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Vibrant Life by Amanda Haas, Erin Kunkel


For millions of women who want to live with grace and good health. 

The Vibrant Life is a straight-talking book packed with advice, resources, and practices that promote wellness, beauty, and longevity, alongside more than 70 delicious recipes. 

From the authority behind The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook and a line of Vibrant Life–branded food products at Whole Foods, these recipes are bookended by lifestyle primers—including information on holistic practices, hormones, and how to eat, all contributed or vetted by experts. Combining form and function, this book is both a resource and an inspiration. 

Fresh, approachable recipes for all occasions—including drinks, of course—deliver a number of benefits that boost immunity, strengthen memory, lift moods, support digestive health, and more!

Advance Praise

“What I love about Amanda’s approach to food and wellness is that she has done the homework for us. Through all her research, she holds the firm belief that food—even food that is ridiculously good for us—should taste good! Nothing else matters if it’s not delicious.”—Ayesha Curry 

“I adore this book. It feels like it was written just for me–a busy mom who loves cooking healthy, uncomplicated meals for dinner, but also needs a kick in the pants to take time out for self-care. Amanda’s tried-and-true guidance on how to nourish our bodies and souls is a must for a well-lived life.”—Michelle Tam, New York Times bestselling author and creator of Nom Nom Paleo 

“Readers will enjoy how Amanda joyfully shares her journey and inspires readers with holistic living, self-care, and beautiful recipes.” —Danielle Walker, New York Times bestselling author of the Against the Grain series

My Review

At some point during our lives and sometimes even several times a year, we look to press the reset button on your health, both mentally and physically.

A lot of us find help by going to boot camp, signing up for classes, hiring a trainer and sometimes by picking up a book! If you’re looking to reset your life, this is the book you should read.

It’s so much more than just a cookbook, aside from recipes it’s filled with exercises, lifestyle changes and tips on how to live better than you were. It’s inspirational to know it doesn’t have to be overwhelming to get healthy, to feel good and most important be happy!

The Way We Eat Now by Bee Wilson – #BOOKREVIEW #FOODIE #NEWRELEASE

Have you ever wondered who thought of putting avocado on toast and why it’s suddenly so popular?

I’ve been around a few decades now and I can tell you that some of the more modern creations are focused on health while there’s others that are simply focused on price and quantity, no so much quality.

With “The Way We Eat Now” you’ll get a deeper insight to how our food has come from basic farm to table to scientific advancements that both have the same focus… health.


An award-winning food writer takes us on a global tour of what the world eats–and shows us how we can change it for the better
Food is one of life’s great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety and confusion?
Bee Wilson shows that in two generations the world has undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating, from bubble tea to quinoa, from Soylent to meal kits. 
Paradoxically, our diets are getting healthier and less healthy at the same time. For some, there has never been a happier food era than today: a time of unusual herbs, farmers’ markets, and internet recipe swaps. Yet modern food also kills–diabetes and heart disease are on the rise everywhere on earth.
This is a book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, The Way We Eat Now explains how this food revolution has transformed our bodies, our social lives, and the world we live in.

How Yoga teaches your to sit with yourself…and LIKE it. #YOGA #SELFCARE #CHRONICILLNESS

Suffering from any chronic illness is challenging on a daily basis. You never know how you’re going to wake up and feel that day, always hoping it’s a good day. After all these years of living with an autoimmune disease, I’ve tried so many things to combat the aching joints, foggy brain, and overall discomfort. The one thing that helps without fail… is always YOGA.

For one, how many of you have a chronic illness and because of that are hyper aware of your body. You feel all the aches and pains, can sense sensations otherwise hidden to the a regular healthy body? I know I am. I almost wonder if it’s too much. Am I focusing and worrying on it so much that I’m perpetuating my own disease? Thoughts….they go round and round, worried about all the wrong things.

So what can we do to get out of our minds? To be in the present enjoying life, even when not feeling 100% but doing the best we can anyway?

Again, it’s Yoga.

I had a wonderful practice yesterday in which each pose was held for at least 3 minutes, sometimes opting to go for 5. What I noticed in myself is that I had to sit with my body and mind and be ok with it. It’s not an easy thing for a worry wart like me, but it is achievable. And it feels so good!

