Resources

Resources 2017-09-23T10:50:32+00:00

DEAR FRIENDS,

Here are our very favorite resources and products for the health of the Body+Soul. We hope you enjoy them, too! And let us know if you have any recommendations for us. We’ve been known to geek out over tips from our readers.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

PERSONAL CARE 

FOOD & HEALTH 

HOME 

ESSENTIAL OIL BLISS

Mara’s Personal Favorites:

Roman Chamomile

Serenity

Vetiver

Cedarwood

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Mara’s Personal Favorites:

Wild Orange

Motivate

Lemon

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Mara’s Personal Favorites:

Citrus Bliss

Rose

Jasmine

Balance

Bergamot

Passion

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Mara’s Personal Favorites:

Frankincense

Lavender

Immortelle

Melaleuca (for spot treatment)

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Mara’s Personal Favorites:

Cheer

Grapefruit

Elevate

Basil

Wild Orange

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Mara’s Personal Favorites:

Passion

Sandalwood

Forgive

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Mara’s Personal Favorites:

Arborvitae

Peace

Siberian Fir

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You can see I’ve come to ADORE using essential oils in my daily routine. Going all-natural was bound to lead me here. The results? More aromatic loveliness, clearer skin, fewer chemicals in my home, more moments of self-care and self-love. I can’t help but share them with you!


We are now selling essential oils through dōTERRA and we’d love to have you join our oil tribe. We recommend getting a dōTERRA membership as you get 25% off your oils!

-Membership is $35 and you can buy any oils of your choice.
-That fee is waived if you buy an Enrollment Kit starting at $150. I recommend the ‘Home Essentials Kit’ to get started – or the ‘Natural Solutions Kit’, for someone ready to go all in with replacing toxic products.


Simply choose your kit here.

Then go to “Join & Save” to set up your membership and let your exquisite self-love journey begin…

NYC

Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights:

-Jane’s Carousel – a magical, glass-encased vintage carousel amid some of the best views in the world

-PowerHouse Books – for book signings & beautiful books

-Jacques Torres (chocolate factory + shop) – don’t miss the Wicked Hot Chocolate & chocolate chip cookies

-Brooklyn Bridge Park – Instagram your heart out

-Grimaldi’s – the most famous pizza in NYC

-Walk the Brooklyn Bridge – a MUST

-The Promenade – for night time views and strolls

-Sahadi’s Middle Eastern Market – for the best hummus, Spinach pies, olive selection, grape leaves, & bulk foods

-The new Brooklyn Waterfront – for picnics with the best views EVER

-Perelandra Health Food Store – to pick up picnic supplies

Park Slope

-Prospect Park – for picnics, summer concerts, walking the loop, and an epic dog park everyday before 9 am

-Gather – a cafe for a healthy lunch or park picnics-to-go

-Sara June – a cozy salon with rad stylists, owned by Sara, a Body+Soul Camp alumni

-Hanco’s – Vietnamese pho soup & roasted pork sandwiches

-Beacon’s Closet – vintage clothing

-L-Train – vintage clothing

-Community Book Store – a cozy neighborhood favorite

-Song – the best (and cheapest) Thai food in NYC

-Norman & Jules Toy Store – unique, charming & mostly handmade, wooden toys

-Eyes on Seventh – stylish eyewear & impeccable service from a family-owned shop

-Union Market – delicious, fancy groceries & park snacks

-Grand Army Place – an epic Saturday Farmer’s Market. In the fall, go for hot apple cider and doughnuts

-Talde – Pan Asian fine dining

-Guiseppina’s – unforgettable NYC pizza

-Luigi’s Pizza – Danny’s all time favorite slice-to-go (the one w/ basil aioli)

-Brklyn Larder – artisanal breads, cheeses, desserts, fancy deli meats & beautifully packaged groceries

-La Villa – a local favorite for large groups. Memorable pasta, salads, Roma Calzone (!), pizza, & mouthwatering bread basket

-Erik’s Shoes on 7th Ave. – for a great selection of leather shoes, many from Italy. The owner has great taste.

-Fonda Mexican – our favorite Mexican. Go early for Happy Hour deals and pick up our favorite cookbook, Truly Mexican.

Carroll Gardens

-Shen Beauty – the BEST source for natural beauty products in NYC

-Zaytoon’s – our favorite Middle Eastern food (kebob sandwiches, homemade pita, hummus, lentil soup, grape leaves)

-Court Street Grocer – for the BEST sandwiches ever

-Prime Meats – for dining out at night

-Brooklyn Herbariam (also in Windsor Terrace) – for natural beauty products & tinctures

Prospect Heights

-Botanical Garden – for cherry blossoms, garden walks, photographs, & a yearly plant sale in the spring

-Brooklyn Museum – check for the current exhibits

-The Doughnut Factory – a local heartthrob

Bedford Stuyvesant 

-Peaches Hot House – for ridiculously good soul food. Get the rib tips, pickles, mac & cheese, etc. Worth the wait.

