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What I'm Into Wednesday - The Most Wonderful Time...

Well, it's officially December - which means we are officially into holiday season. Thank you to the lovely humans who officially waited until December hit in order to decorate, blast Christmas music, and get extra festive. I appreciate it, November is far too early. 

So, in honor of embracing the holidays, here we go - let the holiday themed blogs begin!

SEE

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This Sunday I had the honor of being the speaker during an event to celebrate the grand opening of Saje Wellness in the La Jolla UTC mall. The theme was talking about community wellness, and how the path to bringing wellness to your community has to start with bringing wellness to your own life. It was an amazing experience (and kind of emotional) to recount my path, my journey, through adolescence, high school, college, and my twenties to where I am today. 

I was so happy with the turnout (such an amazing group of women who came out) and with the space! If you haven't actually been into a Saje store - find one near you. They nail the in store experience and you will immediately feel your wellness improve just by stepping in. 

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We are in the first week of the #Top20of2017 giveaway - and it is a blast! We know that it's always fun to give gifts and presents away to people and this is no different! It's been so enjoyable to play Santa Claus and shower giveaway prizes and gifts - on people I both know and don't know. 

People would be lying if they said they don't love free stuff, especially free stuff that they win. Are you playing along? Follow me on IG @thelpinsd and follow each day's instructions!

SMELL

Winter means Crockpot season. And Crockpot season means SOUP! This week I made a chicken sausage/lentil/couscous concoction - spicy andouille chicken sausage, lentils, couscous, tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers and chicken bone broth. So tasty, very healthy, and surprisingly filling. 

Any suggestions for other soup recipes to try out?

HEAR

Last week I started a new end of yoga class tradition - seated meditation. You're probably saying, "what"? That's definitely not new. True, but a consistent seated meditation isn't something I've been doing at the end of every one of my yoga classes and it's something I've been wanting to incorporate.

So last week we started with 60 seconds. This week we're up to two minutes. As I said last week, 60 seconds simultaneously isn't a long time and is also a really long time. In this busy season it can be challenging to find 60 minutes to spend on your mat or 20 minutes to meditate - but you can always find 60 seconds to sit somewhere quiet and listen to your breath. Try it out. It's powerful.

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Okay, it's time to confess: cookies are my absolute weakness this time of year. I love love love holiday cookies - gingerbread, shortbread, pepperminty chocolate things. Basically everything in the Trader Joe's cookie aisle. And I'm also okay with indulging. So I bought my first box of holiday cookies from TJs last week - glazed Lebkuchen. These soft, chewy, spiced molasses cookies disappeared real fast. And they were delish!

Best part of holiday cookies? Doing a cookie exchange with friends. What should I make??

What I'm Into Wednesday - Trader Joe's FTW

As of late, Angelo and I have primarily been Sprouts grocery shoppers. I find that I'm more likely to stock up on good, fresh produce and less likely to peruse the boxed/canned/packaged food aisles at Sprouts than at other grocery stores.

But I have a serious soft spot for Trader Joe's. It's my go to when I want some variety in snacks or to buy more reasonably priced versions of things like blue cheese (why the hell is it so expensive most places??). So this past week I did most of our shopping at Trader Joe's and found a few gems below.

Taste

I go back and forth on whether it's worth it or not to keep cold brew in the house. On one hand, it's the summer and often times the last thing I want is hot coffee but on the other I tend to be disappointed with a lot of store bought cold brew. While we all know nothing compares to Dark Horse, that habit can be expensive (and many times yields me eating a donut as well) so I was stoked to see Coconut Cold Brew Concentrate at Trader Joe's! And even more stoked that it was delicious. Problem, solved.

Smell

So, when is Smell-o-vision going to become a thing? Because my friend Amanda sent me a video text of her pulling the lid off a Crockpot and while I couldn't tell what was cooking inside, I knew it smelled awesome. Turns out it was homemade applesauce. Super simple: apples, water, cinnamon. That's it. Considering how yummy it is from a jar a few days later and the aroma still coming out of it, I can only imagine how the Crockpot itself smelled as it was cooking. It's on my list to try next week!

Hear

As a yoga teacher, there are a few artists that stay in relatively regular rotation on my playlists. One of which is Moby. But Moby has this song that has a totally different association for me. His song Flower is better known to November Projecters as Sally. And Sally is a bitch. Want a good workout? Turn on the song and do squats. Every time he says "Bring Sally up" you stand up and every time he says "Bring Sally down" you squat. Until the song is over.

See

I know I'm behind the curve on this one, but I just started reading The Power Of Habit and I am already hooked. From a sociological standpoint, the case studies, stories, and research in the book are engrossing. From a personal standpoint, I'm all about automation. And if you can learn about your habits and learn how to reprogram them than you can change you life. 

Do

If you live in San Diego, you must go check out Wonderspaces. This pop up abstract/modern/interactive art exhibit is SO FUN. Angelo and I went on Friday as part of our "date night" (does 4pm count as night?) and we spent about two hours observing, playing, and soaking in the fun. And yes, while this space inherently screams Instagram, try to at least actually enjoy the exhibit before just snapping a photo or video. I can't tell you how many people walked into an exhibit, snapped, and then left. I don't even think they saw it. Enjoy it.