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Oh hey, Monday! February 21st

February 20, 2017

Tessa in the woods

I’ve been making changes and adjustments into my daily work and life recently, and thought the blog would be a good place to look at my week ahead, and add a few things that are inspiring me!

  • Have you read this article yet? I’m guilty of a few of these: 8  bits of plastic you can quit right now
  • Ever been to Kitsch in Norfolk? The cute shop is brimming with things made exclusively by talented people who live in VA! They celebrates 5 Years this week, totally cool. I will be the first to admit I rarely get out to Norfolk, but may make an exception.
  • I’m the “social media muse” of the Jr VB Garden Club, and we are finishing up the online pre-order Flower Sale this week. 100% of the proceeds go out to our Virginia Beach community – this year we’re helping the VA Aquarium purchase a vehicle. If you’re local – we’d love your order! All plants are locally grown, and we even have veggies this year.
  • Have you heard of Kirpalu: Center for Yoga & Health? It’s located in the mountains of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. My best friend and I are headed up there in TWO weeks for a R&R weekend of yoga, mountains, massages, SNOW, and seeing my sister (she works there!). We can’t be more excited as we’ve never done a girls trip like this before – have you done a spa/retreat getaway with your friends? Any tips/suggestions of what we should bring?
  • My new favorite Etsy Shop is “TheLittleNaturalist“, Jessie is a homeschool mom based in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, selling humanely found & collected nature objects & small collections as well as resources and items to aid in nature studies and natural arts and crafts for children and adults.
  • Each month, I have been attending a “Well Women” workshop. The last two were AMAZING, and inspirational, with speakers Anne Leonard of The Stock Pot, and Jess Horton of The Fit Petite. Really looking forward to Wednesday’s workshop about “Drama: We Create it Ourselves”. If you’re interested in learning more about this awesome group of women, let me know! P.s. I am the speaker for the March workshop (!!!!!).
  • Since starting my yoga practice at the beginning of this year, I’ve “down-dogged” myself in taking as many classes as I can fit into my already busy schedule. This quick article gives you the 10 Beginner Yoga FAQ, super helpful. (And for those of you interested in Hot Yoga – my “Hot Yoga Essentials” is just 5 items! See below..)

Let’s do this Monday! What’s on your list for the week?
Hot Yoga essentialsA built-in-bra tank (NOT cotton) | A Yoga towel | Leggings (not cotton again) | Ice cold water in a Hydroflask | Any old Yoga Mat will do!

Local Spots

Shop local: last minute ideas for a memorable Holiday gift

December 24, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably procrastinated on picking up a few special gifts for the important loved ones in your life. Do not fret! There are so many local shops that have great gifts, so you don’t have to worry about shipping.

Below, you’ll find a wonderful list of mine and my friends’ favorites places to shop locally.

(Most shops close TODAY between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., I’d recommend calling them directly to confirm if you cannot see a closing time printed on their Facebook pages that I’ve linked below)

OceanfrontCheck out A Dodsons’ wonderful assortment of Holiday decorations, oyster shell votive candles, Catstudio handmade glasses & pillows, and a melting snowman that the kids will love! Swing into Zeke’s Beans & Bowls for a gift certificate or a Three Ships Coffee bundle for the coffee lover in your life. Always a hit are “date night” gift certificates to Tautogs, Waterman’s & Eat. A Gurgle Pot from The Beach Nut is always a hit, as well as their wide selection of jewelry, clothes, and home decor. You can make your own gift basket at Taste Unlimited, don’t forget their House Dressing! WRV has a wide selection of anything your surfer/skater can dream of. Or grab a growler of your favorite beer from Back Bay Brewing. Don’t forget about that special lady in your life, Addison Weeks has a stunning assortment of jewelry and purses that will certainly make the holidays bright. Pick up an Elton John candle over at Chartreuse, and look through the beautiful art work for every different taste as well as the fabulous furniture.


Sprout Children’s Boutique & Consignment is the place to snag a pair of Zutano Cozie Fleece Booties, to keep baby & toddler toes warm and toasty. The Aromatherpy Shoppe’s all-natural handcrafted Sun Recovery Spray for those folks who love the sun and the beach. Gift certificates from Aldo’s Ristorante & Eurasia for a special night out are always welcomed. Nectar has a wide range of popular goodies, from their Volcano candles in “Capri Blue”, picture frames, baby gifts, or funny hand towels. Swing into Atlantic Garden Center or London Bridge Nursery and pick out festive small trees or plants and a pretty planter to go with it, instant decor! You can pick out tervis tumblers filled with candy or cookies at Please and Thank you, and their gift wrapping is gorgeous. Stop into Ocean Palm to add bright colors to the Lilly Pulitzer lover in your life. Simply Selma’s a wide variety of gifts, and definitely ask for their beautiful gift wrapping. Grab a jar of flavored Olive Oil & Vinegar from Savor the Olive. At the new wine shop Tinto, you can browse through their wines & champagne, perhaps tasting as you go! Delightful Digs has a great selection of home decor, jewelry, and truly unique gifts. Vinyl Daze has all types of records and CDs for the music lover in your life. The Creative Wedge has a little bit of everything, local art, pottery, coastal decor and gourmet food, craft beer & wine

In norfolk

When you’re grabbing a bagel at Yorgo’s Bageldashery, pick up a gift certificate too! Serendip has festive holiday decor and delicious smelling candles. A Dodsons is also in Norfolk, with many of the same inventory at their other stores. Kitsch has a ton of wonderful locally made gifts, my favorite are the Mini Virginia Pillows! Mary Barnett’s is a hidden gem, with beautiful ornaments, stocking stuffers as well as many gifts for all ages.

Happy shopping! Don’t forget your umbrella and rain boots!