Next time you get on the mat try to hold your poses, focus on release and breath. When the mind wanders bring it back to center and focus on just being you. Not all the pain, not the illness, no worry and let your thoughts go.

Trust me, it’s not easy to be with yourself all the time but sometimes we need the solitude to get back to ur deeper selves and release the tension we carry around.

When the pose begins to burn and you want to stop, breathe. (Of course if you’re in pain stop right away) Sensation is what you want not pain, sink deeper with every breath, twist a little more, loosen your core and release. Your Charkas with thank you!

Yoga for Healing

The Skillful Forager by Leda Meredith – #BOOKREVIEW #SkillfulForager

A book that will guide you through nature to identify, harvest and preserve edible plants needed to be written and here it is. It’s written for those looking to go a little further than simply looking at their surroundings, it’s meant for those wanting to live off the land in some way even if it’s just a little, to gain health and get back to the earth like we were meant to be.

Is a priceless reference tool for any herbalist!

Thank you to Netgalley, Leda Meredith, and Roost Books for the ARC! I truly enjoyed it and will be going back to it time and time again!


The Skillful Forager is the ultimate forager’s guide to working with any wild plant in the field, kitchen, or pantry. 

From harvesting skills that will allow you to gather from the same plant again and again to highlighting how to get the most out of each and every type of wild edible, trusted expert Leda Meredith explores the most effective ways to harvest, preserve, and prepare all of your foraged foods. Featuring detailed identification information for over forty wild edibles commonly found across North America, the plant profiles in this book focus on sustainable harvesting techniques that can be applied to hundreds of other plants. This indispensable reference also provides simple recipes that can help you make the most of your harvest each season.

Clean Enough by Katzie Guy-Hamilton

Talk about gourmet done easy! This wonderful book not only has amazing food photography that had me drooling, but I found the recipes to be delicious and easy to make!

I love to cook and experimenting with new flavors and I was able to replicate the dishes and add my own twist to some to sate the other pallets I have in the house!

Clean eating with yummy dishes, desserts and smoothies will get you feeling and looking great before summer!

Redefine clean eating with over 100 whole-food, vegetarian savories and sweets that nourish your body and mind—every day

It seems that every day a new superfood or gadget promises to be the key to making healthy eating a reality. Ditch the trends and get back to basics with this comprehensive guide to cooking with simple, whole ingredients that don’t require sacrificing flavor or satisfaction—including the often taboo category of dessert.

Here are over 100 inspiring recipes that make real foods—from greens and grains to chocolate and cream—sing, with methods and combinations perfect for whipping up on a weekday night, leisurely preparing on weekends with plenty of leftovers, or impressing guests with at a dinner party.

From energizing the day with a Green Pow Wow Smoothie, munching on Luxury Granola at the office or on your sofa, savoring a crisp bite of Charred Broccoli with Poached and Crispy Miso Sweet Potatoes, or indulging in a slice of Pan di Spagna, this refreshing approach to health proves that eating clean enough is the key to satisfaction at every meal.

Hungry Soul by Jacques Brennan

Another plant-based read from Netgalley, Jacques Brennan and Troubador Publishing Limited, thank you for the ARC!

Geared for easy meals that will no doubt add flavor and keep your guests happy, Jacques compiled healthy recipes that anyone can cook! Even young adults who want to cook healthy meals from home on a budget!

It’s not just about the recipes in this book, key tips and tricks are shared to get the most inexperienced chef cooking quickly!


Hungry Soul, an essential new cookbook created with the youth in mind – college students, young adults leaving home, even teenagers. Instructions on all areas of cooking from boiling pasta to a four course meal.

Along with recipes ranging from tomato bruschetta to red lentil dhal, and from preparing the perfect pizza to serving up a delicious dessert, Jacques shares straightforward meals that are guaranteed to impress diners. Hungry Soul also contains methods of cooking essential ingredients which, once mastered, will enable the reader to make an unlimited combination of dishes and meals.

