7.22.2016

dental hygiene

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When it comes to dental hygiene we are not the best, but also not the worst. I feel like when we were kids we had all those crazy tricks, remember that stuff that made anywhere you didn't brush in your mouth totally bright pink! I'm sure it was not the best for us but I used to get totally freaked when I saw what I thought was good brushing only to find my mouth totally PINK! and flossing... forget it! I had a friend named Jenny Morgan (spelled incorrectly in case she doesn't want to be related to this article) she had gorgeous white and beautiful teeth! I was so envious, I even remember when she had braces... still gorgeous. Well guess what, she still has gorgeous teeth and guess what else, she FLOSSES!

So as I get on in my years I am picking up flossing at a bit of a stronger pace - so of course like any mom my kids have to do it too! We are now a floss-friendly family. So when Plackers came to me and said "would you write a blog about flossing and we will send you some flossers", I said "HECK-YA!"

Now even before they contacted me what they don't know is that we USED Plackers! I even use the mouth guards they make because I have also picked up the wonderful habit of grinding my teeth at night, oh man since 2008 if I would have been smart I should have taken STOCK in Plackers, because who the heck doesn't grind their teeth! Well if your kids don't really think they need to floss just hand them these cute colorful flossers! Perfectly sized for kids teeth, because sometimes the adult ones are just too big.



Plus.. I don't know about your kids but when something is just for them, it's better! Just like that!


I have also found a tooth brush that I am a bit obsessed about - so this is probably a good time to tell you about them, they are called MouthWatchers. I recently traveled and forgot my toothbrush and couldn't find Mouth Watchers and I used another one and it made me realized how incredible these toothbrushes are! I used to be one of those people that could grind down and toothbrush pretty quickly but this toothbrush helps with that and you can lightly brush and still feel incredibly clean. We all use them now! The BEST! here is their website.

click here for more of my articles on flossing, kids teeth and more funny teeth related posts including baby and bottles and funny related stories

Happy Dental Hygiene to you and your family!

Food 52



Recently, a friend of mine gave me a copy of the Food 52 - Genius Recipes and I am just crazy about it! I immediately started making things from their wonderful recipes. Each recipe is from a list of greats like Julia Child (I just made her zucchini gratin with my overload of zucchini from the farm), Hervé This on chocolate and so many more... Last night I made the Hervé This Chocolate Mousse that is simply made with water (it's a Molecular thing)... it turned out incredibly amazing!


So obviously you can see a trend here... Food 52 goes on my list with recipes from Martha Stewart, Ottolenghi and the Fat Radish cookbook as my favorites! They also list my go-to summer recipe that I use for just about everything during the summer. Their Toasted Orecchiette with Zucchini, Corn, and Crème Fraîche recipe is one what I thought I created, but I guess not, but I make it all summer long with whatever vegetables I have on hand. Lately I have taken out the pasta part and just make a nice grilled fish, tofu or sausages and then serve with vegetables made in this simple way, with a bit of crème fraiche, pepper and lemon to make them more interesting.


Then I found that Food 52 has everything! Their website is a bit like a Crate and Barrel for the kitchen only, with EVERYTHING for the kitchen, cook books, and well just believe me when I say EVERYTHING you could ever want in a beautifully photographed website (and NO I do not work for them! haha). My reason for writing this blog was not to talk about the food, but I have a hard time not going there... but to tell you that whatever I don't have for kids, they have on their website! They have great kitchen-type things for kids and it's a great place to get lovely gifts for that budding Chef in your family! Just cute as can be.... link to kids here.


7.21.2016


(FOR A SHORT TIME!)

small print: not included Irene Peukes, new Pip-squeak chapeau
 cannot be applied to past orders

7.18.2016

get your best BEACH on!!


I don't know about you but just about every day at 5pm it's time for a dip in the ocean no matter what's going on! (Well, if I'm in the store it's 6pm) And there is nothing better for kids and beach than WOVENPLAY! Honestly, I don't think there is anything cuter at the beach than Wovenplay... Your kids will turn heads in the sun suit, the Jada or the Lola and even for boys she made a super swim short!

And now for a short time take an EXTRA 20% off the the entire collection! 
use code: 'play20' 
and take an extra 20% off already marked down merchandise (even the NEW collection!)


You can even get your kids ready for when they are OFF the beach... in the new Dot dress!? or aqua sun suit!

GET IN HERE... extra 20% ends Tuesday (7/19/16) at midnight.

Many Moons - Vol. 2 July - December 2016


The new Many Moons workbook is IN STOCK! Just a few copies left! This book has changed so many things for me, she makes it easy to follow along and work on things at your own pace. I love to read about what the moon brings to us each month, it's obviously such a powerful planetary force. It has an effect on our moods, our menstruation, and our relationship to others AND ourselves. I truly feel if we work with the moon to bring into focus our thoughts and desires it only strengthens the chances of them to become a reality.

Sarah will help you to find what you are looking for by asking questions which you can write down in your workbook to keep forever. You can watch as your relationship with your needs and desires gets stronger. She will help you focus on what your heart is telling you and I feel I live more peacefully, day to day, using her book to help guide me.

I love her ceremonies, and can't imagine life without them. It has made meditating easier for me (could never do it before) and it makes me take a a special moment for me and the moon when we get together to cast a spell of love and peace!

link to books HERE

happy Magick!

7.10.2016

ART SOUTHAMPTON and Shelter Island

Art Southampton

During the summer we like to take little jaunty trips, it's so easy in the summer to decide last minute and jump out of town for a night or so (as long as you are going Mon - Fri, weekends take more planning).. just to get the feeling of getting away. I do it a lot with myself and my kids because my husband travels a bunch and me and the kids travel well together (if I do say so myself) as long as I get to pick the destination! (my husband is the one who takes them to Disneyland etc...) One of our favorite trips is to the Hamptons or Montauk.

small shelter island ferryboat

Booth at Art Southampton

For us Rhode Islanders it's so easy.... all we do is hop on a ferryboat and get ourselves onto the island. We don't do a lot of planning because we know there is tons of traffic, you never know where you are going to get stuck - the important thing is to keep your eyes open when you are there because there is always something fun going on! This weekend we did know that there was the Art Southampton show (my husband shows there :) so we were all set with our destination. What a show! it's a great place to see new and emerging art - great for kids because there is that combination of new artists mixed with old, you can play some games like "who's your favorite?" "find the peace sign!" or my favorite... "count how many hearts you see and whoever see's the most WINS!"

a bit of Mickey
 And then you always run into friends and meet new ones... it happens every time!

FRIENDS!

We DID spend a bit too much time in traffic this particular trip, so on our way back we hit a destination I have been WAITING to check out... The Chequit! On Shelter Island, what a cute, amazingly appointed hotel with a staff that is as friendly as can be... We had an early dinner before we jumped onto the ferryboat for our ride home and I am going back for more as soon as I can!

early dinner at Chequit
I am a bit of a picky customer when it comes to where I eat and where I stay, especially when I am on a get-away because I know when I get home I am going to advise you-all and I want to give you the best info for your perfect trip! This is your spot... gorgeous room, perfect dining, a cute little shop I just loved it all. It's also nice and quiet, I HATE crowds and I LOVE nice people... the staff was amazing, so nice to my kids and I we loved them!



I also think it would be a delightful place to get away from kids if you wanted a little romantic place to explore you sure could do it here!

7.05.2016

Lucky Fish PRINT WORKSHOP


We had so much fun with Jann Cheifitz of Lucky Fish at our Print Workshop at the shop! It was a beautiful day and we set up tables outside in front of the store and got out the printing tools! What F U N, and as a side note it was SO much fun we are doing it again, printing, laughing and being creative all together.


We thought people would need t-shirts from us but most brought old t-shirts to UP CYCLE! We all printed on the clothes we were wearing and more... it was a real day of creation. Some of our favorite results came from printing on the clothes we were wearing, I printed a few on my favorite Layla kurta! and we even got some skirt prints.. it was a blast!


The older kids got into the action and pulled out their Jackson Pollock... They splatter painted all over their T's and made some great works of their own! We made scarves, pillows, and whatever came out of the bag! Next time we want to see you HERE at the Lucky Fish PRINT WORKSHOP!

shop Lucky Fish t's here
Lucky Fish for WOMEN here




6.16.2016

Lucky Fish N E W S!

Well there is lots going on in the Lucky Fish department these days! First off we want to announce our first collaborative fun effort at the store... Jann is coming to Rhode Island and we are going to host a PRINT WORKSHOP at the store - "What FUN!" you say... well hell YES!


Jann will be bringing some of her favorite screens, we will have some t-shirts and a few scarves to print and good times will be had by ALL! We hope you can come, we are just asking that you contact us and give us a heads UP so that we know how many t-shirts we need (or scarves) and we will have some fun learning just how the MASTER does it :)

Saturday, JUNE 25th
noon - 2pm

t-shirt - $20
scarf - $10
bring your own - $5

I am going to sew a few dresses and things to add to the printing FUN so come and join us!

