fitness and wellness

Kindred Fiber Farm: How An Alpaca Farm is Bringing People Together

(This story of Anna Marie and her Alpaca Farm is the latest in our series of small business stories in partnership with Gracie Byrd Jones. You can see more here.) When we hear about the impetus of many new businesses, there’s often times a storyline of community. It’s true of Starbucks, of Barre3, and so many countless others. Kindred Fiber Farm, a budding business located in Fredericksburg, Texas, is no exception. I got the chance to chat with Anna Marie about her beautiful alpaca farm. I wanted to hear how she got her start, …

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The Ultimate Hippie Mama Dishes on Her New Line + Natural Solutions for Cold Season

If you don’t read anything else on the blog this week, make sure you read this! It was such a delight to chat with Katherine Lott about her newest endeavor, Wildflower Remedies. I could listen to her talk for hours as she shares her wisdom on everything from tonics and tinctures to plant therapies and bringing your body back to its natural state of rest and calm. What she shares resonates with me so much. I do truly believe that the foods that we eat and products that we use do have such a profound effect on our health and happiness. …

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10 Things that Make me Feel ‘Well’ in the Age of Health and Wellness

I was already planning on writing on this topic when I happened upon Goop.com this morning and their featured post of the day titled, “How a Pacific Northwest Glacier and the Ocean made an incredible clay.”  Let the record show that I have nothing against Goop or clay and actually rather enjoy the former and find the latter in mask form to be a very effective skin cleanser.  In a lot of ways this health and wellness bubble feels like the natural swing of the pendulum.  For decades the food we ate and the products we put on our …

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The Secret Ingredient Your Skincare Might Be Missing

I’ve been drinking more than my fair share of peppermint tea this winter.  Here in Austin, the word ‘winter’ is usually a formality referring to a certain set of dates on a calendar more so than the frigid temps that typically come to mind.  This winter, though, we’ve had three snow days and plenty of others that never crept out of the thirties, so I blame that and the fact that I’m breastfeeding on my considerable peppermint tea intake.   On one particularly blistery day I was able to chat with the founder of The Seaweed Bath …

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