May 2015 Monthly Gratitudes // Favorites

So psyched to share what I loved in May with you guys. It’s way fun to get to be a curator of awesome things that I’m grateful for and share them with you. Below are the links to everything I shared in the video. If you have any questions let me know & let me know in the comments what you loved this month. oh and if you missed last month’s April video here’s that.

1. Sea Clear on Thrive Market –Thrive Market itself is actually one of my favs. With every purchase they help low income families get access to healthy food. Rad.
2. Avocado Soap 
3. Peal Essence Imbibe Product  
4. Epic Blend Lip Balm
5.. Urban Outfitters Heels 
6. Audible specifically listening to Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert  
7. App of the month: Snapchat @KatieDalebout join the party there.

NEW February Gratitudes // aka Favorites VIDEO

What’s up guys? I’m obsessed with watching YouTube. So I’m psyched that I’m getting back into making videos consistently including last week’s & now this week I’m starting something new.  I will be making a monthly favorites videos where I will basically share what’s inspiring me and what I’m loving lately with you. Instead of calling it a favorites video like most YouTubers call them, I’m going to call them Monthly Gratitudes instead because that’s what it really is. The practice of making these videos monthly is just as much for me as it is for you. Creating it each month will allow me to examine all the good things I have and feel gratitude for them when I share.

I say this in the video but you can tweet it if you want:

When we focus on what we have we create more of what we want.

Here’s my February Gratitudes & Let me know if you have any questions on anything!

1.Jacket Urban (similar) 
2. Jose Gonzales New Album 
2. LiteBook 
3. Imbibe SkinCare 
4. app of the month: TimeHop

NEW February Monthly Meanderings

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-I saw WILD this weekend & loved it! Have you seen it?  Check this out Real women living Wild. 

New York Times article discussing the benefits of journaling. OMG. That’s what my book’s about! (coming out 2016!!! Get excited)

-yum beet-root dip

-My latest article on Over the Moon Magazine is all about Feeling. 

Is your period MIA? Check this out. 

-The art of simplicity. This post is so genius. What are your thoughts on this?

Conversation with my friend Jordan that I loved & got so much out of. We’re cooking up something special and amazing for you guys, coming soon! Until then listen to us riff from last year, in this interview I did with him.

Looking forward to reading this. 

See 11:11 a lot? Me too. Here’s what it means. 

Cannot get enough of pampering myself with this skincare line. omg.  small batch. hand made heaven.

My latest article on Mind Body Green

A link to more cool interesting links. 

8 Things to Stay Healthy in the long cold Winter! 

Why you should look at photos of women your size or bigger as often as possible. 

Pleasure empowers you. Amazing wisdom from Danielle LaPorte, drink this article up guys.

-Just finished this ebook that Carly & I read. It was a real mind shifter so you guys should all read this book. It’s not only like $3 on Amazon but it’s a quick read and super informative. 

WWRadio vintage episode of the week. 



The importance of Morning Routines | 11 ways to start your day right


I’ve spoken many times around WWonderland about the importance of morning routines. Like here, and remember all the crazy things I do in the mornings like Oil Pull & water with lemon? Well those are all well and good, but recently I needed more. I wanted to fall in love with my morning routine much like my mentor Gabrielle Bernstein did when she prayed to the Universe to fall in love with her spiritual practice – and was guided to Kundalini yoga when she previously hated yoga.

& that’s how it happens when you surrender (like I spoke about here) – the Universe will guide you in ways you never could’ve imagined to exactly what you are after. And that is what happened when I surrendered my morning routine by saying, “Look, I want to be so in love with my mornings I can’t wait to go to sleep at night like a child on Christmas Eve so I can wake up for morning.”

I was trying to do so many “shoulds” in the morning that I was overwhelming myself to the point of not even wanting to get out of bed, and a morning routine should do the opposite. It should catapult you out of bed each day. I realized for any ritual to become habitual it has to be something you look forward to in it’s entirety. Be patient, try things, and allow your morning routine to find you like I did.

I had to experiment to find mine & it is still constantly changing with the season, weather, and most importantly how I feel that day.

I used to get real wrapped up in doing the exact same thing everyday to call it a routine but then I realized this:



Being okay with the fact that my routine varies a bit depending on how I feel was difficult for me to accept. I thought it made me a fraud if I didn’t do it with perfect repetition daily, so I would force myself into these molds of routines of others until it felt like such hard work I dreaded having to do it when I woke up.

It was a sigh of relief realizing that tailoring my routine was best for me. Now I don’t sweat it if I meditate before yoga one day and after yoga another or if I have my lemon water *gasp* after breakfast instead of before or if I power walk Monday but Wednesday I stay in and dance it out. I just simply follow my bliss and stop being so dogmatic about any of it.

*So the key here is you most absolutely do what you love or you risk not getting out of bed at all.

Here are some things I love adding in morning routine lately, but use this list as a buffet, taking as much or as little of what I offer and leaving the rest. Maybe test out one thing a day and see what you like and what you don’t.

