Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Farming, Mashed-Potato Loving, Creator

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Happy Friday, ladies! I’m off to a great start to the weekend. I already got a bunch of Christmas shopping done this morning, went into Target for one thing and left with a million things (including this new hat!), and am now listening to Christmas music on Spotify.

Speaking of Christmas, be sure to check out my Holiday Gift Guide I put together if you haven’t already. It’s got some fabulous finds for anyone one your list, including a special holiday trio when you purchase one of my “Spark Your Bliss” decks.

Alright, it’s now time for this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting badass women in the community doing their thang. I’m excited to introduce you to Angelina, a lovely lady I met at a Holiday Fair last month. She had the coolest handmade gifts — from gorgeous rugs to adorable veggie magnets — and I just had to share it with you. Without further adieu, I’ll let Angelina take it from here!

NAME/AGE: Angelina Donnelly / 27

TWITTER: @DirtyCarrotsCo

CURRENT CITY: Easton, MA

PHOTO TAKEN: Last winter visiting my sister in Vail, CO

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: The past few years I have been working on a organic vegetable farm. And boy did i fall in love with farming from day one! I spent time in the farmstand, in the field, and at farmers markets. I would have to say my favorite thing about farming, is that I grew to love all weather. A crisp fall morning , a hot summer day, rain and snow. I grew toappreciate their pros more than their cons.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: I love creating objects. I studied ceramics in college and there I realized how much satisfaction I got out of turning a lump of clay into to something beautiful and functional. And I now with Dirty Carrots Co. I am able to continue that.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: When I am around my friends and family!  Everyone has busy lives and spending time, making a wholesome meal with friends and family, is great way to stay motivated and positive!

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Cast Iron Pan, veggies, especially ones that are great to snack on raw, and peanut butter!

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Mashed Potatoes

SONG THAT MOVES YOU: Van Morrison - Days like this, always put me in a good mood

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU: My husband and I throw a killer dinner party!, I take pride in my work whether its my day job or my passion, and I think I’m a pretty go with the flow type of gal.

FAVORITE BODY PART: My hands, they have treated me well!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: I really enjoy hiking, for me its one of those things that can always turn a day around!

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Step out of your Comfort Zone.

Big shout out to Angelina for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community series! If you’d like to nominate a friend or yourself, just shoot me an email at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

xoxo,

Rachel

Healthy Chick’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But if you’re like the most of us, hunting for gifts can be quite the ordeal, and panicking while slugging your peppermint mocha latte is not going to get you any closer to crossing off your list. Here are some fun + fresh ideas for just about any gal on your list!

FOR THE SPIRITUAL GURU

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein! This book changed my life and is sure to help those seeking a more spiritual life.

14.99, Amazon.com

FOR THE SOUL SEEKER

My Healthy Chick’s “Spark Your Bliss” affirmation card deck is here, and I want every lady who needs this to have it! For a minimum of $25, you’ll get a deck mailed out your way (with 36 beautifully designed cards + mandala print tuck box). And I’ve added a holiday special for $35 that I think you’ll love including a deck, Organic Living Superfoods goodie + sweet surprise.

$25+, Kickstarter.com

FOR THE HEALTH NUT

Give the gift of health with Organic Living Superfood’s Happy & Healthy Gift Basket! You can customize your own gift box, choosing your favorite superfood snacks for your loved ones.

$49.99, OrganicLivingSuperfoods.com

FOR THE DO-GOODER

Does your friend already have everything, or maybe you simply want to give back this year? Gift them a card to make a donation to the charity of their choosing!

price varies, JustGive.org

FOR THE HOME DECORATOR

Kitchen + Kraft’s Limited Edition Blue Pea Dyed Pompom Pillow will add a little extra flair to any living space! It’s handmade in MA, and dyed a beautiful light blue thanks to Blue Pea flower from Thailand! She’s got lots of other goodies too, although most are out of stock right now — for good reason!

$45, KitchenandKraft.com

FOR THE FREE SPIRIT

Gift the free spirit in your life with a beautiful Mala necklace from Tiny Devotions. (I know I’m asking for one ;) ) The Higher Self Mala Necklace (made with White Jade) is absolutely stunning!

