Mom Hacks // LA Favs

I love being a mama to Kai and Leo and showing them what this life has to offer. It’s everything to me. Soon (very soon!) I’ll be bringing baby girl into this world and will showing her all the magic of this world. I’m so very excited and feel blessed beyond measure to be a mama. It’s tough, but there’s nothing like it.

You don’t decide to bring another little soul into this world without a couple of hacks and local favorites to help keep you sane. Without a partner in Adi, my super amazing support system, and a city full of everything I could ever imagine then Kai and Leo wouldn’t be the boys they are today. They wouldn’t have been raised on the values of support, generosity, balance and LOVE. Here are some of my favorite tricks for navigating life as a mom in Los Angeles, while still holding on to your own authentic you.

Family time is sacred and the simple act of being together is a ritual. Most weekday mornings we have a dance party before I send the boys off to school. On weekends, we have lazy Saturday mornings together filled with endless snuggles and superfood waffles galore. We go on staycations and put our phones away an hour before bed so we can read books or sing and do our favorite night rituals. We go to the beach or go on hikes together. We create pure magic together.

I’ve learned after years and years on how to balance a company and a family. I’ve learned the power of saying “no” to things that don’t fill me all the way up. I’ve learned the sacred power of family time and more importantly, I’ve learned how to love and show up to everything I do with my boys completely.

I’ve navigated my life as a mama in LA and have picked up my favorite hacks and go-tos along the way:

Kango Car + Babysitting Service: This has been a lifesaver! All the services are 100% trustworthy and credible. It’s been amazing to help juggle casting calls, school pick up/drop off, and all their activities. Use the code “Sophie20” for $20 off a ride!

SoulPlay Yoga Studio: I’ve mentioned this spot on the blog before and we seriously love it! The boys have learned so much in their classes with Shauna.

Equinox Kids Club: This isn’t your normal kids club. The boys really love coming here and you can leave them for up to 2 hours while you get in a quick workout. There’s games, toys, TV and other kids for play. It’s perfect!

Cooking Classes w/ the Kids: I took Kai to Plantlab Culinary for a weekend course and it was so great! Kai is amazing in the kitchen and the chef was very conscientious of all different levels of the group.

What are some of your mom hacks and favorite spots around Los Angeles? Share with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilosophie.

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Fall Equinox Home Rituals to Bring In Balance & Gratitude

It’s the first day of fall for us here in the Northern Hemisphere with the autumn equinox. This is a time for reflection and refinement. Let the light pour in on this Autumn Equinox!


This year feels so much different and it’s hard to believe we’re welcoming in the cooler months and start to the holiday season. Most of us have been in a quarantine time-warp, so I find it’s even more important to integrate and embrace the passing of time in gentle, grounded ways. Choose today to honor the transition of seasons, the balance of release and renew, and tune into gratitude.


Today’s Equinox brings deep energetic forces. Equinox is the point when the Sun crosses the equator meaning everywhere on Earth, day and night are approximately of equal length. Symbolically, it can be depicted as the point when day meets night, where opposites meet on equal ground, and where we can integrate the duality within the oneness of existence. We have been taught to honor these planetary shifts as important reflections of life. Is there any better way to celebrate this important transition than to create a magical shift of balance and gratitude in our own lives? 


No matter where you are, we are connected by our human existence and our experience of living together on this planet. Let’s call out to our connection to our sacred Earth. We are ruled by the changing of seasons and the movements of Earth whether you live in a city, in the desert, suburbs or woods. In honoring the moments of change and tuning in to Earth’s guidance, we acknowledge our connection to the movement of life itself. 


Together we can ride the rush of the new energy of the fall equinox to renew, reset, and rewrite the story of our lives. Here are 4 rituals you can do to bring in the changing season with balance + gratitude:

Space cleansing in your home. Maintaining a welcoming, soothing environment at home is so crucial when bringing in different energy into your home. Gathering beautiful candles and items from the four elements of nature, like wood (earth), feathers (wind), Chrysalis Water (water—mist this in the air to reset moods and energy in the room) and your favorite smudging tool (fire) is an immediate way to cultivate balance and positivity in your home. The changing of seasons is also the perfect time to refresh your space with small decor changes throughout your home. 


