26 July 2013

Love Announcements

Something fun about living in NYC?  Everybody comes here to visit, so we often get to see lots of friends and family from all over the country.  (In fact, our nephew is on an air mattress in our living room right now as I type. :)  This weekend we'll take him to Brooklyn Bridge Park to see this view.  A few weeks ago we were there with Justin & Amy Hackworth, a really wonderful couple we've gotten to know since starting the blog.  

And here are a few Love Announcements :)

-LOOOVE hearing of your journeys with health and your desires to be healthy.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing - I'm sending you every bit of encouragement I can. (Also, I'm dying over some of your food diaries so far.  There are some awesome ideas for meals and snacks in there.  I know I will keep referring back to them for some inspiration.  Also, it's crazy how this works but I can already tell my food diary is helping me...I'm super motivated to try some new things and keep the house stocked with healthy foods.)

-For example, I just bought cacao nibs (thanks to City Chick).  They are FULL of antioxidants.  And I have to make this recipe.  

-What Ali Wore.  The best fashion tumblr ever. This older gentlemen delights me.  (Thanks, Melissa!) 

-This family, featured in Design Mom's 'Living With Kids' series, is amazing.  You have to read their story to the end...it will stay with you. (Thanks to the sweet reader who sent this along!)

-Natural Beauty Night got featured on Gardenista by one of the guests, blogger Erin Boyle from Reading My Tea Leaves (I just adore Erin and her beautiful Brooklyn blog.  She is so, so lovely. And she has the sweetest column on her blog called "Tiny Apartment Survival Tips" So far she has 73!)

-And...I totally tried the baking soda hair wash and vinegar rinse.  I can't even believe this, but I'm giving it a major thumbs up.  I've done it 3 times now and we'll see how this goes, but it just might be my new regular routine.  

-Danny and I went to yoga recently (at The Brooklyn Yoga School) and LOVED it.  We can't wait to go back!!  It also kicked our butts.  :)  :)  Yeah, our muscles were shaking and every time we looked at each other we wanted to laugh.  haha.  (Do you do yoga?  What's your favorite gear?) Also, this yoga school in Brooklyn is donation only, but got rated by NYMag as the best place for inexpensive yoga.

And...today I have a LIVE interview with HuffPost Live.  :)  Yes.  One of the editors read and like this post and they want to discuss it.  :)  I'll keep you posted on Twitter if I get more details, in case you want to chime in.   

Alright - thanks for everything!  Sending love and thoughts and prayers your way, as always.

With Love,




  1. Mara!

    I'm so glad you bought cacao nibs! I think you will love them! Can't wait for your review.

    I think I am going to have to try the baking soda/ACV wash. Such a good idea, and way cheaper than all those expensive curly hair washes. Question: do you usually condition your curls? I do and it makes a huge difference esp in the heat (to prevent the frizz ball look!). Since this routine doesn't really have a conditioning component, is your hair frizzy/dry? I am guessing not since you gave it thumbs up, but just curious.

    Thanks again for the awesome blog! Have a great weekend!

    Katie K

    1. It hasn't gotten frizzy/dry yet...though I only wash it about every 3 days, so I think that helps. Maybe every once in a while I'll add some coconut oil to my hair at night or during a bath.

  2. I am a HUGE Lululemon junkie, so virtually all of my yoga gear is from there. They have amazing non-slip mats which are wonderful for hot classes. It's been FOREVER since I've gone to a yoga class - it's high time I go back :)

    1. Lululemon just opened in Brooklyn and I've been wanting to get over there to check it out...I've heard good things!

  3. Good luck on your interview! How exciting for you! The key to me maintaining my weight is to keep healthy snacks at my fingertips all day long. Lots of natural fruits & nuts.

    Have a happy weekend!


  4. I liked what you said on HuffPost--that comparing ourselves to others is caused by a lack of gratitude for our own lives, gifts, and beauty. Another woman in the interview then went on to talk about the need for self-love, and I was suddenly struck by how gratitude and self-love have a completely different focus. The first is outward, while the second has to be, by definition, inward.

    This is not to say that loving yourself is wrong, of course Still, I'm starting to understand that putting most of my effort into being grateful will have a lasting and positive effect on every single aspect of my life. In comparison, self-love looks a bit limiting...

    As always, you've given me some deep thoughts to mull over as I practice being grateful for beautiful weather and a weekend with "nowhere to be and all day to get there". Thank you!

    (On a purely feminine note, your hair and makeup looked lovely.)

  5. I want to try the vinegar and baking soda mixture, but I don't want to smell like vinegar. thoughts?

  6. Anyone who meets Justin and Amy can't help but love them. They are the most sincere, genuine and humbly talented people I know. The salt of the earth. I love them. It makes perfect sense that you and your husband would be friends with them! Great picture.

    I really loved your segment on HP. I appreciated how you kept bringing it back to the core principles of self worth and gratitude. I completely agree with how strongly these two are connected. It is easy to get caught up in the surface issues, and forget the root of the problem is poor self worth. I feel so strongly that if we are true to, and value our inherent, God given self worth that so many issues and challenges would melt away. It sounds over-simplified, but it is so, so true.

    Your message resonates so deeply with me. I love how you have used this blog as a platform to speak out so boldly on this topic. It has been fun to watch the opportunities that keep coming your way as you honestly speak from your heart. People want to hear this message because it is true!

    Thank you for inspiring me to find a way to use my own voice to make a positive difference and be a force for good.
    Lots of love to you.

  7. I love Rogiani leggings! They stay in place and they don't show sweat stains. Here's the link: http://www.rogiani.com/products/sport-band-side-gather-3-4-leggings.html
    P.S. Yoga is what has kept me sane through the first two years of a job that sounds like your NYC job (just in Oregon). I've been forcing myself to leave the office early (before 7) and go to yoga each evening and it's been life changing!


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