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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Accessing Your Authenticity in a World of Labels and Limitations

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We’re on a journey to have the courage to be real and human in this world of labels, rules and limitations and it’s not always an easy journey. From early on, our founder, Sophie Jaffe made it a mission to remain authentic and vulnerable no matter how much she was risking. Why? Because it’s so powerful.


When I first moved to LA I started working at a raw juice bar. I was so excited to be welcomed into the community that I immediately transitioned into a raw and plant-based diet. While it felt good and I learned about the powerful effects of raw, whole and nourished fruits and veggies, I began to take this label to an extreme. Soon, my body began to feel restricted. It was draining. 


That’s when I decided to make my own rules. I decided what I could and couldn’t eat. I started listening to my intuition. I finally felt balanced. 

 

Our subconscious tells us that we need to label who we are and what we do. I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked how I remain authentic and vulnerable as an influencer. It’s not easy. I’m constantly challenged. But there is a power when you access your authenticity.

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What it means to access your courage and authenticity

I encourage everyone to remain authentic and have the courage to be real and human. The true you is so beautiful and the world deserves to know it.


By opening up and being the REAL YOU, you can inspire others in such a profound way. Listen to your body - each one of us is so uniquely different. No one is going to crave the same thing, and similarly, we’re all not all going to feel nourished by the same things. What diet may work for someone may not work for another. Ultimately, what matters is if you do everything from a place of love - love for the way you fuel your body, love for the way you move your body and love for yourself.


At this point, the only challenge you’re left to face is blocking out negative talk and surrounding yourself with support. This took years of practice, but what I can tell you is to remind yourself of all the love you’re worth.


Repeat this mantra: I am abundance.

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Here are some tips to accessing your authenticity

Turn to self-care and know when to step away from a situation or maybe, when you may even need to let go of a relationship. 

Develop healthy eating habits that fuel you from the inside out. One place to start is integrating the magic of superfoods into your meals like Cacao Magic into your morning coffee, Berry Bliss into your afternoon smoothie, or Green Dream on your roasted veggies.

Be careful about the circles you enter and who you follow on social media. If you’re in need of a little body positivity then follow a boss lady who’s all about it. 

Most importantly, find out what works best for you. For myself, sometimes that’s a piece of chicken, or smoothies every morning for a month, but most times, its chocolate late in the evening. 

 

Your body knows what it needs - listen to it.


Accessing your authenticity is a challenge but once you do, it can be so liberating. The world will open up and you’ll find an inner strength you never knew you had.


If I walk away each day inspiring one person to live their truth and walk their own path, I feel aligned with the truest version of ME. And that ignites me.

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A Philosophie Guide to the Moon’s Phases

The moon follows a beautiful cyclical cycle; its waxing and waning affects everything from the ocean to our own sleep cycles. You may already begin to notice your energy affected during different phases of the moon. During a New Moon, you may feel softer while on a Full Moon you may experience a high flux of energy and cascading emotions. When you begin to align with the moon and her phases you begin to connect to your inner self, and harness all you need to manifest and expand to your highest self.


Our energy softens and heightens the same as the moon. We are not always supposed to be in a constant state of go and hustle. The moon encourages 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?


Make a cup of tea with a spoonful of Berry Bee Honey or Green Bee Honey and learn how to become aware of the cycles of the moon to take another small step on the path to wholeness and connection to our higher selves.


We love this recipe for relaxation and introspection: Moon Pearl Latte Recipe

NEW MOON // the dark moon

A New Moon is completely shadowed and invisible in the night sky. It marks the start of a new lunar cycle and therefore represents the birth of creation and intention. It’s a new beginning. Every New Moon is a chance to let go of anything from the past and reset. During a New Moon your energy is lower making it a beautiful time to turn inward. It’s full of loving yin energy that embraces the emotional self and helps you to soften. Use New Moon energy to put your intentions out into the universe and trust that they will manifest. Take time during the New Moon to cleanse your space, journal your intentions, meditate, and practice loving self-care rituals like a bath soak


WAXING MOON

During the Waxing Moon, the moon is growing larger and enters three phases: Crescent Moon, First Quarter or Half Moon, and Gibbous Moon. These phases are full of energy all about taking action on your intentions and trusting the process that unfolds. It’s a time to set definable goals, research, ask questions and plan. Using this energy you can take your intentions and turn them into actionable items. This is a time to prepare for your future, listen to your needs and connect with others. You may notice problems that continue to show up and it’s a wonderful way to align with the energy of a Waxing Moon by working through them and take decisive action. 