$64+, TinyDevotions.com

FOR THE GRATEFUL ONE

Keeping a gratitude journal has been one of the most impactful ways of staying in the present & manifesting positive change in my life. This one by Catherine Price is super cute and affordable!

$10.13, Amazon.com

FOR THE MINDFUL MAVEN

My girl Heather Waxman (spiritual teacher, author & musician) is offering a super sweet holiday special this month — all of her programs + meditations are just $7.77. Get on that now, either as a gift for yourself or a soul sister!

$7.77, HeatherWaxman.com

FOR THE ESSENTIAL OILS FIEND

Got a friend who geeks out on essential oils? (Ahem, that’s me!) Treat them to a special essential oils kit to get them started! I recommend the DoTerra travel kit or Eden’s Garden Everyday Essential Oil Set.

$44, MyDoTerra.com

$69.95, EdensGarden.com

FOR THE NATURAL BEAUTY JUNKIE

The holiday season is a great time to clean up your beauty supplies! I’m in love with the Stress Less Body Oil by Organic Bath Company, and actually need it to get a good night’s sleep. It’s oh so sultry!

$45, OrganicBath.co

FOR THE JET-SETTER

Gift your sweetie or gal pal with a getaway for the two of you. Think: cozy B & B in New England, 3-day weekend in Miami, ski adventure, you get the picture. Both Groupon & Living Social offer some pretty sweet getaway deals, so definitely keep your eyes peeled!

price varies, LivingSocial.com

price varies, Groupon.com

What’s on your wish list this holiday season?

xoxo,

Rachel

Spark Your Bliss Affirmation Card Deck

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Goood afternoon, loves. Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with lots of delicious food, cozy vibes and family.

About one year ago, I said out loud that I wanted to create my own positive affirmation deck. I strived to design something for the everyday chick, rather than exclusively for yogis or meditation gurus.

But then the fears creeped in…the ol’ “but it’s going to be so hard,” “but what if I can’t” “but it’s already been done before,” “but how can I stand out?”

Then this summer a little voice inside me said, “sweetie, but what if you CAN?”

And so I did, and Spark Your Bliss Deck was born. I worked hard + thoughtfully to create a deck that speaks my truth – 36 beautiful, positive mantras complete with journaling exercises + supporting action steps to boot.

My cards are going to be ready for the holidays, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! To celebrate, I decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money + send out some cool gifts to my supporters. Hint hint: they make for great gifts for the New Year ;)

You can contribute + get all the deets here.

Rewards for pledging include:

  • digital mantra downloads
  • “Spark Your Bliss” decks sent by mail
  • Decks sent with healing stones
  • Soul Sisters Special
  • FREE access to my next seasonal cleanse
  • Private coaching with me

Pledge + help fund the project here.

Special shout out to my beautiful illustrator Precious Little Illustration & designer Chantelle Davis-Gray for helping make this happen.

Here’s to following your dreams. Wishing you all a healthy + happy holiday season!

With love,

Rachel

My Body is Changing {And So Am I}

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I have a confession: my body is changing.

In fact, to be completely honest, it has been changing ever since I reached my upper 20s. I think for a while I resisted that because I didn’t want it to change. I didn’t want me to change. I was scared of the change.

While I thought all of the body insecurity stuff was far behind me, a part of me was super envious of the body I had at 18, 20, 23. Yes, my thighs were thick but at least I had my super flat & toned belly to fall back on. That was my “thing.” It makes me sad to look back to my 18-year-old radiant self to a girl who still thought she wasn’t “good enough.”

Now at 29, my tummy is getting much rounder, and I have little belly dimples. I can “squish” my love handles, and my weight fluctuates with the seasons (sometimes up to 10 pounds!) My thighs have — gasp! — cellulite.

I am now slowly but surely learning to be OK with this — embracing the change, but most importantly my body.

While some days are easier than others, I realize I have a choice: hop on the scale and beat myself up OR nourish and love the body I have — in all its many forms.

I choose the latter.

This post was difficult for me to share, but I’m hoping it shines the light for another woman who may need to hear it. You are not your body, and your body is beautiful in all its magical forms. Old me would never be caught dead sharing belly photos on camera or being vulnerable but here I am, taking a stand on body positivity, walking my talk and embracing all of my imperfections.

