As the chaos and fun of the holiday season officially begins, it can be hard to find moments to yourself amidst all the planning, prepping, and partying. Check out our post on surviving the holidays from last year for some great tips to get you through. One important thing is to remember to take time for yourself. A great way to have a moment away from it all is to escape in a good book, whether its while you wait for travel connections or to stop thinking of to-do lists as you wind down for bed. We are excited to read some of the books that came out this year featured on Oprah’s Best Books of 2015. First on our list is Patti Smith’s new memoir ‘M Train’. A quote about her newest book from O Magazine: ‘The book feels like a long, poetic letter directly from the brain of your smartest, oddest, bravest friend, the one who has ventured so much further than most of us dare to. ” Cannot wait to dive in!
What are you reading now?
One of my favorite things about summer is that the longer days allow for getting outside. Along with more hours of light, the warmer weather allows us to take full advantage of our surroundings, and what better way to take advantage of this is to take your workout outside! Working out outside is a great way to add variety to your routine and make it fun again, plus a lot of these activities are free! Here is our list of our favorite outdoor workouts that maybe you haven’t tried to get you inspired! What are your favorite outdoor workouts?
Outdoor yoga – many cities and towns are now doing yoga outdoors, and most are even donation-based (meaning no pricey obligation!). Look online, local yoga studios, or even on meetup.com to see what your area has to offer. There’s nothing like doing downward dog or sun salutations with the sun hitting your face and a cool breeze. Don’t forget sunscreen!
Day hikes – weekends are great time to hop in the car and drive an hour or two away from your town to find a nice day hike. Make a full day of it by packing a picnic! Here is a full post on tips on what else to bring hiking.
Stand-up paddle boarding (or SUP) – SUP is gaining in popularity beyond beach towns and boards can now be found to rent at many beaches, lakes, and reservoirs. The long SUP boardsare surprisingly easy to balance on and gliding across the water is a feeling like no other! You almost forget you are working out, until you realize your core is sore the next day! Bike riding- Summer breezes and bike rides go hand-in-hand! Grab a friend and find a bikeroute that perhaps leads you to the new cold brew shop! Or instead of driving to a summer barbecue substitute bicycle riding as your mode of transportation as often as possible in the summer for extra exercise. Don’t forget to protect your brain, we like Nutcase helmets which are stylish (but still affordable).
Rollerskating- Channel your inner youth and have so much fun skating that you forget how good it is for your body. The Moxi Shop has beautiful outdoor rollerskates made in the US. Also the woman who designed them, Michelle Steilen, is a rollerskating tour de force, check out her incredible skills here. So inspiring! Beach running- if you are lucky enough to be near a beach, or even when you are just visiting one, switch it up your same old run and hit the sand! Stay closer to the shore where the sand is wet for a more even running surface. Be sure to get out either early or late in the day for the cooler temperatures!
Swimming – whether at the neighbors pool, the gym, or the ocean, swimming is an amazing full body workout. Find a place you feel comfortable and can get into the zone and swim laps. Invest in some goggles and a swim cap (your hair will thank you!). And if you needed even more incentive, check out this article on the benefits of swimming.
For even more work out inspiration, tips and gear check out our dear friends site, Jane the Jock. Happy working out!
So I am kind of creature of habit when it comes to what I eat for breakfast, right now it is simply eggs, toast, and whatever fruit is in season. So when I came across this recipe for strawberry coconut breakfast cookies, I knew it was time to shake up the routine. These cookies are healthy enough for breakfast, but they are so good, I think I have had them with every meal. Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, but I don’t think I have ever baked with them. The result is a sweet burst of flavor in these hearty cookies. These cookies are naturally gluten free, vegan (if using maple syrup instead of honey), and naturally sweetened. Translation: no need to limit consumption!
2 cups of rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats if needed)
1/4 cup oat flour (I use my coffee grinder to grind oats into flour)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons ground chia seeds or ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 heaping cup fresh strawberries, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350º F.
In a large bowl combine oats, oat flour, coconut, chia seeds, almonds and salt.
Add in mashed bananas, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, strawberries, spices, and vanilla. Mix well (using your hands works best to get an even mixture).
Make 2 inch balls with the dough and place on baking sheet. Press down gently with your palm to flatten them slightly.
Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes on the pan, then place on a cooling rack.
These cookies are great for breakfasts on the go and would also be perfect crumbled over yogurt or chia pudding. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from here
Hope you all had a great weekend! In honor of Mother’s Day this past weekend and all of the mothers that have influenced and inspired us, we thought it would be fun to profile a mother and get a glimpse into her experience as a mother. And just because we love all of the mommas in our lives so much, we are extending our ‘Treat Mom’ promo until the end of today. Receive 15% off your purchase from Jalune using promo code TREATMOM15. It is not too late to treat your mom (or yourself)!
Meet Robin Furlong Tojo. She lives in Fountain Valley, CA with her husband, Ken, and son, Koko, who is 2 1/2 years old.
Favorite things about being a mom to Koko: I’ve really given this so much thought, and I can’t tell you one thing that is my favorite. I love everything about him. I perhaps can fine tune a favorite to his facial expressions and his dance moves. He also amazes me how he pumps his arms in such a way when he walks or jogs like an old man with 5 lb weights, it’s hilarious. He has the sweetest voice and face to hear and see first thing in the morning, and he is the most adorable sleepy child at night before he goes bed. To be very honest, I still don’t believe that he is MY son and that I am his mother. I’m in disbelief, and I don’t know when the day will come when I will understand the reality. He is my angel. Life is weird.
