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Chocolate Berry Smoothie Bowl

Hey Everyone!

I’m so happy to be back on Blog 108!  Last time I was here I got the chance to talk about one of my favourite topics: how to develop mindfulness in our overwhelming, material world (you can find those posts here and here).

Today I get to talk about another one of my fave things: smoothie bowls!  I am obsessed with all of the amazing smoothie bowls floating around Instagra, and am especially in love with Taline Gabriel’s feed- it’s unreal!!  So I thought it’d be fun to make a bowl inspired by her bowls.

This was soo fun to make, and actually doesn’t take much time at all- and it’s delicious!  So win, win, win.  Hope you love it as much as I do. ☺

BASE

2 frozen bananas
1 cup raspberries
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
½ cup nut milk (I use cashew milk)

TOPPINGS

Shredded coconut
Blueberries
Frozen raspberries
Cacao nibs
Chia seeds
Mangos (cut into star shapes using a cookie cutter)

Blend up the smoothie bowl based, pour into a bowl and then top with your toppings of choice!  The ones I used are listed above, but you can use whatever you’d like!

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Kate is a lifestyle and travel writer based in Halifax.  You can find her online at her site, and on Instagram

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  1. Jade

    Sounds delicious! can’t wait to try this out! ant thing i could use to replace the cocao powder or nibs? P.S welcome back!!! 🙂

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National Chocolate Day

One of the best days of the year has FINALLY rolled back around… National Chocolate Day is here!  My first instinct was to celebrate this glorious day with a mocha  and chocolate donut for breakfast, chocolate cake for lunch, chocolate ice cream for dinner and my body weight in Milk Chocolate Lindts for dessert.  However, for obvious reasons , I don’t think that’s really the best idea.

Still, determined to celebrate, I meandered my way into my kitchen this morning to see what goodies I could whip up using one of my all time favourite ingredients. I found my 24%, Dutch process cocoa powder, some brown sugar and my trusty coconut oil.  These three simple ingredients make the most perfect lip scrub you could ever need.  The brown sugar exfoliates, the coconut oil moisturizes, and the cocoa powder makes it smell (and taste) amazing. My lips are so silky soft now, and prepped for all the beautiful fall lipstick shades I’ve been itching to use ever since the first leaf fell off my tree last week.

LipScrubJust mix ½ cup of coconut oil with 2 cups of brown sugar and 3 tbsp of cocoa powder. If you’re feeling adventurous add a little peppermint essential oil or even some high quality vanilla extract!  That’s really all there is too it, and you can keep it in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Thoroughly satisfied with myself for finding the perfect way to celebrate International Chocolate Day without having to do endless burpies the next day, I went rummaging through my fridge for a snack.  Inspiration hit the second my eyes landed on the greek yogurt.  I often plaster it all over my face to help reduce fine lines, dissolve dead skin and tighten my pores. It also works great as a deep conditioner in my hair!  In my world, greek yogurt can do no wrong.    

I spooned some into a bowl, added a tbsp of honey, and a heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder, and proceeded to paint the delicious mixture all over my face.  Honey is amazingly moisturizing, and really amps up that glow we are always searching for. It also has a ton of antioxidants, which help slow the aging process. Cocoa powder is also packed with antioxidants, which help repair skin cells.I let my mask sit for 20 minutes, and gently wiped it off with a warm, damp cloth.  Followed up with my favorite moisturizer, and my face has never felt so refreshed!

All it took was six simple ingredients and 40 minutes (including a 15 minute yoga flow while my mask worked it’s magic) to a bright, tight and smooth face.  If you ask me, that is the best way to celebrate a day like today without overindulging!  Don’t get me wrong though, I still had a chocolate bar.

Chocolate Lip Scrub
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Cups Brown Sugar
3 TBSP Cocoa Powder

Mix all ingredients together to form a paste.
Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months

Chocolate Face Mask
1/4 cup Full Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
1 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Cocoa Powder

Mix all ingredients together.
Paint on your face, and let sit for 15-20 minutes
Gently wipe off with a warm damp washcloth

 

 

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl

Think about the amount of time and energy many of us devote to keeping our skin looking young and wrinkle-free. Could that time be better spent? Do we really need to spend $100 on the latest age-defying, wrinkle-reducing skin cream?

We sometimes forget that the food we eat, the ingredients that come from mother earth, has a tremendous impact on how we look from the outside. Nature is full of ingredients that can support our skin, hair and nails, and keep us looking young, naturally!