FULL MOON // illuminated moon

During a Full Moon, she is at her brightest and illuminated by the sun, unobstructed by the earth. Her energy is brightest and the most potent. We can either feel full of love, excitement and joy or anxious, vulnerable and sensitive. It’s okay to honor both. Because this energy is more intense during this phase than the rest we may have trouble falling asleep and can be hit with our inner shadows. We align with this energy by embracing it all and feeling into it. Go out and celebrate with loved ones, host or participate in a moon ceremony, dance, move your body or turn inward and meditate. Whatever you may need. A Full Moon is also a good time to charge your crystals and journal. With a Full Moon, your intentions are illuminated so you can carry them out more clearly. 


WANING MOON

During the Waning Moon, the moon is getting smaller, on her way to begin her cycle over again. She enters three phases: Disseminating Moon, Third Quarter or Half Moon and Balsamic Moon. These phases allow you to asses the progress you’ve made and clear out any clutter stopping you from achieving your manifestations. The energy present allows you to face what you are called to release and let it go from your life in order to make room for abundance. Take some time during these moon phases to physically and energetically cleanse the space around you (I love using Chrysalis Water). Use the energy present to reflect on areas of your life that could use a little more love and nurturing and transition in the growth and expansion of these areas. Let go of what no longer holds you to a higher path and surrender to all that comes - ready to begin again. 

 

What new projects or positive changes are you going to embark upon with the moon? Share them with us on Facebook and tag @philosophielove!

5 Simple Ways to Involve Your Kids in The Kitchen


Truly at the heart of every home is the kitchen. We can pass on healthy eating habits and wellness practices to our kids by teaching them the value of food and the importance of their health. Instead of creating a “healthy diet” based on limitations and rules, you can show them how to eat, move, and breathe from a place of love: love for themselves, their communities, and their larger world.


In the Jaffe home, I make smoothies with the kids or superfood waffles. I don’t limit their diets because I show them how to love whole, nutritious, and vibrant food. I cook with them and allow them to experiment with meals—under my watchful eye. I stock the house with a ton of fruits, veggies and delicious nutrient-dense snacks. 


Cooking together is a beautiful way to bond and spend more time together. Yes, having kids in the kitchen can slow things down and be messy, but it’s so fun and a great learning experience for kids who will only grow to be more comfortable in the kitchen. 


Here are 5 simple ways to involve your kids more in the kitchen!


There have been so many amazing memories created in our kitchen surrounding food. Kai will create smoothies for us and sometimes we have a brunch party with endless superfood waffles. We try new things together and get fun and experimental with food.



My number one tip is to make it FUN!! 

Find new recipes to cook together in the kitchen, make them feel important, and make them feel like they’re actually doing something by themselves. They get an extreme sense of accomplishment and cooking is such a great way to spend quality time with them. Put on music and dance around in the kitchen while you’re cooking. Even if it’s slow and messy, the most important thing is to have fun.


Here’s an easy kid-friendly recipe to try: Cacao Brownies


Keep introducing them to new things; don’t force it. 

You don’t need to pressure them. Hopefully if they keep seeing you eating something, they’ll want to imitate you. Your kids are a mirror of your habits and behaviors. If you demonstrate respecting your body through self -love and care through nutrition, your kids will also mirror that priority of self-love. All of our kids eat very differently, they still crave sugary treats, but they also do a really great job of eating their colors. I never pressured them into eating foods like me, but I just tried my best to lead by example. It's so rewarding to see them wanting "to be like mommy," all the while making healthy choices and truly enjoying it!



Take a trip to the store or farmer’s market together.

Let their curiosity run wild! Check out the new seasonal veggies and colors and flavors. Pick out some new produce and get creative in the kitchen with it. If they have a favorite color, then go off of that. Get them EXCITED to try something new that they picked out themselves and they’re curious to try! Make it a challenge to eat your colors, not your “vegetables.”


Make the time, but only if it makes sense for everyone. 

By no means do you need to MAKE your kids help out in the kitchen. If you’re pressed for time, preparing a more elaborate meal, or feeling overwhelmed, it’s better to make a meal on your own. Try out meals together on weekends, holidays, days off, evening and when you have the space and excitement to do so. 


Try this dinner recipe to make with your kids: Cauliflower Pizza



Take the pressure off. 