It’s what makes you beautiful, darling.

xoxo,

Rachel

Shop Local with Me Tonight at the Holiday Marketplace in Walpole

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It’s the holiday season.

The holidays are upon us, and it’s definitely in the air! Heck, Starbucks even released their infamous holiday cups (designed by artists around the world) — and this year customers aren’t complaining!

Anyway, if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit (and you’re local to MA), tonight’s Holiday Marketplace event at She Breathes in Walpole is for you.

Members of the community will be showcasing their homemade goods — including jewelry, art, tote bags, personal care products and a wide array of artistic treasures that make the perfect gift. And I’ll be there selling handmade body scrubs!

Important Deets
Wednesday, November 16
6:00-9:00pm
85 West Street, 2nd Floor
Walpole MA 02081

Hope to see you there!

With love,

Rachel

An Ode to Love {At a Time the World Really Needs It}

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Love.

Today, let’s choose love.

We need to come together, we need to unite, we need to let go of hatred and anger and shift the focus to LOVE.

I’ve seen so many mean, nasty, angry comments on my newsfeed lately (both toward people and this country) and the reality is: it’s not going to make things any better.

It’s OK to feel. It’s OK to be upset. It’s OK to be angry. But spreading anger and hatred is definitely not the answer.

Today, let’s choose love…and let’s allow that to help us rise up.

After all, “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can.”

With love + gratitude,

Rachel

When things don’t go as planned, rise up + make a new plan (or at least some lemonade)

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A couple months ago, I was in the process of applying for what I thought was the part-time job of my “dreams.” It was in a cool new-to-me industry, the hours were flexible and it would be quick commute from my home.

I had a plan.

I would land said job, make a decent side income, and be able to support myself financially so I could continue to invest in my own business. It was perfect. I had it all laid out.

But then 3 interviews, one month, and no callbacks later, I decided that maybe this plan wasn’t in the cards for me after all. I got super bitter, and lots of fear started flowing through my mind. I felt frustrated, rejected, and afraid for my future.

WHY DIDN’T THEY LIKE ME?!

WHY CAN’T THEY BE DECENT HUMANS AND AT LEAST LET ME KNOW I DIDN’T GET THE JOB?

WHAT DID I DO WRONG?

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?!

While I complained & vented to my husband and close friends, they continued to reassure me that maybe the process is just taking a little longer, that not getting a call back didn’t necessarily mean that I didn’t get the job, and that I should keep my thoughts positive.

As days went by, suddenly something inside me shifted. I realized I actually didn’t really want this job after all. I started thinking about them calling me back to offer me the position, and I had a pit in my stomach — something about it felt off.  I came to realize that my feelings for wanting the job so badly actually stemmed from fear of me thinking that I “needed” the job to make money. Meanwhile, deep in my heart I knew it wasn’t right for me.

After admitting this to myself, my energy (and the energy around me) shifted in a big way. Suddenly, new, exciting opportunities began to flow to me and I felt really in alignment with the universe.

I was living in my flow. And it felt freakin’ fabulous.

Just the other day, I received an email from the company telling me that they decided to go with someone else. I didn’t get angry or sad or bummed out, but rather I smiled and felt a sense of relief. “The universe is totally working on my side,” I thought to myself.

Life has a crazy way of teaching you the lessons you need to learn. One of the biggest I’ve learned lately is to not take the grand plans for yourself so seriously, because most of the time the universe has a much bigger, juicy plan for you anyway.

And when things don’t go as planned or life gives you a whole bunch of lemons, simply rise up and make a new plan (or at least, some lemonade.)

xoxo,

Rachel

Tis the Season to Take Care of Yourself { 7 Self-Care Tips for Fall}

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Self care is one of my utmost favorite topics. In fact, last week I got to spend the evening with the lovely folks at Suffolk University chatting all about self-care for college students!

After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup. (You gotta fill yours first!) With that said, I wanted to share some of my favorite self-care tips for the fall season so you can start practicing too!

1.) Set your Fall intention: Make it bold. Make it about you. How do you want to FEEL this season?

2.) Journal It Out: Take time to journal, especially in the morning. One of my favorite exercises is morning pages, where you free write and let it out on the page. Don’t try to edit or make it “look” a certain way; just write what’s in your heart.