Today I’m showing you to make a magical smoothie bowl that is packed with beautifying ingredients. This smoothie bowl not only tastes incredible, but it will fill your body with nutrients, nourish your cells and make your skin glow.

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Here’s a quick look at our beautifying ingredients:

Spinach. We all know that dark leafy greens are an integral part of a healthy diet, but do we know why? Spinach, and dark leafy greens in general, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Spinach also contains high levels of lutein which helps keep your eyes healthy and give them that little sparkle!

Blueberries. Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants on the planet, which helps protect against premature aging. They’re also high in fiber which helps to keep you fuller for longer.

Mesquite Powder. You might recognize this from labels on dressing and marinades, but this superfood powder not only has a sweet, nutty flavor, but it’s also high in protein, fiber and B vitamins which helps support our metabolism and skin.

Ashwagandha Powder: While not directly helping your beauty routine, ashwagandha powder has been shown to help regulate hormones and stress levels. So for all those times where you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed? You’re probably doing a lot frowning, rubbing your forehead and not eating properly, which all contribute to those fine lines and wrinkles we so desperately try to avoid.

Maqui Powder: These rich, dark purple berries have been found to contain more antioxidants than any discovered food on earth, which means they’re superstars at protecting our cells from oxidative stress, and supporting healthy aging and immune function. They’ve also been shown to support healthy cardiovascular function and regulate blood sugar levels.

And the natural beauty of smoothie bowls? They make an ultra filling, super hydrating meal that will keep you fueled all day long!

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Blueberry Beauty Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen cauliflower
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vegan protein powder (optional)
½ teaspoon mesquite powder
½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder
½ teaspoon maqui powder (or acai)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ cup non-dairy milk (or coconut water)
Toppings: kiwi, blueberries, sliced almonds and bee pollen

Instructions:

  1. Add everything into a blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, smooth with a back of a spoon and add your toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Glazed Almond Donut Holes

There are sweet pleasures in life that we must hold onto, enjoy, and never waste. Donuts, for many, are one of those pleasures and while I love the occasional doughy treat, creating healthier alternatives is what I am all about. These “donut holes” are my spin on the traditional donut. Soft in the center with a chocolate glaze, they mimic the shape and flavor of that donut hole you love so dearly. Imagine these with a cinnamon sugar coating, or even with a jelly filling! There are endless ways to jazz these up so I invite you to get creative in your kitchen. You may even be able to trick your husbands into reaching for these instead of their traditional sweet treats, I know I did!

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Chocolate Glazed Almond Donut Holes

Almost Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Recipe by Humble Wild Flower

Dough

½ cup Dates – soaked for 2-3 hours in warm water
2 tbsp. Date Water
½ cup Almond Flour
½ cup Almonds – soaked for 2-3 hours in warm water

 Chocolate Glaze

4 tbsp. Coconut Oil
3 tbsp. Cocao or Cocoa Powder
½ tbsp. Maple Syrup (or Honey if not vegan)

 In 2 medium bowls, I like to use glass, soak dates and almonds separately with warm water. Tap water is perfect! Soak for a minimum of 2 hours. If soaking overnight is easier, go for it, but you may need to adjust the amount of date water you use.

Once soaked, strain dates, keeping the date water.
Strain the almonds, discarding the water and give them a quick rinse.

In a food processor or good quality blender, add the soaked almonds and blend until they are broken down thoroughly.

Once the almonds are broken down, add the dates and 1 tbsp. of date water.

Mix until well combined. The texture should be sticky but not watery.

If you are having troubles getting everything well combined, add the second tbsp. of date water. See above photos for an example of the texture.

Add the almond flour into a medium bowl and add the date/almond mixture into the almond pulp.

Mix until well combined and a soft ball has formed.

Roll into small balls, the size you would like your donut holes to be and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, in a pot, melt coconut oil and add in your cocao powder and maple syrup and stir until smooth.

After 20 minutes, roll the balls in the chocolate glaze, set on a piece of parchment paper and cool for 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge and enjoy!

SERVICESJasmine is a holistic nutritionist, wellness advocate, and lover of nature residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is passionate about developing recipes that nourish the body and the soul but that never sacrifice flavour.

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Day 5/14 of Self Love :: Nourishment Through Foods

When it comes to self care and self love, there’s no better way of working than from the inside out. As the saying goes; ‘You are what you eat’, and consuming things that provide love and care for the body is one way of truly helping yourself become your best self.

