Home Tour: Whoorlita’s Room


Well well well, it seems I forgot a room in our home tour. Wita is VERY disappointed with my blogging.

To be fair, Wita’s room has been the most in flux over the past year – first a crib and glider, then onto a big girl bed. Here a few photos from the baby days.


crib. glider. storage.


elephant storage. boots. stool.


mobile. memory game. string animals.


kitchen. stuffed animals.


And her current setup.


bed. duvet cover.

All in all, a nice update to the original room from when we bought the house.


Hold me.

p.s. – Any locals looking for a glider? We are looking to sell the Room & Board blue one in the photos.


How To Meditate With a Mala


how to meditate with a mala

I am really excited that so many of you showed interest in learning more about meditating with Mala beads. It’s been a great addition to my practice, and think it could benefit you as well. Here’s a video on the subject, and please feel free to ask any questions in the comments.

Guided Meditation Resources:


Free Guided Meditations from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Chopra Center Guided Meditations 

Benefits of Meditation

Meditating with a Mala:

Significance of 108 beads

Properties and Meanings of Gemstones

The “Sa Ta Na Ma” Chant

Mala Necklaces:

Mala Collective

My Mala necklace in the video

Rudraksha beads


odds and ends



1. After my lengthy jaunt with multiple antibiotics, I’m all about healing my gut right now. I’ve bought a couple books on fermenting, and am getting ready to make my first bone broth this weekend. Thanks to Jora, I’m now completely obsessed with this website about the traditional foods lifestyle. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! (BTW, Jora and I introduced our little girls to each other yesterday, and the cuteness was just too much.)

2. Great advice on how to not say the wrong thing in certain situations.

3. Some diet myths to consider.

4. Did you see this Jimmy Kimmel video on gluten? HILARIOUS.

5. Wow. Interesting article on GMOs. Don’t know what to think about that one…

6. A good read on energy psychology. Do any of you practice EFT?

7. Sadly, I don’t eat bread, but if I did, I would definitely refer to this chart.

8. Did you know the Hay House World Summit starts this weekend? Can’t wait to watch some of my favorite speakers and authors online.

Happy weekend!

image credit: Cat Coquillette


Melissa Loves Giveaway



I wrote about my necklace a few weeks ago, but I neglected to tell you that in the process of finishing the design, the original necklace was lost in the mail. Melissa was so kind and generous to make and send another necklace to me, even though the first one was floating around in USPS purgatory.

Well, I’m happy to say that weeks later, the original necklace showed up in my mailbox! It is sitting on my dresser, and thanks to (again, the kind and generous and mega-talented) Melissa, she’s totally down with giving it to one of you. My only request is that you pop on over to the Melissa Loves shop and check out her beautiful handmade jewelry. I’m in awe of everything she creates, but I’m so drawn to this piece.

Enter below and I’ll announce the winner next week. I like to think the necklace is going to end up in the hands of someone who really needs it, and that makes me smile.

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