Trend Spotting

In this Trend Spotting segment I want to share things I stumble upon, that I think are totally awesome or delicious, and just want to share with y’all. My plan is to make this a reoccurring thing and share new vegan food products, cool yoga accessories, books, great podcasts, websites, phenomenon or whatever. Here are a few things that I believe are going to become “the next big thing”.

The copper water bottle. I’ve been eying this for quit a while, but finally got myself one in Bali. So first of all, the stainless steel water bottles are great (no BPA or plastic) but this is just taking it one step further. Copper has been used for thousands of years. According to Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas in your body, (vata, kapha and pitta) and it does so by positively charging the water. And here are a few other really amazing benefits: helps the digestive system perform better, has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, is packed with very strong anti-oxidant and cell forming properties, fights off free radicals, helps maintain cardiovascular health and beats hypertension, kills bacteria, regulates the working of the thyroid gland and beats arthritis and inflamed joints. Make sure your bottle is 100% pure copper and that you store your water in the bottle for at least 8 hours before drinking it. And oh … one more benefit: it is really pretty!

Coconut Cult. We all know the benefits of coconut oil. For cooking and as a skin and hair product. And here is the next big thing: Coconut Cult. So what is it? Well, it’s a fermented probiotic yogurt. It is recommended to start with just a few spoonfuls, and then work your way up to a full bowl.  Unfortunantly you kinda have to live on the West Coast to snag one of these … but I expect them to be all over the East Coast soon. Hello Wholefoods?!  As of right now you have to go to New Caanan, CT to get yours. Or order online.

 

Chao Vegan Cheese. I have been eating vegan cheese for a few years, and yes there are a few goodies out there. But I find that most of them are good for cooking, and maybe not so much as an eat as is product. Until now. Holey moley! Chao is like the best thing ever! I eat it on a sandwich. Melted on a vegan burger or vegan grilled cheese. Cubed up in a salad. And yes … as is. Just shoving in slice after slice. It is so good you guys! So good! I love the Creamy Original the best but it also comes in delicious Coconut Herb and Tomato Cayenne. You can get them at Stop n Shop, Foodworks or Wholefoods.

My Essential Travel Tips

Summer is almost here and some of us are getting ready for that well deserved vacation. I used to be a travel journalist – back in the days I had more than 250 travel days per year and I’ve been to somewhere around 60+ countries around the world. So I have my fair share of long flights, long layovers in boring airports, bad airplane food and lost luggage. So therefore I thought I might share my very best and very essential travel tips with you guys. At the bottom of the list I’ll there’s a downloadable PDF for you guys that you can print and put on the fridge.

  1. Pack a comfortable neck pillow, eye mask, noise cancellation headphones (or earplugs) and compression socks. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers (never fly in high heels or flip flops). I also bring thick fussy socks and a big cardigan or hoodie, because I always gets chilly on board.

2. Turn you clock to the local time at your final destination when you first sit down on the plane. Mentally you are on their time right away. Remember if you have a layover anywhere you need to set your clock at their time, so you don’t miss your connecting flight.

3. If you have a layover somewhere in the world before reaching your final destination – pack a change of clothes and essentials you need. Like sunglasses, shorts, tank top, flip-flops, bathing suit, sarong and so on. So if your luggage gets delayed along the way you’re still ok until it arrives.

4. Download a bunch of your favorite playlists, audio books and podcasts to access offline. Bring a book if you like to read.

5. Pack a travel container with organic coconut oil, this is the best moisturizer or hand cream ever. It’s also a great makeup remover.

6. Bring your favorite calming essential oils. You can get one of those mini bottles with a roll on tip, perfect and easy to apply as needed.

7. I always travel with a mini spray bottle filled with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Great to spray on face as a toner before moisturizing with the coconut oil. Your skin feels awake and refreshed. ACV is antibacterial so it’s perfect in stinky old airplane sneakers, as bacteria killing deodorant or mouth wash. I always pour one tablespoon in my drinking water. It gives you a boost of energy by restoring your body’s pH level.

8. Pack a mini facial spray, organic facial towelettes and your favorite eye cream. Great when you get ready to “go to bed” and make you feel fresh when you wake up or land at your destination. Hand cream and lip balm is also on the essential list.

9. Bring a bunch of capsules of Activated Charcoal. They help with gas and bloating (which happens to all of us due to the drop in cabin pressure when the plane takes off, and the air in your intestines expand). They also normalize your system after a long flight, it can help with digestive issues, to fight jet lag, and help your body with detoxification.

10. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The air in the cabin isn’t humidified, which leads to dry skin, chap lips and dry nasal passages. So remember to drink a lot of water, right before take-off and throughout the flight. Try to avoid any coffee and alcohol aboard since they will dehydrate you.

11. On long flights, try to move around as much as possible. When you’re sitting for hours your body has a hard time pumping blood from your legs back to your heart. And stagnant blood can pool in your legs, upping your risk of a blood clot. But the good news is that when you are standing up or walking around the blood gets pumped right back to your heart. Thumb rules is try to walk around in the aisle once an hour. Also do simple seated stretches, like roll your ankles, lift up and down onto your tippy toes, flex and relax your calves and clench and spread your toes. Chair yoga poses like seated cat-cow, seated spinal twist, shoulder and neck rolls, leg lifts, arms over head stretches are great. When you are standing up you can do a few slow crescent lunges. If no-one is right behind you try walking lunges in the aisle.

12. Don’t forget a mini toothbrush and mini toothpaste. Nothing beats the feeling of newly brushed teeth before and after you “go to bed”.

13. It can be hard to fall asleep on an airplane. Natural “sleeping pills” with Melatonin or Valerian can be a lifesaver. A tip is to try the pills at home before the trip, some people can get a headache or upset stomach – nothing you want to happen on your trip.

14. Bring your own tea bags so you can have a cup of calming sleepy time herbal tea before bed (chamomile is really great). And then pack a few bags of your favorite breakfast tea for when you wake up. Just ask the stewardess for hot water.

15. Herbal Zap is a lifesaver. I always carry the Immune System and the Digestive Support in my bag when I fly (or just having a hectic day). They are ancient Ayurvedic herbal supplements that resolves right away in hot or cold water. They help with digestion, boosts the immune system and helps to eliminate toxins. They are non-GMO, vegan and gluten free.

16. Pack a few Organic Quick Oatmeal packages. Just ask the stewardess for hot water and you have a hot, filling and yummy meal or snack. Pack the oatmeal in a small cup with lid, and that will be your bowl on board.

17. Pack a few small packages of spirulina powder. You can mix it with water or coconut water for a great hydrating drink. Great if you don’t have access to fresh fruit and veggies. Spirulina has a ton of chlorophyll and algae to keep you alkaline throughout your flight. If you’re not into the green powder I recommend Super Greens from County Farms. It’s made with vegetables, kale, spirulina, wheat grass and algae – but also mixed berries so it tastes really good.

18. Pack Justin’s Organic Almond Butter. They come in single serving packages. Just open and squeeze into your mouth or on a whole wheat cracker. Healthy fats that fills you up.

19. When it comes to food you can bring anything aboard, as long as it is in the original and unopened package. Great things to bring as a snack is an avocado, fruit, hummus with mini carrots or crackers. Homemade trail mix, nuts and dried fruits are also great snacks.

20. Bring your own big water bottle and ask the stewardess to fill it up, or buy a big bottle at the airport (after the security check in).


Download my travel tips as a printable PDF!


 

I Did It!!! 30 Day Challenge Is Done!!!

I DID IT!!! Can you believe it! 30 days and 465 things. That is really something, right!? And if you did the challenge with me – a huge congratulation to you!!! It feels pretty spectacular, right?! I don’t know about you but this has been, in lack of another word, life changing. In 30 days I changed the way I see things, how I look at the stuff in my house, I learned to detached, to not hold on to things because of memories, guild, what they cost, where I bought them or any other attachments. I only have things that I use, need or love. Well, there are obviously still things in my home that I don’t need, use or love. But I have just started this journey and I am not stopping now. This was just the beginning. As I told you a few days ago, my plan is to keep this up and get rid of one thing per day. My minimalistic journey towards a simple and happy life has just begun!

1 pillow, 1 plastic storage box, 1 plastic bin, 1 vase, 1 metal container, 1 shirt, 1 neti pot, 1 bed sheet, 1 video camera, 2 boxes of hair colors (yes, this is going in the hazardous household bin), 1 un-lockable fire safe, 3 body oil samples, 1 bracelet, 1 box with no lid, 2 yoga tops, 2 flower pots, 4 Panini press griddles, 1 cabinet stand, 2 Pyrex containers and 2 cat bowls.


Do you want to learn more about minimalism? Check out my De-Clutter Your Life E-Course HERE.

Almost Impossible To Let Go Of Certain Things (But Not Really)

One days and counting. Today was a struggle. I walked around my house feeling like “no there is nothing here I can’t live without”. And “I have already gotten rid of the things I didn’t need, use or loved”. So then I went back in my mind to day one when I decided to do this, remembered why I am doing this and how I want to feel in my life and in my home. And then all of a sudden it was easy. Or at least not as hard. Like I would be lying if I said this challenge has been easy. It has been hard, almost impossible, to let go of certain things.