The ancient health system of Ayurveda (literally translated as the ‘science of life’), considers our diet to be one of the primary ways of influencing the body and mind. Certain foods, oils and herbs are said to have certain properties or tastes: Sweet, made up of the earth and water elements; sour – water and fire elements; salty – earth and fire elements; pungent – fire and air elements; bitter, of the air and ether elements; and astringent, composed of the air and earth elements.

The different tastes, elements and properties can be used to influence us in different ways, depending on each person’s own particular body and mind type. In Sanskrit, these tastes are known as Rasa. Interestingly, the word Rasa comes from the root word Ras, which means ‘to relish, to love, to taste, to feel, to desire etc.’

Whilst we can use different tastes and herbs to make changes depending upon our needs, there is one branch of Ayurveda which specialises in restoring, rejuvenating, and nourishing all of the body’s systems, and this is known as Rasayana.

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There are a few different types of Rasayanas or ‘rejuvenative’ therapies, aimed at returning the body’s natural physical and subtle ‘glow’. The type dealing with foods and herbs that nourish the body is known as Dravaya Rasayana. This branch is divided into a further set of specific rejuvenative uses, including slowing down the ageing process, enhancing brain power, promoting healthy eyesight, and preventing and curing disease.

Whilst there are a few specific Ayurvedic concoctions and herbs designed to rejuvenate and strengthen the systems, such as Chyavanprash, brahmi, vachashankhpushpi, guduchi rasayana, amalaki rasayana, and ashwagandha, there are lots of every-day foods and spices that can also serve as powerful rasayanas.

Nourishing Foods To Show Your Body Some Love

Eat foods which are in season

Bananas
Dates
Sesame
Coconut
Cashews
Walnuts
Almonds
Good quality nut butters
Pumpkin Seeds
Good quality oils
Tahini
Avocado
Honey
Ghee
Organic, whole milk
Figs
Raisins
Whole grains
Bone broth
Turmeric
Black pepper
Basil
Cardamom
Ginger
Cinnamon
Cumin

 

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Emma is a 500hr qualified Yoga teacher, musician, massage therapist, cook, and writer. Having grown up surrounded by Yoga and meditation, Emma began her practice at a young age and has continued to study and develop her understanding of Yoga on a daily basis. Training internationally with inspirational teachers, Emma’s passions now lie primarily in philosophy and Yoga off the mat. Emma currently teaches regularly in Sussex, co-leading teacher trainings, retreats, workshops and kirtans, and also manages the Brighton Yoga Festival. When she’s not teaching, writing or cooking, Emma loves spending time in nature, and travelling to new places.

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Wellness Wednesday: Matcha Latte

Drew and I are just getting back from an incredible weekend road tripping to Milwaukee where this band killed downtown! Check out the recent clip here.

I was the only female aboard the van that carried all of the band equipment with 4 guys. Needless to say, it was a cramped trip but totally worth every second to see the guys in action in a new city!

 

Getting back into the groove today I could feel my body calling for some outdoor meditation among the newly fallen leaves. Paired with my intention setting cards and cosmic mala necklace. 

The rose quartz in this necklace is said to balance the emotions, raise self-esteem, restore confidence and open the heart to all types of love. It carries a gentle feminine energy of compassion, peace + healing which is everything I need to balance out today. ~Tiny Devotions 

Sipping down my favorite matcha latte, you can find the recipes here and pin it for later as well!

The Bohemian Blonde Cosmic Matcha Latte

What you’ll need:

+ ½ cup hot filtered water

+ ½ cup organic light coconut milk

+ 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder (this is the kind I use from Amazon)

+ 1 tablespoon raw honey

  How to make it:

  1. Add the matcha tea powder to a small amount of hot water in a coffee mug

  2. Using the bamboo whisk, whisk to eventually make to make a thick, green paste.

  3. In a small pan, warm coconut milk (do not boil, just warm)

  4. Pour the hot coconut milk and water into the paste and stir.

  5. Stir honey in at this time

  6. Enjoy!

  7. Optional: meditation to clear your mind and begin your day 🙂

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Seana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

Wellness Wednesday: Granola + Bonfires

While traveling along the California coast, I brought along my delicious homemade healthy granola that’s so easy to add on top of yogurt, acai bowls, cereal and even on it’s own as a trail mix.  It’s such a nice sweet treat without overdoing it on sugar!

