Sitting with My Stress

Every day I’m amazed with how much baby girl grows. Rapidly evolving and changing my body too, until one day I’ll bring her into this world. When that moment comes I will have a human soul to care for in order to guide her to reach her full potential. Nothing will be more important than her life. Even writing this all out and I’m stressed the F out.

Philosophie Goddess, Marissa Cohen shares her stress journey and how she show up completely to all the anxiety + stress. Once you’re able to sit with your stress, meditate on what is keeping you this way, fully embrace it  and acknowledge it, then you can overcome it and go after the ultimate, BALANCED you.

I woke up this morning with an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. My mind felt wired and my head like it was somewhere in space. My physical body felt tight and uncomfortable. My first thought at 5:45 a.m. was to hop out of bed, lace up my sneakers, and head to a spin class. I have always loved exercise as a way to manage my stress. Particularly, cardio like spinning and running has helped my mind to “turn off.” To detach. To forget. In many ways, this has been positive for me. When my anxious thoughts aren’t serving me, it can be great to go to a place that allows me to forget them. But as I went to get out of bed, I realized that I have been having this anxious feeling too often. Has my coping mechanism been helping me to manage my stress, or has it been allowing me to avoid it?

We all live full, busy lives. I know I can’t speak for myself as a college student who is constantly hustling between classes, extracurriculars, work, social events, workouts and all the other things that my Google Calendar will prompt me to do. For many of us, it can feel like we’re already in that spin room transitioning between sprints, jumps, and endurance tracks all day. So, what do we do to cope? We turn to whatever it is that allows us to zone out. For some of us, that’s mindless eating or drinking (lack of nourishment), scrolling through Instagram, binging on television, substance abuse, or it can be exercise. I’ve come to see that the actual activity that we use to escape is not inherently good or bad. Exercise isn’t always a positive and a glass of wine isn’t always a negative. Yes, when used to the extreme then problems start to appear. When their use comes from the same intention, we are seeking the same result.

So, as I went to trade my pajama bottoms for my workout tights, I forced myself to lay back down. I turned on a five-minute meditation. I took out my journal. I challenged myself to sit with my stress in an effort to try to identify and heal the root cause, instead of suppressing it with spin. I will always turn to exercise as a way to handle how I’m feeling, but now I aim to do so from a place of consciousness. If I know that I am trying to escape, then it can be amazing… sometimes. Other times, I need to do the hard work and be in my own discomfort, so that I can begin to feel more grounded in my day to day. So that I can live a life that I don’t have to run from so often.

In times of chaos and high stress take a breath, light some palo santo and sit with yourself. Focus on your breath and let everything come into you. I guarantee, you’ll find the ground again.

How do you control your stress + anxiety? What tools do you use? Share with me on Facebook using #MyPhilosophie.

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I’m probably not the only man who has found myself in similar situations to what was written. I’ve recently made the effort to stop using running as an escape, and it is now testing whether it was something I actually liked doing.

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Heart of the Week: Seed Phytonutrients // Sustainable Choices

This post is in partnership with Seed Phytonutrients, but 100% my opinions!

Earth Day is this Sunday! How are you going to give a little extra love to Mother Earth? I’m constantly looking for new and creative ways I can be sustainable in my day-to-day. Besides making conscious choices while grocery shopping, I choose health and wellness products that follow a more sustainable mission statement.

I’m so excited to share this brand with you, beauties. Not only do their products feel amazing on my skin, face and hair but they’re completely recyclable + compostable. Amazing, right?!

Seed Phytonutrients hair, face and body products are completely sustainable and full of phytonutrients, making them extra beneficial for your health. I 100% support their mission to protect organic farmers and seeds from over-commercialization, while promoting natural beauty + healthy living. Living sustainably doesn’t just only mean recycling or minimizing your waste (although, yes!) but also promoting and supporting brands that are fighting to protect Mama Gaia and all her wonders.