Take time for balance and reflection. Set aside time to yourself without any distractions and reflect on gratitude in your life but also what might be out of balance and how you can make those lifestyle shifts. You can use the following prompts as guide or if you’re more visual, you can draw a pic of scales and write out or draw the things that feel in balance or out of balance. 


Journal Prompts: 

  1. In the last few months, have changes have happened that you want to keep in your life?
  1. What is currently present in your life that wish was more in alignment or flowed more abundantly?
  1. What have you been working on that has not yet manifested in your life? How can you make a change whether in your mindset or your work to have it show up for you?
  1. What are you ready to call into your life and begin the work on?

Find seasonal nourishment. During this transitional astrological period in which the energy of the seasons shift, it’s especially important to listen to your body and give yourself love, care, and nourishment. There are tons of seasonal vegetables available right now from an abundance of pumpkins and delicious root vegetables. Try out new recipes and honor this period with a full mind-body reset.


Take a walk in nature. Spend time outside and reflect on how the trees are shift, the air is turning crisper and days are cooler. Connect to the movement of Earth and really feel your feet on the ground and find clarity.

Infuse the spirit of the season in your home. Make a delicious Philosophie pumpkin spice latte using our seasonal Fall Vibes blend or these pumpkin muffins and let the autumns spice light up your home. Join me for an intuitive yoga practice on Sunday honoring the shift from summer to fall.

 

How are you celebrating the season shift? Let me know on Facebook using #PhilosophieSuperfoods.

 

 

Magical Moon Talk: Intuition Connection with the Pisces Full Moon

Tuesday, September 1 at 10:22pm PST we have an energetically cleansing full moon in dreamy, intuitive Pisces opposing analytical, physical Virgo. A full moon in Pisces calls us back to our spiritual center where our intuition and highest inner knowing rests. This full moon is an opportunity to align with and trust your inner knowingness and pay attention to your synchronicity.


The connection between Virgo and Pisces encourages a connection between your mind & your heart, allowing you to use the logical thinking style of Virgo & the spiritual exploration of Pisces to see the world in a clear, all-encompassing manner.


“Despite the constant bombardment of negative news and reminders to stay away from each other and the state of our world, the mystical Piscean waters will prevail. Its innocent, whimsical, sensitive creativity need remind us that we get to create our own reality. Pisces often struggles with boundaries. Where has your inner space been filled with outside stuff? Media gets to us after a while, its tendrils seep in and shape our precious inner worlds. It’s time to clear your personal chrysalis to make space for hopes and dreams again. This is a reminder.” - Magic Of I.


The cosmos are encouraging you to tap into your best version of self, embrace your uniqueness, and own your independence. How can you connect your dreams to your real physical life? How can you go with the flow more? 


More than anything, you might be feeling emotional about the state of your relationships so be aware & welcome the tears for they are healing.

Full Moon Ceremony

Take time today or tonight for yourself. Turn on your favorite music that pulls you into your body and dance. Create art. Release pent up thoughts and emotion in a journal. 


Here are some of my favorite New Moon ritual essentials:

Candles: sets the stage + environment by bringing in calming energy

Crystals/Stones: set out any crystals/stones that call you in this upcoming cycle

Moon Deck: pull for setting intentions or clearing your mind and raising any thoughts + emotions that you need to release

Journal + pen: free-form writing, or journal about questions, thoughts, or intentions that arise during your ritual

Tea or water: sip on a herbal tea with Philosophie honey or a warm cup of water with lemon


Pick up a Mystical Moon Ritual Bundle to create your own ritual at home! This Mystical Moon Ritual Bundle will give you the tools you need to create your own moon ceremony at any time of day whether there’s a New Moon, Full Moon or not. 


Journal Prompts:

In this time of great mythic energies, what dreams do you wish to manifest into the world? For yourself and for the collective?

What limiting beliefs do you carry about your Power and ability to create Magick?

And after writing and looking through this, do you believe these beliefs to be true?

How can this Full Moon support your growth and transformation right now?


Join me and my teacher Ameya from Woman Rising for a moon gathering at 11am PST on Instagram. See you there!


How do you plan to celebrate and honor today’s Full Moon in Pisces? Let me know on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilosophie.

How to Channel the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse into CHANGE

We watch the planets and the moon to speak to our hearts and help us to ground us in all that’s happening in our lives. This time it’s so much bigger. This time we look for guidance and to connect within to our inner knowing. The practice of aligning with the rhythmic cycle of the universe is medicine to the soul.


