The Owl Couple – Be part of nature – just open your eyes!

Boho living happens when you open your eyes and realize they were closed for so long. Hence, the story of the Owl Couple.

A few weeks ago, I was sitting out back with my husband, enjoying an adult beverage, and it was a chilly evening in Florida, starting to drop into the 60’s (I know – this is cold if you live here).  Anyway, we kept hearing this odd bird call, nothing like the mockingbirds, doves, wild canaries, or blue jays which nest in our little boho oasis.  My husband finally goes out to explore and swears he sees an owl couple in our areca palms (our natural fence line – it’s a beast that survived hurricane Irma).

I thought, well, we have no area for burrowing owls and really, two?  About an hour goes by and I go out to explore and there she was, just a little gal, no bigger than my hand.  I was so amazed at the beauty.  I also realized we had heard that sound for quite some time, but because we fail to stop, listen, and observe our surroundings due our busy day, she was probably a frequent visitor all along.

As the afternoon starts to fade into dusk, I head back out and right in front of me, the little girl was perched more toward the outside branches.  Out of the areca palms, the mate swoops down, quickly mates and they fly off together.  I sat, in complete awe of what I had just witnessed.  I have painted owls as a general subject matter for a decade and have never seen a sight like this.  At this point, I think, they will fly off and nest somewhere on the golf course nearby.

This week, they are still here and just adorable.  I was able to capture a picture of them showing affection and snuggling this afternoon right before sunset.  They are so cute.

The lesson to this story is if I had not stopped, listened, been open-minded and unwound out of my proverbial business head, I would have missed everything. Another reason why we started our company was to share the beauty of bohemian living.  Stop, look, listen and a world of wonder will be in front of you without even leaving your space.  We believe the couple is now nesting here and we hope to see some owlets soon.  Stay tuned.

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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.


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com.

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Today is International Day of Friendship

At JadeCrate, we work with several fair-trade partners and international companies.  We say take a moment today celebrate diversity and peace.  This day is also a day to promote friendships, regardless of what country you are from or your friends.  An opportune day to go out for lunch or dinner at an ethnic restaurant and celebrate other cultures.  Peace.

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Free Therapy Everyone

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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 allrecipes.com (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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