10.25.2014

oatmeal :: every day


Recently I had my cholesterol checked and *WHAT* I have high cholesterol. I was handed a prescription for pharmaceutical, even before she asked me if I wanted it. I said "NO WAY!", I know I can get my cholesterol down through my food! So among other things, like exercise, cutting out some foods (fried!) and some yoga, I am revamping my diet. So I am going to do some posts on some new things I am trying and I love them.. maybe you will too...

I don't know about you but my kids love oatmeal, we have it just about every morning (I think I have made some posts about it in the past), but I have elevated my oatmeal recently. My husband says we should serve it as a desert (instead of other crap) because it tastes so good (coming from him that's saying a lot!). I change my recipe just about every time, depending on what I have in the fridge and what is in season at the moment. The idea of this recipe came from an Italian friend of mine, who had to eat tapioca cooked with lemon rind & vanilla bean - it was supposed to help him gain weight and keep his otherwise hyper personality a bit more calm (and I do remember it working for him!). That was one of our favorite deserts when we were heavily macrobiotic and living in Italy.

I typically don't measure anything so these are estimates, when you make it yourself you will adjust for your own taste anyhow, you can't go wrong really with these spices except with the cardamom and the sea salt - you need VERY LITTLE for big taste.

(I have cooked this batch with apples too)

recipe: SPICED OATMEAL

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup Israeli Cous Cous
(you can use your favorite grain too to mix with the oatmeal, some ideas: millet or quinoa are delicious!)
1 1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup rice milk (maybe a bit less) or almond milk or hemp or oat or whatever you like (except cows milk)
1 tsp cinnamon (or a bit more)
pinch of cardamom
4-6 lemon rinds (you can cut them small for kids so they don't see them or leave them large and take them out before serving - I like to eat them though)
1/3 vanilla bean (slice it lengthwise to open up the seeds)
pinch of salt
when I make it for kids I put 1/4 to 1/2 a small apple diced

cook all together slowly on tiniest flame - you can even leave it sit towards the end and it will keep the grains cooking - about 20 minutes. If it's too thick at the end just add some water and leave it for a minute to soak into the grain.

you can top with:
coconut nectar
agave syrup
honey
fruit:
pears
apples
strawberries
banana
rasins
dates
seeds/nuts:
sunflower seeds
slivered almonds
walnuts
peacans

There are millions of variations on this which are delicious, as a desert you can substitute a can of light coconut milk and then either water or coconut water. Dates make it a lot sweeter too... delicious!

can't wait to hear your recipes - comment or send me an email and I will post your ideas!

our latest sweetener is coconut nectar - love it! and it's low glycemic

10.22.2014

Heidi Baron Godoff :: large needle hand-knits

the St. Helena wrap/scarf

I met Heidi when we did the Remodelista Holiday Sale last year, while we were at the sale I said to her, "You know, you look really familiar..." it took us awhile and then we finally realized we used to live a few blocks from each other in the South Street Seaport (lower Manhattan) - when we lived there it was a VERY small neighborhood, we are talking ONE cute little coffee shop owned by these two sweet guys from Minnesota. Heidi has this standard black poodle, gorgeous.. I always loved seeing that dog, but we didn't really know each other - I just knew her dog. Fast forward 10 years or so and there we are at the Remodelista Sale selling our wares! We kept in touch this time and on my last trip to San Francisco I looked her up at a Sheep Shearing festival (sounds crazy but it was GREAT) there she was with her table full of gorgeous thick scarves, hats and bags -- I love them!



While we transplanted in Rhode Island, Heidi managed to win the lottery (figuratively speaking of course) and end up in Napa Valley, California! (I'm totally jealous). Gone are her days of high-fashion rat race and onto greener pastures (I mean really!), her new location has given her the chance to sit back and smell the grapes, do some knitting, and yes, work a bit on the side consulting with clients she likes to work with -- sound like the life, maybe it IS! Let's all high-tail it out to Napa...

heidi carrying her knitting around with her!