By becoming aware of the cycles of the moon and how they affect both personally AND societally is a small step on the path to wholeness and connection.


Today we are greeted by a Full Moon Lunar in Sagittarius which is the first in a series of three. A Full Moon is heightened and charged up but an eclipse is that much more so. It’s when the earth, sun and moon are in alignment. We’re currently in the middle of a high retrograde season already encouraging us to slow down, reassess life and call in powerful transformations. Get ready for an awakening!


This is an awakening on a global and personal level to all that has been in the shadows and to the imbalances across systems and our own limited realities. This process is painful but powerful. It’s up to us to feel empowered to move to action and not fall to victimization.


“Our collective lens has focalized on the experience of our black brothers, sisters and relatives that continue to be subjected to racism rooted in white supremacy and abuse that has been systematically allowed to perpetuate. Our expanding realizations are transforming into bridges of solidarity and action calls to the ways we can each proactively participate in the active dismantling of the oppressive systems that we consciously or unconsciously maintain.” - Mystic Mama


It’s time to expand and evolve. Use the Sagittarian energy to stir up positive change and reinvent new ways to support our life here on earth for everyone. 

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

We officially entered eclipse season where energy is charged, emotions are HIGH, and there are deep, deep layers. This Full Moon rests in independent and strong-willed Sagittarius. 


This is a powerful moment in our history. We can use this lunar event to turn into our intuition in order to listen to what’s on our hearts and feel confident in what we need to share. When we’re able to tap into our inner knowing we open up space for so much expansion and evolution. 


This moon is giving us permission to fully meet our shadows and we move through this momentous time in history and become part of the global awakening. Let’s raise the vibration of the collective. 

Perform a Full Moon Practice

In order to listen to our intuition and connect to the deep insight, we need to be in a place of openness and ease. With the heavy stress we are facing, our nervous systems are completely thrown off so it’s important to rely on practices like breathwork and meditation to help slow down and soften so you can LISTEN.


Try out this check-in practice on your own:

  1. Gather a pen and journal, candle and matches, card deck (optional), crystals, and tea.
  2. Sit or lie down comfortably
  3. Take three deep, grounding BREATHS
  4. Place a hand on your heart or on your belly and list everything you’re grateful for - go for as vast or as few as you would like
  5. Write down in your journal 1-2 things you’re currently feeling
  6. Write or speak in your mind your INTENTION for this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

A beautiful way to infuse more loving energy into your Full Moon practices is with the Mystical Moon Ritual Bundle which will give you the tools you need to create your own moon ceremony. I've been using my Dragon's Blood Sage non-stop during this time of such heaviness and transformation.

Journal prompts: Think about where you are in your life. Is there anything you’re unsure about? Any choices you go back and forth on? What are you doubting at this moment in your life?

What are your intentions for this moon cycle? How do you plan to celebrate today’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse? Let me know in the comments below!

Do the Work // George Floyd Support + Anti-Racism Resources

It’s time to roll up our sleeves, people. Somehow, SIXTY years after the civil rights movement we STILL have a racism issue. We STILL have an IGNORANCE issue.


This will be an ongoing list of the things you can do TODAY. Here are some ideas to help you get started: share, share, share, educate yourself, educate someone else, help, help, help, stand on front lines, end a vicious cycle, do the right thing, share a story, lift someone who’s suffering, donate to causes that support, sign a petition, learn to recognize + understand your own privilege & teach your children, look at your own biases & consider where they originated, find out how your company or school works to expand opportunities for minorities, list goes on.... let’s hear yours!


“Civil rights didn’t change anything. We are all racist inside. It’s a sickness our European ancestors took on for access to property. It’s ingrained in America. It’s important to grieve this.”



