June is my third month taking part in the Vegan Food Swap experience. I've had so much fun designing boxes each month. The box I sent out this month was a before-noon-desk-drawer-survial-kit.
This month my swap box came from Cat of The Verdant Life. She may have also included a chocolate bar that did not survive the first night in my house to make it to the reveal photo. Luckily the rest of the box did survive and will make it to the snack bag for my vacation next week.
There is still time to join the fun for July, for more informaiton on how to join click here.
You know that saying, “think globally, act locally”? Nothing illustrates those words more clearly than the 2012 Olympic Trials happening right here, right now in Eugene, Oregon.
Here in the lush Willamette Valley, we place great value on our local community and economy. We thrive on the seemingly limitless creative energy that manifests itself in so many different ways; from the dozens of local craft breweries to our historic Saturday market and an ever-evolving art scene. We are fortunate to call such a dynamic locale home.
THE L.I.B. LOWDOWN
Some people say that good music can elicit a state of bliss. So what happened when our very own Chris Bliss hit the road with a truck full of Coconut Bliss to participate in L.I.B. (Lightening in a Bottle), a “celebration of Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability and Life”? Read on for the highlights of this exceptional festival!
Have you tried our Mocha Maca Crunch yet? This amazingly complex and delicious new flavor has three ingredients that are recognized as superfoods. These are nutrient-rich foods that offer several health benefits in one ingredient. In a previous blog post, Christina and Marc shared information about cacao and the raw cacao nibs that are also in our Mocha Maca Crunch. Today my focus is on maca powder.
Attending Shakti Fest for the first time was a sweet little adventure. Also known as Bhakti Fest Spring Ommersion, it took place in Joshua Tree, California over Mother’s Day weekend, in the same place where Bhakti Fest happens in the fall. The three days of Kirtan music, yoga, and workshops were nourishing, exciting, exhausting, and well, happy. I had the wonderful experience of attending a Deep Yoga class led by Bhava Ram of San Diego. The class was on Sunday afternoon just as I was feeling a bit depleted from the heat and dryness. We were in a shaded area outdoors with live sitar and Bhava’s gentle voice leading us into poses of healing and acceptance. It was exactly what I needed at that moment, and it helped me finish off the festival refreshed and peaceful. Kind of perfect.
A few weeks ago my friend Cat at The Verdant Life was struck with a brilliant idea to start a Vegan Food Swap. Being that almost nothing makes me happier than sharing my favorite foodie finds with others I immediately signed up. Then I started dreaming up ideas and themes for my boxes, making a card, and wondering what I might receive from my partner.
Of all of life’s simple pleasures, I can’t think of anything that beats a hug. A hug is free, contains no calories or added sweeteners, is allergen and GMO free, does not deplete the planet’s resources, allows for creativity (to a degree, … ok, maybe not too much), and promotes well-being. Whether you have allergies, are vegan, vegetarian, or not, and/or live on lower funds accumulation, a Hugfest is all-inclusive. Our thanks go out to Sayer, who has organized Hugfests in Spokane, Washington for the last couple of years, and sent us a packet of Hugfest buttons to promote “… the value of spontaneous hugs in everyone’s life.”. Sayer also sent us an instruction sheet for how to give a great hug. We are very happy to share the information with you as everyone loves a great hug.
Some of you Coconut Bliss fans may know that, as well as working for Coconut Bliss for 6 years, I am a kirtan (sacred music & chanting) artist and a yoga teacher. I am also now the co-creator of Altar of Love Immersion. My partner Ananda and I have been holding these transformative weekend events since last fall. An Altar of Love Immersion weekend includes a kirtan/sacred music concert on Friday night, Couples Yoga on Saturday morning, Bhakti Yoga Workshop Saturday afternoon, Kirtronica Ecstatic Dance on Saturday night, and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Workshop on Sunday morning, ending with a Cacao Ceremony on Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit my website:† http://jayalakshmi.net/altar-of-love-immersions/
Nature’s abundance here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, inspires the foodies and entrepreneurs of the area to creative heights with their cuisines and products. We, of course, are so happy it inspired Luna and Larry. One amazing food, and also one of Oregon’s best kept secrets, is our indigenous, culinary truffles. Home to three species, 2 white and 1 black, Oregon truffles are on par with Old World varieties from France and Italy. To celebrate all things truffle (and who wouldn’t want to) the seventh annual Oregon Truffle Festival took place right here in Eugene, Oregon on January 27th, 28th, and 29th.
Supporting the well-being of humans, as well as animals, is a key driver for the Coconut Bliss team. Here we are excited to showcase a donation event that accomplishes both so beautifully. Coconut Bliss lover, Dana, hosted a benefit for the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, based in Stockton, CA. Harvest Home assists local humane societies and rescue groups with animals - primarily farmed animals - who, due to their breed, their health, or their personality, cannot be adopted into permanent homes. Harvest Home’s 200+ rescued residents include turkeys, hens, roosters, rabbits, goats, potbellied pigs and ducks.
Dana wrote to us about the benefit, here’s what she had to say: