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WHAT’S NEW ON CATALINA ISLAND (Hint: I’m obsessed with them!

July 3, 2018

  Consistently named one of the best island getaways by media outlets nationwide, Catalina Island, located just 22 miles off the Southern California cost, is a unique blend of laid back vibe, rich and historic past, features water and land activities to suit any taste and modern-day amenities and services for every budget.

The island is constantly evolving to offer visitors the best experience, whether it’s to relax and rejuvenate or rev up the action. Following are a few of the new happenings on the island this year. What do you say? C’mon and visit!


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ESCAPE ROOMS

Ahoy…me hearties! Feel free to dress and talk like a pirate at Catalina Room Escape, one of two new Escape Rooms to open on the island. The Pirate Challenge allows participants one hour to solve a variety of riddles, discover clues and escape from the room. Info: 310.510.2777. CatalinaRoomEscape.

The rules are much the same at Escape Room Catalina. You and your group of two-to-eight confidants have one hour to crack the code, solve the mystery and escape the room. Room themes change with the season, so the company promises they always have fresh puzzles to solve. The company can set up a challenge at their location, or at a hotel room or vacation rental. Info: 310-510-8575. Escape Room Catalina

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

Catalina Aerial Adventure is flying high. Be sure to try it to get your adrenalin pumping. The new ropes-and-planks course weaves through a  grove of towering eucalyptus trees deep within Descanso Canyon. Other adventurous activities nearby include  Zip line Eco Tour and  Catalina Climbing Wall.

HIKING

You haven’t seen the real Catalina if you just visit Avalon. Take a hike into the backcountry on the new-and-rehabbed  Trans-Catalina Trail, part of a 165-mile system of recreational roads and hiking trails on the island. Catalina Conservancy has added 27 miles of new trails, refurbished restrooms and is eradicating non-native plants. In other big news for the Conservancy, the  Catalina Trailhead Visitor Center, being built in downtown Avalon, is expected to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019. Info: 310.510.2595 CatalinaConservancy.com

More good news for hikers and backpackers: Catalina Backcountry is operating a concierge service for outdoor enthusiasts. The company will take a load off your back by transporting supplies and equipment. It also offers a naturalist-led hikes, can set up comfort camping or create an adventure expedition. Info: 310.510.1212, Catalina Back Country

TWO HARBORS

Yes, there is a second city on the Island of Catalina. Two Harbors, at the island’s West End, is known for being low-key and rustic. But it has undergone a face-lift, with a new sandy beach, plush palapas, lounge chairs, a group gathering place, food and beverage service on the beach and a small business center. You can take a Catalina Express ferry from San Pedro to Two Harbors. Info: 800.613.1212 Catalina Express; 310.510.4205 Visit Catalina

TOURS

Hope on an eco-friendly bus to tour the island. The all-electric buses are operating on Catalina Island Company tours of Skyline Drive and on Inland Expedition tours. In addition to eliminating the need for diesel or gas, the buses have huge windows, air conditioning and quiet, smooth rides. Info: 877.778.8322, Visit Catalina

About Catalina Island and Catalina Express

Located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is accessible by boat from three ports via Catalina Express: San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Catalina Express offers up to 30 daily departures and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting nearly one million passengers annually. It offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island in as little as one hour, each vessel was designed and built/purchased specifically for comfort and speed. Catalina Express is an unparalleled resource in Southern California, and one of the world’s most respected ferry fleets. For information and reservations call 800.429.4601, or visit Catalina Express

Catalina Island’s clear blue waters and Mediterranean climate and ambiance are a Shangri-La. The laid-back island town is chock full of places to eat, drink, shop. Catalina has a wealth of natural and cultural resources, unique animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Sightseeing opportunities are numerous and varied from escorted tours around town, adventure rides into the interior, jeep eco tours, hummer rides, to zip lines, rock climbing and undersea adventures. Independent activities are plentiful, such as camping, hiking, snuba, to diving, snorkeling, kayaking, spa treatments, as well as beach lounging, golf, motor boating, parasailing, fishing, boat rides down the coastline and more.