-Saraghina – for famous pizza in the area and a cozy atmosphere.

Williamsburg

-Little Axe Salon – schedule with Rubi Jones for a cut! She’s the best!

-Sunday Suppers – dinner events and cooking classes

FUN 

Iceland.

The Ring Road is a roadtrip of a lifetime – one of our favorite experiences of all time. The Blue Lagoon and surrounding scenery is other worldly. Stock up on smoked fish and rye flatbreads (and Scandinavian gummies and licorice) for your epic journey. The famous wool sweaters are expensive, but it might be worth it because you’ll want to remember this trip always. Read our posts: 1, 2, 3.

Machu Picchu.

Unless you have busted knees, hike into Machu Picchu through the Sungate, via a 4-Day Hike on the Incan Trail. It’s very worthy bucket list material. The trail alone is an experience of a lifetime, not to mention the grand finale. Pack light, as if your life depended on it. Your back and feet will be grateful. After Machu, get hot stone massages in Aguas Calientes (they usually have shower rooms, which you will appreciate immensely). Skip the hot springs completely in Aguas Calientes (they are hardly luke warm. Not worth it!) Read our posts: 1, 2

Iguaçu Falls, on the border of Brazil & Argentina.

Honeymoon worthy. Falls for days. Feel the power of Mother Nature when you’re standing in front of them. Splurge and stay at a spectacular 5-Star hotel steps from the falls – The Belmond das Cataratas. It’s the only hotel within the park (on the Brazilian side). And it’s blush pink! The food is extremely memorable (ask them for gluten free bread and they’ll make a fresh hot loaf for you.) You can hear the falls if you dine on the front terrace. Don’t miss visiting the Argentinean side of the falls, as well. Read our posts: 12, 3

Hallstat, Austria.

Take a train through the Austrian Alps, then ride a boat across a gorgeous lake, and arrive at one of the most charming towns in existence, which scales the side of a mountain. It’s a fairy tale come true. Don’t miss the hiking trails going up and around the little town.

Cinque Terre, Italy.

Hike between very colorful Italian seaside towns (they may be the top towns on all of Pinterest.) Swim in the sea. Fill your belly with lots of homemade focaccia and pesto, famous in the area.

Salt Flats, in Bolivia.

Limit time in La Paz. Though do have your hotel set up a guide to take you around for a day so you can check out Moon Valley, the Witch’s Market, and the Teleférico. Then take a plane to Uyuni until all you see is salt into the horizon. Your guide will strap your belongings and tanks of gas above a Land Cruiser and take you on a 3-day expedition that will blow your mind. Make your own roads, or follow sparce tire tracks through some of the most unique & varied scenery on the planet earth: neon lakes, rock formations, a cactus island, salt flats, Milky Way views like you’ve never before, dunes, flamingos & vicuña galore. Bring the best car playlist ever! Plan on 1-star accommodations ran by generators. It’s another world. Drink as much water as humanly possible and take an arsenal of moisturizer. The dryness of this high-altitude desert will shrivel you up to a crisp. Plan on the best shower of your life once you get back to La Paz, as you’ll be covered in grit. We recommend the new/modern Stannum hotel (ask for a bathtub), and a dinner at Gustu, one of Latin America’s Top 50 Restaurants, where you can get a Tasting Menu for a price that is pleasantly low to Americans.

Denmark.

Copenhagen is one of our favorite cities. We thoroughly enjoyed the modern design literally everywhere and the drool worthy shops and cafés. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a MUST (don’t miss going to the outdoor exhibits, with the stunning cliffside views of the ocean). And don’t miss the charming, storybook Trivoli amusement park, too. And eat a Danish open-faced sandwich once a day. For an added excursion, take the ferry to the island of Bornholm, where city dwellers vacation. Get ready for pure charm & delight on this tiny, picturesque island. (This is where the Kofoed family is from.) Stock up on salty black licorice! My favorite brand is Lakrids, which originates on Bornholm (it comes in 5 flavors, and is even gluten-free as it’s made with rice flour.) Read our posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Great Ocean Road, Australia.

Stay in small towns along this famous coastal scenic drive. See the Twelve Apostles. Eat as many fish & chips as you can muster at every stop (they were the best of my life!) And buy Australian made Aesop natural skincare products in all the seaside pharmacies (the packaging is top notch.)

Road to Hana, Maui.

A must. Stop at all the waterfalls, swimming holes, and coconut icecream or banana bread huts along the way. Do NOT be scared of the road “beyond” Hana that all the guide books disuade you from. It is so STUNNING you will get out of the car and laugh and die of awe. And you just might think you’re on the coast of Ireland. Read our posts: 1, 2

The Galapagos.

