I discovered this documentary on my plane trip home from Spain this summer, after I had spent two weeks snapping "street photos" with my iPhone 5S. As I was doing it, I was just trying to capture the look and feel of the people of Spain, the images that to me meant more than impressive shots of monuments or national treasures. However, my efforts were 100% amateur; unlike those of Vivian Maier, a mysterious & private nanny whose collection of over 100,000 photos were discovered after her death.  Her story will fascinate you and force you to look at everyone you encounter in a different light.. seeing the humanity we all share. Watch Finding Vivian Maier on Amazon, Netflix, and other online sources.

 

UPDATE:  I FOUND VIVIAN MAIER! It's funny how I discovered Vivian Maier by watching a documentary about her on a flight back from Spain… and then this summer while traveling in Spain, there was an exhibit of her work in Madrid. It turns out Vivian's work is traveling the globe- check the website for a shot at seeing her pictures in person. You will not regret it! 

You know that thing that happens to people at Star Trek conventions… where all of the nerds get together to talk about Spock? Yeah, I don't either, but I think a similar thing happened to me when an innocent smoothie recipe request to a coworker led to an epic email exchange where we got deep into supplement talk.

Somewhere in the middle of that exchange, she mentioned her cousin owned a supplement company. WHAT? This is like finding out the new kid's parents own a candy store. Note that when you're a supplement nerd like myself, such news places a person in a certain category of royalty, and gave me a new place to check out for quality products that I know I can trust. Raw Revelations is a California based company with the vision of "revealing the human potential for a truly healthy, happy life." They seek and continue to discover the purest, most effective organic and wild nutrients.

I checked out Raw Revelations and discovered all of the supplements one could ever desire, and some I never even knew I needed. I tried a few samples, and was especially impressed with the inflammation buster, "Morning Mix." As the website states, "With Morning Mix you can start your day by providing your body with organic sulfur, Vitamin C, polysaccharides, antioxidants, minerals, alkaloids, and other bio-active nutritents. Our potent blend of sulfur (MSM) and super fruits is designed to detoxify, hydrate, and nourish your cells while supporting healthy inflammation levels, joints, levier, blood, digestive & immune systems, brain, skin, hair and nails."

I also tried the "Bag of Tricks" powder, and was delighted to find how energetic my morning smoothie could be. Specifically, "Bag of Tricks is a synergistic blend of heirloom super foods, food-sourced nutrients, tonic herbs, and minerals. It is a culmination of years of research into the most beneficial tonic herbs for the person who has been overworked, stressed out, hormonally depleted, adrenal exhausted, or neurologically challenged. It is also suitable for anyone who wishes to enhance creativity, athletic stamina, strength, brain function, hormone production, immune modulation, and libido. Imparts a sweet, creamy, malt-like flavor."

Whether you're looking for assistance with brain functioning, adrenal & kidney support, detoxification, energy, sleep, thyroid, weight loss… or many more body functions, Raw Revelations has a product that can help you. It's the perfect complement to a healthy, clean diet.

http://rawrevelations.com

TRAVEL IS ALWAYS ON THE AGENDA

Summer to me means one thing… TRAVEL. If you have your sights set on a journey far or near, there are countless (and I mean countless) spots online to explore.  It sometimes helps to have a central spot from which to begin your journey.  Below are two podcasts that offer tantalizing stories about places around the world, and resources that will get you there without breaking your budget!

Summer to me means one thing… TRAVEL. If you have your sights set on a journey far or near, there are countless (and I mean countless) spots online to explore.  It sometimes helps to have a central spot from which to begin your journey.  Below are two podcasts that offer tantalizing stories about places around the world, and resources that will get you there without breaking your budget!

For old school travel advice from the biggest travel nerd on the planet, there's nothing like a healthy dose of  Rick Steves. Check out his podcast or head over to his website, and you'll need get more info than you can imagine. 

For old school travel advice from the biggest travel nerd on the planet, there's nothing like a healthy dose of  Rick Steves. Check out his podcast or head over to his website, and you'll need get more info than you can imagine. 

Has the travel bug bit you? If so, you're going to add this podcast to your playlist.  Married hosts Travis and Heather take us around the world and offer tons of tips for CHEAP flights & accommodations and just great travel tips in general. Not into podcasts? Then take a trip over to their website.  

Has the travel bug bit you? If so, you're going to add this podcast to your playlist.  Married hosts Travis and Heather take us around the world and offer tons of tips for CHEAP flights & accommodations and just great travel tips in general. Not into podcasts? Then take a trip over to their website.

 

I LOVE READING ABOUT SUCCESSFUL SIBS WHO WORK TOGETHER… CHECK OUT THESE TWO

See what happens when 2 sisters, Elsie and Emma, put their talents together to create nothing short of a BEAUTIFUL mess. Visit this site if you want fresh ideas for home, food, crafts, blogging, fashion, hair, makeup, and (I'm not kidding) so much more. Best of all, every bit of info is presented in a slick, cheerful, hip way that makes you want to come back for more. Start making your own beautiful mess today! 