Lately, I’ve been using Seed Phytonutrients hair + body products in the shower. I love their Daily Hair Cleanser. It feels so natural and light. When you’re a girl that can go days without washing your hair this product is your best friend. I also pair it with their Body Cleanser. All their products are paraben free, non-GMO and all vegan. So magical.

These products really stand out because of their shower safe and downright beautiful packaging. Seed Phytonutrients have bottles that are compostable on the outside and recyclable on the inside. There’s absolutely NO waste with them. I feel so great doing my part while treating my skin + hair at the same time.

Beyond the products that you use and the foods that you buy, you can make little Earth conscious choices in so many ways! Here’s how I practice sustainability on the daily.

Compost, compost, compost - Some people think this is impossible when you live in a city like LA, but the city offers green compost bins all over and you can request to have one for your building/house. All you have to do is keep a small compost container in your home and take it out with the trash.

BYOB (bring your own bag) - It’s so easy to do this now in LA where grocery bags are now banned. No one wants to pay 10 cents a bag and it makes so much sense to leave your favorite totes/reusable bags in the car for the next time you have to run to the store.

Less waste - Go to grocery stores that offer grains, nuts, etc. in bulk and bring your own jars. It’s so cute to see them around your home, too! Turn to reusable products like our Philosophie Smoothie Jars. I’ll be going reusable with all of baby girl’s diapers and I’ve cut out sack lunches/ziplock bags for the boys.

Happy Earth Day, tribe!

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Spiralized Squash Noodles Recipe

Spiralized veggies make my ♥ so happy and the boys love them too! Squash makes delicious “pasta” especially mixed with superfoods.

If you pair spiralized squash with our Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend, you’ll have a simple, raw, gluten-free, + vegan dinner packed with protein, fiber, heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin C, + manganese (an essential mineral for bone health and brain and nerve function). Be sure to make extra—it’s beyond delish + makes a wonderful lunch for the next day!


Gather This:

Spiralized squash

½ sprouted beans

1 bag of Organic Spinach

1 cup Sun Dried tomatoes


1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

2 tbsp Hemp Seeds

1 clove of garlic chopped


Do This:

Cook spiralized squash in a pan for 3-4  minutes with 1 tbsp EVOO. Add chopped garlic, bean sprouts, spinach,  and Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend then cook for another 3 minutes. Transfer to individual serving bowl. Top with Sun dried tomatoes, sprinkling of hemp seeds, and salt+pepper, also more green dream if desired!


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Sacred Pause // Time After Birth

Third trimester and feeling it all. Adi and I are so excited to welcome our newest Jaffe member into this world. This spring has been all about the transition and preparation from a family of four to a family of five.

I had a consultation with an amazing postpartum Ayurvedic doula, Jenna Furnari. She was gentle, understanding and so helpful as I prepare for the arrival of our baby girl.

Here’s a look at my transition into labor/birth and the plan for when baby girl arrives. As always, thank you for being a beautiful community that allows me to share in this space.



As I progress through the third trimester of this little angel's pregnancy, I am starting to prepare mentally, emotionally and physically for what's to come.

We are preparing our home, making sacred space for baby girl, clearing out what we no longer need, and getting everything organized for the boys. I am working with the brilliant Dany from Spatial Soulutions who really understands our home and the inner workings of a mother (she was a preschool teacher for years). Taylor has also been helping us get organized and prepared by helping me pack my hospital bag, ordering candles for the birth, and making sure all our ducks are in a row.

I’ve held a couple new moon circles with my soul sisters. Welcoming in sacred, positive energy and clearing out the old, stagnant air. I’ve focused on a full mind + body connection as I work to create a magnetic and welcoming home for baby girl.

Watch my YouTube video for more about my third trimester of this pregnancy.


My plan for postpartum is starting to become more clear. Since my life is so chaotic and FULL of beauty, work, passion and magic, I need to really set intentions that surround what I want to create.

I want to take a full month to bond with baby girl. Both in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, they promote taking a full month to 40 days to really heal and connect to this new chapter in your life.

