Cleanse Your Home, Cleanse Your Mind

Keeping your home free of stagnant energy will help you live with lightness of being.

August is the fall of the summer, and autumn right around the corner. With luck, this summer you have spent countless hours bathing in sunlight, or adventuring in new territories. Now is the time to spend some time inside your home, take a look around, and begin to cleanse all the corners and surfaces to ready yourself for the last third of the year. Having a clean and pure living environment is clinically proven to increase brain activity, calm your nerves, and improve overall productivity.

Minimalist Living
Minimalist Living
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 Clearing Clutter

Clean and Minimalist
Clean and Minimalist
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The first step to minimizing clutter, and maximizing peaceful, clean energy in your environment, is to discard any of the following items from your surfaces and drawers.

  • Old Magazines + Newspapers  – If you have stacks of old magazines and newspapers lying around your coffee tables or bookshelves, toss them into the recycling, and clear space for new projects and books!
  • Receipts + Bills + Documents – Have you already logged or filed necessary information from any receipts, bills, or documents you’ve been saving on your desk or in your kitchen drawers? Throw them all into the recycling bin! Anything that you truly need to save for your personal files or taxes should be neatly organized and placed in a file folder or cabinet.
  • Clothing – Take a long, hard look inside your closet, boudoir, or dresser, and remove anything you haven’t been wearing regularly (seasonal clothes aside).
  • Books – Do you have stacks of books that you have already read? Pick your top three, and donate the rest. Trade collections with your best friend, create a neighborhood “Take One, Leave One” bin, or find a coffeeshop with a bookshelf and leave them for someone else!
  • Medicine + Vitamins – Check the expiration date on all of your bottled medicines an supplements, and discard anything old, or anything that you are no longer in need of.
  • Makeup + Perfume – Cosmetics and toiletries expire also, and usually aren’t of the same quality after spending too much time laying around in a drawer. Go through everything an toss out those mostly empty compacts of powder or dried up mascaras!
  • Jewelry – If you aren’t going to invest in basic jewelry pliers or a small repair kit, it’s time to discard all the broken jewelry that you have cluttering up your drawers.
  • Old or Unused Electronics – Do you have a drawer for old cables, phone chargers, cell phones, or any other obsolete electronics? Get rid of all of that! Donate to your local Goodwill.

 

Setting Intentions

Creating an Altar
Creating an Altar
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Fire Elements
Fire Elements
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It is of utmost important to the balance of your mind and your home to dedicate an area of your space to setting intentions. Find a coffee table, bookshelf, or atop your mantle to place powerful items of significance, peace, abundance, and prosperity.  Here are some things you can get started with:

  • An Altar Cloth sets the foundation for the space you are creating, reflecting all that is within you.
  • Salt is an important ingredient to place in a bowl on your altar, as it is protective, purifying, and represents the Earth’s energy.
  • A Chalice represents the Mother Goddess, or divine feminine energy, and is used to hold ceremonial drink, or salt water.
  • A Wand can be made from any organic material, and is used to direct and channel energies in and around you.
  • Candles are used to invoke and hold the power of each cardinal point, and are used to balance the masculine and feminine energies.
  • Bells or Singing Bowls call upon healing energies on your altar, clearing any stagnant energy, and can signify the beginning and ending of your personal practices or rituals
  • Powerful Stones like crystals and minerals each vibrate at their own frequency, and hold unique significance than can represent different feelings, intentions, and affirmations you would like to focus on.

 

Homes that Feel Cleansed

Organization Inspiration
Organization Inspiration
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Clean, Open, Pure
Clean, Open, Pure
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Warm and Zen
Warm and Zen
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Bright and Earthy
Bright and Earthy
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Learn about Feng Shui and how to set intentions in your modern home!

Weekly Healthy Recipe: Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

 

When we think about nature and health, we think of green.

