FLOWEREVOLUTION: DATE PALM

This is the FINAL post in a series of reflections on our adventures with Lotus Wei’s 6 month FloweRevolution movement! This program focuses on the powers of a brand new flower elixir each month, and since we’re doing it together, we wanted to share our thoughts as we finish up each batch. We highly suggest you look at the line of Lotus Wei elixirs available to see if there is one that speaks to you. We really couldn’t be happier with the results! Click HERE to look back at last month’s post, where we focused on the Rattlesnake Euphorbia elixir.

OCTOBER’S FLOWER ELIXIR: DATE PALM
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SAMANTHA:
Oh October, what a month. October was filled with major ups and downs and a lot for me to tackle, process and let go of. At first, I didn’t like the Date Palm. I felt like I was attracting situations that threw me for loops. I had mirrors constantly being shined in my face, forcing me to look at myself in ways that I didn’t want to see. Then I understood that the Date Palm was helping me to look outside of my typical ways and I learned the lessons I needed to learn. Although the process was not what I expected and I had to face those shadows within, I learned to follow the flow (and this has been my mantra for November). I have a tendency to be forceful and to do what it takes to get my way, even when the universe is showing me the big red signs to not continue to push. So now, I’m following the flow and focusing on the areas in life that need attention because they’re opening like a beautiful flower. I’m trying to let my ego step aside to listen to my intuitive heart and that has been a beautiful AND MAJOR lesson for me to learn.

CAITLYN:
As I sit down to reflect on October, I am realizing, yet again, just how much  I managed to cram into one month. As anyone reading these reflections might have already noticed, this is  a re-occurring theme for me. But if I am being honest, it is a theme I am looking to do away with. Some of it has to do with my personality, yes. I’m a do-er. A list maker. A task master…. All of which has gotten me to the place I am today, no doubt. But, as I’ve learned over the years, true happiness is about creating a balance between all the different elements in life- work, love, play, friends, family, self-care, community, doing good, etc. I do believe you can have it all, and do it all. But, it has to be broken down into equally weighted manageable pieces first, and you gotta prioritize. For me, it means learning to put myself first, before work, scheduling time with family and friends even when my week seems too full, and a commitment to exercise and meditation to balance out a hectic schedule.

Thankfully, October brought with it an opportunity to steer myself in a new direction with a change in jobs, and I am eternally grateful for it. I must admit, October was so full, I barely took the time to take my elixir each day, leaving me with over a half bottle come November. Not saying I didn’t use it, because I definitely did my fair share of “thinking outside of the box,” but it was irregular. And I know from past months, the more I used the elixir, the better the results. So now that I have a minute to sit back, take a breathe and start re-prioritizing, I am happy to have the opportunity to re-commit to the last half of my bottle of flower magic! I truly can’t say enough good things about the Lotus Wei brand, the FE program and all of the elixirs I have tried over the past 6mos. The next one I am going for is… Quiet Mind. Yea. I could definitely use that.

FLOWEREVOLUTION: RATTLESNAKE EUPHORBIA

This is the fifth post in a series of reflections on our adventures with Lotus Wei’s  6 month FloweRevolution movement! This program focuses on the powers of a brand new flower elixir each month, and since we’re doing it together, we wanted to share our thoughts as we finish up each batch. Click HERE to look back at last month’s post, where we focused on the Bamboo tree elixir.

SEPTEMBER’S FLOWER ELIXIR: RATTLESNAKE EUPHORBIA
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SAMANTHA:
First of all, I can’t believe it’s October. Where did September go? I’m sitting here reflecting on the past month and my experience with the lovely Rattlesnake and one word sums up the month: Dreamland. I noticed that I spent a lot of time out of my body with my thoughts time traveling to other spaces and places. Whether it was taking an afternoon break from work to sit in the grass to daydream or enjoying a little walking-meditation with my dog in the early hours of morning, my head was dancing in the clouds. By the months end, I focused more on grounding my thoughts back into my body to be more present in the moment. I returned to my dance practice and worked on a few resolutions under the Blood Moon. With the month coming to a close, I’m more focused on reality but am still enjoying my vacation in a bottle.

CAITLYN:
I can’t believe how quickly September always seems to fly by. This year was no different. Between birthday celebrations, a dreamy photoshoot, the release of Peacock Apothecary’s new website, another wonderful collaboration with Conclave and landing myself a new job, September seemed to be trying to push me beyond my limits. Miraculously, I am still here, and feeling victorious! I’m not gonna lie. I need a break. But as I look back at September, I feel like patting myself on the back for handling it all with real grace. It was an overcommitted month to say the least, but I think the rattlesnake elixir took the edge off. My mind was busy alright, but it was focused and peaceful, not panicked and overwhelmed. It was easier than ever to slip into a ‘meditative mind’ space, when my mind should have been anything but. Next month threatens to be even more jam-packed than last, so I’m really looking forward to our next elixir, which promises to release tension and create balance. I’m sure gonna need it!

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Burgertime at Pharo’s.

