A few weeks back, I told you all about my goal this year: to give gifts that have an actual impact far past this holiday season alone.
Less stuff. More game-changers, shifters, and encouragers for the ways we really want to live and the ways we really want to feel in our lives (more adorned, more in tune, more in the flow, etc). Be it books, tools, people, or ideas.
It’s one of the reasons that I wanted to change things up this year, especially with the most popular Simply Real Health gift of all, the cookbook.
Lately, the more events I do where I get to meet you all in person, I feel so deeply inspired by how many of you have gifted this book to someone you love, or someone around you that needed some healthy inspiration in their life.
So this year, as we enter the holiday season, I want to encourage that beautiful giving and generosity that I see you guys doing as well, and make it bloom even more.
So, now through January 1st, 5% of all cookbook sales will be donated to Food Lifeline. Each dollar donated covers approximately 5 meals for those in need, including fresh produce and veggies. Amazing, right? Let’s do it. It’s like a double gift.
EASY WINS & THE BEST FEELS, NO MATTER WHAT:
TO COZY UP:
My favorite cozy scarf: like a permanant hug all through the winter (for less than $30)
FAVORITE THINGS ALL YEAR LONG:
My favorite watch/intentional piece of jewlery. And one that begs the question, how are you spending your time? I have the rose gold & camel band, but now want this rose color too, and I love this grey one too.
To keep up on my commitment to daily walks & fresh air once a day, without any excuses. These adorable cuties are on my list this year for this reason!
What I can not take off: this jacket. It’s like a hug (are you noticing my life theme here?), and is always what I want to wear working at my desk, errands, for all meetings, and pre and post yoga/workouts. I get more hugs/pets/comments on this than anything else.
…Although this one is hot in second place right now. Hmm..the cozy queen battle is on!
NATURAL BEAUTY & SELF CARE:
This mineral fusion lip tiny in smolder: literally the perfect effortless color, always on my lips and like an instant pick me up/pull me together, even with my no makeup and yoga pants all day situations most days. And all natural, with no weird chemies too.
primally pure lavender complexion mist. My makeup-free glowy, dewy skin trick. Every morning, I spray my face with this amazing smelling stuff, and I swear it makes it look like I just got a facial. All natural too, and from a brand with a great heart and mission.
Essential Oils Starter Kit: I won’t go on and on, but these babies have been the #1 best thing I’ve learned and incorporated in the last year for grounding and better sleep and energy. You can read more about my take on essential oils here, or get the starter kit I love and use here, because not all are created equal!
FOR A PEACEFUL, HAPPY & WARM HOME:
To make beautiful: hand-painted art prints from The Mint Gardener
Good daily reminders & intentions: these be still my soul art prints
or these inhale exhale art prints
Did you know your olfactory bulb is highly connected to your mood, intuition and judgement in the brain? It’s also the #1 way to change your mood in an instant. But please– I beg you– not with those toxic yankee and fake scented candles.
These glassybaby drinkers- by far, the glasses I reach for the most, in the bellini color. Because then even water and my sparkling water looks like rose #winning at #dailyjoys.
Roanoak Handmade Lighting: so you can bring the light, even in the darkest seasons. We just installed these two beauties by our fireplace from this amazing, local Seattle husband and wife team (and @etsy shop).
Neutral home decor just makes my mind at ease. Plus, then you can move stuff around as you feel like it, and it will always have a place. This wall hanging makes me happy every time I look at it.
Because a little humor & cheekiness in our daily lives never hurts. This letterboard is in high use at our house these days, and would make a perfect addition to any shop, office or house.
LOCAL SEATTLE SPOTS: EXPERIENCES & GIFT CERTIFICATE IDEAS:
naturopathic facial at Bella Fiore Klink
10 pack of classes at Fly Fitness (yoga, TRX, spin, boot camp)
10 pack of classes at Pure Barre
5 pack of far-infared sauna sessions at City Sweats (get 10% off with the code “simplyrealhealth”)
Cooking class at Whisk (come find me on the schedule in Jan, Feb & March)
Caffe Fiore gift certificate (or organic coffee)
Bounty Kitchen gift certificate
JuiceBox gift certificate
Sweetgrass Food Company gift certificate
Frankie & Jo’s plant based ice cream delivery (or an ice cream date)
Date Night ideas (or for gift cards to use later): The Gerald, San Fermo, Four Seasons, Bateau, Flintcreek Cattle Co, London Plane, Damn The Weather, The Pink Door, Walrus & Carpenter, or Little Tin Apothecary.
LOCAL SEATTLE SPOTS: MY FAVORITE BOUTIQUES FOR UNIQUE CUTE GIFTS, CARDS, & SHOPPING SMALL:
*Pipe N Row: such cute clothes…my fav spot for unique finds!