Hope to see you THERE
Where you ask?...

Nonchalantmom
556 Kingstown Road
Wakefield, RI

email me with any questions!

and for those of you ONLINE folks.... (and in-store) we are offering
Lucky Fish t-shirts for $25 and under!!
(for a short time)

click here to shop!

see we are GOOD to ALL

6.12.2016

about one of our makers: Tsia Carson :: Language of the Birds


I love the idea of the name of her collection: Language of the Birds... I think about it each morning that I wake up in Rhode Island and I have these crazy birds outside my window that certainly have their own language and I think I am starting to understand them! One is a something a-kin to a dove I think.. is there such a thing as a sea dove? "coo - coo" he softly says, or is it "whoo - whooo"? But guess what I can make the sound back to him - so yes we can talk... a language of the birds, even though I have no idea where he is or what he is... he is out there!

Spending time in Hawaii is a different kind of Language of the Birds I would imagine, much more tropical and crazy sounds is my guess. In mythology, medieval literature and occultism, the language of the birds is postulated as a mystical, perfect divine language. A green or angelic language, a mythical or magical language used by birds to communicate with the initiated. Tsia Carson aptly named her collection :: Language of the Birds. She has a way to communicate through her simple clothing collection which consists of dresses and tops, because let's face it... that's all you need! (and a pair of jeans... right!)

Tsia is a steward of printing as well as shape - I think this is what makes her collection stand out for me. At a show, there is a sea of vendors, it's terrific if you are a lifelong fashion freak as I am but it can also be overkill, it's like going to Art Galleries all day long, it becomes a glaze. But since it's my job I stay alert - and  good thing because when I walked by Tsia's booth I knew it was for us, and I'll tell you what, you don't see garments made this well often, it would be terrific if more people paid better attention to detail and crisp clean lines and a well made garment. Tsia had her daughter with her and I had mine - so that helped.



I asked Tsia a few questions so this post wasn't all about me, gushing about my new favorite designer (this tends to happen when you find something you really like). So here is our little Q and A.

NCM - tell us about how you started this collection - what was your inspiration?
TC - 1993. Chicago Sal Arms. Racks of 1960s-70s discarded Hawaiian honeymoon mu'umu'u and holomu'us. Each more incredible than the next. A snapshot of my maternal grandmother in the 1960s in Israel. Brightly patterned pant suit, cocktail ring she wore everyday, giant smoky sunglasses, laughing.


NCM - your prints are really unique and I love them... tell us about your process there.
TC - Well I definitely have a point of view with prints. I like big repeats and prints that tell a story. I like it when they feel like they are trying to speak to you. I am not one for prints to simply be pretty. I also feel strongly about how the print feels on the fabric (the sink of the ink, the saturation, the hand) which is why I usually opt for silk-screen. And I can not stand a lazy print where the repeat is poorly done. A print should feel like magic.

My process begins with a concept I want to explore. I try not to get to heavy about it. Last year was "summer", this year I tried to create prints that looked like a close up or xerox of an existing print. I tried to make them look like how things were made before we has such great technology. I was feeling nostalgic for zines. Next year I am working with parking lots. Not kidding. We will see how that goes.

I generally start with a tiny something - a fragment of a Victorian circus poster, a photo of sparklers, a detail of pavement, a paint stroke. It's definitely an open ended process. I end up throwing out a lot of stuff. I am learning on the job so the last two seasons I have worked with Gina Gregorio who teaches at RISD and is super talented. I am slowly taking over as I teach myself textile design. I have no background in it. I am completely unqualified.


NCM - since I am always into food I HAVE to ask you about your favorite recipe/dish 
TC - I love food too, way too much. I have all kinds of crazy dietary restrictions which has taught me to be a good cook. I can make a buckwheat, gluten free, vegan cornbread that will blow your mind. I use coconut yogurt. Right now I have been crazy for this charcoal bread - it's black - so I've conscripted my husband into being a sourdough charcoal bread factory. It's amazing toasted with avocado or good with just olive oil.
NCM - Injection here.. I will get the low-down on this charcoal bread as well as the corn bread so keep checking back! They both sound too good and I need to know more!


NCM - I know you have a connection to Hawaii can you give us a Hawaiian recipe!?
TC - The food culture there is amazing. The restaurants in Honolulu are unbelievably good. It's worth the flight just to eat there - so many talented people making unreal stuff. But a lot of it can't be translated due to ingredients being local and highly perishable. I have been working on a butter mochi recipe but it's still a bit rough. Instead let me share lomi lomi sea asparagus with you. 