They don’t need to be professional chefs to succeed in the kitchen. It’s an accomplishment if they’re just interested. Ask your kids to work on preparation while you read out the recipe or ask them to read while you prepare. Your kids can mix ingredients, wash fruits + veggies and as they get older they can cut and measure ingredients. Cooking together can be as simple as putting ingredients in a blender for a superfood smoothie, arranging toppings on a pizza, or creating our own smoothie bowls. 


My kiddos love superfood smoothies because for them, it’s a treat. I make the smoothie with tons of ​Philosophie superfoods and lots of organic fruits and veggies, but I let them choose the toppings. During the summer, I turn the smoothies into popsicles that they can eat poolside which they love.


Celebrate The Jewish New Year with These Rituals & Recipes

Jewish New Year Rituals

No matter what you believe or what you celebrate there is a palpable shift in the energy during this time of the year. We are moving from summer to fall, spending less time outdoors, and more time indoors. In fall there is a giving back and turning inward, making changes and reflection on what is working and what just isn’t.


Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah starts on September 6th and ends on September 8th. It is translated literally as "head of the new year" and it always falls on the Virgo New Moon. This is a time for reflection and refinement. Let the light pour in on this New Year and New Moon in Virgo. This period marks the transition from old into new. We now have the opportunity to release old thoughts, beliefs, and habits as we let go of the old year.

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Together we can ride the rush of the new energy of the Lunar New Year to renew, reset, and rewrite the story of our lives. We’re sharing rituals you can do with you and your family as well as some recipes to make this year!

Sophie + Adi Jewish New Year

Light a candle. 

Set the stage and environment by bringing in calming energy. The candle's glowing light will symbolize the reflection of your past year.


Set intentions for the coming year. 

How can you utilize the Virgo moon + sun energy to create healthy new rituals for the New Year? Have you been putting your wellbeing and self-love first? Are there dreams you're longing for or a future you aspire to create? This cycle is calling on you to make definite steps toward this goal and put in the work. This past season was a time of shedding and as we welcome fall we enter a season of growth and rebirth. 

Dinner with family or friends.

Traditionally, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with a festive dinner and family or friends over a candle blessing, round challah (representing the cycles of years and seasons), and a reflection over the year.


Going inward

Take out a piece of paper or a journal and go within yourself. Think about anyone you may want to forgive or connect with. Consider letting go of something or someone that isn't serving you any longer. As you free up the space from things that aren't serving you, you allow room for newness and a rebalancing of the best you possible.



Rosh Hashanah is a time of restoration and re-newment. Even if you’re not Jewish you can use this time to reflect and get clear on how you want the new season to move and flow. 


As for the food, celebrate the energy of the holiday and enjoy these dishes:

Honey + Apples

Apples Dipped in Honey

On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, it is traditional to eat slices of apple that were dipped in honey to begin the meal. It symbolizes a good and sweet year ahead. Use supercharged raw honey made with superfoods to enhance your meal. 


We used Green Bee Honey which is made with spirulina, plant-based protein and maca.

 

Honey + Toast

Apple and Honey Superfood Toast

This super yummy slice is jazzed up with a creamy dairy-free cheese, some crisp apples, a pinch of fresh herbs and of course Green Bee Honey. The honey is fused with Green Dream, and will add an antioxidant-rich superfood boost to your bread.


Gather This:

Slice(s) of your favorite gluten free bread

Vegan cream cheese

1 tablespoon Green Bee Honey

Fresh apple slices

Fresh rosemary or thyme


Toast up your favorite bread. Add the cheese and apples, sprinkle with herbs, and drizzle with honey!

 

Fruit+Nut Cacao Honey Platter

I love the fruit combinations on this plate because they’re not your everyday fruits, which make it all the more fun to enjoy. It’s a great mid-day treat or the perfect unique appetizer for your next party!


Gather This:

1 sliced Blood Orange

1 Handful or organic blueberries

1 sliced organic apple

1 handful of almonds (or nuts of your choice!)

½ cup granola

Cacao Bee Honey


Slice all fruit and arrange on a platter with a handful of almonds. Drizzle with Cacao Bee Honey, and sprinkle granola on top!



The idea is to eat sweet things as it represents a desire to have a sweet year. On the Jewish New Year we wish each other “Shana Tova U'Metukah,” which roughly translates to “A good and sweet new year.”