 

SPOKEWOVEN Dreamcatchers

June 16, 2018

It was an Instagram dream catcher romance – but oh – so much more 🙂

I discovered Genga’s glorious massive dream catcher’s at my friend Joy’s jewelry shop and was blown away. I had to know more. WHO MADE THESE?!!

And that’s where it really started. Joy said OH my friend Genga – they are all custom made to call in what you need in your life.

Well, let’s just say, I went a-callin.

A good IG stalk. A website stalk – a love letter – and I was hooked on Genga. This amazing woman, mama and artist living in Brooklyn and making these inspired works.

I had to have one. Two. THREE. Fine…I require many.

Genga and I discussed the process. You don’t just ask for ‘Whites to match my couch.” No, no, my friends. We discuss what we really need to call in. To let go of. And yes, sure, what colors light us up. What textures. Simply all of it.

Then Genga gets to work.

There are crystals. There are hand dyed fabrics in beet juice. There are evocations. Feels.

Then – there is an arrival. A special package comes to the door. And it is perfection.

In fact my blush, white and a little gold dream catcher was so ME, that my daughter immediately said I MUST HAVE IT MOM PLEASE!!!!

And ya know what. I let her have it. Because I know, she needs me. She needs more of me. She needs to feel me. And this dream catcher really is me. And as of today, it hangs above her bed.

And I watch over her while she sleeps. I stand guard. We stand guard.

From Genga:

“SpokeWoven began from the depth of my soul. After experiencing some heartbreaking and cataclysmic life changes, I needed to redefine myself. I had to rebuild and tap into my most intuitive and vulnerable self to realize this dream of creating. Through the support of my closest friends and loved ones, SpokeWoven was born. The people I have created pieces with and had the absolute pleasure of knowing is an experience that has opened my heart and transcended my spirit to a place of love I never thought I could find. The dreamcatchers are my guardian angels and I feel forever blessed by the universe for shining its light on my craft. Thank you for visiting. I look forward to creating with you.”


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The delight that is Genga.

SpokeWoven is about creating an experience, developing a vision and channeling intention and energy through the making of a Dreamcatcher. I believe in the power of people creating energy and bringing a vision to reality through collaboration. More than an artisan craft, the making of dream catchers is a creative process with a very spiritual connection–a connection that is able to grow organically, heal and help discover new realms of your conscious and unconscious and enrich your mental and physical life.

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There are smudge wands too!

Genga collaborated with Indego Africa, teaching women from Rwanda the healing art of making dream catchers, in-turn empowering them with skills, industry and new business. She has also worked with Make A Wish Foundation to make a dream catcher as a wish for a mother of a child who was terminally ill. 

Paperless Post x Your Fave Designers

May 2, 2018

Image result for paperless postAre you like me – Do you want to have parties just so you can send out amazing invites? Are you a parent who gets weird joy from making invites for your kids birthdays? *Insert hand raising emoji here.

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I’ve been a Paperless Post user for years. And they only get better. I am actually overwhelmed by how great the designs are, so much, that I decided to forgo using my original art work and just use theirs. Yes, it’s aesthetically approved on so many levels! They do design partnerships with so many incredible designers…you simply will fall in love.

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Paperless Post has partnered with several world-famous designers and lifestyle brands, including kate spade new york, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Rifle Paper Co., and has delivered over 85 million cards to date. It really is the GO TO for a chic online invite experience. And yes it is an experience! The open, they animate, you can mix and match envelopes, fonts, colors…all of it!

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Of course my goal in LIFE is to do a line for them, through my design studio, Emily Wagner Studio  but for now, I’ll be obsessing over all of the brilliance they have at the ready to come to life for you.

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The Only Gift I Recommend For Mother’s Day – Unlimited Singing Bowls

April 26, 2018

A gift of gratitude for the present of
your mother’s presence. 

