One of my favorite Whole Foods Market promotions, their limited edition Beauty Bag, comes out Friday, 3/24. My friends at Whole Foods Market North Shore sent me a bag to preview this week, and I’ve got to say… this is a good one.
Whole Foods Market partnered with Piece & Co. on this organic cotton bag, handcrafted by artisans in India. It is literally brimming with some of the best natural, clean beauty products on the market (all meet WFM’s rigorous body care quality standards). The bag retails for $18, but is valued at over $90.
Here’s what you’ll find inside:
Andalou Natural Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk | 1.7 oz
Weleda Soothing Facial Lotion | .23 oz (yessssssssss)
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive | .26 oz (excited to try this)
Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner | 1 oz
Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Facial Mask | 1.7 oz (wearing this as I type…)
evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm | .5 oz (comes in a very cool tube)
Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil | .17 oz
Whole Foods Market Dry Skin Hand Cream Peony, Mint & Blackberry | 1 oz (one of my favorites — it smells like summer)
Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara Jet | .57 oz (another favorite)
Along with the Beauty Bag release, Whole Foods is hosting a huge sale in their Whole Body department. All facial care, cosmetics, cosmetic brushes, nail color are 25% off through 3/28.
Spotted at Legacy Place today while the kids and I dropped in for yogurt, smoothies, and our fourth pint of raspberries this week…
These beauty bags would make great Easter (who wouldn’t like a basket full of beauty?) or Mother’s Day gifts, and they’re one of my favorite ways to discover new clean and natural beauty products each year. Quantities are limited, so I recommend stopping in to your local Whole Foods Market soon.
…You can stock up on those insanely good garlic + lemon olives while you’re there.
Just a little word of encouragement. And a really cute tide marker.
Saquatucket Harbor, Harwich
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
True Life: Grocery shopping with a three-year-old and a one-year-old is (often) NUTS. It can also be really fun. Especially if no one manages to climb out of the cart, while still strapped in (that’s happened on three separate trips). Grace’s additions to the shopping list today: a pineapple, two avocados, string cheese, and blackberries.
Here’s this week’s meal and workout plan.
MEAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK of 3/20
Vegetarian burrito bowls (quinoa, black beans, corn, salsa, avocado)
Spring is just on the other side of this weekend. We are almost there, my friends. Pay no attention to the snow storm in the forecast. With the Well Summit’s Day of WELLness, the parade and a mind full of weekend musings, I’ve got plenty to keep me preoccupied (and my weather app closed).
I love how this mini sketchbook (above) I made turned out. I cut down some 140lb. hot press watercolor, painted and mono printed several sheets and then bound them using a simple pamphlet stitch. I ended up having enough paper to make four mini books, and each one (painting aside) took less than 5 minutes to assemble– it was a surprisingly simple + meditative process. I’ve been using them for daily sketching and jotting down notes.
Related: My friend and fellow Get Messy creative team member Vanessa just released a wonderful online class called Basic Bookbinding. It’s a steal for $15 and covers 4 different methods (I am really excited to try the more complicated coptic stitch) for making your own sketchbooks and art journals.
Unrelated: March Madness is here. I came in third (I think?) in my sister’s office pool last year, and have high hopes for this year’s bracket too. It should be noted that there is essentially no method to my (March… lololol) madness.
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade route has been shortened (again). We would normally watch from the top of our street where it’s fairly quiet and far less crowded than Broadway. Grace has basically been looking forward to the parade… since last year’s parade, so I expect we’ll be braving the circus. Seeing her enthusiastically shake hands with politicians is sort of the best thing ever.
When we closed on our beach house last fall, I was longing for summer. I looked forward to long days at the beach, warm evenings on the deck, and starry nights with our family. While I know this coming summer will be wonderful, I can’t tell you how much joy and peace winter on Cape Cod has brought us. It has been the best surprise.
We’ve spent nearly every weekend down the Cape since October, escaping the busy-ness of our (equally wonderful, albeit noisier) lives in the city. There is something so calm and lovely about the off season.
What better day than a snow day to daydream of sun dresses? While Stella’s outside doing what she does best (snow + wind), I’m inside attempting to keep the babes entertained + looking forward to spring’s return.
I had a chance to visit The Paper Store‘s headquarters west of Boston earlier this year (on the eve of our last big snowstorm), along with some of my favorite blogging pals, to get a preview of spring fashion trends from their lovely buyers. We were treated to Champagne, Sugarfina treats, macarons and a peek at several racks full of beautiful spring dresses and tops.
Those of you in the Northeast are likely familiar with The Paper Store (it’s my go-to for cards, gifts and Alex + Ani jewelry). They have a really great fashion section as well, and many of their items (including their new private fashion and jewelry line, Mia & Tess) are available online.
Here are a few of the spring fashion tips The Paper Store buyers shared with us:
Off the shoulder tops and dresses continue to be on trend this year (and are universally flattering!)
Look for delicate chokers that can be worn alone or layered
Floral prints are updated in pale, dusty pinks, bold mints, china blues and pair perfectly with denim
Speaking of which, you’ll find denim dresses, footwear, scarves, hats, jackets and tops in store
Layer a longer lace or crochet trimmed tank under sweaters and tops to add some visual interest and update an old favorite
…Coming to you live from snowy Cape Cod with this week’s meal plan + workouts. The babes are napping, so I figured I’d make an attempt to get my act together for the week before we head back to the city.
Note to the entire internet self: I need to figure out if Tuesday’s storm is the real deal or not and plan my grocery shopping accordingly. My favorite meteorologist (yes, I have one of those) seems to be on vacation, so I am essentially lost.
Breakfasts will likely be some combination of yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese, English muffins and/or a porridge made from my children’s table scraps… Lunch is usually a giant salad. I expect these dinners will make for really good leftovers to tag along with my greens. And my peasant parent porridge.
Time to Google the weather. Catch you on the other side… of the Sagamore.
Over the years, including the 8 I’ve spent blogging here (making me essentially an Internet senior citizen), my understanding of words like fitness and healthy and wellness have changed and evolved. From running marathons to training to being able to run a 5k again, from getting “wedding ready” (whatever that means) to becoming a mother, from learning to eat mindfully to managing stress, I’ve found that health and wellness is not a linear journey.
There is no one path to wellness. We all make our way.
One of my favorite things about being in this community is learning from the paths and experience of others. For that reason, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Day of W.E.L.L.ness in Boston on 3/18. For those of you living in the New England area (or looking to make a weekend trip!), you might want to check it out, too!
Where: Wyndham Beacon Hill (a short walk from the Charles Street/MGH T stop on the Red Line)
Discount: Use code ELIZABETH to receive $20 off your ticket order
This Day of W.E.L.L.ness is sort of an off shoot of the annual W.E.L.L. Summit (hosted in New York City) and showcases wellness from a 360 degree viewpoint. Breakout session topics include Ayurveda, meditation, nutrition, fitness, financial health and building a wellness business. The day also includes a DIY breakfast oatmeal bar from Thirst Juice Co., a custom tea bar and healthy snacks, an incredible gift bag, an afternoon yoga class, access to New England based exhibitors and more.
I’d love to see you there!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary ticket for this event and this post contains referral links.