What intentions are you setting for this new season? Share them with us on Instagram by tagging @philosophielove!
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5 Easy Ways to Create a More Mindful Morning

Mornings are sacred. We don’t mess around with them or take it lightly because more often than not, it determines what the rest of your day will feel like. A mindful and conscious morning has the power to shift your perspective, create a higher vibration, lowers anxiety, and reminds us how lucky & fortunate we are to be alive. 


Besides starting every morning with a cup of superfood coffee (you can snag the entire bundle and save 5% + free shipping!) which has all the essentials to make your own Philosophie Superfood Coffee at home! Our superfood coffee recipe is super clean, super tasty and so satisfying. All you need is high-quality coffee, nut milk, and superfoods! You can easily adapt it to whatever you need for the day. Add extra mood boosters or keep it simple with just superfoods and coffee. 


Once you make your superfood coffee try integrating these 4 rituals to create a more mindful morning.

Journal, card pulls and meditation

It’s incredible how when you put pen to paper, you discover so much about yourself. There are surprises, dreams and revelations. I think everyone should take five to ten minutes here and there to get to know themselves better! I’m a huge believer in setting intentions each morning with any sort of affirmation, angel or tarot card and recommend making this a daily ritual to pair with your cup of tea or coffee. By doing this, you’re telling yourself how you intend to feel, which will help guide you in your choices and actions throughout the day so you end up feeling exactly how you want to feel.

Mindful movement

I love moving my body in the morning and flipping upside down to change perspective, support blood flow and healthy circulation. A bit of stretching opens my heart and some breathwork immediately shifts my attitude to gratitude. Mornings don’t have to be about a high intensity workout but more about loving yourself and your body.


Try out this Intuitive Movement Flow on my YouTube with a reading from the Book of Awakening!

Skincare + presence

Embrace every moment as it comes. In total times of stress, I stop everything and S L O W down. I believe that feeling good (feeling nourished, healthy, vibrant, and self-empowered) is what fuels us to work to be better people—better mothers, wives, sisters, friends, and active contributors to our world. Chrysalis Water is my all-time favorite all-purpose everything and an absolute must-have for traveling. This refreshing mist—infused with witch hazel and essential oils—is the ultimate first aid for skin, space, linens, and more. I use it as an air freshener, energy reset, natural toner, irritation soother, and hydrating hair reviver. 

Gratitude

Thank you for this day. Thank you for this breath. Thank you for this body. Thank you for this life. Facing the day with positivity and bliss usually begins, for me, with expressing sincere gratitude. I take time each morning to run through a list of everything I have to be thankful for—sometimes I journal it out and sometimes I repeat it in my head as I’m moving through my other morning activities. Taking the time to even say one thing you’re thankful for - no matter how small - can dramatically affect your outlook on the day.


Fuel with nourishing foods + the nutrients my body needs

Above all, I start every single day with filling my body with nourishing and nutrient-dense foods. The moment I wake up, I sip on a glass of warm water with a slice of fresh lemon. After a long night of sleep, the body needs to hydrate and flush out the digestive system, which the burst of citrus helps to stimulate. Most mornings, I’ll then whip up a smoothie for a burst of protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and YUMMINESS! I love tossing fruits, leafy greens, coconut waters or nut milks, and Philosophie superfoods into a blender and having a filling, energizing smoothie ready in 5 minutes. 


You are in control of how you approach your day. You are in control of your reaction to challenges that get in the way. So often we forget that and we get caught up in the moment, letting it take over, but if we only remember to breathe deeply and consciously - allowing your mind to settle into the moment - we will radiate with positivity.

Travel Hacks as a Family of Five

After returning home from a three week international adventure with the entire Jaffe family I wanted to share some lessons learned, hacks and inspiration for all you moms and parents debating to travel with the kids. The biggest thing to take away from this? DO IT! Stepping into this wild chaotic journey as a mother, wife, travel companion, and individually pushes me to RISE UP to the next version I’m meant to become.


Adventuring and traveling as a family is stressful by nature. But this is how we call in our next up-level and magical magnetic experiences that are already on their way for us. Moving from place to place, unpacking and repacking, figuring out how to create a sense of “home” in a completely different environment, and moving through all the discomforts creates so much growth in such a short time.


Pushing out of my comfort zone, especially as a Taurus sun and moon, is not easy but I am incredibly aware of how important it is for my soul.


So, mamas & papas, don’t let your kids stop you or define you!

