If you're looking to elevate your shower game, Vivica A. Fox has such a genius little tip. What you do is drop a little essential oil on the floor of your shower before you start your shower, and the steamy shower basically acts as a giant diffuser, so your shower and even your whole bathroom smell dreamy by the time you're done.
It just so happens that we live steps from a magical little shop that stocks a variety of (mostly organic) essential oils, so I picked up a bottle of lavender essential oil. A few drops in the bathtub as I turned on the shower was all it took. You know how when you walk into a fancy spa, before you even start your massage or your facial or whatever, you already start to relax? The air just seems nicer in there. Well, friend, now that fancy air experience can be yours at home and it couldn't be simpler.
I love the lavender oil I bought, and I'm excited to branch out and try different scents, too. I think if you're a morning shower person, a peppermint or citrus scent would be fun and energizing. Since I usually shower at night and could use something that would help me unwind after feeling like I've been going a mile a minute all day, I think I might try bergamot, vetiver, or ylang ylang essential oils next - very different scents, but all with relaxing properties.
Welcome to our first installment featuring badass women who are working hard to improve their communities and enact positive change in the lives of those around them. Through this series, I hope to spotlight the important work being done by some amazing women, the paths they took to get to where they are now, and the ways in which they practice self-care and avoid burn-out.
First up: Bahar, a clinical fellow and supervising attorney for the Criminal Defense Clinic at CUNY Law School.
Welcome, Bahar! Can you tell us what you're currently working on?
Right now, I'm a Clinical Fellow and supervising attorney at the Criminal Defense Clinic at CUNY Law School. Our mission is to train social justice lawyers and in the Criminal Defense Clinic, we teach our students to think broadly about the criminal legal system. It was precisely this thinking that led us to clemency and parole work, so I am currently working on helping incarcerated individuals obtain clemency from Governor Cuomo.
I asked, and you guys answered! It was great to hear from so many parents with different philosophies, perspectives and experiences. Parents with babies, parents with toddlers, parents with big kids - each stage brings its own challenges and rewards. And it looks like a lot of us, while not in exactly the same boat, have experienced a ride on the sea of sleeplessness.
I keep finding myself drawn to delicate chain necklaces with simple circle pendants, the kind of elegant, go-with-anything piece you can wear everyday. You can wear one alone or layer several together. I've rounded up some pretty examples here.
Sleep is exhausting. Or, rather, teaching kids (specifically, my kids, though I have a sense I'm not alone in this boat) to sleep is exhausting.
I'll preface this by saying: I've read the books. I've read the books, the web sites by sleep experts, the blogs by other moms, the Babycenter boards and every other resource out there. We've tried routines, sleep cues, special sleepwear, and every trick we've encountered. If there's a suggestion, we've tried it. Our kids haven't met a magic sleep trick that one or both of them hasn't been able to best.
Sometimes, it feels like we're under siege. (Is that dramatic? Sleep deprivation is a recognized method of torture.).
This pasta dish is the best of the farmer's market right now in one bowl. It's loaded with veggies without feeling virtuous, and packed with bright, creamy flavor thanks to plenty of fresh goat cheese, summery herbs, and sunny lemon zest. It comes together quickly, and without too much attention (basically, chop veggies and add to pan, stirring occasionally) so it's perfect for a weeknight dinner, and it makes a ton, so it's great for a crowd.
It's practically too hot to move, but there are some adorable outfits (many on sale!) to keep little ones looking and feeling cool as we get into the dog days of summer. After all, what could be easier or breezier than a darling one piece?
I was looking for a way to use up some buttermilk that had been lingering in the fridge, and came up with this sort-of-a-riff on tzatziki sauce (just minus the cucumber), and ever since I haven't been able to stop thinking about it, talking about it, or eating it. And again, this isn't a recipe so much a throw-stuff-in-the-food-processor, adjust-seasonings-to-taste sort of thing, but hopefully this can serve as some inspiration because this sauce is magical.
And while it's sometimes hard enough just to get the "real food" on the table (your proteins, veggies, and what have yous - you know, the stuff with the nutrition and calories you need to survive), such that expending time and energy on making a sauce that just goes on top of the other stuff you have to make - well, I get not wanting to take that extra step. But I'll also say that this is so quick to make, and goes with so many things, and you can keep it in your fridge for a couple of days and use it to zhush up all kinds of meals, taking any boring old meal that's been slapped together up a couple notches into the kind of meal that you are excited to sit down and eat (see also: how to transform a sad desk lunch into a happy desk lunch).
Eating, working, mothering and adventuring in Brooklyn and beyond.