Green vegetables contain an abundance of carotenoids-antioxidants that protect our cells. They also contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

Leafy greens give the body folate. The word folate describing the B vitamin originates from the Latin root word folium, which means leaf.  The function associated with folate is varied and works in conjunction with other nutrients. Folate deficiency is common, and leads to a multitude of health problems including digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, and most famously perhaps, birth defects. Folate is also crucial in epigenetics (external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off without changing the DNA sequence), through a process known as methylation, where folate acts as a methyl donor promoting cellular differentiation. Folate is also essential for DNA and RNA synthesis, amino acid production, and cell division. To put it plainly, you really, really need folate in your diet.

Greens lead to longevity. 

 

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 cups greens, kale, spinach, chard, and arugula
  • 1 pound broccoli florets (about 10 cups)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces sugar snap peas
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cooked grains, such as farro, quinoa, and/or brown rice
  • 2 cucumbers, halved, sliced
  • 2 avocados, halved, pitted, sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup edamame

The Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup Bulgarian yogurt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup mixed chopped cilantro, parsley, chives, and tarragon

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss broccoli with 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until charred and tender, 15–20 minutes.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add eggs, cover, and cook 4-6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water (keep cooking water boiling) and let cool. Peel eggs.
  • Add sugar snap peas to boiling water and cook until bright green and just slightly tender, 1–2 minutes. Transfer to bowl with ice water.
  • Purée yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, herbs, 2 tsp olive oil,  1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 2 tsp nutritional yeast, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a food processor until smooth.
  • Toss grains, 1/2 cup dressing in a large bowl. Mix in broccoli, edamame, snap peas, cucumbers, and the mixed greens into the bowl. Top with avocado slices, pumpkin seeds, sliced eggs, and remaining herbs. Use any remaining dressing for drizzling atop your mix!
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Wanderlust Destination: Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh, India is a time capsule of Mid-Century Modern architecture nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.

In 2016, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, making these incredible modern buildings an unmissable wonder. In Chandigarh, India, you won’t find an ancient city, or any British colonial buildings. Chandigarh was one of India’s first planned cities, created by the Chandigarh Capital Project Team, and led by Swiss architect, Charles Edouard Corbusier (Le Corbusier). As a marvelous result, Chandigarh is a urban zone that feels both futuristic and retro.  The flawless geometrical outline mirrors the engineering virtuoso of the organizers of the city, Albert Mayer and Mathew Novicki. Chandigarh is a vacation destination with a modern business focus.

In India, most of the cities are planned and created solely for automobiles, so a sidewalk is an immense luxury. In Chandigarh, there are plentiful pedestrian walkways where you may safely stroll, a perfect means to pleasantly meander local streets by foot. Take a quick walk with us through this modernist haven!

 

Chandigarh India High Court
Chandigarh India High Court
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Technicolor
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Modern Columns
Modern Columns
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Brutalist Modern
Brutalist Modern
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Labyrinthine Grid
Labyrinthine Grid
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Space Age Columns
Space Age Columns
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Futurist Palette
Futurist Palette
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Grand Auditorium
Grand Auditorium
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Assembly Palace
Assembly Palace
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Mid-Century Sea Palette

Mid-Century Sea Palette

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Minimalist Meeting Area
Minimalist Meeting Area
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The Hand

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Hovering Terrace
Hovering Terrace
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Smooth Brutalist
Smooth Brutalist
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Punjabi Modern
Punjabi Modern
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Modern Halls
Modern Halls
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Auditorium Panorama
Auditorium Panorama
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Neelam Cinema
Neelam Cinema
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The Icon of the City
The Icon of the City
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Aditya Prakash Architecture
Aditya Prakash Architecture
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Edmund Sumner Photography
Edmund Sumner Photography
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Teal and Gray
Teal and Gray
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Modernist Lines
Modernist Lines
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Chandigarh Brutalist Modern
Chandigarh Brutalist Modern
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Chandigarh Gardens
Chandigarh Gardens
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Punjabi Pinks
Punjabi Pinks
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Chandigarh Rock Gardens
Chandigarh Rock Gardens
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High Court, Lucien Herve, 1955
High Court, Lucien Herve, 1955
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If you enjoyed your virtual wanderings through Chandigarh, check out our Wanderlust Destination in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Indigo Pillows for a Midsummer Mood

Indigo is the “peace that surpasses all understanding,” being protective, benevolent, gentle, and cooling. It governs our higher psychic activities, insight, wisdom, and assists us in navigating deep changes.

