HAPPY EARTH DAY

Happy Earth Day everyone. I have seen the online stratosphere gearing up for today with the most American way that it can… sales!!! I am compassionate enough to recognize that as a culture we do not have many more ways to celebrate anything than to buy things for it, try to recreate manicured Pinterest boards for it, and then root for it like it is a football team. I am putting out my meek plea for you to pause for today though.

The intention of this day when it started in 1970 has mixed origins. Was it a national teach-in day about what we have done as a species to this planet? Was it a propaganda day for the newly forming Environmental Protection Agency? No matter the origins the events leading up to the designation from 1970 came from the ravages of a political climate in turmoil and significant environmental detriments.

Here we are in 2016 and our current political climate is pretty fractured. So is our connection to the environment. Going into 1970 the nation was besieged with Rachel Carson’s, “Silent Spring” eight years earlier and there is not any unifying book to gather us under a collective consciousness umbrella but I am going to introduce a contender. E.O. Wilson’s “Half Earth”

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The book like many of Wilson’s writings encourages a connection with the biosphere. We often do not think of ourselves as interdependent with ecosystems and that is getting us in trouble with a loss of biodiversity and degradation of our natural resources. I encourage you to read this book or at least an article about this Pulitzer Prize winning piece that came out this year. A related Half Earth Project will be launched May 31st.

If you are not willing to see yourself as interdependent in your ecosystem then scale back and see if you can recognize how your consumer habits impact the natural resources they draw from. 

For Earth Day I have a few ways to celebrate:

Do not fall for Earth Day sales of things you do not need. Do not go on a shopping spree as a way to celebrate from your computer.

Find some small connection to the natural world. A true heart connection. Go for a hike. Go to a spot where the sunshine can dapple on your shoulders and just sit there in silence to identify the sounds of what surrounds you (this can even be in your garden or a community garden). Look into the eyes of something wild and feel empathy with what is looking back at you (birds have eyes).

Keep it simple. If you can join an organized program for recycling, tree planting, or litter removal. You do not need to go out of your way to do those actions though – in their origins they would not be needed if people were more conscious consumers in the first place. This is why I push for conscious consumption first coupled with having a connection to the environment.

Happy Earth Day and remember, we are interdependent with this beautiful biosphere. Happy day to us. We are a part of the earth. xoxo

Eight Years: A Love Letter

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Perfect in its unpredictability we drove out to the San Luis Valley from Denver on Saturday morning to celebrate our wedding anniversary weekend. This is a two lane road that we were on in this picture. Note the lack of visibility. Note how bright the day was. Oh Colorado.

honeycombWe paused in Salida for some of our favorite stores including The Beekeeper’s Honey Boutique, Little Red Hen Bakery, and Kaleidoscope Toys. The toy store was having a Star Wars play event. Of course.

For food we generally hit Ploughboy for local fare to eat immediately and cook with but they are preparing for a big remodel. I look forward to see what they look like in March. We did grab some pho at Little Cambodia.

photavernWe then headed to the hot springs where we planned to settle for three days.

Colorado is ridiculous. Between sunsets on fire and shooting stars from the pools all you can do is be in love with your boo.

We had an unintended present a friend gave us. Margo did Reiki II readings for us this month. During our first night away we read each other’s readings to help bring some clarity. We of course thought the other had an amazing reading but looked at our own with self doubt. It is funny how perceptions bend and can be clouded with our judgements. This is how I saw my husband after reading his. ralph

This is how he saw me. tumblr_mc5v3vuHz41qk7mkdo2_500

At least we have very positive perceptions of the other. It was a good reassurance to end the day.

The next day we turned it up to 11. I’ll paint the scene for you. We decided to drive the backroads to head south. Folk was playing on The River Rat (93.7 FM) while my husband was feeding me a spoon of honeycomb that we bought the day before as we were sipping fresh coffee that we made.

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A huge bird was along the road so I jumped out of the driver seat to grab my camera while my husband drove. Note that no other cars were anywhere near us.

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And we played along several telephone poles with a Golden Eagle. Yes a bigger than a Bald Eagle, GOLDEN EAGLE. We left the bird alone after it had captured a meal and was going to feast.golden eagle

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We then stopped in Crestone for some bomb diggity green chai and brunch.

There are many things I love about Creatone, but none so much as the green chai at Desert Sage.

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Then we made our way to Great Sand Dunes National Park where I wanted to get in the #REIExplorer virtual run with Black Girls Run and REI. The park rangers recommended against any trails due to icy conditions so off to the sand dunes it was.


The sand dunes took a lot out of me. My husband also played to get some of these shots and flared up his exercise induced asthma because it was pretty cold.


We raced back to the hot springs to end up in a pool for a soak and I was able to capture a sunset picture I had envisioned for this pool for almost a year now.
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That night we hung out with other land trust members until it was bed time then went out to soak and sauna some more. In the morning we hiked to the tallest springs before meandering down to make more coffee and noodles then wind our way back to Denver.

The weekend was absolutely lovely. We missed the Marade in Denver but to be honest we knew we were getting married MLK Jr weekend and feel we live for some of his legacy everyday with our mixed race life. The Marade in the current climate would have been amazing to be part of but some solitude and sheer love felt just right. Happy 8th wedding anniversary Terry. xoxo

I’m FLEAKING out! Denver Flea Holiday Review

If you are anywhere near Denver you hopefully already know about the Denver Flea. It takes place a few times a year, features super trendy vendors, lots of alcohol, tasty food trucks, and loads of entertainment.

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I worked with a vendor at the last Flea to offer diastasis checks for women but this last one I went straight up as a blogger to the VIP shopping night. I got over the chill in the air with a few cocktails and saw a load of friends. It was a fun, festive occasion.

The first rule of the flea, you are not going there to bargain shop. Nope, head to the Goodwill, ARC, or Brass Armadillo off the 70 if that is your MO.

You will want to shop so be prepared for what you are willing to buy because there is great stuff everywhere

Yes #Denver. We can haz #OliviaPope #denverfleabloggerfinds @denver_flea

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Got a new duvet. Oh you thought I was shopping for others. Bwahahaha #denverfleabloggerfinds @denver_flea A photo posted by kiamruiz (@kiamruiz) on

You do need to be cautious because since this is Denver Flea folks the ability to imbibe is fierce. And it is easy to swipe on a Square when you are slizzard.  Also there is some douchiness around on the edges but you are big boy or girl and know how to avoid that IF you want. 

Head to the Flea tonight for the UnCorporate party ($35 entry). Hint, hint, hint… Passport folks, check your email for a 2-for-1 deal to attend. The Flea will also be opened on Saturday and Sunday ($5 entry) with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute and Reading Partners.

There is a very good chance you  will see me around there this weekend.  I got some more Irish Coffees to say hello to, lounging, and I really, really want that be hippy hat plus maybe some more holiday gifts.

Disclosure: I was comped entry to the VIP party and given a canvas tote plus two fives to post about this shindig online which was silly since I posted about it online last flea with zero Flea motivation. All opinions are my own.

#ad Soybu Starmaze Collection

What a fun collection to dive into the holiday season with Soybu. Here is the signature print for this collection:

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Of course I went for the more holiday feel with the collection as I used the Paris Free Flow sweater in Malachite and Tory Legging in Black to complete this outfit. The holiday was indeed Halloween.:

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The staples in this collection are versatile between active wear and casual looks. Here is the Yvette Tunic in Storm and my absolute favorite Killer Caboose Leggings in Charcoal in the middle of a snowmelt creek:

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For a true winter holiday staple check out this Rheana Vest in White: rheana vest white

 

As usual ask me about my Soybu experience as one of their Community Leaders. Join me for yoga in Denver or any of the fun retreats and conference experiences I teach in. Use SOYBUPR for 25% off your order and please link through my affiliate link with Soybu.

FTC disclosure: I am compensated clothing as a Soybu Community Leader but not paid for my opinion. That is still my own.

