Naturally Uplifting

Happy 4th of July!

Talk about a gorgeous piece of America — here are a few pics of my 1st trip to Montana and Wyoming last week.

Wow, just wow. I can’t wait to go back.

Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman, Montana

Hyalite Creek Trail, Gallatin National Forest

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Excelsior Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

Bradley Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Hope everyone has a great Independence Day!

Smile to Relieve Pain

When you’re in pain – physically or mentally – there is something very simple you can do to help yourself and you can do it anywhere at anytime – SMILE!  Why is this helpful? Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin.  Endorphins are the body’s natural form of pain relief while serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter that can positively affect your mood.

I know it might sound too simple or too easy, but usually the easiest and simplest remedies are some of the best.  So don’t forget to smile more :)


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”― Leo F. Buscaglia

Happy Monday

When I was in San Diego last month (can’t believe that was over a month ago already), the weather wasn’t as warm as I hoped for the first couple of days.. Then, on the third day, the sun was finally full blast and I found a nice place to sit out of the wind, looked up at the sky, and saw this. It doesn’t get much better than a sunny sky smiling back at you :)

Hope your week is off to a great start!

A Healthier Candle Option

If you’ve been looking to be healthier in all areas of your life, an important aspect to evaluate is what you use to scent your home.  The majority of room sprays, diffusers, plug-in fragrances and candles all use very unnatural, synthetic ingredients, a lot of which are known to be hazardous to your health. The quality of the air you breathe is so important so why not control it when you can and make some healthy choices!

I love scenting my home with candles so I’m always looking for a brand that uses high quality, natural ingredients to create amazing scents at an affordable price.  Blissoma does just that. All of their candles are soy based and scented with 100% pure botanical essential oils. They never use phthalates, colorants, or additives.

The variety of blends is some of the best I’ve seen yet. So far my favorites are CELEBRATE, a spicy and warming mix of wild orange, clove and bay, and LOVE, a combination of ylang ylang, sandalwood, and balsam. Every one of their candles comes with instant aromatherapy benefits upon lighting – another plus to using candles scented with pure essential oils!


I love giving and receiving candles as gifts. What about you?

J’aime la France

I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I was in France. It was such a perfect first trip. In exactly one week we were able to see three totally different places -  Evian, Aix-en-Provence, and Paris.

First up was Evian for one of my best friend’s wedding. We’ve been friends since we were five so of course I had to go to France to see her as a beautiful bride.

We flew into Geneva and took the ferry from Switzerland over to France (amazing how easy it is going country to country). The very first thing we did (before we even checked in) was have café on the dock of our hotel.

We looked out towards Switzerland as we soaked in the fact that we were finally in France. So breathtakingly beautiful.

Looking back at our hotel (Les Cygnes) from the dock — it was truly RIGHT on Lake Geneva.

The wedding location –Hotel Royal in Evian overlooking Lake Geneva…

…with the French Alps in the background.

Sunset over Lake Geneva.

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Next was Aix-en-Provence…

The city was founded in 123 BC.

Our first meal in Aix– a seriously legit Salad Niçoise.

Lots of lovely soap at the market :)

An incredibly relaxing afternoon at Thermes Sextius in Aix-en-Provence (a full review coming soon)

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And then there was Paris…

Beautiful buildings like this everywhere you look.

Loved seeing this — a store closed until August 25th for very good reason :)

So cool to finally see this iconic structure in person.

Our view as we picnicked in the Luxembourg Gardens.

Another beautiful spot in the Gardens.

Bumped into Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) & her husband, Jeffrey, right outside our hotel!

In tea-smelling heaven at MARIAGE FRERES in the Louvre.

The Eiffel Tower from another angle.. hard not to keep snapping pics.

I can’t wait to go back.

Have 5 Minutes?

I promise that this video is worth the next 5 minutes of your time. It’s a truly incredible reminder to appreciate what we have and to never give up on a brighter tomorrow.

(Unfortunately, the words get caught off a bit so here is the link also:    Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation!)

Spring Flowers

Happy 1st day of spring everyone! Can you believe it’s spring already?! All of the flowering trees and warm weather in DC are making it easy to believe that winter has definitely ended (and was barely ever here this year).
Photo Credit: Dylan T Price

Hope you enjoy the day!