EDUCATE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY


The following is from this article in Harper’s Bazaar:

DONATE

  • Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, has started a GoFundMe to assist his family in their time of grief and need. DONATE HERE
  • The Minnesota Freedom Fund, a grassroots organization currently working with the National Lawyers Guild and the Legal Rights Center, will use donations to bail out arrested protestors and to supply those on the field. DONATE HERE
  • Reclaim the Block, a grassroots organization based in Minneapolis, will use funds to address community needs. DONATE HERE
  • Black Visions Collective, which is based in Minnesota, focuses its work on transformative justice in the state. DONATE HERE
  • North Star Health Collective is a group of street medics, radical health organizers, and community health trainers based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and will use funds for gear and medical supplies on the field. DONATE HERE
  • Organizers in Louisville, Kentucky–the city that Breonna Taylor lived in–have created a community bail fund for protestors. DONATE HERE

CALL GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES

  • Contact Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to demand justice. You can also call his office at 612-673-2100. REACH OUT HERE
  • Demand County Attorney Mike Freeman charge the officers with murder by calling him at 612-348-5550.

SIGN PETITIONS

  • Color of Change's petition demands that Frey block the involved officers from receiving their pensions and ban them from being able to become police officers again, as well as demands that Freeman charge the officers with murder. You can also text "FLOYD" to 55156 to sign the petition. SIGN THE PETITION HERE
  • Another petition posted on Change.org is also trying to get the attention of Frey and Freeman. It currently has more than two million signatures and is aiming for at least three million. SIGN THE PETITION HERE

Text FLOYD to 55156 for George

Text ENOUGH to 55156 for Breanna

Text JUSTICE to 55156 for Ahmaud

 

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Natural Ways to Boost Immunity + Find Your Flow

Over the last few months, we’ve had information overload with tons of ways to navigate these times, boost your health, support immunity and restore balance. There’s SO much energy in the world right now and I want to make sure I’m doing my best to share a ton of valuable content on what is helping ME stay balanced, tips + tricks for what’s keeping my immune system supported and how I’m moving my body and finding peace within a FULL home. 


Most importantly, this is a time to listen to yourself and your needs. You and you alone speak to yourself. Be kind. Be gentle. Be understanding. It’s more about aligning with your flow and tapping into your highest power. 


These are the tools and rituals that help boost immunity and allow me to tap into my F L O W.


Turning my HIGH ENERGY + stress into helpful action. I’ve been teaching almost every Sunday for the past three months an intuitive yoga movement class and sharing all the stress-relieving tips that work for me. It’s a beautiful way to connect with my community and has been a reminder of how much I find joy in teaching.


Try out this free intuitive movement class on my YouTube!

High Vibrational + Alkalizing Nourishment. The food we eat is our first form of defense, medicine and support. 80% of our immune cells are in the gut so by strengthening gut health you boost immunity. When you choose whole, real foods you are supporting your whole health. I fuel my body with smoothies, salads, broths, grains, veggies and SUPERFOODS (the most efficient + effective way to restore the body) every day. 

 

To make sure your body is receiving all of the nourishment it needs to keep you free from sickness and GLOWING, make it a daily ritual to whip up an energizing smoothie filled with fruits + veggies, Philosophie superfoods, and coconut water or nut mylks. Try this Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl!

Take a relaxing walk. Have you ever noticed that after a low-intensity workout or yoga flow, you actually feel energized? According to a University of Georgia study, a light workout can boost your energy by 20%.

 

Take in as much natural vitamin D as you can even if it’s just for a 10-minute walk in your neighborhood. I love being outside. I try to get outside at least once a day even if it’s just a short morning walk around the neighborhood with my kiddos. Being in nature can be calming and nurturing to your soul, spirit and body.

 

A spoonful of raw superfood honey a day keeps the flu away! The moment you feel a scratchy throat, try Philosophie Green Bee Honey or Berry Bee Honey (loaded with extra vitamin C) to lubricate the throat and boost your immune system with superfoods and adaptogens to heal you quickly.

Take a power nap. Overloading our brains with new info and then analyzing and storing all of that data can zap some of our energy. The National Institute of Mental Health has found that by taking short + sweet 60-minutes naps, we can restore our energy and actually better retain any new info we’ve gathered during the day.

 

Drink your chlorophyll water! Chlorophyll helps to eliminate harmful bacteria from the body, hydrates + heals the skin and boosts your energy.

Playroom Storage Hacks + Elevated Design Tips

My kiddos are growing up and I wanted to create a space that supported this next level of their evolution. We all needed a bit of a distraction and creating this playroom has been such a fun project during these months in quarantine. I’m so excited to share this space with you and hope it inspires you!