Heidi has found her love in knitting with large needles, she started in that organic fashion, making something for yourself, then everyone goes crazy for it and you start making them for your friends, then the friends - friends want them too and you see where we are going... then I got a hold of her and begged her to make some things for Nonchalantmom (so glad she did!). Heidi starts with large needles, then she adds large yarn, super incredibly soft and light merino yarn and the result is these gorgeous pieces that are so versatile and fun to wear. She added leather ties so that you can almost wear these pieces as a vest or a scarf.


I want to remind you that we will have this collection only for a short time, then Heidi will take it back! (Oh NO!)

shop Heidi Baron Godoff at Nonchalantmom

handbag sale! going on NOW at Nonchalantmom

We have an abundance of handbags at the moment - so here's your chance! Get 20% off handbags on the nonchalantmom...


that includes:

Clare V
Sandqvist
Baggu
Utility Canvas
and more...

(the only ones not included are the Heidi Baron Godoff trunk show bags)

use code: 'baglady' and shop NOW!


10.15.2014

need a water filter, why not get a gorgeous one!


The last time I was in San Francisco I got to visit the new Heath Ceramics location in the Mission, it's such an amazing *large* space - they also do work there so it's not only a showroom! One of the things I found was not at all ceramic, and I have been enjoying this water filter all summer and I know I need to pass this one on because I really love it!

I don't know about you but I really hate to drink ice cold water, it's not healthy, just think about it... it's 98 degrees in your body and then you toss down freezing cold water into your organs, I will be the voice for them... "eeekk... we hate it!", why not drink refreshing room temp water! This is what your body is asking for and there is no more beautiful way to get delicious filtered water than this Soma water carafe and filter. You can order one straight from Heath if you click here - then once you have that in your basket, quickly go to the ceramics and start your collection! Best part... you can spend your life collecting Heath... there is so much beauty!

Once you drink from the Soma water filter, you won't want to drink water any other way. We love how the German-made carafe travels elegantly from kitchen to table; we love even more how the California–made filter purifies the water to the highest standards. The biodegradable filter, made from coconut shells, silk, and a plant-based casing, is designed to enhance the taste of your water. ells, silk, anda plant-based casing, is desigd to enhance the taste of your water. Carafe comes with the first filter; second free filter can be obtained by registering at drinksoma.com. 
Soma Water Carafe + Filter


10.14.2014

ryan roche :: style.com

image from Spring 2015 presentation

One of my favorite designers Ryan Roche has beautiful write-up on style.com - beware! it's going to make you want everything! for now you can get her scarves on Nonchalantmom, and her sweaters are coming soon... soon! (can't wait!). Don't miss this chance to get to know more about Ryan in this style.com article or you can follow her on Instagram, she is one of my favorites! Watch as her exciting career is going up, up and away! and no one deserves it more than her...

GO RYAN!

click here to view article 
shop ryan roche at nonchalantmom

contest :: two ways to win this CV pouchette!


you can either shop on the website and you are automatically entered (as of October 8th) OR you can join us on instagram! where we post lot's of happenings and fun things going on...
follow us in instagram and regram this post in your feed or just tag a friend on this post @nonchalantmom - any way you do it... tell a friend and let's get the word out!

winner will be chosen on 10/17/14

good luck!





best clare v pouchette ever!

shop here

10.10.2014

back in stock! Olio e Osso


We are all stocked up again on the Olio e Sasso lip balms. I love these guys because they are produced in small batches. Each balm has an all natural base that utilizes the time honored nourising properties of olive and shea oils bound together with natural beeswax and grapefuit seed essential oil. These lovely balms are meant to be used on your lips, face, body and hair - I love to use them when we travel because it's all in ONE!

I keep the clear in my purse for those moments (especially at this time of year) when you need a balm anywhere, hands, cuticles, face... whatever! And there is certainly something about this container that I love.. it feels good upon application, just pick your color! They go from clear to lightly tinted melon, crimson and darker berry. It's just a light touch of color.

