My morning routine: After my sunrise yoga practice, I swish coconut oil around in my mouth for 30 minutes while holding plank pose and reading The New York Times cover to cover. Then I wake my darlings with kisses and homemade organic green smoothies.
Went to the chiropractor this morning and ended up putting HER back into alignment. Also signed her as a client for my boutique digital marketing agency. Now to do timed sprints for the 3+ mile trip to my office.
My Children Love Hanging Their Organic Underpants in the Sun
A colleague told me a horrible story this morning about her toddler spreading poo-poo all over his crib. Yuck! Little Edie and Little Eddie were both potty trained by the time they were six months old (and even that felt a little late…) They love helping me hand wash their organic cotton underpants and hang them to dry in the sun…
I’m thrilled to report that as of today, I’m back on Tumblr after a very nourishing social media cleanse. Every morning for the past few weeks I’ve lit a Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Deluxe Candle (energizing) and reminded myself of my intention to BE. HERE. NOW. while repeating the following mantra: “I like myself. I follow myself. I am my favorite.”
“In the wake of my friend Jill Abramson’s unceremonious firing from the New York Times last week, much has been written about how difficult it is to be a confident woman in today’s workforce without being considered a b-word. As a female executive myself (I’m the SVP of a boutique digital marketing agency in SoHo) I thought now would be a good time to share my advice for being both confident and likable…”—http://saltedscarletry.com/2014/05/20/confident-without-b-word/
Take 1 pound of chia. Add 2 bushels organic kale, an acre of acai and twelve miles of flax. Blend while holding loving thoughts in your heart. Say a prayer for wounded kittens. Do 13 minutes of Kegel exercises. Enjoy.
“Mariel Hemingway gets up early, perhaps as an unconscious homage to her famous grandfather, to watch the sun rise. Each morning, while still in bed, she and her live-in boyfriend, an erstwhile stuntman and actor named Bobby Williams, begin a series of predawn exercises that consist of breathing, stretching, contemplating the things they’re grateful for and visualizing the day ahead. Hemingway then makes the bed and a pot of jasmine green tea. She fills the hummingbird feeders with organic sugar water, feeds organic soy-free meal to the brood of egg-laying hens that live in her backyard and heads back to the kitchen to prepare a smoothie.”
Thank you Goop for this outstanding Mother’s Day gift idea: A signed copy of “It’s All Good,” Gwyneth’s cookbook! What better way to honor your mother. As the Goop website says itself, “The photos are stunning, and more than just recipes, they emanate this clean and healthy (yet intensely interested in beauty and taste) lifestyle.” Viva la madre!
I always get a burst of energy at this time of day! 5-7pm is just such a relaxing window of time for me, where everything seems particularly easy. I’m charged up from an invigorating day of work and excited to pick up the kids, cook dinner, do the dishes, give the kids baths, read them stories, put them to bed, put them in bed again, reconnect romantically with Teddy, take out the trash, fold the laundry, write a few chapters of my book, soak my cuticles and prepare our overnight oatmeal for the morning. And then, of course, tantric love-making.
If she moans and coos when you touch her a certain way, it’s a good clue that she is enjoying herself and you should keep doing what you are doing.
Ladies, allow me to be direct: if the man you’re sleeping with needs advice like this, you would be better off making sweet sweet love to yourself. Try this gold-plated vibrator, and other luxury sex toys.
Silly men. Thank goodness my Teddy is such a cheetah in the sack!
Arlington, Virginia is apparently allowing students with lice to remain in school, a move that has the support of the American Pediatric Association. Bravo, Arlington… bravo. Lice is an all-natural occurrence and frankly, it’s a lot of fun to treat!
When Eddie had lice last year, we just turned it into a spa day! I gave him a quick apple cider vinegar rinse, then I coated his scalp in coconut oil and let it soak for 6-8 hours, sealing it in with a BPA-free shower cap. He memorized the dictionary to pass the time while I reorganized the closets, brought in 12 new clients for my company and did 250 lunges. As my guru always says, multitasking is like thanking the universe for the gift of life.
After we removed the coconut oil, I spritzed my son’s precious head with thyme-infused filtered water while humming Nordic folks songs (they soothe him, triggering his body’s natural immune system response). Next, a quick application of garlic paste mixed with lime juice to the scalp…and then four hours of scalp massage using a combination of tea tree oil as well as essential oils of lavender, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, thyme, peppermint, oregano, and ylang ylang, all of which we’d harvested from our garden.
Easy, peasy. And he smelled so lovely!
Caring for our children is such a gift, isn’t it? Now, off to meditate.
"A fit, petite, vivacious blonde, Missy is at age 46 a wife, a mother of four kids ranging in age from 11 to 18 and all in separate schools, a partner at a prestigious Washington, D.C., law firm whose practice takes her on the road several days each month, a party maven always up for a gathering at her Chevy Chase home, a longtime friend to women who profess she’s always there when they need her, and a woman who still manages to give back to the community."
Somebody addressed me as “Melanie” in an email today. I released my anger by knitting an alpaca scarf that I quickly sold on Etsy. Then I gave the proceeds to a homeless person, along with a ginger scone.
Here is a photo I took while I was knitting and having a healthy snack to calm my nerves: