Friday Faves and Finds – October 25

At the risk of causing panic – Christmas is two months from today! My first find for this week is a wonderful website that will surely help out with your holiday shopping, from the comfort of your own home. Seeds For Kindness is full of gifts that give back to the earth!  I first stumbled upon this site when I read an article about these enchanting flip-flop animals. These adorable animals are playful art pieces that have positively impacted many by cleaning up over a thousand tons of flip-flops from the ocean and waterways in Kenya, as well as providing steady income to over 150 low-income Kenyans. I bought myself a panda – and can’t wait to start on my holiday shopping!

The combination of the full moon this week, along with all the negativity in the news, has had me feeling on edge. I’ve been having a hard time focusing and even my meditation practice has been a struggle. Thankfully, I’ve discovered some great guided meditations that really help when I’m having a hard time settling down. One of my faves is “Let Go” by Power Thoughts Meditation Club. Their home page features some helpful information on meditation and they have so many great guided meditations! Ommmmmm …

I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling on edge I crave PASTA, my fave go-to comfort food! This is an issue as I’ve been trying to cut grains out of my diet. I bought a spiralizer, but let’s get real – when you’re craving pasta, a big bowl of zucchini just doesn’t quite cut it! My fave find of the week is this completely grain free pasta by Cappello’s. When I spotted it in the freezer section of Whole Foods I was cautiously optimistic. After cooking it up for a quick dinner (takes about 2 minutes) along with some bolognese sauce I had in the freezer, I was in pasta heaven! Finally, a delicious guilt-free pasta – I can’t wait to try their lasagna noodles.  Buon Appetito!

Any dog mom – or dad – knows that our BFFs (best fur friends) are also affected by the full moon, perhaps even more than we are! Hope loves to chew, especially if she’s feeling anxious or bored. We’ve tried all different kinds of bones and chews – and either she demolishes them in record time or she tires of them quickly. And then I found Benebones! These nylon chews are made in the US and feature 100% real food ingredients, such as bacon, chicken, peanuts, mint or maple wood. Hope’s faves are the bacon flavored, she gives them two high paws! And I love that the company donates to shelters around the country, win-win!

Wishing you a beautiful Fall weekend! I hope you’ll take the time to relax, pamper yourself, enjoy a good meal with loved ones – either 2 legged or 4 pawed – in the comfort of your home and preferably in your jammies!



Note:  The beautiful photos of Hope were taken by The Soulful Dog.

Melissa Gray

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