Om Shanti Mala

It has been quite awhile since I have written in this space. The routines of life have a way of eating up time for writing and reflecting and creating. In the gap, I have changed. My life has changed. My people have grown and changed too. I have learned to stop forcing things on myself and to better care for my body in nurturing rather than challenging ways.

One of my most favorite feelings in life is the peaceful grounded satisfaction I have after a yoga class. To that, I have added meditation and found it to be a valuable remedy when the tide threatens to overtake my sanity.  

I recently received a request to review a jewelry collection designed to inspire a yogic way of life. While I haven’t accepted offers to sample and/or review products recently, this collection was so lovely I had to share!

Om Shanti Mala creates yoga and meditation jewelry from malas intended for use in meditation (see more on that here) to yoga inspired jewelry for everyday wear.

I received the Green Aventurine Om Bracelet:


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About the stones from Om Shanti MalaGreen Aventurine is known as the “Stone of Opportunity,” thought to be the luckiest of all crystals, especially in manifesting prosperity and wealth. This stone is not merely an attractor of luck, but one that aligns conditions so “opportunity” is inevitable. Green Aventurine releases old patterns, habits and disappointments so new growth can take place. It brings optimism and a zest for life, allowing one to move forward with confidence and to embrace change.

I also received the Amazonite Mala:

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om shanti amazonite

About the stones from Om Shanti MalaCalled the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, Amazonite empowers one to search the self and discover one’s own truths and integrity, and to move beyond fear of judgment or confrontation with others to live in alignment with those beliefs and values. It provides the freedom to express one’s thoughts and feelings, and to set strong and clear boundaries, both internally as self-discipline, and externally on what one is willing to experience or in defining personal space.

These pieces are lovely and I think you will enjoy them (and others) too!

Please stop by the Om Shanti website and take a look around!

Note: I received free products for the purpose of this review however all opinions are honest and my own.

Organic matcha product review

Recently the kind people at Kiss Me Organics sent me a bag of their organic matcha green tea powder to try:

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I am a huge fan of matcha but haven’t ever made anything with it (other than tea) at home. In the past I have found good quality matcha to be really expensive and I haven’t been willing to use large amounts of it to bake, etc. This matcha is more affordable ($25 for 4 ounces on Amazon with free shipping for Prime members), so it is a better choice if you want to experiment a little!

First, I made a matcha latte:

I started with 1 teaspoon of matcha in my bowl...

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…I added 1/4 cup of water (hot but NOT boiling- boiling water makes bitter matcha!) and whisked it until it was frothy...

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frothy matcha bowl

…then I added about 1/2 cup of hot vanilla almond milk and a tiny bit of raw honey.

So good!

(Note: my milk frother did not create foam with the almond milk that I used. If you’re a big fan of the foam, soy or dairy milk may work better for you).

matcha latte

Next creation: matcha mint soft serve!

Several years ago there was a restaurant in my city that had a matcha mint blended drink on the menu. Of all of the wonderful things in their restaurant, that is the one that I miss the most since they closed! Using that idea as inspiration, I made some matcha mint soft serve.

(Recipe: Process 1 frozen banana, 3 large dollops of plain yogurt or a splash of milk, a dash of vanilla or vanilla flavored Stevia, 3-4 fresh mint leaves, and 1 teaspoon of matcha in the food processor until it is the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Serve topped with raw cacao nibs for extra yum!)

matcha mint soft serve

Thank you to Kiss Me Organics for the chance to review this matcha. I am looking forward to trying some new recipes- maybe some cupcakes next!

*Legal stuff: I received a free package of this match for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way for this post.

The Winter Project recap

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Thank you so much for following through the winter with The Winter Project!
(What is The Winter Project?)

Through this project, I shared insight into my strategy for staying happy and healthy through the year's darkest and coldest season. I also offered challenges to help you begin to build tools for nurturing yourself through challenging times.

Below is a summary of The Winter Project challenges by week. Though longer days and warmer weather are just around the corner, I urge you to continue building and using the bag of tricks you have created this winter. The most powerful tools for me are the basics: adequate sleep, regular exercise, sunlight, and healthy food. From there, I know that spending good, quality time connecting with people and activities that I enjoy with keep me buoyant.

Summary of The Winter Project challenges by week:
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*Important note: I am not a licensed mental health professional. This advice is not intended to take the place of therapy or medications. Please seek professional care if you are suffering from depression or anxiety symptoms.