the 9 things on my 2017 * WISHLIST * + 2 holiday facts.

These are the special things I’ve got my eye on outside my full gift guide which you can find here. Below is my personal wish list. I love minimalism so I have few things but quality things, therefore I have a constant wish list in my phone of things I’m saving for. Then every so often I’ll buy something on the list. When I do it feels special and exciting. If it’s an experience I’ll really enjoy it and if it’s a physical item I’ll likely keep it for a long time. I figured this time of year would be a good time to share that list.

Here’s what I currently have my eye on…

1. The Weighted Gravity Blanket– I’ve been hearing about this for a while. It seems like something that would be perfect for anyone who is chronically cold (me) and likes to be hugged (everyone?). I’ve never tired one but I’m assuming I’d like it but also wouldn’t want to carry the box up my stairs… have you tried it?

2. Wax & Oil Candle– My friend Dree sent me a care-package a couple months ago. It had all the best things in it, including this Wax & Oil vanilla candle. I adore the smell and what I like even more is how portable the candle is. I’ve adapted a new morning ritual based on something Dree told me about on her episode of my podcast a couple months ago where she shared this book with me called The Lotus & The Lily. I haven’t started yet but what Dree explained is that the book is basically a 30 day inner quest with exercises for going inward and each morning (regardless of where we are) we light this candle, drink a warm drink, read the short passage , and do the journaling exercise. It’s a beautiful way to start the day and while any candle would obviously work for this I love how portable this one is with it’s cap and that is is natural, soy based, and smells like fresh baked cookies.

3. The Jesse Kamm Ranger & Sailor Pants– I’ve been hearing a lot about these pants for the last year and seeing them all over NYC. Past podcast guest Christine first told me about them (I adore her style) and this YouTube channel I enjoy Dearly Bethany did a review on them that told me everything I needed to know. They are real pricey so I want to make sure I find the perfect fit so I can have them forever so I’m going to try to make it to a store in NYC that carries them so I can try them on. I’m also going to try on Everlane’s version of this style pant because my friend (& photographer) Abbey was wearing them when she was in New York and raved about them. Unfortunately, the color I’m after is out of stock until February but I’m hoping to swing by the first Everlane store that just opened in NYC.

4. Any & Everything from Cap Beauty this is my favorite natural beauty store in New York City’s West Village. I adore going into Cap and even treated myself to a facial there a few months ago which was a delight! I also love Credo Beauty which is another natural beauty store I discovered this summer while living in Williamsburg, they have a location in Brooklyn and Manhattan. They sell some of my favorite lines including, RMS Beauty, show sponsor and genuine fav Juice Beauty, and so much more!

5. Nu Evolution Plum Lipgoss– This is one of the items on this list I actually do own, I’m just running low on it. I can’t say enough about this lip color. I left it in Nick’s pocket after a wedding we attended this fall and was without if for about a month and actually missed it, no other lip product compares. Listen, I never even wore lipgloss that was pigmented before this summer when I wandered into Credo asking for a lipgloss that worked like a chap stick nourishing my lips. I wanted something that wouldn’t feel sticky or make my hair stick to it,  I wanted it to smell good,  and lastly I wanted a color that worked well for me. This lipgloss hits all of those requirements while being organic, cruelty-free, and leaves my lips feeling nourished (not dry), stays on for a long time, fades well, and smells like vanilla.  I love the shade “plum” for me but may try another color soon too.

6. Facial at Face Gym NYC– Speaking of fancy facials in NYC, I’m dying to try Face Gym. It’s not really a facial it’s a face workout and looks so interesting. According to their website it is non-invasive, zero-risk facelifting. Apparently, “their original non-invasive face workout visibly tones and tightens your face muscles leaving you looking fresh, glowing, and lifted.” …I think it sounds pretty fun to try! Have you done it? 

7. A New Backpack– My current backpack as been with me for years. We’ve traveled all across the country together on my book tour, back and forth to Hawaii twice, and moved to NYC from Michigan. I’ve spilled leftovers in it, I’ve dropped it on busy subway floors, and I’ve stuffed it full with podcasting equipment shlepping all over the city. Needless to say, it is time for an upgrade. I’m thinking this one might be the ideal fit for a new laptop backpack. Anyone have this backpack? I’d love your thoughts on it. Which color do you like best?

