Writing from St. Thomas!

Danny’s awesome sisters!!

We’re staying here.

Danny is so sweet and made a big batch of one of my favorite meals…rice & beans.  He’s so protective of me when it comes to making sure I have plenty of gluten free/dairy free food to eat, which makes me melt every time.

Sunday morning with the family.

Hi Everyone!
We’re here in St. Thomas with Danny’s parents, two sisters, and two brother-in-laws.  It’s such a rare thing for his sisters to be here without kids (they left 12 kids behind, between the two of them!)

The weather has been amazing.  The beaches have just been spectacular.  We’re all staying in a condo together and sharing meals, going on outings, snorkeling, hanging out at the beach, and watching movies by night.  We truly feel so spoiled to be here and to spend time together.

Our anniversary was simple and sweet.  We spent the evening on a walk/run and a night swim in the ocean, which was so perfect and romantic.  🙂

A few things to share:

-I’m testing out some new all natural sunscreens.  So far, I LOVE Mychelles for my face, which rubs in completely.  For anyone venturing into all natural sunscreen, you know the mineral sunscreens normally don’t rub in and make you look pasty white (which doesn’t do me any favors since I’m already very fair.)  Mychelles is a little pricey to use all over, so I’m using Mexitan for my body, which does a better job rubbing in than most.  But I’m going to keep trying a few others.  If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear!

-We brought some new Turkish towels and cover ups from Banyo, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and we have LOOVED them.  So perfect, lightweight, and easy to carry.  They are my new favorite things.

-We watched The Impossible one night.  Oh wow.  It’s about a family who was in Thailand during the tsunami.  The story was just so unbelievable, heart wrenching, touching, beautiful, and truly miraculous.  It’s a movie you’ll want to watch with someone you love.  I wanted to bury my head in Danny’s shoulder the whole time.

-For anyone who is new to using coconut oil on your face, skin, etc….be careful in the summertime!  It melts in warmer weather and so you have to be a little bit careful traveling with it.  My dear friend once had a jar of it leak inside her luggage.  🙁   I’ve been saving old glass vitamin jars these days and they have been perfect for traveling with coconut oil.  (Btw, if anyone hasn’t seen this post yet…here is my coconut oil routine for my face.  I love this so much I’m still doing it twice a day.  Ok, we use coconut oil for other things, too.  haha.  Many have given this a thumbs up since trying it  🙂

-I just saw that Crio Bru is currently 20% off until May 12.  Use code:  MothersDay20.  I totally wish we had some here in St. Thomas.  Danny’s family is excited to try it. 

Hope your week is going great!



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  1. Anonymous May 8, 2013 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I found out on my last trip to Hawaii that a little bit of coconut oil on my natural wavy hair is great for the beach/ocean. It helped so I didn't have a crazy, out-of-control, fuzzy hair day. Especially when it started drying after swimming in the ocean. Just great beach hair. A first. 🙂 Have fun!

  2. mary s. May 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I can't live without my coconut oil – on a recent trip to Florida, I stocked up on Artisana 100% Organic Raw Coconut Oil packets (got them on Amazon). They were perfect!

    Re: natural face sunsceen, on that same trip to Florida I brought Neem Rose Face Sunscreen by Pratima (http://www.pratimaskincare.com/neem-rose-face-sunscreen) and loved it. Not too greasy, absorbed great. 🙂

  3. shiloh donkin May 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Mara, I started using coconut oil on my face (even though I totally thought you were crazy! ha) but I love it, thanks for the suggestion. Also, what are you wearing? Is that a swim suit? What about the long beachy cardigan? I am so curious, do tell;)

    • mara May 12, 2013 at 3:28 am - Reply

      I have on a navy jumper (with a halter top) over my swimsuit. I got the jumper at American Apparel a few years ago. The cardigan is actually a children's size robe (in their largest size) from Banyo – a small Turkish shop on 7th Ave and 14th that sells Turkish towels and robes. The one I have is a size 8 (in kids) but I have begged them to order some larger ones and they can go up to a size 10. Hopefully they'll be available soon and I hope the size 10s will be more suitable for adults. The size 8 is a bit snug up top.
      Miss you, btw !! xoxo

  4. Anonymous May 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    The very best vacation advice I can give you = take the ferry over to St John as often as possible. It's an easy, quick trip. St Thomas is so developed and ruined in many ways. St John's beaches are pristine, and there are many to choose from. The main town is tiny – just a few streets – with all local places (no chains, no McDonald's, no giant stores like the Home Depot on St Thomas). And, the majority of St John is still a protected national park, so it's green and lush and totally untouched by development.

  5. Lisette May 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    What a great family vacation. Enjoy!

  6. Delona M. May 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I hear that coconut oil works great as sunscreen as well. I haven't tried it yet.

  7. katilda May 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Rice and beans for the win! I'm also gf/df, and it totally earns brownie points (but gf, vegan brownies) in my book when a guy looks out for me like that on a date.

  8. Linda Löfgren May 9, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures 🙂

  9. Camille Slagle May 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    The romper totally fooled me…
    but, where do you buy your swimsuits from??

  10. angela May 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I am excited to try the MyChelle Suncreen. i have been on the hunt for a natural sunscreen that rubs in!
    I found it a little cheaper here. I always get all my natural products here like dr hauschka and dr bronners


    thanks again!

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