Author: Bergamot & Thyme

Monday Musings: I’m A Leader, Unless…

I have no idea who said this as I saw it on a t-shirt and about died from laughter. I am a total wimp when it comes to the dark, true story. Since the fall is coming and that means Halloween I thought this was the most appropriate quote. Sometimes we’ve got to have some fun and not take everything so seriously. I can’t wait for the fall, it’s my favorite time of year and I am so ready for cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, sweaters and of course scary movies. They scream fall to me (no pun intended) probably because of Halloween. Anywho, I’ll stop rambling about my love affair with fall. Have a wonderful week beauties!

Lynne’s August Beauty Picks

Holy moly I have discovered some serious game changer products this month. One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is getting to try out so many different products. August is always my busiest month with work travel and sorority recruitment which translates to sleepless nights and a less than stellar diet thus the products I put on my skin in August have to be extraordinary. No doubt these gorgeous products have given my skin the therapy and love it so desperately needs. And let me tell you being around 20 year old women for over a week makes this 34 year old hyper aware of aging…. Here are my standouts for the month: White & Elm Antioxidant Serum + Renewing Eye Serum & Ginger Chi Jade Roller I originally came across White & Elm skin care products on one of my favorite beauty websites Ecodiva Beauty and was immediately excited about giving these products a try! This brand is all about the empowerment of women and embracing our natural beauty and with a …

Berry Tart Smoothie

Lately, I can’t get enough of tart flavors and thus created the tartest of smoothies to satisfy my cravings. Something I’ve been attempting to do is pay closer to attention to my body and what it’s asking me to give it. It’s not always the easiest to tune in and pay attention especially when sugar or alcohol or processed food (no one is perfect) is calling to me, but I’m doing my best. Red fruits galore have been catching me eye in the market so this smoothie combined with the tart flavor is really hitting the spot. Most associate cranberries as a way to ward off a UTI but actually they also slow tumor growth, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and promote gum health. I’ve never used them in a smoothie until recently and I’m kind of in love now. And just for good measure I’ve added in some superfoods for an extra kick. This smoothie is ideal for post workout nourishment and requires zero prep, simply throw it all in a blender and …

Monday Musings: Case of the Mondays…

As true as this is, it doesn’t make me want a nap any less. After a week and a half of traveling and sorority recruitment I am more than due for some self-care and dietary changes – namely sleep, face masks, less caffeine and no sugar. Shopping at Whole Foods this morning was the greatest way to start my week. Thinking out loud – I may have to make that a Monday morning ritual…

Wellness Wednesday: Are We Shoulding Ourselves To Failure?

There are certain words in the English language that seem totally innocent and yet upon second look can be sneakily harmful. How often do we tell ourselves what we should and shouldn’t do rather than listening to what we want to do? I think it’s a safe assumption to say that there is not a man or woman alive who doesn’t catch themselves in a negative self talk pattern every now and again. Am I right or am I right? So how does should get us into a negative self talk spiral you ask? Should is a word with force behind it and it’s usually the word we use when we’re pressuring ourselves to do something we don’t really want to do. For example, “I should do this or that, but I don’t feel like it right now.” Did I mention should is usually followed by the word but, another word I actively steer clear of. Both should, but and try are all words that stem from a place of lack. When we live in …

Tempeh Broccoli Stir Fry (gluten-free + vegan)

When the weather drops below freezing my tastes and food cravings tend to shift to more seasonal food like root and cruciferous veggies. The colder months require warmth from wherever our bodies can find them and I choose to incorporate heat from heartier foods like broccoli, sweet potatoes and ginger. Lately I’ve been heavily craving Chinese food but not all the chemicals and heavy sauces that are so often served in restaurants so I sought out to make my own. I prefer simple recipes that don’t require a lot of fuss that I can throw together after a long day and not make a monsterous mess in my kitchen in the process. And this recipe is exactly what I needed to satisfy my craving. The vegetables I used were simply some broccoli florets, broccoli rabe (which I decided on whilst at the market) and a yellow onion. I had originally wanted a sweet onion (which wasn’t available at the market) as I thought it may add some depth so if you’re so inclined you may …