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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Jeni’s Vegetable Ice Cream Sensational Summer Treat is adding another level of enjoyment to the remaining days of summer on the eastern seacoast of Florida.

When it comes to ice cream I am more of a traditionalist. I just love good old style american ice cream. Do not get me wrong I enjoy an occasional lemon gelato or a pistachio frozen yogurt too. But to me there is nothing better at soothing the savage beast on an overheated summer’s day than authentic handmade ice cream. The first taste – well it is just heavenly! Most of us are intone with Ben and Jerry’s inspiring complex combinations they are famous for but they really are over the top rich with ingredients and calories.

Alas I discovered something refreshingly simple and original. Spanista is really thrilled to share is the new unusual wellness twist some creative artisan ice cream makers are bringing to our great American treat.  The JeniPINIMAGEvegetable twist that is. This may sound adventuresome but it is really quite yummy to the taste buds. It is an especially welcome adaptation if you are already a vegetarian or a vegan. If you are a stylish foodie, you will really relish the rich color range vegetable ice creams presents to your eyes. While shopping my local fresh market I came across this fun veggie sculpture. Someone at play makes us smile and attracts attention tot hedged stuff. Inspired I make my way to the fresh cucumbers. I along standing summer salad mainstay my Mother made from our garden.

Recently I discovered this new world of speciality flavors Jeni’s Vegetable Ice Cream in Columbus, Ohio and I was thrilled to find it was easily accessible at Fresh Market here in Stuart.  She uses grass grazed milk from local farms in the green pastures of Ohio.Check out her website. It is really enjoyable for loads of reasons. But back to ice-cream exploration – how about Sweet Corn and Black Raspberries Ice Cream, or Ylang Ylang & Fennel.

Jeni’s Vegetable Ice Cream Sensational Summer Treat speaks to the soul of summer. The Wellness lifestyle comes from a consistent commitment to self-care with unique aspects german to every season. Ours to enjoy if we pay attentions tot natures gifts. Enjoying a treat like vegetable ice cream is a smart way to bring a balance to your sweet treat experiences. Enjoy every bite when you choose to indulge and leave any regret at behind.

Now after indulge I will use the remaining cucumbers to place over my eyes while I catch a way afternoon nap. Remember to treasure the last few days of summer with something special. Enjoy!!!!

To Your Self Care Journey to Joy,



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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Living Well With Your Own In-Home Spa Experience is something everyone deserves to enjoy. This is a very personal way to care for your mind, body and soul.  The pleasure of this experience is one that keeps on giving.  It is there when ever you need it, does not require any travel and provides the ultimate level of privacy. The positive effect lingers no matter what level you wish to indulge in.  This weekend I spent some time outdoors in the heat so while I felt invigorated in spirit my body was drained. So late in afternoon I took to my personal spa bath. Because I am a devoted Spanista, I have all the essential ingredients at hand to pull together a relaxing retreat in my lovely home spa.

In holistic living all things are interconnected so have you considered your home design’s effect on your body and your wellbeing? After all –  It’s your body – love it and give it what is needs to be the best it can be.

Let’s start with taking a closer look at your bathroom. Take a step back to gain a fresh perspective on this space. Ask yourLiving-Well-With-Your-Own-In-Home-Spa-Experience-4.jpegPINIMAGE how can you renovate it to build the bath space of your dreams. The degree of renovation depends on your appetite for change and how many ways you want to make the your customized experience come to life. It can range form a full-scale rebuild of your bathroom to adding accessories or simply bringing a new and healthier spa products to your care routines.

Here are some suggestions I picked up from a great article published in my Treasure Coast Newspaper by Brandport Content – Spoil YourSelf In Luxury With Your Own At-Home Spa:

  1. The Power of Color – Select colors that soothe while evoking the feeling of tranquility.
  2. Comfort You Can Feel – Soft textures of towels and rugs offset the cold surfaces that are part of the modern bath. Or if you are redoing everything condor heating flooring. It changes everything.
  3. Experience Relaxation – Innovative shower heads are a great way to transform how water flow comforts the body. Kohler Bath has some wonderful options to explore. Or it can be something as simple as setting the mood by adding a collection of high-end candles like collection called SIMPLUX True Flame technology. It eliminates in the fuss and danger and really exudes the perfect ambiance. You can change the light tone with and remote. So cool.
  4. Soothing Qualities to Hear – Music is an essential element but often forgotten. It can come by way of your iPhone or in a redo actually installing speakers for a surround sound experience.

Living-Well-With-Your-Own-In-Home-Spa-Experience-2.jpegPINIMAGEMy new home has a comfortable bath area I love. Now that I have been living with it for a while I am shaping my vision for how I want it to feel and look to personalize it more to Spanista Style. Frankly, I do not feel the need to rush. Part of the fun is to enjoy this journey as inspiration unfolds. Pinterest is a great place to starting dreaming. Spanista welcomes hearing how your Home spa plans affect your life for the better. Enjoy!