I have been going into a deep sound healing phase, y’all. It all started with my first soundbath a few years ago with Jamie. I’ve pretty much been an addict ever since. I just bought my first crystal bowl and when I saw this gorgeous site, Unlimited Singing Bowls – I fell in love with this idea for Mother’s Day gifts this year. A curated box of specialness (perfectly priced too, $119, way less than a fancy dinner).
These thoughtfully curated boxes of healing goodies, culminating in a glorious Tibetan healing bowl say I FREAKING LOVE WORSHIP AND ADORE YOU!!!!
You can also curate your own, but these are so artfully put together, all you have to do is press ADD TO CART, if you ask me.
Oh, and don’t let it only be about Mother’s Day. These are literally the perfect gift for ANY prezzie. And dad’s too of course.
A sample box contains goodies like this:
The Awareness Singing Bowl Set features the 5.5″ Moksha Singing Bowl, a mallet, Amethyst Crystal, Fill Your Cup Self-Nurture Tincture from Arise Botanicals, Japanese Cypress Incense, Lavender Soap from Feya, and instructions for the enjoyment of all these treats of the senses.

The Moksha Singing Bowl contains the image of a seated Buddha surrounded by the Om mantra. Moksha is the end of the death and rebirth cycle and the transcendence of struggle. The bowl rings a clear tone with high and low registers.

Amethyst: A stone of purifying clarity, prosperity and protection. Amethyst clears the way for wisdom to come through for protection and connection to the divine.

Arise Botanicals Fill Your Cup Self-Nurture Tincture: Taste the sweet plant medicine on your tongue. Let it move through your body and notice the Divine Feminine surrounding you.

Japanese Cypress Incense: Watch the smoke rise and drift. Be present in the scent of the cypress.

Feya Lavender Soap: Feel the water on your skin, smell soothing lavender scent, slide your hands over the bar and watch the bubbles rise and clean.

Learn more about the creation of these boxes of sound and delight in our Mother’s Day Curated Gift Boxes Blog.

~Unlimited Awareness~ Sound & Clarity Gift Box+
~Unlimited Awareness~ Sound & Clarity Gift BoxUnlimited™$ 119.00
~Unlimited Nourishment~ Sound & Comfort Gift Box
~Unlimited Nourishment~ Sound & Comfort Gift BoxUnlimited™$ 119.00
~Unlimited Release~ Sound & Relaxation Gift Box
~Unlimited Release~ Sound & Relaxation Gift BoxUnlimited™$ 119.00
~Unlimited Uplifting~ Sound & Joy Gift Box
~Unlimited Uplifting~ Sound & Joy Gift BoxUnlimited™$ 119.00
By all means, please poke around this amazing site. They have so many incredible sound healing bowls and goodies. I implore you to treat yourself to some sound self care. It has been life changing for me. I’m saving up for my next crystal bowl and some bells and this company is so kind and caring. They will take you through any shopping questions you may have.
In bowls we trust!

Saje Wellness Debuts A Stunning Line Of 100% Natural Home Cleaning Supplies

April 19, 2018

I have been obsessed with Saje Natural Wellness  ever since I discovered their essential oils which blew all my others out of the ballpark. I am never without my Pocket Farmacy and the Blend Bar sits on my desk. And now my son, 7, carries the inhaler around at school and it makes him feel really cool. (With a warning DON’T YOU DARE LET SOME RUNNY NOSE KID STICK IT IN THEIR NOSE!).

Ok, so now it gets even better with their debut of  this line of products for “Clean Cleaning” – their first 100% natural home cleaning line formulated with three things in mind: health, wellness and safety of your family.

I’m sure you know by now as you are smart, dear readers, you ONLY want to approach your home the same way you do your bod…. And you can do so by protecting your family from some of the 200 chemicals we are exposed to as part of our daily routines, including cleaning your home.

Guess what…Those clean or green lines you see at Target ? ( I won’t name them) are dripping with synthetic chemicals. Not here.

No artificial ingredients, just nature. I just stocked up and was so busy cleaning with them, I literally could not remember where I left one – I had it in EVERY CORNER OF MY HOME! I think it’s in a closet somewhere?

Also the price is really right too, thank god. 

Like all Saje Natural Wellness products, the Clean Cleaning line is:

  • 100% natural, formulated from plant and mineral-based ingredients
  • Free from harmful synthetic toxins found in many cleaning products
  • Free from artificial fragrances: just natural aromas from pure essential oils

The line consists of…

OH! And here are the blends I can’t live without…Also their diffusers are BOMB!!!