Love Announcements

Introducing the names of these sweet rescued puppy girls!

Pip & Rue.

Can you tell which one is which?

We love having them here.

And they’re doing so, so well. We haven’t been able to find them permanent homes, so for now they’re part of the family. Can you just see us flying back to the states with THREE crates of doggies? Oh my. It’s a good possibility, since it’s so hard to find doggie homes here. It should also be noted that puppy tongues are some of the cutest things on the planet earth.

A few more Love Announcements:

The Myth of Finding Your Purpose by Kris Carr. So good.

-In case you feel pressure to be the perfect woman, hear what these elderly women have to say about that.

-We’re loving the soundtrack from Inside Llewyn Davis (thanks to the recommendation from Laura Romer on the ABAL Facebook page!)

-Time to go make some pumpkin puree! This Paleo Pumpkin Pie from Elana’s Pantry is in our future this weekend. 🙂

-One of our retreat guests totally recommends reading The Skimm, a daily recap of the news. She also had the most luscious, nurtured lips on the planet and swears by the balm called Dr. LippLove you, Heidi Hansen! 

-My fall wardrobe dreams just came true:

I found these handmade boots by a husband and wife who have owned their shop for nearly 50 years. The husband makes the shoes in their home and the wife runs the shop and does the fittings. The quality is up there with the best I’ve ever seen, yet the cost is about 1/4 the price. So much more fun than buying online.

And I found a woman making chunky wool sweaters for $25. It takes her about two weeks. Such a find. Some days I feel like I should set up a little online shop for you all where I can share some of these finds.

Hope you have an awesome fall weekend. Any fun fallish things to report in your neck of the woods?

On our end, there is a “super moon” lunar eclipse this weekend and it’s supposed to be visible all over South America. Since it’s cloudy, we might drive up to the mountains at 14,000 feet where we can see the moon above the clouds.

Love you all,


P.S. A couple of spots are still up for grabs for the October 11th Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador, men and women welcome! Register HERE. We are SO excited to meet all our guests. It’s going to be an incredible group.

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  1. Sarah September 25, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Those boots! ��������

  2. Ingrid Cuevas September 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I want those boots!!! I like the online store idea Mara. ❤

    • mara September 26, 2015 at 3:03 am - Reply

      Thank you, dear Ingrid!! I should think about the online shop some more. One issue is the places here are teeny mom and pop shops so it might be tricky getting stock and having timely deliveries, etc. But I'm sure there could be a way around it…with perhaps limited offerings and quantities.

  3. Bliss for you September 26, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Browny Browny pip whity whity rue….. Choo cute

  4. rebecca September 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Please keep the puppies! They are adorable.

    Love your outfit. Please order a chunky sweater for me. And boots.

  5. Sasha Postnikoff September 29, 2015 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Love that sweater and would love to have it in a size large 🙂 If you do an online shop I will buy 2 sweaters! Please do this, I need that sweater 🙂

  6. Anonymous October 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Please keep the puppies and find a way to sell the sweaters back home. I would LOVE one. 🙂 Kim B.

  7. green November 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    How did the pie turn out?

    • danny November 25, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

      It was AWESOME. We've made it like 5 times since 🙂

  8. Tara Cannon November 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Are the boots/sweater from Ecuador? If so…..could you share where you found them? Planning for my March visit. 🙂

    • mara November 16, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      yes – they're from Cuenca. They're hand made so the shop doesn't always have these items. but you might get lucky. The shoes are at a shop just above Gran Colombia and General Torres. LV Leather, I think. On the left. Very small shop. A woman runs the shop and her husband makes the shoes. The sweaters – well, they're from a woman near the entrance to the indoor artisan market near the center of Cuenca. Her shop is just to the LEFT of the main door to this artisan market. Wish I had better directions, but I don't have addresses or street names.

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