1 shoe rack, a bunch of hangers, 1 heat blanket, 1 cat bed, 1 lamp, 2 plastic storage thingies, 1 cat bed, a few garden herb signs, 1 mail holder, 3 note books, 1 wobbly iPhone tripod stand, 1 curtain hooks, 4 steel hooks, 1 paint bucket, 1 bin filled with hooks, random screws and stuff, 2 wind shims, 1 rubber bands, 1 steel wire, 1 party flags, 1 elastic rubber band, 1 pair of shoe insert and 1 wooden box.


Do you want to learn more about minimalism? Check out my De-Clutter Your Life E-Course HERE.

Look At All This Space I Created

Two days and counting. It’s like I wake up every day saying to myself “can you believe I’ve done this challenge for X days now”. But I mean really, can you believe it? I am seeing all the space I created in my home and I feel all the space I created in my mind – so I can believe it! But it is still just as amazing. This is an experience I wish everybody could experience. And you know what I found out … I have way too many boxes, plastic bins and storage stuff around now. With less stuff you don’t need to worry about how too store it. I have heard people say “yes, I have a lot of stuff but everything is so well organized”. But the stuff is still there, right? Even if they are perfectly put in really nice and expensive boxes from the Container Store. We think of clutter as something messy right? But it can still take up space in your life and in your mind in fancy boxes. You still know it’s there. You still paid for them, maybe on credit. And you had to spend all that money on organization boxes. Also paid on credit? And then all the managing your stuff. Cleaning your stuff. Thinking about your stuff. So even neatly organized stuff that you don’t need, use or love is clutter!

So in my pile today are three storage bins. I no longer need them. 3 plastic storage bins, 2 cabinet stands, 1 paint roller, 1 hot pan holder, 2 small clip boards, 2 glass jars, 1 soda can holder, 1 broken hot glue gun, 1 French press, 1 tea maker, 1 eye glasses case, 1 glass lid, 1 spray bottle, 2 lotions, 1 mascaras, 1 eye liner, 1 big lantern, 1 essential oil diffuser, one mini paint roller and 3 paint samples.


Do you want to learn more about minimalism? Check out my De-Clutter Your Life E-Course HERE.

I Feel Light And Free!

Three days and counting. Today I am feeling a bit sad that this challenge is almost over. Well, maybe “sad” is a strong word. But I am truly enjoying this challenge and how it makes me feel. It’s like I am on an emotional and spiritual weight loss program if you know what I mean. But I am not losing anything, I am gaining something. Peace of mind. A feeling of being calmer. Every piece of clutter that leaves my house makes me feel lighter and more free. And I want to keep that going. I am not talking about getting rid of all my stuff and living like a monk with only seven earthly possessions. Not at all. I am not suggesting we all live in empty spaces with no belongings. I for one will still have a lot of books. I love to read and it is something that brings me a lot of joy. And I love books as a interior design element. Like what is more beautiful than a wall to wall bookshelf filled with books? For you it might be something else. Maybe you love game shows and you have them on a beautiful display in your walk-in closet. Maybe it’s your collection of porcelain frogs (I don’t know, I’m just making things up here). But what I am saying is whatever it might be, if you truly love it and it brings you joy, then keep it.

In today’s pile of things that I no longer need is: 1 wood cutting board, 3 white flower pots, 1 black flower pot, 2 small pots with lids, 1 butter melter, 4 small cups, 4 small plates, 2 vases, 1 broken bamboo steamer, 2 kitchen towels, 3 mixing bowls, 1 pair of sneakers, 2 cabinet stands and 1 plastic container.


Do you wanna feel light and free? Check out my De-Clutter Your Life E-Course HERE.

Thinking About Life After The Challenge

Four days and counting. We are so close now that I can smell it! But it’s not that I am feeling that I am going to be over and done with this. With the challenge yes, but not with minimizing my life. I thought to myself that I would keep going, but in a much slower pace. Maybe keep having the sell, donate and recycle bins somewhere in the house. Preferably smaller bins that can be tucked away in a closet somewhere. And maybe having to get rid of one thing per day … so seven things per week has to go. I think that would be doable for me. And of course not bringing more stuff in. If there is something I just have to have one thing has to go. So one thing in, one thing out.

1 tea thermos, 1 decorative Buddha, 2 small and 2 big water proof bags, a bunch of hangers, 1 yoga mat strap, 3 adapters, 11 travel bottles, a bunch of calendar stickers, 1 pink ruler, 1 hand cream and a few magnets.


