olio e osso


and what a perfect time to change your color... it's getting warmer, time for a change!

clear, french melon, crimson and berry!

and you are not seeing things.. they changed their name to Olio e Osso - I just haven't taken a new photo... (soon!) but I didn't want to delay getting these yummy lip balms online! they are my FAVORITE! (I use all of them -- depending on my mood and what happens to be in my bag!)

shop them here


bedrooms, house size, and a bathroom for every kid

As many of you know we recently sold our house, moved down the road as we prepare for a larger move... somewhere (!?). We are lucky, we live in an area that goes from small town to booming resort town in the summer, so when we moved out in February we had a good choice of rentals to choose from around here. We happened to find one very close to our daughters school, she can ride her bike to school now. We had weird criteria, we both work from home so we thought it would be nice to keep it that way instead of finding a space for work and a space to live.

We watch a lot of the HG channel (Home and Garden), just to get an idea of other places, homes and it's a wonderful guilty pleasure! It surprises me when people want to have a bedroom and bathroom for each child - why? In my opinion then we would never see each other! The house we found was big enough for us all and a delightful 1970's feel that I could not be more happy about! We work downstairs and live upstairs - we all share a large master bedroom. It's been so much fun, as we lay in bed on a Sunday morning, we were all in our beds chatting about what we were going to do that day. Who want's to go biking? Who wants to go for a run? etc... it is like being on vacation and we are all sharing a hotel room. The kids have a bunk bed (I always wanted one of those as a kid) and they love it. It's one of those things they will always remember "Do you remember when we rented that house by the ocean and we all slept in one room?" - I would recommend it to anyone :)

Life is such a wonderful adventure!


It seems that Spring can never get here early enough, each year I think to myself - geeze, this was a long winter. Then I talk to my friends in Vermont and they still have snow on the ground - w h a t !? Yes, it's all the same cycle, each year we think that the particular year we are in is longer or more profound than the last. Did you know that in Washington DC the cherry blossom peak is determined by ONE tree. It is a tree that is near the Jefferson memorial and an original gift from Japan, each year it blooms just slightly earlier than the others, the cycle of nature. (well I am sure if you look at the science, due to global warming the spring is earlier each year)

Each year I get allergies and a really tired feeling - it's the change of seasons. In years past before I figured out that this happens every year, I used to think I was sick, but now I know it lasts for about a week - I'm tired, but spring makes me want to get out and exercise like crazy. I like to take a week, eat clean, I like to clean out with a rice cream diet for a few days - but also juicing is really nice right now. In a change of seasons it's good to change your habits from the last season and start something new. If you are not already starting your day with a warm lemon + water (I like to add things from time to time depending on what my body is feeling like ginger, apple, cinnamon, etc..).

I get a monthly newsletter from Warren King - my most trusted go-to healer for many years and I always look forward to it and I always learn something from reading it. He reminded me that Spring corresponds to the liver. So you may feel agitated and maybe anger. To give support to your liver you can massage the area between your eye brows above your nose, sometimes people have a crease there - this can mean you are eating too much and it's a good time for a cleanse. You can also massage behind your knee just above your calf this will support your liver. And if you are not already skin brushing it's a good time to start!

Happy Spring!


what's up with the antler tip?

Tess + Tricia antler tip necklace

Have you seen these antler tip necklaces around recently? I like wearing anything that has to do with nature, we have rocks all over our house, driftwood, when I go to the beach I never come back empty handed. So when someone makes something beautiful out of nature, I love it.

Did you know that antler tip gives you courage? - shed antlers are a sign of wisdom, courage, and growth - when the deer sheds them, they have reached a fresh, new chapter in their life. Mine was a gift from my husband, sometimes that's the best way to receive jewelry. When I told him the story about how they give you courage I guess he was sure that I would want one. If you are looking for one just make sure that they are naturally fallen - as they are with Melissa Joy Manning and also our friends at Tess + Tricia. Melissa has her signature look but there are multiple styles from Tess + Tricia and believe me you can trust them to be naturally fallen and ethically made by both of these people.

that's my antler tip
I have them on Nonchalantmom by Melissa Joy Manning, but you can also get them from Tess + Tricia.


Ship Kites by Haptic Lab

Last year we sold out of these delightful kites so quickly, I got more this time! These are the perfect spring kite or if you are going on a destination Spring holiday there is no better activity than this great ship kite sailing on the beach or meadow!

white ship kite

And hey, if you are staying home, well this is a great 3-D art piece to but in a kids room or office. They are super easy to put together and made of bamboo and soft kite textile, it's a fun project to put together as a family. The kite comes with string and everything you need to fly your kite. You can also purchase additional kite string if needed.



And here is how you put it together.

get the ship kite at Nonchalantmom here


Martha McQuade :: scarf-shop

this is the giant-size cotton gauze scarf

I have been following Martha McQuade since I have been on Instagram, her posts are some of my favorites. I found her through my curated group of talented Minneapolis folk that I follow and use for inspiration! I am lucky that I am from Minnesota so it's on my radar, it may not be on everyones radar but if you have spent any time in there you would know it's a special place. And right now it's a hot-bed of talented people who stick close together and help each other cross-pollinate their creativity. If you want to follow Martha on Instagram you can at @mwmmpls and you will be inspired too!

For now, you can shop her scarf-shop... just found it today and I spent, well let's say way too much time, deciding what color to get. She takes simple, beautiful, cotton gauze (in various sizes) and even organic cotton and hand dyes them in 28 glorious shades. What could be more desirable in the doldrums of this in-between seasons than a simple scarf... sometimes it's all you need!

What color did YOU get?



recipe: pesto (Happy St. Patty's day!)

It happens often in our house that everything on the table is GREEN so I thought I would share one of our favorite recipes with you today because it is GREEN! (pesto! haha)

My kids love pesto, I think they like it more than mac and cheese (possibly a toss-up). The fun thing about pesto is that it tastes different all the time and almost everyone I know has a different recipe. This is one of my favorites and I almost always have a jar in my freezer for those nights when you just don't want to cook anything! PRESTO PESTO!

I got this recipe by typing kale and mint pesto into google and out came tons of answers, then I did what I usually do and look at who has the best photos, I came up with The Dreaming Foodie - her photos are AMAZING! and her recipe is equally GREAT! - click to follow her recipe on her blog.

see! aren't her photos amazing!

Kale, Mint and Cashew Pesto
As you use this recipe you will come up with your own proportions depending on how you and your family like it.

one bunch of kale
2 small handfuls of spearmint (I like the taste of spearmint better than peppermint in cooking)
1/2 cup cashews (I think I use a bit more)
1-2 garlic cloves
3/4 cup olive oil
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
salt + pepper
red pepper flakes (my kids are used to these but you may get the 'spicy' comment from your kids)

Jess (The Dreaming Foodie) blanches the kale first - I just saw this now and have never done it for this recipe but I will certainly try next time! Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend. I use the water from the pasta to help it if it comes out too dry or it's not processing. You can also use some pasta water when you are mixing your pesto into your pasta - it will help it stick to your pasta better.

This pesto is delicious on lot's of things; salmon, I made a lobster pasta with it the other night that was delicious! brown rice as a side dish, anything really...

When I lived in Italy I was macrobiotic and we obviously made lots of pesto (its the kind of thing you make when you have nothing left in your pantry) - we made it without cheese and it was delicious - just used pine nuts and a touch more salt (and lots of red pepper flakes). This was the first time I've made it with Kale though, it's just as good, if not better than with Basil.

Happy St. Patty's Day!


Spring is coming! isn't it?

saying good-bye to our Matunuck Hills home

I don't know about you but I keep seeing photos on Instagram of places that are starting to de-thaw, I have seen daffodils and other spring flowers, warm weather and people eating outside. We are still shoveling out of an almost daily snow. A record snowfall winter in which we moved our home and the store, it was mind-blowing... one day at the beginning of the move we were actually moving DURING the snowstorm, I SO wish I had taken a photo of my husbands car in front of mine, both loaded down with our things, he had shelves on top of his car which made him drive with the window open so that he could hold on with one hand and I am telling you it was a wind-tunnel of sideways blistering snow, it's funny now (I can't stop laughing to myself about that day), but not at the time. Don't ask me why we insisted on moving everything by ourselves, everyone asked if they could help, but we did it alone. We had eight pieces of furniture that movers moved for us but otherwise we hauled about 1,000 loads over to our new place, of which I am sure you will see photos soon.

Our new temporary home, until we figure out where we are going to move, is a 70's time capsule. I've hauled out all of my orange and yellow and we are reveling in it! All of my Moroccan rugs are perfect, as are my candles, way too many pillows and my collection of ceramics. It's a terrific cozy beach house that we are going to enjoy thoroughly. But for now we are collapsing! I have been to all the new shows for the upcoming Fall 2015 collections - so now I need to decided what the store will look like, what will be new and which collections we still can't do without. Spring is arriving, a bit slowly if you ask me but we have so many new things on the way for you and you are going to love it all!! I am sticking with collections that live with you day to day, things that quietly make you happy, and things you simply can't do without!

I will say that after moving all the store, our home, my husbands painting studio I have a new affection for all things essential and simple, what do I REALLY need is my new motto! I am always a fan of small frivolous things and even large crazy pieces - but what's important is that they are meaningful and worth hauling all over the planet because you love them!

I am sorry for not communicating better during the move but it was mayhem, I assure you - I hardly found time to ship everyone, which we did - without pause, except for that one customer (you know who you are) I can't find that scarf... I think it's gone! Everyone else was shipping quickly and efficiently as usual :)

and if anyone has an idea of a good place for us to move to.. please do drop us a line!


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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!