The Bee’s Knees: 5 Reasons Honey Makes the Perfect Sweetener

Raw honey is hands down one of my favorite ways to infuse sweetness into my smoothies, toast, yogurt, salad dressings, and savory cooking. This golden liquid comes straight from superfood heaven – after 2 MILLION flower blossoms are visited, 1 pound of honey is created! A bee also makes about 1/12 teaspoon in its LIFETIME, so this is a true delicacy. And when our superfood + protein blends are swirled into jars of raw honey, you have a low-glycemic, high-vibrational, nutritionally-dense nectar that is pure bliss. Read on for 5 more reasons why honey is the bee's knees! 

1) It's bursting with vitamins + minerals. 

Raw honey contains an assortment of vitamins including Vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, along with minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium AND zinc! This definitely makes it one of the most nourishing ways to sweeten your eats + drinks.  

2) It's full of antioxidants. 

Micronutrients called polyphenols in honey contain antioxidants, which are SO essential for radiance + wellness. Antioxidants help combat free radicals, those bad atoms that contribute to cellular damage and can lead to disease.

3) It provides an all-natural energy boost! With 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, it's a great way to support muscle recovery after you've had an intense workout. I like to add our Berry Bee Honey to this oh-so-yummy DIY Coconut Pineapple Sports Drink

4) It can enhance your shampoo + conditioner. With its humectant properties, honey makes a great addition to shampoo by helping your hair maintain moisture. The nutrients and enzymes in honey also give your hair a gorgeous shine without weighing it down. I like to mix a small spoonful of raw honey into my shampoo or conditioner! 

5) It makes a lovely face mask, especially after a day out in the sun. The healing benefits of raw honey have been recognized for centuries. Ancient Egyptians and Ayurvedic traditions used honey to treat skin infections, burns, and wounds since this sweet gift from nature possesses antibiotic properties. I love mixing it into this hydrating DIY mask with aloe and cucumber (video below) since it reduces both redness and swelling!  

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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!

Resources for HOME with Your Kiddos

What a crazy time we’re in! So many moms and dads out there are adjusting to a new normal of having their kiddos home with them 24/7 and things can get tense if you’re not used to it. Both my partner, Adi and I work out of the home so we’re figuring out the balance of running businesses, being parents and now home school teachers? Whew!


I have a crazy awesome support system and a live-in nanny helping us out at the home but I’ve also pulled together some resources and tips that are working for us right now. I hope this helps all the other parents out there trying to keep a house under control and diffuse the tension.


We will get through this! I challenge you to change your perspective on this *extra* time at home with your kids as a fun stay-cation! Try new games, experiment with new family-fun recipes like Green Dream Waffles (we have a TON on this site), take long neighborhood walks, play outside if you can and make dinner time fun! We’re also watching a lot more movies with the kids and that’s okay!!

Healthy Snack Time, ALWAYS!

As your kiddos are now home all day and there are no nights out for dinner, planning meals and snacks can get stressful. Anyone else finish the day with a HUGE spoonful of nut butter straight out of the jar? Yup! Make this a time to create meals with your kids and involve them in cooking. Experiment with food and STOCK UP on all the healthy, feel-good snacks.


We have shelves FULL of LesserEvil snacks to help us through these times at home. It’s the perfect healthy snack during days of homeschool and playtime and the whole family LOVES them (especially Noa, she demands it). 


Use my code “SophieJaffe20” for 20% off!

Some Resources I’m Loving

FOR HOMESCHOOLING

  • Depending on your kid’s school they may be asked to join classes via Zoom or Google Classrooms or they were sent distance learning packets (our boys received both) and it’s a good idea to set a place and time in your home for school. Create a schedule that aligns with your routine so when you’re working your kiddos are practicing quiet time, creative playtime or working on school work. 
  • Webinars + Audiobooks. Our kid’s love online drawing classes and listening to audiobooks is a great way to keep them entertained and engaged. Children’s author Mo Willems is offering “Lunch Doodles” and Penguin Kids is hosting online storytime!
  • Print Activity Sheets! Check online for a ton of free printable worksheets including these Coronavirus activity sheets by Elise Gravel