Jacques seasons his book with a guide to useful utensils and culinary techniques, the perfect meal for every occasion and how to set the scene. This book of vegan delights will sate the appetite of readers who are keen to create simple, cheap and flavoursome food.

About Jacques Brennan

A French heritage, a life of travel and demanding offspring provide the inspiration for Jacques Brennan’s culinary adventures. He follows a plant-based dietary movement and veganism, and lives in Co Clare, Ireland.

In Focus Meditation by Jacqueline Towers

Everyone complains about no time for self-care, including meditation but few are willing to take five minutes for silence even when you don’t label it and it’s causing harm to our minds and bodies.

We all could use some extra time for ourselves. I’m talking about quite time where it’s just us with time to open our minds and expand. Given even half a minute we’d see that our minds are so loud and busy during our waking moments that we often don’t know what to do when the world around us quiets down for a bit. We have a nasty habit of turning to our phones or computers to take the edge off, when really…all we need is silence and an open clear mind.

This book helped me focus on what’s really important and get back to basics. I’ve meditated over the years but never made put it on my calendar as an important to-do or meeting, but it’s just as important. I’ve learned to block out time for this exercise and I hope you’ll pick this book up and do the same!

You’ll learn the history of difference practices and arm yourself with tools to use when getting your mind right!

In Focus Meditation—a guide through the history, branches, and techniques of meditation—will help you delve deep within yourself to untangle the stresses of everyday life, complete with a set of 7 meditation reference cards. 

With our lives a hectic combination of running to and from work, planning events, fulfilling family responsibilities, and building personal relationships, we are on overdrive for the better part of each day. Add in the impossible task of keeping up in our social media lives, it’s no wonder we are stressed out and yearning for spiritual meaning

In Focus Meditation begins with an introduction to meditation, followed by details about meditation equipment and the history of meditation. A wide breadth of meditation topics are covered: spiritual guide and angelic, emotional or psychological, spirit and totem animals, mindfulness, visualization, and reincarnation, among others.

Packaged inside the book are a set of seven meditation reference cards (front and back), to give you quick and easy meditation exercises to gain clarity and relaxation.

The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects, using expert authors in their respective fields and featuring relevant visual material to smartly and purposely illustrate key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book is packaged with index cards and/or a poster, to give readers a quick, go-to reference guide containing the most important information on the subject, for easy practice and retention.

Curious About Turmeric Tea? Learn the Benefits and the Recipe

The hype over turmeric has been overwhelming the last few years and unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard at least something about this magical root.

As someone with an autoimmune disease and post-hysterectomy, I’m always curious about medicinal herbs and herbal remedies that claim to support health and well-being.

That being said, I won’t just try anything! I’ve learned throughout my 39 years that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is! Ever notice how one day, coffee is super great for you and the very next a report comes out with damning evidence to prove otherwise? This is one good reason to do your research!

I did some digging and found a wealth of turmeric knowledge. Check it out below and let me know your thoughts and would LOVE new recipes! Please share in the comments and we’ll share the best ones in a FEATURED POST!

Turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family. It has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

The active ingredient in turmeric is Curcumin.

Curcumin gives turmeric its characteristic yellow color.

Curcumin is proven to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

Curcumin has low bioavailability, which means the body has a hard time accessing and absorbing the compound. For this reason, turmeric supplements, with their guaranteed high concentrations of curcumin, are popular.

Turmeric tea, brewed using grated turmeric root or pure powder, is considered one of the most effective ways to consume the spice.

There is no specific recommended daily intake of turmeric. Based on available research, the suggested daily intake depends largely on the condition it is being used to treat.

Most research in adults supports the safe use of 400 to 600 milligrams (mg) of pure turmeric powder three times daily, or 1 to 3 grams (g) daily of grated or dried turmeric root. Grating the turmeric yourself is the best way to ensure a pure product.

Here’s how it helps:

1. Reduces arthritis symptoms

As an anti-inflammatory, curcumin may help reduce the most prominent symptoms of arthritis.

A 2017 study found that out of 206 American adults with self-reported rheumatoid arthritis, 63 percent used non-vitamin supplements to manage their symptoms, with turmeric being the most popular product that was taken.

