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Sale ends February 13th, 2015


Valentines day is a moment away!

Today is a snow-day in Rhode Island so guess what, we got into Valentines Day mode and took the chance to make some Valentines Day cards (kids) while I took some V-Day photos for Nonchalantmom. On of my friends emailed and asked me if I had anything for Valentines day and that got my mind working... After I spent a few minutes listing out things I realized I needed to take a photo of them all for her to choose from (I do this a lot, like say you email and need a baby gift, well I put together a photo of things and you choose a nice little package... it's fun for me and EASY for you!).

Valentines Day is a favorite for me because everything is PINK! (and if you don't get enough from me sign onto Ryan Roches instgram feed and you will get mORE pink!) in a jam it's red, but pink's my favorite!

Valentine Gifts for your friends or family:

clockwise from top left: Clare Vivier flat clutch in blush ($98) , new Jao face creme (this stuff is SO good! $60), Olio e Osso lip balm ($28), Rebecca Atwood natural cedar candle ($56), Margaret Solow necklaces :: amethyst or raw amethyst ($148-$118), Elixirs & Co 'Audacity' toilet water ($78), Lucky Fish Bird pillow ($46), My Pottery lavender ($28), Lucky Fish Supermoon t-shirt (women $68 - kids $40)

Valentine GIFT ideas for kids and baby:

clockwise from top left: Lucky Fish pink bird pillow ($46), Makie liberty floral baby pillow ($38 ), Wovenplay feather headband ($48), Jess Brown *sweets* doll ($234), Lucky Fish mi amor pillow (), Wovenplay loop knee-high stockings ($28), Lucky Fish butterfly mask ($28), Makie liberty floral bib ($18)


daily green smoothie

A few months back I told you about a cleanse that I did with my friend Rebecca Briggs, she has a great blog called hOMnaturale. Her cleanse system is amazing and encompasses her vast knowledge on food, yoga, meditation, healing and loads of other wonderful things. Since my cleanse with her I have been making green smothies (along with my daily elixir which I shared with you in a blog a few months ago - link here). While the elixir is a more simple tall glass of freshness, I have also gotten into the routine of a green smothie each day and I am crazy about them.

If I do say so myself I think mine are pretty good (thanks to Rebecca) and I don't even have a Vitamix, I am just doing it with a plain old, high powered, blender! They taste amazing and it's nice during the winter (because they are not really cold) to replenish and drink fluids. Depending on what's going on in our community and family I will add a dropper full of Astragalus if my immune system needs a boost or if my nerves feel jumpy and unsettled I add a dropper of Magnesium.. whatever your 'thing' is.. you can add to your smoothie and give it an even bigger boost.

Some of my favorite ingredients are (all organic) : almond milk, coconut water, extra virgin coconut oil, Turmeric, cashew butter, hulled hemp seeds, green apples, pears, dates, spearmint (SO good!) etc... I think I could go on forever. But here is one of my favorite recipes, I really just make what is in my fridge - you will figure out what works for you and what doesn't but it's a good idea to have a base of a non-dairy milk, water, nut butter, powder (like hemp, maca etc.) green leaf (baby spinach, romaine, kale...), lemon... and then change things up from there...

Today I made this (all organic ingredients):

2 cups arugula
1 cup almond milk
1 cup filtered water (coconut water)
1/2 small lemon (with or without peel)
1 Tbsp cashew butter
1 tsp kava powder
1 tsp maca powder
pinch of Himalayan salt
a 1" piece of ginger (peeled and sliced into pieces)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
3 pitted dates

blend until it's pretty smooth - it takes a bit for my blender. I didn't add mint today but usually I do - SO good! This makes enough for me to have a glass, share a glass with my husband, maybe the kids too and then I put the leftover in jar with a lid and drink that later in the day (maybe in the car when I'm driving the kids around).

Some people have a hard time drinking a green smoothie (I CRAVE them so not a problem there) but if you do try drinking with a straw, I think that makes it easier?



A Tribute to Michio Kushi

Over the holiday break Michio Kushi passed away, my sister and I took the time to reflect on the difference he made in this world, the impact he has made on so many lives and what a champion for peace he was in a world full of turmoil and troubles. Whenever I am unsure of what is going on today, what am I doing to help and what will have the biggest impact I turn to Macrobiotics. Because of the charisma and dedication of Michio Kushi there are so many people who feel the same way. It is amazing to think that one man brought so many people together and created such a strong movement for good through health and well-being.

If you would like to pay tribute to Michio Kushi there will be a memorial at Arlington Street Church in Boston MA on January 31st at 2pm. You can visit the web page : www.michiokushi.org for more information. Visit the Institutes website for heart-warming tributes to Michio and for more information: www.kushiinstitute.org/honor-michio-kushi/

There was a wonderful article in the New York Times about Michio and his life, but if you have the chance read some of his books, go to the Macrobiotic Summer Conference and have your life changed or just take in the idea that food was is key to health and health the key to Peace. Michio was overall interested in Peace and felt that the way to Peace was through a healthy diet - I believe this to this day.