 
Recently they changed their name from Olio e Sasso to Olio e Osso - same delightful balms just a new name... so don't think you are seeing things... it's just a slightly different name.

shop Olio e Osso here

10.09.2014

Juice Cleanse :: final



We finished off the juice cleanse, it was a 7-day cleanse, on days one and two we eased into it with green smoothies and then eased out the same way. It was not difficult and I felt better than I ever through the whole thing! Before I went into this I was having lots of allergy problems, with dust and seasonal allergies. I realized a few days after the cleanse was over that I didn't have those symptoms anymore, no more sneezing and waking up with watery eyes. And even now a week later they are still gone... For this alone the juice cleanse was amazing. I also lost quite a few pounds, not sure how many, but I feel much lighter - the tire around my waist is almost gone.

The things that have stuck with me after the cleanse are the juicing techniques I learned from Rebecca. I have been using them to make various smoothies, sauces with dinner, and lots of green dips. I would love to share some recipes but at this point I am just making something up new each time. I will say that cashew butter has been a big part, it makes everything lovely! Rebecca gave us a whole litany of recipes for smoothies all of which are delicious.

I think the juice cleanse can have the results of anything you are looking for, digestive problems, cleaning out your colon, starting you on a path to a good diet, allergies.. there are a whole range of problems that can but solved with a juice cleanse. It gave me so much energy, I got so much done, I was focused and strong throughout. My taste buds are more in tune with what I want to be eating and my sense of smell just became so strong and aware. Most of all if it's something you have always wanted to do, just do it! It doesn't take any preparation and it will impact your life in so many ways!


read more about Rebecca Briggs and her hOMenaturale cleanse
she has another one coming up October 10-17 or 21-29, 2014

10.06.2014

Duchess & Lion

I wish my kids were small again because I would be all over these guys! And if they sold wholesale, YEP they would be in my store. But this is good for you... you can shop directly from this cute little line called Duchess & Lion. Their sizes run up to 4 years (oh please go up to 10 year!!) Easy clothes for kids to play and do whatever they want in - these are not the fussy type. All the clothes are ethically made in San Francisco (yay!).

Here are some of my favorites (well, just about everything is a favorite!)

gorgeously made with a large pleat in back

leggings for everyone :: boys and girls

oh so cool...

there are a few variations on this head wrap... although I can imagine my kids doing a lot more with this....
And if you can put your fast-thinking cap on and order this little dress asap... it will go on sale on tuesday - there may even be some cryptic way you have to order cause they will go fast... this is the cutest dress EVER.... sizes 12m to 4 year - it will go onto their webshop on Tuesday October 7th (but I'm warning you they will go fast...)



shop Duchess & Lion here

10.03.2014

It's our BIRTHDAY


Can you believe we are 10 years old!!

use code: 'birthday'
10% off and free shipping - ends monday
(my system won't let me give free shipping AND a discount so just trust me, I will apply free shipping!)

ends monday

(pip-squeak chapeau not included)

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL, EXCITING and FUN 10 YEARS!!

9.28.2014

juice cleanse :: day 3-4-5

that's a gorgeous photo of fresh pressed juices!

Now on day five of my juice cleanse, delightful! Rebecca has carried us through in such a knowledgeable way, we get together talk about the day and the past day (we see each other every other day), the days ahead and then yoga every day. I think the yoga every day has been a godsend to me, if you are doing a juice cleanse you want to make sure your day is full, luckily work is crazy at the moment so I have lots to do to take up my time and then the yoga just cleanses your mind. Honestly, I have not been hungry.

These three days have been a complete juice cleanse, we have been snacking on sprouts - beet - broccoli - alfalfa sprouts (chewing like crazy). Between juices we are drinking coconut water, which has been delicious and filtered water. I would have thought I would have major problems coming off coffee but I didn't, just a slight headache on day two and lots of water - once again I think the yoga helps.

