Mala Beads for Little Ones

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Just a few days before we left California for Oklahoma, I received a little brown package that couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Inside were two malas for Whoorlito and Whoorlita – the kindest gesture from the folks at Mala Collective to help them with their big transition.

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The kids are familiar with malas – they see me wear mine and occasionally pop in when I’m meditating with the beads, so they were pretty excited to have beads of their own. When I told Wita that her mala was called the Peaceful Hearts Mala, with rose quartz being the stone of love, she was thrilled.

(Three weeks later, she declared herself smitten with her new “boyfriend” in Pre-K. Coincidence? I THINK NOT.)

((Um, boyfriend? Can we briefly talk about the fact that we were sitting in the kitchen having breakfast last week when she matter-of-factly stated, “Mom, I think I have to break up with Andrew….I’m just too young to get married.” Discuss.))

(((She’s four.)))

((((And who is Andrew?))))

(((((Hold me closer, Tony Danza.)))))

Wito’s mala is the Onolicious mala – which signifies never giving up - to always get back up and try again. He’s down with that, except he much prefers to wear it around his wrist or just rub it between his fingers. We actually use “fidgets” as an outlet for the energy that loves to make its way out of Wito’s body via his hands, and feeling the beads one-by-one between his fingers is a great way to channel that extra energy in a subdued manner. Rubbing the beads is also a great way to keep him grounded, since he is his mama’s son.

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I mean, are they zenned out here or what? You can check out the entire kids collection here. Thank you, Mala Collective!



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We are Nomads Armed With Chia Pouches

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This post is sponsored by Mamma Chia. Thanks for supporting this site!

Between moving, the housing fiasco, kids starting school, and acclimating to a new city, my family has essentially become nomadic. We are ALWAYS in the car – driving to school, racing to an appointment, getting lost (this city is not how I remembered!), or on the way to meet up with family and friends. (Also, let’s be honest, we aren’t that pumped about spending time on top of each other in our current living situation.)

I’ve become Queen of Snacks over the past few weeks (let’s be honest, aren’t all moms designated with this title?), but since I’m in the car all the livelong day and my children devour snacks with no regard to their surrounding environment, I’ve nixed the messier ones. Mamma Chia to the rescue!

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These are the contents of my purse minus 8,230 receipts that I removed for the sake of prettiness. My wallet, my phone, my Invisalign bag, a small pouch of my must-have essential oils, lippies and lotion, and mah chia pouches.

Awwww yeahhhh, mama loves herself some chia seeds, and now I’ve got my entire family on the bandwagon, thanks to these yummy pouches. The organic Chia Squeezes are damn tasty, and my kids love them. Not to mention that we get half the recommended amount of brain-boosting Omega-3s (1200 mg) in a serving. I’ve tried several different types of fish oil supplements with my kids to no avail, so I can’t tell you how pumped I am that they love these. Plus, these pouches are perfect for school lunches!

Also, I have to say – I really love Mamma Chia’s founder Janie Hoffman’s personal story. She is passionate about what chia seeds have done for her in regards to her battle with longstanding autoimmune disorders. Once she incorporated chia into her daily diet, there was a very noticeable increase in her vitality, energy and strength.

Another favorite? The Mamma Chia Vitality Beverages that contain organic chia seeds infused with organic fruit juice. Perfect for pre and post workouts, they have tons of fiber and protein. These are yummy as well, but the pouches are the true apple of my eye. (Speaking of, the Apple Cinnamon pouch is a Whoorl family favorite.)

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Have you tried them? I think you should – so it’s giveaway time! The lovely folks at Mamma Chia are giving away a great gift pack of chia goodness to one lucky winner:

· One week’s worth of Chia Squeezes (7)
· One week’s worth of beverage vouchers (7)
· The Chia Cookbook from Janie Hoffman
· Mamma Chia Camelbak water bottle

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p.s. – If you are a Chia lover like yours truly, the cookbook by Janie Hoffman included in the giveaway is available in stores at the end of September. Enjoy!



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I’m Living in a Stress Dream

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This.

This is how I’ve felt for the past three weeks.

Where do I even begin? Well, it’s been a fiasco. Some of you know a little of the story from Facebook, but here goes.

We finally got word that our (very late) belongings were arriving in Oklahoma City last week. The day before move-in, we dropped by the rental condo to take some final measurements, noticed some wetness and staining on the living room floor, and called the landlord who promised to check it out immediately. The next morning we woke up, took Wita to her first day of pre-K, and prepared for the big moving day. D drove over to the condo to check things out while I packed up our stuff from the interim at my parents, and about thirty minutes later, he called me from the condo. The owners were there, along with some service professionals, and guess what they found? A big ol’ leak, and yes, you guessed it, BLACK MOLD. Black mold in the walls, black mold in the plenum, I’m guessing black mold in lots of very fun places. (Hey, this wasn’t our first mold rodeo.) About the same time, we heard from the moving company that the semi-truck was 30 minutes outside of the city. HOORAY! Our belongings! Yet, um, NOWHERE to put them. Teeny tiny dilemma.

