what yoga does for athletes.

Over the years, I have tried really hard to get some of my friends to start doing yoga, particularly the ones who are athletic already (you know who you are).  Though many of these super athletes have no problem going for hours-long bike rides or double-digit mile runs, the idea of taking a yoga class […]

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la vie en rose

I’ve had a mild obsession with everything rose for a while now, perhaps stemming (ha, see what I did there?) from my mom’s rose bushes at our childhood home and the beautiful, fragrant blooms that were just outside our front door. I also have a penchant for white flowers like gardenia and muguet, but I think the […]

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Springtime = Scafata

When winter finally packs its bags, it’s time to keep an eye out for the first spring vegetable bounty.  Tender baby artichokes, spring onions, and favas are some of my favorite seasonal veggies and when I am able to get them straight from the farmer’s market, I don’t have to do too much to enjoy […]

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a celebration of spring

I look forward to the spring each year, because Jules’ annual company meeting happens around that time, and that means I get to tag along and head to Europe with him. The weather in France at that time of year is completely unpredictable, and I usually spend an unusual amount of time figuring out what to […]

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spring rolls for (almost) springtime.

We had an amazing bout of beautiful weather over the weekend, and it put me into the mood for something light and refreshing.  One of my favorite things to eat are Vietnamese goi cuon, spring rolls often times made with shrimp and pork.  This version is made with a ceviche of scallops, chives, and spicy […]

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planning for paris.

Every year, we head to Europe for Jules’ annual business conference – we are fortunate enough to be able to piggyback a vacation on top of it. This year, I’ve planned to stay in Paris for a few days before we head to his parents’ place in the countryside, and I’m super excited to spend a […]

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dirt don’t hurt!

I’ve been slowly switching all of my beauty and health products over to things with better ingredients (an attempt to detox our household), and one of the items that I’ve been exploring is non-toxic oral care. For years, I used commercial whitening toothpastes to combat my smoking and coffee habits (I no longer smoke, but […]

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salmon banh mi wrap

Last weekend, I attended my first Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, also known as Expo West on the West Coast.  I only did three days of it, but it was so amazing and full of fantastic new items – as well as a handful of familiar favorites!  I left the show with three packed shopping […]

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