Lomi Lomi Sea Asparagus
Lomi means to massage in Hawaiian and it is "traditionally" made with raw salmon but here't the thing- there's no salmon in the waters there so like some other Hawaiian dishes it is a hybrid of many influences. There is a huge cross pollination between Hawaii and Alaska where the salmon comes from. This recipe is adapted from Wenhao H. Sun, Ph.D and his seaweed farm in Oahu (http://www.seaoflifeusa.com/olakai). 

Ingredients: 
2 cup fresh sea asparagus tips (AKA samphire or glasswort seaweed. Also called "sea bean" on the mainland)
4 med tomato, diced
1 med maui onion (any sweet onion will do), diced

Place sea asparagus in boiling water for 10-30 seconds, and then quickly chill seaweed in a bowl of ice water. Cut the blanched sea asparagus into about 1 inch pieces and soak them in cold water an hour or longer, drain. This will make them less salty (do not skip this step). Optional step: place diced onion in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes. This will make it easier to digest.
   
Drain everything, mix all ingredients, chill in refrigerator before serving. Do NOT add salt or dressing.

Variations: trade cucumbers for onions. Use grape or currant tomatoes whole. Add avocado.
Thank you so much Tsia for sharing your talents with us and we are excited to see more from you... anytime soon! And if you are looking for some really amazing things to do with your kids, pick up her book, it's just enough of easy and GOOD, practical crafts to do with your kids! It's called Side by Side by Tsia Carson

6.07.2016

five things I'm doing this week...

I get a weekly newsletter from the ladies at 'of a kind', it's called 10 things we are doing this week and I always love to read it! They are delightfully useful and from time to time I pass their ideas onto you! So I decided it was a good idea I start a 'five things I'm doing this week' - because I knew it was impossible that I come up with 10 things each week! I think I can keep this going by keeping my 'things' short and sweet... things you can just do - without a DIY video or anything.


five things I'm doing this week....

1. reading my favorite book in a LONG time - The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - mostly because of the endorsement of Amy Poehler - I'll read just about anything this hilarious lady thinks is good.

2. Vitamix of the week - coconut water, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime, nectarine, handful of arugula, pinch of pepper, small handful of walnuts and some more water and ice! yUM!

3. my new frida No. 6 clogs! obsessed.... obsessed! happy feet!

4. The 'perfect shirt' by Auntie Oti - going on my favorite for three weeks now so I figure it should be on the list!

5. Scallops... I would make scallops every day if I could! I am lucky, my shop shares the same mall as the best fish shop in Rhode Island - Ocean Catch Seafood - I've been grilling them on salads, serving with a mustard sauce (Swedish mustard, sour cream, salt and pepper) and tossing them with quinoa. Every which way they are delicious! (I usually marinate them in olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon - then pan grill them in a really hot pan in some ghee.

I hope you enjoy this new section on my blog as much as I enjoy all of these things!

6.04.2016

shampoodle!

I pulled this one out of the archives - I have a few sizes left - this is the last time I will have the shampoodle pants (last time I will have shampoodle anything, they have moved on to other ventures). Our favorite Swedish brand is no longer so this is it... Franny and I put this together today and thought we would share it with you... because we liked it so much! :)

 It's a moskiddos top and shampoodle pants!

shop pants here - shampoodle
shop top here - moskiddos top

This is what happens when we hang out on Saturdays together in the shop... we start to take photos and SHOP!

6.03.2016

Grad Gifts

I think the jewelry we offer makes incredible graduation gifts! My favorite, the Margaret Solow necklaces - they are perfect for girls AND boys... skeptical, look at boys today they are wearing necklaces and these pieces on a string with a stone are great for both! Choose a stone with a special message: the blue chalcedony in this photo promotes inner knowledge and encourages the mind to become more centered - which helps in making decisions (isn't that just the most difficult for kids of this age!).

use code: 'grad16' for 15% off all jewelry (until June 20)

some additional great ideas are:
margaret solow :: green tourmaline



I have a couple of tourmaline pieces and they are great for detoxing the mind and body, it's a great stone to balance chakras and emits negative ions.

mexican fire opal

This mexican fire opal is a great piece for a boy.. it invokes dynamic energy and intensity!