Don’t think we didn’t realize the irony of these two crucial events happening within 30 minutes of each other. We had been pooling and cocktailing and socializing at my parents’ home for the past 7 days – it sure would have been nice to find out about the mold, I don’t know, say, a a few days before moving in so we could find a new place in time. Alas, no. 70-foot semi truck! Pulling into town and headed to Tennessee directly afterwards! Let’s do a Herkey!

Needless to say, the calls to local storage units started immediately. Um, exactly how big does a storage unit need to be to house 12,000 pounds of stuff? Pretty big, folks.

It was around lunchtime when the driver arrived. Luckily, he was planning to stay the night in OKC, so that gave us the rest of the day to try and miraculously find a rental that we could move into the next morning. (Hello, tall order. The Amazing Race – Oklahoma City Edition!) And that’s when I felt some serious Okie love. You guys, friends and family were coming out of the woodwork to help us on our quest for a place. My phone was ringing off the hook with offers of help. Oklahomans are like that, you all. Always have and always will. After several hours, we managed to find a very small apartment to move our stuff into the following morning. 1,000 square feet, to be exact. Talk about some family bonding.

The next morning, the semi met us at the storage unit (where we would have to store about 75% of our stuff due to the size of our new digs), and what happened next was a true delight.

When the local moving crew opened the semi door, you should have seen the looks on their faces. Something to the effect of this:

Not only was the moving company’s delivery over a week late, but they hadn’t been, um, very gentle with our things. As in, about 40-50% of our belongings were damaged, but take a look for yourself! Good times!

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As someone (hilariously) commented on this Facebook post, “That’s why it took so long to get there. They had to break everything first.” PREACH.

The local movers remarked that they had never seeing a truck packed so poorly. Our sofa was lying on top of crushed boxes marked fragile. Mangled furniture, crushed lamp shades…just a heaping mess. Tens of thousands of dollars of damage, with most of the items being irreplaceable and one-of-a-kind from D’s treasure hunts. (Well, I should have known this was going to happen when they cracked our Saarinen table in half even before loading it on the truck.)

Thank God we purchased extra insurance. Deep breath.

So! Now the four of us are living in an apartment (or “rahpartment,” as Wita calls it) smaller than my first one out of college located directly next to a major highway, which means sometimes I have to swerve to miss drunk panhandlers. (A pleasant, updated apartment, though! Don’t get me wrong – we are very grateful to have found it.) Also, we have chosen to forgo (doesn’t that phrase remind you of the fantasy suite letter on The Bachelor?) internet and television, because we figure, what the hell, we might as well make this as uncomfortable as possible. Let’s be Amish in this stress dream of ours!

Last night, while I stared at the pale yellow walls and listened to the tenant in the unit above us march around, I had a moment.

But then I immediately had another one.

Because you can’t even make this stuff up. This month has been so awesomely horrendous that it’s impossible to keep a straight face. The stress feels almost unmanageable. The Lyme is screaming “YOOHOOOOOO REMEMBER ME?” – my body aches down to the bones and my hair is falling out like crazy. But you just have to laugh. A lot. And know that things are going to get better, and that some really awesome Mindful Monday posts will come from it all. (I’m not there yet, but they are a’comin’…) Most importantly, things could be so much worse. So much. I am very aware of that fact, even when I’m playing tiny violins for myself.

As for the housing situation, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We are under contract on a house that is perfect for us right now and not a project. I repeat, NOT A PROJECT. We might just be able to sit down and exhale really soon. I’m very, very much looking forward to that moment.



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Sally Beauty Giveaway Winner + A Beauty Consultation

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This post is sponsored by Sally Beauty. Thanks for supporting this site!

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Congratulations to Kristiina, who won the Sally Beauty $45 gift card. Cue fanfare!

Part of the giveaway was a beauty consultation of sorts, and I must admit, it made me a bit nostalgic for the good ol’ Hair Thursday days. Kristiina, feel free to take my advice or spend your gift card on whatever you please! Let’s get crackin’…

1.Palladio Baked Eye Shadow in Bronze – While poking around on Kristiina’s blog and social media, I noticed she has really lovely blue eyes. There really isn’t a better way to make blue eyes pop than bronze eye shadow. I think this one would be perfect, and it looks to be a great inexpensive dupe for Urban Decay’s Half-Baked shadow.

2. OPI Polish in Sweetheart – A perfect, sheer pink. It’s my go-to color.

3. Vintage Glam Texturizing Powder - I love Kristiina’s hair style, and this powder would be perfect on days when she wants a little lift at the crown.

4. Super Juicies Sheer Gloss – I am obsessed with these glosses. My favorite picks for Kristiina are Peach, Creamy Pink (tastes like frosting!), and Berry.

5. Real Colors Blush in Peachy Keen - A peachy-pink blush is perfect for Kristiina’s complexion. Pair with a bronzer during the summer or when you’re looking for a bit more color in the cooler months.

6. Miracle 7 Finishing Spray - This is a great hair spray – gives a nice all-day hold, but is not stiff at all. Hair needs to move, people!

Some of these products might just work for you too…don’t forget that all orders over $45 at Sally Beauty come with a free tote bag!

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