Thank you Michio for changing my life and the lives of so many others, for creating a peaceful path and setting a way to Peace.

link to NYT article


I can't believe I still have these....??

This is my annual January blog when I look at my store and notice things that I just can't believe I still have!! I thought these things would be a favorite of all you guys, they are certainly mine! ...was I wrong? or did you just not see them!? I am lucky, my store is small enough that I just fill it with things that I love and really think are made well, by good people, doing good things. But when it comes to the end of a season and I still have things I'm crazy about, well, all I gotta say is you better grab them before I do!

This was one of my favorite bags from Erica Tanov (and it's 50% off!), I have one already so you don't have to worry about me getting it, but this is my last one! (and the gold... it's best for summer AND winter!) and this inouitoosh scarf.. the pink was my favorite color! and I have two left... can you believe it?

I used to have a lot of baby things in my store, but really all babies wear (let's get real) are these kind of sets - Tuss makes the best ones! I have always had them in the store and they are on sale now for $58 for the set... really!? If I was going to bring something amazing to baby shower this Erica Tanov baby blanket would be IT.. it's so soft and gorgeous, and the print! amazing.

My love affair with Clare Vivier bags will never end... it helps that she is from Minnesota too (although she decamped to LA with her French husband (!!)..) her bags are so well-made in Los Angeles to boot - another reason I love her things. These are two of my favorites, the messenger bag in the winter, let's face it, wearing your bag cross-body is the best (hands free to make snowballs! duh) and if I am going out this foldover clutch which is shearling/leather (!!) so great right now (both on sale at the moment but that won't last long...)

These boots from Moskiddos are really like slippers, the kind of shoes you can walk around the house on a cold winter day and then also comfortably wear outside to keep your toes cozy and warm! We have a couple of womens sizes left (and only $58!!) - and kids! (these are so good for kids for school...)

I don't know if you know what TUSS stands for but I DO, it's The Ultimate Simple Solution - this collection is from Sweden and is so well-made I love them, my kids grew up in her clothes and I see my neighbors kids in the hand-me-downs and they STILL look amazing! (yes, right about now I'll bet you wish you were MY neighbor!). These leggings are made like steel with little zippers at the bottom, tired of knees with rips? not these leggings! and every boy needs at least ONE of her shirts, just TRUST me on this one (thank me later) he will always look the coolest at any party, gathering or dinner out I promise. The bermuda shorts, let's just say that when my son modeled them he said "I'm never taking these off!" they are thick, soft and well-made - all you need to know.

Did I mention that I LOVE Utility Canvas!? listen, I only have these guys in my store because it's all I wear... and carry... if you don't already have a field bag GET ONE! (again, thank me later - oh and they are one sale right now!) and this smock, I put it on when I get home from taking the kids to school and it comes off after dinner - my phone goes in one pocket and a couple of bills and a cough drop in the other and I am set for the day! (it's also good for gardening and pottery class :)

I don't know about you but I like to go out to dinner with my kids, I like it one at the time (you get to focus on one and that's always nice) WHEN we do this Franny's dress up outfit is usually Wovenplay, cause that's just how we roll... and sometimes I can talk her into wearing a crown, but that's for an extra special occasion (and I am not totally against wearing them myself too!) and if you are not going to go the full nine yards and wear a dress/outfit the tights are a good start.

These sweatshirts by Atsuyo et Akiko (I LOVE those girls) are a favorite, it was our go-to kid gift for the holidays cause who doesn't want a shiny golden LOVE on their chest?! (they are on sale now too.. only $30!) and I don't know HOW it's possible that I have these Makie reversible fur vests left... Holy Mackerel! (now on sale for $53!!)

These are my favorite things, but I have more... so don't hesitate to ask me advice, I love that too! Before we get all new collections for Spring (eek! can't wait!) you have these lovely items to go-to.

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food, food :: FOOD

I think I should have a food shop rather than clothing and accessories... I tell you, it's a real passion. I'm sure it stems from my mom, she has always been such a great cook and really obsessed with recipes and cooking and baking... all that! But what a great thing to pass onto her girls, both my sister and myself and crazy about cooking too! And when I became macrobiotic almost 20 years ago, she was right there into it as well. Although we are no longer macrobiotic that kind of cooking never leaves you - so we all look out for healthy recipes. My niece recently graduated from a Vegan cooking school (I'm spending the Holidays with her so more on that later for sure!), my mom is So proud of her! So my moms love for food and cooking has really gained strength through our families.

I have passed on many recipes to you from my mom, macrobiotics and just darn good food. I get a lot of inspiration from cookbooks, Martha Stewart, Bon App├ętit, and pinterest - you can follow me on pinterest and I have a really good recipe board! I also find some great blogs from time to time, like this one: What's Cooking Good Looking - I have made many of her recipes and her photos... amazing!! I will be making this coconut rice pudding with roasted cherries  and Zatar roasted butternut squash and chickpeas for my family during the holidays.

When I go on vacation with my family we spend the whole time in the kitchen! (I'm lucky my sister has a BIG kitchen) we have so much fun and laugh and make good food, to me that's what the Holidays is all about - well a good present here and there doesn't hurt either - haha! I don't know if you have figured this out yet but I use my blog as a memory bank for myself... if I need to remember it, bookmark it, keep a website in my mind, I write a blog! This is one of those... remember, What's Cooking Good Looking!