It relates to the third eye, where the pituitary gland is located. Indigo relates to self responsibility of one’s own life, to following the soul’s path, and trusting one’s own intuition. It inspires the ability to see things from a ‘higher’ viewpoint rather than purely for satisfaction of the ego or one’s material comfort. In indigo, we feel a resonant sense of unity and clarity. Indigo relates to self-expression through speech and communication, and is the very essence of truth and purpose.

Indigo dye is among the oldest to be used for dying textiles and making prints, and was first documented in history as being used in Huaca Prieta, Peru. Since its discovery, indigo dye has been used in the ancient civilizations of Japan, India and Southeast Asian countries, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Iran, and Africa.

The color indigo is named after the indigo dye derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria and related species.  Indigofera tinctoria, also called true indigo, has been naturalized to be cultivated in tropical areas of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Since it is a legume, it is also widely used as a soil-improving ground cover, and is rotated into fields similarly to alfalfa and other beans. Dye is obtained through processing the leaves through fermentation.

Vintage Pillow No. 31
Vintage Pillow No. 31
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Indigo + Turquoise Glamour Pillow
Indigo + Turquoise Glamour Pillow
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Jade Tree Modern Pillow
Jade Tree Modern Pillow
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Blue Willow by Bunglo
Blue Willow by Bunglo
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Blue Tangier by Bunglo
Blue Tangier by Bunglo
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Port au Prince Modern Pillow
Port au Prince Modern Pillow
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Midnight Pine Modern Pillow
Midnight Pine Modern Pillow
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Hmong Indigo Batik Pillow
Hmong Indigo Batik Pillow
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Vintage African Indigo Pillow
Vintage African Indigo Pillow
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Silk Velvet Indigo by Kevin O'Brien
Silk Velvet Indigo by Kevin O’Brien
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Dyed Indigo Euro Sham
Dyed Indigo Euro Sham
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Lavender Spa Pillow in Indigo
Lavender Spa Pillow in Indigo
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Indigo Denim Mudcloth
Indigo Denim Mudcloth
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Indigo Ikat Pillow
Indigo Ikat Pillow
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Vintage Indigo Hmong Batik Pillow
Vintage Indigo Hmong Batik Pillow
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Learn more about the History of the Indigo Color!

 

 

 

Turkish Modern Pillows by Bunglo

This summer we are so excited to present a new line of woven pillows handmade from vintage Turkish rugs. Each design is one hundred percent unique, finished with a cotton backing and zipper. These pillows pair perfectly with our signature bunglo pillows for an eclectic, boho look.

Check out the lovely array of vintage Turkish pillows below, and let us know what you think!

Vintage Pillow No. 13
Vintage Pillow No. 13
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Vintage Pillow No. 15
Vintage Pillow No. 15
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Vintage Pillow No. 10
Vintage Pillow No. 10
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Vintage Pillow No. 12
Vintage Pillow No. 12
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Vintage Pillow No. 2

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Vintage Pillow No. 19
Vintage Pillow No. 19
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Vintage Pillow No. 11
Vintage Pillow No. 11
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Vintage Pillow No. 3
Vintage Pillow No. 3
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Vintage Pillow No. 30
Vintage Pillow No. 30
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Vintage Pillow No. 14
Vintage Pillow No. 14
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Vintage Pillow No. 31
Vintage Pillow No. 31
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Vintage Pillow No. 21
Vintage Pillow No. 21
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Vintage Pillows No. 32
Vintage Pillows No. 32
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Vintage Pillow No. 9
Vintage Pillow No. 9
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Vintage Pillow No. 4
Vintage Pillow No. 4
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Vintage Pillow No. 8
Vintage Pillow No. 8
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Vintage Pillow No. 29
Vintage Pillow No. 29
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Vintage Pillow No. 6
Vintage Pillow No. 6
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Vintage Pillow No. 5
Vintage Pillow No. 5
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Vintage Pillows No. 20
Vintage Pillows No. 20
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Vintage Pillow No. 28
Vintage Pillow No. 28
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Vintage Pillow No. 32
Vintage Pillow No. 32
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Vintage Pillow No. 26
Vintage Pillow No. 26
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Vintage Pillow No. 24
Vintage Pillow No. 24
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Vintage Pillow No. 22
Vintage Pillow No. 22
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Vintage Pillow No. 16
Vintage Pillow No. 16
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Vintage Pillow No. 1
Vintage Pillow No. 1
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Vintage Pillow No. 18
Vintage Pillow No. 18
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Weekly Healthy Recipe: “Tarzan’s Big Salad”

At Bouldin Creek Cafe in Austin, Texas, Tarzan’s Big Salad is becoming a local legend. With the perfect fusion of raw and sautéed ingredients, this dish will leave you begging for more. In an exceptional display, you will find an array of ingredients including seasoned roasted portobello, stir-fried broccoli tossed in nutritional yeast, local tomatoes, carrots, avocado, sunflower sprouts and seeds, layered with chipotle-pecan pesto, ginger miso dressing, and organic mixed greens.

Nutritional yeast is high in protein, and is a significant source of B-complex vitamins, iron, fiber, and thiamine. Often used as a cheese substitute, the flavor is described as nutty, savory, cheesy, and creamy. It makes for an excellent superfood with super flavor to add to nearly any meal.

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What You’ll Need

  • portobello mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • local tomatoes
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • organic mixed greens
  • garlic
  • sunflower sprouts & seeds
  • pecans
  • nutritional yeast
  • chipotle salsa
  • pesto
  • ginger
  • miso
  • coconut oil

 

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Instructions

Mince ginger and garlic, and heat in a pan with coconut oil, stirring in salt, pepper, portobello mushrooms and broccoli. Sauté on medium heat for five minutes, or until the mushrooms and broccoli are a bit soft.

Stir together more minced ginger and garlic with chopped pecans, sunflower seeds, pesto, miso, and chipotle salsa, and begin preparing your vegetable medley.

Shred carrots, and chop avocado, tomatoes, and sunflower sprouts, and stir into mixed greens. Add your dressing, and let the ingredients begin to marinate together.

Once mushrooms and broccoli are heated, layer with nutritional yeast, and mix into the greens and veggies that you have marinating.

 

Poolside Collection by Bunglo

Just in time for summer, our luxurious Poolside Collection was inspired by long, lavish days spent by the pool at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

The dreamy “Pink Palace” is the ultimate beacon of timeless allure in Los Angeles, and has been the place to see and be seen for over a century. With an unforgettable fusion of vintage glamour and modern luxury, we hope to sweep you away with the same soft hues.  Adorn your outdoor spaces with elegance and style, make every area of your environment inviting. Surround yourself with fresh fruit and flowers, modern bohemian patterns, and a dreamy summer color palette. Setting your table and outdoor spaces with intention will ensure you’re sent into the season with panache.

Enjoy taking a tour through our new summer collection, and feel inspired to create your outdoor oasis this summer!