IMG_7129_FotorPharo’s Burgers is in Alhambra, off of Garfield and Atlantic, riiiight across the street from an In N Out that always has a line around the block. (Pharo’s was actually spotted and added to my list while waiting in said In N Out line.) I’m not gonna lie, the burger was only so-so. Definitely not much compared to what you can get across the street for a little more waiting in a line. But the chili cheese fries? Yea. Those you should  definitley check out. Perfectly spicy, cheesy amazing goodness for $5. As you can see below, I barely touched the double cheeseburger, but those fries were gone in no time. I suggest next time you find yourself in the eternal In N Out line in Alhambra, send your passenger out for a little chili cheese fry starter ;) xo CaitIMG_7133_Fotor

Burgertime at Lucky Boy.

Lucky Boy is a walk-up/take out spot off of S. Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena. Fun fact: It is right across the street from where the VERY FIRST Trader Joe’s opened in 1967 and still stands today!

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Their burgers have thin patties, lots of chargrilled flavor and that good old shredded lettuce. Add in the biggest bag of fried zucchini you’ve ever seen and plan to be full for a good day and a half. The double cheeseburger is pictured here, but I’ve also had a damn good bacon burger in the past. And from what I can see written up about them online, it sounds like their breakfast burritos are some of the best around!! I guess we’ll just haaaaaave to go back!!  xoCait

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Burgertime at In-N-Out.

I’ve been to In N Out countless times, but it just never seems to get old. The double-double is one of my absolute favorite burgers around.  It’s no hidden gem, sure. But they are reliably delicious, affordable and usually pretty quick! (If you live near one and have not been, then you are certifiably crazy, and you should go, right now.)

IMG_5763THIS TIME AROUND WAS DIFFERENT THOUGH. I decided that if I was going to blog about it, I should go big, and get the 4×4. Yep. You heard it. 4 patties & 4 slices of cheeeeese, please! When our ‘Guest Number’ came up as ’44’ I knew it was meant to be.

I love me some In N Out, but I gotta say, I wouldn’t do the 4×4 again. Too much meat. I think maybe a 3×3 would be the way to go? UNTIL NEXT TIME! xoCait

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Conscious Consumption: Stone + Cloth

I first fell in love with Stone + Cloth at Unique LA where local artisans showcase their goods for a weekend of shopping bliss . Stone + Cloth make rucksacks and totes. You can feel the ruggedness and durability in each bag, plus, they simply look great. The best part? Each purchase helps provide scholarships to students in need through The Knock Foundation.

Click here to learn more about Stone + Cloth

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Burger(&HotDog)time at Carney’s.

Carney’s will always be a special place to me. Yes, Carney’s, the hot dog slinging train car on Sunset Strip. It was one of the first restaurants in Los Angeles that I fell in love with. Why?

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1. Delicious food at affordable prices 2. They have been serving the same thing, in that same spot since 1975 and 3. it’s proven to cure even the worst of my bad moods (and hangovers).

I suggest going with a friend. Each of you order a hot dog. And split a cheeseburger and fries. You can’t lose. xo Cait

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Burgertime at Astro Burger.

IMG_5444Astro Burger. Surprisingly enough, there are A LOT of Astro Burgers in Los Angeles. The two that I frequent, and can attest to the delight they will bring you, are this ONE on Melrose and this ONE on Santa Monica Blvd. I thought they were part of the same chain, but after checking the internetz, it doesn’t seem like they are? Strange.

Both establishments are awesome. Both have the delicious fried zucchini pictured below. Both have shredded lettuce on their burgers. And both have lots of veggie options for your burger-hating friends!! xo Cait

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Burgertime at Pie ‘n Burger

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For February, I’m going to feature a long time favorite burger joint of mine, Pie ‘n Burger. It’s a classic burger that can only be found in good old classy Pasadena. It first opened in 1963 on California Blvd., just east of Lake. And there it still stands! A truly old school diner, with mostly bar seating at their original 70s style formica bartop, complete with wooden swivel chairs and a menu (including at least 20 types of pie!!) permanently posted on the wall. I have had lots of Pie ‘n Burger in my 30 years of life, seeing as my Grandmother introduced me to this place at a young age. But there’s a simple reason we keep coming back… the cheeseburgers are DELICIOUS. The patty, the bun, the whole package will not disappoint. I promise. And if you don’t believe me, then Ill let Zagat and Jonathan Gould convince you.

 Ps. They cater too. xo Cait

Burgertime at Oinkster

IMG_4840The Oinkster had been on my list of places to try since I moved to LA 10 years ago.  It seemed like when talking burgers, the original Oinkster in Eagle Rock always came up in conversation. But it was only when I moved to Mid-City this past year that I became a frequent customer (at the Hollywood location). As it says on their site, “House-cured pastrami or sloooow-roasted pork  compete for diners’ attention with juicy burgers made from freshly-ground Nebraska Angus beef, first-rate rotisserie-roasted chicken and crispy Belgian fries.” And I couldn’t agree more. Normally, I’m the girl that finds the one thing on the menu I like, and then I stick with it, but not with this place…. I personally have had the cheeseburger, the chili cheeseburger (seen above) and the Cluckster. OMG. All three are awesome. A trusted Rueben connosier tells me theirs is also a must have! You can’t go wrong… xo Cait

ps. They sweeten the deal with ice cream shakes made with the always delicious Fosselman’s ice cream!