29 April 2013

The Healthiest Way To Consume Chocolate!


Kate Spade Saturday mugs

Danny calls these 'puppy ear mugs'.  :)

Crio Bru

I am way too excited to share with you our new favorite drink.  Our friends up the block introduced us to Crio Bru and a we've been going nuts over it ever since.  Have you tried it??  It brews just like coffee, but it's made from cocoa beans instead and it has the BEST dark, roasted, chocolatey flavor.  Danny and I just LOOOVE it.  Ok, we may be a little excited here. We don't drink coffee and so we're learning how fun it is to have a new little ritual.  Here's our favorite place to enjoy a cup at the end of the day...



crio bru

Kate Spate Saturday mugs


Kate Spate Saturday mugs


crio bru

chocolate brew

10 Reasons We're Going Nuts Over Crio Bru:

1.
 We take turns making it for each other.  I don't know...I just love it when Danny gets the mugs and starts to make a batch.   :)

2.  It smells A-M-A-ZING while it's brewing and the smell fills our entire apt.

3.  It usually brings on good conversation.  It's nice to sit and chat and sip away.  Or we'll drink it with popcorn while watching a movie.  Either way, it's just all cozy.

4.  Crio Bru is totally natural and has just has ONE ingredient:  100% cocoa beans.  NO sugar, NO sodium, NO dairy, NO additives and only 1.5 grams of carbohydrates per cup.  It's only 10 calories and contains no fat.  The cocoa beans also provide a natural (non-addictive) rise in energy and they are a natural appetite suppressant.

5.  Crio Bru is caffeine free - or it may contain just up to 1,000 parts per million (less than 1/20th of the caffeine in coffee.)  So cool.  It's such a great alternative to caffeine.

6.  Raw cocoa beans, by weight, have more antioxidants than almost any food in the world!! You know I'm on doctor's orders to get as many antioxidants as I possibly can.  So drinking this stuff is a dream.  Even after it has roasted and brewed, Crio Bru has 150% more antioxidants than pure pomegranate juice!!  As if I need to be convinced to drink dark chocolate.   :)

Have I enticed you yet?!?  :)

7.  It's a good excuse to buy those awesome mugs from Kate Spade Saturday (most are just $10!)

8.  The cocoa grounds can be reused for another round of chocolate brew or you can add them to smoothies, brownies, or use as a compost or body scrub.  I'm already starting to see recipes out there.

9.  Crio Bru follows fair trade practices and is organic (aside from one flavor).  The organic certification label will be available soon.

10.  It's a nice thing to serve guests.  We love having this when people are over.

See why this is our new favorite drink?  It's the first thing we had when we returned home from West Virginia.  We just love it.  Danny adds a little honey to his and sometimes a little cream. I love mine plain.

You can order some Crio Bru on-line HERE.  I'd love to hear if you try it!  Our favorite flavors so far are Cocoa River, Cavalla, and Maracaibo.

AND - - by the way, the best way to make Crio Bru is with a French Press.  They make me feel all fancy and it's been fun using one.

I got to test out several of what I would consider are the best looking French Presses.  I wrote a post here on Babble so you could see which ones we like the best & why.  We did have a favorite :)  Here's a sneak preview:

chambord french press

Frieling French Press


Brazil French press


Bean French Press

French Presses:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4

See my full round-up here.

ENJOY!

I was delighted to have this post sponsored by Crio Bru.  I also received some French presses to try out from Freiling, Bodum, and BonJour.  Mugs from Kate Spade Saturday.  Mint sweatshirt & mint jeans by Kate Spade Saturday. 

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Highlights from West Virginia



Here are a few highlights from the conference in West Virginia (Danny and I were asked to speak there over 3 days at a singles conference at this beautiful, woodsy lodge.):


26 April 2013

Love Story: A Little Snippet

 
Photos by Melanie Mauer, Bryant Park, NYC (I love remembering that photo shoot with Melanie.  She is SO talented and all around amazing to work with.)

Here's one little snippet from the next part of our love story. At this point, we had still only seen each other just that ONE single time in person (ha!), though we were already completely in love due to loads of email correspondence over about a month so far. We had plans to see each other for a second time in Boston...

                                                                                        photo by Melanie Mauer
Mara,

Thank you, THANK YOU for the love and support you give me. I will learn to get used to this, I know I will (okay, not used to it like it will cease to be the most amazing thing ever...but you know what I mean :) ). Today is proof that I can both think about you all day and still get stuff done at work and have effective meetings and go golfing and make dinner. And I'm even happier with all those things done :) It will take me a while to get into the appropriate rhythm and develop the discipline needed to both love you completely and give my other responsibilities the attention they deserve. But I will get there, especially with you being as understanding and wonderful as you are.  I LOVE YOU way too much, I really do. I can't get enough of you.  

Yes, I'm about to go crawl in bed, and oh how I will think of you.  

Goodnight sweetheart!  Sleep well, my love.  

Danny

                                                                                      photo by Melanie Mauer
Danny - 

I am a very, very bad girl. It's 3:00 am after a late night of work and I just now crawled into bed. But I'm so happy. Life is so good.

