Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

Sometimes I need to be reminded. Especially today, it seems extra hard to let go 
of the things I want and appreciate the things I already have. Ahhh life. 
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Music For Your Ears

I've been listening to a lot of music lately. Like almost constantly. It's nice. Sometimes it helps take my mind off things. But I wanted to share a few of my favorite tunes as of late. Enjoyyyy. 

Ahhh this song. I heard this in a movie I watched the other night and am completely obsessed. It's been stuck in my head ever since. 


And this song, this was the one stuck in my head before that. For like dayyyzzzz. 


I don't know why but this one makes me so happy. Local Houston rapper here, he's a pretty rad guy. 


Another Houston rapper...


Some Austin folk. I love this song. 


This one is a part of my yoga playlist. These gals are fantastic


I think half the reason I love this song is for the video. 


Oh and I'm in this video! These are some crazy talented friends from Austin and another crazy talented friend of ours made this video. I'm in there for a brief second at like 2:00 (: 


And this whole album. Sometimes I can't listen to Bright Eyes but sometimes it's just perfect. 


Got any musical suggestions for me? Let me hear 'em! 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dying To Be Thin

I came across this video a while back. I don't know, I feel like people know this. I mean, right? But it still happens. Models are still starving themselves and little girls are still growing up thinking that they have to be flawless and impossibly skinny to be beautiful. I stopped reading magazines ages ago because of this. This is also why I don't like the fashion industry and got out of it as fast as I could. This is real life guys. And this is a huge problem. I still cannot fully wrap my head around it. Things have gone too far. 


So I did a little experiment. I'm not a photoshop expert but I know my way around it pretty well. I never retouch my photos with the exception of lighting and maybe if I have like a huge zit or something that is distracting from clothes I'm trying to sell. So I did a little research and only using two tools, figured out how to do what those guys do. 

This is a picture I posted a while back (here). So this is untouched, only lighting changes. 
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And then I started altering it. I gave volume to my hair, made my face skinnier, my boobs bigger, my waist thinner, my shoulders more narrow, my thighs skinnier, and my hips more curvy in the right spots. It doesn't look like me anymore. At least I don't think so. But it still looks believable right? 
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And then I got a little more ridiculous, to see how far I could really take it. 
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It's kind of scary! Just the fact that I could take a picture of myself and alter it to the point where it doesn't even look like me, is really disturbing. 

I don't get it. Why would you want a picture of yourself that isn't exactly how you are? So you can pretend you are something else? Who are you trying to kid? Everyone else or just yourself? Let's just be real. We can't set expectations like this. No one looks like that and that's ok. We are human and we are beautiful. 

I found these beautiful pictures from the 50's. I love them because these woman are beautiful and full of flaws! They don't all have perfectly flat stomachs or ridiculously thin thighs. They are perfect the way they are, cellulite and all. 
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Even Marilyn Monroe, one of our greatest icons was not perfect. And I'm totally loving it. 

Oh and while we're on the topic, I came across this article by Delightfully Tacky about body hair. You guys already know how I feel about hair but she really says it all. I highly suggest you go read it! 

Alright, well I'm done ranting for one day. What do you guys think? 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Life Lately