GAMES & ACTIVITIES

“TRAVEL” AND EXPLORE

  • Visit the Zoo and Aquarium! Virtually, that is! The Georgia Aquarium and the San Diego Zoo has webcams of their animals online for you to watch all day, throughout the day! 
  • Travel the world with your kids without leaving your home through Airpano and their 360° photos and videos from all over the planet

This is a gift and SACRED PAUSE to slow down and appreciate what’s most important in life: family, loved ones and staying safe. Use this time to connect with your kiddos in so many magical ways but don’t forget to care for you and YOUR needs. Take a couple of hours off for self-care with the delicious Chrysalis Bath Soak or cozy up with a book or even a reality TV show and a superfood latte. Whatever you need!!

 

We’re in this together! If you need support or have questions on anything, please reach out! Here for you!!

3 Exercises That'll Help You Master Chaturanga Pose

The Chaturanga! So, so foundational in every yoga flow you do but oddly difficult to master. POPSUGAR asked me to share 3 exercises to help build your strength and ability to easily flow in and out of Chaturanga. I’m sharing them with you all!

 

Read the full article on POPSUGAR here. Finish your workout with a Berry Bliss smoothie loaded with immune-boosting properties to keep any flu/cold/sickness FAR away!

 

"According to Sophie Jaffe, a certified yoga instructor and owner of Philosophie, the foundational yoga pose is all about using strength from your core while activating leg-and-arm balance. I figured a new strength-training routine would do some good, so with that, Jaffe offered up some core and triceps-focused moves that can be done at home, in the gym, or on the go. Hopefully, now my Sun Salutations will be seamless the next time I'm in the studio."


Triceps Dips

Grip the edges of a stable bench or chair about shoulder-length apart.

Hover just off and in front of your seat, keeping your feet flat and legs bent or legs extended for more intensity.

Straighten your arms with a slight bend to keep tension away from your elbow joints and onto your triceps. This is your start position.

Bend your elbows and lower your body until your arms form about a 90-degree angle.

Then, engage your triceps and push back up to the start position. This is one rep.

Keep your shoulders down as you raise and lower, and keep your back close to the bench or chair.


Aim for three sets of 10-15 reps.

Plank

Begin on the floor on your hands and knees.

Place your hands directly under your shoulders.

Step your feet back one at a time with your toes flexed. Your hands and toes should entirely support the weight of your body.

For stability and a modification, bring your feet a bit wider apart. Intensify the pose by bringing them closer together.

Keep a straight line from your heels to your back and up through the top of your head.

Activate your core and tighten your entire midsection.

Hold for 20-60 seconds, and don't forget to breathe.


Repeat for a total of three planks. As you get stronger, aim to do the plank for longer than a minute.

Push-Ups

Begin in a plank position with your arms straight.

Keep your shoulders over your wrists to avoid injury and maintain a straight line throughout your body.

Engage your core, and don't let your hips sag.

Slowly bend your elbows until they reach about a 90-degree angle and lower your chest toward the floor.

Then, press back up into the starting plank position.


Aim to complete three sets of 8-10 reps.

 

 

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Vibrational Healing - How Does it Work?

I’ve been having so much fun playing with my Crystal Light & Sound Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls and experiencing the healing tones of the bowls radiating throughout my home. Whether it’s taking some time for myself to drop in and connect to my spirit or creating sound for my loved ones and hold space for them, I’m so appreciative that I can experience this healing. 


"If we accept that sound is vibration, and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn helps to regulate the immune system--the healer within." Dr. Mitchell Gaynor 


In ancient civilizations, the practice of using sound to heal and achieve balance from within has existed for many centuries. In fact, Tibetans still use bells, chimes, bowls, and chanting as the foundation of their spiritual practice that celebrates a direct link between different parts of the body and specific sounds. 


Sound is powerful and brings us together as a collective. 


How Do Sound Vibrations Work to Heal?