See what happens when 2 sisters, Elsie and Emma, put their talents together to create nothing short of a BEAUTIFUL mess. Visit this site if you want fresh ideas for home, food, crafts, blogging, fashion, hair, makeup, and (I'm not kidding) so much more. Best of all, every bit of info is presented in a slick, cheerful, hip way that makes you want to come back for more. Start making your own beautiful mess today! 

PLAIN AND SIMPLE, I WANT EVERYTHING AT DOTANDBO.COM

This June, provided all goes well, my husband and I will move to an adorable English cottage. My plans are simple - I want to "dot and bo the hell out of this house." Find out what I'm talking about by taking a journey through dotandbo.com. I can't say enough about this site- it offers decorating ideas, a blog, and has everything you could ever ask for in home furnishings and accessories. (Sorry, kitchen sink or batteries not included on this site!) Check it out anyway!

This June, provided all goes well, my husband and I will move to an adorable English cottage. My plans are simple - I want to "dot and bo the hell out of this house." Find out what I'm talking about by taking a journey through dotandbo.com. I can't say enough about this site- it offers decorating ideas, a blog, and has everything you could ever ask for in home furnishings and accessories. (Sorry, kitchen sink or batteries not included on this site!) Check it out anyway!

                              Click here to find out what floating is all about! 

                              Click here to find out what floating is all about! 

MATCHA MAKES ME HAPPY

 Do you MATCHA? No, I'm not talking about online dating. I'm talking about a new ritual you could incorporate into your routine that fights disease, enhances your immune system, is a fat blocker, and both perks you up and calms you down at the same time. Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about. MATCHA TEA is pretty incredible stuff. Find out what Dr. Oz has to say about it. 

 Do you MATCHA? No, I'm not talking about online dating. I'm talking about a new ritual you could incorporate into your routine that fights disease, enhances your immune system, is a fat blocker, and both perks you up and calms you down at the same time. Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about. MATCHA TEA is pretty incredible stuff. Find out what Dr. Oz has to say about it. 

WHAT I LIVE FOR EACH SUMMER

The charming village of La Alberca where I met some of my best friends from around the world! Has the winter got you a little blue, thinking of places you'd like to escape? Would you like to spend 8 days in Spain or Germany, with all expenses paid (except your flight)... and meet interesting adults from around the world? Perhaps you should check out how you can volunteer with Diverbo, and help Spanish and German speakers learn English. No teaching experience is required, and you don't have to speak Spanish (it's not allowed!). Actually this isn't "teaching" in a traditional sense. It's 8 days of cultural immersion that felt like four years of college... you get to be that close. I discovered Diverbo four years ago, and it changed my life. (You can read about my experience here.)  

The charming village of La Alberca where I met some of my best friends from around the world! Has the winter got you a little blue, thinking of places you'd like to escape? Would you like to spend 8 days in Spain or Germany, with all expenses paid (except your flight)... and meet interesting adults from around the world? Perhaps you should check out how you can volunteer with Diverbo, and help Spanish and German speakers learn English. No teaching experience is required, and you don't have to speak Spanish (it's not allowed!). Actually this isn't "teaching" in a traditional sense. It's 8 days of cultural immersion that felt like four years of college... you get to be that close. I discovered Diverbo four years ago, and it changed my life. (You can read about my experience here.)

 

STUFF I LOVE:

 

Wolf River Leather : You know "that person" who has everything and you can't think of a gift for them to save your life? I think I may have the answer.  Visit wolfriverleather.com and see some of the most gorgeous, unique hand crafted leather gifts this side of the Mississippi. From their signature sleigh bells to their dog leashes and collars to their sleeves for tablets and phones, you'll get a product that people will talk about. Guaranteed. How do I know? The owners are a husband and wife team and personal friends of mine.  Going to their house makes me happy for many reasons - they serve great wine, delicious food, and always give me a sneak peak at their leather goods. (Which are cool as hell.) Seriously, run, not walk to their website. Now.

Wolf River Leather : You know "that person" who has everything and you can't think of a gift for them to save your life? I think I may have the answer.  Visit wolfriverleather.com and see some of the most gorgeous, unique hand crafted leather gifts this side of the Mississippi. From their signature sleigh bells to their dog leashes and collars to their sleeves for tablets and phones, you'll get a product that people will talk about. Guaranteed. How do I know? The owners are a husband and wife team and personal friends of mine.  Going to their house makes me happy for many reasons - they serve great wine, delicious food, and always give me a sneak peak at their leather goods. (Which are cool as hell.) Seriously, run, not walk to their website. Now.

Do you have a friend who is trying to figure out what to do with her life? Are you? Have you ever wondered if you're following your life path? Are you tired of doing what you "should" be doing, and maybe really tempted to try what you feel you "must" do?  If so, The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna is for you. Based on a DREAM (how cool is that), Luna basically changed her entire life. A result of her life change? This book. Buy a copy for that friend. Buy a copy for yourself. 