We recommend staying in Santa Cruz, the main island, and taking day trips from there to any of the islands that look interesting. The small boats can get into inlets and ride with the dolphins, should you come upon a herd. On Santa Cruz, absolutely don’t miss: Tortuga Bay (for a glorious beach), the cactus forest near Tortuga, the tortoise reserve (El Chato Ranch), and Las Grietas (a swimming slot canyon). For a splurge, stay at Finch Bay, an eco-hotel across the harbor and down a charming foot path. (Their dinner menu was very satisfactory for our anniversary!) Read our posts: 1, 2, 3, 4

Colombia.

Get to the jungle in Colombia and you will have something to write home about. The scenery is some of the best we’ve seen. The people are sooo warm and friendly. Our favorite towns to visit, outside of Medellin, are San Carlos (known for it’s many waterfalls, swimming holes, rivers, and Easter/Holy Week/Palm Sunday celebration – not to mention it’s small town charm) and Guatapé, which really is probably the most colorful town on the planet earth. Just google it. Unbelievable. And don’t miss the famous La Piedra Del Peñol, a massive rock nearby with a buit in staircase. Trust me, it is a site to behold. Also, in Medellin, have your mind blown by taking the award winning metrocable. And don’t miss Botero Plaza, where you can see dozens of the famous Botero statues. Read our posts: 1, 2

Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador.

Hike between 4 villages in the Andes and stay in cozy hiker lodges where you sleep in lofts and they feed you a family style breakfast and dinner with fellow hikers. Stand in awe at the Quilotoa Crater Lake. In the town of Quilotoa, watch for a women’s coop where they sell alpaca sweaters. You may get lucky and see circles of women sitting outdoors knitting. To get to the hiking loop, take the bus from Lactacunga and be WOWed at the jaw dropping green and moutainous scenery outside your bus window.

Lima, Peru. 

Worth going to for the food alone. Lima is famous for Asian fusion, and it did not disappoint. Several of the Top 50 restaurants in the world are there. Eat at as many of them as you can and order Tasting Menus like you were going to a Broadway play. Consider it an artistic event. Stay in the cheapest hotel if you have to. You’ll be talking about the food for years. Four recommendations: Central (#4 in the world), Maido (#13 in the world), La Mar (top 10 in Lima), Astrid & Gaston (#7 in the world). Make reservations months in advance, if possible! Read our post.

St. Barths, French West Indies.

Rent a villa and a (very) little car – because that’s all that will fit on the tiny roads. Drive around the island to visit a different beach each day and eat at incredible French restaurants with a Caribbean twist. Watch for celebs & billionaires literally everywhere. Hike to the secluded Colombier beach from Flamands Beach. Enjoy the people watching at Saline Beach and the planes overhead at St. Jean Beach. During lunch in all the restaurants, gawk at the actual French fashion shows taking place around your table. Don’t miss the crepe shop and French bakery in downtown Gustavia. Also: visit Maya’s To Go, by the Airport, for the best take-out and desserts you’ll ever have in your life. The menu changes daily – and you should go daily. And there’s a burger dive in Gustavia where you can get the actual “cheeseburger in paradise”. Stock up at all the French pharmacies (both for skincare and cheap French sunglasses!). And do as you do on St. Barth’s and get some French string bikinis (check out the shop Kiwi). Read our post.

Greek Islands, by Sailboat.

Best to hire a boat and a crew. Stop in little towns and be in AWE as the boat approaches the harbors of all colorful or all white towns. Anchor in private rocky inlets for swimming in the bright blue sea. Eat Mediterranean food from your boat. Look for leather Greek sandals in the little towns – and stock up on herbs! (Many of the islands harvest herbs and lavendar). This trip is truly one of the best there ever could be.

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador.

Stay at El Porvenir, for a cozy hacienda, or Tambopaxi, near the base of Cotopaxi, for views that will knock your socks off. Keep in mind there are clouds around the volcano’s peak for much of the day, but your best chances to see the mountain fully in all it’s glory are early in the morning. Go horseback riding or mountain biking on the Cotopaxi National Park. Hire a guide to drive up the volcano for some views. And just be in awe- and slightly terrified – of this natural wonder.

Yellowstone National Park & Jackson Hole, WY

Truly a wonder of the world. This should be on every family’s bucket list. Drive your car to and from scenic spots that are so spectacular it will make you giddy. Plan on waterfalls, other worldly geysers and hot pools, bright colored mineral pools, grand historic lodges, grand mountain vistas, and WILDLIFE galore (Moose, Buffalo, Bears, Deer.) Read our post.

National Parks of Southern UT & Northern AZ

This is Red Rock Country and it will blow your freaking mind. These are some of the world’s gems: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon. There are no words to describe these natural wonders! Plan on going on lots of hikes taking all the scenic drives (don’t miss Route 12 on the UT side.) Stay in roadside motels and delight in what feels like vintage America. Also, Monument Valley is a must-see! Pay the $20 to go on the scenic drive through the mystical rock formations. Eat Indian Fry Bread at TheView Hotel, within the park. Stick around for sunset. Plan on colors galore before your eyes. Read our post.

Body+Soul Camp in Ecuador!