How To Build Deeper Connections in Your Relationships

 

Life is short, which means that the time you choose to spend with another person or that another person chooses to spend with you is truly an honor, a gift of the highest sort.

Respect this time, and actively choose to grow even closer with your spouse, best friends, and family members or build a stronger connection with someone new in your life.

While this is far from effortless and requires mindfulness, openness, and even self-love, it will create a glow in your life unlike anything else.

Carve out time for relationships and commit. Just as you block out time in your schedule for important meetings and appointments, set aside designated time to share with loved ones. Doing so will help protect this cherished time and prevent work, chores, or other obligations from creeping in and taking over.

Be present with the people who are with you or the activity that you have chosen to engage in together. Actively listen to your companion, and avoid multitasking or letting your iPhone dominate your attention. If you’ve both decided on spending an evening watching a film together, watch the characters as if they were the person you’re with. If you’re on a hike together, take in the birds and the flowers. Even though you may not be speaking with or directly focusing on the person that you’re with, you’re both sharing an experience together. Create a moment that you will be able to remember at the end of the day and beyond.

Engage in meaningful, open conversations. You don’t have to offer up your darkest secret or delve into your religious or spiritual beliefsjust be authentic and allow room for vulnerability in your conversation. Speak your heart, your truth, and your values, and by opening up, you’ll invite your companion to as well, allowing for a deeper connection and a stronger relationship.

Draw upon your own inner-resources to offer love, attention, and nurturance to yourself when you need it. If you look to constant togetherness to fill a void in yourself, this will immediately cause suffering. Unconsciously expecting to receive love in certain ways and avoiding giving that love to yourself will put your sense of security in someone else’s hands. Love yourself and let love organically come to you instead of setting expectations on what it needs to look like.

Let go of expectations and respect that each relationship is unique. Each person is different. No relationship on this planet is the same, which is truly beautiful and makes each relationship you have all the more special.

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Heart of the Week: Prenatal Yoga Flow

It’s a funny thing, every pregnancy I’ve had has been remarkably different from each other. While I was Kai at 25/26 years old, I was vibrant, full of energy, didn't show for awhile and hardly had aches or pains until the third trimester. I loved doing power yoga and was practicing right up til the week I went into labor. With Leo, I was way more mellow and often preferred hiking and walking. This pregnancy has been a whole new level. I was achy WAY sooner and the pains I experienced in my third trimester with Kai and Leo I experienced within the first few months. Now, in my third trimester, all I want to do is walk and stretch.

These prenatal yoga poses have been my favorite and are fine for ALL trimesters. I’ve found it helps to bring ease to your body and offers the space to connect with the little being inside of you. Savor it.

While flowing, remember to connect to your babe. Use both hands on your womb and repeat much you love, appreciate, and can't wait to meet him or her. Connect to their little spirit; maybe you feel the little kicks, hiccups, or movement. You can go through these poses once or several times, depending on how you're feeling and how much time you have.

Overhead to Side Stretch

Cat-Cow Flow  

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga:

Focus your breath and mind in preparation for birth

Work pelvic floor muscle

Strengthens your abdominal muscles essential for a strong growing belly and support for babe

Alleviates pressure off lower back (so necessary!)

Soothes your nervous system

Connects you to baby in a sacred space


Tips for an easy + comfortable prenatal flow:

Sign up for a class with other mamas-to-be and really get a sense of sisterhood and community

Enjoy a solo sesh in the comforts of your home -- create a welcoming space with candles, palo santo or sweet grass, aromatherapy, and comfortable clothes or maybe even no clothes

Block out all other distractions and take the time to connect with your body and with baby

Listen to your body -- if a pose is uncomfortable then don't do it

Bridge + Pelvic Raises 

Happy Baby 

This is what has been working for me. If it works for you, amazing! I love sharing with my Philosophie tribe. If it doesn’t, that’s okay too! You can always enjoy a Philosophie superfood smoothie. I know we can all get behind that!

And for those who want to kick it up a notch...

Alternate Arm + Leg Lifts

 

For all the mamas out there, how did you get moving during pregnancy? Share with me on Facebook or in the comments below!

 

Weekend Brunch Toast Platter Recipe

Just a touch of sweetness or maybe a lot of Cacao Magic, please! I love these Toast Tuesday creations and they’re my absolute favorite for a weekend brunch. Loaded with superfoods and Philosophie Cacao Magic and Green Dream, these beauties will awaken your soul and senses.

These toasts let you cheat dessert for breakfast and they go great with anything you’d find at a brunch party. Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend is the best way to satisfy a sweet tooth while still fueling your body with the whole ingredients it needs.


Gather This:

2 slices of gluten free bread

½ Kite Hill almond milk yogurt

1 tsp Green Bee Honey

2 tbsp Nut Butter (we used Georgia Grinders)

½ tsp Cacao Bee Honey 

½ tsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

½ cup crumbled Pop Chips Peanut Butter Nutter Puffs

1 tbsp Cacao Sarai’s Superfood Spread

1 tbsp shredded coconut


Do This:

Toast two slices of gluten-free bread. Smear both with Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt. Drizzle some Green Bee Honey on one slice and finish with edible flowers or goji berries and a sprinkle of bee pollen on top. On the other slice, add the Nut Butter and Cacao Bee Honey, then top with Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blendcrumbled Nutter puffs, a drizzle of Cacao Sarai’s Superfood Spread and shredded coconut. You’re ready for a toast party!

What are your favorite weekend brunch treats loaded with superfoods? Share with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieSuperfoods or #MakeEveryFoodASuperfood.

Hummus Bowl Recipe

Spice up your midday snack attack with this nourishing, high vibe DIY hummus bowl! It’s super simple and requires only a few ingredients. It uses our delicious Cacao Bee Honey for extra flavor and pairs perfectly with pita bread, chips, or veggies. I love whipping this up as an afternoon snack for the boys or I’ll make it when all my girlfriends come over for dinner.

Gather This:

1 can of garbanzo beans, drained

lemon, juiced

2 garlic cloves

⅓ cup tahini

⅓ cup water

1 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

Salt + pepper

1 teaspoon of hemp seeds

1 teaspoon of turmeric

Drizzle of Cacao Bee Honey


Do This:

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor + blend until smooth. Finish with hemp seeds, turmeric and Cacao Bee Honey. Trust us! Enjoy with pita bread, veggies, or your favorite wholesome crackers.

How do you take your snacks to the next level? Share you favorite snack recipes with me on Twitter using #PhilosophieSuperfoods or #MakeEveryFoodASuperfood.

Berry Bliss Rose Latte Recipe

A magical morning brought to you by this pink dreamy latte. We’re counting down the days until baby girl is here and having lots of Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend creations to commemorate her arrival.

This beautiful latte has a ton of superfoods and touch of cinnamon and rose petals for extra beautifying properties. It uses our entire Berry Bliss line for a good boost of Vitamin C.

 

Gather This:

1 cup coconut milk (or nut mylk of your choice)

1 tsp Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend

1 tsp Berry Bee Honey

1 tbsp Coconut Bliss Coconut butter

1 scoop of Primal Kitchen Vanilla Collagen

1 tsp Sun Potion Tocos

¼ tsp cinnamon

Optional: dried rose petals


Do This:

Blend all ingredients in the blender and warm up on the stove top. Sprinkle with dried rose petals to treat yourself to a majorly yummy, high vibe and anti-aging latte.  We’re all about those beauty foods!


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Heart of the Week: Micuna

As I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, I have been preparing our home to welcome our newest Jaffe member. Spring cleaning has taken on a whole new meaning in our home as we make it baby ready. It also means I get to stock up on baby clothes, accessories, products and furniture. It’ve always wanted a baby girl and to raise one in an age where I can find products that truly align with my values is all the more special.

One brand I’ve been loving is Micuna. I’ve been blessed with finding the right furniture for our new home and this was the same for finding pieces for little babe. Micuna has the modern touch I adore and all their products are eco-friendly and completely safe for baby.

We got a BEAUTIFUL Harmony Crib that has a super clean, minimal touch. It truly aligns with everything I’m about at this point in my life. It felt like it belonged in her room. The fun part about this crib is that it transforms into a twin bed so she’ll grow with it.

I also have one of their Ovo High Chairs, which is so perfect. I can’t wait to use it. It looks so beautiful like a piece of art. This piece also transforms into a toddler chair! I love the versatility of these products.

As I’m prepping our home and buying all this baby girl will need, I’m taking the time to take extra care of myself, Endless naps, baths and family snuggles. Meditation and tea are nightly rituals, as is rubbing my belly with natural, organic belly creams and spending time with little angel. Much more of this is in my future and I’m so ready.

Use discount code “SOPHIEJAFFE” for 15% off any order from May 5 - June 5!

How do you prep your home for a guest, pet or baby? Share your favorite brands with me on Instagram using #MyPhilosophie!

Green Dream Face Mask Recipe

I’m in a spring green mood! Coming off a month of celebrating Mama Gaia, I want to take the time to celebrate myself and prepare for our newest little Jaffe member. This means many more evenings in a bath and all the face masks!

I encourage all of you to carve out a half hour or even just 10 minutes for a healing, soothing facial. This Green Dream Face Mask is so magically detoxifying, your skin will have an instant glow.  Spirulina, the star ingredient in Green Dream, brightens skin, combats free radicals, and helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles! All you need are Philosophie superfoods and water.

Gather This:

Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

Green Bee Honey

Water

Bamboo Whisk


Do This:

Mix our Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend with water to create a thin paste and apply gently to your face so it can beautify your skin for 10-15 minutes. You can also scoop out a spoonful of our healing, superfood-infused honey, apply it to your face, and let sit for another 10 minutes before rinsing off.

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