Nakuru

Brunch Dreams
Brunch Dreams
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Nakuru Table Setting
Nakuru Table Setting
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Nakuru Napkins
Nakuru Napkins
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Soft Blush Hues
Soft Blush Hues
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Beverly Hills Style
Beverly Hills Style
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Nakuru Outdoor Pillow
Nakuru Outdoor Pillow
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Merlo

Merlo Table Setting
Merlo Table Setting
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Merlo Linens
Merlo Linens
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Merlo Brunch
Merlo Brunch
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Merlo Organic Placemats
Merlo Organic Placemats
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Merlo Outdoor Pillow
Merlo Outdoor Pillow
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Emerald

Emerald Table Setting
Emerald Table Setting
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Emerald Organic Napkins
Emerald Organic Napkins
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Emerald Brunch
Emerald Brunch
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Emerald Organic Table Settings
Emerald Organic Table Settings
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Emerald Organic Placemats
Emerald Organic Placemats
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Emerald Outdoor Pillow
Emerald Outdoor Pillow
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Poolside Dreams

Dreamy Blush Poolside
Dreamy Blush Poolside
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Nakuru, Merlo, and Emerald
Nakuru, Merlo, and Emerald
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Poolside Collection Tabletop
Poolside Collection Organic Tabletop
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Weekly Healthy Recipe Feature: Japanese Poke Bowl

Following health-conscious recipes filled with nutrient packed foods will contribute to the energy of your body and your mind. Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland, in fact, some of the tastiest flavors can be combined to create exotic fusions. Eat clean to feel clean!

This island delicacy may appear complex and slightly intimidating to create, but it really is quite simple! The contents are fresh and raw, and require little preparation.

 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 8-12 ounces of Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna, Salmon, or Tofu
  • 1 cup of Steamed Jasmine or Brown Rice
  • 1 Cucumber, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Avocado, Diced
  • 3 stalks of Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Minced Shallot
  • 2 radishes, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 cup of Shredded Carrots
  • Fresh Minced Cilantro and Basil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • Freshly Grated Ginger (to taste)

The Dressing

  • Soy Sauce or Tamari (Gluten Free)
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Shichimi Togarashi*
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Cayenne Pepper

 

*Shichimi Togarashi is a mix of spices and herbs including Sansho (Sichuan pepper), dried citrus peel, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, ginger, garlic, shiso (Japanese basil), and nori (pressed seaweed). Most of these ingredients might already be in your pantry, but the rests should be available at your local Asian food supply.

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Instructions

Begin steaming your rice of choice; I personally prefer jasmine sticky rice for taste, but brown rice has a bit more fiber. Whether you choose white or brown rice, you will still be consuming almost exactly the same number of calories, carbs, protein, and fat.

Shred carrots into a jar. Whisk together shredded ginger, and rice wine vinegar and pour into carrots. Shake and refrigerate one hour to pickle carrots.

Cut the Ahi Tuna, Salmon, or Tofu neatly into 1/2-inch cubes, and place into a bowl.

Stir in soy sauce or Tamari, sesame oil, Dijon mustard, rice wine vinegar, cayenne pepper, minced shallots and garlic, and chopped green onions. Refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.

Fill the bottom of your bowl with your rice of choice, and top with freshly minced cilantro and basil, diced avocado, the pickled carrots, grated ginger, and thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes.

Scoop the tuna, salmon, or tofu on top, and garnish with Shichimi Togarashi and green onions.

 

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Check out another delicious and simple healthy recipe for a Thai Cucumber Salad!

Inside a Lady’s Handbag

A lady’s purse is her mysterious source of power, and one could never presume to guess the contents.

A common assumption would be that a woman’s purse only contains cosmetics, but I tend to keep an array of items that will keep me prepared for any number of adventures! Here are some of the items you will often find in my handbag on any given day!

 

Therapeutic Oils

Young Living Breathe Again is a pure distilled essential oil blend containing four types of Eucalyptus oils, Rose Hip oil, Peppermint oil, Blue Cypress oil, Copaiba oil, and Myrtle oil. You may roll the oil on your face, neck, and chest, or simply hold beneath your nose and inhale. Not only does the blissful aroma leave you feeling clear and refreshed, it has immense medicinal effects, supporting respiratory health and lung function. This oil blend is a must-have if you live in an area with allergens like mold or pollen are prominent.