3.) Let go of Negativity + Clutter: Donate clothes that no longer fit you, store away your summer wear to make room for fall apparel, and remove yourself from relationships + situations that are bringing negativity into your life. It’s time for new beginnings!

4.) Spend time in Nature: Do it, daily. Take a fall foliage hike (while you can!), take a 10-15 minute lunch break by yourself on a park bench, breathe in the fresh air.

5.) Load up on Seasonal, Fall Foods: Take a trip to the farmers market & load up on the seasonal harvest. There are so many delicious crops in season right now like spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, apples, pears and pumpkin. Play around with what’s in season + feel free to get creative in the kitchen!

Check out my upcoming fall whole foods detox, starting right after Thanksgiving! You can also load up on warming fall spices like nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon which act as a natural sweet tooth tamer – win, win!

6.) Get Your Beauty Sleep: It’s so incredibly important. And don’t be afraid to take naps either! Give your body the rest it needs.

7.) Put Yourself First: As women, we’re so used to putting everyone else first. It’s time to take yourself off the back burner! Book a trip to the spa, take a warm bath, buy yourself a new book, give yourself a mani-pedi. Do what makes you feel good! One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is with all-natural beauty products. You can make your own sugar scrubs at home with olive oil, raw sugar, and essential oils of your choosing. It’s absolutely divine!

What are your favorite ways to practice self care? Make yourself a priority this week!

Sign up for the Whole Foods Fall Detox Here!

With love + gratitude,

Rachel

Autumn Pasta with Turkey Harvest Meat Sauce

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I love everything about fall, especially the fact that pumpkin pretty much goes with everything these days. Now that the weather is getting crisp, healthy comfort meals have pretty much become a staple in our home.

Last night, I experimented with Trader Joe’s new Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce to create this savory, heart-warming fall dish. Made with pumpkin, butternut squash, carrot, fall spices & some cream, this sauce embodied everything the season has to offer. Go ahead, give it a go!

Autumn Pasta with Turkey Harvest Meat Sauce

serves 6-8

  • 1 box gluten free pasta (brown rice or quinoa)
  • 1 package turkey burger
  • 1 bag fresh or frozen organic spinach
  • 1 container Trader Joe’s Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce
  • nutritional yeast, optional for seasoning

Cook pasta according to directions, being careful not to over-cook. In the meantime, cook the turkey burger in a large frying pan with a little olive oil. Once cooked through, add in the sauce and spinach. Combine with pasta, and serve with a dash of nutritional yeast on top.


How to get back in the flow when things just aren’t flowing

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This past Saturday evening, I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Gabby Bernstein at her talk + booksigning in Boston for “The Universe Has Your Back.” 200+ curious souls came together at a church in Brookline to hear this wonderwoman speak.

She spoke of seeing the lesson when sh*t hits the fan, surrendering again and again, and how obstacles are really detours in the right direction. We meditated. We chanted. We cried. And then when it came time for the Q & A, something inside me said “Go ahead, get up there and ask.”

I found myself in line with about 15 other women, shaking as the church fan blew my hair. Finally, it was my turn at the microphone. It was time to get real. It was time to get vulnerable.

“Hi Gabby, I’m Rachel. A couple months ago I left a job that was no longer serving me. I had a strong voice inside me saying ‘Stop striving and seeking, and let things flow to you.’ It’s now been 3 months, and I feel like things aren’t really flowing. I’m feeling very behind. What do you advise I do?”

Her first word: Gratitude.

Gabby told me that I needed to pause, and appreciate all of what I do have by practicing gratitude and finding something every day – even if just your morning coffee – that I appreciate. She told me the story I had been telling myself of “It’s just not working!” is the very thing that was keeping me stuck.

Bam. Boy did she hit the nail on the head.

That next morning, I curled up on the couch with my morning lemon elixir and my new book, and made a commitment to myself to see things differently. In that moment, I decided to go back to an old practice that needed some dusting off: my gratitude journal. Each and every day, I will write something I am grateful for.

After all, as Gabby says, “Energy flows where your attention goes.” Now isn’t that the truth?

Xoxo,

Rachel

 
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