I am wearing your favorite perfume just cause it reminds me of you. And now I am completely in la la land!!!!!!  :)

Oh my, I just realized something. Did I hear you say that you have like 30 vacation days?? K, forget what I said earlier about focusing and balance!!!! Get in your car and get your cute butt to B-town!!! It will be morning by the time you get here and we can have breakfast together. :)  Haha.  I love you so very much. 

M


                                                                                      photo by Melanie Mauer
Good Morning!  

And thank you for your sweet message last night! Oh my goodness, how great will it be to spend our days together! So I did wake up some time after you sent it, and I literally thought to myself...if I hop in the car now I can be there around 8 or 9! Maybe I'll just work from NY today :)

But, I'm obviously not there to wake you up this morning, sorry. Nor did I get up early enough to write before work, so this is gonna be a short one. Just wanted to tell you how happy I am beginning and ending each day with you. It's like everything feels all right in the world. 

Have a great day darling, I'll be working hard and thinking of you always!

Love you - 

D

photo by Melanie Mauer
Darling, HI!!

I hope you've been having a wonderful day!! I got your super cute email this morning. And laughed that you actually thought about coming here. Haha. And actually, bright and early this morning I did get buzzed by UPS and I fantasized for a split second that it might be you waiting downstairs.  Haha :).  I hope you know that I was totally just dreamin' about you coming here. I know that would not be wise.  :)

I've been able to get a lot done today. And I even fit in an amazing run in the park. Man, this world is beautiful. It was drizzling a little but the air was so clean and the foliage and colors were just breathtaking. I'm actually very much looking forward to riding to and from Boston as the views must be incredible this time of year.  

Anyway, I continue to feel on top of the world. And it's cool that I feel so much more in tune with spiritual things since meeting you. I love that. And I do agree with you that all is well. (But what I especially love is that we were also able to say that even before we met!)

I am on the train heading to the garment district. So I have to be brief. But know that you have been in my heart all day. Oh, I am full of more love and happiness than I know what to do with! 

For now, know that my new favorite thing is looking at the photo you sent me. And know that I am so, so, so very much in love :).  

M

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25 April 2013

An Amazing Place to Visit: Fallingwater, by Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater (in PA) left us speechless.  It's a home designed in 1935 by Frank Lloyd Wright. And it made our jaws drop.



We started out in the waiting area, which is a short walk away from the house.  And already I was loving some of the details.  Haha.  Like these wooden chairs (and just now I saw those brighter green chairs in the background.  I totally missed seeing those in person!  They look so great.)



And I loved the wood chips on all the paths.  It was drizzling that day and those wood chips just smelled so amazing.  
OK, and then... the HOUSE....

This was our first glimpse at it.  We were going nuts.  



It really is one of the greatest things we've ever laid eyes on.  To see such masterful design - combined with nature...oh my.  It just overloaded our senses.  I had heard that pictures of the home never do it justice.  And yep, that's true.  Seeing it in person was unbelievable.



Do you see those stairs leading down to the creek?




 

I snapped a few photos of the living room with my iphone...don't tell the tour guide! 






That red kettle to the left was used to serve cider to guests and apparently filled the home with the smell of cider.  Sounds dreamy.



Loved the grates in the fireplaces...



You just wouldn't believe all the genius details throughout the home.  For example, all those little windows could be opened or closed to control the level of breeze and sound from the water below...




We were SO glad we stopped here on our way to West Virginia.  We couldn't recommend this place enough.  Brooklyn friends:  you seriously need to get your buns over there.  You will die.    







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24 April 2013

Do Not Base Your Relationship on Pain! Eeks!


Dear readers, I often hear of people joining up together or bonding together as a couple because they have experienced similar pains/trials or have similar baggage.  They feel they understand what each other has gone through, which is oh-so-comfortable.  This negative part of their lives can easily become the main reason they feel connected and is often the topic of their conversations.

Doesn't that sound familiar???

OK - this is not always necessarily a bad thing.

BUUUT - may I kindly suggest that if PAIN & NEGATIVITY are the main reason two people are attracted together and the main reason two people feel comfortable with each other, that it might not be the best foundation for a relationship.

I learned this when I met Danny.  SO many people said to us, "Oh - how perfect that you both have been married before - - you guys will just be able to understand each other because of all that you have been through."

Yes.  But that is not at all the reason we bonded.  That is not the reason we felt comfortable with each other.  Thankfully that is not the reason we were perfect for each other.

We felt attracted to each other because of the POSITIVE PATH we both were on, the lives we were living and wanted to continue living, and the respect and admiration we had for each other's character.  The foundation of our relationship was not based on bonding over and rehashing the negative pain we had experienced.  In fact, we rarely even talked about that part or made it a focus of our conversations.  Instead, we talked about the wisdom we had gained and the love and positivity we were trying to cultivate in our lives.  And let me tell you - bonding over positive things makes for one beautiful foundation in a relationship. :)

Do you agree, disagree?  Would love to hear your thoughts!  [Both on the post, and on Vans. :) I've always kind of wanted a pair of Vans.]