#ad Soybu Mandala Collection

This time as a Soybu Community Leader has been pretty nice. Thank you Soybu for the opportunity. Thank you for the clothes. Thank you for allowing me to interact with others curious about this line.

I have to admit I was REALLY excited to get to choose from the Mandala collection. Then I got the catalog and most of the things I was going to check out were off-limits since buyers had gobbled these pieces up. I got the dregs, but for dregs they are super cute.

Here is what I received the day I was leaving for the Santa Fe Yoga Festival. As you can see I went for blacks and blues. There were really no oranges or funky combinations to choose from even though they are all over in the collection!

I wore the Alecia Tank in Terra Blue with some frequency this month, here paired with my Killer Caboose Leggings in Charcoal

I also went more casual with this collection with these Faux Leather Hayden Leggings and the Lena Wrap

Soybu Hayden Leggings and Lena Wrap

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And lastly new favorites of mine are the Debbie Tank and Angie Tank in Terra Blue. Great size and proportions with thick shoulder straps that are not cumbersome for the Debbie and flirty minimal strapping for the Angie.

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The Mandala Collection is a fun collection. Just be sure to actually get your hands on it.

DTC Disclosure: I am not monetarily compensated for this review. I am a community leader with Soybu but all opinions are my own.

Soybu Swim and Orchid Collection Review

Soybu has been all over my world recently. This is a great company representing many of our bodies and recently said hello to the Fitbloggin world with outfits for speakers and a fashion show. However not everyone made it to Fitbloggin so as a community leader let me show you what they have in-store and online with their Swim and Orchid collection.

The SWIM Collection.  Anything with a rash guard can be fantastic with the Colorado sun that hits us from up high. This is a sweet guard and I love wearing orange in the water. for safety on the arms. The fit on this is great with an easy neck zipper. Rosalie Rash Guard Mod Nouveau

Soybu Mod Nouveau rash guard

 

 

I have to admit to being nervous about a top. I genearlly wear a medium top with Soybu but was transitioning to weaning my son when this tankini arrived and guess what it did not fit at first but it does not. Skimpy, but it does. Keep that in mind if you are blessed in the chest. Rio Tankini Mod Nouveau

Soybu Mod Nouvea Tankini

And I love this tie bottom. The fit is fantastic and the ties are fun. These images are at a clothing optional hot spring so this allows me to be discreet when moving around this place. St Lucia Tie Bottom Mod Nouveau 

Soybu St Lucia Tie Bottom Mod Nouveau

 

I also played in the Orchid Collection and stayed with staples that I know work for me. Here are two of my absolute favorite stapes from Soybu and one that I hope becomes a staple. I love the Gigi pullover. I ordered a size up before but this does run true to size and thumbholes! Then the Alecia Tank, it gives great coverage for my short height and does not unleash the girls on unsuspected yoga students. Finally the Killer Caboose Legging  in Charcoal. The material difference between charcoal (power flex) and the black is noticeable. I prefer the softer feel of the charcoal.

Soybu Gigi Pullover, Alecia Tank, and Killer Caboose Leggings in Reverse Warrior II

Even baby goats love the Gigi Pullover in Skylark 

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Here is the Alecia Tank in Black. It is a great versatile tank and even holds up to playing in the river after a hike.

 

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And what makes the Orchid collection orchid?  Here is the print in black and white with the Camryn Tee Black (another gorgeous staple with a large keyhole back)IMG_0116

Here is another of the Allego Capri Orchid Pond 

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And one more of the Orchid print but in a different color. This is the Alyse Hoody in Orchid but it is only available in plus size at this time.

soybu orchid hoodyPlease feel free to reach to me about this company or any suggestions that I can relay to them. I am a proud community leader with the Colorado-based company. So for full FTC disclosure I am not financially compensated for this review. These clothes are mine to keep and I am asked to write my honest opinions about them. Please use my link to Soybu if you consider buying and use “SoybuPR” if you want 25% off. Wear clothes that make you feel great and compliment your lifestyle. xo