Check all of Margaret Solow's pieces out in my shop here

5.29.2016

Kickstarter :: Koel Magazine

I have shared with you for many years the talents of Irene Hoofs of Bloesem Blog - she is such an inspiration to me and I am constantly trying to be better just so that I can 'try' to stay in her league. She is hosting a kickstarter for her new magazine called Koel, which will be all about crafting and working with yarn and if I know Irene it will be lots of amazing things you can do with your hands, inventive projects - which are not overly complicated, just things you want to make and do for you home.


If you are like me you want to be a part of it from the start... I signed up for the Macrame kit! (can't wait!!) and a copy of her first issue - but you can choose your left of support. I just love seeing someone this talented always working on the next thing and moving forward.


Visit her kickstarter page to get all the details but it's going to be good! So get in there now and support from the beginning!




Happy Crafting and I'm so happy to share this with you!

5.28.2016

Roadtrip :: Minnesota to Rhode Island


Life is funny, I was going to take a quick trip to help my mom with a garage sale as she prepares to move to Colorado to be closer to my sister (it was way too hard for us to keep track of her active 87 year old lifestyle from far away - so now she is going to be near my sister - thank god!) It's not the first garage sale our family has been through - that was back in 1984 - but still lot's of my childhood memories and things from my past. Boxes of notes passed between me and my friends in grade-school, drawings I made in art classes and things I haven't looked at since I left them behind.

Since my mom is downsizing quite a bit she is also getting rid of her umpteenth set of Swedish crystal, pottery sets from her hometown in Sweden made by Nitsjo - our family favorite, we have pots and sets for glogg and just about anything else. You'd have thought we lit the entire house with candles we had so many... even after I made my pick (most of it) there was still a large table full of candles and candle holders - we were giving them away at the end of the sale! Copper pots and cooking utensils, my dads tools and I could just go on. So in the end what I thought I was going to ship back to myself in Rhode Island, I packed a SUV rental full of these memories and useful items and drove them back to Rhode Island. Some items will be on my 'Flea Market' in the shop coming up soon here when I get the time to go through it all.

It was a trip down memory lane, I am lucky my mom has her head on straight and she was totally ready to just let it go and live smaller. I on the other hand still want to hold onto every detail of my youth and each piece I touched brought back a delightful memory of our childhood. It's not that I want to hang onto it, I want to share with my kids how delightful and full of love each piece is and the story that it all brings together. I'm well aware that things were not perfect, but we tend to dwell on how perfect it was not and forget that there really was so much that was... perfect. Remember those trolls, we got them in a Scandinavian gift shop "up North" near our cabin in Garrison, MN on Lake Mille Lacs a log cabin in the middle of nowhere... she still had them! I was happy to find so many things I had forgot about and my mom and I laughed together about all of the 'stuff' and how my husband was going to kill me when I got home with it all packed up in the car.

I saw a lot of this... open fields

The trip took me 21 hours in total, I stopped at midnight and woke up at 8am to get back into the car and drive some more! So there was not a lot of sightseeing but I am here to say that Minnesota and Wisconsin are beautiful! I had an eyeful of lush and green, farms, deer, cows and even buffalo. Nothing against it but I don't think I need to get to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio anytime soon although I follow a couple of people from Ohio on Instagram and I know it's an interesting place! New York State is where it got pretty again and I knew the only 'stop' that I wanted to make was in Albany, NY at the Empire Plaza and that did not let me down! Since I have been home I have been talking about it and I have not met a single person who knew about this plaza, it's the most peaceful, beautiful place I have seen since we used to lay in the middle of the World Trade center, on the benches surrounding the fountain and just bask in the silence. The Empire Plaza has that same stillness just like being in a different time. The sheer size is just a boggle to the mind, it's GIANT the towers are so large and cantilever in a way that makes them balletic.


Empire Plaza in Albany

I will be taking the family back to Albany and the Empire Plaza, I can't imagine NOT having them see it - it's a natural feeling/man-made wonder. On the same vein as Brasilia... I think the trip would be to Albany, then Herkimer to look for gems and do some camping and then down to Hudson again. There is something peaceful about taking a road trip alone, I completely enjoyed it. I got the new Krista Tippet book 'Becoming Wise' on tape and listened to that much of the way - fantastic book! (another blogs worth) - there was something I loved about driving across the country and listening to her voice much of the time that just made me feel Wise and Peaceful!

a truck full of onions

Thank you Enterprise Car Rental for offering such a reasonable rate to pick up and drop off in another location. It's nice to know that there is a company out there that can fathom the 'road trip' and facilitate a trip like that and encourage people to get out there and see our great country.

Follow me on Instagram where you will see more photos and more stories of my travels and the shop - at nonchalantmom