peach … is it something to eat? or so much more?

If you are asking yourself if I’m losing my mind, then that would be an appropriate response. Yes, a peach is a fuzzy little fruit that you eat … BUT, a recent discovery I just made now puts peach into a whole new category!

What am I talking about?? peach! Peach is a contemporary fashion company with products designed for the gym, work and play; founded on the simple, yet big idea, that a lifestyle brand could help women “elevate their everyday” with a mission to be a force for good for women by helping them to thrive personally and professionally. Now, WOW, how incredible is that?!

How did I hear about them? Great question. I was working at an active living health expo a couple of weeks ago and looked across the room to see THE MOST BEAUTIFUL yoga mat ever designed. And me, loving pretty things and totally in to yoga, I had to go check it out. As I approached the table, something else even more incredible jumped out at me! It was a really pretty shirt with the word “Gratitude” displayed across the chest. At that moment, I knew that I was absolutely supposed to be there right now. Living ‘in the present’ right? I was introduced to Daryl Davenport, the very friendly, sincere peach personal stylist that was handling the booth. We exchanged product information and chatted about the history and the why of the company (peach). She had the coolest stuff sitting out everywhere and I just wanted to buy it all!


Not even one day passed after the event, I was so excited to get my hands on some of those amazing items so Daryl and I got in touch with each other and the rest is history! No, seriously, I received my order a few days after and the anticipation of opening the shipped boxes was like a kid in a candy store or that feeling of opening presents on Christmas morning. The whole experience from placing my order to delivery was flawless. It arrived in a very timely manner and all of the contents were well packaged.


That night, I decided to wear some of my new stuff to dinner with my family. The items I am wearing in this picture are the reversible leggings and black cardigan. I felt like a movie star! The leggings were constructed of a durable fabric and didn’t seem cheaply made like the seams were going to bust or unravel. It provided a good support system that kinda held everything into place. I loved the way they felt on my skin. The cardigan was just lightweight enough that it provided enough warmth in the restaurant but didn’t make me too hot (as I am living in Florida on a typical 90 degree day). The fabric of the cardigan was so soft and silky to my skin. It definitely was not cheaply made. I added a few jewelry items of my own and Boom! I was ‘on fleek‘.

So, the next opportunity to wear those reversible leggings and get to use my most beautiful yoga mat was yoga class night. I am a Yoga instructor so I am always looking for great quality products to be able to share with my students. That night I got more compliments on my mat that I think I have in my entire career of teaching! It was just thick enough that I felt supported and so soft to my hands and knees etc. that it reminded me of laying on sheets … but it was perfectly “adhesive” that my hands or feet did not slip as I was performing my moves. Something that makes this mat very special is that it is created by a woman in South Africa that normally would not be known if peach had not gone in and helped support her cause. The name of the designer is Claire Keet and the design that I picked was labeled Harmony. The name of her line is called Sentiens. This item is probably going to sell out pretty quick and I’m not sure that it will be able to be purchased after that, so you may want to jump on the opportunity pretty quickly. The contact link is here for Daryl Davenport with peach.

Lastly my review of the leggings for actually doing yoga was on point! I never felt like I was falling out or having to readjust or wondering if I looked fat. These are definitely a very well made product and I liked the reversible factor with being able to wear them casually around all the time or on a mission to get my yoga on. The all black side looks very smooth and straight-edged and the design print side is fun and matches with a lot of different colors.

I just want to give thanks again to divine timing for me being at the right place at the right time. Thank you especially to Daryl Davenport, peach personal stylist, and the whole process from first viewing to ordering to experiencing to the customer service follow-up. I highly recommend this company and their wonderful representative. If you have any questions or comments, please respond below.

Have a wonderfully “peachy” day! Namaste

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I have an addiction …

Hi, my name is Michelle and I am addicted to essential oils.

I am not afraid to admit it. I love them. I diffuse them daily and utilize them on a regular basis! It started off as just liking a scent or two (because I have a hyper sensitive sniffer) but then it grew into so much more. I started researching the health benefits to them as well as the different ways to use them. Then, I began evaluating the different brands available (the many that there are) and learning about which ones were pure to use and which to avoid. I am, by no means, an oil snob and claim only one brand as superior. I believe that the top rated suppliers have their accolades and with this abundant universe, there are enough people to allow all companies to prosper!

