Weekend Reading: Lagom

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Start the year off right with a little thing called Lagom from the Swedes. Lagom is defined as not too much, not too little, just the right amount. And since we all love to read books about how to improve our lives through simplifying (re: Essentialism, Slow Living etc), I couldn’t resist sharing this idea with you. There are a few books out on the subject, see links below. In the books you will read about the power of no, the importance of listening vs. speaking and just the right amount of… well, everything. The books go into how to apply this laid back mentality to parenting, entertaining, decluttering your home and nurturing your relationships. It all sounds good to us!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2018!

The Swedish Secret of Living Well | Balanced Living, The Swedish Way | The Swedish Art of Balanced Living

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Postcard: Noguchi Museum

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A hidden gem in Long Island City, Queens. The Noguchi Museum and Garden features work from the Japanese-American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi who studied under Brancusi. Filled with marble and stone sculptures formed into organic shapes, every inch of the museum inspires.

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Pear Essentials

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For over a month we’ve been getting pears in our CSA fruit share. I’ve never been the biggest fan of this fruit, but hate to waste food, so I thought if I read about the health benefits of pears, it would encourage me to eat them before they expire. Here are some of the health benefits I found most motivating…

-Pears have high vitamin C and vitamin K as well as copper: all antioxidants that protect our cells from damage from free radicals.

-One pear contains up to 11 percent of our daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 9.5 percent of our daily recommended intake of fiber.

-Ripe pears contain a natural sugar alcohol called ‘sorbitol’ or ‘glucitol’, which feeds your hair roots, nourishing the scalp and keeping the hair moisturized leading to healthier hair all around.

-Even though it is slightly sweet, with low glycerin index and high fiber content pears helps control the sugar levels in the blood. Keeping your blood sugar leveled also helps keep your hormones balanced which has multiple health benefits.

-Pears have a high folic acid

-Pears are a natural anti-inflammatory.

And if this doesn’t motivate you to eat pears raw, you can always try out one of these pear-based recipes:

Edamame and Pear Crostini | Pear Salad | Roasted Pears with Cardamom Cashew Cream | Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Pear with Thyme

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Close Contact

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It’s no surprise that we are in love with The Kinfolk Gallery space designed by Norm Architects, but their current exhibit entitled Close Contact elevates the space to another level. They teamed up with Sørensen Leather to explore the idea of the sphere versus our human body. It reminds me of art school, when learning to draw the human figure and breaking down the body into simple geometric shapes. The exhibit is composed of large-scale photographs, leather-covered spheres that mimics the surface of the skin. If you are in Copenhagen, it is worth a visit. I’m sure the pure scale of the artwork alone is moving.

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All works are for sale and the exhibit is open to the public Monday – Friday from 10am-4pm until October 31st at Amagertorv 14, first floor in Copenhagen.

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A Mindful Edit | Plant Based Recipes

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Since becoming vegan three years ago, the hunt for vegan recipes is a daily occurrence in our house. It is very rare that we come across a site that offers plant based recipes and photography that we can appreciate aesthetically. Because of this, imagine my delight when Sophie from @blueeyedfringe started a new instagram account, @amindfuledit featuring plant based recipes with unmistakably gorgeous food photography.

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