Everything in the universe vibrates at its own unique frequency called a “resonant frequency.” All the cells, tissues, and organs in our bodies vibrate their unique resonant frequency. When we are healthy, everything in the body is vibrating in harmony. Dis-ease results when a part of our body begins to vibrate at a different rate, out of harmony with the rest. Through the concept of resonance, sound can be used to change the vibration of the dis-eased part to bring back a healthy state of being. 


As Crystal Singing Bowls are played and sounded, the powerful rhythmic vibrations resonate throughout the body. These harmonic vibrations stimulate the alpha and theta brain waves associated with deep meditative and peaceful states which promote healing. They also slow down the heart and respiratory rate, creating a therapeutic effect upon the mind and body. When the brain waves and the body are synchronized, balance can be restored and stress is released.  


Why Use Healing Frequencies? 

Vibrational healing is based on scientific principles that all matter vibrates and has a frequency. Sound and music have profound effects on our physiology by awakening the memory of wholeness and guiding our body toward harmony and balance. Sound vibrations have the ability to restore and revive the human body.


When you experience the healing frequencies, you can achieve a greater sense of balance and higher consciousness. Sound and vibration play a fundamental role in your life by affecting the physical, mental, and spiritual levels of your human essence.


Crystal Singing Bowls and Their Power 

Over 4,000 years old, Crystal Singing Bowls are an ancient Chinese healing technology. The use of sound to alter brain waves creates a sense of well-being and delivers a natural, organic, overwhelming feeling of peace. 


By aligning the chakras, sound vibration acts to distribute the human life force energy across the entire grid, to create the intended natural response. Crystal Singing Bowls help you create a sound with a moving bandwidth that never becomes static, despite the droning sound that you hear. This vibrato effect dances around the human body like a current of water gently washing the energy. The healing possibilities become endless from this state of being. 


Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls produce a single, pure, continuous tone. The sound is relaxing and soothing, as it penetrates deep into the physical body. The sound reaches into the depths of the subconscious to cleanse away emotional blocks or limiting beliefs. 


Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls come in a variety of different sizes and pitches, and can be used to target specific chakras. They’re beautiful meditation aids, enhancing the meditative experience when listened to or played while meditating. If you haven’t experienced a sound bath, GO! It’s so nurturing to your being.

Sound and Color for Balancing Energy Centers 

Each bowl corresponds to the 7 major Energy Centers or Chakras. 

  • Root is balanced with the C note and the color red 
  • Adrenal glands are balanced with C# (ohm bowl) and the color red/orange 
  • Sacral is balanced with the D note and the color orange 
  • Lower glands (sexual) are balanced with D# and the color orange/yellow 
  • Solar Plexus is balanced with the E note and the color yellow 
  • Heart is balanced with the F note and the color green 
  • The Thymus is balanced with F# (sometimes call high heart) and the color blue/green 
  • Throat is balanced with the G note and the color blue 
  • The Thyroid gland is balanced with G# and the color mid blue 
  • Mind’s Eye is balanced with the A note and the color indigo blue 
  • The Pineal and Pituitary glands are balanced with the A# and the color blue violet 
  • Crown is balanced with the B note and the color purple 

You can learn more about Sound Vibration Therapy at The IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts.


Enjoy a 10% discount by using the code - Sophie10off - on all crystal bowls and accessories at www.CrystalLightandSound.com


Content provided by IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts and Russell Forsyth.

 

Sustainable Goods for ALL Kinds of Messes

As a family of five, we are no stranger to messes and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Messes are a sign of life being well-lived. A messy home is a happy home. Yet, I do find grounding in having a home that is cleansed and refreshed. One of my big intentions for the new year is making this home the ultimate space of comfort + expansion but also help reduce our footprint as a family and produce less waste at home.


It’s not as difficult as it sounds! The goal is to make lots of little daily changes to be more eco-conscious and truly invest in goods and products with more intention. Not everything I have been given or bought in the past have all been sustainable, but in making the shift now to be more mindful of how I consume I can continue to make my home more sustainable! 


I’ve recently have fallen in love with the zero-waste company, Well Earth Goods and they’ve been HUGE in helping us slowly make the transition to a sustainable home while still maintaining a clean and comfortable space. 

Why zero waste and plastic-free? 