The Bohemian Blonde Healthy Homemade Granola

 What you’ll need:

+ 1 1/2  cups old fashion oats

+ ½ cup raw nuts (I used almonds)

+ ¼ cup sunflower raw seeds

+ ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit like cherries (optional)

+ 3 tablespoons of raw honey

+ 2 tbsp virgin organic coconut oil

+ ½ tsp vanilla extract

+ 1 large pinch fine sea salt

+ dash organic cinnamon

+ dash organic nutmeg

Could also add the following:

+ pumpkin spice

+ other dried fruits

+ dark chocolate nibs

+ assorted unsalted nuts (chopped)

How to make it:

1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees

2) Mix all ingredients into a large bowl

3) Stir until everything is coated

4) Grease the pan with a little coconut oil (spray or out of jar by applying a little to your hands)

5) Spread evenly on the pan

6) Bake for no more than 10 minutes (any longer will burn the mixture)

Let cool then feel free to add it to any of your favorite sweet meals!

Enjoy!

Seana The Bohemian BlondeSeana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

A Night Under The Redwood + Vegan Portobello Tacos

Today’s post is guest written by Seana of The Bohemian Blonde. She’s prepared a video that features her travels, and a delicious recipe for vegan portobello tacos. Amazing!

Looking back on this day last week, we were driving through the redwoods and following our GPS to a location deep in the woods. Needless to say, it brought us to the wrong location. We ended up in front yard of a very angry man and with the blink of an eye, we high tailed out of there passing a community of strange campers. It’s interesting though, our senses were telling us the entire time “this isn’t right” yet we trusted the GPS and that perhaps we were wrong? Funny how that happens and yet we tune it out.

The next day we drove into Big Basin Redwood State Park and experienced feeling mighty small between the cinnamon and clove scented trees. We were among the nearly 6 total people in the park. (If you go, go during the week) The only thing we could near was the rustling of squirrels and the occasional bird swooping down to see if we had any trail mix.

Dinner was easy portobello tacos as the ingredients travel extremely well in the back of our Jeep. Check it out!

EASY PORTOBELLO TACOS

+ 4 large portobello mushroom caps (remove the stems)

+ 1 package of spinach green tortillas from Trader Joes

+ 1 large ripe avocado, sliced

+ 1/4 cup organic chopped cilantro

+ 1 Tbsp  extra virgin olive oil

+ homemade Boho Blonde pico salsa*

+ homemade Boho Blonde taco seasoning*

BOHO BLONDE PICO SALSA

 + 2 medium tomatoes

+ 1 small onion

+ 1 small jalapeño

+ 1/4 cup cilantro

+ 1 Tbsp of lime juice

+ 1 pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

 Finely chop the tomato, onion, jalapeño and cilantro and add to a small bowl, Add in the lime juice (more if you’d like) and sprinkle with sea salt.

Add to fridge while preparing the other items.

BOHO BLONDE HEALTHY TACO SEASONING

 (you will have extra left over….score!)

+ 1 Tbsp organic chili powder

+ 1 1/2 tsp organic cumin

+ 1 1/2 tsp organic paprika

+ 1 tsp organic oregano

+ 1 tsp pink salt

+ 1/2 tsp organic garlic powder

+ 1/2 tsp organic onion powder

+ 1/4 tsp organic cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat  oven to 400°F.

2. Prepare your Boho Blonde Pico and Taco Seasoning while oven heats up. Once that’s done,  move onto step #3

3. Line a large pan with parchment paper

4. Slice the portobello mushroom caps into long, thin strips (cut bigger if you like a more “meaty” taste)

5. Once cut, add to a large  mixing bowl along with the olive oil, and toss until the mushrooms are evenly coated with oil.

6. Lay the mushroom strips out on the prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle evenly with a few generous pinches of the Boho Blonde Taco seasoning

7. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked through and soft.

8. To assemble the tacos, laying down the tortilla first, portobello mushrooms next, add your toppings!

Additional toppings could be:

+ Corn salsa

+ Plain green yogurt

+ Chipotle hot sauce

+ Jalapeños

+ Beans

… have fun and get creative!

Get the intention deck here.

Seana The Bohemian BlondeSeana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Shots + Morning Meditation

This morning we have a burst of wellness coming to you from our inspiring guest writer Seana of The Bohemian Blonde. Check out her video and allow her to guide you through prepping your own apple cider vinegar shots.

