice & Olivia’s are fun and the silhouette looks great, but these are definitely see-in-person territory.
Filed under: Drinks
Have you ever had one of these Fentiman’s sodas? I hadn’t bought a soda in years but decided to give these guys a go when we spotted their line of flavors. Using slightly updated traditional methods (less fermentation than was historically used, with the addition of mild carbonation) the sodas are flavored with brewed herbs and roots. It’s also great that the company is still family owned…that always makes me happy.
The Ginger Beer packs a big punch (and it’s awesome) and there’s just something special about drinking the Cherry Tree, a proper cola flavored with herbs. The Dandelion & Burdock soda has the most interesting earthy and slightly spicy flavor, and it’s great spiked with a shot of rye or whiskey! Since my soda sweetness tolerance has waned over the years I often like to add a bit of sparkling mineral water to take off a bit of the sweetness, but most people wouldn’t likely notice.
There are a few other drinks to try in their line, and I’m excited to give the rose lemonade a go. Check out the craft soda aisle at your grocery store. For fellow Seattleites I got these at Central Co-op (Madison Market) but I bet Whole Foods has them too.
Our next project is a bit of a biggie, and for me it’s a definite first as I am very much not a dirty girl. My friends, I have been busy researching, studying, note-taking on all things urban farmer and I couldn’t be more excited. For someone who loves the farmer’s market, eating seasonally, and craves vegetables as much as chocolate it only makes sense that I should learn how to tend a garden. I’m starting from absolute zero, in fact, I probably couldn’t know less about gardening so much will be learned in practice. I received some great advice from Andrew’s wonderful mom though, and she put it simply:
“Be prepared to kill a lot of plants.”
So get ready for an honest look at my first attempt at gardening and raising four chickens. (I wonder if this means I’ll have to clean the coop.) This will be interesting.
I also wanted to share this killer Ted Talks video with guerilla gardener Ron Finley in South Central LA. His vision and work on Food Forests in the vacant lots of South Central is inspiring and exciting (especially having to initially fight the city for the right to use the land in the parking strip in front of his house). Another great quote I’ll have on hand, Ron says:
“Don’t call me if you want to sit around and have meetings. If you want to meet with me come to the garden with your shovel so we can plant some shit.”
I have been cursed with eternally chapped lips and over the years I’ve found that only one thing helps to keep me kissable. Bag Balm has been made in Vermont for over 100 years, and legend has it that it made its way into the home, by way of the barn, when farmers wives noticed how soft their husbands hands were after applying it to the dairy cows. There are a million different uses from new tattoo ointment to ammo lubricant, but I’ll use it on a patch of dry skin, cuticles, and heels.
The Skin Deep Cosmetic Database scores it a very happy 1 out of 10, which is a low hazard and perfect for use as a lip balm. (While you’re at the Database check out how some of your other products score, it’s always surprising.)
Look for the green tin in your local drugstore. For Seattleites I know most Bartell’s have it, and they have the mini tins too which are perfect for purses. I have one at work and one in the car!
Check out these before and after pics of 1950’s Pin- Up girls. An early version of Photoshop where an illustrator would nip and tuck in the drawing room. It’s still very much an issue today, but the artistic license that was taken in many of these is pretty interesting; a uniform body-type and set of facial features.
I just adore the originals. More images here.