wellness

  • make your own: elderberry syrup.

    I’ve been sniffly for the past few weeks. Which has been kind of yucky and kind of uncomfortable but also a marker of the season and a good reminder to take a few proactive…

    September 25, 2017 17 Comments
  • natural beauty: bar soap, part two.

    That I enjoy lathering up with bar soap is hardly news. I could receive bars of freshly cut handmade soap for every birthday from now until the day I die and I’d be happy. Nothing quite…

    September 11, 2017 49 Comments
  • habit shift: habits that stick.

    Shifting habits is hard. Getting them to stick is harder still.  Sometimes you write long well-intentioned blog posts about your renewed energy to go on daily walks and it’s not until a year has…

    August 9, 2017 28 Comments
  • habit shift: sunscreen.

    I’m just a little less than two weeks from turning thirty-three. Yes, I’m feeling old. And vain.  Enter sunscreen. It’s no newsflash that I should be wearing it. Skin cancer rates are startling. The…

    June 19, 2017 197 Comments
  • self-care, two ways.

    It’s February in the year 2017 and if ever there was a time for acknowledging that we need to be gentle with ourselves, it seems this is it. Self-care is having a moment, you…

    February 6, 2017 21 Comments
  • baby proof: pregnancy pampering.

    The word pampering gets used a lot when talking about pregnant people, especially in the lifestyle realm. And while part of the definition of the word is entirely apt—”to indulge with every attention, comfort, and…

    November 14, 2016 48 Comments
  • make your own: sea salt scrub.

    The likelihood that this post offers the majority of readers anything truly revelatory is slim. But I’m not looking to be revelatory. I’m just looking to remind you all to take a few minutes and…

    October 5, 2016 28 Comments
  • healthy nails | reading my tea leaves

    healthy natural nails with hortūs nailworks.

    I mentioned in this weekend’s newsletter that I’d spent a little quality pampering time in the Lower East Side gem of a nail salon, Hortūs Nailworks. The salon carries a whole range of five-free polishes,…

    April 6, 2016 29 Comments
  • springtime perfection, or close enough.

    I’ve always been something of a perfectionist apologist. Why not strive for perfection, I’ve thought. A little aspiration never hurt anyone, I’d say. And I still mostly stand by those words. But the problem with…

    March 14, 2016 31 Comments