Do you have a friend who is trying to figure out what to do with her life? Are you? Have you ever wondered if you're following your life path? Are you tired of doing what you "should" be doing, and maybe really tempted to try what you feel you "must" do?  If so, The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna is for you. Based on a DREAM (how cool is that), Luna basically changed her entire life. A result of her life change? This book. Buy a copy for that friend. Buy a copy for yourself. 

PODCASTS THAT ARE PART OF MY DAYS:

WEBSITES I DIG

Let's get confidential for this first review. The Skinny Confidential nails all areas of  body-mind-spirit on the head, and it's just so darn beautifully presented that you just can't help but go back again and again. Its recipes are easily laid out (for an ADHD cook like myself) and there are so many things worth checking out here (fashion, travel, life).  My favorite was a post about the "most important question of your life." You may want to check this one out. 

Let's get confidential for this first review. The Skinny Confidential nails all areas of  body-mind-spirit on the head, and it's just so darn beautifully presented that you just can't help but go back again and again. Its recipes are easily laid out (for an ADHD cook like myself) and there are so many things worth checking out here (fashion, travel, life).  My favorite was a post about the "most important question of your life." You may want to check this one out. 

It's always a good sign when you're evaluating a site for a review and you realize you just spent a half hour there clicking around in sheer delight.  This is what happened at eatingbirdfood.com.  Run by a health coach, personal trainer, and 100% "real" person, the site delivers great advice on healthy living that anyone can digest. (bad pun, sorry) The recipes are organized into categories and presented with great pics that make me want to try each one. I love the travel feature, and the suggestions for healthy snacks and eats while on the road.  If this is how birds eat, sign me up.

It's always a good sign when you're evaluating a site for a review and you realize you just spent a half hour there clicking around in sheer delight.  This is what happened at eatingbirdfood.com.  Run by a health coach, personal trainer, and 100% "real" person, the site delivers great advice on healthy living that anyone can digest. (bad pun, sorry) The recipes are organized into categories and presented with great pics that make me want to try each one. I love the travel feature, and the suggestions for healthy snacks and eats while on the road.  If this is how birds eat, sign me up.

A site with a story.  This is the kind of thing I like.  When the creators of Simple Green Smoothies met, they became fast friends, having the bond of kids and balancing family life in common.  Like other moms (and women everywhere) they got to a point where they were constantly exhausted. Enter Simple Green Smoothies- they started drinking one a day, and as they say it, "That's when we went from being exhausted and defeated to being energized and empowered.  It blew our minds that one simple change could make such an impact in our lives." Well, it impacted their lives and THOUSANDS others. Today, they've got quite a smooth empire and a book!  Please check these ladies and their site out. I've heard them tell their story on a number of podcasts and they are are real as the food that goes into their smoothies. YUM.

A site with a story.  This is the kind of thing I like.  When the creators of Simple Green Smoothies met, they became fast friends, having the bond of kids and balancing family life in common.  Like other moms (and women everywhere) they got to a point where they were constantly exhausted. Enter Simple Green Smoothies- they started drinking one a day, and as they say it, "That's when we went from being exhausted and defeated to being energized and empowered.  It blew our minds that one simple change could make such an impact in our lives." Well, it impacted their lives and THOUSANDS others. Today, they've got quite a smooth empire and a book!  Please check these ladies and their site out. I've heard them tell their story on a number of podcasts and they are are real as the food that goes into their smoothies. YUM.

This is one of those sites that you wish you had a trust fund or had just won the lottery when you visit it.  Everything on this site is simply amazing- from the products to the layout to the creative ideas and clever product suggestions present on its blog.

This is one of those sites that you wish you had a trust fund or had just won the lottery when you visit it.  Everything on this site is simply amazing- from the products to the layout to the creative ideas and clever product suggestions present on its blog.

How can you not just want to check it out based on the name? If you like your greens, and greens presented on a beautiful, hip platform, vote for this website. Or just check it out. :)

How can you not just want to check it out based on the name? If you like your greens, and greens presented on a beautiful, hip platform, vote for this website. Or just check it out. :)

There are several reasons I love the first mess.  One, its beautiful presentation.  The dishes are so gorgeously presented that I am forced to believe that even I.. a  "struggling cook" can make the dishes.  Two, the dishes are vegan, healthy, and look delightful. Finally, since I usually make a mess anytime I set foot in the kitchen, the site name makes me feel right at home (even though the design is anything but a mess).

There are several reasons I love the first mess.  One, its beautiful presentation.  The dishes are so gorgeously presented that I am forced to believe that even I.. a  "struggling cook" can make the dishes.  Two, the dishes are vegan, healthy, and look delightful. Finally, since I usually make a mess anytime I set foot in the kitchen, the site name makes me feel right at home (even though the design is anything but a mess).

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