The night time is the most difficult for me, but Rebecca suggested that we take a lavender bath, stretch and take it easy. She has some other tricks like, a bit of magnesium in a glass of water to help you sleep and then I always have camomile tea so that helps me too. Day four Rebecca gave me a Thai Massage, which completely soothed my muscles from all of the yoga and stretched and made me longer and taller.

What I love about the way that Rebecca goes about this is that she is encouraging us to continue past the cleanse, giving us insight, and all the recipes to continue on our own and I am pretty darn sure you are going to see some smoothie recipes and other fun things here soon.

read more about Rebecca Briggs and her hOMenaturale cleanse
she has another one coming up October 10-17 or 21-29, 2014

9.26.2014

new on Nonchalantmom :: Sandqvist bags and backpacks!

I am so excited to introduce you to Sandqvist... they are the maker of bags that will be with you for the rest of your life! We have happily made a selection that will work for your whole family!


Sandqvist is a Swedish brand that began in 2004 (same year I started Nonchalantmom!) when Anton Sandqvist bought an industrial sewing machine and put it into his garage, it didn't sit there long, when he started work on THE PERFECT BAG. In typical Swedish fashion he made a bag that was well thought out, well designed and had all the details necessary to become the perfect bag. As he wore his bag around town, people started complimenting, by the fourth compliment or so he thought he might have something here.... and Sandqvist was born.

I found Sandqvist while trolling the Men's Trade Shows, I like to go them because most of the time it's much more interesting than the Womens shows. I hung around long enough to meet Daniel, (Antons brother, I love how they keep it all in the family!) and we wrote an order. I wanted to be sure that we were getting things for the whole family. So we have backpacks small enough for kids (while I still like this one too! so really anyone can use it), leather totes for women - all with shoulder straps so you can easily tote anything, anywhere. Backpacks and briefcases for men and women, and then just in case you really want to travel in style... a weekender!

meet Hedda, small enough for kids, but great for a chic womens backpack
This is Stig - you can see that I am wearing this already! - it's a nice cross between a duffle and backpack - and the perfect size!
The canvas is soft and comfortable, everything has a padded back so that you can wear it all day long and even hiking. The leather is just that perfect shade of caramel and durable for everyday use. All backpacks have an inside pocket and most have a laptop pocket as well, that holds your laptop close to your back for light and easy carrying.

Aki the canvas weekender

Sune the breifcase (I'm actually thinking this can be a weekender for me!)


Of all the new things I have coming in for Fall, I am most excited about Sandqvist.

shop on Nonchalantmom here

9.25.2014

juice cleanse :: hOMnaturale


yes, this is a silly web photo - I promise to take some of my own...

 My friend Rebecca Briggs - who is SUCH a good friend... she used to work right next door to my store in our local Co-oP and I would come in every day, she is one of my first friends when I moved to this town more than 10 years ago. She has a rain-man-like genius when it comes to anything about natural healing, the knowledge that she holds from life-experience and teaching (she is a certified  RYT, CN - certified nutritionist, she is also a Thai massage therapist and a yoga instructor) the part I like is that she has lived all over the place and her life-experience in natural living is her some 40+ years - she calls her yoga and natural family health adventure hOMnaturale (I don't want to call it a business because it's peoples lives she is dealing with). Most of all, she is the most gorgeous person and a few years ago she got into juicing and every time I see her she looks younger. So when she told me she was doing a week-long juice cleanse I said "Sign me UP!".

Rebecca with her son

We started with a day of smoothie cleansing - we met the night before and she gave us a bit of an introduction and everything we would need to make our smoothies, we had a talk, tasted some juice and did some yoga (well it was a LOT of yoga). I have never made green smoothies, but that is not to say that I have not bought them just about everywhere; my favorite is Organic Avenue, but I have also tried BluePrint, Moon Juice in California (YUM) and well... I'm sure there is more, if I see green juice I get it (if I can afford it!!). I say this so that you know Rebecca helps me along like a first grader. She gave us recipes and the way to go. My first smoothie - I went eliminated and cleaned out an hour later, I'd say that's a nice cleanse.