We learn SO much about ourselves & the world when we travel and have NEW experiences so this is not something to skip no matter how afraid you are. Book those flights, pack your bags and don’t forget your superfoods. (Hint: I ALWAYS pack my chlorophyll drops and the bottle is PERFECT travel size.)



Here are some of my favorite traveling hacks I used for my family of five.


PACK LIGHTLY

Put everyone’s things out on the floor in piles before you leave. Every time you walk by the piles, take something out. Less is more! We packed VERSATILE pieces for each of us & encouraged layering light items. For example, I brought one long pretty dress for fancier dinners and nicer occasions. When I add a sweater or tee on top it becomes a long beautiful skirt and a whole new look. I use bathing suit tops as tops and use bathing suit bottoms as underwear. 


Use electronic books or audiobooks versus actual books, packing cubes are your best friend, and each person gets a backpack for electronics, snacks, toys, activities, and change of clothes. We tie sneakers to our backpacks so it takes up less space and book an Airbnb with a washer to do laundry or find a laundromat nearby. 


Remember - you can ALWAYS buy something while traveling and it’s actually more fun to come back with a few items instead of overpack.



DON’T FORGET YOUR SNACKS AND SUPERFOODS

The minute we get to where we are staying, we figure out where the closest market / farmers market / health food store is and immediately stock up on a few fresh veggies and fruit, almond milk and other necessities (depending on how long we’re staying). I love seeing what's local and fresh wherever we go. It's so fun to introduce the kids to new fruits and veggies! If you're staying in a hotel or condo, request a mini fridge and a blender. Sometimes they will bring it with no extra charge! Start to scope out healthy places to go, juice bars, cafes, yoga studios, etc. on Yelp, and definitely be sure to go where the locals go! 


Fueling our bodies with good stuff keeps us feeling nourished and balanced while we trek around the world together. Having a snack can also be a great distraction for the kids when they start getting fidgety on the plane or in the car. When I'm packing the kids stuff for the plane, I also plan our meals and snacks for the plane. I also take superfoods and supplements wherever I go like Sunshine Drops and Hydrating Dream for on-the-go hydration, small bags of Cacao Magic for superfood coffee, and if I’m checking a suitcase you bet I’m bringing ALL our goods.


Try this: Post-Vacation, Anti-Bloat Smoothie



PLAN BUT DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE PLAN

Adjust to a slower pace and be okay with always running behind. I also like to make sure I find something that each of my kids has to look forward to to keep them excited. For example, for Kai it was a historical bookstore in Porto (inspired much of Harry Potter) which kept him excited the entire trip.


Whenever we’re traveling it’s full of a lot of walking/exploring, new energy and lots of closeness so planning an afternoon break of QUIET TIME is imperative daily for sanity. We do a 2-3 hour block of silent activities. It puts everyone in a good mood for dinner and it’s a great time for the afternoon nap for your little ones. 


SLEEP, REST, MEDITATE AND DECOMPRESS, OFTEN.

Traveling with kids is intense! Give yourself time to sleep, nap, meditate and decompress whenever you can. Keep reminding yourself of the priorities to EXPAND, to GROW (not always comfy!!) and to have a NEW shared experience with your loved ones. 


For jet lag, on the day you arrive, limit naps completely. For little ones, let them sleep in one chunk (to the best of your ability) so it feels like a nap. Keep kids awake as long as possible and get them outside - barefoot in the grass or sand - with lots of water, a good solid meal and then sleep close to when the sun goes down. It’s survival mode for the first night or two and sometimes we supplement with CBD and melatonin. It helps considerably.



GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR SPENDING

Most often, we are booking an Airbnb with one or two rooms (you don’t need all the extra space) or we’re sleeping in one hotel room. Share meals and if we stay somewhere longer we grocery shop and get bread and eggs and fruit to cut down on eating out. ALWAYS pay in the local currency and limit excursions and tourist activities to things that you ABSOLUTELY want to do. 


It’s fun to look at airline prices and see what’s on crazy sales. Lots of times there are amazing places at a very low price for whatever reason! And then renting a car and seeing the country that way instead of flying or train tickets.



Every single adventure comes with risk but the reality is that things will always work out and it will always be exciting, and an experience that bonds us and allows us to connect and grow. You only live once, even when you’re a mama. Why not give yourself and your babes an adventure? Why stay in your comfort zone? Everything is figure-out-able.




What would you add? Comment your travel hacks for families below!