our COVID-19 SANITY GUIDE

 

am i a LUDITE?

For anyone who knows me, I have such a hot/cold relationship with technology and social media–not great when you have a shop. During this shut-down it has become more evident for the need to reach out and connect, and find new ways to share daily interactions with you.

So I have spent these past few months making friends with tech. It's been an unusual courtship. This time has afforded me the luxury of looking into how to communicate using these tools but in a way that feels genuine and true to our simple aesthetic and approach to sharing. In that regard, YES the web is finally being relaunched. Also I will be posting more regularly on IG and keeping you updated with our continued evolution of our site, sharing things that we love, new arrivals and thoughts on what's on our minds these days.


I have been following these guys for a while, and this article expresses an incredibly healthy look at technology.
Check it out here

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take a TECH VACATION

 
Never in my wildest imagination did I think that I would be spending this later part of my adult life in front of a computer and on my phone. Before all of this went down, I started a social experiment. On Sunday I would shut my phone off and leave it at home. At times, this tech break brought me back to weekends as a child, when it was truly days of family time, chill'n and the occasional outing. It was definitely simpler times. But, how many of us are 'wired with tech' during these two days? As a small retailer, I have not been as fortunate to have my weekends, but I am slowly reclaiming my Sundays and will continue this simple exercise.
 
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reCONNECT with nature

  
All of a sudden it's GREEN! Summer is happening all around us, but are we missing it? It is very easy to get lost in the continued madness. Much of it has to do with the total bombardment of information that we are getting daily, which is hard for any human to process. Stepping out into nature helps you escape the craziness and is good for your soul. During this past year, my partner and I rediscovered the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Still open during this time, the website offers tips on responsibly visiting this valuable resource. When reading this please continue to keep these safety measures in mind, when planning your SUMMER. Even though we all want to jump-start, please do it responsibly. Wear a mask whenever out in public. Continue to be aware of other folks and navigate at least 6 feet+ between them and you. Wash your hands, for 20 seconds (yes we know) whenever returning home or touching surfaces. And if you cannot stay home, it's always better to be outdoors in nature.
 
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BAKE + create

 
Try a new recipe. Baking and cooking embrace mindfulness, improve moods and provide a sense of accomplishment. Last December, we had the pleasure of hosting Joanne Chang from FLOUR BAKERY, during her new book launch for PASTRY LOVE. At that time, Joanne shared one of her recipes from the book with us:
 
APPLE-VANILLA POUND CAKE
Makes one loaf
 
1/2 cup/1 stick/115 grams unsalted butter
Seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla bean
3 tablespoons/45 grams heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs (about 150 grams), at room temperature
3/4 cup/150 grams superfine sugar
1 1/4 cup/165 grams cake flour, sifted after measuring
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar, for garnish
 
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or butter and flour the pan. Set aside.
 
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the vanilla seeds and whisk in the cream and vanilla extract. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
 
3. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs and superfine sugar until thick and lemony colored, 4 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed.
4. While the eggs and sugar are whipping, sift and stir together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. When the egg-sugar mixture is thick, add the flour mixture and gently fold it in by hand using a rubber spatula.
5. Scoop a few large spoonfuls of the batter into the butter mixture and stir to combine well. Once the butter mixture is lightened, add it to the batter and fold until completely combined.
6. Scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Layer and shingle the apple across the top in two rows. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, rotating the pan midway through the baking time, until the cake peeking out around the apple on top is golden brown and firm when you press it in the middle, and a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
 
Apple-Vanilla Pound Cake is excerpted from Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes © 2019 by Joanne Chang.
Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
 
– and let Joanne know we sent you!
 
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self CARE

 
Here are a few of things that are helping us keep sane during this time.
 
10% HAPPIER LIVE
A free, live guided meditation + a virtual break from social distancing. Every weekday at 3pm Eastern. “Freaking out? You're not alone—and you're not malfunctioning. We're in a moment of uncertainty and anxiety. Hence our new experiment: Ten Percent Happier LIVE. Every weekday, we'll offer a free live sanity break, featuring our host, Dan Harris, and some of the world's best meditation teachers, streaming from their homes to yours. We'll start with a five minute meditation, and then take questions from the audience."
  
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
In 2016, David Byrne began collecting good news as a remedy and kind of therapy to the state of the world. In 2017, he shared these reasons to be cheerful with the people of New York. In 2018, he decided to expand this idea even further--by creating an online platform where people could find and share reasons to be cheerful. And when your on the site, poke-around. There are plenty of good, thought provoking, articles. And some damn-good playlists.
  
VISIT OUR FRIENDS, REBBECA + JOE, AT LUCE FARM WELLNESS
Check out this diverse, organic production farm focused on creating high-quality, full-spectrum, hemp-infused wellness productions. They are dedicated to holistic health, and during these trying times, they are offering 20% off their wellness products site wide. The products are incredibly sophisticated and most importantly calming. Our favorites are the honeys!
 
OUR TEA OF THE MOMENT: CUP OF CALM
This calming and relaxing blend includes passionflower, chamomile, lavender and catnip, all known as “nervines” because they support the nervous system.
 
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SLOW down

 
I know by now the novelty of this quarantine has worn off and we have become a stir-crazy nation. All those projects we always wanted to do, have somehow fallen back into the "someday" file as we are itching to get on with our summer. Here's one thing that I encourage you to do, and integrate it into your summer plans... Put down the phone, stop pecking at the keyboard and pick up your favorite pen! One of our favorite stationers, Of Note, is right here in Boston. And, their philosophy could not be more timely.
 
Letter writing is a practice, a mindful ritual that connects, nourishes, and heals. We exist to inspire and support your practice. With each design we invite you to slow down and reconnect with yourself, with others, with the world around you. For the past 4 years we have spoken about the genesis of Of Note as a desire to slow down and engage mindfully with the world around us. We recognized the power the handwritten word has to deepen relationships and we set out to encourage that connection."
 
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WE MISS YOU! Stay CONNECTED
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