Young Living Breathe Again

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Digestive Enzymes

Papaya Enzymes promote healthy digestion and help your body absorb the nutrients from the food you consume. Chlorophyll is an antioxidant superfood that fights cancer, improves liver detoxification, speeds up wound healing, improves digestion and weight control, and maintains healthy complexion! This yummy chewable supplement will keep you looking and feeling great, and is wonderful to have on hand if you find yourself often eating exotic cuisine.

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Adventure Binoculars

My Bushnell Legacy Binoculars are basically my best friend. I don’t often leave home without them. If you’re a bird lady like me, or simply enjoying site-seeing, you should consider keeping a pair of travel size binoculars in your handbag! If you can’t always bring your camera along, holding your mobile phone lens up to the lens of the binoculars will do a fine job of capturing far off wonders!

Bushnell Legacy Binoculars

The Rare Resplendent Quetzal, Coban, Guatemala
The Rare Resplendent Quetzal, Coban, Guatemala

(I took these photos with my iPhone and binoculars!)

Tikal, Peten, Guatemala
Tikal, Peten, Guatemala

 

Phone Tripod

The Joby Phone Tripod helps me take amazing videos and pictures wherever I go! Whether I want to film a yoga sequence, or am backpacking alone and don’t have a companion to snap a photograph, the Joby easily clips in my iPhone for great footage! This little tripod is small, flexible, and lightweight, hugging onto nearly any surface.

Joby Phone Tripod

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128GB Flash Drive Keychain

As a writer, photographer, designer, and absolute music and film fanatic, it’s essential for me to have a way to transfer data at all times! For conducting business this keychain flash drive is key, but it can also come in handy if you meet a new friend at a coffeeshop and want to exchange some tunes or films!

Samsung USB 128GB Flash Drive

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Store it All!

Teysha Tulum Clutch
This gorgeous Tulum clutch by Teysha is wonderful to store my passport, cash, coins, and any other small items I want to keep safe!
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MountainFlowersPouch
The Chambray pencil and accessory case by Bunglo, lined with Mountain Flower fabric, detailed with vintage gold ribbon.
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Jasmine Oil Perfume

Nemat Indian Jasmine Oil is my favorite fragrance to wear. Jasmine is sweet, spicy, earthy, and sensual. When used in aromatherapy, jasmine has an incredible array of medicinal benefits such as acting as an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, sedative, and aids in reducing anxiety.

Nemat Indian Jasmine Oil

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Aromatic Air Purifier

Palo Santo emits resonant aromas of citrusy sweet, earthy tones, making it a sublime enhancement for any environment. Native to Mexico, Central and South America, Palo Santo has been utilized ceremonially for ritual cleansing, purifying, prayer, and healing for thousands of years.

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Tinted Moisturizing Sunscreen

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 is essential to my daily beauty routine if I find myself out and about under the sun. I often wear a sun hat, but this amazing lightweight cream will protect the delicate skin on your face, and give it a warm glow! I find that most sunscreens clog the pores on my face making me breakout if left on my skin for several hours. That makes it quite difficult to choose between protecting my skin from harmful UV rays, or keeping my skin free and clear of oils and chemicals that will cause blemishes. This NARS product is very mild, and has had no adverse effects on my face so far!

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30

Lip Balm

“Unicorn Pee” in Exquisite Mint Cupcake. Sooth your lips with sweet tingling natural ingredients including cocoa butter, jojoba oil, organic coconut oil, organic peppermint, organic sunflower oil, beeswax, and organic vanilla flavor.

"Unicorn Pee" in Exquisite Mint Cupcake

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Multifunctional Adventure Tool

A tool for every need! You never know when you need to repair, toggle, inspect, or dissect something along your path!