I’ve been starting my mornings with a new routine that I can’t wait to share with you! I’m trying to break my coffee habit as I’ve been experiencing late in the day exhaustion and I think it’s due to my big ‘ol cup of joe in the morning. It’s also not the healthiest habit, so I’m replacing it for a bit with apple cider vinegar!

Here’s why, apple cider vinegar is loaded with benefits that are incredible for your system which will still give you that morning jolt to wake up (see my face in the video? Woke right up!) 🙂

How I drink my morning ACV shot:

+ 2 tablespoons of ACV

+ 1/4 cup of organic lemonade

 ACV Benefits include:

+ helps regulate PH

+ numerous studies have shown participants lose weight

+ rich in enzymes and high in potassium

+ helps regulate digestion

+ kills the bad gut bacteria that can build up overtime

+ great for taking before, during and after a cold to help it move along quicker (it’s been shown to break down mucus)

+ helps curb hunger

+ natures natural antibiotic

+ AVC contains enzymes that’ll help boost your energy

+ great to take before a workout to feel uplifted and energized

+ naturally balances blood sugar levels

+ helps move everything along – if you know what I mean 🙂

+ helps fight candida (overgrowth of bad bacteria)

What juice do I use?

 I’ll be honest with you, the first time I took a PLAIN shot of ACV I almost threw up. SO, I found these two organic juices to help as I wasn’t about to give up as I knew the benefits were worth it, I just need to find a way to cover the taste. I found two juices; the first one was Strawberry Lemonade form Santa Cruz and Regular Lemonade also from Santa Cruz. They’re both GMO-free and organic, holla! Found them at the local co-op. The fruity flavors cover the vinegar taste perfectly. You’ll hardly notice that you’re taking a shot of vinegar with these and strangely enough, it’s incredibly refreshing!

Where do get my ACV?

I always purchase Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as not all ACV is created equal. Be sure to look for the GMO-free and  USDA organic seal when purchasing yours to assure that you’re getting quality ACV.  Apples are one of the highest sprayed fruits so you’ll want to get it organic or there’s no reason to be drinking it for it’s benefits in the first place.

After these two shots (I normally only do one but for the purpose of the video, I did two –oops!) I took 10 minutes to reflect in my meditation practice and kept my mala necklace close to feel it’s energy.

Seana The Bohemian BlondeSeana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

Peace Berry Acai Bowl Recipe + Morning Intention Setting

Today’s post is guest written by Seana of The Bohemian Blonde. Watch her video below and read on to learn how she makes this delicious Peace Berry Acai Bowl recipe + see how Seana sets her intentions for the morning!

1) Set aside time in the morning to set the intention for the day. I picked a card from my Tiny Devotions intention deck to always set the tone. Today was, energy speaks louder than words” which was all I need to get the good vibes going!

2) Gather all of your ingredients from the recipe below (or hang on the pin for later)

3) Chop your fruit, blend your ingredients and play artist as you create your fruit masterpiece

4) Mindfully reconnect with each ingredient as the superfoods serve your mind, body and soul

Click the image to pin-it + save for later!

 Bowl Mixture:

+ 1 frozen packet of sambazon acai

+ 2 frozen bananas

+ 1 cup frozen mixed berries

+ 1/4 cup unsalted cashews

+1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

+ 1 tsp of cacao powder

+1 tsp of maca powder

Toppings:

+ strawberries

+ blueberries

+ kiwi

+ dark chocolate

+ bee pollen

+ mango

+ unsweetened coconut flakes

+ granola

Place all of the bowl mixture items into a blender and blend until you reach a sorbet/ice cream consistency.  Pour out into bowl.

TIP:

It helps to keep the bowl in the freezer so it stays nice and cold while you eat your acai.

Next, Add on your toppings + Enjoy!

Seana The Bohemian BlondeSeana is a Health + Wellness Coach who believes in living a powerful life where you are the driver of your destiny. She shares clean eating ideas, workouts, meditations, holistic wellbeing and more on her blog, The Bohemian Blonde, and currently helps over 200+ members in an online community called Motivated Mavens.

The Gypset guide to Ubud, Bali

I don’t remember if I went to Ubud (the spiritual centre of Bali, Indonesia) before or after reading Eat, Pray, Love…. but I really think this place has the divine opening for a spiritual journey for anyone who goes there. It’s heaven on earth. It’s special. It’s a manifesting vortex….