8. A Sleep Shirt– I feel like PJs are the best gift. Buying clothes for someone is always a bold choice and risky but a sleeping outfit seems like a much easier thing to pick out for another person, plus at the holidays store tend to have such cute novelty sleepwear. I especially like this from J.Crew & this from Madewell & also this set (but I’m sure they’ll be half off by the first of the year…)

9. SHHHOWER Cap– It’s no secret by now to everyone I know and most of the internet that I only wash my hair about twice a month. Therefore, you’ll be happy to know I often shower while trying to keep my hair dry. I’ve been using plastic hotel shower caps with yoga headbands hoping for the best, but recently I discovered the SHHHOWER Cap which is SUCH an upgrade. It not only looks like a fashionable turban, it does a fantastic job at actually keeping my hair dry. I love them so much I reached out and got us a discount so we can get one for 10% off : use the code KATIE.

two more non-gifts related holiday things….
–I would like ever space I step into until December 25th to smell like this or this.
Serendipity is my favorite Christmas movie & I watch it every year at this time. Related, Cool Yule is my favorite holiday song.
–If you also love Serendipity you will likely enjoy this . …although I already knew most everything on the list because I’ve watched the directors notes on the dvd multiple times and I think about #15 on that list all the time!  & this was also a delight.
Here is my full gift guide + A Cup of Jo does gift guides better than anyone on the internet.  

December 2015 Meanderings.


12276848_920419791387069_463843815_nDecember is in full swing so here are my Monthly Meanderings. A long tradition in WW-Land meanderings are links to things that have genuinely inspired me around the web this month.  Until next month keep in touch with me on Facebook & Instagram (above are some Insta-glimpses into my past month). I’m still loving Snapchat now so join me there too. Oh and tons of new pod episodes coming this month.



-Molly Sims on Body Image. 

Comfortable shoes. 

Omg. Whole Foods. $$$ 

-Loved this article from Sakara Life! especially this line::
“Those extra 5-10 pounds, that place where your body naturally wants to be – that’s your life. That’s your late night pizza with your man, that Sunday morning bottomless brunch, your favorite cupcake in the whole entire world because you wanted to treat yourself. Those 5-10 pounds are your favorite memories, your unforgettable trips, your celebrations of life.”

-Loved this super feminist blog post about the holidays. So much good stuff in here. Eye-opening. For instance this line is so good::
“the concept of food being connected to morality remains: we judge people as good when they eat salad and yogurt and chia seeds, and bad when they eat donuts and burgers. We turn this inward on ourselves too. And we don’t have to. Instead we can adopt the belief that we are just inherently good, that we never need to be perfectionisty about anything, and that health and eating are not connected to morality.”

-I wrote this last year about the holidays but it is still very true this year.


-Amy Schumer on Body Image & style please watch!

I love both of them so much & this video was so fun! 

Best most important TED talk I’ve seen.

11906269_110607259307034_944634875_n-So I heard on Alanis Morissette’s new podcast (yes she has one, listen here) about this communication style and I’m going to try to adapt it as much as I remember to in my life. This post outlines the steps.

-Loved this story about COLOR. Listen to it. Fascinating!

-I loved this episode of This American Life this week especially the first act about the high school girls.

-Last week’s episode of Katie Wonders in case you missed it!


-Dying to make these brownies they happen to be sugar and gluten free too.

-The dip I’m dying to dip into. Creamy spinach and avocado dip.

-This recipe isn’t actually to eat it’s to smell but it look awesome.


-I love baths and this one is my new obsession thanks to Kris Carr.

New social media where you can only post one super good link per day. I’m into it.

-Look at this pretty jewelry line. They’re giving us a donation to a charity with every purchase we make using this code::  “WellnessWonderland

-How cute is this pin?

-Um I need this how clever is this mermaid blanket?

-How cute are these nails? Perfect for the holidays I think.

-I haven’t done gift guides in a couple years but I did them in 2012 & 2013 and so here they are if you want to meander them!

Check out my friend abbey’s sweet shop Amiga!  Perfect for all your holiday shopping needs. At least I want everything.

I wrote this about what I think a Wellness Wonderland is::

+ one more thing
my playlist of the holiday season that I’ll continue adding to throughout the season if you want to jam festively with me.

Memorial Monday Meanderings!

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Hope you’re having a great holiday weekend, I am as seen above.  Many great posts coming at you here in Wonderland including a brand  new episode of WWRadio, but until then above are some Insta-glimpses into my Memorial weekend so far & below are some of  my meanderings of the best of the  internet over the last week. Enjoy exploring and I’ll see you Wednesday for a new Podcast, until then stay living in yourWellness Wonderland until I see you back here in mine.

Listen while you web surf 

How to eat like a naturally thin person! 

10 Tips On How To Banish The Busy 

Why I Step on Sharp Spikes 

One of my favorite WWRadio conversations yet!! so inspirational.

Women in Famous Paintings Get Photoshopped 

-Body image movie that needs to be made

Thoughts have power. But you have power over your thoughts.

Rapper Shirts for white people!

-Jessica Ortner’s new book is amazing and I love her! Listen to one of my  first episodes of my podcast with her!

-Robyn has your Roadmap to Wonderland, the Rockstar Roadmap & it’s the most awesome program I’ve ever seen in my life. She’s not only one of my very first ever WWRadio guests, but also a guru when it comes to living Wellness Wonderland when you don’t have an abundance of time.

-3 reasons why Cold Showers are Hot 

Have you subscribed to theWellnessWonderland on YouTube yet? Whatcha waiting for??

61 Inspirational Seconds 

A playlist just for you!

Here It IS – Your HAPPY Holidays Audio Workshop! Enjoy!


As promised, here’s the audio

of my Putting The HAPPY back into the Holiday Season Workshop. As I explain in the recording, this workshop is adapted from a rad live in-person workshop I gave at my local yoga studio. After promoting that workshop on my blog I received many requests from people all over to be able to participate via live stream. With that, I revamped the workshop and was set to livestream it Sunday night. In the most humbling way, major technical difficulties prevented it from happening (thank you again to all who were there waiting for me Sunday night).

During that sticky situation I felt sad, embarrassed, and grateful all at the same time, then instantly decided to practice what I was planning to preach that night & use it as an opportunity to pivot and Put The Happy Back Into The Situation. Throughout the week as I prepared this audio or video, it became clear to me exactly why my Sunday evening debacle occurred. This workshop was never meant to be live. The content translates better into a pause-able, listen on-the-go, again and again, on your own time, in your own space type of platform and the one I love best: a podcast. Now you can take your time with this workshop, and go in deep to each of the meditations, exercises and tools included.

Now this audio recording has longevity and can be used to help all of us forever stay HAPPY & in Wonderland throughout any holiday.

I learned more than simply how to properly use YouTube Livestream – I discovered that when things don’t go your way, even if you’re positive that your plan is best, there’s a plan far greater than your own.

I hope you enjoy Putting The Happy Back Into The Holiday Season this year. And now that you have the tools, have a truly HAPPY holiday season.

Adore you all,

P.S. Please feel free to share this with your family & friends so you’re all on the same page! To tweet just click right here! 

Here is the worksheet PDF again!
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Tonight’s the Night…


Join me tonight on my YouTube channel for my LIVE online holiday extravaganza. It is truly going to be an amazing workshop that will make you fall in love with the holidays again. I’ll give you tools to prepare yourself to feel the magic & excitement you felt as a child or always dreamed of feeling. Feel free to leave questions for tonight in the comments below!

I’ll be sending out a REMINDER email this evening with all the PDFs and materials you’ll need for class so please sign up for my emails above and to the left! <–

To view the workshop live, simply follow THIS link & you’ll see me appear broadcasting LIVE from Wonderland at 9:30 EST/6:30 PST. Make wherever you’re watching a cozy relaxed environment – maybe you’re watching with friends or maybe you’re curled up in your jammies watching with a cup of tea and your journal. Just make sure you’re relaxed. It’s kinda late for us East-coasters so prepare yourself for the week before the workshop so you can truly be present and just relax after it is over with nothing left on your to-do list.

Tonight is going to truly be a blast. I’m all about authenticity here so to be honest I’m a tad nervous about talking to so many people all at once and the technology supporting it, but at the same time I’m psyched because having conversations about these topics is my favorite thing in the world to do.  Thank you so much for spending your evening with me tonight & make sure you enter your email to make sure you get the email with the PDF worksheets for night! See you soon.