The Hemp Dream Smoothie in General, Recipes

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I am so happy to be back home in my kitchen! Finally back to cooking and creating new, fun recipes. I made this gorgeous smoothie yesterday and I'm naming it The Hemp Dream because it was just so dreamily delicious! It's super easy to make, protein rich, filling and a great way to get some hemp into your diet. First off, don't let the word "hemp" scare you off (I always get questions about this whenever I share a recipe that includes hemp so I thought I'd specify). Hemp is related to marijuana, yes, but...

Home. in General, Love

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Home sweet home. I thought I was going to cry when the plane hit the runway but I didn't. I've been longing for our dogs, our house, our island for weeks and in rough moments, this is the feeling I'd make myself remember that I'd soon be back to. Lying in the back of the truck, breathing in the ocean air, watching the clouds drift off into the sunset. It's been so stressful, these past two months. Amazing, adventurous, beautiful.. But stressful. Long days and not enough sleep. Rushing from meetings to interviews to airports...

My beating heart in General, Love

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This was going to be a rant about how I sometimes regret sharing my deepest thoughts and emotions through social media. How some days I wish I'd never shared the pain of losing your best friend or the sadness of watching your grandmother slip away or the agony of having your dog die in your arms or the panic of saving your mothers life after she's swallowed all the pills she could find and wrote you goodbye and that she's sorry. There are definitely days when I wished I took a different path. This could have...

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Aloneness. in General, Love

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This is where I am. At this moment. A little slice of heaven in the heart of Venice Beach. There are homeless people sleeping just a few feet away and I can hear skateboarders passing by and drunk people walking home from the bar but no one can see me. This tiny garden is so overgrown with vines and palm trees it's like being in a cave. I've lit candles and rolled out my mat but didn't step on it yet. For now, I'll stay on the couch. Olivia just left for the airport together...

Opodden – Podcast! in General

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I have been meaning to get this up on the blog fr so long - finally now I have a little bit of time! I recorded a beautiful podcast with Jennifer Kovacs from Opodden when we were in Thailand in February, and it released last week. It turned into a long conversation about life, love, yoga, the death of my best friend, following your dreams, you name it... It felt more like we were casually enjoying an evening of girl talk than recording a podcast! I love Jennifer's pod a lot. Most of what she records...

Yoga Girl Reviews – Yoga Design Lab in General

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Welcome to Yoga Girl Reviews! One of the weirdest things about having a big online following is that I receive boxes and packages of things all the time. It always differs but I often receive gifts and things from all corners of the world; some great things (like the time a little girl sent me the most amazing drawing of Ringo) and some not-so-great things (like the time someone sent me a gigantic package of beef jerky - I'm vegetarian). Sometimes it's letters and notes from students and followers, other times it's things brands want...

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Office Yoga in General

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Like most people, I spend lots of time sitting in front of a computer. How do you like my office? I don't think I've ever taken pictures in it before! Our walls are green, the corners are full of surfboards and at the end of the room there is a huge, fluffy couch for puppy-snuggles. I actually love this room but sometimes I get stuck answering emails and planning our travels for hours on end. I'm usually alone or with my husband in this office so I can bust out my yoga mat whenever I...

The Yoga Girl Guide – Samujana Villas in General, Travel

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I left Phuket with a heavy heart - it was so hard to say goodbye to the girls! But I was on my way to new adventures: meeting the husband in Koh Samui for a few (more!) days of vacation before our big retreat. I had no idea where we were going to stay and was still exploring our options when I got an email from Samujana Villas just a day or two before our arrival inviting us to visit their property. They picked me up at the airport and since I hadn't done much...

The Yoga Girl Guide – Amanpuri, Phuket in General, Travel

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The next stop on our wild adventure was nothing short of mind-blowing. Who knew it would actually be getting even better? We arrived at Amanpuri Resort, the crown jewel of Phuket, in the middle of the day and felt at peace the moment we set foot on the property. Actually, Amanpuri is a word derived from Sanskrit meaning just that: "place of peace" and it's something the resort has managed to embody well. A sense of peacefulness and calm follows you around throughout every part of the property; from our arrival to the majestic lobby to...

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Sgt Pepper’s Friends in General, Love

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I have been getting many questions about the sweet pitbull we found in Thailand and weather or not we managed to find him a home. This is the story as of now: We were walking through a crafts market to get to the beach when we came across this beautiful pitbull chained to a pole. He was very friendly and just stood there wagging his tail, so I walked up and started petting him. It turns out he had been chained to this pole for his entire life - literally, since he was a small puppy....