Summer means end of school, no more tests, beach fun, camp, bbqs, bathing suits, sunblock and much more #FabULyssfun. I am personally looking forward to spending a lot of quality time with my family at the beach. You can find me down by the ocean under my big straw hat, lots of sunscreen, and my big dark sunglasses.
To me summer is a time for PLAY. I recently found the most amazing toy company that I want to share with you. Childhood is a time of wonder. Young children radiate curiosity that’s waiting to be nurtured. But today, most children lead schedule-focused lives. Rushing has replaced spontaneity. Results are valued over process. Increasingly, play and academics are viewed as oppositional instead of intimately connected. All of their heirloom-quality blocks are made of beautiful, purposefully sourced woods, to be enjoyed for generations of play. My 2-year-old daughter and her friends will be drawing with the Eco Crayons and building with Eco Dough at my beach club.
Rose & Rex believes that play is the foundation for all learning and development. It is a vital source and functional tool that helps children gain fundamental skills that they will carry through school and into adulthood. There is no better time than summer for kids to be kids. and I love that Rose & Rex has many different options to open the children’s minds to explore and use their imaginations. I wish this company was created when my boys were little.
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I must introduce you to one of my new #FabULyssfinds. As many of you already know, I love wearing yoga clothes during the day, even when I am not exercising. Rie + Ryn is the collaboration of a friendship between Carrie (Rie) and Taryn (Ryn). Their mutual love of music, fitness and fashion inspired them to create Rie + Ryn. Carrie and Taryn are yogis at heart, but love to mix it up. They quickly realized their favorite classes were driven by the teachers who played the best music.
The fusion of yoga and music went hand in hand and enhanced every experience. They realized it was music that drove them and everyone else around them. Flowing to Jay-Z and down dogging to Cold Play with the perfect Lennon shivasana, couldn’t be better preparation for their daily regimen. They decided to inject fashion into this concept as a way of expressing their passion for it and a unique and innovative layering line for women was born, that fused music and movement. The idea is for anyone who wears our brand to feel free and sexy and stand out while standing in. You can wear rie + ryn to a hot yoga class and take it off just when the room heats up or tear it off on the spin bike and throw it back on right before the lights come on. Most likely, you’ll see Carrie and Taryn rocking’ their shirts with skinnies and stilettos. It’s all about the balance.
The line is designed for Street to Studio wear and is versatile, fun, and always evolving.
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A few weeks ago, I went on a much needed #MTO (mommy time out) retreat to the Berkshires.
Run... don’t walk to GroundSea Fitness. I was able to recharge, retreat and renew! Inspired and invigorated by yearly spa trips and fitness retreats, sisters Tracy Gaslow, Denise Kleinman and best friend Hollie Levy they turned their passion for health and wellness into perennial possibility, and, in 2016, GroundSea Fitness LLC was born. Through week-long wellness retreats offered four times a year, GroundSea guests can retreat, recharge and renew their bodies, minds and spirits. Each excursion is hosted in a landmark bed and breakfast with precisely the right blend of tranquility, charm and geography for a fully immersive experience. The cornerstone of the GroundSea program is daily rigorous hikes through scenic mountain ranges led by a cadre of private instructors. The gourmet ovovegetarian cuisine is prepared by an award-winning chef using only organic, dairy-free, fair-trade ingredients. Other daily activities included mindfulness meditation, yoga and personal training. Each day ends with healing and restorative massage in the comfort of your own room. Reiki energy healing, health and wellness lectures and personal nutrition or health consultations available in the evenings. I entered back into the concrete jungle #NYC more relaxed, calm and ready to take everything on after my trip. I am already signed up for the next trip in October, make sure to e-mail for information before they are sold out.
Enjoy the beautiful sunshine, sunsets and don’t forget to power down! Spend #FabULyss quality time this summer with your friends and family.
Lyss Stern is the founder of DivaLysscious Moms (www.divam