Here’s the story: our last au pair left early this year. She was living in a spare bedroom we had upstairs down the wall from the master bedroom and kids’ rooms. The “playroom” for the boys was downstairs but it just became a dumping ground for lost toys and things. When our au pair left we felt it was best to switch the playroom with her room so it was more accessible to the kids, more connected to us adults, but the kids still had a space all their own.


I worked with my love, Dany of Spatial Soulutions who helped to completely transform and up-level our entire home. Dany is a holistic stylist on a mission to help people create conscious, beautiful and functional spaces. She’s offering virtual sessions if you want to get started now while you’re at home.

THE WHY BEHIND THE SPACE

When you have three kiddos at home all under the age of 10 - messes happen. I’ve always believed the sign of a mess is the sign of life fully being lived and experienced. Yet as a Taurus, I thrive off creating warm, grounded energy in my home and having a clean space does ease my stress. I wanted a playroom that encouraged their play, imagination and growth but didn’t become a room of constant mess. The organization, simplifying, and intentional design was key so I partnered up with Pottery Barns Kids to take this room to the NEXT LEVEL.


We wanted the playroom to be soothing and open which is why we stuck to a very neutral color palette. We dedicated the closet to board games + costumes – items that are more colorful and harsh on the eye. We got this mid-century toy chest from Pottery Barn Kids (obsessed!) for all the dress-up accessories to live in right next to the closet. 

ORGANIZATION IDEAS THAT WORK FOR YOU + FAM

When it comes to rooms for your littles, SIMPLE is always best. We started by doing an entire cleanout everything and removed items that had somehow made their way to this room where they didn’t belong. We donated a ton of old toys, books and games the kids no longer played with and no longer inspired new levels of growth. 


What we kept we organized into a specific place. If you’re organizing a playroom of your own, don’t dump ALL the toys in one large bin or toy chest. It’ll turn into a mess. When you store each toy in its own place it helps maintain the space and the kids can help clean up because they will know where things go. 


We used Pottery Barn Kids’ 3x3 Cameron wall system because it has incredible open and closed storage. This whole system is modular which makes it really easy to personalize it to your space. We used this system to streamline the majority of the boys’ toys. We used the Quinn baskets in various sizes inside of the cubbies for manipulatives (blocks, legos, etc), small card games and building accessories like people + animals. We also displayed the boys’ books inside of the Cameron wall system. We put their school materials inside of the cabinets of the wall system. This piece is great because it also has the concealed storage of the cabinets. We also got the Seagrass and Metal storage baskets for large blocks to be displayed out for easy building access, and these items are safe for Noa to play with too! 


We already had a gray art cart, so we found the Carolina Play Table in gray and some cute metal play chairs for the boys to work/create at. We also put this large lidded basket next to the table to house their coloring books + sketchbooks. 


For Noa, we found these perfect double market bins with dividers and placed them on the floor so she is able to get her toys herself at eye level. She is obsessed with feeding us, so we literally have play kitchens for her all over the house. For the playroom, we went with the stunning Chelsea All-in-1 play kitchen for her to enjoy and got her an adorable shopping cart to add to her pretend play area. 

ELEVATED DESIGN TOOLS 

The neutral color palette of this room allows them to go wild with their toys, games and art. When they leave things out it doesn’t feel like too much of a mess because the room is soft as it is. We found a perfect rug from Pottery Barns Kids in 8 x 10. The Korey rug is so cozy, and also has the neutral yet playful boho feel I love. 


We wanted to add neutral, functional, yet fun decor into the space. Here are some of my favorite items we selected to help give you some ideas:

Animal decal - We cut it up and put the pieces in different areas around the room. It was Adi’s idea to break up the decal and we really love it!

Magnetic strip with Clips - To display their creations in a functional + fun way!

Navy Campaign Pinboard - Another way to display their art, and put up their schoolwork/schedules/etc. This has been insanely helpful while they have school at home.

Giraffe + Peace Sign wall art - Playful and neutral pieces to add to the space. 


We are SO in love with how this room turned out and it was been such a blessing to have it completed during these months at home. They have a designated space for homeschooling and playtime while I work. I also love that I can easily go play and create with them. So magical!


Thanks to Pottery Barns Kids, who collaborated with me to really take this room to a whole new level! I’m obsessed with it!


What do you love most about this space? Any ideas you’re going to implement in your own homes or ideas of your own? Share with me below!