2. Boosts immune function

Curcumin is proven to improve immune function with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.

Curcumin has also been shown to act as an immune modulator, helping regulate immune cell function against cancer.

3. Helps reduce cardiovascular complications

Several studies have shown curcumin to have beneficial heart health properties by acting as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

A 2012 study found that taking 4 g per day of curcumin 3 days before and 5 days after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, reduced the risk of acute myocardial infarction or heart attack by 17 percent.

4. Helps prevent and treat cancer

One of the most clinically established therapeutic properties of curcumin is its anti-cancer action.

As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, curcumin is thought to lower the risk of cells in the body becoming damaged, reducing the risk of cell mutations and cancer.

Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that curcumin has anti-tumor properties, limiting the growth of tumors and spread of cancerous cells.

According to a 2014 medical review, more than 2,000 articles have been published using the keywords “curcumin” and “cancer.” The use of curcumin as a cancer treatment alongside chemotherapy and radiation therapy is currently being investigated.

5. Helps manage irritable bowel syndrome or IBS

Curcumin has long been used in traditional medicines as a treatment for many digestive conditions.

Several studies have found that curcumin may help reduce the pain associated with IBS and improve the quality of life of those people with the condition.

A 2012 study in rats found that curcumin helped decrease the time it took for food to empty from the stomach to the small intestine, otherwise known as gastric emptying.

6. Prevents and treats Alzheimer’s

Studies have shown that curcumin may help reduce the chances of several neurodegenerative conditions. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers are thought to reduce cellular damage, inflammation, and amyloid deposits or plaques that occur with these conditions.

Curcumin may also be able to slow down or prevent some of the age-associated protein changes linked to neurodegeneration.

7. Protects against liver damage, gallstones, and manages liver conditions

Several studies have shown that curcumin can protect against liver damage. Potential liver and gallbladder benefits of curcumin include increasing production of the digestive fluid bile while also protecting liver cells from damage from bile-associated chemicals.

8. Helps prevent and manage diabetes

Traditional medicines have used turmeric for diabetes for thousands of years. Several studies using animal and human models have shown that curcumin supplementation may have anti-diabetes properties.

9. Helps treat and manage lung conditions

Researchers suspect that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin may help reduce the symptoms of chronic or long-lasting lung conditions.

A 2017 medical review concluded that although the clinical evidence is limited, curcumin might help treat asthma, pulmonary and cystic fibrosis, lung cancer or injury, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


To make a turmeric tea, a person can add ground, grated, or powdered turmeric to boiling water.

Turmeric tea can be prepared from either pure turmeric powder or grated or ground, dried turmeric. Fermented turmeric preparations, commonly sold as tea products, claim to have higher concentrations of biologically available or absorbable curcumin.

The steps to follow for making turmeric tea are:

  • boil 4 cups of water

  • add 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground, grated, or powdered turmeric

  • allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 10 minutes

  • strain the tea into a container and allow it to cool for 5 minutes

Many people put additional ingredients into their turmeric tea to improve the taste or help with its absorption. Common additives include:

  • Honey, to sweeten the tea and give the mixture more anti-microbial properties.

  • Whole milk, cream, almond milk, coconut milk, or 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee (unclarified butter) to help with absorption, as curcumin requires healthy fats to dissolve properly.

  • Black pepper, which contains piperine, a chemical known to help promote curcumin absorption, and that can add a spice flavor to the tea.

  • Lemon, lime, or ginger, to enhance antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in the mixture and improve taste.

“Milk Soaps” by Anne-Marie Faiola

Thank you Netgalley, Anne-Marie Faiola, and Storey Publishing for this Advanced Reader’s Copy!

I’ve never been brave enough to try making soap before, although I have tried handmade lotions, lip balms and salt scrubs, making soap always felt a little out of my reach. For one, the materials involved include items I don’t normally stock in my house but the second reason holding back was the fear of messing up.

When I received this book, I immediately dove in and was happy to see everything I needed to know was contained within the cover! It’s perfect for gifts, people suffering with sensitive skin and those looking to try a new hobby. Some of the materials and ingredients are a bit costly, but with affordable options, tackling this project won’t be too expensive.