I will be continuing to work with Jenna Furnari. She will be working with me two days a week for around 5 hours each session. During the days she is with me, she will help prepare Ayurvedic nourishing foods, help me with emotional and physical recovery, support me in breastfeeding, babywearing, and spending time with baby so I can rest. She will also do Ayurvedic birth recovery bodywork and help with the transition for the entire household to adjust to new roles (this will be very important for Kai and Leo).

She will make us lists of what to purchase and then we will get all our groceries and stock the fridge so she can come and help prepare nourishing foods for me. She has mapped out a food plan for everything from the first 24 hours that includes warmed/spiced milk and panchakola ghee to 3 days postpartum that includes stuffed dates, stewed fruits, Mama Chai tea, and Lactation Tea. She’ll also be delivering to the hospital for the first day or two. The time after having a baby needs to be nourishing as the body has undergone extreme trauma giving birth and the 9 months of growing the babe. I'm excited for a slow, mindful recovery.

During these 40 days we will only allow our inner circle family and close friends into our home. This will be a sacred time full of love, bonding, sweetness, recovery and intimate moments.

I'm so grateful Adi works from home now and will be on summer break from teaching at UCLA so he can be really present to this new addition into our world. Kai and Leo will be at a sports camp close by so they will be happy and exhausted when they get home and I can really get the time I want with this sweet baby.

Jenna sees clients virtually via phone and skype, if you would like to schedule a pregnancy consult with her pre or postnatal! I highly suggest it, she's an absolute angel.

Did you take a sacred pause after giving birth? If you're pregnant, are you planning on doing something like this? Would love to hear from you!! Please share x

Cacao Magic Smoothie Recipe w/ Kitchfix Grain-Free Granola

We're deep into a spring cleanse mood! Smoothie bowls are NEEDED and so freakin’ good. This Cacao Magic smoothie is a perfect brekkie loaded with superfoods, fruits and topped with my fav Kitchfix Grain-Free Granola.

Remember, we offer Philosophie cleanses and you can start anytime! They’re available here. If you have questions, concerns or want to talk it all out, please message us below!


Gather This:

1 frozen banana

1 tbsp almond butter (or any nut butter)

1 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

1 tsp Coconut Magic Coconut Butter

1 tsp Vital Proteins Collagen (extra magic!)

1 tsp Sun Potion Women with Superpowers Powder

¼ cup dairy-free vanilla yogurt (we love Kite Hill)

Handful of ice

½ cup granola (we used Kitchfix)

Drizzle of Cacao Bee Honey

Do This:

Blend all ingredients into the blender, saving the yogurt, honey and granola for the toppings!

Pour smoothie into the bowl, spread a bit of yogurt on top, a drizzle of Cacao Bee Honey, and a sprinkling of Granola.

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Sleep Sanctuary

Dropping in to give you a little friendly reminder to take care of yourself in all the ways! This doesn’t just mean in the kitchen. Take care of yourself in your bathroom, living room, and yes, your bedroom.

I’m an all about sleep! Seriously, it’s so needed. Your bedroom is supposed to be a haven and legit the coziest and comfiest room in your home, but often we let technology, work, clutter, stress and even food (guilty!) slip in between the sheets. There’s been a few nights where I treated my bed like my work desk instead of the sleep sanctuary it’s supposed to be. On my wellness journey, I’ve learned to truly treat my bedroom like a sacred space. It’s changed my life!

How did I transform it into a sanctuary?

I worked to create a space that activates all my senses while also limiting distractions and disturbances. It’s important to create an environment that doesn’t encourage overstimulation. That’s why my room is largely white and clean except for pops of color. I strive to create a space for relaxation, restoration, intimacy and deep, beautiful sleep.

