"To Be Honest..." How many times have you started a sentence with those three words? What other way would you be? Dishonest? Oh, and I love this one: "Can, I be honest with you?" No... please go right ahead and tell me a stream of lies! Have you ever seen the movie "The Invention of Lying"? If not, check it out! It's a good one. It is a comedy with a really great message. It makes you reconsider life, and what it would be like if no one lied, ever. What if lying just wasn't a thing? What if it didn't exist?
When was the last time you lied? Was it a big lie, a small lie, a medium sized lie? Did you go back and tell the truth? If so, how did you feel? If not, how do you feel right now? Remorse or regret perhaps. Wishing that you had done things differently. Not all lies do immediate damage, and some seem downright harmless. For example, calling out of work. Many people tell lies to get out of going to work, and that would be an example of a small lie. Still a lie, none the less.
So, Mother's Day is right around the corner... and perhaps you still haven't picked up a gift. Well, before you do... consider stopping by a local shop and supporting some of your local artisans. This goes out to everyone in the world, because there are creators in our communities that are working really hard to thrive against big name competitors.
Don't get me wrong, websites like Amazon are very convenient. So, by all means continue to order your paper toiletries and such online. However, when it comes to gifts from the heart, they do mean so much more when love and care has been put into their creation by a local artisan.
Craft markets, fairs and festivals have become ever so popular, and for good reason! People are finally allowing their creative spark to burst into a wild flame, and it's beautiful! Have you been to any of these types of events lately? You can feel the energy buzzing as vendors give talks on their artworks and how they came to fruition! It's wonderful that more and m...
Over the weekend, something epic happened! We launched our new, organic, artisan collection of teas--- VIBES Lifestyle Tea + VIBES TEA Lounge!!! This is exciting beyond words, but let's see if I can attempt to convey my exuberance + delight!
I will begin by telling you a bit about Loic, since you may be wondering... who or what is Loic?! Well, Loic is the name of a renowned Chef from France, who created his own luxury, bakery-cafe after crafting his culinary arts at the Four Seasons! Loic is also the name of his bakery-cafe, now located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach, not far from Clematis. Check them out @bakeryloic on Instagram.
With plenty of natural light filtering in from the floor to ceiling windows, glistening on the gorgeous marble table-tops, and dancing along the delicious pastries, elegantly showcased... the ambience is perfect for a morning cup of tea! Speaking of pastries, my personal favorite is the Pistachio-Almond Croissant, it has white chocolate filling, and i...
Many people are switching from their beloved morning cup of joe for a healthier approach to starting their day... Tea!
Tea is our friend for many reasons! Let's dive into the world of tea a bit...
TOP 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA
WE LOVE TEA... And thousands of scientific studies show that regular tea drinking can definitely have some significant health benefits. One of the reasons is because tea contains flavonoids, the same compounds found in fruits and vegetables.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA:
1. DRINKING TEA REDUCES STRESS
We’ve all heard the saying “keep calm and drink tea”, but is tea really relaxing?
Black tea contains an amino acid called l-theanine, found only in tea and has some very interesting effects on the brain. L-theanine increases alpha brain waves inducing a calm and deeply relaxed state.
Because of alpha waves’ connection with relaxed mental states, increase in alpha wave activity is a desirable outcome.
Combined with the caffeine in tea, which is about half the amount foun...
Your teeth are so important, especially as an adult! You want to do any and everything you can to preserve them for as long as possible. Of course nutrition plays an essential role in the health of your teeth. For Vegans looking for Vitamin D from food, you may need supplements, at least during the fall and winter months. Be sure to check the labels, as some of the ingredients in the supplements may be derived from animals: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 from lichen are vegan-friendly options.
High-Calcium Vegan Foods:
Calcium-fortified soy or nut milks
How to Cure Cavities on a Vegan Diet:
It is possible to heal your teeth holistically without compromising your commitment to a plant-based diet. There are many potential ways to increase the strength of your teeth and gums. The more demands placed by your current lifestyle on your teeth (e.g. motherhood), the more import...
Exchanging energy in an equal and balanced way. It is essential to ask yourself, whenever you find that your energy is feeling low, does this relationship/partnership/friendship provide reciprocal value? Once you've inquired within, take the necessary steps to proceed according to your intuition.
We often get caught up in cycles of giving without receiving, and while giving can be a truly beautiful thing, it becomes an imbalance of energy when only one is constantly giving without receiving anything of value in return. Don't misunderstand this as a financial concern, although it can be. This is about Energy, in whatever form it may come.
If someone is always supporting you, blessing you, or providing you with something of value, and you know that you haven't been putting in the effort on your end... then it's time to STEP IT UP!!! People lose great relationships all the time due to lack of effort, and that doesn't need to happen. Mindfulness is key, beca...
By choosing to live your life + heal your body through natural remedies, you are living an Holistic Lifestyle. Which is known to support a long, fulfilling life, more-so than other lifestyles.
By observing everything as a whole, you don't look at sickness and say it's something physical, you observe the entire picture. The root of the sickness can be traced to emotional or psychological, not just physiological origin. Therefore, through a holistic lifestyle, you are better prepared for challenges in life as you observe your circumstances and surroundings fully.
Here are 11 valuable steps to help you reach a more holistic, relaxed life:
1. PRACTICE MINDFULNESS.
Living in the moment is one of the most important values of a holistic lifestyle. Not concerning yourself with what the future brings and trying to make the best of your current situation are very valuable skills.
2. RESPECT THE POWERS OF YOUR BODY.
Your body is a temple, and you should always take care of it. It's a v...
Dark chocolate has been proven to be healthier than ever! Which is great news, because I LOVE IT! I'm not talking about Hershey's... I'm talking about 70%+ cacao baby!!! Oh yes, it boasts some amazing health benefits that you probably haven't considered.
Dark chocolate can improve mood, memory and immunity, while also helping to alleviate high stress levels and inflammation. Plus it's YUMMMMY!!! However, aside from the delicious burst of flavor that erupts as a sliver of dark cacao dissolves in your mouth, this treat can positively impact cognitive function and creativity even two hours after eating it!
That's right! Ten participants ate a 48-gram bar of dark chocolate at the beginning of each study, and then ate a piece of dark chocolate every two hours when they were awake for several days. Blood tests revealed the chocolate heightened sense perception and nervous system responsiveness and increased both anti-inflammatory agents and infection fighting cells. Gamma waves reco...
Have you heard it? Have you heard of it? Have you FELT it?! Ah... there are so many wonderful healing benefits to having a sound bath on the regular! We are, at our simplest form, vibrations. Energy is everything, and everything is energy. Energy is vibration, and so are we!
So, with that being said, just like an instrument gets out of tune... so do we! Thanks to stress, anxiety, tension, toxicity, etc our vibration is constantly plucked out of harmony. Sound Therapy helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).
A sound therapy treatment allows you to become more rela...
Greens are very healthy, but let's take a moment to look at the amazing benefits of black-colored foods! They are packed with Anthocyanins, which are pigments that may help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. You may already be familiar with black beans, black raspberries, and black tea, but let's check out some that have a more culinary edge.
Black garlic is an aged version of garlic, and actually has twice the antioxidants of regular garlic. Described as being sweet and reminiscent of molasses, black garlic can be used just the same as traditional garlic with delicious results!
Benefits of Black Rice
1. Rich in Antioxidants
The deep black or the purple hue of the black rice is a marker of its high antioxidant properties. Similar to blackberries and blueberries, that appear deeper in color because of their high content of anti-oxidants. The outermost layer of the grain (the bran and the hull), contains immense amounts of the antioxidant-anthocyanin. In fact th...