Handmade soap is made extra-special with the addition of milk! Soaps enriched with milk are creamier than those made with water, and milk’s natural oils provide skin-renewing moisture and nourishment. In Milk Soaps, expert soapmaker Anne-Marie Faiola demystifies the process with step-by-step techniques and 35 recipes for making soaps that are both beautiful and useful. She explains the keys to success in using a wide range of milk types, including cow, goat, and even camel milk, along with nut and grain milks such as almond, coconut, hemp, rice, and more. Photographs show soapmakers of all levels how to achieve a variety of distinctive color and shape effects, including funnels, swirls, layers, and insets. For beginners and experts alike, this focused guide to making milk-enriched soaps offers an opportunity to expand their soapmaking skills in new and exciting ways. 

Milk has long been a popular ingredient in soap making. Goat milk in particular is known for its moisturizing and skin softening properties. Using milk in body products is not just limited to goat milk. Coconut milk, almond milk, and cow milk are also great additions to your creations. See below for some of our favorite recipes, resources and milk centered products available from Bramble Berry.

Autumn Foods for Beautiful Glowing Skin

According to Ancient Chinese Medicine, the path to vitality, good health, and flawless skin is a result of eating with the changing seasons. If beauty is truly from the inside-out and what we eat shapes our health and well-being, we decided to round up some of the best beauty foods to keep your body healthy and skin glowing this Autumn. 

FIGS  – One of our favorite beauty foods, Figs are not only absolutely delicious but also are rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients for healthy skin. Phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals found in figs help to keep skin glowing, rejuvenated, and nourished from within.

PEARS – In Chinese Medicine, the lungs and the skin have a major correlation to one another. Pears are known to nourish the lungs, which are usually affected during the dryer months, as well as deeply nourish and moisturize the skin from within. A pear a day can help keep the dermotologist away (unless you love going to the derm).

PUMPKIN SEEDS – Fall is the season of pumpkin everything but the seeds are really magic when it comes to glowing skin. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Zinc, an important mineral that helps to encourage skin cell production, cell renewal, as well as increases the skin’s ability to heal itself. 

The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary: 200 Natural Remedies for Healing, Hormone Balance, Beauty and Longevity, and Creating Calm by JJ Pursell

My Thoughts

As women, we our bodies are designed to withstand some pretty difficult and painful things. Without having to resort to prescription meds, nature can help ease our discomfort. 

This book is full of useful knowledge for both the beginner and expert herbalist.

Learn about self-care and preventive maintenance for most of life’s ailments and transitions.  

The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary is every woman’s lifelong guide to herbal remedies for common health concerns. Novice herbalists and advanced practitioner’s alike will learn how to naturally treat the complete spectrum of women’s concerns, including preventative self-care, life transitions, and common feminine ailments.

Learn how to prevent, soothe, and heal without resorting to medical remedies, which are often harsh, costly, and include unpleasant side effects. The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary contains 200 natural remedies, covering the topics of mensespregnancymenopauseagingfibroidsbladder infections, and low libido, among others.

The book is conveniently divided into the major cycles of a woman’s life: pre-childbirth, reproductive years, menopause, and beyond. Each section discusses specific physical complaints and how to treat them. You will learn which herbs are the most helpful for each phase of life and which are contraindicated or to be avoided. Master herbalist and naturopathic doctor JJ Pursell provides her own herbal solutions and DIY herbal remedies. The concluding section is divided by specific common health issues in women, such as cardiac diseasethyroid disease, and adrenal dysfunction.

With The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary in hand, you are on your way to healing, hormone balance, beauty, longevity, and calm—the natural way.

Herbivore Botanicals

First, let me start this off by saying that this is NOT a paid post. I repeat…NOT a paid post! 

I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve gotten excited about a product after reading a great article proclaiming it’s benefits only to read at the very bottom of the post, that it was in fact a paid post! So frustrating! 

I get it, everyone from celebrities to social media stars and a ton of bloggers make bank sharing themselves enjoying said product, often accompanied with a discount code for you to save too. But, the problem has become, at least for me, to know whether or not the product is actually good or if the author is just trying to peddle junk to make a buck!

