December 20 2021
I have officially started Kundalini teacher training and I am on my way to becoming a more awakened and alive version of myself. Since I was a young adult I have been on an existential journey of trying to understand who am I and why am I here. Over the past couple of years, that journey has gotten rather sticky, complex, and quite frankly, confusing. I suppose the pandemic swirling around has surely played its part and I am grateful that the chrysalises I found myself in last fall is starting to break open and reveal a magical butterfly. I truly believe that there are no coincidences. Rather, what you might perceive as a coincidence, is a message from the Goddess that deserves a closer look. For example, in September I was at a Kundalini yoga retreat and a woman I had just met in that sacred space told me she saw Phoenix’s rising from flames in my eyes, Dang! So as I ascend into the world of Kundalini yoga as this new Phoenix Butterfly, I will be sharing with you things I learn along the way that I find interesting, expansive, and useful and I hope you do too!
October 6 2021
Ok ok now on to what exactly is Sex Magic and is it effective? Sex Magic is using your highest vibrational state to attract your biggest desires in life. Energy workers have known since ancient times that when you vibrate at your highest state it is easier to tap into your genius and magnetize similar high vibrations to yourself. For example abundance, health, happiness in energy form all have high vibrations similar to how you feel when you are having sex or orgasming.
August 7 2021
There are days that I wake up still and think to myself how in the world have I been able to successfully manage to be a mom and run my business for all these years! But women are great multitaskers and I am, for sure, no exception! Bijou, you and I talk a lot about how we are so excited to see the shift that is happening in the workplace with women. Historically women used their multitasking skills in the home but now we are expanding our horizons and we are rocking positions in the boardroom, the design studio, the commercial kitchen, corporate executive positions and yes, entrepreneurs!
July 30 2021
I can remember as a child being a little confused by the statement “you are what you eat”. There I sat eating my carrot and thinking to myself I am not a carrot but whatever Mom. We can just add that to the list of all the other crazy things she told as a child that went way over my head like “Mariska, money doesn’t grow on trees”. Now, as a mother, I find myself repeating with absolute conviction to my own children, “Boys, you are what you eat”. And you know what? Your skin will validate that statement so do a little experimenting on your own with some of the whole foods we love for skin health and glow baby glow!
July 22 2021
It’s an interesting phenomenon the use of words and certainly, in my opinion, one worth contemplating. I think if we all spent a little bit more time reflecting on how we want to speak and be spoken to and then turned that reflection outward, wow what a difference we could make in the collective consciousness. What if we choose words that created lasting impressions of kindness and love instead of hatred and fear? If words can tear worlds apart then can’t they also build them to great heights of freedom, joy, and happiness? Yes, they absolutely can!
July 12 2021
My body is a beautiful work of art that shows up for me each and every day and for this, I am eternally grateful. I haven't always revered her with such grace and admiration. There were years when I took my body for granted and fed her toxic foods, harmful drugs, over consumed alcohol, engaged with toxic people, and entertained toxic thoughts all the while not paying her one bit of attention, letting my mind control my actions and waging an unconscious war on my body. Wow, as I write those words I find myself needing to pause and take a long, slow, deep breath of forgiveness. Thankfully I have moved away from that state of unconsciousness and towards an enlightened state of awareness.
June 29 2021
When I do these feminine recharging practices regularly, I feel more radiant, replenished and attract my desires more easily into my life. It allows me to step into my masculine energy in business without feeling depleted or hardened. When we embrace our feminine nature, we nurture ourselves and the planet as a whole. It may seem counter-intuitive, but by developing our feminine energy we can actually draw in success to us, instead of constantly feeling like we need to hustle and grind.
June 25 2021
Olive + M has launched in Central Market and for me, and my sweet father, this is a personal best-in-show! Central Market, which is owned by the parent company H.E.B. has 9 locations throughout Texas and we are sitting pretty on the Healthy Living shelves of each and every one of these beauties! Central Market has been a place of inspiration for its customers since the day they opened their doors. Inspiring people to think outside the box and explore the culinary arts using pure wholesome and sometimes exotic ingredients from the Mother herself, Mother Nature.