The one thing that I would like to note is that depending on the grade of the oil, I am particular to how I’m going to use it (i.e. ingest, apply topically or diffuse). I know that it is publicly noted that the manufacturers do not recommend ingesting because it is not approved by the FDA but I still use it this way … with precaution. From headaches to upset belly to emotional distress, a drop of one of my favorite oils and the healing begins to occur. It can be diluted with honey or rice/soy milk to help aid digestion and provide proper positive effects.

oilsBesides room diffusers, there are now portable diffusers, USB diffusers, car diffusers … and a love of mine … diffuser necklaces! If you research online, there is a plethora of options for purchasable products so that you can have these oils with you at all times.

As far as topical application, it is again best to dilute with a carrier oil – such as coconut, grapeseed, jojoba or argan oil. Because there are mucous membranes directly connected to our top layer of skin, the topical use can be very effective and provide relief fairly quick.

If you are someone that doesn’t really like smells or are repulsed by various aromas, I bet there is even at least ONE of the oils that you too would appreciate. While some of them have a very distinct fragrance, there are quite a few that are subtle and smooth. Some of my favorite scents that I just can’t get enough of are lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, frankincense, lime and then there are blends that I am in love with as well.

So, if you are not an oil enthusiast, I encourage to try just one and give it a chance. If you are addicted to oils as much as I am, I would love to hear from you. We can swap stories and obsess together!

Michelle Kalkan
10.2.17

Christmas came early!

I’m sure that you can probably imagine how ecstatic I was to bust open this wonderfully packaged, much awaited shipping order today! While browsing online the other night, I found this featured link that talked about getting Eco-friendly products for the home, bath, body, etc. at way less than retail prices. I don’t normally pay attention to or “buy-in to” these type of advertisements but I did this time and am so glad I did!

This … ALL of my items (pictured below) … I bought for literally like 20 bucks or close to it. I even got FREE SHIPPING! Oh.eM.Gee. And as you can see, they are great products! They are well known brands with positive mission statements.

Grove Collaborative

So, now you are probably asking how did this happen or where did I order this from? Great questions. The name of the company is Grove Collaborative and the link for you too to save $ while getting awesome products is right HERE! There’s even a special bonus in it for you as well.

My pick of items in today’s order are: (and believe me, there will be more shipments to come) Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbana dish soap, body wash, hand soap & hand lotion; Mrs. Meyers Rosemary dish soap; Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit facial cleaning towelettes, Grove Collaborative Walnut scrubber sponges & glass spray bottle; Full Circle Squeeze reusable cloths; Seventh Generation Emerald Cypress & Fir toilet bowl cleaner.

Please take advantage of this opportunity and you too can fill your houses with super cool products. Let’s compare what we got and share suggestions for our next orders. I’m always looking for new items to add! Go Team Grove Collaborative!!

 

According to the AARP …

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So, what does the AARP have to do with anyone who is under 55? (Is that the age that people can begin receiving their benefits?) Whatever the age, I believe that it is a common understanding that the term “AARP” typically relates to the elderly population or for the retired crowd.

Well, the other day, I received a care package in the mail from my dear sweet self-appointed “Grandma Green”. In this package there was a cut out article from the most recent AARP Magazine. I think it was the May/June 2017 issue. This article was titled “The United States of Yoga” and contained some unbelievably helpful information regarding yoga and the incredible benefits for all with an emphasis on the elderly. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this! The more attention that is given to this practice, the more the world can receive its benefits. There were also a few other misc tidbits of descriptions, illustrations and statistics etc that also provided beneficial information.

I could go on for a very long time about the reasons why to practice yoga but I’ll spare you 🙂 The one thing I want to highlight is that yoga is for everyone. EVERYONE! the young & the old, male or female, athletic or not, flexible or stiff. Yoga is a self introspection. Yoga is a way of life.

What do YOU think? Do you practice yoga? What is your favorite style? Where do you do your yoga?

Thank you AARP — Online article link can be found here.

You too can do what the celebs do!

Yoga is everywhere and so easy to do anywhere, anytime. Not only is it wonderful for the mind and soul but it’s also great for the body … check out how Vanessa Hudgens, an American actress, credits yoga in her fitness plan that helped to tone her back into shape!

