Healthy Holiday is my invitation to make the holidays holy and healthy again. Whether you gift goods money can buy or those that are priceless, I’d like to inspire you to make wholehearted, conscious choices. Below are some of my favorite things to spread the light and be the light during the festive season.
Pinnacle of Power: In a city built on superlatives, Elixir Vitae by Tata Harper Skincare is the nectar of choice to put your best face forward -- naturally. Beam at your brightest, be at your highest, and grace the world with your juiciest skin yet. Elixir Vitae is truly an elixir of life for skin in need of radical rejuvenation in a gentle way. It’s the crown jewel of the Supernatural Collection for a reason. It’ll make an extraordinarily luxurious gift to yourself or a loved one. Such is the power of nature. Additionally, I adore that all Tata Harper products are vertically integrated, meaning they're made under one roof on their farm in Vermont.
From Hand to Heart: Hand to heart. It's how your sweaters are made. Here, in Arequipa, Peru. It's where knitting groups join together to support themselves --financially, soulfully. It's where your sweaters are made. The Four Corners ruana is a personal fave because it feels like a portable hug. In general, I adore ruanas for their effortless chic and built-in comfort. But there are galaxies of qualities, of course. I want ethical, artisan, handmade, and infused with love. Peruvian Connection is a wonderful family-owned and -operated company dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture in the Andes by sharing goods created through time-honored techniques with customers worldwide. Handmade with heart, this makes a true gift from the heart. Additionally, Peruvian Connection has teamed up with the NY Humane Society; 100% of the proceeds of their handmade dog sweaters (made from scraps that would otherwise be thrown out) are donated to them.
Skin Like Buttah: Give the gift of glowing, petal-soft skin to yourself and loved ones. 100% Pure’s creations are truly pure, clean, and gorgeous; that's how you want to nourish your skin. These days more than ever we need to pay attention to what we’re putting in and on our bodies. 100% Pure’s dedication to purity, high performance, and kindness is exceptional - and so accessible. The Whipped Body Butters are a sensory delight (think coconut-lime, pink grapefruit, gingerade…) and will make a beautiful gift for one or cherished treats for many.
Love’s divine: Alchemize lead into gold, anger into kindness, fear into peace. You are the source of your own good as god dwells within you. And it doesn’t matter what you call it — good, dog, source, spirit, universe, ladle, or nothin — there’s divine magic in us and around us. How can you use your gifts today?
Support Your Superpowers, Coffee Lovers: You’re inherently awesome, and to share your genius most effectively you need to get rid of the bad stuff and bring in the best you can. Most everyone has a cuppa joe every day and yet most folks don't know a moldy bean from a happy bean. Why is that important? 'Cuz you'll crash & burn if you keep pouring mold and other toxins in your system. Time to love yourself at least as much as your car, darling. So start fueling your mind, your body, and your dreams with clean, lab-tested coffee. Create your own Bulletproof cawfee by adding Brain Octane and unsalted, grass-fed butter for sustained energy and focus. I like to blend mine with cacao butter, though, for mocha-like creaminess. The coffee lovers on your list will be eternally grateful.
For Him Forever: Finding a soulful gift for the meaningful men in your life -- whether for holiday, birthday, or just because -- can be a challenge. I'm thrilled to see May Lindstrom Skin offer this practical, beautiful set that truly keeps on giving. The presentation is absolutely gorgeous; you can tell it’s infused with love. And while yes, it's amazing to jumpstart Hon/Dad/Bro into a skin care ritual that will illuminate their superpowers, The Honey Mud and The Clean Dirt work their magic just as magnificently on women. I know 'cuz I love ‘em. The Clean Dirt will gently polish away the worries of the night to illuminate a fresh day. The Honey Mud, which I’m requesting as a perfume, will cleanse the day away and soothe, refine, and restore as a mask. It’s a ritual. And long after you’ve re-purchased May’s magical treats you’ll look at the gift box the original treats arrived in and tap into the good feeling of making a great choice again. The meaningful men in your life will thank you no matter if they’ll get to use the treats or have the pleasure of enjoying your radiance.
Your Impact: I love animals! They’re angels on earth and I want to reciprocate the love on as large a scale as I possibly can. Yes, sending love in your meditation does make a difference and so do donations to animal shelters. PAWS Chicago is an amazing organization I’ve experienced first-hand (which is also why I’m featuring them on my Impact page). It’s a no-kill shelter for homeless cats and dogs that helps them find loving forever-homes. They’re also building no-kill communities! I’d love for you to support PAWS Chicago by making a donation. $1 makes a difference, and so do $100 and $10,000. We all have an impact on this world; let’s make sure it’s one we feel good about.
Recipes for a Sacred Life: I can’t think of a better book to read before bedtime in the winter than Rivvy Neshama’s Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles. Rivvy’s bite-sized stories will make you nod with deepest knowing, illuminate your heart with limitless love, blow your mind in the best way possible, and let you drift into dreamland with the reassurance that you’re not alone. Recipes for a sacred life at your finger tips. Get it. Gift it. You’ll love!
The Signature of Nature: Belmondo. It’s a beautiful world. Handcrafted in small batches in British Columbia, Canada, Belmondo offers a beautifully curated line of organic skincare. Packaged in glass for purity and without superfluous boxes for sustainability, Belmondo embodies beauty within and without while reminding us that we, too, are nature. The Rain cleanses away the dirt of the day. After The Rain you can breathe deeply again. The Dew embodies petal-soft beginnings. The Cloud, dreamy and cozy, cradles the luminous sky. Whether you gift individual pieces as stocking stuffers or the whole collection as the present of a new start, you’ll make a good choice either way.
Gratitude: It’s the magic potion that rearranges what’s there into treasured blessings. It’s what expands the horizons of your heart. It’s what lets you fly high and root deep, rain or shine.
I’m looking forward to sharing Part 2 of Healthy Holiday with you next Sunday.
Until then, live love & dream big.