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23 April 2013

Pet Names

pet names

I kind of love pet names.
:)  :)

Danny calls me 'Honey Pie'.  And then he breaks out into song.

What are your favorite pet names?  Do tell!!  hee, hee.


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22 April 2013

Our Weekend + Some Must Reads

(Photo taken at Cooper's Rock, West Virginia)

We just returned from West Virginia, where Danny and I spoke at a 3 day singles conference.  I'll share more details soon...but for now I'll just say that we are just blown away by the whole weekend.  We're still just looking at each other and shaking our heads in awe because of it all.  It just so happens that Danny LOVES to speak and teach.  It's actually his most favorite thing to do.  And, you probably know by now that I love to share whatever I can as well :)  And so it was really quite an experience to be able to do that for 3 days straight.  But the best part was meeting all the people there.  I mean - seriously.  They were as kind as can be and so welcoming.  We got to connect with them so much.  And we're just feeling so grateful.

For today's inspiration, I didn't want to post anything major because I wanted to encourage you to check out the comments that came in on my last big post called, "I Don't Believe in Work/Life Balance, I Believe in Managing Energy."  Dang, those comments are SO, SO GOOD!!  Danny had me read them to him when our road trip got started.  And we just sat there in amazement.  We thank you so much for all the wisdom you guys share with us and everyone else reading.  

Also, the next day after publishing that post, I saw a couple of articles that align with it so well!    They're from a website I highly recommend checking out called Positively Positive.  Read these articles and just see why I was smiling so big when I read them...

1.  Energy Leaks + Enlightenment by Danielle LaPorte (FYI, I've started following this woman and think she's doing amazing things!)

2.  Conservation of Energy in Conversation by Seth Godin.

May you all have the best week possible.  Let's all gather every bit of courage, love, strength and kindness that we can.  Oh man - last week was so rough.  We still cannot believe what all went down.  But I am on fire more than ever with wanting to do my part to make this world a better place by encouraging people to HEAL; to live up to their potential; to develop their WORTH and HAPPINESS separate from their circumstances; and to give back.  This is a path of peace.  This is the way we can influence the world for the better.   This is the way we can face trials and tragedy.  I feel so strongly that every single person - every single one of you - can take this path and make the world a better place by doing so.

Much love,

Mara


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19 April 2013

Love Announcements


Waiting for IVF.

(I know I've been saying that for a year!)

There were some scheduling delays (luckily nothing more - simply scheduling with the office).  But it means we now must start over this phase of the process.  You know, at a certain point, you kind of think, "Ok, we're there.  What else can possibly go wrong."  ha!  Well, something has gone wrong nearly every time along this journey.  I guess that's just the way it goes.

Unfortunately, because of a booked trip, we won't know the results of all this until June now.  JUNE!  I can't believe it.  It just seems so, so far away.  Sorry for the ongoing saga.

Anyway, carrying forward.  Trying to breathe in spring.

And...collecting some great things to share with you.  :)  I hope you enjoy them:

-I found the BEST eggs I've ever had at the Queens County Farm (the longest running farm in New York State!)  It's on the way to my doctor's office on Long Island so my new favorite thing is stopping there for eggs... (I don't think I ever want to eat a store bought egg again.)  These eggs come from 7 heritage breeds and they're just so beautiful!!  (note:  they only sell eggs Wed.-Sun, 12-5 pm.)  My favorite way to eat an egg these days is pan fried with olive oil and salt & pepper.





-I want to see this art installation:  Murals on the Bowery (after hours only!  The art is on the steel roller shutters on the fronts of the supply shops.)



-I discovered my new favorite 'French Provencal' olives from Sahadi's on Atlantic Avenue (the best ever Middle Eastern market in Brooklyn.)  Also, get the marcona almonds in bulk.  The freshly made hummus (so fluffy).  The freshly ground peanut or almond butter.  And the bitter dark chocolate chips (darker than semi-sweet - also dairy free).  What do you love buying there?



-The couple married for 83 years said good-bye.  This just makes my heart swell.  They have been an inspiration to the world!


-Sometimes, riders find a cabby worth praising (beautiful.)

-An adorable post about supplies needed for spring foraging!  :)  (The blooms have burst.  It's seriously time to get some shears.  I found these, made by a company that's been making garden tools since the '40s.)

-Some of the best birthday invitations I've ever seen, from a designer in Brooklyn.  (You can buy them on Paperless Post!)

-My friend, Kelsey, has her own cooking show!!  She just started filming her 5th season (which is amazing) and she decided to blog about the behind-the-scenes of having a cooking show.  SO exciting and fascinating to read.

-How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (the silliest tip in this I think can actually be very effective.)

-And...16 Ways I Blew My Marriage (this post is heart felt and so good.  3,481 comments!)

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Hoping you all have a very, very good weekend.
The report on West Virginia will be coming next week.
At this moment Danny and I are in Pennsylvania so far.  Visiting Fallingwater today!  I'm so excited!!
(I'll share some photos on Twitter.)

xo,
Mara

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