1) Oiling Pulling-Sometimes I oil pull, sometimes I don’t. Like I said I used to be real dogmatic about this, beating myself up if I didn’t do it for one day. Now I’m chill about it, I try to make sure I do it at least a few times a week, but I just do it as needed and don’t stress if I’m traveling or have to be up super early. Learn how to oil pull here.

2) Breakfast: Make breakfast a mindful practice whether it’s enjoying some fresh figs with cinnamon or a green juice or a grapefruit or some warming buckwheat or a green smoothie or pancakes – the possibilities are infinite. Eat whatever you feel like, but take the time to sit and enjoy it , because nourishing yourself for a successful day is key. I used to push off breakfast until everything else I ‘needed‘ to do was done (& at the rate I was going with all my “shoulds” that could be as late as 2:00) & I’d rush through it just grabbing something as I ran out.

3) Movement: I love to get the body moving in some way first thing in the morning. It signals to the body that it is time to be awake and gets the blood flowing. I usually stretch and do yoga, though sometimes I go on a power walk while I listen to a Podcast or make it to an early morning Ashtanga yoga class or Barre class. Getting a workout of some sort in first thing is the ideal and sets the day off right. Sometimes I simply don’t have time and sometimes I simply don’t want too and that’s okay too. And sometimes I just DANCE!

4) Meditation: Clearing my mind before the day starts has drastically changed my life and it will change yours too, I literally guarantee it. Spending just a few minutes in stillness each morning, whether you do a Kundalini meditation, listen to a guided meditation, or just sit and listen to your favorite song and breathe. Tuning in with yourself in the morning before news, email and responsibilities is powerful beyond belief.

5) Music: Listening to music in the morning makes my entire day more smooth. I turn on a record first thing when I wake up and walk (somedays skip) around my apartment and light candles immediately. Really sets the stage for a good morning.

6) Getting Dressed: Sounds simple but for me putting on real clothes (not just yoga clothes or sweats) drastically changes how I feel. Even if I’m staying home all day. This simple action will automatically make me feel more put together and motivated to get things done and even venture out for errands later that I made have put off since I would’ve had to go get dressed.

7) Journaling/Morning Pages: Starting the day with a little journaling also drastically changes my day. Getting the thoughts I woke up with out of my mind really clears space so those same thoughts don’t play on repeat all day, and I have room for new creative ones to come in. Whether it’s fears I woke up with, an abundance of ideas, or a funky dream, writing about it is simple yet revolutionary. I love beginning with a lil gratitude list and asking myself how I want to feel during the day & listing out some action items on what I’m going to do to feel that way. Grab your journal & write out your #MorningMantra each day.

8) Drink Warm Lemon Water– hydration first thing in the morning will drastically change your day. When you first wake up immediately drink water and even better if it is warm with some lemon. It will instantly alkalize your body and it is super detoxifying. What a wonderful way to start the day! read more about this here!

9) Make your Bed Like you’re Martha Stewart: Oprah said this in this episode of Super Soul Sunday. She explained she only makes her bed on the weekends, but when she does she pretends she’s Martha Stewart, really getting into it with the throw-pillows and enjoying every little part of it like it is the first time she’s ever made a bed. I do this every morning and I remember to approach this simple act with a “beginner’s mind” making it a game-like fun activity in the morning. This sets the tone for the rest of my day and I try to infuse that same intention into every act for the rest of the day from mindless tasks to cooking.

10) Lighting Candles: I adore candles and the simple act of walking to the record player, turning on a record, and then meandering around the apartment lighting all the candles before I meditate is such a beautiful practice. There is something really soothing & relaxing about candles that can really calm me down.

11) Make the First Task a Creative One: Finally, once all the morning routines are completed and it’s time to drive into work, I’ve found one last way to sneak some serene positivity right into the beginning of the work day. This final step is simple, make your first task of the work day something enjoyable and preferably creative. Perhaps, sending an email to someone you’re mentoring or answering comments on your blog or creating a new post…apply this principle to your line of work whatever that might be and rather than starting your day by completing something mindless dive into the good stuff right away, it will make the entire day more rich.


Hope you enjoyed this buffet of morning ideas and you were able to find at least something you can apply and use. Let me know which number was your favorite!

Foodie Friday | New Recipe Video: The Best {yet Healthy} Ants on a log you’ve ever had

Happy Foodie Friday! In today’s quick recipe video I share what has become my favorite snack lately –  it’s a grown up version of an old favorite, ants on a log. This snack can be made in seconds and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients or even utensils. In fact, you probably have all you need for it right in your kitchen. The star of the snack and what makes this so unique and healthy is the turmeric.

Turmeric is a superfood with amazing anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric is actually more common that you realize, as it is found in curry and is what give mustard it’s yellow color.  Although it is quite common in food, many people supplement it to get it in their diet. I wanted to find ways to incorporate it more in my food and came up with this snack. For more info on our snack time star turmeric, check out this superfood spotlight with a recipe from Yogi Bhajan.

Check out last week’s Guest Foodie Friday from Deliciously Ella in case you missed it!

& Episode 3 on How-To Oil Pull of Two Peas in a Pod! Don’t forget to love us on Facebook!