*Queen Anne Frame: under new ownership & so cute for small gifts and cards
Moorea Seal: fun jewlery, leather goods & accessories.
*Paper Delights: the best cards & small gifts!
*Anders Shop: adorable home goods, local & sustainably curated
*Book Larder: for cookbooks of all kinds
Vif: the cutest wine shop with unique wines! Also a great casual date/brunch/weekend coffee spot
*signed Simply Real Health Cookbooks are available at all these locations too
USEFUL GIFTS FOR THE HARD TO PLEASE:
This corksicle mug (and their waterbottles too), are so useful for cozy bevs and hydration alike. They keep your drinks hot or cold for HOURS, are so easy to clean, and come in so many great colors.
Maybe the best purchase of my life? For podcasts, walks and the music of our lives. Also, the #1 thing I will never forget when I travel, they are gamechangers on the airplane to get deeper work done (or movies, fine). These bose noise canceling headphones are a little on the pricey side but are so worth it if any of these things bring you joy to your life.
Because we know, guys are tough, but wet winter feet are actually the worst. These are the coolest looking waterproof boots I’ve seen, for all of their outdoor/real life/fresh air adventures.
Best Inspiring Books of the Year (on Living Your Best Life): Essentialism, The One Thing, The Obstacle Is The Way, Headstrong, Making Life Easy, Braving The Wilderness, Present Over Perfect & The Plant Paradox.
A HEALTHY KITCHEN = A HEALTHY LIFE
Simply Real Health Cookbook: I mean, duh. If you don’t have it already, or know someone that doesn’t, this is the EASY, HEALTHY BIBLE (in my humble unbiased opinion of course). 150 of the best, easies, gluten free recipes for a healthy life, made simple.
Cherry Bombe Magazine Subscription: for any female foodie in your life.
Bon Appetit Magazine Subscription: great monthly inspiration for any cook or food lover in your life.
Instant Pot: ok, have you heard about these yet? They’re all the rage in the food community now, and for good reason. This baby is like a crockpot meets a pressure cooker, but produces meals in under 30 minutes (instead of hours!) This is on my list!
Foursigmatic mushroom coffee: because adaptogens help us deal with the ups and downs of life better- like literally. They help our bodies naturally adapt to whatever we need. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! Plus, these are all organic, sustainably produced, and have way less acid than regular coffee. My favorites are the coffee with lions mane and chaga, mushroom coffee with cordyceps, the chaga elixir, the ginger matcha and the mushroom hot cocoa mix with cordyceps.
Bonus: use the code “simplyrealhealth” at checkout for 10% off your whole order!
Matchaful matcha: Small business owned & run, and the emerald grade version is hands down the best tasting one I’ve ever had. It’s 100 % organic and purely sourced too.
Bonus: use the code “simplyrealhealth” at checkout for 10% off!
Cholorphyll drops: the easiest health boost you can do. I love having 10-15 drops in water in the morning before any coffee or tea. It’s a great little booster for your red blood cells, detox power and gives you a great green energy boost, without any effort. And a great minty flavor.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet: the one pan wonder. It’s the only one that never leaves the stove in our house, and free of all the scary teflon/non-stick chemicals!
Paderno Spiralizer: because of 3 little words: veggies into pasta. The easiest, most delicious healthy addition to any household (with little resistance on the other side).
Vitamix: the workhorse, miracle worker of my kitchen. Mine’s 7 years in and still going strong. For healthy bevvies, smoothies, smoothie bowls, sauces, dressings and soups, NOTHING BEATS this.
Berkey Water Filter: because water is a KEY component to being healthy, but most tap water is full of plastics, chemicals, flouride and heavy metals. Yikes. It took me almost a year to replace my Brita with something a little more powerful, and I love that this one still keeps all the minerals we need, still in tact. It’s the best tasting water I’ve ever had. I got the travel size because it’s a countertop model, but if you have more than 2 people, I’d go up in size!
The Food Academy: Want to give a gift that will really make a difference in someone’s life and health? Give them the gift of real food, and never being confused about what to eat again. This 3 week online masterclass will help clear the clutter and get people started on a much more sustainable #antidiet life! To give, just enter their email at checkout & registration here.
LITTLE CUTIES: gift package ideas
for the wanna be healthy cocktail maker: shaker, spout mixing glass, long cocktail spoon, cocktail muddler, large cocktail ice cube tray, small cocktail ice cube tray, orange bitters, The Canon Cocktail Book, Three Ingredient Cocktail Book, The Bar Book.
for the wanna be essential oil queen: this Essential Oil starter collection, (optional to add my other favs of eucalyptus, douglas fir and sandalwood too) this travel case, this magnesium spray, cold-pressed rosehip oil to blend, and these glass spray bottles to make your own cleaning sprays (by mixing 8-10 drops of your favorite oil with water).
Cheers to a cozy, beautiful, happy, healthy & more meaningful season ahead!