Now, having said all that I will tell you that I’m an Amazon Associate but I buy all the goods that I recommend with my own hard-earned money. 

Let’s get into it, shall we?

This week’s one of our favorites that we’ve been using and testing for a while now, has some new goods


Every ingredient that we include in our products is there for a specific therapeutic reason. We do not use fillers of any kind, meaning that almost every ingredient in our products is an “active” ingredient. This results in pure, highly concentrated, and effective formulas that are a rarity in the skincare and cosmetics world today. All of our formulas are original, created and tested by us, on real people — never on animals and always from scratch. All of our products have an emphasis on organic, high quality, and food-grade ingredients.

Knowing that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, we ethically source the finest raw natural materials the earth has to offer. With ingredients ranging from French pink clay to Brazilian gemstones, we formulate treatments that combine essential vitamins, minerals, and botanicals to restore skin to its optimum health and vitality.

In addition to creating products that give you noticeable results, we also create our products with personal rejuvenation and a little indulgence in mind. We believe that daily bathing and skincare rituals should be enjoyable — a way to carve out some much-needed downtime in your hectic routine. From thoughtfully designed packaging and labels that really allow our ingredients to shine through, to intoxicating scents and luxurious textures, we truly want you to love your skincare and bathing routines.

Founded by Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow in 2011 in their Seattle kitchen.


Synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum.


Natural ingredients, plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO free soy wax, recyclable and reusable packaging, many certified organic ingredients.

Key Ingredients

Rose Water – Naturally high in antioxidants and excellent for reducing the appearance of redness in skin. This is also where Pink Cloud’s natural scent comes from.

Aloe Water – Lightweight, skin soothing + hydrating. Aloe is also naturally rich in salicylic acid making it great for preventing blemishes.

White Tea Extract – Youth preserving, rich in antioxidants which protect skin from pigmentation and fine lines.

Kukui Oil – Rich in linoleic acid, it is great for hydrating and balancing all skin types, plus it adds a subtle dewy glow.

Sodium Hyaluronate – Vegetable sourced, it penetrates deeply into the skin to attract and retain water for maximum hydration.

Rice Extract – Improves texture and clarity of skin by smoothing and brightening dark spots.

Full List of Ingredients

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, diheptyl succinate, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetearyl alcohol, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, Aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oil*, glycerin*, cetyl palmitate, Cocos nucifera (coconut) extract*, Oryza sativa (rice) seed extract*, Camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, propanediol, Myrothamnus flabellifolia extract, ascorbic acid, sodium hyaluronate, Eclipta prostrata extract, melia azadirrachta leaf extract, moringa pterygosperma seed oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, sodium phytate, xanthan gum, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, sodium anisate, glyceryl caprylate, alcohol, citric acid.

*Certified Organi

Directions: After cleansing and toning, thoroughly massage a small amount into skin. Apply more as needed for an extra dose of hydration depending on your skin’s current moisture needs. Allow Pink Cloud Creme to absorb for 1-2 minutes before applying facial oil or makeup. Be sure to apply serums before Pink Cloud Creme, facial oil can be applied after for additional benefits.

Green Smoothie Recipe

One of my favorite things to boost my immune system is a green smoothie, not only am I am jampacking my cup with vitamins and minerals but I’m also getting a good dose of fruits and veggies! 

We all would like to believe that we eat enough of the good-for-you-foods, but the reality is we’re far from what’s good for us. Balance is key and of course, always moderation. 

Once you try this recipe out, add some of your favorites and switch them out to create new flavors! 


  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, coarsely chopped
  • 1⁄2 banana
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Process all of the above ingredients along with a handful of ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Serve the smoothie topped with extra cinnamon, if desired.

Note: Almond butter is available from select health-food shops and the health-food section of select supermarkets. If it is unavailable where you shop, substitute unsalted peanut butter. If you are allergic to almonds or do not prefer almond milk, substitute all-natural coconut milk, cashew milk, or any other non-dairy milk of your choice instead.

This recipe was originally written by Emma Knowles. For more, check out our sister site, Gourmet Traveller.

