Mayabags and more at the Indagare Souk

Picture from Manhattan Luxury Magazine

Everything is a whirlwind these days and two weeks ago during that whirlwind I was representing Mayabags at the Indagare Souk which took place at the Hotel Athenee here in NY.  I posted about Mayabags around Christmas time last year because I love, love them.  They are handwoven products created by the impoverished Maya women in Belize and in a nutshell the jobs created by these bags lifts them out of poverty (providing them with income to educate their children).   Manhattan Luxury Magazine was at the Souk taking pictures for their mag. (pic above).  I met some wonderful people, one being Anne Wells who founded and runs, Unite the World With Africa. She is a fabulous lady, doing exceptional things and you should take a look at their site as well. Whether you find something you would like to buy at MayaBags or Unite the World With Africa you will be spreading positive energy from all the good that comes from the sales of these items.  Now, that really is happy shopping:)

Full Moon Dates – expect a little bit of crazy

I woke up on Tues. and people were a little bit all over the place and I said to a woman I was speaking with, “Is it a full moon today because I don’t know about you, but don’t people seem a little bit crazy today?”  She whole heartedly agreed and then looked it up.  It was in fact a full moon the next day.  My sister who works with kids called saying the same thing.  She had a really rough day at the school she works at because the kids were major drama that day.  I replied telling her about the full moon. I then  suggested she mark all full moons on her calendar so she is prepared to most likely have issues arise with kids on those days.  Come on, we all know the moon moves the ocean tides so it can certainly effect people.   For those who think there might actually be a correlation, here are the dates:

       2012 Full Moon Schedule

Mar 8 Thu
Apr 6 Fri
May 6 Sun
Jun 4 Mon
Jul 3 Tue
Aug 2 Thu
Aug 31 Fri
Sep 30 Sun
Oct 29 Mon
Nov 28 Wed
Dec 28 Fri

Kusmi Tea: Paris (1867)

Kusmi tea originated in Russia in 1867 and opened in Paris in 1917.  They advertise it as a Parisian tea despite it’s beginnings in Russia.  About a year ago Kusmi opened its first boutique store in NYC.  For about a year I would pass by the window in a rush and think, I have to go in there next time… Despite the tea enthusiast I am, it’s taken me until today to stop in and purchase some of their tea.   I can assure you after just tasting their Jasmine tea, I’ll be back visiting the boutique in no time.  If you can’t stop by their store there is an option to order online (which I didn’t realize until today).

HeyTell: Modern day walkie talkie

My brother just recently told me about the HeyTell app. for my iphone and this modern day walkie talkie is so cool.  You download the app on your iPhone or iPad and have whomever else you want to be able to walkie talkie with do the same.  It’s faster and better than texts.  I use it with my siblings and my nephew who thinks it is the coolest thing. We got to discuss his Harry Potter book report he was doing yesterday. I mean, I can’t even.  Kids are cute enough and then you have the ability to walkie talkie with them and it just becomes pure fun.

Happy Sunday: Writing & the Oscars!

Having time to write a blog post and watch the Oscars makes it a Happy Sunday for me! The last 5 weeks have been a whirlwind with more going on then I could possibly type in a blog posting.  I have been on a schedule of waking up at 4am and getting to work by 6am for a brief gig working for the News. This week was my first week back to a normal schedule of being able to sleep until 7am.  After a week, my body still can’t figure out what schedule I am trying to put it on.   I think I will need another week to get there.  Most of all, I’m happy I actually have the energy to be writing a blog entry!  I have been busy nearly every night this week (including my days, of course) and I’ve been working all weekend so as soon as I leave the shop tonight I will feel a wave of relief that I can put myself in front of the Oscars and do nothing but be entertained.  I ran over to Grano today for take out and what an awesome little Italian place.  It is welcoming, relaxed and has great food.  Enjoy your Sunday evening whether you watch the Oscars or not.  If you aren’t watching the Oscars, then why not head to Grano?