Much like Elizabeth Gilbert (who I adooooore by the way), I had a novel worthy experience when I sold all of my belongings after law school 6 years ago (car and surfboard included) and ran off to Bali for 2 months with no plan and an open heart. I found myself in a yoga teacher training, a craniosacral training and…
Tiny Devotions actually NEVER would have come to life if it wasn’t for me taking a giant risk in following my intuition when like 20 people in a week told me I haaaaadddd to go to Bali. I started making mala beads in Bali over 6 years ago now – who would have known!?

Whether its on your bucket list to roam through the beautiful rice paddies and lotus flowers of this town filled with devotion or if you just want to hold the mystical sacred energy of Bali on your wrist… we have you covered with our travel guide to Ubud and our Ubud bracelet.

p.s. my favourite thing about Ubud, Bali is that amazing little “devotions” that the Balinese put on the streets with flowers and Ritz crackers as gifts to honor the divine. It’s actually where the name “Tiny Devotions” came from 😉

YOU have the power to create your own inner paradise, use your creativity,

become an artist of your thoughts.

YOU have the power to chase your dreams.

YOU are sitting on top of the world.

Let your mind transport you to the white sand beaches, picture inhaling the lush scents of a botanical paradise, the mist wrapping you in a warm embrace.

Azurite Malachite is said to encourage new perspectives, expanding your mind and cleansing your emotions. It’s a powerful conductor of energy, healing any hidden negative emotions.

Crystal is said to help you let go of certain feelings that have been bringing you down. It’s believed to help maintain your inspirational sense of well-being and happiness.

Top things to do in Ubud, Bali: 

1) Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest. This forest forms a sanctuary for the monkeys, who are considered sacred and well protected; there’s even a temple inside the forest where people go to worship. Visitors can stroll through it and see the monkeys up close, watch them play and eat, there’s even a woman outside the entrance selling bananas to feed them!

2) Locavore takes a different approach from most restaurants in Bali. It’s rare to find local seafood dining, but as the name suggests, Locavore uses only sustainably sourced ingredients from the island itself. Even the plates and silverware are made locally. Interested in buying that cocktail glass made from fragrant cinnamon wood? Just head to the workshop next door and grab one.

3) Stay at the Uma Ubud. In recognition of Bali’s powerful spirituality, they have developed a COMO Shambhala retreat, designed for those seeking greater health and mental quiet through yoga + wellness treatments. Simply listen to the life – animals, birds and people – that exudes from Ubud’s enchanted forests and mist-wrapped paddies.

4) Visit the BaliSpirit Festival. An annual celebration of yoga, dance and music in Ubud, BaliSpirit is one of those festivals that will inspire and energize you for months to come – and you’re likely to make a handful of new best friends!

5) Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah, is one of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites. Down a flight of stairs, you will discover a relic-filled courtyard and the main 11th century ‘cave’ in which you can enter to view rock-wall carvings and a meditational site, while out on the perimeter are a Hindu temple and an impressive bathing pool with fountains, excavated back in 1954.

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Breathe. The power of breath. Pranayama.

It’s sooo simple but somehow tends to be so difficult for so many of us to do. We forget. We disconnect from our breath. We leave our body. We stay in our mind.

Take a second and focus on your breath. Notice your inhale, notice your exhale. Is there tension in either? Is it difficult to inhale deeply? It is challenging to exhale fully?

How we breathe can be so indicative of so much that is going on within our bodies, minds and spirits. When we focus on our breath so much is revealed to us about where we are on our journey, where we need to heal and the thoughts that we might need to shift.

We can use our breath for so much healing:

To surrender to a situation, to let go of a hurt, to clear our mind, to detoxify, to go in with a cool calm collected confidence and to gently push through grief, challenges and sadness. Our breath can also help as step into gratitude, into joy, into bliss.

So are you listening to your breath today? What is your breath telling you today?

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Why 108?

The number 108 is an auspicious and spiritually significant number. Ever done 108 sun salutations during a yoga class? There’s a reason why…http://tinyurl.com/oy4wsea

HEART CHAKRA: Chakras are the intersections of energy lines in the body, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to self-realization.

UPANISHADS: It is believed that there are 108 Upanishads, texts of wisdom from the ancient sages.

1, 0, AND 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.

DESIRES: There are said to be 108 earthly desires.

TIME: Some say there are 108 feelings, 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and the 36 related to the future.

PLANETS AND HOUSES: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

GODDESS NAMES: There are said to be 108 Indian goddess names.

SUN AND EARTH: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

Our 108 Bead Collection: http://tinyurl.com/plzv9x2