The Tarot Companion by Liz Dean – Book Review

Another ARC title from Netgalley!
Very informational, easy to understand with pictures too!

I’ve always wanted to learn how to read Tarot cards, some of the previous reads I’ve picked up weren’t the best at explaining the process to a layman. After this, I feel confident enough to try it on my own.

The Tarot Companion: A Portable Guide to Reading the Cards for Yourself and Others

The Tarot Companion: A Portable Guide to Reading the Cards for Yourself and Others

Tarot-reading is one of the oldest esoteric practices. Lore has it that the art of reading tarot cards has existed for over 600 years. What is tarot fact and fiction has been lost with the passage of time. Yet tarot is more popular than ever in our modern society, because the cards speak to our most instinctual and primal selves through their stories, meanings, and symbols.

The Tarot Companion reveals the messages and mystery of the cards. This beautiful and accessible little volume lets you quickly and accurately use the cards to reveal an inner truth, gain insight into a pressing question, or divine what may unfold in your life.

About the Author

Liz DeanLiz Dean


Newcastle upon Tyne, The United Kingdom 




I’m an author and an intuitive, writing primarily about tarot, creativity and manifesting. My latest project, HBO’s Game of Thrones Tarot, was published in March 2018, along with The Ultimate Guide to Divination in April. I practise and teach tarot at Psychic Sisters within Selfridges, London; Crystal Moon Emporium in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear; and privately, via Skype. This August, 3-5, I teach at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

My background is in illustrated book publishing, commissioning authors (so I know what it’s iike to be on both sides of the industry); and I co-edited Kindred Spirit magazine for a year or two. I’ve also worked as a copy-writer for publishers and the BBC, and work as a ghostwriter.

I hope you enjoy my books and I look forward to hearing from you.

Friday Review – Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being

Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 1.37.33 PM.pngYes! This was pure perfection!Of course I loved the beautiful photos but it was so much more than that. For me, gardening has become one of my grounding exercises.
When I step outside into nature it transforms me in ways I can’t even explain. We need to take time away from our our busy lives and for each of us that means something different. Finding the thing that makes you feel whole again, that allows you breathe without expectations can only help you find yourself in times of uncertainty. We’re so focused on work, news and even social media that we forget those things don’t make us whole. The only fragment our lives in ways that, most of the time, aren’t conducive to a happy life. Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 1.36.24 PM.png
Although I love gardening already, this book made me fall in love with all over again! Learning about types of plants, layering your garden and how to bring solace and peace into your life by getting back to nature really made me appreciate this book…more than I thought it would.
It takes a good read sometimes to wake us up and this was that for me.

Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being

by Jessi Bloom
Shawn Linehan (Photographs)
We all need a personal sanctuary—a place where we can be in harmony with the natural world and can nurture our bodies, minds, and souls. And this sanctuary doesn’t have to be an exotic destination, it can be in your own backyard. In her new book, Creating Sanctuary, bestselling author Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help readers find a deeper connection to the outdoor space they already have—no matter the size. Equal parts inspirational and practical, this engaging guide includes tips on designing a healing space, plant profiles for 50 sacred plants, recipes that harness the medicinal properties of plants, and simple instructions for daily rituals and practices for self-care. Projects include herbal-based salves and creams, an herbal dream pillow, a smudge stick, a more. Hands-on, inspiring, and beautiful, Creating Sanctuary is a must-have for nature lovers and gardeners seeking new ways to revitalize their lives
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Jessi Bloom

Jessi Bloom is an award-winning ecological landscape designer, professional horticulturalist, and certified arborist. She is lead designer and owner of N.W. Bloom—EcoLogical Landscapes, known for innovation in sustainable landscape design, construction, and maintenance. Jessi is committed to educating others and now spends much of her time teaching, consulting, and speaking nationwide in addition to designing landscapes.

Her best-selling book Free-Range Chicken Gardens has been praised for being informative and inspiring, changing the way people integrate animals into their landscapes. Recognition for her work includes awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the American Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture magazine, Sunset magazine, the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. She lives north of Seattle with her sons on her permaculture homestead.

You may also be interested in the author’s own Web site, www.nwbloom.com.

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