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This has been my sanctuary lately. Seriously, it's the only thing that keeps me sane. Every morning I escape to a quite place where I can work out, do my yoga, and meditate. It's the only time that I get to be alone and find peace. It's hard sometimes though because it also allows me a lot of time to think about things. Really hard things. Things I don't always want to think about. But I'm trying to work out those things. And I guess that's why I love the time I get on my mat. It's helping me heal whether I want to or not. It's something I really need. 
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I spend the rest of my days roaming around, keeping busy with random things like watching movies or laying in the sun or working on small house projects. 
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We built a small closet to finally be able to put our clothes away. It's strange to have them (mostly) all in one place after almost a year of living like a gypsy and having my stuff scattered across town. 
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This is our bee graveyard. I feel so bad but they are extremely attracted to all of my work stuff and always find their way into our house only to die within an hour of being trapped inside. It's like they have a self-destruct button. They die so quickly, before we are able to help them find their way out. Then I have to go around and pick up their dead bodies so no one steps on them. I buried these guys shortly after this picture. 
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Smoothies. I love my smoothies. They are the second half to my mourning routine. I drink about two smoothies worth which fills up a large 16 oz jar. I also got these awesome metal straws so that I don't have to throw a straw away every morning. You can get some here, I highly, highly suggest them! Sometimes it's the small things that make everything ok. Like my morning smoothies.
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She gets to watch one show every morning while I get in my workout and yoga. She's such a good kid. I don't know how I got so lucky. She's so smart and well behaved but extremely free spirited and strong. This must be such a strange life for a little kid.
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Daisy, our everything. She's actually the next door neighbor's dog, she's the mamma that gave birth to these pups under our house a while back. There's only one puppy left and they basically live at our place. Eliza is like the dog herder, she'll stay outside and play with them allll day if we let her. It's nice though, they keep her company and are very protective of us. When strange people come around, they bark their little heads off. And they keep all the stray dogs out. There are literally gangs of dogs that roam around this neighborhood and not all of them are very nice. But Daisy is a boss, no one gets in here when she's around. So it's nice because I know Eliza will always be safe outside with her. And if we go for a walk around the neighborhood, they always tag along. I don't know if they are just down for the adventure or if they want to make sure we stay safe.... Maybe a little bit of both? It's really cool though, she's an amazing creature. 


In other news, we've recently found out that we have to move are probably moving by May 1st! The whole situation is kind of ridiculous but anyways, we're pretty excited to get things rollin' again and be moving to the final destination. We didn't know it would be happening so soon, but I think the universe is just giving us the push we need to make things happen. We've been kind of dragging on house work lately and it's been frustrating to say the least. I'm just ready for things to be done so I can function regularly! Like being able to have my own bathroom and kitchen! I can't wait. 

Oh gosh, I'm ready for an adventure you guys. My heart aches for something unexpected, something life changing. I don't know what it is, I just want to go. Somewhere. I went on a little road trip this past weekend and while it was fun and I had a great time with some great people, it just wasn't enough. It was sad having to leave, I wasn't ready to go and now I just want more. It's kind of ironic because for the longest time the only thing I wanted was my own place. And now that I've kind of got that, I want to hit the road more than anything else. Maybe it's the security that makes me feel like I can go because I'll always have a home to come back to. Whatever it is, it's making me anxious. I think an adventure is somewhere in my near future. 

I've been feeling much better though. I took a few weeks off to slow down and think about things. I'm not sure I've even gotten anything figured out but I do feel slightly better. I guess I just needed a little time to reevaluate things, to make sure I'm heading in the right direction and doing exactly what I want to do. It's been nice to have a break. Although I will admit, it was really hard at first to do nothing all day. Like crazy hard. But now, I'm having trouble actually getting up to do things! I'm slowly getting back into my routine though. Starting with house work. We have about two weeks to get electrical and plumbing and a ton of other things we need to actually live in this house so that's what my focus will be. Time to get shit done ya'll! 

Ahh I've missed blogging. Sometimes it takes a break to realize what a good thing it is. 

So much love for you guys,

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Matilda

This was the first song that came on when I turned on spotify.. It just seemed so perfect.

I don't even know where to begin. My last week.... has been a trip. So many ups and downs. And when I say that, I mean like really intense ups and downs. I've been working myself right into the ground. I am exhausted physically and emotionally. To be honest, I'm a freakin' wreck. I worked all week and weekend, like I normally do. And today was supposed to be my rest day. However, I just couldn't sit still. I couldn't stand not being productive, not getting things done. I should have stopped when the jar of popcorn fell and smashed all over the ground. Or when Eliza dragged the split open bean bag across the yard and got a million tiny styrofoam balls EVERYWHERE. Or even when I attempted to clean them up with my vacuum and destroyed it to the point where it won't even come on now. And all of this before noon! But now, I just kept moving, I was so stubborn. I had to get stuff done. And then I went inside to go to the bathroom and on my hurried way out, I slipped and fell. I had twisted my ankle and laid there clutching my leg, tears streaming down my face and no one was there to help me. After the shooting pain became bearable, I crawled to the tiny home where Eliza was and just bawled as she held me in her little arms. It was so painful. She asked it she could kiss my boo boo so I slipped my sock off to find that it had swollen to the size of a tennis ball in the three minutes it took me to get there. And I freaked out. I totally hit bottom. I knew something like this was going to happen. I so knew it. And now I had gone and hurt myself and I was all alone with my little four year old trying to make things better. 