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,

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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Coastal Living Magazine Rates Stuart Florida #1 Seaside Town is very exciting to share with my fellow Wellness Seekers. You may know by now, Spanista is a lover and advocate of seaside living. It is a lifestyle unlike any other. No matter my travels around the world to some of the most vibrant and modern urban areas, I am always drawn to places that provide the spiritual richness and healing of surf, sand and salt air. I never feel more at peace than when I have spent a few days wave watching and walking the beach. Discovering a beaches natural gifts of beauty takes supreme focus. For example you simply cannot be a surfer or a devoted shell hunter and ponder the issues of the word at the same time. These efforts call for opposing brain functions via our neurons. If you do one, it will cancel out the other because of how we are wired. All I can say is thank goodness tide waves have the inexplicable power to pull us into trance and claiming ours souls for a while thanks to the positive ions in the air.

I am full of gratitude to have selected the greater Stuart area as home since the summer 2015. We choose it for many reasons but is particularly surprising to discover Coastal Living Magazine, one of my favorite lifestyle magazines picked Stuart, Florida Number 1 Seaside Town 2016. ( It was also fun to see Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin at the base of Green Bay feeding into Lake Michigan made the list as it was one of my favorite destinations having grown up in the Green Bay area. We shall save this story for another time.)

One word describes Stuart – CHARMING! Here are some of my favorite things about the Stuart area:

  1. Ample locations to enjoy Spanista Reflection Walks to nurture your soul. You can see sunlight hit the dolphin water fountain at just the right time in the morning I was at Indian River Park on the Indian River Lagoon.
  2. We have a new oceanfront hotel under development on Hutchison Island at the end of Jensen Beach Blvd. It is due to open in 2017, called Oceanside Resort with a spa and two pools with 184 rooms. This will be a great place to have guests stay especially if they want to see sea turtles in their natural habitat. It is quite the experience.
  3. Amazing seafood and farm to table freshness abounds with many independently owned restaurants which far outnumber the national chains. A favorite is the old world Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House owned by a famous historic Hollywood actress from the WW II to 1960’s – Frances Langford. The romance of memorabilia is everywhere.
  4. Shopping and relaxing along the waterfront in historic downtown Stuart has a charm all its own. And sport fishing is the BEST here if you want an outdoor adventure on the water. Boating all kinds is a great American pastime here.
  5. Flowers, flowers and more flowers bloom all year round add dramatic colors against the colors of the sea – a feast for the eyes free for your enjoyment around ever corner.


Coastal Living Magazine Rates Stuart Florida #1 Seaside Town is well earned recognition. If you happen to enchanted enough to give us a visit please let me know. This  is a very relaxed place where people enjoy life in an Florida Seacoast kind of way. And if you need a dose of glamorous Florida Palm Beach is within an hours drives. The best of all worlds lies in coastal living.

To Your Self Care Journey to Joy,


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Dear Wellness Seeker,

Weekend Recharge Unplug From Media Noise With Gator Bait Airboat Adventure shares the idea of seizing the opportunity summer brings us to feed ones soul by getting into the great outdoors. The last few weeks have been intense for so many reasons. You could not miss the party convention coverage – it was everywhere. The true defining moment was we now have the first female candidate. Compared to the world the US has been far behind the curve politically as there are powerful women leaders for generations like in Great Britain. So much fear gets stirred up in a presidential election year as themes are batted back and forth and twisted by today’s very media savvy personalities. Couple the media noise with a catastrophic trend toward mass shootings with a twisted attack on the very people who commit their lives to public safety is almost more than we can take in while we deal with the usual stresses of everyday life – work, home and family needs.

Weekend-Recharge-Unplug-From-Media-Noise-With-Gator-Bait-Airboat-Adventure-5.jpegPINIMAGEThe NOISE from the multi-layered, fast paced news cycle is overwhelming. It is less about what is ‘essential to know’ to know to make an informed voting decision than it is ‘hype to attract social media attention’. To my mind the candidates are simply mimicking the media’s agenda.  In the meantime the real issues remain in a fog where in we are yet to see through to the real positions the candidates present and the pros and cons of those positions.

While I was doing my Reflection Walk this weekend I turned into Pop Country on my new go to music app, Music Choice where I get to see videos and listen to music. Spanista loves all styles of music but in the summer, great country music can capture the natural feeling of summer. Sadly we only have a few short weeks to enjoy it. A song that captured my mood perfectly is Kenny Chesney song and video “Noise”. If you have not heard it, please check it out to punctuate my message.  It captures the sentiment of the situation for me.

This song inspired me to unplug for the weekend. I called family members I had not seen for a while suggesting we do something together, off the grid.Weekend-Recharge-Unplug-From-Media-Noise-With-Gator-Bait-Airboat-Adventure-4.jpegPINIMAGE Rather than go to the beach we headed inland to take in a never done before experience I hoped could crack the numbness from the noise – to engage with nature and draw us into the moment with something simpler and more real.