I don’t need to be the first to tell you that climate change is a real + scary. It’s so important now more than ever to be part of the solution and not the problem. I want a world that my children’s children can grow up in and experience the beauty of this planet. 


I love Well Earth Goods because of its mission to offer great plastic-free products and stir up a movement plus all their goods are gorgeous. 


Plastic pollution affects our lives every day and you may not even know it. Plastic is linked to cancers, can impact fertility and kills thousands of marine animals. It’s predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean if we continue our plastic use. 


We can become part of the change by using more reusable products, shopping with reusable bags + totes, refusing bags + utensils if you order takeout, and buying more sustainable products in your home to clean up messes!


Well Earth Goods makes it SO easy to stock up your home with zero waste products and best of all, they’re super affordable (I also included my discount code below!). They have everything from personal care to kitchen goods, cleaning tools, and food storage. 

Here are some of the products I’ve been absolutely loving!

Wood Dish Brush and Copper Scour Pad - Both of these products fit the aesthetic of my home effortlessly, but also plastic-free. I love that the dish brush is also completely recyclable and compostable! 

Storage Produce Bags and Reusable Canvas Tote - The storage bags are so simple and help keep fresh produce for way longer (so needed in my home!). I love the style of the canvas tote, it’s so great for Farmers Markets! 

Wooden Toilet Brush - Love the natural look and is entirely non-plastic and compostable. 


I would love to hear your tips + tools for making a more eco-conscious home! Use the code “SOPHIE10” for 10% off and Well Earth Goods product!!

 

Transitioning to a Nontoxic Home in 2020

Last year, I manifested my dream home and you can read all about THAT journey on my blog and find the big reveal on my YouTube Channel. This year is all about creating the ultimate space of comfort, expansion, and inspiration in this gorgeous home but most importantly, making it clean and toxin-free. 


The task of moving to an entirely nontoxic home can seem daunting with countless hours of research but it doesn’t have to be. Not if you start small and work with the flow of your life in order to make the transition. Begin with prioritizing important areas to begin making the switch and our bodies is most definitely #1. 


Why nontoxic and clean goods?

As a mindful mama of 3, I care SO much about what goes on my littles’ bodies as well as my own. Clean, non-toxic beauty and skincare products enhance the natural makeup of our body and EMBRACE our natural beauty. 


Everything we interact with on a daily basis can contain toxins that have been shown to affect hormone imbalance, gut issues, and immune dysfunction - to name a few. While our bodies are designed to detox and remove harmful toxins (hello, sickness!) but too much exposure can outweigh our body’s capabilities especially if you’re stressed, tired, not getting the right nutrients and so on. 


That’s why we choose safe, nontoxic products wherever and whenever we can. 


I’ve partnered with typeA: Deodorant in helping to make the switch to clean, aluminum-free deodorant instead of antiperspirant and you can read more about the why behind this particular switch in this article.

Making the switch as a family

I’ve been using type:A Deodorant (they have 5 great scents + 1 unscented and recently released wipes too!) every day for 6 months now and the difference in my entire body is notable and I’m so in love. It’s aluminum-free and entirely non-toxic. It’s also sweat-activated meaning the more you sweat the harder it works to protect against odor. It feels so good and soft going on and I’ve been raving about it so much that Adi made the switch too! Eventually, we’ll get the kiddos + anyone else we love + connect with to make the switch! 


Products like this coupled with using our Liquid Sunshine Chlorophyll Drops at least once a day has made a HUGE difference in helping my internal body odor. I feel better, I smell better and my hubby does too!


Making positive changes like this is a beautiful way to head into the new year. I’m so excited that type:A has recently launched in Target and have continued their expansion in this way. Anyone can now easily purchase non-toxic and aluminum-free deodorants and begin making their own switch to a nontoxic home. I LOVE seeing the brands I’ve loved and supported for years making huge leaps like this and getting in front of many. This is how we make huge impacts on society. We start small. 


If you’d like to join me and try type:A for yourself, use my code “SOPHIE20” for 20% off! So excited for all the major transitions and growth levels we’ll reach in 2020!