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Optimism, Joy, and Contentment

We often believe that our circumstances are responsible for whether or not we are happy, joyous, and content. When I’m feeling out-of-sorts, think of a dear friend Audrey (not her real name) who lost [...]

Brooklyn Botanic Rose Garden 2019

Every June, the Brooklyn Botanic Rose Garden provides an extraordinary treat for rose lovers.  This past Friday was a most beautiful day in Brooklyn.  It was warm and sunny with a lovely breeze, a [...]

Level Up ~ Electric Resin Burners

After extensive market research, testing one burner after the next,  I can finally offer you a way to level up your home fragrance experience, with this beautiful, ceramic, electric burner. The benefit of using [...]

Walnuts Can Do That?

For most of my life I have awakened in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and I thought it was normal. Then recently it increased to sometimes twice a night. I finally decided [...]

Happy Hair is Hydrated Hair

Water equals life.  In spring the rains arrive softening and hydrating the earth, which invigorates the growth and vibrancy of plant life. Your hair needs this same kind of boost.  Hair is happiest when [...]

Baroque Pearls

Pearls are the only gems that don't have to be cut, pressurized, or put through a machine in order for their beauty to be revealed. Instead, baroque pearls develop through the sublime pressure and [...]

Herkimer Diamonds ~ Ice, Ice Baby

Herkimer Quartz "Diamonds" are the high energy seekers of the crystal world. Unusually transparent with a brilliant sparkle, they manifest pure, solid Light and are powerful amplifiers of spiritual energy. As perfect conduits of [...]

What’s in a Name?

I stopped in my tracks upon learning of a new perfume that's about to drop called, Mothafuqueur. Someone has their tongue in cheek. When creating names for Anu Essentials Perfumes, the first thing I [...]

Anu Essentials Hair Care is Back!

It is my heart’s delight to announce the return of the full line of Anu Essentials Hair Products. I never imagined this day would come again, but it is here!  After many months of [...]

The Comfort of Yin Yoga

Sometimes it’s a small shift that can make all the difference in your ability to be inspired. My inspiration came via a growing yoga practice called,  Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is comprised of classical [...]

Agadir and Essaouira ~ Cities by the Sea

  A shot I took of a remote ocean view in Agadir Leaving the remote village of Tinouainane was bittersweet. We had bonded with our hosts and enjoyed their hospitality, but after [...]

The Claudio Bravo Palace

After five days in the mountains of the sleepy village of Tinouainane, it was time to leave for the bustling city of Agadir. On the way to Agadir, there was a planned stop in [...]

Nature at the Claudio Bravo Palace

The care, nurturing, and respect of nature adds an element that is unparalelled. The entrance of the Palace has only native plant life that can withstand the heat and direct sun [...]

The Hand of Fatima

Hands create. Hands provide. Hands are sacred. Hands heal. I love hands. Perhaps it’s because I used my hands for countless hours, many years and some decades doing hair. It could be that the [...]

The Myriad Faces of Morocco

Mention that you’re going to Morocco to anyone and it seems their eyes get wide and a look of wonder comes over their faces whether they’ve been to Morocco before or have always imagined [...]

Diversity in Yoga

At the top of the month, I attended the SoulFestNYC held in Harlem. Soul Fest is an annual, outdoor yoga event that is held at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building grounds on [...]

KuKulkan Transformation

This year for her birthday one of my dear sister-friends decided she wanted to spend her 60th at a beach resort in Mexico with her friends.  You know the type, they ask for what [...]

Uplift and Honor Him

When Father's Day is on the horizon, it always gives me cause for pause. I’ve written about this topic a few times, but each year I find myself compelled to say something more. There [...]

Gift Him

We know it can be challenging to shop for men; they can be more particular than women.  Allow me to let you in on a well-kept secret; men love Anu Essentials! We appreciate our [...]

Mala Prayer Beads

For eons, indigenous cultures around the globe have used beads as a prayer tool and are also referred to as talimans, something that is charged with energy and power to create change. Used for [...]

The Two Sitas

  For a few years now there have been two versions of our Sita Perfume, Sita Red, and Sita Yellow. After creating Sita Yellow, I hid Sita Red in the closet so to speak, [...]

The Beginner’s Mind

When I began studying yoga in my twenties, naturally the concept of the Beginner’s Mind was easy to take on, as a beginner. Four decades later, as I enter a new stage of life, [...]

Mommy and Me!

I have had a long, contentious relationship with my mother. There! I’ve admitted it. It’s not easy to share this publicly, but it's the truth, a truth that I am working to improve upon. [...]

Rhodocrosite ~ A Higher Love

Rhodochrosite Keywords: emotional healing, recovery of lost memories and forgotten gifts, self-love, compassion. The curious lure of gems and minerals never cease to amaze me. One of the things I find fascinating about stones [...]

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