I spent the rest of the day at the emergency room and came home to being confined to a chair. It's only a sprain but I won't be able to walk on it for a week. 

I don't even know what I'm going to do with only one functional leg for a week. But I suppose this is a message. Clearly I didn't get it the first third go around and so now I'm physically incapable of doing most anything. Time to slow down for sure. 

I guess it'll give me time to think things over. To figure out the insanity going on in my head right now. I know this is something I have to do but have been desperately trying to run from it. Obviously though, I really need to get through this shit. And now. I can't even describe what my last week has been like. I've had this pain in my heart. Not like, physical, I'm going to have a heart attack pain. But like a soul hurting pain. I've been so intensely emotional like my heart has just been ripped wide open and everything is affecting me so heavily. I have had a number of panic attacks that have shaken me to my core. Frightening to say the least. It's almost  like I'm going insane. What do you do about that? I don't even know. I don't know what is happening but I really need to take some time (perhaps a week? is that a coincidence?) to turn inward and try to get a grip on things. 

I looked up my ankle injury in the Heal Your Life book to see what emotional cause this could have been from (for those of us that believe in conscious body language) and this is what it says for ankles:  Inflexibility and guilt. Ankles represent the ability to receive pleasure. New Thought Pattern: I deserve to rejoice in life. I accept all the pleasure life has to offer. 

Gosh. If that doesn't just sum it up, I don't know what will! Well, I guess that's what I'm going to be working on this week. The best I can with one leg anyway. Until then, I wish you all the best of weeks. 


I guess I'll see you guys on the other side. 


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sam Wish: Bath Soaks for the Soul

What is the product of the week you say? Oh, yes! It's our line of delectable bath soaks! And no, not the ones that turn you into a cannibal zombie (we get that a lot). Besides our lip balms, this was the first product we intentionally created for Sam Wish's botanical line. Baths are a luxury that I deeply enjoy (that was one of my requirements for our tiny home, yes we will have a bath!) and so I was super excited to experiment and create all these wonderful, beautiful bath soaks. 

Not only are bath soaks totally calming and relaxing, they can be extremely healing too! These bath soaks can help remove toxins from your body, soothe sore muscles, as well as soften and replenish your skin. And did I mention how relaxing they are?! We can all use a little extra time to slow down, quiet our mind, and release the stress we carry with us daily. Treat yourself to one of our delicious bath soaks, you won't regret it!

Plus, they now come in these brand new bottles! Look how fancy (: 
Organic Lavender & Milk Bath Soak

Excitement can often lead to exhaustion; a state of restless confusion. Lavender and milk have been used to expedite this winding down process for centuries but rarely have they been combined into the ultimate tool of relaxation.

Let the milk calm and replenish while the lavender and salts soothe and relax.

Organic Hippy Detox Bath Soak 

Whether it has been a week or a month since your last rinse, the hippy detox is a perfect way to rid yourself of both voluntary and involuntary toxins while maintaining a flavor that makes you unique. 

Let the combination of salts and oils draw the toxins out of your body and give your body the boost it needs to return back to perfect health!
Organic Chamomile & Oatmeal Bath Soak
Chamomile is more than just a dainty daisy waiting to be pressed into your latest journal, it's usually enjoyed with a spot of milk and honey. But why not take the time to let it seep into your pores and realize the full potential of this ancient herb? 


As the oatmeal softens and moisturizes, the chamomile relaxes, soothes, and heals!



You can check out the other two we have here. And the rest of our products here
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