June 9 2021
Intuitively confident is something we can all be because intuition is part of our DNA as human beings. The thing is we learn to doubt our intuition and so the lines get blurry. The definition of intuition is a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning. The blurry lines come in when you swing the pendulum away from the instinctive feeling to the conscious reasoning that your ego-mind wants you to attach to and then the magic vanishes.
June 1 2021
My Kundalini journey all started with a session on a Reiki table. Several months back the path landed me on my friend's table feeling uninspired, lost, and broken. Life had become blurry, lost its luster and this is a really scary place to be. I kept telling all my friends I felt like I was in the pupa or the chrysalis. Life was dark and weird and I couldn’t connect the dots or think clearly. I knew I was in there for a reason, cooking and transforming but it was very uncomfortable and pretty much no one could relate to me, including me.
May 23 2021
At the very beginning of the book, he states that when he is asked to give an example of the magic that LSD can impart he shares the experience that the infamous Stewart Brand had while on 100 mcg of lysergic acid diethylamide aka LSD on his San Francisco rooftop circa 1966. Before I go on let me tell you a tiny bit about this resonance man if you don’t already know of him.
May 19 2021
We work with a family-owned business here in the US that imports directly from Tunisia. Josh Moffitt of The Olive + the Grape explains, “By importing directly we eliminate the many opportunities the middlemen have to adulterate the oil by blending cheaper oils into it. The container leaves the production facility in Tunisia with a padlock and no key. I personally use bolt cutters to open the container when it arrives at our warehouse. I then pull a sample from a random barrel and send that sample to SGS laboratories in Louisiana for our own, independent testing. We test for both Quality and Purity. Does it pass the tests for extra virgin grade EVOO? And does it contain any other oil besides olive oil? We have both the Certificate of Analysis from the producer and our own independent test results available to download and print from our website.” Voila, we did the vetting for you!! And Moffitt and his team did the vetting for us!
May 13 2021
I sat down with my friend Dannielle from @soundhealingwithdanielle to talk about the idea of transformation at any age. In my adult life, and I categorize that as the years I have been doing things on the planet that people hired me and paid me to do, I am grateful to have had the courage, the grit, and the faith to move between a handful of opportunities. At the time, these opportunities fed my soul and fulfilled me until the day they started to wither and my metamorphosis would slowly begin again
April 16 2021
So when I started formulating the Olive + M line all the little details that add up to an experience as you care for you skin were top of mind for me. I spent some time and thought through what kind of experience I wanted to have while performing this sacred ritual of skin care and ultimately self care.
April 6 2021
Grounding is believed to increase the body's defense response or immune system, reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular disease, repair muscle damage, reduce chronic pain, and even stabilize your mood. Studies have shown that grounding the body allows negatively charged antioxidant electrons from the earth to enter the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals. Pretty cool science shit if you ask me!
April 4 2021
Well that wraps up the body care portion of our assortment. See what did I tell you? Simple yet deep, thats how we roll! There is nothing worse than standing in front of a product line in the store staring at a wall of SKU’s and thinking which ones are right for me? We keep it simple, clean, cruelty free, effective and affordable. Mother Nature is our intrinsic driver because we know she holds the key to a successful youthful beauty routine.
March 30 2021
Vitamin A is essential to healthy living and is naturally found in many foods. Vitamin A is important for skin, eye, immune and reproductive function. In 1996, it was discovered that when used topically, vitamin A is capable of reprogramming cellular function! If you want your skin to function at its peak and stay clear, strong, and healthy, vitamin A should be a staple in your skincare routine.
March 7 2021
We get it. New things can be scary, oil skincare being one of them! We get asked a lot of questions about how Olive + M fits into a current skincare routine. We took the guessing out and filled in the blanks to ease your transition to oil skincare. Whether you’re thinking about replacing your entire skincare routine with Olive + M or just curious about how oil products compare to more traditional ones, this one is for you!