We took an airboat operated by Gator Bait Airboat Adventures Ride out in a beautiful nature preserve about 15 minutes west of Vero Beach, Florida. Vero Beach is along the east central coast of Florida. Well – it was one of the coolest things I have ever done in Florida – so real and relaxing, so full of creatures you never get to see. An airboat ride gives you a buzz of a different kind – it makes you feel fully alive.  We saw so much wildlife in their natural environment like gators, birds of all types and babies too while the cool breeze washes over you as you buzz from one location to another in a hunt for wildlife wonder.

Weekend-Recharge-Unplug-From-Media-Noise-With-Gator-Bait-Airboat-Adventure-2.jpegPINIMAGEWeekend Recharge Unplug From Media Noise With Gator Bait Airboat Adventure put me in a new mindset. The moments were treasures wherein each added to the next to fill me with a hopeful perspective. A type of calmness came over me that I have never felt before while the buzz of the airboat fully charged my body with positive energy. I saw Florida from a very different lens as did my family members. It is hard to put into words – you just have to do it something like this to understand it.

So Spanista suggests before summer slips away  to unplug and seep yourself in to a natural experience you have never done before.  It will help you feel grounded again. And help you step into the real world with a healthier state of mind ready to bring on a defining moment in this election year for our country.

To Your Self Care Journey of Joy,


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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee Stirs Questions causing reflection about where we have been, where we are and where we are going as a society. I have been obsessed with Harper Lee since I read To Kill A Mockingbird. My journey to Harper Lee came about through reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Both brilliant in the tone of their own unique talented voices. Lyrical in the special way only Southern Authors express their narratives. It is another validation of both these authors abilities is how the stories so beautifully translated to the larger than life movie screen as both have been heralded with many honors. Not to mention achieved status as one of the Essential Classic Movies to experience by movie historian Robert Osborne of TCM.

One of my favorite movie performances ever was by Phillip Seymour Hoffman playing Truman Capote in latest edition of In Cold Blood who was paired with Catherine Keener playing Harper Lee. I loved their relationship as somewhat tortured creatives souls with southern roots that only they could share and understand. Harper stepped into Truman’s world in rural Kansas when he went their to research the story of the bazaar, heinous crime committed by two, troubled young men. Watching her character unfold in both movies stirred a connection to her. There is haunting music that opens the movie from here forward I identify with Phillip and his sudden tragic death. It is ‘Any Other Name’ on the album Cafe Del Mar – a haunting, haunting composition. When I hear this music I think of him immediately and tears come as I wonder why he this man took his own life?  Yesterday July 23 was Phillip’s birthday – he would have been 49 – ever so young to leave us for this that loved him.

Harper’s, To Kill A Mockingbird won her a Pulitzer Prize. When it was reported that an unpublished manuscript by Harper was being brought to the public for publication I immediately reserved a first edition. This was a literary event that could not be missed. As life has it, I got extremely busy so reading was delayed. But as Spanista has learned over the years everything happens when it is supposed to. And just the right time arrived when I could breathe in the each word to imagine and absorb the time and place of Harper’s setting in 1950’s in this small southern town.

With a treasure like this manuscript – hearing  Harper’s voice come to life after years of absence – well to have the pleasure of engaging with the spirit of her voice requires captured my heart, mind and soul. Over the last couple of weeks I immersed myself in the world of Go Set A Watchman. I took my time to embrace each word, each page, each chapter to imagine myself truly there.  Before diving in, one has to stop and recognize it was written at a time in history when major race issues were being highlighted and brought to life and our country’s conscience was moving toward recognizing this. The South was righting the wrongs of discrimination. So to go deep into that time from the vantage point of girl who comes of age and becomes a young adult is eye-opening. Her personal view of the situation is so clearly portrayed you can feel yourself brought back in time to her hometown of Macomb, Alabama. You can feel The South coming to grips with the changing times of the black movement toward full equality so painful to them. But so clear to Jean Louise Finch the main character.

Upon reflection, what shocks me was the sentiments about the human condition back in the 1950’s is in so many ways similar to what we are experiencing today post Millennium. How can one not be disturbed but the incidents between our Police Forces and the Black America? It seems our society has made progress toward equality but yet we find disturbing forces reminiscent of the past at play in 2016? Will our next election bring us clarity through new leadership or mire us in further human conflict? I do not know the answer but I do know if ever there was a time to exercise your vote as an American Citizen, it is in November’s Election. Spanista believes a real form of Self Care it to speak your voice by voting.

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee Stirs Questions Spanista believes Self Care for Creative Souls like these authors can be expressed through action – having the drive and courage to express what is in their hearts is not an easy thing. In many cases it originates from a place within of deep pain that needs to find its voice in story. I admire Harper Lee. May her voice inspire new writers to do the same.

To Your Self Care Journey To Joy,


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