What I’ve learned about myself from being his mom: I just want to be a good person. I am a better citizen, a better environmentalist, and a better nutritionist. I just want everything to be good for him. I want to do what’s right, and I want to raise a good human being who is a gentleman.
Favorite way to relax: Ballet, definitely. It’s just so peaceful, and I love classical music so much. I even listen to it for fun, Chopin being my fav and Debussy coming in close. It takes great posture, alignment, pace, and muscle control to practice. It really focuses my mind, helping to clear out all the motherly worries and allows me to focus on me. It’s so important to remember to take care of yourself; when you’re a mom all you think about is your child, it’s hard to think about yourself. Ballet is the gateway to my personal focus and reminds me that I need to be healthy in order for Koko to be healthy. I also love to go to the movies, it’s like my therapy. I can get lost in the film and experience so many different emotions, like ringing out a wash cloth, and then I can go home happy and relaxed!
Robin is wearing the Jalune Breezy shirt in blue and the oversized dolman dress in olive. For every purchase made, $10 is contributed to the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through Art of Giving.
As we mentioned in our spring post earlier this week, we are adding some houseplants to our home to refresh our place for spring. Houseplants are not only pretty to look at, but they are an affordable way to breathe life into your space – literally. Plants release fresh oxygen into the air and release water into the air, potentially raising the humidity in your house as well. Plants also are naturally detoxifying;
“Plants remove toxins from air – up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint).” source.
The suggested plant to space ratio is 1 potted plant per 100 square feet of home. For those of us who do not have the greenest thumb, here are some plant species recommendations and tips for adding some green into your home this spring.
Some easy to care for species to look for:
Aloe – An easy to care for succulent that also doubles as a moisturizer!
Cacti – Less is more with these spiky wonders. Shallow dishes work best for cactus as they don’t root deeply and water only once a month or so.
Jade – A symbol of good luck, water only when the top of soil is just dry to the touch.
Philodendron – Adaptable and easy to grow in low light areas, this plant looks great on shelves or as hanging plants as their leaves hang down.
Airplants – these amazing looking plants don’t even need soil to grow! Just soak the leaves (not the roots) every 2 weeks or so.
Succulents – Need lots of sunlight so a window sill is best – be sure to put them in a pot that drains and not to over water. Try arranging a few succulents together in a larger pot for variety – check out our DIY here.
Bromeliads – This plant needs more attention than the others but is worth it! Here are the ones that are reccommended for indoors.
You can find most of these common house plants at home depot, your local nursery or even the grocery store. As for pots – we love antique stores, yard sales, flea markets for scoring cool used options – or getting the plain terracotta ones and painting them ourselves.
Happy Friday! Anything fun going on for you this weekend?The weather is supposed to be warm, so we are going to have our first picnic of the year! Beyond that, we are laying low this weekend, so my other big plans are to plant my herb garden for this year and repot some of my poor succulents that need a bigger home (it’s the little things!). Have a beautiful weekend and here are some links from around the web…
“Always be yourself. Unless you can be Beyoncé.” Truth.
Obsessed with this song + video.
I need to buy a tart pan STAT.
I bet most of the people going to Coachella have no idea who rocked headbands and fringe first.
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I came across Lee Price’s paintings on Pinterest and was first blown away that they are in fact oil paintings, but then drawn in by the unlikely scenes they depicted. The photorealistic paintings are mostly self portraits of the artist that depict her binging on food in a private moment, in the bath or bedroom, showcasing the intimate relationship between women, food, and societal expectations. More of her work can be seen here (NSFW).
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As minimalism is gaining traction in the fashion world with capsule wardrobes cropping up on blogs all over the place, the same revolution is going on with houses. The smaller the house, seemingly the more creativity goes into designing a functional space and more often than not it results in a quite beautiful space. While I am not ready to stuff my life – clothes, dogs, boyfriend, office – into 200 square feet just yet, the idea of simplifying and streamlining living is becoming more attractive (as more clutter living and working in the same spaces builds up). Perhaps I will just have to ease into this type of living – maybe starting with a tiny cabin in the woods to escape to! Would you ever live in a tiny house?
This cabin in upstate New York is a luxurious 300 square feet – and completely off the grid. It is just a vacation house, so it might be something I could get into!
This is a 190 sq. foot silo in Phoenix, AZ and all of the design was based around the curves of the structure. The architect and owner, Christoph Kaiser, said “I didn’t want to cheat and do a box inside a curved shell”. So amazing!
As the second to last day of 2014, we thought it would be fun to look back at Journal de Jalune’s first year with the top 5 posts. It is clear that our Women Before 10am series is a reader favorite! We will be continuing to talk to inspiring modern women in2015 – so if you or someone you know would like to featured, we would love to hear about them! Thank you for reading and here are the top five posts if you’d like to see (in no particular order):
There are only 10 days left until Christmas! We are continuing our last minute gift guide series, and this may be my favorite round up. This list is for all the amazing women in your lives – your best friend, your sister, your mom – or you could pass this along to your beau.. (hint hint). Like our previous Cozy night in Gift Guide, all of these gift are Made in America too!
one – Jalune breezy set // Made in Los Angeles, CA two – Lingua Nigra Hand Etched Gold Toned Bangles // Made in Brooklyn, NY three – AHeirloom’s California State Shaped Cutting Boards // Made in Brooklyn, NY four – Mast Brothers Chocolate Origin Collection // Made in Brooklyn, NY five – Fort Standard Crest 1 Bottle Opener // Made in New York six – Blue Bottle Small Lot Geshas Tube Coffee // Made in Oakland, CA seven – Pollen Arts Beeswax Candle // Made in Flagstaff, AZ eight – Na Nin Cashmere & Amber Soap // Made in Richmond, VA