Do you want to learn more about minimalism? Check out my De-Clutter Your Life E-Course HERE.

The Final Countdown

Five days and counting. I don’t know why, but at this point in the challenge I feel a strong need to count down. Maybe I am trying to keep myself motivated, I don’t know. It just makes me feel good knowing that I’ve done this for 25 days and I only have 5 days left. So what I am trying to say, that during this challenge, whatever keeps you going, whatever motivates and inspires you, whatever is working for you just do it. And we are looking at high number of things everyday – I told you it was not going to be easy towards the end – so if you feel like you can’t do this anymore please don’t feel like a failure. Because you are not! This is called a challenge but I like to see it more as a journey. It doesn’t end just because you needed to get off for a second and take a breather. You’ve come this far so be proud of yourself! And you will continue this journey on your own taking the time you need. But hey, if you are still with me kudos to you!!! And to me goddammit! We are going to do this together. Here are my 25 things:

4 curtains, 1 shoe thingies, 1 knee support, 1 plate, 1 hand towel, 1 passport wallet, 1 mystery key, 2 shells, 10 ribbons, 2 pillow cases, 1 elbow support and 1 plastic travel case.


Do you want to learn more about minimalism? Check out my De-Clutter Your Life E-Course HERE.

One More Look In The Closet

Six days and counting. Today I am going to have a second look in my closet. Ha, that was just a regular sentence but did you all hear the silent question mark at the end of it? Like “am I really going to do this today, I’m not sure if that’s such a good idea”. But then again, if I wait a day or two there will be more things that has to go in the pile so I might as well face it. Because I know that even after today and after the challenge is over there will still be a bunch of stuff in my closet that has to go. I think a lot of us struggle in this area. I know people who have a lot of clothes in different sizes, like if they lose weight or gain weight. That is not the case for me. If something doesn’t fit me I have no problem letting go. But I do have some attachments to certain clothes. Like things I bought on my travels around the world. I have a closet full of stuff like that. Shoes from Morocco, dresses from Thailand, sarongs from the Maldives, pants from Mexico … the list goes on. And even though I never wear them I seem to have troubles getting rid of them. And it’s not that I love them or that they bring me joy. It’s just the fact that I bought them on a trip far away and who knows when I’m going back? I don’t even have an emotional attachment, it’s just that I can’t seem to let go. It’s emotional baggage! And then I have a hard time letting go of things that were expensive. And I also have a few items that I have this idea of when I will wear, most of it is dresses or long shirts that I see myself wearing on a beach somewhere. But when I am on that beach I never wear that dress or that shirt. So today I am going to challenge myself and really call myself out on my bullshit. Ok people, deep breath …

I did it! I have 24 items of clothing that I never wear in my pile. And it wasn’t even half as bad as I thought. Sometimes I thing we are stopping ourselves from even trying because we have this idea that it’s going to be so hard. 2 pair of jeans, 1 vest, 1 tunic, 5 long sleeves, 2 sports bras, 2 yoga tights, 3 sweat pants, 1 cargo pants, 1 jeans skirt, 1 padded bike shorts, 4 pair of socks and 1 bikini top.


Do you want to learn more about minimalism? Check out my De-Clutter Your Life E-Course HERE.

Am I Gonna Be Able To Finish This Challenge?

Seven days and counting. Am I going to be able to finish this challenge? Well, I better since I started it. And we are on the very last leg, so let’s keep going and finish strong! But hey, let’s be honest here. There is a lot of stuff to get rid of every day from now on. Especially since I’ve been on this de-clutter challenge for 23 days now. I know that all the things left to get rid of, I could probably find in my walk-in closet. If I could only be a little less emotionally attached to everything in there. I have a “Not ready yet” bin in there so soon I must revisit that. Ugh. I do not look forward to that. I don’t even feel I have that much clothes (besides yoga clothes) but if you would ask my husband you would get a completely different answer.

But I am giving myself a break from that task today. So in the pile you’ll find 1 storage bin (I have less stuff so obviously less need for storage … sometime I wonder why we keep buying storage bins, baskets, and those vacuum bags that makes our stuff take up less space … when we instead should be getting rid of all the stuff we don’t use), 1 cat bed that none of my cats like, 2 binoculars, 2 books, a bunch of old DVD:s (counts as one item), 4 coasters, 1 bed spread, 1 pair of sandals, 5 wooden boards and 5 hand towels.


Do you want to learn more about minimalism? Check out my De-Clutter Your Life E-Course HERE.