 

Swiss Army SwissChamp Silvertech Knife

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Extra Long Phone Charger

This extra long, braided rope iPhone charger is really a life saver. When working remotely from a cafe, you can’t always find a seat located close to a power outlet. Additionally, in most bedrooms, you will often find the position of the bed is not conveniently located in relation to a power source. Having the extra long, durable cable gives you freedom and flexibility to keep your mobile device nearby while charging.

Cambond 10ft Long Durable Braided iPhone Charger

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Appointment Planner

Ever since my beloved Grandmother first bought me a Smithsonian Appointment Book, I haven’t found another that I enjoy more! The Smithsonian Appointment Book gives you daily, monthly, and yearly details for capturing your plans, and features photographs of fine art, world maps, and many other useful tools for connoisseurs of travel and culture.

Smithsonian Planner

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A Handbag for All Occasions

This smooth, dreamy handbag was handcrafted by artisans in Panajachel, a village alongside Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. It is both feminine, and subtle, versatile enough for business, travel, and casual outings. It’s spacious enough to fit your laptop, books, and all of your daily needs!

 

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Backyard DIY Projects : Reclaimed Lumber

 

Trees are a vital ingredient for supporting life on our planet. They are crucial to our environment as humans, producing oxygen and absorbing climate change-causing carbon dioxide. People cut down 15 billion trees each year, excluding the undocumented millions illegally logged, and the global tree count has fallen by 46% since the beginning of human civilization.

Logging is the greatest determinant of whether trees will survive in a given area. The most dramatic losses to forests are in tropical regions where land is being cleared for agriculture and other commercial purposes. Logging involves the cutting and processing of trees to produce timber and pulp to supply the world’s markets for furniture, construction, paper, and other products. If not managed properly, logging greatly contributes to deforestation and forest degradation. Habitat loss is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, especially in tropical rainforests where over half of all of the planet’s documented flora and fauna are found. Logging also directly impacts soil and hydrological cycles, as reducing in tree coverage leads to the increase in water runoff and soil erosion.

It is imperative to our survival as a species to preserve our planet’s forests. A way to immensely impact the conservation of trees is to utilize reclaimed timber for the construction of your home, and your home improvement projects.  The vast majority of repurposed wood comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns, factories and warehouses, though some use wood from structures such as pallets, boxcars, coal mines, and wine barrels.

Here are some amazing projects using pallets that we hope inspire you to utilize reclaimed wood for your future home projects!

 

Backyard Lounge
Backyard Lounge
Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas
Coffe Table // Firepit
Coffe Table // Firepit
Photograph Courtesy of Alison Coldridge
Succulent Planter
Succulent Planter

 

Geometric Privacy Fence
Geometric Privacy Fence
Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas
Modern Pallet Garden Shed
Modern Pallet Garden Shed
Photograph Courtesy of Billie Lourd
Back Porch Swing
Back Porch Swing
Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas
Modern Wood Installation
Modern Wood Installation
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Plant and Candle Installation
Plant and Candle Installation
Photograph Courtesy of Home Lovr
Palett Palace
Palett Palace
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Pallet Deck Foundation
Pallet Deck Foundation
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Finished Pallet Deck
Finished Pallet Deck
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Extra Wide Chaise
Extra Wide Chaise
Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas
Dream Treehouse Made from Pallets and Reclaimed Wood!
Dream Treehouse Made from Pallets and Reclaimed Wood!
Cabin Made Completely from Pallets!
Cabin Made Completely from Pallets!
Photograph Courtesy of World Truth
Repurposed Pallet Benche
Repurposed Pallet Benche
Photograph Courtesy of Big DIY Ideas
Simple Yard Tool Holder
Simple Yard Tool Holder
Photograph Courtesy of Flux Decor
The Possibilities are Endless
The Possibilities are Endless
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

 

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