Happy Friday! TGIF

Love Life and Lollipops- Beach Relax

image via The weather this week in Brooklyn has been a bit schizophrenic.  And so has my head.  I need a weekend to slow down my mind and body.  Between the extreme heat, crazy downpour, tornado watch, wild lightning over Manhattan (we can see it from my kitchen) two nights this week, and a fairly cool evening, I don't know what's going on.  On top of that I've been knee deep in kindergarten information for Avi (we need to make some serious decisions soon), reconsidering some diet stuff (B-vitamin worries), my friend's grandmother passed away, my babysitter's daughter was pretty sick, having to change around the first mini-vacation Richie and I were planning on taking in forever due to circumstances out of my control (I was really looking forward to it), thinking about moving (for a school), working on growing this very blog, getting two nights of terrible sleep, having blood drawn, basically my head is spinning and I'm feeling very depleted.

A weekend of quiet with family and friends at the beach is just what the doctor ordered!

What are your plans for the weekend?  How do you shake off the week and prepare for another?  I'm looking forward to a swim in the ocean and a Saturday morning Soul Cycle class!

Happy Friday!

Love Life and Lollipops- Crazy Week!

Our week was a little like this:

So we packed it up and came out to the beach.  I'm psyched to have a quiet weekend with some sand between my toes.

What do you all have planned for the weekend?  How do you decompress after a crazy week?  I need some of those negative ions to balance me back out;)


Beach Vibe, Negative Ions, Feeling Good

Love Life and Lollipops- Beach Vibe, Negative Ions, Feeling Good

I'm a beach gal.  The beach is my favorite place in the world.  Any beach really.  Summer or winter.  Beach beach beach.  There's just something about the smell of the salt in the air, the sand between my toes, the sound of the crashing waves.  If I'm feeling funky, a few minutes at the beach clear me up fast.  I feel energized, inspired, motivated.  My favorite time at the beach is actually in the early spring or fall when no one else is around and there's a bite in the air, but the sun beating down is strong enough to warm you through a sweater.  It's magical.

I try to get to the beach as much as possible (though with two little ones it's not as easy as it once was).  I find that as soon as I get there, all the work and shlepping and whatnot, becomes moot.

And through my studies in health and wellness, I've read more and more about how it's not just magic, it's actually science.

I'll do my best to explain it to you, though I'm no scientist;)  It goes something like this: Ions are electrically charged molecules.  Positive ions are emitted from lots of things in our environment (from radiation, dust, smoke, electronics...) and effect us poorly.  They pollute our air and make us feel fatigued and toxic.  Negative ions are released through beach waves, waterfalls, plants and they cleanse our air and provide us with energy, vitality, they strengthen our immune system, and relieve stress.  In short, exposure to high amounts of negative ions (like at a beach or waterfall) is like a reboot for our bodies.

Unfortunately, in our everyday lives, we are overexposed to positive ions through our polluted environment (the more populated the area, the more positive ions in the air, the more pollution, the more tired the population).  Lucky for us, there are things we can do to give our air a little oomph and a boost of negative ions!  Here's a few things you can do:

  1. Put Himalayan rock salt lamps around your house (I have three).  They are pretty, give a gorgeous warm glow, and pump negative ions into the air to counteract those your tv is throwing out there.
  2. Place some plants around your home.  Plants cleanse our air, bring some nature inside, and remind us city dwellers there there is life past the concrete.
  3. Get to the beach (duh).
  4. Try to avoid synthetics in your home.  Buy natural and organic (fabrics and rugs and sheets and towels and everything, not just bananas and broccoli).
  5. If you live in a very populated and polluted area, buy an air filter (HEPA is best).

Mother's Day Weekend

Love Life and Lollipops- Super Sophie

Sophie is our dog. When I woke up this past Friday morning, Richie asked me if I wanted to go out to the beach.  My answer was immediately yes!  Richie's family has a house out on long island and my favorite times to go are before and after the height of the season.  It is so peaceful to be out there before the crowds make their way out for summer.

We make it a habit to hit up the farm stand on the way out for some local, organic produce.  We always take Sophie (our 6 year old Shih Tzu) for a walk on the beach.  I cook a dinner, sometimes light a fire, try to make my way to a yoga class, hit some tennis balls (to the best of my ability as I'm pretty out of practice), and take a dip in the hot tub.

The whole thing is beyond's healing.

It was an amazing way to start our Mother's Day weekend.  Richie took me to Babette's for a special, vegan brunch on Saturday that was uberyummy and we met some friends to see some live music and have some drinks the evening.  We had a great time which was well needed.

Unfortunately, Mother's Day itself was a whole nother experience.  While we were so happy to be able to see some of both families, it was a very long day of trucking around and Avital did not get a nap (the beginning of the end...).

It was one of those days where I needed to pull patience from the depths of my capabilities.  Avital is going through a strong Daddy phase (which can be wonderful at times, like bath time for instance) and when she is tired or cranky, only he will do.

I am grateful that they have such a strong bond.  It is so special to see how seamlessly they fit together in their routine.  It is the best part of what makes up our family.

That said, it is difficult not to get upset (on a day like Mother's Day) when I just cannot make her happy.  I believe it truly tests my ability to be patient and selfless (the core of being a mom, right?!?).  I do my best to kill it with kisses and kindness, but that doesn't mean it doesn't make me a little sad in the moment.

Most of the time it is love on top of love with Avital, but some of the time it is so so hard not only to figure out what she wants and needs, but to provide her with that.  The day ended with Richie parking the car and bringing up our bags while I did night time with Avi.  It was a bit of a struggle to pull her away from Richie when we got out of the car, but by the time we changed diapers, turned out the light, and got into a solid rock in her chair, she melted into my arms and fell into a deep sleep with her tiny little hand gripping the back of my neck.

It is undoubtedly days like these that make me stronger and better, so in the end I can only appreciate them and file them away as good ones that lend me character and depth.  Oh and tomorrow's always a new day!

Richie, Avi, and Sophie on the Beach Avi and Richie on the Beach Me and Avi on the Beach Avi and Soph at the House

Yoga Life

Love Life and Lollipops- Uktanasana by the Shore

Yoga is so important for healthy living. One of the best perks here at the Rock House Hotel is the 8a yoga offered by the pool (overlooking the ocean) every morning.  It’s so beautiful looking out onto the water and it definitely makes those utkatasanas much easier to stay in just a bit longer;).

I do my best to get a little bit of yoga into each of my days.  Most days that means I pull out my mat to do 10-15 minutes on my bedroom floor concentrating on whichever poses will relieve whichever achy muscles I have that day (i.e. sore lower back from sleeping with Avi all night or achy right arm and shoulder for choosing to carry her instead of lugging the stroller or for that matter achy upper back for lugging a stroller into and out of a cab when all she really wants to do is walk).

We do mommy and baby yoga on Mondays and I always love our Mondays for this.  Starting the day with a true practice is such a phenomenal, invigorating, energizing way to get through the day’s struggles.

This morning Richie and I got up super early to the sound of the waves crashing in the caves beneath us.  I peeled myself out of bed and washed up, made us some iced green tea, each had a bit of computer time to feel caught up, and off we were to yoga overlooking the Caribbean ocean.  The only thing missing from this extraordinary day is our little munchkin, but I expect she is having a fantabulous time of her own with my parents in Connecticut (a vacation of her own).