Reminder – Today is Grandparents Day!

Everyone asks, what is Grandparents Day and when did it start? It’s a fairly new holiday, just coming around in the late 70’s. Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents’Day and, on August 3, 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. 15 other countries celebrate this day on different dates from us, countries include Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, South Sudan, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.  

So it’s agreed internationally, grandparents are awesome, they should have a special day.  Bring them some organic tea cakes or fresh flowers from the garden, better yet, bring them a live plant so it can be passed on from generation to generation (providing the grandparents have green thumbs).

This is the day to celebrate our grandparents whom I hope for all of you, were a blessing to your life as mine, namely my grandmother.  She wasn’t exactly Boho, she was more of an urban, middle class, Audre Hepburn with a boat load of fashion jewelry, including yes, the famous Bakelight jewelry, which I still have and the collection dates from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.

Rare Fish Bakelite Bangle
Rare Fish Bakelite Bangle. Pinterest

She taught me how to cook, play, run free, be wild, and not to be afraid.  Because of her, I can play piano, roller skate, swim, dive, and ride a bike, which leads to later in life, parasailing, paddle boarding, swimming with dolphins, and standing on the edge of f the edge of Kalalau Lookout in Kauai.   I also learned early on how to pick up great vintage items from all of our neighbor hood garage sales.  She would give me 50 cents and I would embark on a local neighborhood bicycle ride during the summer for “stuff”.  Those special finds led me to loving boho items, especially vintage.  50 cents many years ago at a garage sale went a long way. Thanks Grandma for being there for me, you are missed.  Indigo

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Did you say “Jungalow?”

Have you heard of the term “Jungalow?”

Our DIY tip for the month is inspired by Rachel, the founder of #TCMillennial.  She put together a blog post for an inspired boho home office space.  Check out how to create those positive boho vibes in your home office while keeping it functional and uncluttered.  The concepts she uses are simple and if you have a home office or any room, you can derive inspiration from Rachel’s quick read blog.  Read the article here

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Mindfulness Monday – Simply Breathe

The purest form of mindfulness is to breathe simply.

The caveat here with the exercise is to breathe with conscious effort.  All those breaths have a purpose besides keeping your heart and brain going.  We challenge you to start a 5 Mindful Breaths exercise you can do every day, before work, at work, after work, anywhere you like.  Rules of engagement are you will use these five deep breaths of fresh air to think free and preferably concentrate on only the breathing.  This exercise is particularly useful if you are feeling restless, anxious, angry, or stressed.  Use the time to focus on only one thought or image.  If necessary close your eyes and picture something that brings you peace, joy, makes you feel relaxed and hold on to it.  When you complete the exercise, you will notice a difference in your state of mind and a big dose of H2O is healthy for you too. Like what you have read?  Download our newly published, free eBook, A 7-Step Guide to the Bohemian Lifestyle here.

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Today is International Day of Friendship

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Final call to order the last of the JadeCrate Summer Series Boxes

Last day to order your JadeCrate Summer Series box is 7/31/2018. Use coupon WELCOME18 for free shipping on your first single subscription box order with us.

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In Season – Watermelon

The JadeCrate newsletter comes with a recipe, usually comprised of in-season vegetables and a protein.  However, it’s July, it’s hot, thirst beats out hunger in this simple recipe.

If you are looking for something refreshing and unique and maybe you are a vegetarian or vegan, you just might love this recipe from (modified slightly)

Fresh Watermelon Water

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon – deseed if you are using one with seeds, otherwise, the texture is too grainy.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, or to taste (original recipe calls for 1/2 cup – way too sweet)
  • 12-24 fresh mint leaves (this is a to taste option)
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • Lots of ice

Puree the watermelon and water in a blender until smooth. Muddle the sugar, lime juice, and 12 to 24 of the fresh mint leaves.  Evenly distribute the muddled mixture into the bottom of 6-8 glasses.  Fill each glass with ice. Pour in the watermelon water, and stir before serving. Garnish with lime slices and a few mint leaves.

If you are looking to create an adult beverage, you can add a jigger of GOOD vodka to the glasses before pouring the watermelon water.  Cheers and Enjoy

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