The BIG REVEAL of My New Home

Earlier this year I put up a post on the blog on how I’m manifesting my dream home, speaking it into the universe. And if you follow me on social + simply by reading the title of this post you know - IT HAPPENED. 


This home has been so much more than I could have ever imagined. I’m so honored to be able to share the first BIG REVEAL of our home and all the moving parts that have been a part of this process. My intention for this post is to inspire you and motivate you to continue going after your wildest dreams. Say them out loud. Keep doing the work. Keep showing up. It can happen!! We are so excited to continue making this house into a home that our family will grow + evolve in. Hardcore manifesting works, my loves, AND a whole lot of hard work, grit and passion. 


And with that...here we go!



From renting to owning 

The entire move itself was a whirlwind and if I didn’t have an amazing group of humans supporting me every step of the way I know it wouldn’t be in the current place it is now. Not only was our last place a rental, but it was also very separated so moving from a smaller, rented loft-style home to a casita-style home like this presented its own challenge. It also created a beautiful canvas that fueled so many visions and magical creations. 


I worked with amazing creators, women-founded small businesses and truly fantastic brands to bring this all together. I’m so honored + humbled to be able to share this with this community I call family. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!


First this first, in order to bring this home truly to life from start to finish I brought on my love, Dany from Spatial Soulutions who deeply knows my family + my needs, and also has the ability to take you from liking your space to really falling in love with it. Dany creates cohesive spaces that elevate your lifestyle. Through her collaborative process, she helps bring beauty, functionality, and thoughtful styling to your environment. As a holistic stylist, Dany knows how to see and feel out the space in order to refine it and elevate it.


Because of the size of this project, we also brought in Elsa from Composed Living to help us create the space of my dreams. Elsa is a GEM of a human who worked with Dany to streamline spaces in our home. I also got a TON of support and ideas from my friend and designer, Aisling of ALM Curation Studio. She helped put Noa’s nursery together in both our old place and this home - It was really nice to get consultation from an expert who knew my tastes so well.


Main living areas

The second you walk in I wanted to immediately evoke a feeling of openness + welcoming. We used many of the larger furniture pieces from our old home in new, reimagined ways in this home like the entry table which is now a place for our most used everyday items. This works so effortlessly for my family of 5 and all our friends + family that come to visit on a daily basis. 


My largest investment for this home was our two Southern Loom rugs (use the code “ruglove”) that completely upleveled this home. They’re absolutely stunning and entirely transformed the look and energy of our home. Throughout the main living areas, we mixed texture and elements keeping it effortless and allowing it to change and transform to our needs. 

My obsession with Rove Concepts (use the code “SOPHIE20” for 20% off) has traveled with us from home to home. We kept our blue velvet sectional and repurposed it in our “formal” living room and also got a new gorgeous white sectional, as well as a dining table and dining chairs. We also got two perfect rugs from Ruggable - one for the dining room and one for the playroom. We discovered that you can wash the top layer in the washing machine which is a game changer for my family and helping to maintain our home. The living room to dining area to kitchen follows the same flow as our last home which works well for me whether it’s moving from family time in the living room, to work at the dining table with my Philosophie team, or cooking in the kitchen. 


As mentioned, this home follows a casita layout in which everything leads to the backyard and to the communal areas. I’m so in love with this and the concept of integration. In the future, I’d love to create one large window that leads directly to the backyard. 

Kitchen

This was the first room that felt fully finished and the one that took the longest! From creating recipes for Philosophie, feeding the family and hosting guests this room is so important to my way of doing life. 


I worked closely with Blisshaus to help bring my organization to another LEVEL. They created beautiful labeled jars (she even made Philosophie ones for each blend!). Sustainability is a major focus in this home and bringing in products like Blisshaus that look just as beautiful as they are sustainable is perfection. We also got a gorgeous collection of plates, bowls and mugs from Rwood Studio Pottery. We can’t stop using them! 


I worked with mDesign to bring functional pieces to my pantry and kitchen tools. Brands like these helped us to maximize storage whenever possible and were so important to a smooth transition into a home. It isn’t just about the organization. It is SO much more than that. It is about cultivating a more intentional way of life (bulk bags, recipe cards, customized glass jars with labels) are amazing for anyone who wants to change the way the cook AND shop for food.

This stage of “home creating, integrating and styling”

At this current stage, there’s still a lot of moving pieces and I know it’s not completely in the place I’ve envisioned but it’s close and it’s beautiful. In moving to a larger home and doubling the payment of our mortgage I didn’t want to invest in all-new pieces, so the items that I did choose were carefully chosen and brands I’ve known for a long time I wanted to work with. 


For anyone moving, you DON’T need to invest in all new furniture. Reuse items in your new home. Create options for change and fluidity. So many of the items we used are things we’ve had for YEARS that have just been repurposed so it feels new again. 


At this stage, we’re still moving things every day to find their perfect spot and see what works best for my + my family’s needs. We’re focused on creating an experience in each room. In each room I’m asking, what experience do I envision happening? What emotions do I want to create? 

All of my FAVS

Rove Concepts (white sectional, dining room table + chairs, various rugs throughout our home)

The Southern Loom (runner and living room rugs)

Framebridge (user-friendly way to get the art you love framed)

Kardiel Modern (white couch in the “formal” living room)

mDesign (for all things organization)

Blisshaus (gorgeous glass jars + kitchen/pantry magic)

Bloomscape (plants everywhere)

Black Sheep Goods (gorgeous woven tapestry, all handmade)

Saffron + Poe (kitchen stools)

Blinds Galore and Everhem Shades 

Yamazaki Home (maximize storage + functional pieces)


Stay tuned for ROUND TWO! Let me know what you love, if you have any questions and what you want to see in the comments below. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you!!

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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!

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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