NEW :: Lucky Fish just arrived!

Just in time to get yourself something for the Holiday season... and the Edible Schoolyard Tea Towels make the best hostess gift for just about everyone on your list!

clockwise from top left: womens t's, rebecca atwood candle, les fleus d'bach flower essences, pink bird pillow, edible schoolyard tea towels, circus horse canvas bag, oilio e osso lip and body balms
The Womens T's are some of my favorites! I love these and want every one of them (but I'll let you go first!)
moon phases T

circus horse baseball t

close-up of the tea towels

brighten up any kids room! or any room! mi amor linen pillow

clockwise from top left: lucky elephant pillow. clare vivier grande pouchette natural leather w/neon stripe, lucky fish edible schoolyard tea towel, les fleur d'bach essences, lucky fish circus horse tote, wovenplay feather headband, olio e osso lip balm (in tints or plain)
(these new items are not included in the sale but all other past collections of Lucky Fish are included!)

get your Lucky Fish ON!


Holiday Shop!

Pleaee come to our Holiday Shop event this Wednesday, December 17 :: 4-7pm
At the shop in Matunuck
2717A commodore perry hwy

see you there!!


take 25% off!!

It's official... we are clearing out for the Holidays - This year, in stead of after the Holidays SALE we decided to give it all to you now! So take 25% off of EVERYTHING - get it while you can!

use code: 'merrymerry'
for 25% off everything!

Happy Holidays!

love - nonchalantmom

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Projects Abroad

Ever wonder what you are going to do when your kids go off to school? I have a few friends/family who are in this situation and although I am not actually IN the situation, I have thought about it and I would love to volunteer abroad. Today I received an email from this organization, Projects Abroad and I think it looks amazing! This image is compelling enough for me to join... oops, I have to wait a few years I guess since my kids are in grade school.

Projects Abroad is an organization that places people together with their skills and facilitates your travels. They predominately work with kids out of high school and their gap-year but there is also a place for people like us older folks who want to help too.

You can choose your destination, length of stay and they will match up with your skills. It sounds like an amazing organization and who knows... maybe we will meet each other out there one day! It's a big world let's go help those in need.

Projects Abroad


Astragalus for your immune system

dried Astragalus root

Each year at this time I have a have a problem keeping up my immune system. Each year I try something new, dry brushing, oil pulling, etc... they all help and I really have had benefits from all but I have a problem keeping up on each, I do both dry brushing and oil pulling but not on a regular basis. SO, on a recent trip to our local co-op I found these pieces of dried Astragalus root I was sure I had found my new immune system booster.

I have always given my kids Astragalus,  apparently it's easier on the stomach than Echinacea so it's easier for kids (and frequently comes in drop form without alcohol). It's also easier because it's effects don't diminish after seven days as happens with Echinacea. Both of these have always been very helpful with a variety of ailments for our family, we never use over the counter.

I simply put a 1 inch piece in my tea a few times a day, if I'm not feeling well, if I am 100% then I just take it in my morning hot water and lemon. There is very little flavor so you will hardly notice but the effects are really great.

The woman at the health food store said that she puts it in her soups and stews! (great idea but I haven't tried it yet) and another friend just chews on it! Any way you use it I think it's a great thing to give a try... it's natural, unprocessed and it really works! If you can't find it in your local store drop me an email and I would be happy to send you some!

Astragalus for health!


My moms cardamom bread

This recipe is so easy - even I can do it! I never really make bread, something about working with yeast.. Freaks me out a bit. But this recipe is so easy that I can overcome the fear of yeast. It's perfect for a snowy day activity, or in the case today .. A rainy day - I like anything that has the oven on a bit to keep our house cozy!

Cardamom Braids
2/3 cup butter
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 sugar
2 tsp ground cardamom
1 egg
6 1/4 cups flour

Melt butter add milk and heat to 115 degrees. Put yeast in the bottom of a large bowl and add a little of the milk mixture and stir until dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients, but only 3 1/4 cups of the flour. Knead the dough until its shiny and elastic. Knead in the remaining flour by hand (save some if the flour for later). Knead until dough no longer sticks to the side of the bowl. Sprinkle with flour and cover with a cloth and let rise for 30-40 minutes. 

Knead the dough again on a lightly floured surface until it's smith and elastic. Cut into three equal parts, then divide each piece into three pieces and roll/knead into smooth even ropes and braid them. Place the braid with enough room to double in size on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and covered with cloth and let rise until it's doubled in size (about 40 minutes). 

Brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with almonds and pearl sugar and bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. 



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ends monday 12/8/14


Getting to The Nutcracker

This looks like a great movie for your young dancer - lovely how nice it is to be a part of a larger project - Happy Holidays!

It's playing at our local art center (Jamestown Art Center - December 4th at 7pm)
find out where it's playing near you!

UPDATE :: we watched this last night and it's FANTASTIC! If you have the chance don't miss it to watch these talented kids and their determination - such a good lesson for any child