February 7 2021
Psychedelic research and plant medicines are areas I am super passionate about. I am personally very thankful for the healing they have already so profoundly offered in my life. I look forward to digging in deeper on my quest for self actualization, awakening and higher consciousness. I will continue to share my experiences and inspiring research I find on the subject. So please stay tuned for more useful information and stories from me and my community on the fascinating subject of psychedelics!
December 24 2020
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. The skin has glands that produce an oily liquid called sebum. Sebum is responsible for carrying dead skin cells through hair follicles to the surface.
December 16 2020
The oil cleansing method works on all skin types! That’s right, even oily skin. Cleansing oil lifts excess sebum on the skin, including oil that has hardened and clogged pores. If you have oily skin, oil cleansing can help balance your oil production and breakouts.
December 15 2020
Plant-based diets don't result in nutrient deficiencies. If anything, vegans get more nutrients, particularly the following:
- Vitamin A − vital to healthy vision and optimal organ functioning
- Vitamin C − helps repair body tissues and enhances the immune system
- Vitamin E − protects cells from damage
- Antioxidants − protects the cells from free radicals
- Fiber − critical to digestive health
- Magnesium − regulates muscle and nerve function
November 22 2020
caused from wearing a mask. Even if you’ve never heard this term, you probably have experienced at least one of the symptoms. Unfortunately, heavy
makeup or skincare products are not ideal when wearing masks for a long period
of time and can contribute heavily to blemishes. These products can soil your
mask, clog pores and trap bacteria, which will sit on your skin all day. By the
time you take your mask off-hello acne.
November 16 2020
Every living being has an aura which could be described as a luminous body of energy surrounding the physical body. Your aura consists of 7 layers with each layer correlating to the 7 energy centers of the body otherwise known as the chakras.
November 5 2020
So how does Tree App plant trees? Their team of PhD experts and advisors have come up with a list of criteria to ensure the success and longevity of the reforestation projects they participate in because if not done properly, these efforts can do more harm than good.
October 30 2020
Do yourself a favor, this Halloween take some time to get to know your shadow to make yourself feel loved as a whole. Dance around a candle to play with your shadow. Write down the parts of yourself that you would like to be healed and then burn that paper.
October 23 2020
How did Olive + M find it's way as the skincare hero backstage of an epic New York Fashion Week show?
Deepak Chopra says there are no coincidences only meaningful synchronicities. I believe it is my job to stay awake enough to recognize these synchronicities so I can work with them to build a better version of the life I am living.
October 1 2020
There is nothing better in the world than the perfectly ripe, buttery avocado! Plus, the health...
September 28 2020
Are you one of those people who spends all your exfoliation time and effort on your face? Well ...
September 26 2020
We all know that drinking plenty of water throughout the day is beneficial and necessary. Scient...
September 15 2020
This pandemic shit sucks and it is redefining the way we live our lives, no doubt. But I know I speak for the entire Austin community when I say we are not willing to let Pinche Covid take down the Music Capital of the World!! I have always tried to live my life by showing up and doing my part however big or small that is and being a part of the solution. In the grand scheme of things this is a little gesture but it's the little things that add up to make the big things and we gotta start somewhere.
July 5 2020
We’ve all been there. Roaming the aisles of Sephora, being spun around by pushy salesman and shiny packaging. Just as you’re checking out, you flip the unicorn incrusted singing lunar dust over and think “what the hell is actually in this stuff?”. Embarrassed that you don’t know all the hieroglyphics in the ingredient list, you buy it anyways.
June 25 2020
Since the pandemic took hold, the world has been turned on its head which of course leads to more personal stress. To deal, I have been spending much more time outdoors trying to reconnect with mother nature. The term “a breath of fresh air” has never been so relevant or so welcomed.
April 20 2020
Today is one of my favorite days. Not only is it October 13th, but it’s also a Full Moon! The c...
February 1 2020
When my team suggested I do a “What’s in your bag post”, I was like hell yes! I’d love to s...