My bed is at the heart of this and I’ve transformed it into the purest cocoon for Adi and I. We have a new Buffy comforter and I’m obsessed with it. It’s a literal cloud. Nights have been tough during this pregnancy and when baby comes, I know I’ll need to cherish the little sleep I’ll get that much more. You need a comforter that holds you, but doesn’t suffocate you. Buffy is also sustainable and environment friendly. It’s made of silk-soft natural eucalyptus fibers which is so soothing. Buffy also uses rejuvenated microfiber instead of down, which makes it ultra soft and light. No sweating during sleep here!

Use cofe “SOPHIEJ15” which expires at the end of April!

On my nightstand, I’ve put objects and treasures that each serve a purpose and work to soothe me to ultimate relaxation and sleep. The nightstand itself is from Joybird, which complements my sleek, clean style so effortlessly.

Here are my other treasures on my nightstand:

Books: Mastery of Love, The Book of Awakening, Nurture (a much better alternative to late night TV)

Crystals: Rose Quartz (a stone that promotes love + compassion; you can find them in our Magic Moon Satchels) + Crystal Quartz

Himalayan Sea Salt Lamp: Besides being so beautiful, it generate negative ions which help to improve mood + energy levels

Flowers: simple answer, spring!

Palo Santo: I light it when I’m feeling anxious, stressed or worried and need to regulate my energy levels.

Chrysalis Water: I spritz it on my pillows, in the air in my room or on myself in the mornings for an instant refresh

Flower Essences: Scleranthus, which is good for indecisiveness and tapping into your higher self + knowing (which I've been having this pregnancy)  

How do you create your own sleep sanctuary? Share yours with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilosophie.

Beauty Obsession: AHAVA

AHAVA has always had a special place in my heart thanks to my strong ties to beautiful Israel where my hubby, Adi, was born and raised. It’s also where we spend our summers with our own family. I’ve been using this whole line from head to toe for over a decade now, so I can truly speak to the incredible benefits that the nourishing Dead Sea mud packs in. Kai + Leo have the best time putting the magical Dead Sea mud all over each other and us. It's the one time in life we FULLY allow them to get us dirty since it’s the most hydrating mud on the planet!

One thing that's been keeping me sane during the first and second trimester of this pregnancy was having at home spa nights. Lathering up with a yummy mineral rich face mask and moisturizer mentally and physically makes me feel like I’m transported to the beaches of Tel Aviv.

I immediately notice a glow after using the Brightening & Hydrating Facial Treatment. The natural green pigment in the Brightening & Hydrating Facial Treatment Mask cancels out any redness I’m may be experiencing for a more even + refreshed look. As you babes know, I'm a busy mama on the go so finding natural products that work wonders are a lifesaver.  I have to be on camera a lot for work so I majorly rely on this to keep my skin looking even and polished.

Key Ingredients:

Dead Sea mud purifies the skin targeting oil and debris while hydrating

Niacinamide, a physiologically active form of Vitamin B3, helps brighten skin

Natriance Brightening Extract prevents and corrects uneven skin tone creating a beaming glow

My skin has changed a ton during pregnancy! Any other mamas out there feel the same way? (HORMONES!!!!) My skin is so dry as baby girl sucks out all the hydration. The major hydration I’m getting from the AHAVA Extreme Night Treatment has been a game changer.

Love that its loaded with antioxidants that protect against environmental aging, reduce wrinkles, and help with firmness. All seriously needed, plus I adore the fact that they use REAL ingredients like goji berry and Himalayan Raspberry Root.

BONUS: try the matching Extreme Firming Eye Cream for those same benefits but for the sensitive skin around your eye area. It helps me look awake when I’m feeling far from it!

You know I am all about standing behind brands of integrity and only put my stamp on products out there that I truly believe in. AHAVA products are so pure and magical I feel so lucky the boys (and soon to be girl!) get to experience them, as well. Treat yourself to the beauty that is the mud from the Dead Sea!

These products have been amazing for me during my pregnancy but always check with your doctor for questions on trying new products.

What natural beauty products are you obsessed with lately? Share with me on Twitter using #PhilosophieLove or #MyPhilosophie.


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