We didn’t really think She said of getting her namaste on ideally three times a week: “I looked in the mirror and was like, ‘Who am I?’ It was definitely a journey back to myself, and yoga helped. I don’t consider it fitness. It’s more like therapy for me.” And as for the super-pricey cycling […]

via Coachella Queen Vanessa Hudgens Breaks Down How She Dropped 10 Lbs. In Just A Month! — Jennifer Mayna

My faves ~

I wanna share some of my faves with you. I am absolutely in love with these products right now.

So, info is as follows:

The body spray has a distinct pleasant smell that seems to stay with me all day even through work.

Anybody who knows me is aware of my addiction to essential oils. Oh.Em.Gee! The lemongrass is one of my faves. I love to have this scent diffusing around me at all times. And I found this super cute local body boutique that I can now get it from = Yay for NuNatural!

I have recently discovered my sincerest appreciation for the moisturizing effects of argan oil for my face. I am a Florida girl that loves the sun but it tends to dry out my skin. The argan oil is silky enough to keep my face hydrated but not too greasy.

And lastly, the blow out mist … 2 words! Maui. Moisture. This product smells unbelievably good & the particular option that I chose has bamboo fibers w/neem oil. All of their products contain pure aloe vera and work wonders for shiny, healthy hair.

Stay tuned for more of my faves as I explore & discover more. Anyone tried any of these or have your own favorites? Please DO tell : )

The beloved picture

While this picture (posted here) started off as being fun & cute, it turns out that the meaning is so much deeper. Because I’m a natural lover of the ocean, it was a no-brainer when my

New Smyrna Beach

daughter asked if I could take her and her friend to the beach on the next upcoming weekend we were together.

This particular morning that we had planned to go, a mild cold front had just passed through leaving the forecast to be very breezy and chilly. The mission for the trip was for her and her friend to have a little photo shoot showing best friends having fun in the sun. I tried to talk her out of going all the way to the beach by suggesting a few local areas to go to for the day instead (i.e. the springs, our pool, Wekiva Island). But still they insisted that we hit the beach. So, the day progressed and just as I previously mentioned to them, the temperature WAS chilly, the winds WERE breezy and the sand WAS blowing all over everything. The girls got some picture taking in, a tiny bit of sunbathing and then were ready to leave. So, I basically was along for the ride = well, to drive, take pictures, get them set up & broken down, and try to get some sun in between my ups & downs off the beach chair as they voiced their various requests.

In between the series of snapshots, I too got a posed picture (the 1 featured in this entry) with Rach doing something silly. At first it just seemed like a cute photo op but then it turned into a cherished memory.

This picture is very precious to me now. I had this incredible opportunity to spend the day with my teenage daughter that sometimes really doesn’t wanna hang out with me at all. I got to hang out with her and her friend as they chatted about the inner look into their personal lives. I got to breathe in the salt area and ground my feet into the sand. I got to feel the closeness of a loving mother-daughter bond. I got to see life’s innocence through a 13-year old’s eyes. I got to taste test strawberry banana daiquiris (virgin of course) and eat a spoonful of mustard. How lucky am I?!

Now, I will practice presence every time I look at this as I remind myself how blessed I am and to remember to stay in the moment every.single.second.

All my love always Rach,
Mom

 

Kindness.

There are all sorts of cute sayings and meaningful quotes about kindness … but have you ever stopped to really dissect the meaning of the word “kindness”? What is kindness? Well according to Merriam-Webster, the definition of kindness is a kind deed. The reason I’m fixated on this right now is because I found the show “Kindness Diaries” on Netflix. I started watching it and to say that my heart is full would be an understatement. For anyone that needs their love bank filled, just give the show 5 minutes … you’ll definitely become a believer!

Leon Logothetis, the host and creator of “Kindess Diaries”, began a journey of travelling around the world while conducting an experiment on kindness. He is an incredibly interesting person and continues to make this world a better place. I deeply admire him and can only hope that my life’s purpose is as meaningful as his.

How do YOU explain kindness? In what ways do you display kindness? This is such a thought provoking concept that can allow all of us to rise up and be the best that we can be. I challenge everyone to practice humility and spend just 20 minutes to tune in to one of these episodes and help do your part of “kindness”. Namaste