I will follow along with more blogs - but on day two, we got some yummy juices for the day and I am all set. My favorite part is Rebecca thought about the whole person. The first night when she explained what was ahead of us, she gave us ways to think about it in an energetic way (because she's like that) - changing our lives to be more uplifting. I went into this quickly, saying to myself, GREAT! I so need to do a cleanse, just thinking I will drink some juices for a week and *boom* done... by day two this thing has totally rearranged my mind and my life. She reminded me to get back to oil pulling, she has introduced me to a meditation that I think I can actually DO each day, she just changed my whole outlook. I took the opportunity to shift everything I am doing into a ray of light positive, and I am enjoying it! She reminded me that there is a light in our lives but we need to nurture it and keep it burning.

There is so much that is overwhelming these days, it brings me to tears each day what is going on, instead I had instagram to make me inspired and my work which completely consumes me - my only extra moments I let go and hang with my kids. BUT I think there is a better approach, thanks to the light that Rebecca brought to my fire - with her yoga, chants, knowledge and chakra inspiration - I feel that I can take another path. There is so much discussion of war and weapons (I'm happy to say I didn't even know how to spell that word) but if we bring power to that it will consume. Instead my thoughts will be to power the love and kindness on the Earth - that little thought of mine will grow and envelope us. I am trying to bring this to all parts of my life in hopes that most of them will survive, not that I can't listen to the news, I feel it's ignorant not to know what is going on. But while I am in my car I will take the opportunity to sing and chant, when I get up in the morning I will pull-oil in my mouth while I water the plants, when I have to get up early with the kids I will take a minute to stretch and meditate. It's small but grand for me and my happiness.

Have a terrific day and let's see what tomorrow brings... as far as the cleanse that is...

if you want to learn more about Rebecca Briggs and her Cleanse take a look at her website here

9.19.2014

(summer) party!

a bit embarrassing as I have meant to post this since July! we had a fun summer party and looking back, I think that food we served is still relevant and a good party idea so I am going to stand by it and post it anyhow. Mostly because friends keep asking what we served that night and recipes etc. so my blog has become part of my memory, when I need to remember something, I put it down here! Yes, you have this to look forward to as I get old and senile, I will post MORE!



To start with we asked guests to arrive in their best 1960's party attire - we asked them to "come with us to the Isle de Capri" we had a few takers but mostly everyone was in a mood for a party!

on the menu

pickled radishes and cucumbers
french bread
white bean tapenade
beet yoghurt w/herbs

turkey meatballs w/ dipping sauce
steamed mussels in white wine (nothing fancy)
chicken skewers

rose water cookies
little apricot cakes
cherry plum bruschetta
tosca cake

drinks: spiked tea (plus regular tea)

all recipes were from the June issue of Bon Appétit (2013 and 2014) or the Jerusalem cookbook (Ottolenghi) and the tosca cake! well that's my moms famous recipe... everyone always goes crazy over that cake! (recipe to follow)



We all sat outside... we put our rugs out on the deck, pillows and a turn table (best part was spinning records all night! loved that ...)


An unforgettable night, that went on until the wee, wee hours... you know those nights when it just all comes together. We asked everyone to bring a bottle of Rosé so we just kept them chilled along with the spiked iced tea. Kids played kick the can and stayed up late...

What a delight!



Tosca Cake
oven temp 350F
7 tbls butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup light cream

topping:
7 tbls butter
1/2 sugar
2 tbls flour
2 tbls milk
3/4 cup slivered almonds

grease and flour 10 in. springform pan
melt butter - let cool
beat eggs and sugar until light yellow and very thick
combine dry ingredients and add alternately with milk and melted butter mixing well.
pour into prepared pan
bake for 20 - 25 minutes
prepare topping
combine all ingredients in saucepan, heat until thickened - spread over cake - bake for 15 more minutes until golden and bubbly